I’ll say it again. Voting for Jill Stein? Don’t.
I would guess that I am in the top 1% when it comes down to my personal green credentials. Friends have told me that my most likely fate will be a family member smothering a pillow over me as I sleep–driven to madness by my efforts to ban the use of the dryer, AC in the summer, central heating in the winter, insistence on LED lighting, complaints that Americans have not figured out how to make energy efficient double hung windows, my loathing of Hummer drivers, and my excitement that from 2025 on, Norway will ban the sale of newly manufactured fossil Cars.
Al Gore: If You Care About The Climate Crisis, Don’t Vote For A Third Party
“In my experience, it matters a lot.”
I used to give large sums to environmental charities, but then I was struck by a depressing thought. What’s the point of hugging a tree if G.W. Bush is President? He and his kin will devote the full force of the US Government to maintaining an energy policy that has created today’s mess and promoting an environmental policy designed to destroy the environment. I felt that I had a higher calling. My “God” (ha) told me that I must tackle the problem at the root. Expose and destroy StupidParty. Therefore to protect the planet, to protect humanity, I had to devote all my energies to taking the Stupid out of StupidParty. I do not really care who gets in the way of this objective–all such barriers must be destroyed even it that means going after a fellow “greeny”— if they are a threat to my planet, my home.
Voting for Jill Stein is the same as voting for Trump. (OK, not a precise mathematical fact-but let’s not get too geeky)
Trump’s actual Quote:
“I think a vote for Stein would be good–that’s the Green Party. Because I figure anyone voting for Stein is gonna be for Hillary. So I think vote for Stein is fine.”
Jill Stein is officially beyond redemption:
That’s the Math. Jill Stein does not have the slightest chance of winning anything. People who advocate for Jill Stein are effectively wandering off into the woods and jerking off. Meanwhile by enabling a party that relishes raping and pillaging the planet, endangering, torturing and slaughtering wildlife and livestock these self-serving intellectual prima donnas would only find themselves naked and afraid standing in a desiccated forest holding onto their spent penis’s withering in their sticky hands. They wanted to achieve a more perfect union, but to no avail. Today, in 2016, these “Steinway greenies” are helping to promote the decades of fact devoid extreme right wing propaganda about Hillary–whilst never bothering to get the actual facts about her. All to save one bloody tree. This is quite embarrassing for me and it makes environmentalist just look stupid. To people who now find themselves attacking Hillary, to Hillary haters, please stop picking up your fruits from the poisoned tree of the StupidParty.
What you need are the facts:
Steinway greenies attacking Hillary and thus enabling Trump have allowed themselves to become patsys to the very people looking to destroy America. They would undermine America’s newly found drive to be part of the solution to Global Warming. By enabling the GOP they are allowing Florida to disappear under the rising tides, they would allow Elon Musks‘ enemies to pounce, thus delaying the destruction of fossil fuels and ceding the technological expertise to China or to regular Fossil car auto manufacturers.
But so far it seems Jill Stein really has been given a free pass. It is not like she has ever had to endure twenty-five years of nonstop slander from the inventive but fact free vast right wing conspiracy. It was sad to see how rapidly sour grape Bernie or Busters were willing to buy into these nonstop fabrications. It is also sad to see how quickly Jill Stein was willing to surf off the backs of these Bernie or Busters and hijack all the unproven talking points. She offered him the chance to head up the Green party–a transparently empty gesture, knowing dam well we would never try and enable Trump to be President by accepting.
But when Stein sinks to the level of a Trump apologist by being determinedly disingenuous about Trump conspiracy theories, why the hell is she even given air time? Why would any one take her seriously?
But it gets much much worse:
Interestingly, the Green Party’s candidate for president for 2016, Dr. Jill Stein, also attended the RT gala dinner (“gala” celebrating the 10th anniversary of another Russian state propaganda organ), RT (formerly known as Russia Today, until they realized they needed to nix the word “Russia” in their name if they were going to be successful in getting audiences to buy the Kremlin’s propaganda) and proudly advertised this fact on her campaign website, addressed an RT-organized panel before the dinner (begging the question if she was paid by RT for this), and sat at Putin’s table along with Gen. Flynn. She recently suggested Clinton could be worse than Trump and has also been featured heavily on RT, and while in Moscow she very pointedly and extensively criticized U.S. foreign policy, “American exceptionalism” (similar to Putin’s views on this subject), and U.S. human rights abuses while only offer relatively very muted criticism on the same issues of Russia, if at all.
