My one-sided 'lurid' love affair with Bernie Sanders has come to a screeching halt. The political infatuation I had with Bernie that was strong enough to make me swear off George Clooney (pre-Amal); is now stored away with old tokens meant to curse former crushes, (including an ugly little voodoo doll bearing more than a striking resemblance to Trump); and all because he whole heartedly endorsed Hillary this week.
Now I understand that Bernie told his followers the fight will go to the convention floor as a show of newly grown progressive force. He wants to knock out political bosses, reform the nominating process, and allow voting rights for independents in the primaries.
Rumors of blackmail fly online"
Unsubstantiated rumors surfaced on a reddit thread, claim that Bernie was allegedly blackmailed (by the DNC and Hillary), to happily endorse Hillary, or be locked out of the convention. (Source : https://m.reddit.com/r/SandersForPresident/comments/4snwvk/why_bernie_endorsed_hillary/ )
That's right, no Bernie and no nasty aftertaste from Bernie delegates to stop Hillary's coronation. Frankly, envisioning Bernie, his delegates and fellow protesters barred from the door of the convention with the threat of arrest hovering like 'hanging chads' of yesteryear; would have served as a more powerful indictment over a corrupt process. Alas, it was not to be.
I can forgive Bernie for being tired and realizing that Hillary has stolen the nomination; but I have difficulty accepting his smiling face standing next to HER--the poster child of groveling and political obeisance to Wall Street.
I would have been crushed except, I had someone even better than Bernie--waiting in the wings, namely Green Candidate Dr. Jill Stein. I admit that I was attracted by her mantra which simply states the obvious and most inconvenient truth, that; "Democracy needs a moral compass; it needs our moral values." (Source : J. Stein interview in St. Louis, July 3, 2016)
Jill Stein to the rescue"
Dr. Stein or Jill as she prefers to be called is the 'dirty' little secret of the political world. A medical doctor by profession and an alumnus of the Harvard Medical School; she is refreshingly humble. Jill was kind enough to consent to an interview on a very short campaign stop in St. Louis. We met in a local coffeehouse which had also previously served as a refuge for Ferguson protesters. There were no handlers, no entourage, no demands for the questions in advance, and no arrogance.
It's easy to see why Jill Stein and the Green Party have been locked out of the press cycle at least until recently. Her agenda has a corny name; 'The Power to the People Plan', but the goals are golden in terms of economic, social, political and climate justice. She blames""both corporate political parties;" for the current litany of economic, political and climate crimes against humanity. (Source :http://www.jill2016.com/plan)
Her goals are to create""deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit." (Source : http://www.jill2016.com/plan)
Key points of her plan feature the following: