“It’s important to do real homework about the people you are voting for, and as long as parties exist, people will fail to do so. I want to see the demise of political parties in my life time.”
Above is an excerpt from last week’s post about party politics. Clearly, I am not a fan. I really want people to think about the people they are voting for and see if they truly align with the candidate. The candidate, not the party. And if they don’t wholly align with the candidate, why is it important for them to cast the “lesser of two evils” vote. When homework is done, and an informed decision is made, I respect whatever conclusion is made. I don’t respect the lesser of two evils vote when it’s a sellout vote brought on by party politics.
Fortunately, we don’t have a lesser of two evils in this election. We do, however, have a lesser of four – or five, depending on where you live – evils. So let’s see if we can find out who it is…
Over the next few weeks, we’ll look into the five presidential hopefuls and see if we can decide who deserves our votes.
Today, we’ll start with perhaps the most irrelevant: Jill Stein of the Green Party.
The first thing to know about Stein, is that she ran for governor in Massachusetts and lost twice. But she won some nifty awards as a musician and an activist, so that probably helped heal her pain. She also spoke to the crowd at Occupy Wall Street, and loves FDR’s New Deal so much, that she proposes a Green New Deal.
Stein has an interesting theory on education, saying she wants to get rid of screens, computers and wi-fi in classrooms of all levels. I am for less technology-addiction and more hands-on learning, but if you don’t teach students basic computer skills, they will be severely lacking important abilities in the workforce. Not to mention, you could rob us of the next Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. She is also against the privatization of schools.
She would like to help those riddled with college loans by using quantitative easing; a process often considered “a last resort” to stimulate the economy. But she doesn’t want you to know that – heck, she doesn’t even want you to know what it is. Stein says “quantitative easing is a magic trick that basically people don’t need to understand any more about than that it is a magic trick.” This is the same “magic trick” we used in 2008.
She wants to replace the Affordable Care Act with a Medicare-For-All system, and repeatedly criticized Obama’s plan. She says it was hardly even a step in the right direction toward a single-payer healthcare plan.
Perhaps the most interesting and controversial thing I have heard Jill Stein say is that she wants to end the “war on whistleblowers.” She may even want to have Edward Snowden serve in her cabinet. So I guess there’s more than one way to go if you want a criminal to serve in the White House.
The most concerning thing, for those of us who still believe in free-markets and capitalism, is that the majority of her endorsements come from socialist parties or organizations. Which is why my homework has led me to believe that Jill Stein will not have my vote come November. If you are a wide-eyed, bleeding heart socialist that loves FDR and hates Wall Street, then this is the candidate for you.