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Why Jill Stein is Feared by the Democrats
Democrats and their Progressive wing are divorcing on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. They've moved out and are seeing new people. Progressives are seeing the Green party and Jill Stein while the Democrats are dating the corporate lobby and Wall Street.
The break-up is contentious.
Democrats have long taken its Progressive wing, leftist and Independents for granted. As Democrats themselves have become more corporate and conservative friendly, neo-liberal. Progressives that have long partnered with the party are exasperated, fed up, apathetic. This displeasure has led to callous disregard and splitsville as the 2016 Democratic primaries season played out. The Democratic party's explicit partisan loyalty to Hillary Clinton's campaign over Bernie Sanders. Its too cozy relationship with the mainstream corporate media talking heads. 'The Intercept' reports that both CNN and NBC along with its satellites, MSNBC and CNBC are heavily invested in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton.
The wikileaks email leak exposed this just before the Democratic convention in late July. You can read The Intercept's full report here.
It was in this atmosphere that the 'Never Hillary' movement grew. Bernie Sanders supporters were betrayed by the Democratic party. Their sellout of Progressive values and the DNC's downright cheating Bernie Sanders campaign and his supporters out of an impartial contest for the Democratic nomination.
When Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton at the Democratic convention, Jill Stein of the Green party made an impassioned appeal to Sanders supporters, her support expanded overnight. Then, fabricated blogger innuendo and social media driven smears against the Green Party and Jill Stein appeared. This smear campaign is robbing the Green party of its voice.
Just as the Democratic party faithful intended.
Myth #1: Nader Cost Gore Florida and In Turn the 2000 Election
It Wasn't Nader's Fault
Two hundred and seventy (270) electoral college votes are the required majority to elect a President Of The United States. George W. Bush received a 271 electoral college majority. Al Gore received 267. The election hinged on Florida and its 25 electoral votes. Florida cast almost 6 million votes in the 2000 election.
When the recount was halted and the 2000 election handed to W Bush, Bush was ahead by 537 votes in Florida.
Immediately, the Democratic party circulated the deceptive narrative that Green party candidate, Ralph Nader, cost Gore Florida's electoral votes. 24,000 Democrats voted for Nader. But, 308,000 Democrats voted for W Bush. That's right, Democrats in Florida voted for George W. Bush at a rate greater than ten times more than they voted for Ralph Nader and the Green party.
Democrats voting for W Bush cost Gore Florida, not Ralph Nader and the Green party.
Democrats ignore another very important element in the 2000 electoral college breakdown:
Al Gore didn't win his home state, Tennessee. Tennessee carried 11 electoral votes in 2000, those votes went to George W. Bush. Bill Clinton won Tennessee twice. But Gore did not win his home state, a state that elected him as a congressman and senator. A state that elected Gore's father as senator for 18 years, a state that elected the Clinton-Gore ticket twice, did not vote for Gore in 2000.
Al Gore ran a surprisingly weak campaign in 2000, just as Hillary Clinton and the Democrats did in 2016. The Democrats ran on a tone deaf 'stay the course' status quo message in a year when the people were demanding fundamental change.
Myth #2: Jill Stein Is Anti-Vaccines/Anti-Science
Jill Stein is NOT anti-vaccines
Mainstream corporate media or Democratic National Committee (DNC) will never repeat this smear in public. Political Action Committees (PACS) feed this disinformation to DNC blogs and pseudo-news sites and it gets into the internet blood stream via social media and article comment sections, it's become malignantly viral now.
This is a DNC inspired swift-boating of Jill Stein to keep Progressive votes in the DNC fold. It is a clear demonstration that Jill Stein and the Green party are seen as a threat to the DNC and Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders received over thirteen million votes in the Democratic primary, a sizable number of those Sanders voters will move their support to the Green party. Especially in light of the DNC email leak concerning the institutional roadblocks and inequity against the Sanders campaign. The Jill Stein swift-boating began shortly after the Democratic convention to damage her viability as a choice for disaffected Sanders supporters. Before the Dem convention few even knew Jill Stein existed. As soon as the DNC email leaks were released the Jill Stein smears began.
The facts are, Jill Stein is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University. Stein is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, where she also instructed. Stein practiced medicine for twenty-five years. She most likely administered or prescribed thousands of vaccinations.
A simple Snopes search clarifies the matter. The smear-mongers, most likely Democratic party nameless operatives, hope fear of Trump will inhibit the truth and keep liberal votes in line.
Myth #3: Voting Green Party Is A Wasted Vote
Vote YOUR Conscience!
"Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil." ~ Jerry Garcia
The Democrats imploring its constituency to vote for them, the lesser evil, has been the routine for the last handful of election cycles. Even as the Dems have tacked more conservative and corporate. Donald Trump aside, the Democrats and Republicans are almost indistinguishable on many issues, especially economically and in foreign affairs.
Speaking of Trump, Progressives and Leftists abhor Trump, but they're not afraid of a Trump Presidency if it happens. They're not willing to sacrifice their conscience to vote for lesser evil, for the moderate Republican, masquerading as a liberal Democrat, not one more time. They were promised change with Obama. Nothing changed. Income inequality is worse than it was eight years ago. Wall Street still dictates economic policy while the people lose more ground financially by the month. We're still at war and the environmental issues are more dire than they've ever been.
The Green party probably can't win in 2016. But, it is the vehicle that carries the will of the people. Many are weary of the emotional blackmail the Democrats have practiced for years. The largest voting block in the United States is Independent. The Dems and GOP are bleeding more voters each election cycle. The Democrats have neglected the millennial aged voters (18-35) that were overwhelmingly in support of Bernie Sanders and now are supporting the Green party.
A vote for the Green candidate for any office they may be on the ballot for in 2016, including President of the United States, is a vote for better choices in future elections.
The Green party platform is available here.
Thank you for reading, Duane Townsend
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This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2016 Duane Townsend
Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on October 27, 2016:
Hope you are right, Duane, but after what they did to the Bern and his followers I am skeptical.
Duane Townsend (author) from Detroit on October 27, 2016:
Thank you for reading Mel.
We're at a pivot point in this country, Dem and GOP will never be the same again. They will have competition.
Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on October 27, 2016:
You have dispelled the myths superbly, and I like your writing style. I just might vote for Jill, if for no other reason than to send a message that I ain't happy with the way the Dems do business. Great hub.
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on September 20, 2016: