By Gersh Kuntzman at NYDailyNews.com, May 17th, 2016:
The American electorate is angry. Two parties are nominating candidates with historically high negatives. Everyone is crying out for another choice on the ballot.
So why is the Green Party candidate polling at 2%?
That was my first question to that very Green Party candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, in the midst of an election season that reveals a weird disconnect in our politics: the system is broken, yet voters don’t seem to want it fixed.
“I’m at 2% because the political system is designed to suppress political opposition,” Stein said, predictably. “I’m talking about the money it takes to get on the ballot, the rules of ballot access, the rules of debates in which the Democratic and Republican parties control the presidential debate commission itself. When you factor in corporate collusion, it difficult to be heard.”
Yes, I’d heard that Zen koan before: If a Green Party candidate yells in a corporate-run forest and no bought-and-paid for journalist is there to hear it, she doesn’t make a sound.
Well, Bernie Sanders’ amazing run proves Stein wrong — he got more media attention than any Socialist since Eugene V. Debs. But with Sanders basically vanquished, I decided to put Stein front and center. Given that she’s a Green Party candidate, I grilled her like a piece of line-caught, organic, fair trade salmon.