These are my final thoughts on last night's debate: It was a complete and utter national embarrassment. On a scale from 1-10, with 1 being Lincoln Chafee's 2015 poll numbers and 10 being how fucked we are in 2017, I'd give both candidates a rating of negative 5.
Before I get to my reasons for voting for the Stein/Baraka ticket this fall, let me give you a bit of background. I know a lot of you are Bernie-crats. Bravo - Bernie was the first presidential candidate I passionately supported in my 41 years of voting eligibility. Can I tell you a secret? Prior to my running for office as a Green Party candidate this year, the highest level of political involvement was a brief period when I was a Republican precinct delegate.
The first Presidential debate will be held today at Hofstra University with only two of the Presidential candidates debating. The Commission on Presidential Debates, which is owned by donor corporations and operated by the two major political parties, sponsors the debates. Since 2000, the Commission has had an arbitrary rule that third party candidates must poll 15% or better consistently to qualify to be in the Presidential debates. The reasoning behind their ruling is that the voter's time should not be wasted on “insignificant” candidates. To determine whether the third party candidate meets the criterion, the CPD relies on five polls conducted by MSM, all of which have at least one major donor to the Clinton campaign.
As the years passed, I became increasingly disillusioned with Obama’s changes in policy. But I truly liked him as a person, so I had a really hard time wrapping my head around his actions. It was impossible for me to believe that this good man could have turned 180 degrees on so many things I believed he stood for.
The bombings that occurred in the Chelsea area of New York City and Seaside Heights, NJ, illustrated once again how the media anointed presidential candidates will address terrorism while in office.
In my opinion, income inequality is the most serious issue facing Americans today. Wealth accumulation by the top 1% is currently at its highest level since 1928. Such inequality was not sustainable then, and it is not sustainable now. In fact, history has demonstrated that modern societies with high levels of income inequality ultimately collapse; either as a result of war or due to failure within the financial system. As Americans, we have an obligation to ensure that our politicians understand the seriousness of this issue and demonstrate their desire to change our inequitable system.
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"This bill isn't perfect, but it's better than nothing" is part of how we got the monster that is the 1994 Crime Bill. That is what was said of that piece of legislation and how legislators viewed what they finally came up with. We are not willing to repeat the same mistakes today that were made then.
We who were “Bernie or Bust” have differing interpretations of what the “Bust” part of that pledge actually means. For some, it means a protest write-in or a vague hope that enough others will do so in the states that count those ballots for Bernie to win the presidency. For others, our “Bust” moment was the #DemExit when his delegates walked out of the DNC Convention in Philadelphia. For those of us who want to continue the Revolution outside the counter-revolutionary party, Jill Stein is our ticket.
This year, we have seen some of the strangest phenomena in politics in a very long time. From Trump basically inserting his foot in his mouth every time he speaks to Clinton’s gross misappropriation of government emails, it has not been any ordinary election. In fact, it’s a vital election season. We need to make sure to vote our consciences and not be triangulated by the two corporate parties, their candidates, and the mainstream media; otherwise, we may never get another chance to correct our political system.