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Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Stands Against Americans Elect

Activists who are working against the dominant influence of corporate money over the democratic government of the United States of America lost an advocate a month ago when Rocky Anderson embraced the pro-corporate political party Americans Elect. We’ve been writing for a long time here at Irregular Times about Americans Elect, since before it became a political party, and even before it called itself Americans Elect. Remember Unity08? They’ve got a different name now but are playing the same anti-grassroots game.

Americans Elect has set up a political party that is controlled by a small handful of appointed board members effectively immune from replacement by the rank and file, all associated with a man who made his fortune as a hedge fund manager, helping to set up America’s economy for disaster. Much of the money behind Americans Elect comes from secret sources, but what we do know about Americans Elect’s cash indicates that a great deal of it has come from Wall Street insiders and corporate executives. For years now, Americans Elect has been thoroughly dishonest, and has been working to take power away from its “delegates”, the regular folks it has convinced to join its party.

With credulous puff pieces promoting Americans Elect all over the corporate-run news media, Americans have been asking one question over and over again: Who is going to stand up to these people? Today, we have an answer to that question.

Today, Jill Stein, the strong front runner in the 2012 Green Party presidential
primary, released the following statement, in which she pledges to abstain from all involvement in the Americans Elect political party:

green party anti-corporate 2012“America needs a political party that is democratic to the core and that takes a firm stand against letting big money call the shots. We need a political party that is based upon grassroots democracy in which the members use open, democratic processes to set policy, elect officers, and define rules and procedures. We also need to roll back the pernicious effects of big money upon our electoral system and our elected officials. I am not comfortable with the manner in which Americans Elect has approached transparency, openness, big money donors, and democratic process. I am proud of the Green Party for understanding the importance of these issues. The Greens remain the best way forward for building a solid progressive electoral alternative in the United States of America.”

If you admire the stand that Dr. Jill Stein has taken against Americans Elect, then give her campaign your support. Go to the Jill Stein for President campaign and get yourself one of our Jill Stein for President campaign buttons to help spread the word.

14 comments to Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Stands Against Americans Elect

  • Thanks for catching this, J. Clifford. I see that after her statement, the Jill Stein campaign writes:

    “Americans Elect is a corporation that has been reported to be founded, funded, and run by hedge fund managers and multi-millionaires. Candidates seeking the nomination of Americans Elect pledge to run as independents on Americans Elect ballot lines, and not on the ballot lines of any other party. If Dr. Stein were to seek and win the Americans Elect nomination, she would be forced to run in opposition to the eventual Green Party nominee, and this would undermine the progress the Green Party has made in securing ballot status across the nation.”

    On her Facebook page, Jill Stein puts it more succinctly:

    “No corporate money means no corporate money.”

  • Bill

    Uh-oh. I think I’m in love.

  • Join the rapidly growing club Bill. Jill is a singular candidate in my opinion. She has a unmatched facility with the turn of a phrase and turning irrelevant questions towards the heart of the matter. She can always explain directly to the point of the GPUS Platform best related to a new issue, and she does it without need to mention jargon or quote the plank. She speaks in words everyone can clearlly understand, says what everyone wants to hear, and spares not a microsecond to consider equivocation. She is eloquent and can stroll from the most irrelevant issue to the kore of a matter in seconds. She is beautiful, charismatic, dresses very classy and catches the eye without a bit of being flashy or stinking of a lot of money being spent, and part of her beauty is that she really deeply cares about really hearing the people who have come to hear her speak. No one should come away feeling bad that they cannot compare to her. She has Biden’s facility with the personal relations politics is still unfortunately really based upon, she has Obama’s oratory skill, and Clinton’s ease with individuals and crowds. There is no one who can bring all of these skills to bear on reality or GPUS goals as well as she can. Indeed, there are precious few who can compare to her in any of the many skills that a politician needs working with the Green Party. Not that I think her ideals and words can compare to any non-green for presidential gravitas. Oh that there could be more just like her, but I believe there will be many that can do it thier own ways, once she paves the way a bit longer. She is what we need, esp. at this juncture. She has the lifetime habit of caring about people and has not spent enough time as a politician to but go with her instinct, her habit, her heart. She does so unflinchingly and unfailingly surprises me at every turn. If it is not falling in love it sure feels exactly the same. A stong physical rush in her prescence that requires much of my energy to avoid being embarrassed. I have had this feeling for my favorite candidate(s) before, and I will have it again, but I will not hold my breathe expecting to ever to see it repeated quite this drastically well and well timed.

    • I like Jill Stein and all too, but I kinda feel like I need a few tissues here. Wipe wipe.

      Let’s remember that Stein is, like any other, a fallible human being who can be just as susceptible to the pressures of politics as any other person. The ultimate solution isn’t the selection of a saint, because saints are fictions. The ultimate solution is to change the system by which politics is run.

    • Charles Manning (manning120)

      Nice comments about Stein. I only wish that she and my favorite (Anderson), and others, could be in a winnowing process like the primaries of the major parties so that on election day, only the best and strongest progressive candidate would be on ballots across the country. That would also make the Democrats quake in their boots, because a single, powerful progressive candidate could make a real difference, as Perot did some years back, and Nader did in Florida in 2000. To me, it’s folly to argue about who’s a better progressive candidate if a selection process isn’t in place to remove weaker candidates, as is done in primaries. If some kind of arrangement between the Greens and others, like Anderson, could get us to the same place, we who stand outside the major parties might make a meaningful difference.

  • Tom

    Let’s hope we can convince a plurality on a shoe-string budget by November.

  • Tom

    Are you on this?

    http://movetoamend.org/press-release/vermont-senate-votes-amend
    Vermont Poised to Become First State in the Union to Call for
    Amendment to End Corporate Personhood

    • I’m not sure what to be on, Tom — because to be honest I’m not sure what I think about corporate personhood. When we think of corporations we think of GM, but there are also “corporations” that are organizations of people who move to act. The first amendment in its clause regarding the right to assemble is in some ways talking about a right to act collectively.

      You know me, Tom, so you know I’m not saying we should let WalMart and Bank of America trounce all over our political system. I guess what I’m saying is that I’m not sure the Move to Amend Amendment, which begins …

      “The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

      Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities, established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.”

      … isn’t possibly a way to open the door to stopping actual grassroots activism as well.

  • Anth R.

    To me it appears that Rocky Anderson has given up on ballot access for the Justice Party and is relying entirely on Americans Elect now. His Facebook page lists several appearances in California over the next 8-10 days but the deadline for CA ballot access was in January and the Justice Party didn’t make it. If he really was serious about gaining ballot access for the Justice Party rather than just promoting himself wouldn’t his time be better spent in other states where gaining ballot access for the Justice Party is still a possibility rather than in a state where the deadline is long gone?

  • “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
    To change something, build a new model  
    that makes the existing model obsolete.”  
    — R. Buckminister Fuller 
    . . . There is an independent Presidential candidate, federally registered, who is a scientist and who is promoting U.S. Constitutional amendments initiated through the states (not Congress, that won’t bite the hand that feeds it) that would make us a true democracy, not a republic. His science-based Solar-Hydrogen Economy would remove the need for coal, nuclear, and wars to control oil resources, end pollution and drilling, and make us energy independent (he names many renewable-resource ways to generate the electricity needed to split water to get hydrogen. Aircraft, ships, cars, etc. can be retrofitted to burn hydrogen much more cheaply than using rare-earth-dependent, limited-life batteries for electric cars, and hydrogen has no pollution. Study http://Braun2012.US and the sub-page /Amendments.html . . . Harry Braun is registered also on http://WriteIndependent.org

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