VVDailyPress.com, June 18th, 2016:
Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a five-part series looking at the candidates for president and where they stand on the issues.
America has a two-party system, as opposed to the parliamentary systems in Europe that allow for the rise and fall of third-party candidates whose platforms are oftentimes built on trending issues of the times. But cries for third-party candidates in this particular election, Decision 2016, are louder than any election in recent memory. One such candidate is already in the race — Dr. Jill Stein.
Stein is a 1979 Harvard Medical School graduate who concluded the likely cause of ailment for man of her patients is a toxic environment, and thus became an environmentalist. This election she is calling for a “Green New Deal” that would effectively end wars in lands rich with oil, while creating what she estimates would be 20 million new jobs in the clean energy sector by transitioning to “100% clean renewable energy” by 2030.
Like Bernie Sanders, Stein runs a “clean money” campaign free from corporate donor dollars and has called for a provision to the Citizens United ruling to effectively end the influence of corporations and big money donors through super PACs. She has also called for candidates to refuse money from defense contractors, citing a moral obligation toward peace.
Peace is one of four major “pillars” of the Green Party she represents: