By Jerry Alatalo
any are becoming aware that Hillary Clinton isn’t the only woman in the United States attempting to break the “glass ceiling” and become elected the first woman President. After Bernie Sanders exited the race many of his followers have urged him to join with Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who offered him the top position on the Green ticket, an invitation to join forces and continue the remarkable political revolution Sanders’ campaign had generated.
Now that he’s fully endorsed Ms. Clinton and declined Ms. Stein’s offer, many Sanders supporters – finding it impossible to back Hillary Clinton, and angered over recent Wikileaks revelations showing intentional sabotaging of Sanders’ campaign by members of the Democratic National Committee – have decided to continue to November 8 in support of Dr. Jill Stein.
If enough Americans join and support the presidential campaign of Jill Stein to reach 15% in the polls then the two woman looking to break the “glass ceiling” will stand on the same debate stage, and the American people will be given the opportunity to compare their ideas – along with those of Donald Trump, and quite possibly Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson – for solving the problems of the nation, and the world.
Not since Ross Perot ran as an independent in 1992 has there been more than two presidential candidates in nationally televised debates; in that 1992 election Republican George H.W. Bush, Democrat Bill Clinton and Independent Ross Perot stood together on the battle-of-ideas platform. In 2016, it’s very possible that for the first time four candidates – Clinton, Johnson, Stein, and Trump – will share the stage. Perhaps such an extraordinary political development would not be as dramatic as electing the first woman president of the United States, nonetheless it would dramatically increase political interest, discussion and active participation in all the 50 states.
Such a first in presidential debates will allow the people to hear the full range of political philosophy available in the nation, help tremendously with informing and contrasting the candidates’ positions, and generate thoughtful consideration before the eventual decision of voters on November 8. Perhaps the campaigns could even agree to four, or more, debates of 2-3 hours each – another first, and further benefiting voters who have yet to decide.
…And isn’t that what democracy is supposed to look like?
(Thank you to The Day at YouTube)