10 Questions I Would Like Green Party Supporters and Jill Stein to Answer

I know this article will probably stir up a hornets’ nest of far-left absurdity toward my direction, but after what I’ve seen coming from these people over the last couple of weeks, I felt inclined to write it anyway.

I wouldn’t say I “hate” Green Party supporters, but I’ve quickly realized over the last year or so that most of them are really nothing more than the left’s version of the tea party. It’s not that I disagree with some of the things they say or support, it’s just that most of them seem so blindly tied to their ideological beliefs that they’re completely irrational. I can admire someone who’s passionate, but there’s a fine line between being passionately driven toward a belief or goal, and being so delusional that you no longer care about facts or reality.

That being said, I thought I’d ask these folks (and Dr. Jill Stein as well, if she happens to read this) ten questions to clarify a few things for me.

1. You all claim that Green Party candidate Ralph Nader didn’t help George W. Bush get elected in 2000. While most people focus on Florida, it was actually New Hampshire that gave Bush his victory. Here are the vote totals from New Hampshire in 2000:

  • Bush: 273,559
  • Gore: 266,348
  • Nader: 22,198

Gore lost by 7,211 votes.

Now, being that the state of New Hampshire has gone to the Democratic candidate every single presidential election since 1992 — except in 2000 (1992, 1996, 2004, 2008, 2012) — are you really trying to argue that it was just a coincidence that Gore was the one Democrat to lose the state in the last 24 years and Nader’s 22,198 votes had nothing to do with it? If Gore had won New Hampshire, it wouldn’t have mattered what happened in Florida — he’d have been elected president either way.

2. Considering the big knock against Gore by many Green Party supporters back in 2000 was that he wasn’t “liberal enough” (sound familiar?), yet he went on to become one of the leading advocates for combating climate change, wouldn’t it be safe to say that your party’s judgement of Gore was inaccurate? Or would you have been opposed to a president who spent eight years during the early 2000’s combating climate change vs. one who didn’t believe in it?

3. Hypothetical question: If I have three candidates – A, B, and C – running for office where the candidate and party who gets the most pie wins and controls everything, of the following three (based on those rules), which candidate/party would win and control everything based on these results?

  • Candidate A gets 50 percent of the pie.
  • Candidate B gets 30 percent of the pie.
  • Candidate C gets 20 percent of the pie.

If you answered “Candidate A” then you would be right.

So, in a government like ours where our Congress is ruled by the majority party, and our president is elected by a majority vote (mostly), how does it make sense to try to split the vote for the far more progressive party (just not progressive enough) simply because they don’t pass your “purity test”? Also, how is that not essentially helping elect candidates from the far more conservative party?

4. Do you realize if Jill Stein managed to win over every single Bernie Sanders supporter to vote for her during the general election, and even 30 percent of Hillary Clinton’s supporters, all that would happen is Donald Trump would win every single state and march toward one of the biggest landslide victories in presidential history? Even with all of Sanders’ support and a good chunk of Clinton’s, neither Stein nor Hillary Clinton would come close to matching Trump — because they would be splitting the same pool of voters. 

5. Let’s say for the sake of argument that Jill Stein does get elected. Who’s she going to work with to get anything passed? You do realize a large part of her platform is built upon bashing Democrats and Republicans as equals, right? So why would anyone want to do anything to work with her? Politics is as much about knowing how to govern and work with people as it is having good ideas. She has some ideas, but seemingly lacks all ability to be effective at doing anything but trying to ride the coattails of Bernie Sanders’ success, hoping to boost her own campaign.

6. Since many reading this might claim to be big-time Green Party supporters, without the help of Google, can you name five other Green Party candidates who are running for public office besides Stein?

7. Call you tell me, with specifics (not talking points), what qualifications Stein has to actually be president? It’s one thing to be an activist who says a lot of what you want to hear — but that doesn’t exactly make someone qualified to be president.

8. Stein recently said that she would like to have Edward Snowden as part of her cabinet if she were elected. Now, while I’m sure that’s what many of you all want to hear, doesn’t that seem very “Trump-like” in the pandering for a response category? Let me point out that, while many Green Party supporters seem to think Clinton should be in prison for her email server, it is indisputable that Snowden broke quite a few federal laws when he stole and released a whole lot of information that had nothing to do with the Constitutional rights of Americans.

In fact, here’s a list of some of the things he leaked that had nothing to do with our Constitution.

However, don’t you find it kind of ridiculous for her to say she would appoint him as a member of her cabinet — when she’s never even met him? 

9. The Green Party and Jill Stein spend a great deal of time bashing the Clintons, stating that they’re basically not any better than Republicans and not nearly “liberal enough.” So, tell me, are Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Stephen Breyer not very liberal Supreme Court Justices? Have they been “shills for Wall Street and big money in politics”?

Well, those two Justices just happened to be appointed to the Supreme Court by none other than President Bill Clinton.

So, when you all are relentlessly bashing how “conservative” the Clintons are, just remember, the last time we had a Clinton in the White House he gave us two of our most liberal Supreme Court Justices who’ve defended women’s rights, gay rights, abortion, voting rights, same-sex marriage, health care and voted against Citizens United.

10. If Bernie Sanders’ ideas really aligned more with the Green Party than anything else, then why has he been an independent his entire career instead of a member of your party? Doesn’t that say something about your party that, even though you all claim he aligns perfectly with what you all believe, he chose to be an independent his entire career instead of joining up with you all?

Alright, well that’ll wrap things up.

Be sure to hit me up on Facebook or Twitter to let me know what you think.

Also be sure to check out the comments section to this article as I’m sure many of them are going to be very interesting.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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