Why I’m Voting for Jill Stein…

(I’ll edit this later. Because it’s so close to election day, I’m posting this even though it needs some editing… Let’s hope I have time to clean it up before the big day… )

Voting for Jill Stein… Am I voting for Jill Stein?

Wait… What?! Whoa! A vote for Jill Stein is a vote for Trump! You’re voting for Donald Trump! How could you—a known radical—vote for Trump?!

Uh no. I’m not voting for Trump. Actually, a vote for Jill Stein is a vote for…

Okay, everyone hold your breath because the punch line is coming soon—in about 3 seconds. Drum roll, please…:

Jill Stein! Yes, a vote for Jill Stein is actually a vote for Jill Stein! That may seem like common sense, but in this Orwellian double-speak universe we currently live in, apparently, it is rocket science. These days, up is down, bad is good, black is beautiful, white is privilege, millennials are struggling while the rest of us have it good, and rich people know better than we do what is best for the rest of us.

So… we’re supposed to vote for Hillary (bad) except that that bad will also be good because Trump (also bad) won’t get elected if we all obey orders (good)… Uh, what I mean is, if we all do what the Democrats (and many Republicans) want us to do and vote for Hillary. Sorry, but that makes absolutely no sense to me. Does it make sense to you?

Here are some more reasons why I’m voting for Jill, and, if you’re seeking real change in our country, I hope you will too.

 

 

— I’m against terrorism. I don’t appreciate being bullied, intimidated and threatened into voting against my own best interests. In fact, I thought it was against the law to bully someone into voting a certain way. Terrorists use fear (terror) to get people to give them what they want. And that’s exactly what the Democrats are doing right now. Give us Hillary or we’ll sick Donald Trump on you!

No. No. No. I will not be bullied, intimidated or threatened into voting for someone I don’t agree with. We’ve lost a lot of civil liberties since George W. Bush and now Obama have taken office. Have we also lost our right to vote for whomever we want?

–Voting for the “lesser evil” doesn’t work. I’ve been there. Done that. Obama was the lesser of two evils when he ran for office, so I voted for him. I wanted to vote for a Green Party candidate then too. As a writer, I was well aware that “hope” and “change” were just a part of Obama’s rhetoric, but I voted for him anyway, and I hoped for some sort of change.  Did he create change? No, of course not. He needs to please his wealthy constituents. Obamacare was a nice bailout for the insurance companies. Those of us who went to college continue to languish in student loan debt. Some sources tell us that half of Americans live in poverty and the media continues to tell us that the economy is getting better.

To my horror (but not to my surprise) Obama extended the Patriot Act (which soon will become a permanent law), and allowed other undemocratic legislation on top of it, including the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). He’s now advocating for the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership Act), and he hasn’t, to my knowledge, shut down the torture prisons nor am I aware of his having denounced torture. Torture is worse than slavery. It is the effort to control a person’s mind and spirit as well as their body. Torture is pure evil. And anyone who advocates torture, no matter how pretty their smile or how eloquent their rhetoric, is also pure evil, as far as I’m concerned.

–Electing Hillary then putting pressure on her (“holding her feet to the fire”) to get the policies Bernie proposed implemented won’t work.  Like Obama and George W. before her, Hillary will need to keep her wealthy donors happy. If it were possible to get Hillary to implement Bernie’s policies then it would have been possible to get Bernie nominated. Fact is, the Democrats plotted against Bernie’s campaign because they have no intention of implementing any of his policies. Heck, I’m not sure that Bernie even intended to implement those policies. He was quick to drop out of the race then back down on pretty much everything he said to support Hillary. Come on, Bernie, you can fool most of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of us all of the time…

–I won’t be responsible for Donald Trump being appointed US President, and I won’t be responsible for Hillary getting “elected.” But people who vote for Hillary will be responsible for the evil she enacts as president. The TPP, renewal of the Patriot Act, the NDAA, more imprisonment of poor people, the widening gap between the rich and the poor, endless war, suicide becoming a top cause of death by injury in the US. I won’t take responsibility for the many problems resulting from neoliberalism in the US. But those who follow orders from the Democrats and who vote for Hillary will need to take that responsibility.

–Accountability over power no longer exists. At least, not from the point of view of the people. “Vote for Hillary and hold her feet to the fire! Put pressure on her to implement Bernie Sanders’ ideas!” Look, dumbass, if Bernie’s ideas had a chance then he’d have a chance. The fact that he withdrew from the race says it all. No one in power—democrat or republican—is going to implement Bernie’s policies. Those policies don’t benefit the wealthy few, so they will not be implemented. The closest we will get to accomplishing any change will be something like Obamacare (a.k.a., the un-Affordable Care Act.) I think most Americans, even the lesser of two evil advocates, now realize that Obamacare has changed nothing.

 

We Americans have had the right to purchase health insurance. We don’t need the government to force us to do it. What does forcing people who are already struggling to purchase insurance they can’t afford accomplish? Oh, that’s right. It helps the insurance companies to stay in business. Yes, the insurance companies got the bailout they were seeking. I for one had to go on Medicaid. It took over a month to get accepted—even when I had a serious health issue. Then I discovered that no doctors in my area would take me as a patient because I was on Medicaid!

But I digress.

