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US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Jill Stein, Chris Hedges, The Green Party, Presidential election 2016, Independent )

- 1145 days ago -
Chris Hedges and Green Party candidate Jill Stein diagnose the problems plaguing US politics, highlighting the dysfunction of a two-party system dominated by corporate interests.


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Birgit W (160)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 2:18 pm
Chris Hedges and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are absolutely right. It is about time we are getting rid of all the evil cabals.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 6:43 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Dandelion.

Great interview! Dr. Stein is a brilliant woman. "The lesser evil paves the way to the greater evil."
And, I really did appreciate her honesty when discussing Obama. So glad to hear her say that he sabotaged the Public Option. So true! And, it is also true that the Dem. party only stands apart from the GOP on social issues, which the media has made a point of focusing on.

She does give some hope when saying that the young people have the numbers to take over this election. Unfortunately, this didn't happen in SC, where Clinton just won the primary.....

Bryan S (105)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 7:38 pm
Great description of the problems by Chris Hedges and Jill Stein. When you look at how crazy the Republicans are it is easy to see why people support the 'lesser of two evils,' but Stein is very right that the lesser evil paves the way for the greater evil. (Or isn't any different in reality.)

Tragic that the constant propaganda causes some people to look towards a demagogue like Trump or whoever instead of to rational and intelligent thoughts like the ones expressed here. It will take a mass movement to push these ideas through!

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 8:21 pm
I vote for the greens in OZ

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 9:06 pm
Agree on the above comments and info. The biggest reason this is not common knowledge is lack of publicity. Same with Bernie's campaign. Folks haven't heard of Jill Klein--and too many either haven't heard of Bernie or know what he stands for. Basically, on all media--even entertainment and talk shows--he is not mentioned. That leads me to believe they've been paid not to mention his name, not even as a joke or other negative. No publicity---no vote. I know most folks will vote Hillary if she gets the nom, thinking to get the democrat in--and that perhaps she could beat Trump. Well, they're both members of not only "The Machine", but other machines. Trump out-trumps there. If Bernie loses the nom---consider voting for Jill Stein as a message that you promote a third party, a green one, and do not believe Hillary is much different than most Republicans. She's perhaps less dangerous on social issues and ISIS-like religious cultism that ignores Jesus Christianity and spiritualisdm (ala Cruz). Trump is Neo-Hitler basically. Bernie is our only chance---so with all their money and power, I think he'll be blocked or destroyed in some manner.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 4:46 am
Talk,talk,critisim of status quo is all well and good but nothing will happen untill you revamp your electoral system system.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 7:10 am
Shared everywhere to spread awareness.
Thanks Dandelion.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 7:26 am
Worth while watching, Jill Stein is ANOTHER REAL DEAL

Mitchell D (82)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 8:26 am
Arild is on the mark!

. (0)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 9:17 am
Noted & posted

Peggy B (43)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 12:08 pm
i don't think there are enough people to vote for the Green Party. The closest candidate to her views is Sanders. There is a real chance we can get him which would open the door for her. Only my opinion.

Janet B (0)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 1:05 pm

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 4:14 pm
We can't revamp our electoral system until we can get enough people in like Bernie, like Jill Stein, like Elizabeth Warren and Nina Turner that are willing to do that as filling in the majority of the seats of Congress and the White House.

That is going to take a true Movement....that is some of what was discussed in this video. I can only present information for the people to think upon and digest, just doing my small part in trying to bring us all to a better place. I'm just one in the "movement" that is growing.

Raleigh k (359)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 4:33 pm

Bryan S (105)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 7:36 pm
It's certainly a catch-22. It's next to impossible to get progressive people elected without changing the electoral system. And the only way to change the electoral system is to get progressives elected.

The crazy and disheartening thing in this election is that many people are aware of how our (US) system is corrupted and controlled by money, and that is actually a reason they like Trump! They figure he's got his own money so he's above it or something. It's like if you were in a place where the police were bribed by the Mafia, so you support a Mafia boss as chief of police because he doesn't need the bribes.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 8:28 pm
We also need to do a better job with our educational system to teach children to think not just regurgitate out some set of answers. But that also goes back to the ole' catch-22. That is why it's so important for everyone who is progressive to do whatever they can. The time of fence sitting and hope things will work out or change will not happen in and of itself.

Judy C (91)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 8:33 pm
I agree with Bryan's comments. More people are at least beginning to wake up to the fact that the system is corrupt, but change looks so far away.

Stein is certainly right when she says that the whole political system is a scam. It is of great importance that we make every effort to inform people of what is really going on, chipping away against the monolith any way we can. Even more importantly, Stein points out Alice Walker's precautionary statement: "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any". People such as the ones Dandelion mentions above are working at bringing power back to The People, in their case, working within the system.

Stein says there is no quick fix, and there certainly isn't. We have to remember that, and not give up. I always say that a lot of change will come from the bottom up, from the grassroots, at the local and state levels.

I have great respect for Jill Stein, who is an intelligent as well as a practical woman. Earlier this year, I listened to a speech she gave that was a discussion of the Green Party platform. I just thought what a shame it was that so few people would even hear it. It really was excellent. We can be grateful to Chris Hedges for getting this content out there for more people to hear. No effort in this direction is wasted.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 8:41 pm
You are absolutely correct, no effort is wasted. Lots of important changes took years to gain, the first woman who began the movement for the right of women to vote, certainly didn't see the fruits of their labor, but we women are voting today.

That is one of the reasons I vote, even in a broken system, because I know too many fought for my right to do so, when they never got to do so. So although I might not live long enough to see the progress I'd like to see, knowing that I've placed energy into it so that perhaps my grandchildren will look back on this time to say, wow, glad things improved from there.

The large shade trees I enjoy sitting below were planted by a person who never got to enjoy that shade, however they still planted the trees.

LaurenBackSoon K (173)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 10:45 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks Dandelion.

Evelyn B (63)
Monday February 29, 2016, 5:15 am
Given the numbers that Bernie's messages have mobilised, it is not impossible that a concerted drive to show that Clinton is NOT acceptable - Jill Stein is more trustworthy, might just swing the picture out of the 2 Party frame. But it would have to be a concerted effort .....

Dandelion - you are missing a name there! Add Tulsi Gabbard to your list (4.14 pm Sunday) !!
The Judgment to Lead: Why I'M Endorsing Bernie Sanders

Nancy C (806)
Monday February 29, 2016, 5:44 am
don't forget we can WRITE IN our Bernie if the need arises...Followed Jill Stein for many years. Too bad Bernie did not stay Indie for the run. Still think we have a shot...

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday February 29, 2016, 9:02 am
Of course you can revamp your electoral system,you need to get Corporate money out of it and then start building a strong movement for a better and fairer America.It's not easy for Bernie to fight toe to toe on a "shoestring" budget but I wish it can be done.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday February 29, 2016, 10:25 am
I completely agree with Dandelion, that if Bernie is not elected, you shouldn't default to Clinton, that would be a big mistake. The Green Party in the US just needs what the Green Party in the UK needs; momentum and more support.

Animae C (509)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 10:28 pm
Thanx Dande
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