Jill Freaking Stein
In the California Primary, I Plan to Literally Vote for the Progressive With the Most Beans
Sara Lynn Michener

And just what, dare I ask, is wrong with Jill Stein?

Look, I get not wanting to see Trump or especially Cruz in the White House (I’m still pulling for dark horse John Kasich), but seriously think about how bad it would really be, other than symbolically, if we have a president who both republicans and democrats hate? Yes, Supreme Court justices are on the line and there are significant executive powers, but remember our checks and balances. We aren’t voting in a dictator.

Voting is the one fundamental right Americans have to change our systems. (I lament that we don’t have automatic voter registration for each citizen at 18.) As of now, the system is set up so that you can choose one of many agendas to advance. Your whole article, which I recommend because it reads well and is certainly worth considering, is based on the false premise that we only have two options. (I wrote about this, so it’s expanded upon here.)

Say the DNC wins; Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee and our progressive candidate won’t be on the ballot. However, at this point we know our progressive agenda will be on the ballot no matter what. That’s because Jill Stein will almost definitely be the Green nominee. (If Bernie Sanders would get behind her if he loses instead of endorsing Hillary Clinton, we could have a very significant 3–4 ticket race on our hands! #SteinSanders) We have the option of voting our conscience. If the Green Party gets 5% of the vote, they are eligible for a federal campaign grant the next election. Then, we can start moving toward a fair election system that’s publicly funded and allows all candidates to debate. Like I said, many agendas. (And different ways to go about incremental change.) Additionally, the major parties would see that the Green Party got so many votes and at least be forced to take a hard look at what voters want.

Speaking of voters, you cannot discount the political demographics of Bernie supporters. Many are independents and even republicans. It’s not just the left wing of the Democratic Party fighting for him. And 50% of Americans are politically independent (citation in one of my previously cited articles). You may say Bernie or Busters are bullying the Democrats out of nominating Hillary, but we see that the democratic and republican parties have been bullying all of the voters into voting against the worse evil. And it’s worked; D and R got 98% of voters last election.

If there’s a candidate who represents us, and is quite brilliant (seriously, even if you don’t agree, do some research on her), why would we do anything other than vote for her? Rather than voting against the worse evil/for the lesser evil, we reject that and vote for the better good…or at least the one good choice that there is.

At the very least, all of this is an argument for ranked-choice voting.

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