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:
“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.