Answers not always in the major parties

Ruben Perez, Reporter

The 2012 Presidential Election is coming up and registered voters will get to choose the next leaders of our country.

Unfortunately, most voters think they have to choose between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

There are actually more than six different candidates running for the presidential seat.

People need to be more educated on who they will be voting for on Election Day. It is hard, though, to get all of the information to make an informed decision.

The two richest parties, Republicans and Democrats, control the debates so we don’t hear about any of the third party options. Jill Stein of the Green Party was recently arrested for trying to get in to debate the two major nominees. Ralph Nader had been blocked from debates for years.

As people that are going to make very serious decisions about the future of the country, we should hear every side of the arguments. We should be able to hear everyone speak in the arguments.

So far Obama and Romney have been on TV, dancing around important issues and not really addressing issues.

Also, their refusal to answer any follow-up questions, should really make one question as to whether or not we want a president that isn’t willing to talk to its constituents.

When it comes to important issues like gay rights, the biggest thing to happen was the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  Albeit this is a big accomplishment, one party wants to remove gay marriage totally, and the other, while saying they support gay marriage, should have done something already.

On the stance of women’s rights, neither have done much for women lately as well. Women still earn less than men and their right to contraception and choice over their body is constantly under attack.

If people dared to look beyond the two major parties, they would see that there are candidates that actually have stances on issues instead of just dancing around them.

There are candidates that support gay marriage, support a women’s right to choose what she does with her body, and candidates that would end the war on drugs that’s been hemorrhaging money for years, but major parties won’t recognize it as a failure.

It’s really important that people stop running around the stupid tree and do their homework on issues that will be affecting our entire country.

If that means that you end up siding with a third party candidate, then go for it.

Voting third party is not a wasted vote because it tells the major parties that I would rather vote for someone outside of your system than continually support your failed politics. That is how we will really change the country.