Open the Debates! Why antiwar and anti-bailout voters should demand an invitation for Cynthia McKinney

from OpEd News

Given the narrow spectrum of opinion acceptable among the major media and the two-party establishment during election years, it’s no surprise that the American public accepts the political status quo and overall drift to the right as inevitable. It’s also no surprise that so many Americans feel too frustrated by the choices on the ballot to bother voting.

The antidote to such a stalemate is the emergence of new parties and the fresh ideas they bring with them. For many disappointed voters and alienated nonvoters, the Green Party offers hope for a permanent progressive and ecological political force that rejects the influence of corporate lobbies, foreswears donations from corporate PACS, and opposes the imperial tendencies of the Ds and Rs. Green presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney and running mate Rosa Clemente are speaking to voters and offering ideas that aren’t being heard in the McCain-Obama contest: single-payer national health care, rapid and complete withdrawal from Iraq, ending the war on drugs and the incarceration of record numbers of Americans, saving US democracy from a repeat of the stolen elections of 2000 and 2004, holding the Bush-Cheney Administration accountable for crimes and abuses of power.

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