–Voting (on the federal level) doesn’t matter, in terms of creating change. No matter who is president he or she will need to follow orders issued by the managers of large corporations. Politicians who refuse to do what Big Money/Big Business tells them to do end up with ruined careers or lives. If they can’t be bribed or blackmailed, they can be gerrymandered out of office or imprisoned. Read about Dennis Kucinich, Cynthia McKinney and Don Siegelman for example. We also know that the elections were fixed in many different ways to make sure that George W. Bush would be appointed president. Some people try to claim that a large percentage of Americans voted for Bush anyway and that the fixed election didn’t make much of a difference. That’s wishful thinking, my friend. Many voters, particularly black voters, were disenfranchised. Polling places were relocated, some voters were made to wait in unusually long lines at their polling places, voter registration forms were altered or discarded, electronic voting machines were fixed, etc. Republicans paid actors to pretend to protest the recount to prevent the recount from taking place. Then the electoral college stepped in and placed the final nail in the coffin. George W. Bush would be president and the American people could not stop that from happening. Yet Americans remain as naïve as ever. Perhaps optimism and hope are the greatest enemies of freedom in the USA. We need to face the fact that our votes don’t count. The powers that be decide whom they want “elected” and Americans will be placated into submission as usual. Business as usual.

 

I’m tired of Limousine Liberal hypocrisy. Yep, I’m talking about wealthy, privileged people, most of whom are white and living in affluent, predominantly white neighborhoods who like to rant about racism. It never ceases to amaze me. From the bay windows of their huge, sprawling mansions they can’t even see black people from a distance, so far removed are they from urban life. “Black lives matter!” they’ll shout from Yuppieville, sipping their lattes and making sure to pay their black janitor the smallest wage they can get away with. Sometimes they’re millionaires who talk about poverty or economic inequality while they complain under their breath that good “help” is hard to find, and they “can’t afford” to pay their housekeepers $15 per hour. Nope, raising the minimum wage isn’t doable for most of them. (Might need to forgo that second trip to Europe this year.)

Some of them claim to be feminists and they’re obsessed with abortion options but they’ve never had the experience of not getting hired because of their gender, or of standing at a bus stop late at night in a dangerous neighborhood because they can’t afford a car, or living with an abusive husband because they can’t afford to move out. Racism, sexism, classism—it’s all politically correct talk that makes them look good to the outside world. “Don’t hate me ‘cause I’m rich,” they seem to be pleading with their bleeding heart liberal pretense. They like pretending to care. Makes them look good. But what really irks me about these hypocrites is their sweeping “white privilege” statements. In one simple phrase, they disenfranchise all of us who are poor or struggling and who happen to be white. In fact, not all poor people are black. Not all victims of police brutality are black. Not everyone who is disenfranchised is black. Yes, I understand that a larger percentage of blacks than whites live in poverty. Disproportionately, blacks are poor and often imprisoned by law enforcement. However, there are, in fact, a lot of people who are poor and who happen to be white too. Why is this important? Well, in terms of social change—if that really is what some of us want—we need to come together. Black, white, male, female, immigrant, native born, millennial or non-millennial—all of us who are struggling under this corrupt system need to come together to speak truth to power. And we can’t do that when we’re divided. Racist statements like “white privilege” put white people who are struggling on the defensive. Because you’re white, your rich may ring true for millionaires like Stephen Colbert or Michael Moore but it doesn’t ring true for the janitor or the construction worker struggling to make ends meet who may very well be driven into the unloving arms of Donald Trump as a result of such propaganda.

—I was a Jill Stein supporter before Bernie ran. For me, the lesser of two evils has dropped out of the race. I’m speaking, of course, of Bernie Sanders. Yep, Bernie was the lesser of two evils for me. Not that Jill Stein is evil, mind you. But electing someone to have power over us is sort of a necessary evil in a sense.

What? What the… How did you know who Jill Stein was?

Well, you see, I am a very progressive person. I actually voted for Jill Stein in the last presidential election. But when I saw Bernie getting the hUge support he was getting, I decided he had a better chance of actually getting elected, so I reluctantly supported him.

Reluctantly?

Yes, well, you see, Bernie was running as a Democrat and he indicated from the beginning that he would back down and support Hillary if she became the chosen Democratic candidate. This seems rather dishonest to me and I was initially reluctant to support Bernie for that reason and a few other reasons. (Bernie’s stand on the Israel-Palestine issue, for example.)

I’m not wealthy. It appears to me that millionaires overwhelmingly are supporting Hillary. So-called “progressives” such as Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Michael Moore, Robert Reich, to name a few. I very much appreciate Cornel West, Chris Hedges, Susan Sarandon, Russell Brand, etc., who have stuck to their beliefs. Funny how people reveal their true character during times of trouble.

Okay, now that I’ve gotten all the nastiness out of the way, let me tell you the real reason I’m voting for Jill Stein:

She stands for the things I believe in: a real, living minimum wage, free college tuition, forgiveness of student loan debt to stimulate the economy, addressing the needs of low-income and middle class people, climate change, etc. I’m not voting for Jill Stein because everybody else is. I’m not voting for Jill Stein because she has a good chance of getting elected. I’m voting for Jill Stein because I agree with most of what she has to say, because her ideals most closely match mine. Voting is my one chance to express my opinion. My one and only opportunity to let those in power know what I think, what I want. They don’t care of course. They don’t give an iota for what I think or feel. But they will be forced to realize that there are a lot of people like me here in the USSA—oops, I meant USA. (I certainly don’t want to compare the USA with the former USSR. We’re very different. We’re much more advanced. Our spy systems are much more complex and advanced. Our government is much more ruthless and diabolical. We have drones. Our president who claims to be a democrat and was the lesser of two evils has a “kill list.” Also the American population is much more dumbed down than the Soviets ever could be. The former Soviet Union had nothing on the USA. We’re much better at keeping our people in a state of inertia.)

 

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