Four Presidential candidates—Jill Stein of the Green Party, Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party—had their own debate in Chicago the other night.
They were amateurish as performers. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney could have done a better job than any of them of playing a President on TV or in the movies. But they got into the substance of issues. And for all their differences, they did agree on following the Constitution instead of fighting undeclared wars or locking people up without criminal charges.
Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson and Gary Johnson, but not Virgil Goode, agreed on the futility of the current war on drugs, and called for legalization of marijuana. Stein and Anderson called for an expansion of the U.S. welfare state, while Johnson and Goode want to roll it back in order to balance the federal budget.
The last question they were asked was how they would amend the Constitution if they could. Anderson would enact a gay rights amendment, Johnson and Goode would enact a congressional term limits amendment, and Stein would enact an amendment that stated spending money is not free speech, and corporations are not people. Goode agreed with the latter, but said it would only require a congressional resolution.
Based on the debate, I now think I will vote for Jill Stein.
Click on Shift-Alt-Debate for Conor Friedersdorf’s thoughts on the alternate debate.
The debate was carried by the RT network, a Russian-owned English-language news network that broadcasts to the United States, and (I understand) by C-SPAN.