Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Voting Jill Stein is meaningful for the future

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Samuel Maxime

Editor-in-Chief

MIAMI, Florida, US (sentinel.ht) – When speaking to Haitian politicians and older people, I like to quote this proverb: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

Dr. Jill Stein and the Green Party is asking for your vote. If the candidate can garner 5% support in 2016, the party can get automatic balloting in many states and federal funding for their candidates in 2020; thus breaking the 2-party system.

In the context of Haiti, it has two messages:

1. Plan for the future. Far too often Haitian leaders, the older generation, take risks for momentary gain but have long-lasting negative effects. For example, illegal, corrupt and/or unconstitutional decisions that set precedents that will keep Haiti in crisis.

2. Deforestation. The quote literally speaks to the deforestation issue which is driven by using trees for charcoal but not replanting in its place.

Haitian-Americans don’t want to vote for Hillary Clinton. They are more familiar with the Democrats and the Clintons for their actions in Haiti that have decimated the nation’s economy. For the 2010 earthquake, the Clintons squandered billion in reconstruction dollars in pay-to-play schemes. They were silent when the cholera outbreak broke, although Bill Clinton was head of the UN Envoy to Haiti, and according to election officials, changed results of Haiti’s 2010 elections.

As well, Haitian-Americans are not too up on voting for Donald Trump or Republicans for that matter. What can one do who wants to participate in the civic process in a meaningful way, vote Jill Stein. She says:

“Casting a ballot for the lesser evil in a corrupt and failing two-party system — which only promises more of the same — is the very definition of a wasted vote.”

A vote for Stein is a good alternative for those not willing to vote Clinton or Trump.

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Post source : CNBC

About The Author

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Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.