**UPDATE** Commentary by @CaptPaulWatson
The Circus is Over for Another Three Years
The Mormon lost, the Tea Party got crashed, Karl Rove threw a fit, Fox News got a glimpse of reality, the Demopublicans kept control of the Senate and the Republicrats continue to control the House. After six billion dollars spent on the election, nothing has changed. It’s the same old, same old Union of Illusions.
My vote was one of some 98,000 votes that went to Jill Stein. Jill Stein was the Green Party candidate for President, not that you would know it from the media. But her name was on the ballot running for President of the United States of America, at least on the Washington State ballot. I did not see any of the other candidates except the Libertarians on my ballot so it was a choice between Obama, Romney, Stein and Johnson. I guess we were expected to write-in the other candidates if that is who we wanted but my choice was there so I checked off Jill.
I never had any doubt that Barack Obama was going to win the election but I believe in voting for someone who actually shares my values, someone concerned for the environment, for addressing climate change, for protecting endangered species and actually dealing with finding green solutions to the unemployment issues.
So I voted for Jill Stein and I did so primarily because not only was she not allowed to participate in the debates, she was arrested when she tried to enter the building where the Obama/Romney debate was taking place.
This was the most expensive election in the history of the United States with an estimated overall expense of six billion dollars.
The obscenity of this expense is that this amount of money could provide clean drinking water to every single living person on the planet for a decade. In fact there are hundreds of problems worldwide that could be solved for this amount of money instead of funding these mud-slinging circuses of lies and shallowness every few years.
There were many other Presidential candidates this year although it was hard to see any mention of them in the media. The Green Party came third with Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party placing second with 348,000 votes. Rosanne Barr received some 10,000 votes.
The other Presidential campaigns were Virgil Goode, Randall Terry, Rocky Anderson, Richard Duncan, Tom Stevens, Stewart Alexander, Pete Lindsay, Merlin Miller, Tom Hoelfing, and Jeff Boss. They represented a wide range of political points of view across the spectrum but they all shared one thing in common and that is they all had the courage to run for the office of President. And the other thing that separates them from the two super candidates is that none of them received campaign contributions from the oil companies, agri-business and pharmaceutical industries.
The United States traditionally gets the best President that money can buy.
And so we now settle in for another four years of nothing being done about important issues that affect the environmental health of the planet. And in about two years from now the big political circus will start anew, with the name calling, dirty campaigning, lies, character assassinations, the begging for campaign contributions, debates without substance, blah, blah, blah.
Oh things will change, but hardly for the better. Droughts will spread, more super storms will slam into the East coast, the plastic gyre in the Pacific will grow larger, biodiversity will be further diminished and unrest in the Middle East will increase.
But for those voters in my state of Washington, apparently the good news is that they can ignore all this drama, content with the fact that the ballot initiative in Washington State now makes it legal to grow marijuana. Ahhhh the rewards of democracy! At least some people got something for that six billion dollars although I would rather we were protecting grasslands than grass farms because personally I prefer to walk on grass rather than to smoke it, but that’s just me.
I suspect that the Federal government will make a move to stifle State’s rights again by imposing Federalist will over the electorate but who knows, maybe Obama will be too busy not doing the things that he did not do the first four years that he was in office.
I’m just happy that a Mormon is not sitting in the White House.