Jill Stein, Roseanne Barr, and the Green PartyJuly 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Conceited, Enemies of Freedom, Enemies of Planet Earth, Presidential election | 1 Comment
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Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr are the Green Party’s candidates for President and Vice President.
Since they cannot win, they can serve only as spoilers.
As Ralph Nader showed in 2000 and 2004, in a close election the small number of votes siphoned off by the Green Party is quite sufficient to make the Republican Party victorious.
In election after election, the Green Party has caused the defeat of the party whose aims are closest to it, and has helped the party whose aims are most antithetical to it.
It did so because its candidates – and its voters – want to make a statement. Making a statement is more important to the Greens than affecting policy. In fact, to the Greens, making a statement outweighs the ultimately negative effect on policy of their vote-siphoning.
So what if the result is to delay action on climate change, making the eventual problem much more difficult. So what if the result is greater economic inequality. Making a statement is the Green way.
To the Green Party, self indulgence is more important than effectiveness. Incremental progress be damned. Having no progress is better than incremental progress. After all, if as a result the situation becomes dire enough, the public will have no recourse but to turn to the Greens. After all, that was what the Communists in Germany thought while they were competing with the Nazis in the late 1920s and early 1930s. (Come to think of it, that didn’t turn out so well.)
The Green Party must be Karl Rove’s favorite non-Republican Party. After all, look how it helped in 2000 and 2004. To Rove, the Greens are “useful idiots”.
If the Green Party really wanted to advance the policies it espouses, it would put forward no candidates of its own in contests where it cannot win. Instead it would do everything in its power to increase the vote for the Democrats.