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US Third Party candidates: All we are saying is give these a chance! (Op-Ed)
Published: 2 November, 2012, 14:51
Edited: 2 November, 2012, 16:51
Millions of voting Americans have been misled – even coaxed – into believing
that either incumbent Barack Obama or challenger Mitt Romney must become the
next president of the US. A bad choice? Sure, but… “No buts!”
Look again, however, because Americans do have a choice. For instance,
consider what presidential candidates Gary Johnson (former Governor of New
Mexico) of the Libertarian Party, and Jill Stein of the Green Party have to
Watch Monday evening’s second and final Third Party Presidential Debate from
Washington DC, hosted by RT, where both these candidates will offer American
voters real options; or at least different options from what political
look-alikes Mitt and Barack are offering; “Oromney” and “Rombama” as some
have dubbed them.
Two sides of same coin
Many American voters were particularly taken aback by the latest major
prime-time candidate “debate” focusing on foreign policy, in which Obama and
Romney seemed to agree on all those key issues that have got – and continue
to get – America and the world into so much trouble.
Both expressed unflinching support for Israel, even though it’s the sole
saber-rattling nuclear power in the Middle East; both continue to threaten
Iran with unilateral military attack, demonizing that country as a “threat
to the international community,” even though Iran hasn’t attacked any
neighbor in over a century (actually, Iran was repeatedly attacked directly
by the Western powers or through proxies like Saddam Hussein); both pledged
continued support for terrorist “freedom fighters” in Syria’s civil war
triggered by the US and allies, just as they did in Iraq and Libya; and both
will continue hi-tech drone attacks over Pakistan and Afghanistan, which
seem particularly fond of local wedding parties.
But are there no foreign policy options? How about pulling out of the Middle
East and stop triggering generalized civil war in the region – aka, “Arab
Spring”? Why not curb America’s pro-Israel foreign policy lobbies and put
the US national interest back in center stage instead of Israel’s national
interest as happens today?
On the global financial scene, why not stop bailing out the irresponsible
and criminal Bankster claque to the tune of trillions upon trillions of
dollars – with the Fed’s recently-announced QEIII acting as yet another
open-ended Bankster Charity Fund – and start bailing out American workers
for a change? Here Republicans and Democrats are in full pro-bankster sync.
US voters have other ‘coins’ in their pockets
It doesn’t always have to be this way. Although it doesn’t hit mainstream
media headlines, American Voters do have other choices.
A week ago, the Free & Equal Elections Foundation sponsored a Third Party
Candidates Debate that included Gary Jackson and Jill Stein, together with
Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party and Virgil Goode of the Constitution
Party. It was aired nationwide and worldwide by RT, moderated by Larry King,
and boycotted by the mainstream media.
Obama and Romney also boycotted this debate by declining invitations to
attend, a clear snub at the American voter.
Reflecting the public’s favorites from that first debate, tomorrow Johnson
and Stein will meet once again to speak to America on key issues.
Gary Johnson, a former Republican, says lots of things millions of Americans
want to hear: cut military spending by 43 per cent; stop meddling in Syria
and Libya; stop threatening Iran with military attack; refuse to support
Israel if it decides to go against Iran on its own; stop fueling America’s
imperial overdrive and over-reach.
Johnson also supports Ron Paul’s crusade to audit the Federal Reserve Bank
and even to close it down altogether, recognizing that the Fed is the
culprit for the ongoing financial crisis, having allowed the Bankster
takeover of the US and global financial systems.
Jill Stein of the Green Party, in turn, also says things millions are eager
to hear. When announcing her presidential candidacy a year ago in her native
Massachusetts, the Boston Globe quotes her as saying, “We are all realizing
that we, the people, have to take charge because the political parties that
are serving the top 1 per cent are not going to solve the problems that the
rest of us face. We need people in Washington who will refuse to be bought
by lobbyists and for whom change is not just a slogan.”
A courageous and powerful statement from a female candidate who personally
took part in the Occupy Wall Street movement and was arrested several times
for peacefully and democratically daring to express her ideas in a country
that is fast becoming a police state under Gestapo-like
FEMA/FBI/CIA/NSA/local police thugs.
