Fighting the Self-Serving Politics of Corruption and Fear



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Like many other Americans, I’m not by nature a “political person.” Before this past year, I’d say I voted regularly and served on juries, but the “game” of party politics didn’t interest me. (And, honestly, it still doesn’t.) People elected to public office are supposed to serve the public’s best interests, in my humble opinion. It’s that simple. Anything else is superfluous and unnecessary and potentially self-serving. If you can’t convince me while running for office that you are serious about helping your fellow man, then I can’t be bothered to support you.

This presidential election cycle, voters like me, who are practical-minded and well-informed on the issues, are bound to be disappointed by both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The so-called two “major” parties of the U.S.A. have made no attempt to be all-inclusive or even willing to serve the people’s best interests. They seem to exist to serve only the one-percent’s interests. Voters have been offered two corporate puppets, neither of whom are seen as being honest or trustworthy, according to the mainstream polling concerns. The vast majority of Americans’ expectations to see honest, trustworthy representation in government have been flushed down the drain by the Democratic and Republican Parties’ intent only on winning their little “game,” no matter what the cost, financially or morally.

Thank goodness there are alternatives to these two self-serving political machines.

Some will say, “No, there are only two choices–Candidate Corruption or Candidate Fear,” but they’re wrong. They’re also wrong to think that by somehow voting for Candidate A you prevent Candidate B from winning. A mathematician can prove this to be a false assumption. This so-called “bifurcation fallacy” also ignores the fact that there are other candidates running for the White House, and their candidacies are every bit as legitimate as the corporate-owned and operated establishment parties’ candidates. Truth be told, voters aren’t forced to pick “the lesser of two evils” to preserve the greater good when there are third-party candidates in the race.

From what we heard on the streets of Philadelphia this past week, many progressives who were leaning toward Bernie Sanders are seriously considering throwing their support behind Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein. Many stated they have already donated to her war chest and are sporting the Greens’ distinctive sun-filled logo on their t-shirts, hats, and signage, too. It’s a positive message of hope, putting the needs of the many above the greed of the few, a message of tackling the tough environmental issues of climate change, polluted air and water, and transitioning to clean green energy, as well as setting up single-payer universal health care for all Americans and stopping endless wars for profit. Dr. Stein has offered Bernie Sanders a place on the Green ticket and many are holding their breath to see if he’ll accept and blend his brand of progressivism with theirs. The Green Party National Convention will meet in Houston August 4 to 7, so we have only a few days to wait to see what will transpire.

To misquote Dickens, “It is the worst of times and it is the best of times” this presidential election cycle. The worst candidates belong to the Democratic and Republican parties. They are selling themselves on xenophobic, racist fear, in Mr.Trump’s case, and by condoning corruption (the State Department email server scandal and vote-rigging by her own party) on Mrs. Clinton’s part. Neither of these candidates give Americans much hope or instill much pride or confidence that they’ll serve their fellow citizens more than they’ll stuff their pockets with corporate cash, now do they?

But the best is yet to come when voters consider the alternatives, such as Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders, and vote for them–even if we have to write in their names on our ballots. Americans can take pride in the fact that they don’t have give in to bullying and scare tactics by the Democrats and Republicans. We the people can hold our heads high and vote our values and our consciences. We can make a lasting statement that we want our country and our world to survive and become a better place to live for our children and grandchildren.

We the people are strong enough to fight the game of fear and corruption politics. We can choose the greater good and tell the two “evils” to go home.

Bio: Cindy A. Matthews is a freelance writer, novelist and editor of The Bernie Blog.