Photo courtesy of rev16.us
In the second presidential candidate interview of our Election 2016 series, I got to talk to the Socialist Party USA’s candidate for president Mimi Soltysik.
Soltysik was born on October 30, 1974 and grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania. As a teen and into his twenties, Soltysik was a self described “punk-rocker, skateboard kid” who was a musician. During this time, Soltysik stated that he got in a lot of trouble and struggled with substance abuse problems until he reached rock bottom.
“I had gotten totally disconnected from people,” Soltysik stated, “I could choose to keep going and maybe die, or I could choose to re engage and start learning again.” Together with his wife, Soltysik started organizing bicycle and clothing drives. This work brought more thought to Soltysik. He stated “We started to realize that these drives were an attempt to cure cancer with a Band-Aid. While those services are essential, I wanted to attack the cancer.”
“Capitalism would be the cancer,” stated Soltysik. He also stated “Capitalism cannot be reformed. Capitalism is harrowing, racist, sexist, and imperialist.” The Socialist Party USA does not agree with the policies of self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders. “He thinks capitalism can be reformed. Bernie Sanders puts forward a welfare state model similar to that of Sweden. Also, if you look at his voting record, he has supported war.”
Soltysik calls for full employment, stating that green energy and money taken away from the military budget can provide both the full employment and free college that the Socialist Party USA calls for. Soltysik stated “The money is there, it’s just a matter of priorities. Our priorities have tended to lie in military strength. In our campaign, we say we aren’t going to finance the killing of people worldwide.”
Mimi Soltysik’s offical campaign website is rev16.us. He can also be followed on Twitter @MimiSoltysik.