Posted on April 9, 2012 by the 2012 Campaign Committee
Each candidate for President is entitled to submit a statement of up to 250 words to the Secretary of State, who publishes them on her website. Three of the following statements are from that source (click here for the originals). Because Peta Lindsay is being excluded from the primary election ballot (see these articles), her statement is the one she would have submitted if she could have. Roseanne Barr's statement is one she would have submitted had she been on the primary ballot.
All five candidates for President responded to a questionnaire from the Los Angeles County Peace and Freedom Party. Their responses are posted here.
The Party for Socialism and Liberation’s Lindsay/Osorio 2012 presidential campaign stands for socialism. Capitalism is a corrupt, bankrupt system that only benefits the super-rich, the 1%. This is the richest country in history. Working people create all of the wealth, but we do not get to enjoy it. Instead, our tax money funds the U.S. war machine, bank bailouts and huge tax breaks for the corporations.
A socialist government would institute programs to eliminate poverty and homelessness, ensure jobs with a real living wage, free education, free health care and day care and access to healthy food as rights. It would make the highest priority eliminating institutionalized racism, bigotry and inequalities. Police brutality and mass incarcerations would be ended. Citizenship would automatically be granted to all people living in the United States. Access to contraception and abortion would be guaranteed. Equality would be realized for women and LGBT people.
The Pentagon and all U.S. military bases would be dismantled. Relations with the peoples of the world would be established on the basis of solidarity and friendship.
Socialism can only be achieved by a mass people’s movement that ends the dictatorship of Wall Street. Join us in building that movement!
I am running to offer solutions to the hardships working people face in this economic crisis—solutions that neither Democrats nor Republicans will provide because of their allegiance to the banks and corporations.
My Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) running mate for vice president is Christina López, a leader in fighting Washington state budget cuts. We stand for disarming the war machine and creating full employment with a publicly funded jobs program at union wages; taxing corporate profits to restore desperately needed social services and providing free, multicultural public education for all ages; and establishing elected, authoritative civilian review boards over the police.
We will work for universal, free healthcare, including reproductive services and abortion; nationalizing the banks and energy industry under workers’ control; ending the racist war on drugs; equal rights regardless of race, gender, age, nationality, sexual orientation, immigration status, or physical ability; protecting the environment; and eliminating election laws that discriminate against minor parties. We furthermore see this socialist feminist campaign as a way to help advance a working-class movement for fundamental, lasting change.
My experience through four decades as a radical organizer includes leading FSP branches in Los Angeles and New York City; union activism with co-workers in the restaurant industry; and building ties with socialists in Latin America as an FSP representative.
Endorsers include James Lafferty, Executive Director, Los Angeles National Lawyers Guild; Richard Brown, former Black Panther and victor in the San Francisco 8 case; and Tanya Smith, former president of UPTE-CWA 9119 Local 1.
I am running for President of the United States, because the so-called "two-party system" in this country prevents our government from representing the people and allows it to represent big money instead. I stand for the rights and interests of working people over the narrow interest of private profit.
Most people in this country believe that everyone should have access to health care and education. Access should not be decided by the profit of insurance companies and other private institutions. But the politicians in our government currently serve their donors instead of voters. I want people to vote outside the box that perpetuates wars, gives our public funds to the banks, and destroys our economy and environment. Say NO to wholesale theft and YES to a government for the people.
We have to start building alternatives now instead of submitting, time after time, to the threat of a “greater evil.” Remember that both evils have been doing the same evils once in office.
Through my TV show, I reached ordinary people with messages of empowerment and resistance through fun and humor. As a candidate, I am again reaching people to ask them to vote outside the dominant parties and start building alternatives that represent the people. The Peace & Freedom Party has been one of those alternatives for 45 years. Vote for me and support a new wave of politics beyond the tired old game.
Socialism – it’s not just for Wall Street, military contractors, or Congress anymore, but all Americans!
Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson
I'm running for President because I believe government should promote freedom, equal opportunity, compassion, and security for all. Presently, the two dominant parties and their candidates owe primary allegiance to wealthy and corporate donors. Unlimited money has corrupted American politics.
As the two-term mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, I became internationally recognized as an effective advocate for the rights and freedoms of individuals, sound environmental policy to stop global warming and spur the economy, and my opposition to the Iraq War and other illegal and immoral projections of US military power. Under my leadership, Salt Lake City's operations became some of the "greenest" in the nation while I fought relentlessly for environmental, economic, health and civil justice for all.
As president, I will work toward universal health care for all Americans, as exists in all other industrialized nations. I will implement cost-effective drug policies that treat addiction as disease rather than a crime. My proven record as a fiscal conservative demonstrates my resolve to balance the budget and reduce the accumulated debt by eliminating unnecessary spending and implementing fair taxation of those who gain most from our system. I will bring the Federal Reserve under control and eliminate the collusion among Wall Street, lobbyists, and government and work to reverse the disastrous Citizens United decision. The two-party duopoly has allowed corporate ownership of Washington. Only someone outside that system can change it. I have the proven record, vision, and energy to make that happen.
I am Stewart Alexander, candidate for President of the United States. The 2012 election, to elect the next president of the United States, will be the most consequential election within the past 200 years of this nation. So much is at stake to include world peace. With the passage of the U.S. Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act, and the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United ruling giving corporations the same rights as people has taken the U.S. government from a police state, to a military state, to corporate ownership. Today, the American people are without leadership; the three branches of government in Washington DC only represent Wall Street, corporate America and billionaires. This has occurred at a time when working people are most vulnerable. The nation is in the worse recession ever; poverty and homelessness is on the increase, wages are declining at a rapid pace and working people are living from check to check. Today, we do not have the financial resources to fight for our freedoms; we only have solidarity and determination. Against all the odds, we must send a message to Washington DC and Wall Street that working people will not surrender our Constitution and freedoms to the 1 percent minority in this society. This is why I am asking working people to give me your support in 2012, to be a voice for working people, to protect labor, our human rights and freedoms. Election 2012, Vote Stewart Alexander for President.