As time goes on, I find myself able to tolerate Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein less and less. The other day I posted on Facebook that she’s the person in class who, on a Friday, when the professor says if nobody has any questions then class can let out 30 minutes early, stands up and proceeds to complain for 35 minutes about how weekends aren’t long enough.
Look, just because she says many things that play right into the hands of the far-left, doesn’t mean she’s some sort of amazing hero for progressive causes — she’s not. A leader with a lot of ideas, but no effective plan to get any of them accomplished, isn’t a leader. She’s the perfect example of someone who can’t see the forest for the trees.
But in a lot of ways, while I know her supporters love her, she strikes me as someone who’s more into feeding her own ego than anything else. Even when she’s attacking Hillary Clinton, she spends more time trying to demonize the Democratic presidential candidate, often absurdly claiming that she’s actually worse than Trump, then she does talking about why she’s the better candidate.
Well, that is, when she’s not calling Bernie Sanders a Washington insider because he apparently doesn’t want anything to do with her.
A perfect example of what I mean came during a recent interview with Al Jazeera English where she essentially said there was no difference between Clinton and Trump.
“Hillary Clinton is not different enough from Donald Trump that she or the Democratic Party are going to save your job, save your life, or save the planet,” Dr. Stein said.
“We have two ways to commit suicide here, and I say no thank you to them both,” she added.
Yeah, pardon my language, but that’s total and complete bullshit.
Is Clinton the epitome of what it means to be a “liberal” to many of the most devout purists? No, she’s not. But this sort of rhetoric is so ludicrous that it’s a joke that there are so-called “progressives” who buy into this idiocy.
Reality tells us that when Republicans are in charge, the economy does worse. Like Bill Clinton or not, our economy was fantastic during the 90’s. Meanwhile, President Obama took us from the brink of collapse to the best streak of private sector job growth in our nation’s history.
Is either man flawless? No. Does either pass Stein’s ideological purity test? No. Are both men a hell of a lot better than any of the Republican alternatives they ran against? You’re damn right they were.
Here are some fun facts for Dr. Stein:
- Being that the Green Party can’t ever win elections, Democrats are the only party that’s actually been working to pass more “green” energy policies.
- In fact, had the Green Party not helped George W. Bush win in 2000, Al Gore (who went on to become a hero for fighting climate change) might have had eight years to help make the U.S. much more “green” instead of Bush who represents a party that doesn’t even believe in climate change.
- Democrats have created millions of jobs, the Green Party helped elect a Republican who supported policies that destroyed millions of them.
- If you’re gay, female, reliant upon the Affordable Care Act for health care, believe in the separation of church and state, any type of minority group or basically anyone but a straight, white Christian male — your life and rights might be saved by a Clinton victory considering Trump’s policies are anti-women, anti-gay, anti-ACA, pro-theocracy, pro-racism, pro-bigotry, anti-immigrant.
This asinine false equivalency that there’s no difference between Trump and Clinton is something said by minds too small to understand the bigger picture. It’s people who mostly live in privilege, often from demographics that won’t be too terribly harmed by the horrific policies Trump and the GOP would force upon this nation.
I’m not here to say that Clinton is the far-left’s dream of what a progressive should be, but you have to be as blindly ignorant as the most ridiculous Trump supporter to think that there aren’t massive differences between the two candidates.
Hillary Clinton won’t:
- Repeal the ACA.
- Try to get same-sex marriage overturned.
- Support anti-LGBT legislation.
- Try to repeal the minimum wage.
- Undo the green policies passed by President Obama.
- Deport millions of illegal immigrants and block any attempt at immigration reform.
- Advocate that we commit war crimes in the Middle East.
- Do nothing about education reform.
- Cut taxes on the rich, making the middle class pick up the tab.
- Appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade.
- Demean women by calling them fat, ugly or weak.
- Deny that climate change exists.
- Attempt to open up our national parks for drilling.
- Try to kill net neutrality.
- Vilify minorities by appealing to white nationalists.
Even if Clinton doesn’t pass a single piece of legislation during her entire time in the White House, she’ll at least be someone who blocks Republicans who would try to do everything I just listed above — and a whole hell of a lot more.
If she’s not your “progressive cup of tea,” that’s fine. I’m sorry you don’t think she’s up to your “standards” of what it means to be a progressive — even if the facts seem to dispute what you think. However, “winning” isn’t only about what you accomplish, but also what you prevent from happening. And if Clinton does nothing else, she can prevent Republicans from undoing the progress millions of Americans have spent decades fighting for.
If you don’t care about making sure we elect someone who, at the very least, can preserve the progress that’s taken progressives decades to achieve, instead of helping elect a Republican who’s damn sure going to do their best to undo as much of it as they can, then you don’t have any right to call yourself a progressive.
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