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The Other Socialist Alternative To Hillary Clinton

The presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders is over, cooked, kaput, finished. His socialist vision for American politics went further than most people thought it ever could. In a year when Hillary Clinton was supposed to be a shoe-in for the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator Sanders forced Clinton to address the concerns of the party’s political base, instead of dismissing them as she has typically done in the past.

What are Sanders supporters to do now? Sanders himself announced yesterday that he will support Hillary Clinton in the general election, though he has yet to officially drop out of the race.

Many Sanders supporters are reluctant to give their support to Clinton, given her history of pro-war, anti-progressive policies, and her refusal to speak out against the growth of massive government surveillance of law-abiding Americans by the National Security Agency. They allow that Hillary Clinton is a better choice than Donald Trump, but that’s an extremely low bar.

There are other alternatives to Donald Trump besides Hillary Clinton. One of them is a genuine socialist. Her name is Gloria La Riva, and she is a candidate with the Peace and Freedom Party.

La Riva’s presidential campaign features a 10-point program:

1. An end to capitalism in the United States.

2. A constitutional right to a job

3. A constitutional right to free health care, free education, and affordable housing

4. Closure of all military bases outside the United States, and a return of all American soldiers to the USA

5. Opposition to police brutality and mass incarceration

6. Support of labor unions

7. Legal equality for women and free abortions on demand

8. The abolition of all anti-immigrant laws

9. Equality for people of all sexual and gender identities

10. Government seizure of Wall Street financial assets and prosecution of Wall Street financeers

8 thoughts on “The Other Socialist Alternative To Hillary Clinton”

  1. Charles Manning says:

    La Riva’s 10 point program certainly deserves consideration. But the first thing that comes to mind is ballot access. I believe she could get on the ballot in California (right?), but what about the rest of the country? Bernie Sanders’ bold move of joining the Democratic party assured he at least got on the track in the presidential horse race. Gary Johnson seems to be in a favorable position in that regard, as does Jill Stein. My favorite candidate in 2012, Rocky Anderson, never made it onto many state ballots, was virtually ignored by national media, and (as they say) hasn’t been heard from since, ignoring my advice to begin campaigning for 2016 vigorously even before the re-election of Obama. Perhaps La Riva should spend time writing for outlets like Irregular Times instead of chasing after pie in the sky.

    1. Stephen Kent Gray says:

      No, she only has ballot access in Florida, New Mexico, and Vermont according to Wikipedia (Wikipedia may be slow to update so Ballot Access News should be used also) so far, but that may change as all parties are still turning in signatures to get more states before the ballot access lists are finalized. That’s a total of 37 electoral votes.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_third_party_and_independent_presidential_candidates,_2016

      270+ Two parties (Green and Libertarian)
      50+ Four parties (American Independent, Constitution, Peace & Freedom, Reform)
      3+ Ten parties (American, America’s, American Freedom, Constitution of Idaho, Independent American, Nutrition, Socialist Workers, Socialism & Liberation, Prohibition, Veterans) each has 1-3 for a total of 4-37 electoral votes worth of ballot access
      0 Three Parties (Socialist Equality, Socialist, Workers World) and various Independents

  2. Al Hopfmann says:

    A “socialist alternative” to Hillary Clinton is not an alternative. Her voting record in the US Senate was more socialist than Sanders’.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Can you provide any evidence for that claim, Al, or are you just saying something that kind of feels true to you?

  3. Dave says:

    Government seizure of Wall Street financial assets. Hillary would faint. Also, wouldn’t that be stealing?

  4. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    Isn’t Jill Stein and the Green Party (Green Politics aka Eco-Socialism) the Socialist Alternative? Despite not being called Socialist in the party name, Green Parties are Socialist (Green Politics is also known as Eco-Socialism).

    http://i.imgur.com/8AcNPaZ.jpg

    Imgur chart shows an interesting political spectrum. Jacob (not real name, but his Internet handle on a forum) gave me the link. He is a socialist and is supporting Jill Stein and the Green Party.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      I think it’s fair to say Stein has a socialist approach.

  5. Korky Day says:

    1, 4, 8, and 10 are too extreme, but could be phased in partially.
    The other 6 are perfect.
    More important would be pro-rep, which the list neglects.
    I generally vote Green, which party does NOT neglect proportional representation.

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