Jill Stein is a little mini-me Trumpeteer:
“Trump says very scary things—deporting immigrants, massive militarism and ignoring the climate. Hillary, unfortunately, has a track record for doing all of those things,”
Jill Stein, a medical doctor, has also shown Trumpesque anti-science notions in order to pander to certain homeopathic constituents on the leftist fringe–here she is causing confusion about vaccines:
“There were concerns among physicians about what the vaccination schedule meant, the toxic substances like mercury which used to be rampant in vaccines. There were real questions that needed to be addressed. I think some of them at least have been addressed. I don’t know if all of them have been addressed.”
As The Washington Post explained:
Stein’s warning about corporate influence in the vaccine approval process is often voiced by “anti-vaxxers.” In reality, most members of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee work at academic or medical institutions, not drug companies. But for Stein, the fact that people saw corporate and lobbying influence running rampant meant that some skepticism was warranted.
Stein consistently panders to the rainbow left–people who the right find easy to ridicule, and can make an easy target once they have been herded together. (Common guys, you have great ideas, but they need to be promoted by an economist or statistician wherever possible. Is Wi-Fi in schools endangering kids physical heath? It seems highly unlikely, so politicians like Stein should be careful before using the right wing’s favored strategy–the irrational fear factor. Personally, I prefer organic farming, I loathe Monsanto, loathe GMO’s–but I do not write about it because the evidence for organics is iffy, and the evidence against GMO’s is shaky, to say the least. Yes GMO food products should be labeled, Monsanto needs to be seen as non-objective party, but one really needs to be careful when going into negative campaign mode, hustling for well meaning harmless fringe voters–because if we just make shit up and look like dodo’s, what makes us better than StupidParty (notwithstanding the whole hate thing))? It is only because of my guttural unsubstantiated aversion to these suspect farming practices that I am not being a lot harsher about Jill Stein’s rhetoric.
Jill Stein also harps on (correctly or incorrectly) about a rigged system, how great the Brexit vote was, about protectionism. It is not that I object to the underlying arguments, it is that right now that this message, coming from the left, is uniquely strategically insane. The best way to promote such an agenda is stay with Bernie, follow his lead, not too embarrass him, diminish him. It is insane because it mirrors the rhetoric of Donald Trump–even though we know that Trump is making it up as he goes along and presumably Jill Stein is not, but allow me to provide some analogies to show the terrible strategic error of having this fight right now.
Let us simply presume that Jill Stein is correct. Analogy 1) Let’s presume that vegetarians are correct—the wrong strategy is to go after carnivores, the correct strategy is to go after animal cruelty, in the food production system and allow and allow humans to organically evolve from there, rather than polarization leading to a stalemate, which equals the status quo, such animals carry on being tortured. Analogy 2) Let’s assume that single payer is the correct healthcare system (
Analogy 1) Let’s presume that vegetarians are correct—the wrong strategy is to go after carnivores, the correct strategy is to go after animal cruelty, in the food production system and allow and allow humans to organically evolve from there, rather than polarization leading to a stalemate, which equals the status quo, such animals carry on being tortured.
Analogy 2) Let’s assume that single payer is the correct healthcare system (Duh. Of course it is), but people are fearful and reject it. The correct strategy was to try and implement the public option–with which there was no argument against it, and this can organically lead to a single-payer dominated system. But even this failed only because the political system is bought and paid for. The issue of free trade is infinitely more complex–any over reaching will end up with society more polarized and solutions far harder to agree on. (I happen to believe in a rather specific middle course, which I never see debated).
But Jill Stein has exhibited something worse than anything above. In the UK the battle to replace David Cameron was fought between two women–one was a political pro, the married but involuntarily childless Theresa May, the other was a political lightweight Andrea Leadsam. But barely before the battle had really begun, the amateur made a fatal mistake.
