Jill Stein | The Young Turks Town Hall (FULL)

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Jill Stein | The Young Turks Town Hall (FULL)

LET’S GET STARTED I WANT TO START WITH MATT FOREMAN, WHO WROTE IN THIS QUESTION “WHAT DID HBO COMEDIAN JOHN OLIVER GET WRONG ABOUT YOUR PLAN TO CANCEL STUDENT DEBT?” WHAT HE GOT WRONG, QUITE SIMPLY, IS THAT STUDENT DEBT IS EMINENTLY CANCELABLE IF WE COULD TUNE OUT WALL STREET, THE CROOKS WHO TRASHED THE ECONOMY THROUGH THEIR WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE ñ IT’S ABOUT TIME WE BAILED OUT THE VICTIMS OF THAT WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE OUR YOUNGER GENERATION THERE ARE MANY WAYS THAT WE CAN DO THAT IN FACT, THEIR OFFICE, JOHN OLIVER’S PRODUCERS HAD CALLED US AND WE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT THERE ARE MANY WAYS THAT WE CAN DO THIS ONE WAY IS THROUGH THIS FANCY THING CALLED QUANTITATIVE EASING, WHICH IS CONTROVERSIAL, BUT THERE ARE MANY OTHER WAYS, INSTEAD OF PAYING FOR AN ENTIRELY NEW GENERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS, WHICH COSTS ABOUT AS MUCH AS STUDENT DEBT, HOW ABOUT INSTEAD WE CANCEL THOSE NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND INSTEAD WE PAY FOR A GENERATION OF YOUNGER PEOPLE? YOUNGER PEOPLE THAT DESERVE TO BE UNLEASHED FROM THIS ñ THESE CHAINS OF UNDER ñ CHAINS OF ENDLESS DEBT QUITE SIMPLY, THERE ARE MANY WAYS THAT THIS CAN BE DONE, AND I WOULD JUST SAY TO JOHN OLIVER, ARE YOU PART OF THE HILLARY CLINTON PRODUCTION NETWORK? THERE ARE A LOT OF JOKES THAT COULD BE MADE ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON BUT I DON’T SEE THEM COMING FROM DON OLIVER’S SHOW ALFREDO ALVAREZ ALSO WROTE IN A FOLLOW-UP TO THIS QUESTION, HE SAID, “COULD YOU GO INTO DETAIL ABOUT HOW YOU PLAN TO CANCEL STUDENT DEBT? INCLUDING WHICH DEPARTMENT WOULD BE INVOLVED, HOW YOU WOULD DEAL WITH ANY ADVERSE EFFECTS ON THE ECONOMY CAUSED BY LIMIT ñ ILLUMINATING OVER $1 TRILLION IN DEBT.” IT WOULD BE THE STIMULUS PACKAGE OF OUR DREAMS IT IS HAVING THE ACTUAL INTENTION TO DO IT THE WEAK LINK HERE IS NOT HAVING AN AD NAUSEA, DETAILED PLAN THESE PLANS GET RIPPED UP ALL THE TIME THE CRITICAL ISSUE HERE IS WHETHER OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE ACTUALLY SERVING THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA, OR WHETHER THEY ARE SERVING THEIR FINANCIAL OVERLORDS AND THEIR CORPORATE SPONSORS GETTING RID OF $1 TRILLION WORTH OF DEBT MEANS THAT INSTEAD THAT MONEY IS ACTUALLY GOING INTO THE ECONOMY IT MEANS THAT AN ENTIRE GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE, INSTEAD OF WORKING PART-TIME, LOW-WAGE, TEMPORARY JOBS THAT LEAD TO NOWHERE, INSTEAD THEY ACTUALLY GET RELEASED TO DO WHAT IT IS THEY HAVE BEEN TRAINED FOR; WHAT THEY HAVE THEIR DEGREES IN; WHAT THEIR PASSION IS ALFREDO DOES HAVE

A REALLY GOOD QUESTION I WANT TO GO INTO IT A LITTLE BIT MORE I WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE MECHANICS BEHIND IT FOLKS TURNED ñ FOLKS TOOK OUT LOANS TO GO TO SCHOOL, AND WHEN WE CANCEL IT, DOES THAT MEAN WE ARE GOING TO THE BANKS AND BASICALLY PAYING OFF THOSE LOANS? THE LANGUAGE WE USE IS ACTUALLY BAILOUT, SO THAT THE MOST LIKELY WAY TO DO THIS IS THROUGH CONGRESS AND HOW DOES CONGRESS DECIDE TO DO THAT? THAT’S BECAUSE, IF WE HAD AN ORGANIZER IN CHIEF IN THE WHITE HOUSE, WE WOULD ACTUALLY HAVE THE OFFICES OF OUR CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN OVERFLOWING WITH PASSIONATE PEOPLE, WHO ARE INSTRUCTING OUR REPRESENTATIVES HOW TO REPRESENT US SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT CONGRESS APPROPRIATES THAT MONEY, WHICH WOULD BE ABOUT $1 TRILLION, A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN THAT ñ AND IT COULD BE OVER A PERIOD OF TWO OR THREE YEARS ñ AND THAT MONEY IS BASICALLY USED TO PAY OFF THAT DEBT SO IN OTHER WORDS, CONGRESS PURCHASES THAT DEBT AS AN INVESTMENT IN OUR MOST VALUED RESOURCE: OUR YOUNGER GENERATION SO IT’S NOT LIKE THE BANKS WHO HAVE TO LOANS DON’T GET PAID, THEY DO GET PAID BUT THEY GET PAID BY THE TREASURER THE QUANTITATIVE EASEMENT WOULD INVOLVE THE FED AND BE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT ROUTE ALTOGETHER? IT WOULD BE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT ROUTE ALTOGETHER, IN WHICH THE FED WOULD BASICALLY DIGITALLY CREATE MONEY, WHICH IS WHAT THE FED DID TO BAIL OUT WALL STREET, THE FED COULD DIGITALLY CREATE THAT MONEY IN ORDER TO BUY THE LOANS THAT THE STUDENTS HAVE, AND THEN THE FED COULD CHOOSE TO CONSIDER THAT AN INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURE AS WELL THAT IS MUCH MORE CONTROVERSIAL JEREMY CORBIN CALLS THIS PEOPLES QUANTITATIVE EASING, AND THAT’S WHAT IT WOULD BE THEY WOULD BE THE FED CREATING MONEY ON THE BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, INSTEAD OF CREATING MONEY DIGITALLY ON BEHALF OF BAILING OUT THE BANKS, FOR EXAMPLE SINCE THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT I’M GOING TO DO ONE LAST FOLLOW-UP ON THE QUANTITATIVE EASING PART WHEN THE FED DOES THAT FOR BANKS, YOU ARE RIGHT, THEY DIGITALLY CREATE MONEY, BUT THEY BY THE BANK’S ASSETS, WHICH THEORETICALLY THEY COULD LATER SELL, ALTHOUGH THAT IS A BIZARRE SITUATION AND I’M NOT SURE THEY EVER HAVE SOLD ANY OF THOSE ASSETS IN THIS CASE THEY WOULD BE LUMP ñ THEY WOULD BE BUYING THE LOANS THAT THE STUDENTS HAVE, FROM THE BANKS, BUT THEY WOULD PRESUMABLY NEVER SELL THEM, WHICH WOULD BE DIFFERENT FROM THE BANK SITUATION WHERE THEY COULD SELL THEM EXACTLY, AND MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE BANKS ACTUALLY DID REPAY THOSE LOANS, BECAUSE BANKS ARE SET UP TO BE UP TO DO THAT THEY ARE LOANED MONEY AT VIRTUALLY ZERO INTEREST RATES, AND THEY TURN RIGHT AROUND AND LOADED OUT AT 7% OR 10%, OR WHATEVER THEY DECIDE SO THEY ARE EMINENTLY ENABLED BY OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM TO GENERATE MONEY, OUT OF THIN AIR THAT’S WHAT THEY DO BUT THAT SYSTEM IS NOT WORKING FOR US, AND ACTUALLY, THE CONSTITUTION GIVES THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT THE POWER TO CREATE THAT MONEY THAT POWER WAS TURNED OVER TO THE FED IN THE EARLY 1900S ABRAHAM LINCOLN USED THAT POWER IN ORDER TO CREATE THE GREENBACK, WHICH IS HOW THE CIVIL WAR WAS FOUGHT; ON THE BASIS OF THAT FEDERALLY CREATED MONEY IF WE REALLY WANT TO GO INTO THE POLICY DETAILS, IT’S FASCINATING, AND THERE’S A LOT OF ROOM IN WHICH WE COULD EXPLORE THIS BUT FOR THE PURPOSES OF A TOWN HALL FORUM, AND A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN, IT’S NOT THE TIME TO BE EDUCATING, BUT IT’S DEFINITELY A DISCUSSION THAT IS LONG OVERDUE, AND WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO THINK ABOUT, WHO IS IT THAT CONTROLS OUR CURRENCY? AND WHO SHOULD BE IN CHARGE? YES [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] THAT’S ACTUALLY ñ THE ONLY PART I’LL DISAGREE WITH IS ACTUALLY WHY WE DO THE TOWN HALLS, BECAUSE I THINK IT’S REALLY EFFECTIVE IT’S INTERESTING THAT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS NASTY TOO, SO-CALLED MAJOR CANDIDATES ñ WELL, TO BE FAIR THEY ARE THE MAJOR CANDIDATES, THEY ARE LEADING IN THE POLLS RIGHT NOW, ABOUT, DO THEY SUPPORT THE FEDERAL RESERVE CREATING MONEY TO DO QUANTITATIVE EASING? I’VE NEVER SEEN THAT BEING ASKED, I’VE NEVER SEEN STEERABLE PIECES ON THAT WHY ARE WE CREATING DIGITAL MONEY? WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH THESE ASSETS? SO I THINK THIRD-PARTY HAS CREATED A SITUATION WHERE WE BEGIN TO ASK THESE EXISTING QUESTIONS, SOMEONE GLAD WE DOVE INTO IT BUT NOW LET’S MOVE ONTO THE NEXT TOPIC WE’VE GOT A VIDEO FROM SCOTT WHO WANTS TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE MILITARY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SPENT $47 MILLION TO BUILD A $500,000 GAS STATION IN AFGHANISTAN, AND THE U.S. ARMY, NOT BEING ABLE TO

