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By: Chris Laursen,
State Coordinator for Jill Stein for President
So,do you call yourself a “progressive”? If you plan on voting for Hillary Clinton this November then you are not progressing. You are regressing. You are being willingly complicit in the corruption that has come to define the Democratic Party.
My own journey into political activism began during the Occupy Movement. I suddenly realized that millions felt the same disgust with the two party system. I was not alone. Unfortunately,main stream media marginalized the movement and it floundered. All I could see on the political horizon were more bought politicians toeing the party line. And I lost hope.
Fast forward to 2015. Enter Bernie Sanders. The moment I heard that Sen.Bernie Sanders was running for President of the United States I knew I was all in. I had seen the videos of him laying the smack down on Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke. I admired his no nonsense brash style. The more I learned about his platforms,the more I committed myself. I liked that Bernie was not a Democrat but was using the party as a vehicle to realize his “political revolution”. Because we all know the system is rigged as to not allow any third party candidate a chance of getting elected.
My subsequent months became filled with phone banking,canvassing,speaking and organizing. The time had come for action because we finally had a legitimate candidate for president. Scores of other distraught Americans felt the same sense of inspiration and hope as I did. Despite the virtual mainstream media blackout we were going to win! We saw evidence of this in the huge turnouts at his rallies. However,the elites who control the Democratic Party had already predetermined the winner and rigged the nomination. This is not a matter of conjecture but presently a matter of fact.
I knew months before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that I would leave the party after my duties as a Bernie national delegate were over. Because I knew they had rigged the nomination and that the powers that control the levers at the top of the Democratic Party were never going to allow it to be reformed. It is not in their greedy interest.
I knew that the fledgling Green Party would become my new home. I had been admiring the Greens for awhile from afar. It was time join a party that was free from corporate domination and that put people,planet and peace over profit. Jill Stein is my new Bernie now. And I have come to realize that I like her platforms more than I do Bernie’s. A Green New Deal. Medicare for all. End wars for oil. Canceling student debt and make public education free.Living wage jobs. Break up big banks. Well,sign me up! The Green Party is giving a voice to the disconnected majority and giving empowerment to those of us who know that there is no future in politics as usual.
Please,do not cast a vote for Hillary Clinton out of fear of Donald Trump. They are both equally loathsome and tools of their corporate masters. You will get the same “lesser of two evils” set up in four years from now. And four years from then, It is time to send a message to the establishment. My own personal pain fuels my fire. I will not stop fighting. I will never back down. I will not accept this perversion of democracy.
Come join us!