We’d gladly take Bernie Sanders as president over any of the false choices of the Republican party, although ideally we would rather have Jill Stein as our next President of the United States of America.
We’re not interested in spoiling the election for Senator Sanders as much as we want to shape the national conversation again like we did back in the fall of 2011 so that Senator Sanders will win the presidency in 2016 – but on an agenda that is much more fundamentally and necessarily progressive than his currently is – and also to show the 58% majority of Americans in this country who believe that a third party is necessary because the Democrats and Republicans alike “do such a poor job” representing the American People that the Green Party is the only party that actually represents the best interests of the 99%.
We’re thrilled that Bernie Sanders acknowledges that a grassroots movement is necessary to take our country back from the 1% even if his political agenda isn’t as green as it could be compared to Jill Stein’s based upon a simple comparison of our coalition’s two key issues; 1) ending the global drug war starting with legalizing recreational marijuana, and 2) nationalizing the Federal Reserve Banking System and our nation’s currency.
The organization that successfully campaigned for legalized recreational cannabis for us in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C. only gives Bernie Sanders a B rating for his position on recreational marijuana which he has concerns about based upon other drug addiction epidemics and because he doesn’t think it is the nation’s most pressing concern.
“I’m going to look at the issue. It’s not that I support it or don’t support it. To me it is not one of the major issues facing this country. I’ll look at it. I think it has a lot of support and I’ll be talking to young people and others about the issues. But there are two sides to a story.” TIME, March 4, 2015
Fair enough and not bad Senator Sanders, not bad at all. Jill Stein however already knows that cannabis legalization “is bread-and-butter concerns for young people” and that “this is a constituency that is just itching for a platform of this sort.” She calls for the unequivocal regulation and taxation of marijuana.
“It’s time to get rid of the black market and bring marijuana sales under a legal regulatory framework. In this way, we can staunch the flow of money to illegal drug networks, generate new funds for our communities, improve public safety, and create new jobs in growing hemp for food and fiber.”
Weed isn’t the only thing that Jill Stein is right on the money about. We totally tip our hoodies to Senator Sanders for making former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan #FeelTheBern back in 2003 but an audit of the Fed is just not going to cut it. Sixteen trillion dollars is more money than most average people would even know how to spend. So sure, let’s audit the Fed and find out exactly how the banksters did it and what exactly they spent our money on, but what then? How exactly will the Federal Reserve Transparency Act bail us out of this economic depression? It won’t.
Nationalizing the Federal Reserve to make our nation’s money supply sovereign and independent from the big banks is the most straightforward way to put the big banks back to their proper size and back in their proper place, funding a People’s Bailout and a Green New Deal for the 99%. Jill Stein knows this.
We can nationalize the Fed and ensure that it’s running for public purpose and not simply for private profit.
The National Emergency Employment Defense or The NEED Act is a piece of legislation written by former Congressman Dennis Kucinich which would create full employment at livable wages by investing in rebuilding public infrastructure to reduce our carbon emissions (sec 501). The NEED Act would retire the national debt from the private Wall Street banking cartel (Sec 402). It would abolish our individual medical, housing and student debts which would be paid off with sovereign currency. The NEED Act would pay for universal education (Sec 505), universal health care (Sec 508), public housing (Sec 509) as well as citizens’ dividends up to $10,000 for every single citizen in our country (Sec 507) which could be turned into an annual Universal Basic Income Guarantee.
The NEED Act also happens to be the official monetary plank of The Green Party.
The other big reason why we feel obligated to “mic check” Jill Stein and the Green party a bit louder than Senator Sanders is because the Green Party has been endorsing, mic checking us and indeed actually occupying Wall Street with us – that is Occupy Wall Street, since we took Zuccotti in the fall of 2011. The Green Party was with us on the first anniversary of #OWS and they will of course be with us at Zuccotti Park on this year for our fourth year anniversary while we talk to representatives from her and Bernie Sander’s organizations in the hopes of building a true grassroots movement to finally take our country back from the 1%.