ACCOUNT FOR OVER $6 TRILLION IN SPENDING ñ [COUGHING] IS THIS CORRUPTION? WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE SPENT EFFICIENTLY TO ACHIEVE OUR GOALS? I DID NOT CATCH ONE CRITICAL WORD? IS IT SOMETHING OR IS IT CORRUPTION? HE SAID IS IT BEING INEFFICIENT OR IS IT ACTUAL CORRUPTION? IT’S HARD TO KNOW HOW WE WOULD SORT THAT OUT, WHEN THE PENTAGON IS ESSENTIALLY UNACCOUNTABLE BUT THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT OUR SYSTEM IS UNOFFICIALLY CORRUPTED IF NOT OFFICIALLY CORRUPTED, AND BY THAT WHAT I MEAN IS, YOU KNOW, AS PRESIDENT EISENHOWER HAD WARNED US ABOUT THE POWER OF THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL CONGRESSIONAL CONGRESS TO BUY POLICY AND DETERMINE POLICY THAT’S CLEARLY WHAT’S GOING ON, AND IN HONEST AMOUNTS OF MONEY ARE CONTRIBUTED NOT ONLY TO CONGRESS BUT ALSO TO THE MAJOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, AND, YOU KNOW, THEY ARE CONSTANTLY FULFILLING THE NEEDS OF THE WAR PROFITEERS TO CREATE WARS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THIS PROFIT IN TERMS OF EFFICIENCY IN OUR BUDGET, JUST FOCUSING ON MILITARY, THAT IS THE BIGGEST INEFFICIENCY IT IS MORE THAN HALF OF OUR DISCRETIONARY BUDGET IT’S MORE THAN HALF OF YOUR INCOME TAXES RIGHT NOW THAT GO TO THIS BLOATED MILITARY IT’S NOT A DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, IS A DEPARTMENT OF OFFENSE, AND WHAT IS ITS TRACK RECORD? IS CREATING FAILED STATES, MASS REFUGEE MIGRATIONS, AND WORST TERRORIST THREATS ACCORDING TO A HARVARD STUDY, WE SPENT 6 TRILLION ON A RACK IN AFGHANISTAN ALONE, AND BY THE TIME YOU INCLUDE ONGOING HEALTHCARE COSTS FOR OUR WOUNDED SOLDIERS THAT 6 TRILLION HAS BASICALLY GONE UP IN SMOKE THERE ARE VERY DIFFERENT WAYS ñ WE ARE CALLING FOR A PEACE OFFENSIVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AND FOR FOREIGN POLICY BASED ON INTERNATIONAL LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS WE WANT A DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, NOT AN OFFENSE DEPARTMENT [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] RONALD WOLF ALSO SENT IN A QUESTION ON THIS TOPIC AND I THINK IT SERVES AS A GOOD FOLLOW-UP TO SCOTT’S QUESTION HOW WOULD YOU SCALE DOWN THE PENTAGON BUDGET AND CONTROL CORRUPT CONTRACTING PRACTICES, WHILE CONVINCING AMERICANS, OUR ALLIES AND OTHERS THAT WE ARE PREPARED TO DEFEND OURSELVES IF NECESSARY? GREAT SO, ONE WAY THAT WE SCALE THINGS DOWN IS, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A PAY TO PLAY RULE NOT ONLY DO WE SCALE DOWN THE SIZE OF THE BUDGET BUT WE ALSO SCALE DOWN THE INSOLENCE PEDALING IN THAT BUDGET IF THE RULES OF THE GAME ELIMINATED THE ñ THOSE WHO WERE BUYING INSOLENCE FROM ASHLEY A ñ ACTUALLY CAPTURING THOSE CONTRACTS, THEN WE WOULD SEE A VERY DIFFERENT DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANOTHER WAY TO WEEDED OUT IS, LET’S PUT AN END TO THE REVOLVING DOOR SO PEOPLE ARE NOT MOVING FROM THE INDUSTRIES INTO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR INTO OTHER AREAS THAT DETERMINE THE CONTRACTING SO, IT’S NOT SO MUCH HOW DO WE DO THIS IN MY VIEW, WE DO THIS BY BUILDING A STRONG POLITICAL ALTERNATIVE THAT DEMANDS THAT THERE IS A DIFFERENT WAY FORWARD AND IN TERMS OF CONVINCING PEOPLE THAT IT’S SAFE, I WOULD SAY, LET’S START BY HAVING A PUBLIC DISCUSSION WHY IS IT THAT THE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS INSISTED ON SILENCING POLITICAL OPPOSITION? BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THEIR PROPOSALS DO NOT STAND UP TO THE LIGHT OF DAY THAT THESE POLICIES ñ WE HAVE BEEN IN WAR IN AFGHANISTAN FOR 16 YEARS EVERY TERRORIST ENTITY THAT WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING HAS ONLY GOTTEN STRONGER, HAS POND ñ CONQUERED MORE TERRITORY THIS STRATEGY OF BRUTE MILITARY FORCE IS A MASSIVE AND CATASTROPHIC FAILURE IT NEEDS TO HAVE THE LIGHT OF DAY SHINED ON IT, AND PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THAT THERE IS ANOTHER WAY FORWARD THAT BEGINS WITH A WEAPONS EMBARGO ON THE MIDDLE EAST, SINCE WE ARE THE MAJOR SUPPLIER OF WEAPONS TO PARTIES ON BOTH SIDES WE CAN BEGIN THIS EMBARGO QUITE EFFECTIVELY I BELIEVE WE COULD BRING THE RUSSIANS ON BOARD, BECAUSE THEY

