By Jerry Alatalo
Green Party’s Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka must take part in televised debates
ith a little more than two months remaining until the American people choose a new President, progressives across the nation are joining the push to get Green Party candidates Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka included in 4-way Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates.
At this late stage in the election, participating in nationally televised debates offers the only chance for Stein and Baraka to gain maximum attention from all voters, to share their positions and swing support away from Clinton, Trump or Johnson toward the Green Party ticket, and create the situation – admittedly a clear, tough challenge – for actually beating the odds and winning.
Considering the somewhat disappointing lack of necessary, energetic support for Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka coming from the American progressive community as hours, days and weeks pass leading up to election day on November 8, one has to wonder what is causing otherwise strong leaders of the progressive movement to basically “sit on the sidelines” in what is undoubtedly an extremely important national and international political event.
Using sports terminology to describe the current late-stage of the 2016 Presidential election, progressives need to fully understand it is now “crunch time”; when the “rubber meets the road”; the start of the fourth/final quarter – and that only smart, physical, creative, powerful efforts will decide the final outcome. The collective American progressive community – the so-called 99% – has within it the power, when joined in total focus and utilizing that power to its maximum extent, to turn the 2016 U.S. Presidential election on its head and elect Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka.
That call to action is directed specifically to those who have, cynically and fearfully, resigned themselves to continuing the anachronistic political charade of voting for the “lesser of two evils”, even to the point of dismissing or ignoring their better judgment. Taking into account the issue of war and peace alone, in particular with regard to the long-suffering people of the Middle East, Dr. Jill Stein’s advocacy of a “Peace Initiative” makes her candidacy far more preferable, distinctly superior from a moral standpoint, and promises the literal end to military destruction in that war-torn region.
Everyone paying any attention, no matter where people place themselves on the political spectrum, understand clearly that Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka’s positions on war and peace make their campaign the best choice if one wishes for real peace in this world. Acknowledging that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have spoken out on their willingness to use nuclear weapons should offer more than enough incentive for all Americans to choose Stein|Baraka when entering the voting booth.
While issues related to the economy, education, healthcare, social relations, wealth inequality, political power concentration and corruption, etc. are very important and should become essential topics for debate discussions, none of them matter if nuclear world war – as likely all fully informed international experts concur – destroys life on Earth. Dr. Jill Stein and her running mate Ajamu Baraka are serious about ending war as a means of settling differences around the Earth, instead advocating for wise diplomacy, abiding by generally recognized international law, and respecting the human rights of all people.
It is imperative that Dr. Stein and Mr. Baraka participate in debates with the candidates of the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian parties. At this point in human history where powerful leaders speak out in seemingly irrational manners about war and peace, as though war continues being a “reasonable” option, now is absolutely not the time for excluding sane voices for peace.
This American presidential election matters greatly. Those who suggest waiting until 2020 to bring about positive world changes are sadly mistaken. It is impossible to overstate how important it is that people do everything in their power to make certain this U.S. presidential election gets done right.
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