The Commission on Presidential Debates decided on Friday that Gary Johnson and Jill Stein would not be included in the first Presidential debate. Johnson’s poll numbers, while considerably better than Stein’s, were still not at the 15% threshold for inclusion. His numbers are well in the double digits in many states, and a recent poll says that 62% of American’s want him to be included in the debate schedule.
This isn’t about who you’re voting for in November, this is about allowing democracy to run its course. The way to win elections shouldn’t be by silencing competition or alternative viewpoints. If they aren’t worthwhile or “crazy” then let the American public decide that by listening. We aren’t talking about Joe down the street wanting to run for President, these are candidates who are recognized. They are spending large amounts of money and they have organized support and funding. They should be allowed to have their say.
With so many in the voting public unhappy with the two choices we have for President, doesn’t it make sense to offer other alternatives? Why do we feel obligated to cast our votes for either a Republican or a Democrat? Why do they own our votes solely? When did they earn that privilege? Why do we continue to grant it to them?
As I write this I still haven’t decided how I will vote. I know that I will not vote for Trump, which seems to leave my only option to be Hillary Clinton. However knowing that there are other choices, and knowing that I will not be allowed to hear them infuriates me. As it should anyone who believes in America and its founding documents.
It is time for the public to say enough of the partisanship that permeates every aspect of society. It is time to open the process up and to expand our choices. It is time to include Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.
If you don’t agree, I must wonder what exactly you’re afraid of? No matter who you support, if your candidate is the right candidate, what threat are other voices?