TOO ARE STRUGGLING TO HANDLE THE COSTS OF THEIR MILITARY BUDGET THEY TOO ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE CONSEQUENT IS OF UNBRIDLED EXTREME TERRORISM THIS STARTS WITH WEAPONS EMBARGO AND THEN IT MOVES INTO FREEZING THE BANK ACCOUNTS OF THOSE COUNTRIES WHO INSIST ON FUNDING TERRORISM THE RECENT EMAIL LEAKS REVEAL THAT HILLARY CLINTON IS WELL AWARE THAT THE LEADING FUNDER IS NONE OTHER THAN OUR GOOD ALLY SAUDI ARABIA [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] SO WE NEED TO GET CLEAR WITH SAUDI ARABIA THAT WE CANNOT SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH ONE HAND FIGHT TERRORISM, WHILE WITH THE OTHER HAND WE AND OUR ALLIES ARE FUNDING TERRORISM, TRAINING TERRORISM, AND ARMING TERRORISM WE HAVE TO DECIDE, WHICH WAY IS IT? NOW LET’S GET INTO THE NITTY-GRITTY OF THIS ISSUE, AND THIS AREA, BECAUSE I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHERE YOU STAND I’M SURE SOME WOULD SAY THAT IF YOU DO THAT WITH SAUDI ARABIA YOU ARE GOING TO ENDANGER OUR ALLIANCE WITH THEM, AND IF YOU DO, THERE WILL BE SOME CONSEQUENCES MAYBE WE LIVE WITH THOSE CONSEQUENCES, BUT ONE OF THEM IS LIKELY THAT THE PRICE OF OIL WILL GO UP APPEARS THAT THE DEAL WE HAVE MADE WITH THE SAUDI ARABIA’S IS THAT THEY GO DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO, BUT THEY KEEP OPEC UNDER CONTROL AND MAKE SURE THE GAS PRICES ARE THAT HIGH ARE YOU WILLING TO SAY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, YOUR GAS PRICES MIGHT GO UP BUT WE NEED TO DO THIS THING AS A MATTER OF FACT, IF THAT WERE THE ISSUE, THE GAS PRICES GOING UP, SIMPLY THE SAVINGS ON OUR MILITARY BUDGET ñ WHICH IS DRAINING MORE THAN HALF OF OUR DISCRETIONARY BUDGET ñ WE HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH MONEY TO SUBSIDIZE THAT PRICE OF OIL AND ENSURE THAT THERE IS NOT A SIGNIFICANT RISE THE COMPANION TO OUR FOREIGN POLICY IS THIS CALL FOR AN EMERGENCY GREEN ENERGY JOBS PROGRAM [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] SO THAT WE ARE BECOMING INDEPENDENT, NOT ONLY OF FOSSIL FUEL FROM SAUDI ARABIA, AND WE COULD MAKE THAT UP FROM VENEZUELA, FOR EXAMPLE, WHO NEEDS A MARKET FOR THEIR OIL AND I BET THEY’D BE WILLING TO SELL IT TO US FOR REALLY CHEAP THERE ARE MANY OPTIONS HERE THE POINT IS THAT THESE OPTIONS SHOULD BE DEFINED BY ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO ARE RESPONSIVE TO WEED THE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HOLD THEIR RETURN FAVORS TO THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY TO THE PREDATORY BANKS, AND TO THE WAR PROFITEERS [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] LET’S DIVE INTO THE ISSUE OF RUSSIA BECAUSE YOU BROUGHT THAT UP, OBVIOUSLY IN SYRIA IT’S VERY RELEVANT RIGHT NOW IT APPEARS THAT THE RUSSIANS ARE HELPING THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT PRIVILEGE DECIMATE ALEPPO I ASSUME YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THE RUSSIANS AND TRY TO PERSUADE THEM TO NOT DO THAT? IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE STOP BEATING THE WAR DRUM AROUND RUSSIA, WHICH LONG PROCEEDED SYRIA WE HAVE SORT OF FORCED RUSSIA INTO A VERY DEFENSIVE POSTURE, AND YOU MAY RECALL THAT AT THE TIME THAT GERMANY WAS REUNIFIED, THE PROMISE WAS MADE TO GORBACHEV, THE LEADER OF THE SOVIET UNION, THAT NATO WOULD NOT MOVE 1 INCH TO THE EAST OF BERLIN WELL SINCE THEN, NATO HAS BEEN STEADILY MOVING TO ESSENTIALLY SURROUND RUSSIA NOW WE ARE CONDUCTING WARGAMES AROUND RUSSIA WE ARE DROPPING FAKE NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN NEVADA, PAIRING FOR THIS POTENTIAL NUCLEAR WAR, WHICH HILLARY CLINTON IS BEGGING TO START AND LET’S JUST BE CLEAR, WHAT IT IS THAT HILLARY CLINTON’S POLICY ON RUSSIA IS, IT IS ESSENTIALLY A VIRTUAL DECLARATION OF WAR THAT IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF HILLARY CLINTON PROCEEDS WITH HER PLAN TO CREATE A NO-FLY ZONE THAT MEANS WE ARE SHOOTING DOWN RUSSIAN AIRCRAFT OVER SYRIA IN MY VIEW, BREZINSKI, WHO USED TO BE THE MAIN COMPONENT OF US DOMINATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND ASIA, HE’S KIND OF LIKE THE ORIGINAL NEOCON, HE HAS CHANGED HIS TUNE AFTER DECADES OF ADVISING PRESIDENT OBAMA HE NOW SAYS THE 21ST CENTURY IS NOT ABOUT TOUGH GUY BULLY IN THE SCHOOLYARD DOMINATION, IT’S ACTUALLY ABOUT COLLABORATION, AND WE NEED TO BEGIN WORKING OUT OUR COMMON INTERESTS WITH RUSSIA, AS WELL AS WITH CHINA, AND AS WELL AS DEVELOPING A COLLABORATIVE WAY FORWARD AS HORRIBLE AS ALEPPO IS, LET’S REMEMBER THAT THERE WAS A CEASE-FIRE THAT THE U.S. BROKE BY BORROWING FORCES THAT WERE

NOT MOVING AROUND, THAT HAD BEEN STATIONARY FOR QUITE SOME TIME THIS IS NOT TO SAY THAT WE ARE THE BAD GUYS HERE, BUT RATHER THAT THERE ARE NO BAD GUYS AND THERE ARE NO GOOD GUYS WE NEED TO ENTER INTO DIALOGUE HERE AS PART OF THE COMMUNITY OF NATIONS THERE ARE MANY AREAS WHERE WE NEED TO COLLABORATE WITH RUSSIA, NOT ONLY TO STOP THE DISASTER IN SYRIA, BUT ALSO ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND ON CLIMATE CHANGE THESE ARE INCREDIBLE CATASTROPHIC THREATS TO ASSAULT IF WE HAD HONEST BROKERS, RATHER THAN TOOLS OF THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY WHO WERE NEGOTIATING ñ AND THIS IS NOT TO IMPUGN JOHN KERRY, BECAUSE THINK HE’S DONE A GOOD JOB GIVEN THE TOOLS HE WAS HANDED, BUT I THINK WE CAN BE HANDING OUR SECRETARY OF STATE FAR BETTER TOOLS AND WE CAN HAVE A FAR BETTER COLLABORATIVE POSITION WITH RUSSIA [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] I THINK THAT EVERYONE IS CLEAR THAT YOU WOULD BE ON A MUCH LESS WAR FOOTING THAN EITHER OF THE DEMOCRATS OR THE REPUBLICANS YOU WANT TO BACK, AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AS YOU CLEARLY EXPLAIN I WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT WHERE YOU WOULD USE FORCE LET’S TAKE AN EXAMPLE, IN SYRIA, LET’S SAY YOU’RE INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS COME IN, YOU’RE THE PRESIDENT, THEY SAY WE HAD AL-BAGHDADI, CAN WE DO A DRONE STRIKE TO KILL HIM? WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE STILL IN MY VIEW, YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT ISRAEL AT ONE POINT GOT THEIR HANDS ON ADOLF EIKMAN, WHO HAD MURDERED 6 MILLION JEWS THEY COULD HAVE THOUGHT, WE HAVE TO TAKE THIS GUY OUT, HE’S THE WORST PERSON EVER THEY DID NOT TAKE HIM OUT, THEY COMPLIED WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW THEY CAPTURED HIM AND BROUGHT HIM THROUGH THE AGONY OF A TRIAL, AND HE PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE IN DOING SO, WE UPHELD A SYSTEM OF INTERNATIONAL LAW EITHER WE ARE A WORLD OF LAW OR WE ARE A WORLD OF PULLEYS WHICH IS IT GOING TO BE? I THINK WE NEED TO SET THE RIGHT EXAMPLE, AND WE NEED TO GO FORWARD WHERE I WOULD USE FORCE IS WHERE INTERNATIONAL LAW ALLOWS US TO USE FORCE, WHICH IS WHEN WE OURSELVES ARE ON ñ UNDER L ñ ARE UNDER IMMINENT THREAT OF ATTACK OR ACTUALLY ARE UNDER ATTACK [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] JUST TO BE CLEAR HERE, YOU WOULD NOT DO THE DRONE STRIKE ON AL-BAGHDADI? WOULD YOU HAVE SPECIAL FORCES GO IN TO TRY TO EXTRACT HIM AS THEY KIND OF DID WITH BIN LADEN BEFORE THEY EXECUTED HIM? AND AS THEY DID IN SOMALIA WITH A WARLORD THERE? OR NO, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO SEND IN SPECIAL FORCES OR DO THE STRIKE? NO, I THINK SPECIAL FORCES ARE AN ACCEPTABLE OPTION IN A POLICING ACTION THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM A VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, OR AN ACT OF WAR I THINK WE NEED TO UPHOLD INTERNATIONAL LAW IF WE WANT TO HAVE A WORLD THAT WE CAN ALL LIVE IN SO, IF THERE WAS A JUDGMENT AGAINST AL-BAGHDADI IN AN INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL, THEN YOU COULD SEND THE INTERNATIONAL FORCES TO COME IN ESSENCE, ARREST HIM? I’M ASKING BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW I HAVE NOT LOOKED AT THOSE RULES BUT IF THOSE ARE INDEED INTERNATIONALLY RESPECTED RULES, THEN YES BUT DRONE STRIKES ARE AN ASSASSINATION PROGRAM, AND WE KNOW THAT THEY ARE WRONG NINE TIMES OUT OF 10 WE ALSO KNOW THAT WHERE JONES HAVE BEEN USED, THEY HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE IN MOBILIZING THE LOCAL POPULATION AGAINST US, AND EASY ñ AND BECOMING A RECRUITING TOOL FOR THE VERY FORCES WE CLAIM TO BE FIGHTING SO NO, I WOULD NOT USE DRONES AS A WEAPON OF WAR IS NOT A SURGICAL STRIKE IS A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE WAY TO MOBILIZE PEOPLE AGAINST US ONE LAST QUESTION ABOUT IRAQ AND SYRIA IF OUR ALLIES IN BAGHDAD SAY, THESE GUYS HAVE NOT ONLY TAKEN ALL THE CITIES THEY HAVE BUT THEY ARE ALSO ADVANCING ON BAGHDAD, WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR RESPONSE? I THINK THIS IS WHY YOU DON’T WANT TO GET INTO THIS SORT OF BRINKSMANSHIP SITUATION THIS IS WHY I THINK WE NEED TO ACT NOW AND WE NEED TO ACT NOW TO ENGAGE A WEAPONS EMBARGO, SO THAT WE HAVE NOT ONLY THE U.S., BUT WE HAVE THE RUSSIANS AND OUR ALLIED FORCES ISIS HAS BEEN IN SO MUCH PART SUPPORTED BY OUR ALLIES

