Fricke column: Let’s elect a decent person as president |

Fricke column: Let’s elect a decent person as president

I had to ask myself several questions while writing this column right before the 2016 presidential election — do I waste my time talking about Hillary Clinton’s latest e-mail scandal or Donald Trump’s dysfunctional campaign of hate? Do I want to waste time discussing FBI Director Comey’s incompetence on the job? How long will Clinton push her big bluffing game against the FBI?

Will Hillary Clinton come clean about any of her questionable activities relating to compromising national security, the Clinton Foundation, Haiti, arms sales to the Arabs, the coup in Honduras and rigging the Democratic primary elections? I know that I am omitting something. The answer to all the above is no.

So I should not be wasting my time on any of this. Will there be any justice served by the Department of Justice or the FBI in any of this? No. The DOJ and the FBI have now lost whatever credibility that they once had. We can read about this every day in the media, but nothing will be done. There is nothing that you or I can do about this unless we elect people outside the corrupt elitist political establishment.

These are my final thoughts about voting for Clinton or Trump: Don’t do it — unless you want WWIII and want more corruption.

Let’s go way to the other end of America’s political spectrum and talk about electing someone decent for president — Jill Stein. Stein has given her life to caring for other people, their health and caring for the environment.

Quoting from the Jill2016 website: “She is a mother, an organizer, physician, and pioneering environmental-health advocate. She has helped lead initiatives to fight environmental racism and injustice, to promote healthy communities, to strengthen local green economies and to revitalize democracy. She has helped win victories on campaign finance reform, racially just redistricting, green jobs and the clean-up of incinerators, coal plants and toxic threats. She is the principal organizer for the Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet, and Peace over Profit.”

Quoting Jill2016 further: “Jill received several awards for health and environmental protection including: Clean Water Action’s Not in Anyone’s Backyard award, the Children’s Health Hero award, and the Toxic Action Center’s Citizen award. Jill has appeared as an environmental health expert on the ‘Today’ show, ‘20/20,’ Fox News, and other programs. She also served on the board of directors for Physicians for Social Responsibility.”

More from Jill2016: “She is the author of two widely praised reports, ‘In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development,’ published in 2000, and ‘Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging,’ published in 2009. The reports connect the dots between human health, social justice, a healthy environment and green economies.”

Stein’s background: “Jill was born in Chicago and raised in Highland Park, Illinois. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1973, and from Harvard Medical School in 1979. She lives in Lexington (Massachusetts) with her husband, Richard Rohrer, also a physician. They have two grown sons in medical school and residency training.”

Jill Stein’s qualifications far outweigh what Clinton and Trump have to offer. Stein is the person that needs to be in charge of our health care system and our environment. We need to give Jill Stein the opportunity to build the best Medicare-for-all health care in the world. Let’s give her the opportunity to build a renewable energy economy that will provide good paying jobs. Let’s give her the opportunity to oversee and reform our justice system. Let’s give her the opportunity to erase inequality and end poverty.

These are the visions and missions of Jill Stein that the corporate media did not want the American people to know about. The corporate media blacked out Stein’s campaign while spending millions of dollars promoting their two Wall Street candidates, Clinton and Trump.

As Americans, we have a brilliant presidential candidate right in front of us. Let’s save America by electing a decent person as our next president. Have a feel-good Thanksgiving knowing that you voted for Jill Stein. Your conscience will thank you, and so will America.

Randy Fricke lives in New Castle. He is an environmental advocate and political activist and author of “If I Were President/Saving Main Street America.”

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