No one is under any illusion that Jill Stein can win the presidential election in 2016. The goals of her campaign are practical.
One goal is to give voice to progressive movements and positions in the 2016 presidential election. She hopes to shape the policy debate by denying the Democratic nominee the ability to take progressive votes for granted. She wants to help movement activists see that independent politics is a more powerful approach than dependent politics on Democratic “allies.” Without the threat of taking votes away, movement demands are ignored by the Democrats who think they have progressive votes securely in their pocket.
Because Stein will be on the ballot in the battleground states like Florida, Virginia, and Ohio, she will get a platform from which to speak when she is attacked by Democrats as a “spoiler.” That will give her the opportunity to respond that neither major party candidate has real solutions to the problems we face and to lay out her progressive alternatives.
The Stein campaign is also engaged in efforts to open up the presidential debates. In 2012, Stein and her Vice Presidential running mate, Cheri Honkala, were arrested for attempting to enter with credentials to view presidential debate site at Hofstra University. They were shackled to chairs for eight hours incommunicado from the media and their lawyers and staff with 16 security officers watching them. After the debate and media were over and gone, they were released. Stein is a plaintiff in two pending lawsuits by coalitions of election reformers seeking to open the presidential debates to third party candidates. One lawsuit is against the Federal Election Commission and the other lawsuit is against the Commission on Presidential Debates, a private organization controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties that has set the terms of the presidential debates since 1988.
The truth is that the democratic party and the republican party can't stand to have her out here telling the truth. They will combine efforts to make sure you can't hear her. In the face of the political corruption that engulfs this country, the truth is dangerous. It is for this reason 'whistleblowers' are prosecuted for telling the truth. We are desperate for some truth in this country and Jill Stein deserves your vote.
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