Letters to the Boston Phoenix editors, August 31, 2012
THE HIPSTER CANDIDATE
"Stein has spent the past decade hammering inequities that the increasingly broke public claims it wants corrected." Truly, she's the hipster candidate. She was fighting inequality before it was cool.
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Seriously though, her campaign has been impressive. About a month ago, she became the first Green Party candidate to ever receive matching funds from the government. Given that the party doesn't accept corporate or lobbyist contributions, meaning that regular people gave over $100,000 to her campaign, that says something.
Could you imagine if everyone voted for the person they actually wanted to become president instead of against who they were afraid would become president if they really did so? Somewhere along the line we lost our unabashed individualism in America , and it's sad. Everything has to be done within the established system or it doesn't count.
Oh, and they're actually up to being on the ballot in over 30 states plus DC by now! They're definitely getting there.
What frightens me is that I only heard of Jill Stein less than a week ago. Is it because I live outside the USA? Why is someone who is such a great alternative still relatively unknown? It's great that she is on the ballots in many states and while one is afraid of splitting the vote of the lesser evils and ending up with the greater evil, maybe the readiness is all. Maybe more people will stand up in protest to our flawed and divisive two party system; I'm ready to do so.
MONTREAL, QUEBEC AND RICHFORD, VERMONT
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