Polling day for the Presidential election is only one week away and some polls are becoming worryingly close. Yesterday an ABC poll put Trump one point ahead nationwide. And whilst Gary Johnson and Jill Stein composed only 5% of this nationwide ballot, that these 5% – and the likely 40% of American’s who will not vote – refuse to play a real part in this monumental decision is worrying and shocking.
With the approval ratings of the two mainstream candidates so low, perhaps for some this is understandable. Yet it is difficult to comprehend how any rational individual with a ballot cannot pick a side between Trump and Clinton.
Particularly confusing are the ‘progressives’ who claim the so-called ‘moral’ position of abdicating a role in preventing President Trump. For that is what this is. Those who claim that the electoral system is unfair because some votes matter very much, and others not at all, cannot then avoid their logic when they choose Jill Stein or no one at all, rather than Hillary. They merely enable Trump.
They know how the system works and they know exactly what they are enabling, yet do so without a care for the reality of a Trump victory, but for that warm fuzzing feeling that they used to call the Bern – that is until Bernie decided that he was with Her.
Many ex-Bernie supporters have flirted with Jill Stein, and to an extent that is understandable. Yes, she has some populist appeal and leftist policy, but many of her positions are either unachievable, undesirable or downright nuts. Outstanding are her anti-scientific vaccine statements which were described by a Yale Professor as socially dangerous.
But the real issue with Stein is not her platform – much of which can appeal to our radical hearts. The issue is the real effect of her candidacy which Donald Trump stated himself, in July: ‘a vote for the Greens helps me’.
It’s no secret. Stein’s most prominent intellectual backer, Noam Chomsky, says it too:
‘In a swing state – a state where it’s going to matter which way you vote – I would vote against Trump, and by elementary arithmetic, that means you hold your nose and you vote Democrat,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any other rational choice. Abstaining from voting or, say, voting for … a candidate you prefer, a minority candidate, just amounts to a vote for Donald Trump, which I think is a devastating prospect.”
Stein dismissed the prominent, leftist intellectual saying “he subscribes to the politics of fear”.
More worrying – and damning – than Stein’s dismissal of electoral reality is her endorsement of Donald, ahead of Hillary.
Two weeks ago Stein’s running mate tweeted an article stating that the ‘real danger’ to America is not Trump, but Hillary.
Stein lovingly endorsed this with a retweet.
On Sunday Stein responded to the message:
“…A Clinton presidency is D A N G E R O U S … If a Trump presidency would mean that we have to fight ignorants in the streets—I’m ready for that. “
With: “I couldn’t have said it better.”
Well let me ‘say it better’ for you Jill – there is nothing progressive about your candidacy. You’re not feeling the Bern, or standing up for the 99%, you’re merely an enabler for the sexually assaultive demagogue.
Voting for Stein, Johnson, or not at all, cannot be considered in isolation. It is a decision with significant consequences, the responsibility for which cannot be abdicated. Every vote Hillary is denied actively enables Donald Trump.
If that is an outcome you can live with, then you should rightly feel ignored by this plea – the progressive label isn’t yours to claim.
But, if the thought of that scares you at all, then please, do what every other progressive in the country is doing on November 8th, and build an America that is Stronger Together.