Jill Stein blew $3.5 million failing to even come close to winning 5% of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election — as predicted — but she has a new scampaign: election integrity. In a few days, she raised over $3 million for vote recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan fueled by baseless rumors that Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in these states had something to do with hacking. Continue reading →
In a repeat of the 2000 election, Jill Stein failed to win 5% of the popular vote but won enough votes in key states to tip the outcome of the Clinton-Trump electoral college contest in Trump’s favor by splitting the anti-Trump vote between herself and Hillary Clinton.
In Wisconsin, Trump beat Clinton by 26,989 votes and Stein received 30,907 votes.
In Michigan, Trump beat Clinton by 16,236 votes and Stein received 51,043 votes.
Taking these states’ combined 26 electoral votes away from Trump would have put him below the 270 threshold necessary to become president (as of this writing he stands at 276).
Voters in these states who cast their ballots for the ‘greater good’ and in doing so enabled the greater evil. Bernie Sanders was right to warn against casting a protest vote in 2016.
Last month, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was roundly condemned for surreptitiously substituting a neutral pro-peace Syria statement on her campaign’s website in place of her original pro-war criminal position without a word of explanation.
Now, the URL linking to her original statement no longer seamlessly re-directs to her new statement but has been restored — but without its original incriminating text. Instead, there is the following statement: Continue reading →
On October 5, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein removed her previous statement on Syria (“Stein Opposes Obama’s Troops on the Ground in Syria”) and put in its place a very different statement (“Jill Stein on Syria”). Visitors to the previous statement‘s URL do not encounter an error notice but are seamlessly redirected to the new statement.
It is as if her first Syria statement never happened.
If Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein wins 5% of the popular vote in the 2016 election, the party will be eligible for millions of dollars in federal matching funds for a 2020 presidential campaign. The Green Party has strategically justified every fringe/spoiler presidential campaigns it has run since 1996 in part by talking up the possibility of winning 5% of the popular vote. What the Green Party has never done is develop a hard-headed assessment of whether it is even possible for their candidates to reach the 5% threshold despite failing to do so five presidential cycles in a row.
In the U.S. we elect a president every four years and during these election years, the people have a higher interest in all things political because while our representative system is far from perfect, the people do have some say over picking our rulers. Chris Hedges is being overly cynical when he says “We do not live in a functioning democracy, and we have to stop pretending that we do.” We aren’t living under totalitarian rule yet. We can still put people up for election and win seats with real power.
Unfortunately, people power has not been developed to the point were we can elect a progressive person to the highest office in the land. For over 160 years, only the two capitalist parties have had the clout to do that. The vote count of 470,000 for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein in 2012 was a good starting point but it was still less than 1% of the vote. This year there is tremendous dissatisfaction with the status quote so she is likely to do much better as she is now polling between 3%-4%, but there is no doubt that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will win the election. Continue reading →