Letter: Send a message
While Obama and Romney were plodding through their recent third debate, a more riveting story was unfolding on the street outside. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate (and on the official ballot in 38 states), was arrested by police for attempting to enter the debate site without “official credentials.” She was kept in handcuffs for eight hours and released only long after the debate had ended.
The League of Women Voters canceled its sponsorship of the presidential debates. Their reason: They don’t want to be an accessory in “perpetrating a fraud on the American voter.” The current Debate Commission won’t say why Jill Stein was excluded even though she qualified for the debates by way of ballot status and matching funds.
While American voters will elect either a president who condones torture prisons and secret detention of American citizens, or a wealthy challenger who states shamelessly that he doesn’t care about 47 percent of the voters, they will never get to hear the voice of a candidate like Jill Stein, who rises above the major parties’ “charades and hoodwinking,” as the League of Women Voters has characterized the debate behavior.
Jill Stein would stop companies from sending American jobs overseas. She is for single-payer health care, for canceling $1 trillion of student debt and for reforming our nation’s prisons. She came to Greenfield to support FRTA drivers and Baystate nurses, and stands for the rights of all workers to have fair wages and working conditions. Her voice clearly would have raised the level of the presidential debates.
Vote for Jill Stein on Election Day. Send a message that you’re fed up with “the same old stuff.” Massachusetts isn’t a swing state so you’re not wasting your vote. And who knows? It might even make a difference. In 2016, Jill Stein might be on the debate stage instead of sitting in jail, handcuffed.