“I am sure Theresa will be really sad she doesn’t have children, so I don’t want this to be, ‘Andrea has children, Theresa hasn’t’, because I think that would be really horrible.” But she added: “Genuinely I feel that being a mum means you have a real stake in the future of our country, a tangible stake.”
Soon after these comments Andrea Leadsam had to throw in the towel, without a vote being cast. Why do I mention this other than as an illustration that other developed countries have a massively lower tolerance for really cruel and stupid comments.
Jill Stein is not much better than Andrea Leadsom. This was what Jill Stein Tweeted:
I agree w/ Hillary, it’s time to elect a woman for President. But I want that President to reflect the values of being a mother. #MothersDay.
The fact that in America, no body gives a dam about this is really a sad indication of the break down of basic humanity in American political debate. This has been brought about by Roger Ailes and his brotherhood, who have debased facts as the domain of elitists. I would not say Hillary is perfect on this score, I am not really sure. But in my opinion the worst thing that Hillary has ever done was show political cowardice during her 2008 primary campaign against Obama by not rejecting the racists within the Democratic party–for yes they do have some, especially in the rural counties of Red States. But this political cowardice was not vindictive, not mean spirited—as Jill Stein has just shown herself to be.
Jill Stein and her kidnapping of the the Green movement can only set back the goals of environmentalists every time it undermines the vital and now historic opportunity to destroy the StupidParty. Only once the StupidParty is killed off and then reborn (without the stupid) can America even begin to have enlightened conversations about what the rainbow “loony” left feels so strongly about. Only then can mainstream voters begin to see that sometimes the loony left is correct and sometimes they are just loony, but nice.
As The Huffington Post has pointed out
The whole charade of Stein’s media-driven candidacy covers over the fact that the Green Party has no ground game. This is a one-candidate show, not a genuine reformist party working to change a system from the local level. Unlike the Libertarian Party, the Green Party doesn’t hold a single state house seat. If this was a party sincere about its mission, it would be building infrastructure. Instead, we have what amounts to a celebrity campaign seemingly designed to foil the Democrats. In a year where our democracy is threatened by a terrifying demagogue, the Green Party is revealing itself to be reckless and full of hot air… Liberals deserve better than Jill Stein. Luckily, with the assistance of Bernie Sanders, they already have the most progressive Democratic Party platform in history.
Of course Jill Stein has a great agenda–bully for you. My god, you really think that you are so smart in supporting that agenda. Most of it is just so bloody obvious, yet you walk around thinking that you are Einstein reincarnated. Jill Stein getting zero in the electoral college is going to achieve that agenda–you are looking quite so smart now?
Oh you say, ” I can not vote against my core principles” STFU.
Meanwhile you have enabled the exact opposite. This strikes me as the end game of a moron. So you figured that clean energy is the way to go. Whoopsy do, that does not make you brilliant. It just means that you can add 2+2. Voting for a clear cut loser who can only raise very limited funds, has zero ground game, and is simply a Nader reboot, is that smart?
Remember Nader, his voters keep rationalizing this deadly obstinacy and it lead to Florida 2000. Still have doubts that about that history, about the value of history lessons? I will let Gallup remind you.
“Nader received almost 100,000 votes in Florida in 2000, a state George W. Bush won by 537 votes over Al Gore. Gallup’s pre-election polls as well as exit polls showed that Nader voters were more likely to support Gore than Bush. If Nader had not run that year, it is reasonable to assume that enough of a majority of Nader votes would have been cast for Gore, giving him Florida’s electoral votes and the presidency.”
Now start using your strategic brain and actually try and help humanity instead of fertilizing your personal vanity. Now, remember life is about your journey, not your fantasized destination. We are all living in the real world–the real world of Trump and the StupidParty, so come back and actually do your part to salvage the planet and stop taking oxygen out of the room. It is 2016 and every day is
It is 2016 and every day is Christmas day.
Time to take your daily gift (Trump’s mouth) and run with it.