No more fizzy drinks
A key factor to the Global Power Elite’s stranglehold on We the People is
what America and its favorite allies call the “two-party system”, glorifying
it as the “backbone of democracy”.
If we take a closer look, however, we find that “two-party-system-democracy”
– whether of Democrats and Republicans as in America, Labour and
Conservatives in the UK, Christian Democrats and Social Democrats in
Germany, and similar variants in most other countries – hides a neat and
simplistic mechanism of coaxing people into the lowest infantile common
denominators for “solutions to our nation’s problems”.
What the two-party-system basically does is impose one sole mainstream
ideological road that’s been previously surveyed and approved as
“politically correct” for Global Power Master interests and objectives.
Then, they put a face to each party: your Obamas, Romneys, Bushes, McCains,
Clintons… Then, they let voters play around making believe they have an
absolutely free and democratic choice to decide whether they will drive on
the left side or right side of that one sole road.
But don’t they dare look around for other, more direct highways or “kinder,
gentler” side-roads that might carry them and their nation towards a very
different, far more beneficial destination!
No, no. In America, voters must choose between Bush and Gore, or Bush and
Kerry, or Obama and McCain, or Obama and Romney.
It must boil down to the “have-a-pepsi-or-coke…” option: you might think
you’ve been given a choice, but more and more people are realizing that both
are basically the same brown, sugary, bubbly slushy soda drink.
So, if you insist on drinking something different, that’s when the Powers
That Be will brand independent thinkers as trouble-maker anarchists,
communists, fascists, or “downright stupid for throwing your vote away on a
third party candidate.”
It doesn’t always have to be that way.
Why should the world care?
In an incredible twist of history, US “democracy” has sunk to such loathsome
depths that in order for American voters to even learn about electoral
options for their country, they must now tune-in to RT of the Russian
How times have changed from when the Global Power Masters played with our
fears about the “red menace”, “mutually assured destruction” and “better
dead than red”!
But why should people outside the US really care whether Americans will pay
more or less in taxes, have better or worse healthcare, or whether
unemployment, inflation and poverty will rise or fall?
Here’s why: in today’s highly complex global power structure, where an
unelected but extremely powerful private Global Power Elite have become
embedded into the US and its key allies, whatever happens there will affect
all of us.
If, for example, Argentineans vote for the wrong leaders (and believe me, we
do!), or the Colombians, or the Greeks, or Malaysians, the consequences of
such mistaken choices are basically suffered only by those peoples. The
world can just sit back and look at us, for example, and mutter, “Those
Argentineans…always making mistakes; serves them right!!”
But when US voters put the wrong guy in the White House, that means untold
millions of dead, injured, maimed and wrecked lives in Iraq, Libya, Syria,
Egypt, Palestine, Latin America, Africa, Asia and other places in this dark,
troubled world.
So, yes, it is our business to make sure slumbering American Voters wake up.
Not just for their sakes, but for the rest of the world’s sake.
Precedent begs perspective
A new generation of war-mongers is right now preparing to double their bets
on the geopolitical arena. They have no qualms in risking outright military
confrontation, not just with Iran, but even with Russia and China.
Maybe that reflects their mad geopolitical ambitions; maybe it’s about their
less mad realization that they have so completely destroyed the global
financial system that their only way out is to “flee forwards” to an
overwhelming world war, the likes of which mankind can hardly fathom.
The Global Power Masters already pulled something like that back in 1914 and
especially in 1939; why shouldn’t they be tempted to so again?
So, “friends, Americans, countrymen” tomorrow evening please watch the
Jackson-Stein Debate. “Lend them your ears!!”
Not that they’re a panacea for America. Not that American voters should
childishly “fall in love and rave” about them.
Actually, it’s not so much that Jackson or Stein are better, but rather that
Obama and Romney are so much worse!
A final irony: in a world where politicians and media moguls speak and drool
over “democracy”, on November 6 around 60, maybe 70, million US voters will
decide the destiny over the next four years for 7 billion people. That’s 1
per cent deciding for the remaining 99 per cent.
Democracy should be made of sterner stuff!
Let’s hope US voters realize the huge global responsibility they carry upon
their shoulders. In the end, the world will hold them accountable.
Adrian Salbuchi for RT
Adrian Salbuchi is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV
commentator in Argentina.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those
of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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