The Good, The Bad, The Unqualified: Jill Stein 2/2


Continued from part 1

Supposing for a moment Jill Stein defied all political expectations and actually was elected as the first woman president, would she be prepared for the job? What is her political experience that makes her qualified to lead the nation’s armies and economy?

Um, she was a doctor and a professor at Harvard Medical. Not really legislative or executive experience, is that? She has no economic plan with numbers and her “platform” on domestic policy is full of nice ideas with no steps to achieve them like “end homophobia”.

She’s done some grass roots activism that was genuinely good, like protesting dirty coal plants. But that environmental health activism has steered her into dangerous, dehumanizing woo. She believes autism is a new and bad condition caused by environmental toxins (and maybe vaccines).

Since retiring from medicine and teaching, Stein has run for many political positions. She campaigned for the Massachusetts governor position in 2002 and won about 3.5% of the vote. From there she campaigned in 2004 for the state House of Representatives and on that local district rather than state level, she still lost but with a respectable 21.3% of the vote in a three person race.

In 2006 Stein set her sights at the state level once again, facing off against the incumbent Secretary of the Commonwealth, and winning just 18% of votes. In 2010, Stein campaigned for the governor’s mansion once again, finishing last with a paltry 1.3% of the total vote. With that losing streak, Stein began her first failed presidential campaign in 2012.

The one and only position Stein has ever been elected for is Town Meeting Seat Two, in the town of Lexington, Massachusetts. Her neighbors like her, and she was elected in 2005 and reelected in 2008 to that seat. In other words, her real life political experience can best be understood by watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls. Miss Patty might be a fun neighbor but she’s not qualified for negotiations with Congress and foreign leaders.

You may remember that the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore came down to Florida, where each major candidate took about 48.5% of the vote, and third party candidate Ralph Nader took around 3%. The closeness of the race, the suspected election fraud in Tampa, the hanging chads in Miami, and a conservative Supreme Court gave the win to Bush. If the 3% of voters who chose Nader (including me) hadn’t, they must likely would have picked Gore, for the entire country.

As it stands, George Walker Bush is considered one of America’s worst presidents. Yet all political experts, military leaders, and living former presidents agree that Donald Trump would be much, much worse. A lot of people will vote for Donald Trump, and he will win most of the conservative states Stein isn’t running in. That is most likely inescapable. What can be escaped is a repeat of 2000.

You don’t have to vote for Jill Stein just because you’re unhappy with the current situation. Based on the mechanics of electoral college voting, Clinton or Trump will be president, and a split left in contested races can deliver all of a state’s votes into his hands. You don’t have to actively make the situation worse, as I did when I voted from ignorance of electoral in Florida in 2000.

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