Johnson, Stein make dog’s 2016 presidential bid look good


Smaller parties in the United States have given disheartened American voters two more reasons to write-in Benny, the truly independent presidential candidate, in November. Benny is a beagle; beagles can’t be trained to do anything except eat and sleep. On the other hand, beagles are attractive, friendly and honest. What better change could Americans ask for?

The Green Party’s presumed candidate is Jill Stein. Stein repeated the story of how she contacted Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and invited him to lead the ticket and build a political movement. Stein told a national audience on C-SPAN July 15 she had not heard from Sanders. He has since endorsed Hillary Rodham-Clinton.

Maybe it is just me, but how can Stein appoint the party’s nominee before the Green convention unless she is a dictator? Benny cares about how people feel and what they think. Animal rescue workers in Mississippi pulled an undernourished, sick, flea and tick laden beagle from the fields, nurtured him, shipped him to Washington, DC, where the Washington Animal Rescue League continued his healthcare before finding a good home for Benny. Benny believes people, sans politicians, have some good in them. Benny is no dictator.

Johnson’s a good second choice

Stein and Benny agree war has bankrupt America morally and financially. Stein says the United States should yield international law in foreign affairs. Libertarian Gary Johnson wants U.S. troops to destroy the Islamic State, but he wants to get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. He believes they should have been deployed to go after al Qaeda, but not the Taliban. Benny believes U.S. troops are American and should remain under U.S. control.

Johnson offers a unique view on race relations. He ties the so-called war on drugs of the 1990s root cause of today’s racial tension between minorities and police. That position sounds good and may win some votes, but these tensions existed long before then-President Bill Clinton signed the bipartisan legislation “getting tough on crime.” It created the world’s largest prison system and destroyed U.S. inner cities. While judicial and legislative reform are necessary, as is better screening of police and police candidates, racial passions run much deeper. Minorities must also look in the mirror and ask, “Am I part of the solution or part of the problem?”

Benny knows what it is like to live in a cage. Benny knows what it is like to be multiracial. Benny is black, brown and white. Benny judges neither dogs nor people by the color of their coat, or skin, but by the content of their character. (Giving him some food never hurts.) Like Ronald Reagan, Benny will be the kind American figurehead that Americans, and the world, will appreciate.