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Cindy Sheehan Versus Luis Rodriguez

A couple of days ago I wrote an article summarizing the policy positions of the Cindy for Sheehan for Governor campaign with the Peace and Freedom Party out in California. One of our readers, Stephen Kent Gray, suggested that I had neglected to provide a similar profile for Green Party candidate Luis Rodriguez.

I promised Stephen that I would review the Rodriguez campaign. I have done so, and the chart below shows the policy positions shared by the Sheehan campaign next to the policy positions shared by the Rodriguez campaign.

As you can see, there’s really no comparison:

Cindy Sheehan
Environment:
- Opposition to fracking, oil drilling, and nuclear power
- Affordable public transportation
- Increased pedestrial and bicycle traffic
- Encouraging organic farming

Peace:
- Preventing the California National Guard from being sent to fight in overseas wars
- Open borders

Education:
- Increased funding for public education

Law Enforcement:
- Citizen review boards to oversee police activity
- Ending prisons for profit

Economy:
- Public-funded health care
- Retirement at full pay

Other:
- Increased use of hemp
- Banning genetically modified organisms in agriculture
- Return of tribal lands and self-determination for indigenous groups

Luis Rodriguez

manifesto
policy and platform

Seriously, what comparison can I make? The Rodriguez for Governor campaign website has places for a policy and platform and for a campaign manifesto, but those places are completely blank. One can only presume that Rodriguez would have a blank record as Governor.

A campaign, whether it’s run by a major party candidate or by a candidate from a smaller party, has the opportunity and responsibility to speak to the issues that matter to voters. Luis Rodriguez is failing in that duty, and serving as yet another embarrassment for a struggling Green Party.

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