By Jerry Alatalo
“A man is truly ethical when he obeys the compulsion to help all life he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.”
The Philosophy of Civilization, Part II (1923)
– ALBERT SCHWEITZER (1875-1965) Alsatian-born physician, organist, philosopher
ow that the dust is nearly settled after the Republican and Democratic party conventions, the remaining serious candidates are Clinton, Johnson, Stein and Trump. Now, with only three months until election day November 8, the presidential debates are ready to roll into high gear. Green Party candidate and inheritor of a large segment of Bernie Sanders supporters Jill Stein has initiated the debates by, among other proposals, expressing her view that the U.S. Federal Reserve should become a public, not private, institution.
It’s fair to say nationalizing the Fed is the boldest proposal coming from a presidential candidate in a long, long time. How will the three other presidential candidates – Clinton, Johnson and Trump – respond to Dr. Stein’s advocating for a policy of fundamental monetary reform? Third party presidential candidates have traditionally been marginalized and defeated due to intentional efforts by the most powerful and wealthy in America running the federal government like the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain, outside the public’s view, in the shadows.
For the issue of nationalizing the Federal Reserve to become one in which the “Final Four” of the 2016 election have no choice but to fully address is truly historic. Citizens in the United States, European Union and all nations on Earth where privately-owned central banks exist can look forward to becoming educated on what is perhaps humanity’s issue of #1 importance. Even if Dr. Jill Stein doesn’t become the next (1st woman) President of the United States, bringing this massively vital issue to the world’s attention will result in her name being written in history books, and described as the person who sparked a major civilization-wide shift of thinking in the year 2016.
For the younger generation of men and women aged 45 and under whose lives were intellectually enriched through the internet and increased awareness of Earthly realities – and sharply contrasting those reported on corporate media, international banking with its various aspects – unspoken of and considered “taboo” by politicians and the media – is a subject of familiarity. The appearance of the topic in a presidential election was only a matter of time. Fortunately that time has now arrived, and a long-ignored and delayed, important and necessary conversation can commence.
The fundamental questions surrounding the idea of choosing between keeping the Federal Reserve system as it is or transforming it into a public institution will focus on comparing and contrasting the benefits and harms of each option, and the various models available should the people decide on major changes to the nation’s monetary system. The “cat is out of the bag”, the “genie is out of the bottle”, and there’s no possibility of concealing, obfuscation, avoiding, or sweeping under the rug the idea of beneficial monetary reform, ever again.
Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party’s proposal on the Federal Reserve isn’t the only intriguing idea she offers to voters for their consideration, but beyond any doubt it’s the one which will create the greatest “buzz” and/or impact in America and around the Earth. Ultimately, all issues in her party’s platform are inter-related, including those associated with:
- the military industrial complex (warned about by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in his Farewell Address), war and peace – in particular the Middle East, reduced military expenditure, a foreign policy based on international law and human rights
- the environment and a “Green New Deal” for renewable energy transformation of the country, 100% sun, wind, water, etc. power by 2030, for economic growth and jobs
- cancellation of student debt, as the “economic stimulus of our dreams”
- establishing a medicare-for-all universal health care system
- a $15/hour minimum wage
- bringing the rule of law back to Wall Street
- moving toward greater diplomacy in international relations, to wisely decrease the possibilities for outbreak/escalation of conflict
- dealing effectively with the root socioeconomic causes leading to problems in the criminal justice system, reversing privatization of the corrections “industry”
- taking results-focused measures to combat climate change
- reversing the Supreme Court Citizens United decision, getting big money out of politics …and more
So, Dr. Jill Stein has started the real debate of the 2016 presidential election. Would Ms. Clinton, Mr. Johnson or Mr. Trump like to volunteer as the first to respond?…
(Thank you to RT at YouTube)