WE JUST ñ WE NEED TO STOP THE SUPPORT AND CARING AND FEEDING OF TERRORIST FORCES THAT IS GOING ON, THROUGH THE SAUDI’S, THROUGH THEIR WEAPONS AND TRAINING WE MIGHT BE UP TO HOLD BAGHDAD FOR WEEKS OR EVEN A YEAR, BUT WHAT THE PAST 16 YEARS HAS SHOWN IS THAT EVERYWHERE THAT WE HAVE WON A VICTORY, THAT VICTORY HAS BEEN REVERSED WE’VE SEEN ALEPPO CHANGED HANDS FIVE OR SIX TIMES, THE SAME WITH MOZUL ARE WE GOING TO JUST BLINDLY CONTINUE THIS CYCLE THAT CREATES MORE VIOLENCE? IT’S NOT ONLY THAT THIS FAILS, IT’S THAT IT CREATES THE NEXT GENERATION OF VIOLENCE AND TERROR, AND WE ONLY DIG OURSELVES IN DEEPER ONE LAST QUESTION ON FOREIGN POLICY, IF THE RUSSIANS CROSSED INTO ESTONIA, AND THERE WERE RUMBLINGS WHERE THEY SAY, WHILE THERE IS A RUSSIAN DOHERTY WITHIN ESTONIA THAT IS TO BE PROTECTED IF THEY CROSS THE BORDER INTO ESTONIA, HOW WOULD YOU REACT? THIS IS WHY WE WANT TO START MEDICATION WITH THE RUSSIANS RIGHT NOW TO ENSURE THAT THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN, AND WE ARE GUARANTEEING THAT THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH OUR NEW WEAPONS AND OUR MISSILES AND OUR TROOPS WITH NATO CONSIDER THIS, THIS IS LIKE THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS IN REVERSE, ON STEROIDS, PLUS THE RUSSIANS HAVE ALSO SENT THEIR TROOPS NOW ñ THINKING BACK TO THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS ñ CRISIS ñ THEY NOW HAVE THE TROOPS ñ IF THEY HAD TROOPS ALONG THE MEXICAN OR CANADIAN BORDER, WE WOULD BE GOING BALLISTIC RIGHT, BUT YOU HAVE QUESTIONED OUR NATO ALLIANCE BEFORE I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE SAYING ABOUT YOUR LONG-TERM PLAN, BUT RIGHT NOW, AS THEY ARE WATCHING THIS ACROSS THE WORLD, IF YOU BECOME PRESIDENT, CAN ESTONIA BE SURE AS A MEMBER OF NATO THAT THE U.S. WOULD PROTECT THEM? WHILE WE ARE A MEMBER OF NATO, WE ARE OBLIGED BY OUR TREATY CONTRACTS BUT I WILL SAY THAT ANDREW BASOVICH, WAS A HIGH-RANKING MILITARY OFFICER, HIS ARGUMENT IS THAT, LET’S LET NATO TAKE CARE OF EUROPE REMEMBER, NATO WAS FORMED DURING THE COLD WAR, AND IT HAD ITS COUNTERPART IN THE WARSAW PACT THE WARSAW PACT LONGER EXISTS NEITHER DOES THE SOVIET UNION THIS IS A WAR BUDGET IN SEARCH OF FUNDING WE NEED A DIFFERENT WAY FORWARD WE NEED TO EXPLORE HOW WE CAN CREATE A TRULY DEFENSIBLE U.S FOREIGN-POLICY, NOT ONE THAT IS CREATING CATASTROPHIC SITUATIONS AND ROBBING US BLIND THE $6 TRILLION THAT WE ARE SPENDING COMES DOWN TO $50,000 FROM EVERY HOUSEHOLD, JUST TO PAY OFF OUR CURRENT OBLIGATIONS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN IS THAT SOMETHING YOU WOULD HAVE CHOSEN TO DO? THE DISCUSSION NEEDS TO BE PUT IN THOSE TERMS ARE WE GOING TO HAVE AN ENDLESS AND BOTTOMLESS MILITARY BUDGET THAT PAYS FOR ENDLESS CATASTROPHIC WAR? I DON’T THINK THAT’S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] I THINK THAT’S NEAR THE AVERAGE SALARY OF AN AMERICAN WORKER A YEAR SALARY FOR THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN IT’S AN INTERESTING QUESTION FOR THE AUDIENCE AT HOME, ON WHETHER THEY WOULD HAVE TO PROVE THAT IF THEY HAD KNOWN LET’S MOVE ONTO ENERGY NELSON WRITES IN, HOW DO YOU PLAN ON SWITCHING THE UNITED STATES FROM OIL AND COAL-BASED ENERGY TO MORE RENEWABLE ENERGY DO YOU PLAN ON GRADUALLY MOVING TO MORE REMOVAL SOURCES OR SWITCHING OVER QUICKLY? AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE WORKERS IN THE COAL AND OIL INDUSTRIES? WONDERFUL QUESTION THAT GETS DOWN TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER WE NEED AN EMERGENCY TRANSITION, BECAUSE WE HAVE AN EMERGENCY WITH THE CLIMATE, AND WE ALSO HAVE AN EMERGENCY WITH THE ECONOMY WORKERS ARE ALREADY IN AN EMERGENCY BECAUSE THE PRICE OF OIL HAS GONE DOWN BECAUSE THE PRICE OF FRACKING HAS GONE DOWN, THAT IS NATURAL GAS, AND BECAUSE THEIR HEALTH SURVIVAL IS VERY MUCH IS THE TARGET HAIRS

YOUR RISK OF DYING GOES UP BY 700% THE MINUTE YOU WALK IN THE DOOR AND THAT IS ON EXPLOSIONS AND FIRES AND EQUIPPING CRASHES AND MOTOR ACCIDENTS MY EXPERIENCE TALKING TO THESE WORKERS IS THAT THEY ARE HUNGRIER THAN ANYBODY FOR A DIFFERENT OPTION ONE THAT IS GOOD FOR THEM AND GOOD FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES AND FOR THE PLANET THEY HAVE BEEN INTIMATED IN ñ INTO THINKING THIS IS THE ONLY JOB THEY CAN HAVE WE NEED AN EMERGENCY JOBS PROGRAM THAT WILL ALSO SOLVE THE EMERGENCY OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS IT’S NOT SO COMPLICATED, WE DID THIS DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION, AND OUR NEW DEAL, WHICH CREATED JOBS NOW WE NEED JOBS ON EMERGENCY BASIS THAT WILL TRANSITION OUR ECONOMY TO 100% CLEAN MOBILE ENERGY BY 2030 NOT THE END OF THE CENTURY, BUT IN REAL TIME [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] WE ALSO CALL FOR TRANSITIONING OUR FOOD SYSTEM AS WELL, WHICH IS A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO GREENHOUSE GASES AND THE CLIMATE CRISIS, AND ALSO CALLING FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION BEING RENEWABLY POWERED ENERGY EFFICIENT AS WELL AS RESTORING OUR ECOSYSTEMS THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THERE IS A JOB FOR EVERYBODY THIS IS TRULY AN EMERGENCY, THAT’S WHAT THE SCIENCE IS TELLING US, SO THIS IS AN ALL HANDS ON DECK SITUATION WHEN PEARL HARBOR WAS BOMBED AT THE ONSET OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR, IT TOOK US ALL OF SIX MONTHS TO TOTALLY TRANSFORM THE ECONOMY TO 25% OF GDP BASED ON THE WARTIME EFFORT IF WE COULD DO THAT IN SIX MONTHS, WE COULD MAKE THE EMERGENCY OF CLIMATE CHANGE WITHIN THE NEXT 15 YEARS WE CALL FOR THE WORKERS IN THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY, AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITIES THAT DEPEND ON THAT INCOME, TO BE ASSURED THAT THEY GET A JOB, THAT THEY ARE FRONT AND CENTER IN HAVING THAT JOB AT EQUIVALENT PAY WITH EQUIVALENT BENEFITS LET’S GET INTO DETAILS JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE I UNDERSTAND THE LONG-TERM PLAN, I THINK YOU EXPLAIN IT VERY WELL I THINK THEY ALL UNDERSTAND IT IN THE SHORT TERM, WHENEVER IT BECOMES TIME, WHENEVER THAT MIGHT BE, WOULD YOU PHYSICALLY ACTUALLY SHUT DOWN A COAL MINE; YOU WANT A LOT TO DO THIS ANYMORE? HERE’S WHAT SCIENCE TELLS US, AND THERE WAS A REPORT FROM WORLD CHANGE INTERNATIONAL THAT SAYS WE HAVE 17 YEARS FOLKS WE NEED TO ZERO OUT FOSSIL FUEL BY THAT POINT THAT DOESN’T MEAN SHUTTING DOWN THOSE JOBS THAT MEANS ON AN EMERGENCY BASIS PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK IN THE HEALTHY EQUIVALENT JOBS CREATING SOLAR ENERGY AND WIND TOWERS, AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, RAPID RAIL AND LIGHT RAIL AND SO ON SO YES IT MEANS WE NEED TO DO THAT, IT’S NOT LIKE WE HAVE A CHOICE EITHER WE DO THAT, OR IT’S CURTAINS, POTENTIALLY, WITHIN A MATTER OF DECADES, AND THAT’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

