It’s no secret that I’m not exactly the biggest fan of Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein. It’s not that I don’t agree with some of the things in which she believes, I just view her as someone who, because she has no idea how to effectively pick her battles to get anything accomplished, actually makes things worse for progressives because she helps divide the left. Even though I’m absolutely certain I’m nothing but a “fake progressive,” an “establishment shill” and “might as well call myself a Republican” for daring to say that.
The truth is, Stein (and the Green Party in general) spends more time dividing and fracturing the Democratic party — which only helps Republicans — than they do realizing that they can more effectively bring about real change to this country by understanding that sometimes getting 50 or 60 percent of what you want is a whole hell of a lot better than almost none of it.
But my dislike for Stein is also based upon the fact that I see her as someone who’s more anti-establishment than pro-progressive ideas. While she undoubtedly shares quite a few progressive beliefs (again, several of which I’m in complete agreement), she seems to care more about attacking “the system” (mostly Democrats, by the way) than she does doing anything to actually help bring about change.
Being progressive is about understanding that we all don’t have to agree on everything. That working together, compromising and crafting rational plans to fix problems is a much better solution than shouting, finger-pointing and demanding that it’s either your way or the highway.
And there’s certainly nothing progressive about saying that Hillary Clinton is more dangerous than Donald Trump, or that Bernie Sanders is a political insider, just because they don’t pass your purity test.
Sadly, that’s exactly what Stein told Politico.
“It’s hard to, you know, to think too hard about anything Donald Trump says because he will change his mind in the next hour, if not the next day, or whatever,” Stein said. “Today, suddenly, after five years, he became convinced that it’s not an issue. Yesterday it was an issue. It will probably become an issue again for him. You know, the guy may have a memory problem. Who knows what it is? But he’s incapable of having a consistent thought or policy.”
Stein did say Trump would be an absolute nightmare for the country, but that’s when she contradicted herself by saying Clinton would be more dangerous.
“Donald Trump, I think, will have a lot of trouble moving things through Congress,” Stein stated. “Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, won’t. Hillary has the potential to do a whole lot more damage, get us into more wars, faster to pass her fracking disastrous climate program, much more easily than Donald Trump could do his.”
This is why I think Stein is a little off her rocker and, while clearly an intelligent lady, lacks a lot of common sense.
From what I’m gathering based on her comment, she thinks the candidate who’s running on the premise that he’s going to escalate military action against ISIS, seems eager to start a war with Iran, says climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese and is extremely pro-oil… would have a more difficult time passing pro-Republican legislation than Hillary Clinton?
The absurd “logic” she’s using here is basically summed up by this: She’s implying that the individual who believes climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese would be worse for the environment than the individual with a more progressive plan to combat climate change than President Obama — and that Republicans are more likely to pass her legislation than his.
Not only is that one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard of in my life, but what about issues like:
- Gay rights.
- Same-sex marriage.
- The Affordable Care Act.
- Most of the green energy policies President Obama has passed.
- Abortion rights.
- Minimum wage.
- Education reform.
- Equality for women in the workplace.
- Immigration reform.
- Campaign finance reform.
- Women’s rights.
- Sensible gun regulations.
The list of issues that Trump and Republicans would gladly work together on to undo a lot of the progress we’ve spent decades fighting for is seemingly endless — does Jill Stein really believe that Clinton would be worse than Trump on all of those? Think what you want about Clinton, but she’s not going to repeal the ACA, try to eliminate the minimum wage, roll back Obama’s green energy policies or try to get same-sex marriage overturned — which are all things Trump would gladly help congressional Republicans accomplish. To say nothing about stacking the Supreme Court with ultra-conservative justices for an entire generation.
Then there are always those ties to Russia. Stein probably doesn’t have too much of an issue with those considering she’s a big fan of Wikileaks (which has basically been exposed as a political weapon Russia uses to go after enemies), she supported Brexit (which Russia helped manipulate into happening) and she’s not exactly very anti-Putin.
But Jill Stein wasn’t done. Apparently being very upset that Sen. Bernie Sanders wants nothing to do with her, she lashed out at the Vermont senator, claiming that he’s nothing more than a typical political insider who’s been in Washington too long.
“I’ve tried to talk with Bernie, but, you know, Bernie is, he is a team player,” Stein said. “I think he’s on the wrong team, perhaps because he’s been in Washington, D.C., too long, because he used to really understand independent politics and why we cannot have a viable political system unless we have independent political parties.”
Again, she said that about a man who just ran one of the most successful underdog presidential campaigns in history, energizing millions of people to push for a more progressive country, who’s now apparently nothing better than a typical political hack because he did exactly what he said he was going to do from Day 1: endorse the Democratic candidate for president.
After Stein painted him as the true beacon of hope for progressive values during the primary, because he now no longer passes her purity test, Bernie Sanders is nothing but a political insider selling out to be a “team player.”
These comments from Jill Stein are just further proof that she doesn’t get it. It’s either that or she’s such an egomaniac that she’ll blatantly mislead, misinform and lie to her supporters about the reality of how government works, what Clinton actually stands for and what’s really going to happen if she gets her way this election. If Stein gets what she wants, which is to siphon off voting support from Hillary Clinton, the only thing that’s going to happen is Donald Trump will be our next president.
There’s absolutely no way that Jill Stein stands any chance of becoming our next president — none.
So, I would encourage people to listen to the most successful independent politician we’ve ever had — Sen. Bernie Sanders — on what he thinks about third-parties and the progressive path to bringing about successful change to government. It’s much more realistic and encompasses a broader understanding of all of the issues — which some people seem to struggle mightily at doing.
You can listen to Stein’s interview below: