This was a rotten election, Barbara-Marie. You know it, I know it, and the American people know it. However, some in the Democratic Party attack and smear the Stein/Baraka Green Party ticket as “spoilers”. Our first, and most vigorous, response is simple… what they call “spoiling”, we call… PARTICIPATION! We ARE going to take part in elections. We WILL exercise our fundamental right to the democratic process. If anyone thinks our participation is spoiling, then, let’s admit the problem is a rotten voting system that forces voters to vote AGAINST the candidate they hate the most, and not FOR the one they like the most. Crazy, right? Our second response is… do the maths. Exit polling showed that most Stein supporters voted only because the Green Party was on the ballot. If Stein/Baraka was not an option, and only the corporate parties were on the ballot:
- 61 percent said they wouldn’t have voted
- 25 percent would’ve voted for Clinton
- 14 percent would’ve voted for Trump
The Green Party vote was smaller than the margin of difference between Clinton and Trump in all battleground states with the possible exception of Michigan. Regardless… the solution to a potential “spoiler” scenario should never be to silence political opposition and limit democracy. We need more voices and more choices in our democracy. The American people deserve a voting system that allows us to vote our values, not our fears. We need fair ballot access laws. We need to end disenfranchisement of potential voters based on our racist criminal justice system. We need publicly funded elections. In other words… we must democratise our electoral process! The Green Party is ready to be an instrument for power to the people. We’ll continue to build this movement and this party long after the election.
We do NOT consent to Donald Trump and rightwing rule.
We do NOT consent to the establishment and to corporate rule.
We do NOT consent to empire.
We do NOT consent to racism, misogyny, and xenophobia.
Be a part of our movement. Be a part of history. We have much work to do. Let’s do it. Together. Exciting things are happening in the Green party, and you can be a part of it.
It’s in OUR hands.
15 November 2016
Stein/Baraka 2016 Campaign Chairman
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