MLG Endorsement: Dr. Jill Stein for President
Moral Low Ground believes that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for the continuation and expansion of economic policies that promote, reward and exacerbate the growing divide between rich and poor in the United States.
MLG believes that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for the perpetuation of the corrupted political system of special interest-driven ‘Republicrat’ stranglehold on our democracy, a system in which the revolving door between public and private sector thrives, corporate cash buys politicians’ loyalties and ordinary citizens find themselves without a voice.
MLG believes that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote against single-payer, universal health care, the system enjoyed by citizens of every other industrialized nation on earth, and a vote for the continuation of the for-profit, corporate-controlled health care system of the status quo, one which results in the premature deaths of tens of thousands of uninsured Americans each year.
MLG believes that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for inaction on climate change, possibly the most pressing environmental crisis ever faced by humanity.
MLG believes that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for the continuation of the supremely destructive War on Drugs, a ludicrous 40-plus year affair that has cost immense blood and treasure and has resulted in the mass incarceration of millions of Americans, mostly poor people of color, destroying entire communities over an issue that should be treated as a public health problem, not a crime.
MLG believes that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for the barbaric practice of capital punishment, which has been roundly rejected by the majority of the world’s nations and abolished by every Western nation save for the United States.
MLG believes that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for the imperialist/militarist/interventionist/corporatist/Zionist policies and actions that caused the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
MLG believes that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for the continuation of the unjust economic policies which have wreaked havoc on developing nations as well as the environment.
MLG believes that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for continued US support for brutal dictators who serve US foreign policy objectives.
MLG believes that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for unwavering US support of Israeli ethnic cleansing, apartheid, illegal occupation and colonization via illegal settlement construction.
Moral Low Ground firmly believes that a vote for “the lesser of two evils” is a vote for evil. It is therefore with great pride that MLG announces its endorsement of Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala of the Green Party for president and vice president of the United States.
Dr. Stein, who hails from suburban Chicago, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School who is an internist specializing in environmental medicine. She is a mother, an activist and a tireless advocate.
Cheri Honkala, who grew up in poverty in Minnesota and was once homeless, is one of the nation’s most respected anti-poverty activists and community organizers. She is also a mother.
Dr. Stein and Honkala are offering Americans what they call a “Green New Deal,” an emergency four-part program inspired by the New Deal programs that helped lift America from the Great Depression designed to move America out of its current crisis and into a secure green future. The Green New Deal consists of an Economic Bill of Rights, a Green Transition to a sustainable economy, meaningful financial reform and a transition to a democracy that functions for the people, not the corporations that have hijacked our system.
Below is a summary of the Green New Deal, from JillStein.org:
THE FOUR PILLARS OF THE GREEN NEW DEAL
I – THE ECONOMIC BILL OF RIGHTS
Our country cannot truly move forward until the roots of inequality are pulled up, and the seeds of a new, healthier economy are planted. Thus, the Green New Deal begins with an Economic Bill of Rights that ensures all citizens:
1. The right to employment through a Full Employment Program that will create 25 million jobs by implementing a nationally funded, but locally controlled direct employment initiative replacing unemployment offices with local employment offices offering public sector jobs which are “stored” in job banks in order to take up any slack in private sector employment.
• Local communities will use a process of broad stakeholder input and democratic decisionmaking to fairly implement these programs.
• Pay-to-play prohibitions will ensure that campaign contributions or lobbying favors do not impact decision-making.
• We will end unemployment in America once and for all by guaranteeing a job at a living wage for every American willing and able to work.
2. Worker’s rights including the right to a living wage, to a safe workplace, to fair trade, and to organize a union at work without fear of firing or reprisal.
3. The right to quality health care which will be achieved through a single-payer Medicare-for-All program.
4. The right to a tuition-free, quality, federally funded, local controlled public education system from pre-school through college. We will also forgive student loan debt from the current era of unaffordable college education.
5. The right to decent affordable housing, including an immediate halt to all foreclosures and evictions. We will:
• create a federal bank with local branches to take over homes with distressed mortgages and either restructure the mortgages to affordable levels, or if the occupants cannot afford a mortgage, rent homes to the occupants;
• expand rental and home ownership assistance;
• create ample public housing; and,
• offer capital grants to non-profit developers of affordable housing until all people can obtain decent housing at no more than 25% of their income.
6. The right to accessible and affordable utilities – heat, electricity, phone, internet, and public transportation – through democratically run, publicly owned utilities that operate at cost, not for profit.
7. The right to fair taxation that’s distributed in proportion to ability to pay. In addition, corporate tax subsidies will be made transparent by detailing them in public budgets where they can be scrutinized, not hidden as tax breaks.
II – A GREEN TRANSITION
The second priority of the Green New Deal is a Green Transition Program that will convert the old, gray economy into a new, sustainable economy that is environmentally sound, economically viable and socially responsible. We will:
1. Invest in green business by providing grants and low-interest loans to grow green businesses and cooperatives, with an emphasis on small, locally-based companies that keep the wealth created by local labor circulating in the community rather than being drained off to enrich absentee investors.
