Does everyone know there are more than two presidential candidates? I know it’s hard to believe, but there are in fact over a dozen third party and independent candidates for the presidency. Granted some of them are a little weird, and hardly any of them are listed on the ballots of more than a couple states… but that’s the problem, isn’t it? I literally am NOT ALLOWED TO VOTE for Rocky Anderson because he isn’t even listed on my Illinois ballot. We are only allowed to vote for the few who had enough money to buy a spot on the ballot, and since the majority of people don’t seek out information on candidates other than the two we’re forced to see and hear about through a constant stream of saturated media and advertisements, any candidate other than the two with the wealthiest campaign budgets does not have chance. We are blind and deaf if we think we live in a democracy, and for good reason. We have been blinded and deafened by our gargantuan militarized government and our money-driven society and our illusions of freedom. But I refuse to be mute too.
To vote for someone who gets elected by a broken system will only perpetuate the use of the broken system. For what candidate who ever gets elected BECAUSE of the system will ever push to change it? But a vote for ANYONE other than Romney or Obama is a vote for true change because that vote says that we want fair and equal debates, caps on campaign spending, and the eradication of the Electoral College. One of the other candidates listed on your ballot likely has some things in common with whichever of the big two you were considering voting for in the first place. The difference is, a vote for someone else may actually affect change.
If you haven’t voted already, you still have a few days to think about WHAT you’re voting for. Check to see who is on your state’s ballot and take some time to research the ones you’ve likely never heard of. Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson, Gary Johnson — these are potentially great leaders who without true change of our electoral process will never have the chance to lead us out of this hole that grows deeper and deeper by the second.
As for me, I voted this morning for Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala who, if they weren’t already awesome enough (www.jillstein.org/issues), were arrested a couple weeks ago for trying to enter the Hofstra debate. They staged a sit-in and were led away by police and detained for eight hours for exercising first amendment rights.
If you believe that money is not speech, vote accordingly. I voted today against the status quo, knowing that it probably made no difference. But a girl can dream….
Take 90 minutes to watch this debate:
Then check out these websites:
See someone you like, but he or she is not on your ballot? WRITE THEM IN!!! :)