By Celeste Katz, Mic.com, May 31st, 2016:
You say you want a revolution — well, you know, Dr. Jill Stein wants to change the world.
The Massachusetts physician says she and the Green Party can carry on the work of Bernie Sanders if, as expected, he doesn’t overcome Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary.
And Stein says if the legions of millennials — many gasping for air from beneath crushing student debt — would follow her in rejecting the “corporatist,” “imperialist” machine she thinks the Democratic Party has become, they could give rise to a second American Revolution.
A movement based on math: Sanders, the Democratic socialist senator from Vermont, has fired the imaginations of millions, but the nomination math isn’t in his favor: Of the 2,383 delegates needed, as of Monday, former Secretary of State Clinton had 2,310, including superdelegates, according to RealClearPolitics. Sanders had 1,542.
Sanders supporters and general critics of the way America’s major political parties operate have long railed the Democratic Party is pulling for Clinton by throwing obstacles in his path.
Stein, who talks about “revolt” and nuclear “oblivion” the way some people talk about what they’re doing next weekend, is among them.
“What we’re seeing here in the sabotage of Bernie’s campaign by the Democratic National Committee [is] the reality [that] it’s very hard to have a revolutionary campaign inside a counter-revolutionary party,” Stein said in a phone interview.
While important primary contests remain, including the June 7 vote in California, Sanders remains the underdog. Stein is touting herself as “Plan B” for Sanders’ followers because, she says, voters shouldn’t give in to the false assumption the only choice left is deciding whether Clinton or Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican Party nominee, is the lesser of two evils.
“We will not get real solutions from political parties that are funded by predatory banks [and] war profiteers,” Stein said.