Monday, November 5, 2012

A Socialist For President

"In Red Hook yesterday, ppl had no water & no heat. But the govt did set up stations to make sure their rent got paid. #capitalistpriorities"

-- tweet from the Party for Socialism and Liberation presidential candidate Peta Lindsay after performing volunteer service in Brooklyn
Peta Lindsay and Yari Osorio are the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, a Socialist party based in the USA with offices in 23 US cities, including Albuquerque. It is one of the various factions the Socialist movement in North America has split into in the past 50 years. Lindsay and Osorio are on the ballot in 13 states (Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin).
Their campaign has drawn some media attention. After a stop at the University of New Mexico Lindsay was interviewed briefly by Albuquerque TV station KOB. Aside from the party's core belief in a socialist economy, on most issues they are in line with what you would consider to be a very Liberal Deomocratic viewpoint, as you can hear Lindsay lay them out to KOB. Lindsay, who is 28, also explains shy she is running for president despite being too young to take office.

Peta was also featured in a pictorial put together by Jezebel, the widely read feminist news web site. The Jezebel 25 was "a list of notable women who have caught our attention and, we believe, are worthy of yours," who were brought in in groups to be photographed. Below is Peta with a group that includes Sandra Fluke, who gained notoriety after she was called a "slut" by Rush Limbaugh for advocating access to birth control on her college campus, and who subsequently appeared at campaign events with President Obama.

From left: Model Sara Ziff, socialist presidential candidate Peta Lindsay, Intel Science Competition finalist Samantha Garvey, Hollaback founder Emily May, and birth control advocate Sandra Fluke. Photo by Nikola Tamindzic.
Lindsay was not invited to the presidential debates, nor was she included in Larry King's alternate debate for third party candidates on CNN. Nor was she invited to be in the "Expanding the Debate" series of third party candidate debates Amy Goodman staged on her Democracy Now program, and about which she bragged endlessly. Saying that she was "breaking the sound barrier," Goodman promoted her debates by noting that at the official debates "some key voices were shut out the conversation, including those of third-party presidential candidates." Just as Peta Linday's voice was shut out by Amy Goodman.

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