Today I voted for Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein for president.
It was only about a month ago I realized I couldn’t vote for President Obama, no matter how much I believed in him in 2008. I refuse to support his use of drones in Pakistan, his defense in court of the NDAA’s indefinite detention provision after claiming he wouldn’t authorize its use, or his attempts to limit detainee rights in Guantanamo. And I was never going to vote for any candidate nominated by the racist, sexist, homophobic GOP.
Our country deserves better than both Obama and Romney. We deserve someone who actually cares about Americans and the Constitution. And I believe that person is Jill Stein.
Some of her stances, as seen on her website:
- Implement marriage equality nationwide to end discrimination against same-sex couples.
- Ensure equal pay for equal work, ending discrimination based on race, gender, or generation.
- Provide tuition-free education from kindergarten through college, thus eliminating the student debt crisis.
- Provide complete, affordable, quality health care for every American through an improved Medicare-for-all insurance program.
- Redirect research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in renewable energy and conservation.
- Abolish the electoral college and directly elect the President.
- Get the big money payoffs out of politics by implementing public funding of election campaigns.
- Reverse the Citizens United ruling to revoke corporate personhood, and amend our Constitution to make clear that corporation are not persons and money is not speech.
- Cut the bloated Pentagon budget by 50%.
- Ban use of drone aircraft for assassination, bombing, and other offensive purposes.
I haven’t deluded myself into thinking Dr. Stein will win the election. But I do know that I can’t vote for Obama just because the Romney/Ryan ticket threatens to transport America back to the 50s. Not when Obama’s foreign policy is so disturbing.
So today I voted for a candidate in whom I believe, which means, third party or not, my vote mattered.
We’re the only two progressives in the country who will be voting Green, but I don’t care. I can’t conscientiously reconcile a vote for a war criminal (or a war criminal in waiting) with my moral code either.