This Presidential election has been the craziest I have ever seen.
You just cannot make up the sort of things we have seen this wild, sordid election cycle. Is it any wonder that sixty percent of Americans think that we need another political party in the United States?
A vote for Jill Stein would help build such a party. The Greens have been around since 1984 and have had some limited election successes. This year, they have managed to get an all time high number of states, 45, including the District of Columbia, that feature their candidate, Jill Stein, on the Presidential ballots. This came about during an all out effort by the Greens for ballot access across the country. Many Bernie Sanders supporters flocked to the Stein campaign after his withdrawal from the Democratic Presidential race.
If the Greens were to get five percent of the popular vote, they would receive Federal Matching Funds and also automatically qualify to be on the ballot in many states for the next Presidential election. This is important for two reasons: the first is that the Green Party is the only one on our ballot that does not take donations from Corporations or Super PACS, and the Federal funds would help level the playing field. Secondly, petitioning for the ballot is very expensive and time consuming for a party that relies on small contributions to operate and campaign.
The firm establishment of the Green Party would help build a “home base” for progressive voters. Time and time again, progressives, such as Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich and Bernie Sanders have been upended by the Democratic Party establishment. This year was especially contentious, with many progressives, so soured by the primary and caucus process, that they have not been able to reconcile with the Hillary Clinton Campaign.
The Republicans, likewise, are having deep internal riffs between the establishment and the Trump arm of the party. With many leaders of the Republican Party refusing to endorse or even vote for their presidential candidate, it appears that a schism is well underway. I am of the opinion that it is time for both of the parties to split. This would create the necessity of forming coalitions. The desired result of the coalition building would be that gridlock would be potentially dramatically reduced.
We need to have “people power” to be able to combat the effects of the Citizens United decision. Essentially, this decision said that money equals free speech, and allows for almost unlimited amounts of money to be poured into the political process by Corporations, Super PACS and wealthy individuals. The people need to have greater power than these special interests.
I will leave you with some questions, poised by Capt. Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd fame. These are designed to appeal to your moral compass.
Which Candidate opposes fracking?
Which Candidate opposes Monsanto?
Which one would put a stop to war without end for the U.S.?
Which Candidate has stood with the Standing Rock Sioux in defiance of big oil?
Which Candidate will be the strongest on addressing climate change?
And the most important question that drives the answer to all of the others, Which Candidate is not being funded by Wall Street?
The answers to all of these questions is Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party. Help us get to five percent. Help us to make America think again.
To learn more about Jill Stein, here is her website.