Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Un-Democratic Parties: Open the Debates

The Un-Democratic Parties!
By Angela Smith
[This was submitted as a letter to the editor of my local paper but was rejected for being too long.  The requirement is "around 200 words".  So, here it is in full for anyone interested.  Updated on September 20th, 2016 to reflect ballot access information update.]

First, let me begin by saying I support Jill Stein and the Green Party.  I believe that a true democracy would welcome public participation and open discussion.  I believe that since Jill Stein is on the ballot in 44 States (and DC) and people can vote for her in 48 states (and DC), that she is a viable candidate deserving of participation in the general election debates.  The two states that do not include her are currently Oklahoma and Nevada .  A candidate needs 270 electoral votes out of 538 total to win the election.  And, Oklahoma and Nevada have a combined electoral vote count of 13 total.    Therefore, gaining or losing those two would not determine the outcome of the election and Jill Stein can win enough electoral votes given the ballot access achieved this election cycle.  This should be the standard for participation in general election debates.  Both Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party's Jill Stein meet that requirement.

I'm not going to go into a discussion on rigged elections.  I think the evidence is quite clear that the system is rigged to benefit decrepit, decaying, and corrupt politicians at the expense of the working class majority.

Instead, I will argue that both major party candidates are unfit for office and that we can only turn the tide by voting independent this year. 

Hillary Clinton is not fit to represent the Democratic electorate.  There are thousands of reasons this is a factual statement.  But, I will limit my evidence to five main points or issues. 

Hillary Clinton is not fit to represent us because she is highly unethical.  During her time as Secretary of State, the Clinton Foundation received over $10 million in donations from Saudi Arabia, according to the New York Times.  During that time, she also brokered generous weapons deals for Saudi Arabia.  This is a huge concern and conflict of interest.

Hillary Clinton is not fit to represent us because she is a war criminal.  During her time as Secretary of State, Clinton assisted fascist Juan Orlando Hernandez in his military coup ousting democratically elected and rightful President, Manuel Zelaya in 2009.  She based her strategy on that of Henry Kissinger, her trusted advisor and a war criminal in his own right.  Kissinger's State Department assisted the fascist dictator and war criminal Augusto Pinochet in assassinating rightful and democratically elected President, Salvador Allende in 1973.  This type of interference and destruction of working democracies is undemocratic and criminal. 

Hillary Clinton is not fit to represent the Democratic electorate because she is not a Democrat and is in fact a Republican who is trying to dismantle the Democratic Party from within.  In 1989, Al From made Bill Clinton an offer that if he agreed to chair the Democratic Leadership Council, they would push through a new "Democratic" agenda and destroy progressive politics in the US.  Bill Clinton agreed.  Why is that a problem?  Because, here are just a few of the members and financiers that ran the Democratic Leadership Council: Charles Koch (Koch Brothers), Koch Industries, ARCO, DuPont, Chevron, Merck, Microsoft, and Philip Morris.  Bill Clinton was chair of the DLC from 1990-1991.  Hillary Clinton was a member of the DLC leadership team during her entire tenure as Senator (2000-2008).  And, Clinton was a member of the DLC until it disbanded in 2011.  Now, given this and the above 2 criticisms, no intelligent person would even consider voting for her.  But, there's more...

Hillary Clinton does not believe in the separation of Church and State.  In fact, it was Bill Clinton that signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law in 1994.  The very law that is being duplicated at the state level and used to allow for faith-based discrimination today. 

Hillary Clinton is unfit to represent us because she supports fraudulent and abusive private schools and programs including KIPP.  She plans to put all poor kids in 24 hour lockdown boarding schools that already have horrific reputations.  In addition, this further breaks up families and is detrimental to child development.  Therefore, it is more of the same and the US can't afford another Clinton presidency.

That being said, I implore voters protesting Clinton with their vote to choose independent candidates that are progressive and share your values over Donald Trump.  And, here's why...  Donald Trump ran a fraudulent "university" and used intimidation tactics to silence his victims.  Donald Trump busts unions that organize his employees.  Donald Trump is sexist and racist (as are the Clintons).  Donald Trump uses foreign labor for his clothing line.  And, the Republicans lied in their platform claiming that private schools are too regulated and are hampered by excessive oversight.  The facts are that only 5 states require private schools (including boarding schools) be licensed and that of those 5, faith-based schools and programs are exempt from any oversight.  So, either the Republicans are completely incompetent or totally dishonest.  Either way, neither of those qualities meet a reasonable persons expectation for leadership.  And, that goes for the whole party given their 2016 platform.

The Green Party seeks to stop privatization of public education and actually educate children rather than indoctrinate them into subservience to the 1% and "status quo".  This issue is the most important issue to me personally.  And, it is the primary reason I am voting for Jill Stein.  I won't be watching the circus people call the "debates" unless it includes truly viable candidates like Jill Stein or Bernie Sanders.  I encourage everyone to check out of the spin and lies from the 2 "major parties" and think for yourself while voting for your best interests and not out of fear or stupidity.

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