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I saw part of this video on Chris Matthews’ show tonight. They’re cute 4th-graders, so I’m not going to be hard on them. They are singing a hopeful tune, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”
I like their message: “Vote FOR somebody.” I always do that, never do I vote against a candidate or for the lesser of two evils. Also, I agree that voting is a civic duty. Everybody who is eligible to vote ought to vote.
But here’s where they get it wrong. “Democracy” does not begin and end with the two-party system we have with Republicans and Democrats. There is more to democracy than that. We have many parties, and when you vote FOR somebody it ought to be somebody who represents your values and beliefs. Neither major party does that for me. On issue after issue, there is no appreciable difference between the big political parties. I cannot make my voice heard by voting for (or against) Romney or Obama. Neither one of them dares to state publicly what their real priorities would be if elected, anyway.
I voted for Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for President. The day after I put my ballot in the mail, the two-party system had her arrested and thrown in jail.
UPDATE: Strategic voting is how the people can win (now we just need a song!)
[D]ue to our 18th century system of presidential elections, your vote in nearly 40 non-swing states (e.g. West Coast, most of Northeast, deep South) will not be decisive because one side or the other will easily win those states. Progressives can take strategic advantage of this archaic voting system that’s winner-take-all in each state.
So please sign this pledge to promote strategic voting: in swing states, we’ll urge progressives to vote against Romney/Ryan by voting for Obama/Biden (despite our vital policy critiques) — and we’ll urge progressives in non-swing states to seriously consider voting for unabashed peace and justice candidates.
UPDATE: “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams, upset with federal marijuana arrests in California, says he has no choice but to vote for Romney.
Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein was arrested while asking to be allowed to participate in tonight’s debate at Hofstra University on Long Island.
Instead, we will hear from the two major party candidates, neither of whom can give an honest answer about what they plan to do if they win the election just three weeks from now.
The secret debate contract published by Time shows how the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) controls the debates. CPD won’t allow third-party candidates into the debates unless they have a 15% or better showing in at least five national polls. Most major polls do not even list Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson as an option, even though they are on the ballot in nearly every state.
Maybe C-SPAN will cover it, but they’re not sure.
There’s a Green Party candidate for President who deserves our attention: Dr. Jill Stein, a physician and former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate.
We face unprecedented, converging problems in our economy, our environment, human rights and the quest for peace. The American people are ready to meet these challenges, but many of us have, for good reason, lost confidence in the political establishment and its leaders in Washington.
These leaders have given us massive bailouts for Wall Street, layoffs on Main Street, declining wages for workers, wars for oil abroad, and attacks on Medicare and Social Security. They’re privatizing education, rolling back civil liberties and racial justice, plundering the environment, and driving us towards the calamity of climate change.
In response, the American people are standing up like we haven’t seen in decades. And they are providing the leadership that’s not coming from the political elite. People are realizing that We the People have to take charge, because the political parties that are serving the top 1% are not going to solve the problems the rest of us are facing. And we need people in Washington who refuse to be bought by lobbyist money and for whom change is not just a slogan.
My name is Jill Stein. And all this is why I’m here today to announce my candidacy for President of the United States.
Dr. Stein’s campaign promises “to defend Main Street from Wall Street.” She believes in direct action to create jobs for economic recovery, instead of giving money to the financial elite in the hope that they will decide to provide jobs. Her Green New Deal plan would create eight times more jobs than the current Obama jobs proposal.
As the name implies, the Green New Deal is primarily about government-led investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Green New Deal policy proposals also address the re-regulation of the financial sector, measures to prevent corporate tax evasion, and the breakup of “too-big-to-fail” institutions.