10/31 (LWN-Commentary) Despite the mainstream media's incessant talk of "clear differences," the two major U.S. presidential candidates have far too many similarities. Both primarily serve the corporations that contribute to their campaigns. They refuse to even mention the most important issues facing the United States and the world.
Romney and Obama offer no definitive solutions to serious problems such as climate change, overpopulation, gun control, pollution or excessive military spending. Both candidates vie to hand the most public and private lands to coal, oil and natural gas companies. They support ethanol subsidies that raise food prices worldwide.
It is time we stopped voting for the "lesser of two evils." Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein has not sold her candidacy to corporations or billionaires. She calls for serious action to protect the environment, reduce wealth disparity and promote peace. She favors a genuine state-run universal healthcare system.
When Jill Stein speaks to a journalist or appears in a debate among third-party candidates, her passion for what she believes in is clear. Romney and Obama struggle to show enthusiasm for the generic statements they must repeat day after day. Their words are little more than targeted advertisements developed by political strategists and marketing consultants.
Voting for Jill Stein is not a "waste" of your vote. Admittedly, there is little chance that a third-party candidate will win this election. However, if Stein obtains at least 5 percent of the vote, the next Green Party presidential candidate will qualify for federal funding. This is only an incremental step, but it is something to build on.