Object Lessons: Rantings of a Lone Pamphleteer
Obama? Romney? Stein?!? New meanings in Bi-partisan politicsJill Stein is running for president. She is on the ballot in 37 states plus DC, and running as a write-in candidate in 8 more. She is still attempting to get on the ballot in North Carolina, Nebraska, and Nevada. I don't know what's up in Kansas.
I'm voting for Jill Stein because I'm tired of all the bipartisan politics, as exemplified by the Commission on Presidential Debates' (CPD) refusal to acknowledge that she is a viable presidential candidate. She IS on the ballot in enough states to win the election. And since replacing her septugenarian running mate with Cheri Honkala, who "for the past 25 years has been a leading advocate for poor and homeless in America," the Green Party lineup is more stable. Honkala co-founded the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. Certainly she is someone who has fought her whole life to put people back in homes.
Of course I like an underdog; always have. I agree with what the Green Party stands for, nearly point-for-point. But more and more I believe that bi-partisan politics, with all its negative connotations, is exclusionary, centrist, and non-diverse. Journalists and the CPD are also at fault in perpetuating the bi-partisan contest, which increasingly excludes other "fringe" voices no matter how mainstream their belief system becomes. By excluding Jill Stein (and the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson and running mate James Gray, who are on the ballot in all 50 states and DC), the CPD is failing to embrace their task, to put all serious candidates on the dais for public inspection. Having her arrested at the Long Island debate reminds me of the most backward voter oppression this country has witnessed within its own borders. They deny the voices of a growing number of citizens by attempting to maintain polarized politics. And Journalists failing to report on Stein and Johnson as viable candidates, instead of just the sensational part of the story (the arrest) are guilty of modern yellow journalism: yellow by omission.
The beautiful thing about America is that we the people can still throw a wrench into party politics. We could all vote for Jill Stein, highlighting another huge flaw in U.S. politics, the electoral college. Because no way is the college going to vote for a candidate outside of the norm. Maybe if enough people vote for an "outsider candidate," we can highlight the issue of the electoral college, get the ball rolling on banning that, then run a truly diverse election. Then we can get down to actually having OUR voices heard.
Just a plan.
In old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press. That is an improvement certainly. But still it is very bad, and wrong, and demoralizing. Somebody — was it Burke? — called journalism the fourth estate. That was true at the time no doubt. But at the present moment it is the only estate. It has eaten up the other three. The Lords Temporal say nothing, the Lords Spiritual have nothing to say, and the House of Commons has nothing to say and says it. We are dominated by Journalism.
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