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. Because Peta Lindsay is being excluded from the primary election ballot (see these articles for details), her statement is the one she would have submitted if she could have.
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!