Green Candidate Wins Primaries, Blasts Obama
Green Party* candidate Jill Stein, who ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2010, has taken the lead for her party's nomination to run for president against Barack Obama and whoever his Republican counterpart is this November.
According to Ballot Access News and other sources, Stein has won enough of the vote in various state primaries to qualify for matching funds. She is competing for the Green Party nomination with Kent Mesplay and Roseanne Barr, the latter of whom she did a Skype session with to Greens across the country.
Stein has blasted Obama for his many betrayals. She criticized his signing of the FAA Re-authorization bill, which further erodes unions, his overtures of war against Iran, his decision to support portions of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would cause further destruction to the environment and jeopardize human health and safety, his assaults on civil liberties including the "Defense" Authorization that allows American citizens to be imprisoned indefinitely without charge or trial, his taking of single-payer and a public option off the table in favor of an insurance-industry-authored mandate to buy private coverage or face stiff tax penalties, and other far right policies embraced by the incumbent.
Stein's alternatives to all these things and more reads like a leftist's dream: a Green New Deal to create environment-friendly jobs, an energy policy dedicated to 100% conversion to clean, renewable sources, expanding Medicare to every American and generous funding of public education (including the forgiveness of student loan debt), protecting America's Safety Net, and ending America's imperial wars.
Stein does not appear to be on record so far as to prosecuting America's war criminals, including Obama, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the thugs in their respective regimes guilty of war crimes, but I can't imagine she would let them off the hook, since it would only reinforce the notion of total immunity for high-ranking lawbreakers — a travesty of justice. (I'll keep you apprised of this as I learn more.)
With many progressives determined to sit out this election, Stein's candidacy appears to be offering a welcome alternative.
*: In the interests of full disclosure, I should point out that I am a registered Green Party voter and that I donated about ten or twenty dollars to Stein's gubernatorial campaign in 2010.