The succinct post below says something absolutely imperative. Namely, that the Green Party has no actual governing experience and that the third parties this year would be asteroids to presidential governance because they will result in a Trump presidency.
Democrats believe in the conservation of our shared spaces, the oceans, Great Lakes, parks, and the Arctic. Democrats will protect and fight for the rights of minorities at a time when that fight is huge. The Democratic platform includes a commitment to 50% clean energy in a decade including a massive investment in solar and building efficiency. Democrats will protect a woman’s right to choose when she gives birth and who her healthcare provider is. They are the party that recognizes and is committed to tribal sovereignty and health. They are the party that has invested in public education.
Johnson opposes plenty of environmental regulation, opposes health insurance to pay for women’s contraception, supports public vouchers for religious schools, and would like to shut down the Dept of Ed & HUD.
Jill Stein has a wonderful platform. Her positions are sensible and supported by evidence. But she has zero experience in government or in any position that gives her credibility as a lawmaker or as an executive. The operations of a sprawling organization like federal government need solid experienced people to work. As a local elected official I say this with a small amount of experience. As a several-year member of the Green Party, I will say that Stein and the Greens simply don’t have the capacity to handle the challenge. They will founder and it would be bad for our country. Call me a pragmatist, a very green one.
And then there’s Cheetoh Benito Trump.
Unlike any major candidate in generations, Donald Trump is temperamentally, emotionally, and intellectually unfit to be President of the United States. He would be an embarrassment and, more importantly, present far too high a risk of precipitating an economic, social, or military catastrophe.
If you disagree with that assessment, this post is not for you. It won’t persuade you of anything. Though I reserve the right to try to persuade you at some point before the election (and I hope you feel the same about me).
But assuming you agree with the lunacy of a President Trump, you are left with 4 options:
- Vote for Hillary Clinton
- Vote for Gary Johnson – Libertarian party
- Vote for Jill Stein – Green party
- Not vote
Even among those who would never vote for Trump, I’m increasingly hearing things like:
I hate Trump, but Hillary is just as bad.
We have two terrible…
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