Jill: / He needs to join the Green Party and enlarge it and improve it. He didn't want to join the Green saying, "We didn't have our act together," but what he's saying is that we really do have our act together.
Rob: Okay, next question. Why are you running, given that there is no chance that you can win?
Jill: Well, let me ask you this. Two reasons. Who in there right mind, for one thing, thought that Mubarak who had been there for 40 years and had all the power of the military behind him--who thought that a bunch of young people getting out and demanding it, was going to unseat his military government? They were up against an even steeper wall than we are. So, I would say I'm not holding my breath that we're going to win the office, but I'm not ruling it out either. And I think it's really important to go forward and have this conversation focusing on the issues that we need to be focused on and we allow ourselves, I think, to be sabotaged here again by the PR spin, by the political establishment that does not want us to talk about the issues where they've lost it. They don't want us to talk about the issues. They only want us to talk about the horse race, so they try to cut us off at the pass by getting us focused on this David and Goliath horse race. But that gets to my other reason, which is that it's not only that we are the severe, extreme underdog here in the election. It's that American voters are the extreme underdog when it comes to jobs, when it comes to having a living, a wage that will support a family, because those wages are going down and are inadequate already; when it comes to having health care that we can afford. We know the Affordable Care Act isn't it. I live with it here in Massachusetts. It's not affordable and it doesn't provide complete care. It's the same crises here in Massachusetts that it was before. We know that home owners are in absolute crisis. There are 6 to 7 million of them that have already been thrown out of their homes and here are at least that many in the pipeline and nothing has been done. Looking at the economy and the disaster that's around the corner when the European banks crash, is that going to bring us right back down to where we have recovered from?
Rob: / We have two minutes left.
Jill: So, the point here is that, yes, the playing field is severely tilted but we're in really good company because we're all underdogs. As Alice Walker says, "The biggest way people give up power is by not knowing they have it to start with." We do have the power. This is about standing up, asserting that power and starting to move as far and fast as we possibly can, now that it is perfectly, completely evident that neither establishment party, has the capability, the will or the insight to fix this for us. Let's stop accelerating our decline and start to turn this around.
Rob: This is the Rob Kall Bottom up Radio Show WNJC 1360 AM. I've been speaking with Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential candidate. Jill, to wrap this up, what can listeners and readers who want to support third party politics or you, do?
Jill: I suggest you go to our website because we are going to be the one truly national campaign in this race that is not bought and paid for by Wall Street.
Rob: And the website is?
Jill: The website is JillStein, J-i-l-l S-t-e-i-n dot org and we have a whole volunteer page. You can contribute. Every dollar you contribute will be doubled. We're in the process now of qualifying for federal matching funds. We have qualified. We're waiting for the approval. Your money will be doubled if you contribute within the next six weeks or so--
Rob: / Great, so that's all--
Jill: / and you can help us with our ballot access plights, with phone banking, all the usual stuff of campaigns. This is your campaign, join us.
Rob: That's all the time we have. That's all the time we have for the radio show, but hold on Jill. The podcast we can go a little bit longer and then we're going to transcribe this.
If you're listening and you want to catch the rest of the interview, go to Rob Kall, K-a-l-l at iTunes or OpEdNews.com/podcasts and you can pick up the rest of this interview. Or go to OpEdNews and in a couple of days we'll have the transcript of this as well.
So, I have a couple of more questions for you and then we'll wrap it up. Who are you as a candidate? People want to know who you are. / Tell us about you.
Jill: / Great. Great, no and I appreciate it. Yeah, thanks for asking. I am a medical doctor and a mother who's fighting for my kids, understanding that I can't save my kids unless we save all kids. I mean that's fundamentally what motivates me and why I don't find any of this stuff a deterrent to just getting out of bed every morning and pushing as hard as I can.
From my perspective as a medical doctor, as an environmental activist and a mother, I've seen the writing on the wall here for some time. I'd say the last 15 years or so when I saw this epidemic of chronic disease descending on young people. That is these diabetes, obesity, asthma, cancer, learning disabilities, you name it. These are diseases that we didn't used to have in kids or least they were in very small numbers. Now, they're epidemics. They're just taken as a way of life but you know what? Our genes didn't change, things changed in our communities.