CREATING THE GREEN NEW DEAL OR THAT WE TAX WALL STREET A TINY TRANSACTION TAX OF 0.2% WE’D BE CREATING ALMOST $400 BILLION, ALMOST ENOUGH TO PAY FOR THE GREEN NEW DEAL RIGHT THERE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] I UNDERSTAND YOUR ANALYSIS OF WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM LET ME BE PERFECTLY CLEAR THOUGH, AND SOME NORTHERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES HAVE DONE THIS, SAYING YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE COAL MINES IN OUR COUNTRIES ANYMORE, OR THEY HAVE PASSED LAWS OR PROPOSED LAWS IN THAT DIRECTION WOULD YOU SAY, NO MORE COAL MINING IN AMERICA? NO MORE DRILLING IN AMERICA? UNFORTUNATELY, I WISH WE COULD NEGOTIATE WITH THE SCIENCE, BUT SCIENCE DOESN’T NEGOTIATE AND NEITHER DOES THE CLIMATE I’LL BACKPEDAL ñ IT DOESN’T BACKPEDAL A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE YOU DON’T LIKE THE RESULTS OR BECAUSE THE FOSSIL FUEL SPONSOR POLITICIANS HAVE AN INDUSTRY ñ HAVE AN INDUSTRY TO PROTECT THERE ARE FAR MORE JOBS TO BE CREATED BY DOING THE SITE ñ DOING WITH THE SCIENCE TELLS US TO DO WE MUST TO ZERO OUT FOSSIL FUELS 0 MEANS 0 BY 2030, MAYBE GIVE OR TAKE A YEAR OR TWO, BUT EVEN, YOU KNOW, MOST SCIENTISTS WOULD SAY WE ARE REALLY PLAYING WITH FIRE NOT YOU HAVE ALREADY EMBARKED ON THIS AND NOT TO BE ON OUR WAY RIGHT NOW THE EPA HAS THE AUTHORITY TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND TO PROTECT OUR HEALTH THAT DEPENDS ON THE ENVIRONMENT SINCE WHEN IS HUMAN EXTINCTION COMPATIBLE WITH HUMAN HEALTH? IN MY VIEW, IT’S WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF THE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AGENCY TO ENSURE THAT HUMANITY DOES NOT GO EXTINCT THAT MEANS THE EPA NEEDS TO BE PART OF THIS EMERGENCY TRANSITION AS WELL [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] ALL RIGHT, GREAT, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A REALLY QUICK TWO MINUTE BREAK HERE, AND WE ARE GOING TO COME BACK AND WE ARE GOING TO FOLLOW UP WITH THE ISSUE OF MONEY IN POLITICS, AND OF COURSE THE QUESTION EVERYBODY IS ASKING, SPOILER CANDIDATE OR NOT, BUT THERE’S BEEN A VERY INTERESTING WAY OF PUTTING IT, SENT IN BY SOMEBODY IN THE AUDIENCE, AND MANY OTHER ISSUES TO COME, SO WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WE’RE BACK ON THE YOUNG TURKS TOWN HALL WITH DOCTOR JILL STEIN THE GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, OF COURSE, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE WE HAVE SOMEONE IN THE AUDIENCE YOU WANT TO ASK YOU A QUESTION JOHN, WHO DO WE HAVE? HI JUSTIN YOU TEND TO RECEIVE CRITICISM FOR HAVING SOME PRETTY HARD LINE STANCES ON LOFTY GOALS [MICROPHONE NOT ON, INAUDIBLE] MY QUESTION IS, HOW COMMITTED ARE YOU TO THESE GOALS? AND ARE YOU WILLING TO NEGOTIATE SOME OF THEM JUST FOR THE SAKE OF PROGRESS? AND IF YOU ARE NOT, HOW DO YOU PLAN TO DEAL WITH CONGRESS? IF YOU ARE WILLING TO NEGOTIATE [INAUDIBLE]? GREAT, LET ME START WITH A PIECE OF HOW WE WOULD DEAL WITH A CONGRESS THAT DOESN’T GET ANYTHING DONE IN THE FIRST PLACE, AND NOW HAS AN INSURGENT PRESIDENT THAT STANDS FOR THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THEY GOT ELECTED TO DO? LET ME SAY THAT, IF WE WERE TO THE WHITE HOUSE INTO A GREENHOUSE ñ [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] ñ WHICH WOULD MAKE THE WORLD A SAFER PLACE, IT WOULD BE A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME, AND LET ME ALSO SAY, THIS ISN’T A TOTALLY FAR-FETCHED AND OUTRAGEOUS THING TO DO THE POLITICAL HOUSE OF CARDS IS FALLING DOWN THEY CREATED A MEDIA BLACKOUT BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS MOMENT FOR THE POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT 76% OF VOTERS WERE CLAMORING FOR AN OPEN DEBATE WE KNOW THAT THESE ARE THE MOST DISLIKED AND NOT TRUSTED CANDIDATES IN HISTORY, AND EVEN THEIR OWN SUPPORTERS DON’T SUPPORT THEM, THEY ARE MOSTLY DEATHLY AFRAID OF THE OTHER CANDIDATE THIS IS A HOUSE OF CARDS IN THE PROCESS OF FALLING DOWN THE ONLY QUESTION IS, WHEN IS IT GOING TO HAPPEN? AND FROM MY POINT OF VIEW, THE MORE ORGANIZED WE ARE, THE QUICKER WE WILL MAKE THIS LIFE-SAVING, CIVILIZATION SAVING TRANSITION HAPPENED LET’S SAY WORD GOT OUT THAT STUDENT DEBT COULD ACTUALLY BE ENDED, THAT WE COULD IN FACT CREATE A BAILOUT YOUNG PEOPLE ARE HELD HOSTAGE WITH STUDENT DEBT, THAT IS A WINNING PLURALITY OF THE VOTE IF THAT WORD GOT OUT, ENOUGH PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY TURN OUT, AND NOT SPLIT THE BOAT BUT BUT THE VOTE

