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“Bernie Sanders is more conservative than Jill Stein on domestic issues and when it comes to economic issues, Bernie Sanders is still more conservative than Jill Stein.”
Hillary is more conservative than both of them.
In terms of defense and international issues, Bernie Sanders is significantly more conservative than Jill Stein.
“Bernie Sanders functions as the political “sheepdog” of the 2016 presidential election. The sheepdog makes certain that otherwise disillusioned Democrats are energized enough to stay in line and support the eventual candidate, in this case Hillary Clinton. That is reason enough to oppose his campaign but it isn’t the only one. A hard look at Sanders on foreign policy issues shows that he is a progressive poseur, a phony, a conservative Democrat, and not a socialist by any means.”
And Sanders has endorsed Hillary the Hawk.
From the independent left their major distrust for Sanders is his foreign policy, which is relatively hawkish.
On individual rights, Jill Stein is more progressive and Bernie Sanders more conservative.
Hillary is more conservative and less progressive than either of them.
“Not perfect” strikes me as quite an understatement in light of Sanders’ foreign policy record. Bearing in mind that Sanders has supported U.S. client state Israel’s repeated mass murder of Palestinians trapped in the Israel-imposed open air apartheid prison of Gaza, McReynolds should reconsider this statement after going to a quiet place to read aloud the name of some of the 504 children Israel slaughtered with U.S. weapons last summer. Recalling the democratic socialist Michael Harrington’s failure to oppose the U.S. “crucifixion of Southeast Asia” (Chomsky’s phrase at the time) in the middle and late 1960s, think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. looking at photographs of burned and murdered Vietnamese children in Ramparts Magazine in 1965. The dead Gaza children’s names are listed here.
Beyond that grave moral question (also relevant to Sanders positions on U.S. military actions in Serbia, Afghanistan, and Libya), Sanders’ ambitious “homeland” agenda is undermined in a practical political-economic sense by his silence on Empire. This is no small and peripheral matter. It is not an afterthought that only slightly qualifies the overall excellence of Sanders’ candidacy. It’s a huge and central problem, for Sanders’ ambitious and genuinely progressive domestic and environmental agenda cannot possibly be enacted without the conversion of the military industrial complex to peaceful and sustainable production and infrastructure. The veteran peace activist Bruce Gagnon notes, progressive social and environmental policy “victory won’t be within their grasp unless we can talk about the US imperial war project that is draining our nation, killing people all over the world, and helping to increase climate change as the Pentagon has the largest carbon footprint on the planet. Sure taxes on Wall Street speculation will help some, but until we get our hands on the Pentagon’s pot of gold nothing really changes around here.”
Of these presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders is older by 9 years.
Compared to others, Sanders is one of the oldest (avg. 62 years old).
So… Dr. Stein is younger, more progressive and better-educated than Bernie Sanders.
And she brings us the Green New Deal:
End police brutality, mass incarceration and institutional racism within our justice system. Expand women’s rights, protect LGBT people from discrimination, defend indigenous rights and lands, and create a welcoming path to citizenship for immigrants. Protect the free Internet, replace drug prohibition with harm reduction, and legalize marijuana/hemp.
Restore our Constitutional rights, terminate unconstitutional surveillance and unwarranted spying, end persecution of government and media whistleblowers, close Guantanamo, abolish secret kill lists, and repeal indefinite detention without charge or trial.
Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights. End the wars and drone attacks, cut military spending by at least 50% and close the 700+ foreign military bases that are turning our republic into a bankrupt empire. Stop U.S. support and arms sales to human rights abusers, and lead on global nuclear disarmament.
He supports a trillion dollar boondoggle, the F-35 fighter/bomber, which cannot match the performance of the previous bomber costing 80% less. (Pure profiteering.) He supports drone strikes killing an average of fifty innocents per strike. He condones illegal settlement-building and attacks on Gaza by the IDF. And he is OK with dozens of avoidable wars of choice for profit.
Revolutionary peace and progress with Dr. Stein sounds best. Let’s go for it.
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