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“DON’T BE FOOLED TWICE” SAYS STEIN
by Dan La Botz
“The politics of fear says we can’t stand up for what we need,” Jill Stein told supporters in Cincinnati. She was referring to voters’ fears of supporting third party candidates like herself, who stand to the left of the Democratic Party, because then the Republicans might win. “
“We have had the politics of fear for ten years, and it has brought us everything we were afraid of. It has silenced the voice of the public interest, so only the corporations had a voice. We have had wars, the bombing of Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia. The only reason that the U.S. has pulled out of Iraq is because of Corporal Bradley Manning and Wikileaks.
“We got bailouts by the trillions. Obama embraced ‘Drill, baby, drill.” He supported deep water drilling, drilling in the national parks, drilling in the Artic, fracking, mountain top removal, and the building of the southern half of the keystone pipeline—and don’t doubt that the northern half is coming. Attacks on civil liberties, including the power to jail us without charge and to assassinate even American citizens. We have gotten George Bush,” she said.
Stein: “Fool me once…”
These comments came when Stein, the Green Party candidate for the U.S. presidency, made a brief stop in Cincinnati on Friday, Nov. 2, dropping by the Venice on Vine restaurant in the heart of Over-the-Rhine to meet and greet about 15 local Green Party activists. Traveling with her was vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala. Earlier they held a press conference at the Board of Elections where voters waited to cast their early ballot on the last day to do so. (For more information see: http://www.jillstein.org/)
When asked what she would say to people have felt that they had to vote for Obama and Democratic Party to prevent the election of Mitt Romney and the Republicans, Stein replied, “Fool me once—shame on you. Fool me twice—shame on me. Fool me for four years….”
“We don’t think the Democrats and Republicans are exactly the same, we recognize the differences,” she said. “But the difference between the Republicans and Obama and the Democrats, she added, “had not been enough to save your job, to save your rights, to save your life.”
Stein spent only about 20 minutes with her Cincinnati supporters before she was whisked off to Columbus.
Congressional Candidate Fitrakis Will Seek Injunction Against Computer Software
Bob Fitrakis, Green Party candidate for Congress in Ohio’s Third Congressional District in Columbus who was traveling with Stein said that he was planning to seek an injunction in court against uncertified last minute election tabulation reporting software in Ohio.” (http://FitrakisForCongress.org/the-free-press-confirms-installation-secret-justification-of-uncertified-last-minute-election-tabulation-reporting-software-in-ohio/)
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