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article imageOp-Ed: Why I am voting for Jill Stein for president

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By Brett Wilkins     Nov 5, 2012 in Politics
San Francisco - I believe that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for the continuation and expansion of economic policies that promote, reward and exacerbate the growing divide between rich and poor in the United States.
I believe that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for the perpetuation of the corrupted political system of special interest-driven 'Republicrat' stranglehold on our democracy, a system in which the revolving door between public and private sector thrives, corporate cash buys politicians' loyalties and ordinary citizens find themselves without a voice.
I believe that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote against single-payer, universal health care, the system enjoyed by citizens of every other industrialized nation on earth, and a vote for the continuation of the for-profit, corporate-controlled health care system of the status quo, one which results in the premature deaths of tens of thousands of uninsured Americans each year.
I believe that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for inaction on climate change, possibly the most pressing environmental crisis ever faced by humanity.
I believe that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for the supremely destructive War on Drugs, a ludicrous 40-plus year affair that has cost immense blood and treasure and has resulted in the mass incarceration of millions of Americans, mostly non-violent poor people of color, destroying entire communities over an issue that should be treated as a public health issue, not a criminal one.
I believe that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for the barbaric practice of capital punishment, which has been roundly rejected by the majority of the world's nations and abolished by every Western nation save the United States.
I believe that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for the imperialist/interventionist/corporatist/Zionist policies and actions that caused the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
I believe that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for the continuation of the unjust economic policies which have wreaked havoc on developing nations as well as the environment.
I believe that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for continued US support for brutal dictators who serve US foreign policy objectives.
I believe that a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a vote for unwavering US support for Israeli ethnic cleansing, apartheid, illegal occupation and colonization of Palestine via illegal settlement construction.
I firmly believe that a vote for the "lesser of two evils" is still a vote for evil. Therefore, I am voting for Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala of the Green Party for president and vice president of the United States.
Dr. Stein, who hails from suburban Chicago, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School who is an internist specializing in environmental medicine. She is a mother, an activist and a tireless advocate.
Cheri Honkala, who grew up in poverty in Minnesota and was once homeless, is one of the nation's most respected anti-poverty activists and community organizers. She is also a mother.
Stein and Honkala are offering Americans what they call the Green New Deal, an emergency four-part plan inspired by the New Deal programs that helped lift America from the Great Depression designed to move the nation to renewed prosperity in a secure green future. The Green New Deal consists of an Economic Bill of Rights, a Green Transition to a sustainable economy, meaningful financial reform and a transition to a democracy that functions for the people, not for the corporations that have hijacked our system.
As Ralph Nader so eloquently put it, "the only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities at which their knees hit the floor when the corporations come knocking at their doors." Keeping this in mind, I believe that only a candidate from outside the 'Republicrat' duopoly can help American regain a government "of the people, by the people and for the people."
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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