In this episode of MintPress News’ ‘Behind the Headline,’ host and MintPress News Editor-in-Chief Mnar Muhawesh asks Arn Menconi, an anti-war activist and Green Party Senate candidate, what issues should have voters running to the ballot box.
MINNEAPOLIS — The ballots may say Democrat or Republican, but this election cycle, it’s felt more like “imperialist neocon” or “racist fascist.”
The corporate-aligned, two-party duopoly is dominating airwaves and screens. And in turn, the corporate-funded mainstream media is selling only candidates whose agendas don’t disrupt commercial fundraising.
Donald Trump has turned out to be an advertiser’s dream with his outrageous clickbait-friendly proposals and arguments. Fueled by, and pandering to, a general public that can barely keep up with his outwardly fascist and often sophomoric statements, the bloviating billionaire is emboldening a dangerous side of America — one that’s racist to the core, bitter and dedicated not to “making America great again,” but to rolling back centuries of American social progress.
Meanwhile, other major candidates like Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz might as well be running as a single candidate under a neocon party. They support exporting American style democracy, advocate for crony capitalism and neoliberalism, and call for the prosecution of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and an expanded version of the current national security state.
They’re also committed to taking the United States’ relationship with apartheid Israel and Saudi Arabia to the next level.
And despite Bernie Sander’s campaign against the oligarchy, his foreign policy is just a softer approach to the current military industrial complex.
There’s only the illusion of choice in this winner-take-all system, unless you consider deciding between the lesser of two evils to actually be a choice.
We, the people, are growing weary of the status quo. Over 58 percent of Americans believe a third political party is needed because the Republican and Democratic parties “do such a poor job” representing the American people.
Yet the establishment driving these policies not only ignores the cries for an alternative that will bring about real change and real peace but excludes candidates like Jill Stein and Gary Johnson, who oppose the corporate war machine.
But that’s not stopping others like Arn Menconi, though. The social justice activist is running as the Green Party candidate for office in Colorado, where he’s challenging Democratic incumbent Michael Bennett.
Unlike Donald Trump, Menconi may be exactly what’s needed to “make America great again.” His track record of radical action against the corporate takeover of American democracy and his history of civil disobedience in opposition to U.S. wars and empire building would provide a needed counter-balance to the entrenched government establishment.
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