2. Prioritize green research by redirecting research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in wind, solar and geothermal. We will invest in research in sustainable, nontoxic materials, closed-loop cycles that eliminate waste and pollution, as well as organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable forestry.
3. Provide green jobs by enacting the Full Employment Program which will directly provide 16 million jobs in sustainable energy and energy efficiency retrofitting, mass transit and “complete streets” that promote safe bike and pedestrian traffic, regional food systems based on sustainable organic agriculture, and clean manufacturing.
III – REAL FINANCIAL REFORM
The takeover of our economy by big banks and well-connected financiers has destabilized both our democracy and our economy. It’s time to take Wall Street out of the driver’s seat and to free the truly productive segments of working America to make this economy work for all of us. Real Financial Reform will:
1. Relieve the debt overhang holding back the economy by reducing homeowner and student debt burdens.
2. Democratize monetary policy to bring about public control of the money supply and credit creation. This means we’ll nationalize the private bank-dominated Federal Reserve Banks and place them under a Monetary Authority within the Treasury Department.
3. Break up the oversized banks that are “too big to fail.”
4. End taxpayer-funded bailouts for banks, insurers, and other financial companies. We’ll use the FDIC resolution process for failed banks to reopen them as public banks where possible after failed loans and underlying assets are auctioned off.
5. Regulate all financial derivatives and require them to be traded on open exchanges.
6. Restore the Glass-Steagall separation of depository commercial banks from speculative investment banks.
7. Establish a 90% tax on bonuses for bailed out bankers.
8. Support the formation of federal, state, and municipal public-owned banks that function as non-profit utilities.
Under the Green New Deal we will start building a financial system that is open, honest, stable, and serves the real economy rather than the phony economy of high finance.
IV – A FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY
We won’t get these vital reforms without a fourth and final set of reforms to give us a real, functioning democracy. Just as we are replacing the old economy with a new one, we need a new politics to restore the promise of American democracy. The New Green Deal will:
1. Revoke corporate personhood by amending our Constitution to make clear that corporations are not persons and money is not speech. Those rights belong to living, breathing human beings – not to business entities controlled by the wealthy.
2. Protect our right to vote by supporting Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s proposed “Right to Vote Amendment,” to clarify to the Supreme Court that yes, we do have a constitutional right to vote.
3. Enact the Voter Bill of Rights that will:
• guarantee us a voter-marked paper ballot for all voting;
• require that all votes are counted before election results are released;
• replace partisan oversight of elections with non-partisan election commissions;
• celebrate our democratic aspirations by making Election Day a national holiday;
• bring simplified, safe same-day voter registration to the nation so that no qualified voter is barred from the polls;
• do away with so-called “winner take all” elections in which the “winner” does not have the support of most of the voters, and replace that system with instant runoff voting and proportional representation, systems most advanced countries now use to good effect;
• replace big money control of election campaigns with full public financing and free and equal access to the airwaves;
• guarantee equal access to the ballot and to the debates to all qualified candidates;
• abolish the Electoral College and implement direct election of the President;
• restore the vote to ex-offenders who’ve paid their debt to society; and,
• enact Statehood for the District of Columbia so that those Americans have representation in Congress and full rights to self rule like the rest of us.
4. Protect local democracy and democratic rights by commissioning a thorough review of federal preemption law and its impact on the practice of local democracy in the United States. This review will put at its center the “democracy question” – that is, what level of government is most open to democratic participation and most suited to protecting democratic rights.
5. Create a Corporation for Economic Democracy, a new federal corporation (like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) to provide publicity, training, education, and direct financing for cooperative development and for democratic reforms to make government agencies, private associations, and business enterprises more participatory.
6. Strengthen media democracy by expanding federal support for locally-owned broadcast media and local print media.
7. Protect our personal liberty and freedoms by:
• repealing the Patriot Act and those parts of the National Defense Authorization Act that violate our civil liberties;
• prohibiting the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI from conspiring with local police forces to suppress our freedoms of assembly and of speech; and,
• ending the war on immigrants – including the cruel, so-called “secure communities” program.
8. Rein in the military-industrial complex by
• reducing military spending by 50% and closing U.S. military bases around the world;
• restoring the National Guard as the centerpiece of our system of national defense; and,
• creating a new round of nuclear disarmament initiatives.
The implementation of the policies and actions laid out in Dr. Stein’s Green New Deal are essential to the survival of the American economy, American democracy and the environment. Moral Low Ground believes that only an independent, third-party candidate will be able to successfully achieve these goals. MLG knows that the Democrats and Republicans have been bought off by the corporations and other special interests whose goals are not the realization of a more perfect union run by We the People, but rather the continuation and expansion of the un-democratic status quo.
Real change is not possible by electing Democrats and Republicans. Only parties and candidates that understand the immense challenges at hand in restoring the economic and political promise of America, ever mindful of ecology, can save this great nation. It is therefore with great hope and anticipation that Moral Low Ground endorses Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala for president and vice president of these United States of America.
WATCH: Dr. Jill Stein’s “A People’s State of the Union” address, in which she explains the Green New Deal; Jan. 25, 2012:
WATCH: Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala discuss their candidacy, third-party politics in America, and other issues on Bill Moyers; Sept. 7, 2012: