With Hillary Clinton circumventing yet another FBI investigation, progressives have an alternative to establishment Democrats. If your conscience won’t allow you to side with a person who is advised by Henry Kissinger and neoconservatives like Robert Kagan, then you have a choice on November 8, 2016. You can vote for a future without a media beholden to John Podesta’s dinner parties. You can choose a future without Wolf Blitzer or Donna Brazile colluding with the DNC, and without a Democratic nominee accepting Foundation contributions from countries that fund ISIS. If you envision a world without wars for oil, fracking, the prison industrial complex, and severe breaches in campaign finance laws, then you certainly don’t have to pick Clinton or Donald Trump.
You can vote for WikiLeaks.
Every movement has a beginning, and although Jill Stein has been active in politics for years, this year marks a turning point in American history. Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have allowed voters to see the inner workings of the Clinton campaign; countering an American media serving essentially as Hillary Clinton’s public relations machine. Instead of a 2005 hot mic audio of Donald Trump (considered to be Pulitzer Prize winning journalism by the The Washington Post) Assange and WikiLeaks have published enough Podesta emails to highlight the long-term implications of a Clinton presidency.
Americans finally know the genuine and authentic inner thoughts of the Clinton campaign and any influence upon the election depends upon your reaction to widespread corruption. If you feel duplicity is normal, then you’ll be voting based upon a morally relative vantage point that says Clinton might be bad, but Trump is the devil. If you’re outraged that a DOJ official would have dinner with John Podesta during Clinton’s FBI investigation, then vote Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka.
If you’ve had enough with Clinton’s Red Scare propaganda merging WikiLeaks, Trump and even (up until recently) FBI Director Comey with a Russian plot, then simply take a stand on Election Day. By voting for Jill Stein, you’ll be addressing every progressive ideal, from the issue of climate change to ending perpetual wars, without compromising your value system. In addition, you’ll also be defending WikiLeaks. Dr. Stein explains why Julian Assange is a hero in a brilliant op ed in The Hill titled In praise of WikiLeaks:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a hero. Like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and other whistleblowers facing government persecution, Assange has sacrificed his personal comfort and safety to bring us the truth.
George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Thanks to WikiLeaks, we know that powerful institutions have been abusing their power and lying to the public. For example, redacted State Department communications published by WikiLeaks revealed that Secretary Clinton identified Saudi Arabia as a leading funding source for terrorist groups around the time she approved a whopping $29 billion arms deal with the Saudi dictatorship…
WikiLeaks’ stunning revelations of how top Democratic National Committee officials conspired to sabotage Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, in collusion with the media, shattered the illusion of a fair electoral process and confirmed what millions Americans already knew in their gut: we live under a rigged political system.
What WikiLeaks actually does — to political parties, the military, and other powerful entities — is pull back the curtain of censorship, spin, and deception to show the public what’s really going on. Unlike pundits in the mainstream media, WikiLeaks doesn’t tell us what to think. They invite us to read the emails, watch the footage, and decide for ourselves.
The political and economic elite, used to controlling information, see this unprecedented transparency as a tremendous threat. They have mercilessly persecuted a series of heroic whistleblowers. Chelsea Manning, convicted of leaking the Collateral Murder video among other revealing materials, was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison.
Manning, a transgender woman, has been subjected to treatment that the UN described as “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” in violation of the Convention Against Torture. Shockingly, after a recent suicide attempt, Manning faces disciplinary charges that could land her in indefinite solitary confinement.
The security state would like to make an example of Assange, as it has done to Manning and others. In fact, the Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all previous presidents combined. And the persecution of whistleblowers is often accompanied by ruthless character assassination to discredit them.
While Chelsea Manning is suffering a life of torture in prison, Hillary Clinton expects to win the presidency after jeopardizing Special Access Program intelligence (Manning never had SAP intelligence, yet is serving over three decades) on an unencrypted private server. As stated by Dr. Stein, “Manning, a transgender woman, has been subjected to treatment that the UN described as ‘cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment’ in violation of the Convention Against Torture.” In addition, without Assange or Manning, many Americans would be kept in the dark about the true nature of warfare and death in Iraq. The knowledge and revelations whistleblowers like Assange and Manning bring to American politics allow voters to move beyond Brian Fallon’s talking point and towards a more realistic assessment of our nation’s trajectory.
In addition to the words of Dr. Stein, voting this Tuesday will decide the future of campaign finance laws. WikiLeaks has uncovered enormous conflicts of interest with the Clinton Foundation and issues that the IRS in Dallas is currently investigating. In a Paste article titled How Jill Stein Could Force the Enforcement of Election Laws and Save Us All, Walker Bragman highlights the impact of Stein and WikiLeaks upon overt breaches in campaign finance legislation:
On Monday Paste published an article I wrote in which I asserted that the Clinton campaign was engaged in illegal coordination with super PACS.
That piece, titled, “John Podesta Discussed Super PAC Coordination in Email with Hillary Clinton,” which covered an email exchange between Clinton, her campaign chair, Podesta, campaign manager, Robby Mook, general counsel Marc Elias, and communications director Jennifer Palmieri, discussing how to deal with Republican coordination with super PACs the day after The New York Times published an article about how partisan divides among the FEC’s six commissioners paralyzed the agency. In the exchange, Elias and Podesta make several comments regarding the Clinton campaign’s own coordination, which hinted at illegality. For example, Podesta asserts the need to get “Priorities functional,” and Elias weighs in that any action taken against the GOP should be measured so as not to backfire on “Priorities, et al.”
“It would be hailed by the reform groups,” he writes, “but is a significant step in legal escalation and will certainly result in similar action against Priorities et al.”
Now, a newly released memo, uncovered in the latest Wikileaks dump of Podesta’s emails by The Young Turks’ Emma Vigeland, and sent to Hillary Clinton by Marc Elias following that email exchange, has shed new light on the story.
Attached in an email sent two weeks after the exchange I reported on, this new piece of evidence describes in detail the planned coordination engaged in with both Priorities USA Action (Priorities) and Correct The Record (CTR), two super PACs clearly affiliated with the campaign, and provides an interesting perspective.
Jill Stein’s role as savior of our electoral system
Readers may have noted that in the initial email exchange in my previous article, the Clinton campaign’s general counsel says the following…
Taken together, these paragraphs provide a how-to guide for a third party candidate, like Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party, who supports regulating campaign finance and having fair elections, to take potentially devastating legal action against Clinton (and possibly Trump, as noted in my original piece).
If Stein pursues this path, it could upend the entire political system as we know it-especially given the emails indicating Clinton knew of the coordination. If she or her campaign were to be held accountable, it would undoubtedly send a shock wave through Washington.
Ultimately, Walker Bragman describes in detail how Jill Stein (with the help of certain WikiLeaks insights) would force Clinton and Trump to abide by existing campaign finance laws. Also, Bragman details how Clinton has already broken several campaign fiance laws, especially with her close ties to super-PACs.
A strong Jill Stein is not only an ally to progressive voters, but also a defender of WikiLeaks. If America had hundreds of people like Jill Stein in politics, voters would be able to ignore the propaganda blitz from political campaigns. We’d all be more interested in the authentic WikiLeaks emails exposing corruption among Democrats and Republicans than devising creative Red Scare narratives to legitimize this corruption. Simply saying Trump is worse won’t end fracking or pipelines on Native American land.
By the way, what’s Hillary Clinton’s position on the Dakota Access Pipeline and its impact on the Standing Rock Sioux?
Therefore, cast your vote for the people who’ve empowered you this election. Every vote for Jill Stein, in a poetic way, is also a vote for WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning. As stated in an International Business Times piece, “Discussing well-known figures like Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Aaron Swartz, Stein said they were all people who have ‘paid an incredible price’ for freedom and privacy.’” If you’re tired of lesser-evil politics and media collusion, and if you’re outraged at money overshadowing values in politics, then vote for Jill Stein on Election Day. In doing so, you’ll ensure that future generations aren’t stuck with two candidates nobody likes and a media beholden to ratings and political power. You’ll also increase the chances that laws are enacted to help people like Assange, Manning, Snowden, Swartz and others who’ve risked so much to enlighten an American public kept in the dark by its government.