I JUST WANT TO LAY OUT THAT IT’S NOT SO FAR-FETCHED TO THINK THAT WE COULD ACTUALLY HAVE A DEMOCRACY, THAT PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY BE INFORMED THAT THEY HAVE REAL CHOICES OUT THERE LET’S IMAGINE THERE WAS A GROUNDSWELL, AND WE FIND OURSELVES, WE THE PEOPLE, FOR THE FIRST TIMES IN HISTORY, WE HAVE AN ORGANIZER IN CHIEF REMEMBER, RIGHT NOW WHO IS IT THAT IS CALLING THE SHOTS? IN CONGRESS IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT FROM JUST COMMON SENSE, YOU COULD READ ANY OF THE MAJOR STUDIES OUT THERE THESE STUDIES DOCUMENT THAT PUBLIC OPINION HAS ALMOST A ZERO RELATIONSHIP TO THE AGENDA ON CONGRESS THEY ARE BUSY DOING THE WORK OF THE PREDATORY BANKS, ETC THAT’S WHAT THEY DO THEY CAN DO THAT, BECAUSE WE THE PUBLIC ARE LOCKED OUT WE DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON, VERY LITTLE, IT COMES TO US IN TRIPS AND DRABS FROM THE CORPORATE MEDIA SO THERE IS NOT AN ORGANIZING STRATEGY OUT THERE TO COORDINATE THE MASS NUMBERS OF PEOPLE THAT COULD BE MOBILIZED VIDEO BUFFERING ñ IF WE THE PEOPLE ARE MOBILIZED AND WE ARE FLOODING THE OFFICES OF OUR REPRESENTATIVES AND INSISTING THAT THERE IS AN ORGANIZING PLAN BY THE WEEK IT IS, HERE COMES THE BILL TO PASS THE GREEN NEW DEAL, WE NEED YOU TO FLOOD YOUR ELECTED REPS, YOUR SENATOR’S OFFICE WITH EMAILS AND PHONE CALLS, AND SHOW UP IF YOU CAN WE’VE DONE THIS BEFORE, LIKE TO STOP THE PRIVATIZATION OF THE INTERNET LIKE TO STOP THE 2013 BOMBING CAMPAIGN OF SYRIA THEY TELL US THAT RESISTANCE IS FUTILE BECAUSE THEY ARE QUAKING IN THEIR BOOTS THAT WE SHOULD DISCOVER HOW MUCH POWER WE HAVE WHEN WE ARE ORGANIZED, AND THAT IS THE KEY AND IN MY VIEW, THAT’S HOW WE WIN THIS ELECTION WHETHER WE ARE IN THE WHITE HOUSE, OR WE WIN THE DAY BY BECOMING THAT ORGANIZED UNSTOPPABLE POLITICAL POWER THAT WE CAN BE IN THE WORDS OF ALICE WALKER, THE BIGGEST WAY WE GET OUR POWER IS BY NOT KNOWING WE HAVE IT TO START WITH IT’S TIME FOR US TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE IT AND START ORGANIZING LIKE WE HAVE IT THANK YOU, THAT LEADS FAIRLY NATURALLY INTO THIS QUESTION BETWEEN THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE SYSTEM, THE ECONOMY, LOBBYISTS AND THEIR ROB ñ THE REVOLVING DOORS AND OUR SO-CALLED DEMOCRACY, THE SYSTEM SEEMS RIGGED HOW DO YOU PROPOSE WE CHANGE OUR GOVERNMENT THAT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE TO OVERCOME? LET ME JUST SAY, IN MASSACHUSETTS, IN MY HOME STATE, WE ACTUALLY PASSED CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM WE ACTUALLY GOT THE BIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS, WE CREATED PUBLIC FINANCING AND WE DID IT THROUGH A VOTER REFERENDUM BECAUSE THE LEGISLATURE, 85% DEMOCRATIC, REFUSED TO PASS THIS BILL THEY WOULDN’T TOUCH IT WITH A 10 FOOT POLE WE THE PEOPLE GOT OUT A REFERENDUM AND WE PASSED IT BY AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY IT WAS NOT HARD TO DO, AND ONCE YOU BEGIN CAMPAIGN FINANCING, ALL OF A SUDDEN ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD CAN’T BUY THE ELECTION BECAUSE THE MONEY IS NO LONGER IN CONTROL A COMPANION TO THIS, BY THE WAY, SHOULD BE FREEING THE MEDIA SO THAT CORPORATIONS NO LONGER HOLD OUR PUBLIC AIRWAVES HOSTAGE TO THEIR PROFITEERING I SHOULD MENTION, WHEN WE PASSED PUBLIC FINANCING IN MASSACHUSETTS, THE DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATOR REPEALED IT ON A VOICE VOTE THEY STOPPED PUBLIC FINANCING BECAUSE THEY DID NOT WANT TO HAVE TO RUN AGAINST REAL CANDIDATES WITH A POLYP ñ WITH POLITICS OF INTEGRITY NOT ONLY DID THEY CAN PUBLIC FINANCING, BUT THEY ALSO REFUSED TO PASS RANKED CHOICE VOTING, WHICH IS THE OTHER CRITICAL SOLUTION HERE THAT’S HOW THEY KEEP YOU LOCKED IN FEAR, BY ALWAYS HAVING A WORSE EVIL THAT MAKES THEM THE INEVITABLE, THE CANDIDATE YOU HAVE TO SUPPORT BECAUSE YOU ARE TERRIFIED OF SOMETHING WORSE BOTTOM LINE IS, WE CAN GET OUT OF THIS TRAP BUT WE HAVE TO

DO IT OURSELVES THEY ARE NOT GOING TO HAND US OUR DEMOCRACY ON A SILVER PLATTER, THAT’S WHY IT’S SO CRITICAL FOR US TO REJECT THIS PROPAGANDA THAT TELLS US WE ARE POWERLESS WE ARE NOT POWERLESS, WE ARE POWERFUL AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE THE NUMBERS THAT WE COULD TURN THIS ELECTION ON ITS HEAD, BY STANDING UP AGAINST THE POWER OF MONEY WE CAN MOBILIZE THE PUBLIC WILL AND IN THAT THE NO-BRAINER SOLUTIONS THAT ARE THERE WITHIN OUR REACH, TO PUT AN END TO THE REVOLVING DOOR, TO PUT AN END TO MONEY IN POLITICS AND PUT AN END TO THE STRANGLEHOLD THAT THE CORPORATE MEDIA HAS OVER OUR DEMOCRACY [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] LET ME GO THROUGH QUICKLY THEN A COUPLE QUESTIONS ON THAT ISSUE ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS? ABSOLUTELY IN YOUR IDEAL WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT ADDRESS? CITIZENS UNITED WASN’T THE ONLY PROBLEM MONEY IN POLITICS WAS FIRMLY ENTRENCHED BEFORE THEN, BECAUSE OF THE SUPREME COURT SYRIA ñ SERIES OF DECISIONS THAT DISTORTED THE CONSTITUTION WE NEED TO CLARIFY THE ODD ANY SHADOW OF A DOUBT THAT MONEY IS NOT SPEECH WE NEED TO ELIMINATE THIS IDEA THAT MONEY IS SPEECH IF IT WAS TRUE, THE RICHER YOU ARE THE MORE YOU ARE ENTITLED TO FREE SPEECH, AND THEN 50% OF THE PUBLIC ñ 50% OF THE AMERICAN POPULATION, YOU MIGHT AS WELL FORGET IT RIGHT NOW WHAT THIS AMENDMENT NEEDS TO SAY IS THAT MONEY IS NOT SPEECH, CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE, AND WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEMOCRATICALLY DECIDE OUR FUTURE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] HILLARY CLINTON ALSO SAYS THAT SHE’S IN FAVOR OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT DO YOU BELIEVE HER? WHAT HILLARY CLINTON SAYS IS THAT WE NEED TO GET “UNACCOUNTABLE MONEY” OUT OF POLITICS THAT’S ALL SHE ACTUALLY PRETENDS TO SUPPORT UNACCOUNTABLE MONEY? WHAT EXACTLY IS THAT? I THINK SHE’S TALKING ABOUT DARK MONEY, BUT THAT MAKES IT PERFECTLY OKAY AS LONG AS THE MONEY IS DECLARED SO IT’S LIKE SAYING, OUR POLITICIANS CAN BELONG TO CORPORATIONS THEY JUST HAVE TO WEAR THE CORPORATE LOGOS ON THEIR SWEATERS THAT’S NOT OKAY DEMOCRACY BELONGS TO US, NOT TO THE BIG CORPORATIONS THAT ARE RUNNING US OVER THE CLIFF NEXT WE GO TO A STUDENT, AND THE QUESTION IS, WHEN I TELL PEOPLE I WILL VOTE FOR JILL STEIN I OFTEN HEAR IT’S A WASTED VOTE, YOU ARE VOTING FOR TRUMP, SHE HAS NOTICED WHEN ALSO THAT THE MAJORITY OF YOUR SUPPORTERS COME FROM POTENTIAL HILLARY CLINTON VOTERS WHAT DO YOU SAY TO GIVE IT TO PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT A DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENCY TO VOTE FOR YOU INSTEAD OF HILLARY CLINTON? POLLS ALSO STAYED AT FOUR OUT OF 10 AMERICAN VOTERS WILL NOT VOTE GIVEN THE CHOICES OF DONALD TRUMP AT HILLARY CLINTON WHAT I WOULD SAY IS, ARE WE SAYING THAT FOUR OUT OF 10 AMERICAN VOTERS ñ THOSE WHO ARE BEING THROWN UNDER THE BUS? IT MAY BE FOUR OUT OF 10 TODAY, SIX OUT OF 10 TOMORROW, WE NEED TO STAND UP WE NEED TO STAND UP FOR OUR DEMOCRACY WHAT EXACTLY IS THE EXIT STRATEGY HERE? IT IS A RACE TO THE BOTTOM BETWEEN THE GREATER AND LESSER EVIL IT’S NOT ONLY THE TERRIBLE THINGS THAT DONALD TRUMP SAYS, IT’S THE AWFUL THINGS THAT YOU DID ACTUALLY DOES THERE COULD BE NO MORE CATASTROPHIC WARS OUT THERE THAN WHAT SHE ALREADY SINGLE-HANDEDLY LED THE CHARGE FOR IN LIBYA IT’S NOT ACCEPTABLE TO BE BOMBING MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS AND SAY THAT, DONALD TRUMP YOU CANNOT PLAN MUSLIMS, BUT I HILLARY CLINTON HAVE BOMBED MUSLIMS THAT’S NOT OKAY EITHER HILLARY CLINTON IS PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S IMMIGRATION POLICY, WHICH HAS ALREADY DONE UNFATHOMABLE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN FACT, SHE GAVE THE THUMBS-UP TO THE MILITARY COUP IN HONDURAS, WHICH HAS LED TO THE REFUGEES, TENS OF THOUSANDS, POURING INTO THIS COUNTRY, AND HILLARY CLINTON SAYING, ARE THE GATES AND SEND THOSE DANGEROUS CHILDREN BACK THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE THE REPUBLICANS MAY BE THE PARTY OF HATE AND FEAR, THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE PARTY OF DETENTION, DEPORTATION AND

THIS IS A RACE TO THE BOTTOM BETWEEN THE GREATER EVIL AND THE LESSER EVIL AND IF WE CAN’T STAND UP NOW, REMEMBER, WITH EACH ELECTION THEY BOTH GET WORSE THE DEMOCRATS, LIKE THE REPUBLICANS, BECOME MORE CORPORATIST, MORE MILITARISTIC AND MORE IMPERIALIST IF WE CANNOT BEGIN TO PULL UP NOW, WHEN EXACTLY ARE WE GOING TO INTERRUPT THIS DOWNWARD SPIRAL? IT’S UP TO US AND REMEMBER, WHILE DONALD TRUMP’S PREDATOR MISOGYNY IS CREATING A SMOKESCREEN RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE PLANS IN THE WORKS FOR ECONOMIC PREDATORS TO WIN THE DAY WHEN HILLARY CLINTON WINS THE ELECTION THAT IS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY TO BE PRIVATIZED, AND FOR ADDITIONAL ñ WELL, ALL SORTS OF STUFF, BUT IN PARTICULAR THERE’S ANOTHER REALLY BAD ONE THAT I AM NOT THINKING OF AT THEM, BUT IT WILL COME TO ME THE POINT IS, UNDER CLINTON, UNDER BILL WITH HILLARY SUPPORT WE GOT NAFTA EXPORTING OUR JOBS WE GOT THE WALL STREET MELTDOWN HILLARY CLINTON AS LONG BEEN A SERVANT FOR WALL STREET, AND SHE HAS SAID, YOU KNOW, SHE’S TOLD WALL STREET THAT THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO REGULATE THEMSELVES THAT DODD FRANK WAS JUST FOR SHOW SHE’S BEEN A BIG PART OF THE TRANSPACIFIC PARTNERSHIP THE BOTTOM LINE IS, FOR ME ONCE SHAME ON YOU, FOOL ME 20 TIMES SHAME ON ME IT’S TIME FOR US, WE THE PEOPLE TO STAND UP WITH THE POWER THAT WE HAVE AND REJECT THE LESSER EVIL, FIGHT FOR THE GREATER GOOD, LIKE OUR LIVES DEPEND ON IT, BECAUSE THEY DO WE HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE THE WORLD WE DESERVE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] I’M GOING TO ASK YOU A HYPOTHETICAL HERE, AND I UNDERSTAND IF YOU DON’T WANT TO ANSWER BECAUSE YOU ARE RUNNING AGAINST THEM, BUT I AM INTENSELY CURIOUS SO I’M GOING TO ASK YOU IF YOU AND GARY JOHNSON AND NO ONE ELSE IS ALLOWED INTO THE RACE AND SOMEONE SAYS, YOU JILL STEIN WILL PICK BETWEEN HILLARY CLINTON AT DONALD TRUMP AS TO WHO WOULD BE PRESIDENT, WHO WOULD YOU PICK? TO MY MIND, THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THEM ARE NOT ENOUGH TO SAVE YOUR JOB, SAVE YOUR LIFE OR SAVE THE PLANET WE LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY, AND WE HAVE MORE THAN TWO DEADLY CHOICES WE ARE DECIDING IF WE WILL HAVE A WORLD ARE NOT GOING FORWARD I WILL NOT SLEEP WELL IF DONALD TRUMP IS ELECTED, THAT COULD MEAN WE COULD SLIP INTO WORLD WAR III GOING NUCLEAR AT ANY MOMENT, BECAUSE HILLARY HAS ALREADY EFFECTIVELY DECLARED WAR ON RUSSIA I THINK THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE WE LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY, LET’S NOT ALLOW THEM TO MAKE US FORGET THAT WE THE PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER, IT’S TIME FOR US TO STAND UP AND BUILD THAT WORLD THAT WE DESERVE THAT IS WITHIN OUR REACH [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] WE ARE GOING TO GO TO A VIDEO NEXT, KYLE IS THE HOST OF SECULAR TALK ON THE TYT NETWORK AND HE HAD A POLICY QUESTION FOR YOU HI DOCTOR STEIN I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE DRUG WAR IN THE WAR ON DRUGS, 150,000 PEOPLE DIED IN A LITERAL WAR AGAINST THE DRUG CARTELS WE’VE SPENT OVER $1 TRILLION SINCE ITS LAUNCH, AND DRUG USE AT THE SAME TIME HASN’T DROPPED AT ALL ON TOP OF THAT, WE KNOW THAT ALCOHOL PROHIBITION MADE THE MAFIA MORE POWERFUL WE NOW KNOW THAT DRUG PROHIBITION MAKES THE DRUG CARTELS MORE POWERFUL, AND ALSO A LACK OF REGULATION LEADS TO DEATHS ñ FOR EXAMPLE, PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN WITH HIS BAD HAEROIN THAT WAS LACED WITH FENTANYL KNOWING ALL THAT AND KNOWING THAT SOMEONE GETS ARRESTED FOR DRUG POSSESSION EVERY 25 SECONDS IN AMERICA, WILL YOU GO AS FAR AS TO SAY YOU SUPPORT LEGALIZING, TAXING AND RELATING ALL DRUGS? NOT JUST MARIJUANA, BUT ALL DRUGS BECAUSE WE KNOW PROHIBITION DOESN’T WORK

DOCTOR STEIN THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION ACROSS THE BOARD, WITHOUT A DOUBT, I WILL DEFINITELY INSTRUCT THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY TO DO SOMETHING REALLY RADICAL, AND THAT IS TO USE SCIENCE IN DETERMINING WHAT SUBSTANCES WILL AND WON’T BE LISTED AS SCHEDULED SUBSTANCES RIGHT OFF THE TOP, MARIJUANA, CANNABIS COMES OFF THOSE ARE THE WORKFORCES OF THE ENTIRE UNDERGROUND DRUG ECONOMY, WHICH BASICALLY THEN PULLS THE RUG OUT FROM UNDER THIS MAFIOSO INDUSTRY WE NEED TO TREAT ALL DRUGS AS A HEALTH ISSUE AND NOT AS A CRIMINAL ISSUE I WOULD BE ON THE SAME PAGE HERE IN THAT REGARD AS FAR AS LEGALIZING, TAXING AND REGULATING ALL DRUGS, I THINK THAT NEEDS MORE DISCUSSION AND STUDY, BUT I THINK WE CAN GET 90% OF THE WAY TO WHERE WE NEED TO GO TO DISMANTLING THIS INDUSTRY AND ENDING THIS DRUG WAR WE NEED TO END THIS OUTRAGEOUS WAR ON DRUGS, AND WE NEED TO TREAT DRUGS AS A HEALTH ISSUE [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] OKAY NEXT TOPIC, EDGAR ASKS, WHAT SPECIFIC CHANGES WOULD YOU MAKE IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY THAT WOULD DRIVE DOWN COSTS AND BENEFIT BOTH PATIENTS AND HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS? WE NEED AN IMPROVED MEDICARE FOR ALL PLAN THAT TAKES MEDICARE, IT PATCHES SOME OF THE HOLES THAT HAVE BEEN KNOCKED INTO IT WE NEED TO COVER PHARMACEUTICALS AND BE SURE THAT CHRONIC CARE IS COVERED AS WELL AS ACUTE CARE AND THEN WE NEED TO IMMEDIATELY DROP THE AGE OF ELIGIBILITY FROM THE POINT OF CONCEPTION ACTUALLY, SO YOU ARE COVERED CRADLE-TO-GRAVE, HEAD TO TOE YOUR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE, YOUR MENTAL HEALTH CARE, EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR CARE GETS COVERED AND IT PAYS FOR ITSELF IN THE SAVINGS RIGHT NOW ALMOST HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS EACH YEAR IS BEING PAID FOR PHARMACEUTICAL AND HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY PROFITEERING INSTEAD WE PUT THAT MONEY INTO ACTUAL HEALTHCARE ITSELF THIS IS AN EASY ONE THIS IS A WIN-WIN LET’S START DOING THE RIGHT THING THAT EVERY OTHER DEVELOPED NATION AROUND THE WORLD HAS MANAGED TO DO THE COST OF THEIR CARE IS ABOUT HALF OF WHAT WE PAY THEY ESSENTIALLY STABILIZE THE COST OF HEALTHCARE SO THAT WE DON’T HAVE THIS INCREDIBLE HEALTHCARE INFLATION THAT WE HAVE THIS IS A MONEY SAVER GOING INTO THE FUTURE, AND IT DOESN’T COST US SOMETHING STARTING NOW WE’RE GOING TO GO TO ANOTHER VIDEO SHE WANTED TO FOLLOW UP ON THIS TOPIC HI, I’M A PRODUCER ON THE YOUNG TURKS NETWORK YOU TALKED ABOUT CORPORATE INFLUENCE OVER U.S. VACCINE REGULATIONS WHAT EVIDENCE DO YOU HAVE OF THAT? MY ISSUE IS CORPORATE INFLUENCE OVER THE FDA, AND ALL OTHER REGULATORY BODIES, AND LET ME GIVE YOU A PIECE OF THAT EVIDENCE RECENTLY, SEVERAL YEARS BACK, THERE WAS A SCANDAL REGARDING VIOXX THIS WAS A TIME WHEN HUNDREDS OF MILLION DOLLARS REPORTING INTO THE INDUSTRY IN THE FORM OF CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS, BECAUSE HEALTHCARE WAS BEING DISCUSSED AT THE TIME THERE WAS KNOWLEDGE AT THE TIME THAT VIOXX CAUSED SERIOUS CASES OF HEART DISEASE AND WAS ACTUALLY CAUSING INDUSTRY IN WELL OVER 100,000 PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT BEING WARNED ABOUT THIS, AND PHYSICIANS WERE NOT BEING NOTIFIED ABOUT THIS THE INFORMATION WAS BEING KEPT SECRET ESSENTIALLY BY THE FDA’S STUDY COMMITTEE, WHICH WAS GOING BALLISTIC BECAUSE THEY OBJECTED TO THIS THIS WAS COMING FROM HIGHER UP IN THE FDA, THAT THE REAL RISKS OF VIOXX WERE BEING SUPPRESSED AFTER ABOUT FIVE YEARS, FINALLY THE TRUTH CAME OUT, AND

PEOPLE WERE APPROPRIATELY WARNED BUT THIS IS A CASE IN POINT OF HOW THE INDUSTRY TAMPERS WITH OUR REGULATORY AGENCIES YOU CAN ALSO LOOK AT THE REVOLVING DOOR HERE FOR EXAMPLE, MONSANTO, WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE REGULATED BY THE FDA, HAS BEEN IN THE VERY COMFORTABLE POSITION OF HAVING SOME OF ITS LOBBYISTS ON THE HIGHEST OFFICES OF THE FDA, AND I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I DON’T FEEL GOOD ABOUT HAVING A MONSANTO LOBBYIST MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT KIND OF FOOD IS OR ISN’T SAFE, OR THAT SHOULD OR SHOULDN’T BE LABELED [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] WE ARE ALREADY OUT OF TIME, I WENT PAST, I’M GOING TO DO ONE MORE QUESTION HERE I THINK THIS IS A VERY GOOD ONE LET’S WATCH DOCTOR STEIN, YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE RUNNING TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO I KNOW ARE KINDA PLATING VOTING FOR THE GREEN PARTY BECAUSE THEY HOPE THAT YOU WILL REACH 5% AND QUALIFY FOR FEDERAL MATCHING FUNDS AND THEN BEGIN TO BUILD THE GREEN PARTY FOR FUTURE ELECTIONS, AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY I KNOW THERE ARE 100 GREEN PARTY OFFICIALS WHO HAVE ñ WHO ARE SITTING IN ELECTIVE OFFICE RIGHT NOW, BUT THE NUMBER OF STATEWIDE OFFICIALS IN THE GREEN PARTY HAS ACTUALLY GONE DOWN DO YOU HAVE A PLAN TO BUILD THE GREEN PARTY IN OFF YEAR, NONELECTION YEARS? AND IF YOU COULD TELL US WHAT THAT PLAN IS NOT WONDERFUL QUESTION YES, THERE IS DEFINITELY A PLAN, AND I WANT TO UNDERSCORE THAT BY MOST RECENT POLLS WE ARE ON THE THRESHOLD OF 5% RIGHT NOW PULLING DOES NOT Unlikely VOTERS, PEOPLE OF COLOR, MILLENNIAL’S, ETC., SO WE COULD POTENTIALLY BE OVER THAT THRESHOLD AND IF WORD GETS OUT THAT WE COULD CANCEL STUDENT DEBT, WE COULD MASSIVELY BLOW PAST THAT THAT NUMBER IS A MINIMUM TRANSFORMATIVE GOAL, BECAUSE THEN NOT ONLY WOULD WE HAVE FUNDING WITH WHICH TO REALLY ORGANIZE IN THE NEXT ELECTION IT ALSO MEANS THAT WE WOULD BE ON THE BALLOT IN MOST STATES, SO WE COULD ACTUALLY HIT THE GROUND RUNNING IN THESE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS BUT THE POINT HE MAKES ABOUT ORGANIZING RIGHT NOW FOR THE LONG HAUL IS EXACTLY, YOU KNOW, FRONT AND CENTER, AND IT’S ONE OF THE MAJOR REASONS THAT I AM RUNNING RIGHT NOW IN ORDER TO LIFT UP THIS AGENDA, WHICH IS NOT JUST A GLOBAL AGENDA, IT’S NOT JUST A NATIONAL AGENDA, IT IS A LOCAL AGENDA AS WELL ABOUT WHETHER OUR WATER SUPPLIES ARE GOING TO BE RUINED BY FRACKING, ABOUT WHETHER WE ARE SUPPORTING HIGHER EDUCATION IN MOVING TO FREE HIGHER EDUCATION, WHICH IS WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE THERE’S SO MUCH WE CAN DO, NOT ONLY AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL, METAL ñ ALSO AT THE LOCAL AND STATE LEVEL THERE HAS BEEN A FEAR CAMPAIGN AND WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED IS THAT THE POLITICS OF FEAR DELIVERS EVERYTHING WE WERE AFRAID OF ALL THE REASONS YOU WERE TOLD YOU HAD TO VOTE FOR THE LESSER EVIL, BECAUSE HE DIDN’T WANT THE EXPANDING WARS OR MELTDOWN OF THE CLIMATE, WAR ON IMMIGRANTS, AND WAS EXPANSION OF THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL STATE, AND THE SECURITY STATE, THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE GOTTEN BY ALLOWING OUR VOICES TO BE SILENCED, AND ALLOWING THE LESSER EVIL TO SPEAK FOR US IN MANY WAYS, THE LESSER EVIL PAVES THE WAY TO THE GREATER EVIL BECAUSE PEOPLE STOP COMING OUT TO VOTE FOR LESS ILLEGAL ñ FOR LESSER EVIL POLITICIANS AND PARTIES THAT ARE THROWING THEM UNDER THE BUS EVEN IF SOMEONE COULD DO IT WORSE, PEOPLE STOP PARTICIPATING IN A DEMOCRACY WHEN IT IS SO CLEAR THAT IT IS NOT FOR US IN MY OPINION THIS IS ABOUT STANDING UP FOR WHAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW, FOR OTHERS WHO CAN’T QUITE BUY THAT, I’D SAY MAKE THE MOST PROGRESSIVE BOAT YOU CAN AND AT LEAST REGISTER GREEN, CONTRIBUTE GREEN AND THEN FIGHT VERY HARD FOR RANKED CHOICE VOTING AS YOUR VERY FIRST ACTION SO THAT THESE POLITICS OF FEAR IS SOMETHING WE CAN PUT BEHIND US AND ACTUALLY BEGIN BRINGING OUR MORAL COMPASS TO DEMOCRACY DEMOCRACY IS NOT A QUESTION OF WHO WE HATE AND FEAR THE MOST, IT HAS GOT TO BE ABOUT, WHAT IS THE FUTURE THAT WE DEFINE FOR OURSELVES THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT RAISING UP THOSE LOCAL CANDIDATES,

AND I URGE YOU, GO TO YOUR STATE GREEN PARTY WEBSITE TO FIND OUT WHO IS RUNNING IN YOUR TOWN, AND SUPPORT THEIR CAMPAIGN AS WELL THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF CAMPAIGNS FOR OFFICE OUR TIME HAS COME I MEAN WE THE PEOPLE WE DESERVE A POLITICAL PARTY THAT IS OF, BY AND FOR US INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTIES HAVE ALWAYS LED THE WAY, WHETHER IT HAS BEEN IN ABOLITION MEMBER THAT THE PARTIES OF ABOLITION WERE CALLED SPOILERS BACK THEN, DURING THE EFFORT TO ABOLISH SLAVERY WE WERE CALLED SPOILERS THE LABOUR PARTY, THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT, THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, TRANSITIONAL CHANGE HAS BEEN LED BY INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTIES AND IN THE CASE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, AN INDEPENDENT THIRD-PARTY CANDIDATE ACTUALLY ROSE TO POWER AND THAT THIRD-PARTY BECAME A FIRST PARTY IN THE COURSE OF THAT ELECTION OUR FUTURE IS THERE FOR US TO TAKE BACK IN OUR OWN HANDS STAND UP NOW, LIKE OUR LIVES DEPEND ON IT TOGETHER WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE