In every election it’s a given someone loses.  My candidate, Jill Stein, didn’t win, but I’m not disappointed.  Four years ago, I couldn’t vote the Green Party option.  It wasn’t a ballot alternative in Kentucky.  This year, the Green Party appeared on 38 state ballots.  Just 12 more to go.

America needs a third party alternative to provide focus on pivotal issues commonly overlooked by Democrats and Republicans relying on expedience rather than principle on issues that include global warming; alternative energy; single payer health care;  corporate and banking reform; tax equity; the growing income gap; immigration reform; and budget management.

On a related front, the Green Party needs to expand its canopy to include support of “Death with Dignity” legislation.  My keen disappointment is the narrow loss of this humane initiative in my birth state of Massachusetts.  In a genuine democracy, personal sovereignty should be a given.  Thus, I had high hopes for Question 2 in a progressive state like Massachusetts.  Its narrow defeat by largely religious interests, however, suggests it will ultimately succeed.

This long campaign, often harsh in its rhetoric, has finally come to its close.  However our candidates fared, we need to seize the higher ground in relentless resolve to fully realize the American Dream of   “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

I wish Obama well.

rj