Look, I’m a Hillary voter too. My ballot will have “HILLARY CLINTON” written in big, fat permanent marker on November 4th. And it will be glorious when she wins.
But! I cannot endorse your tone here. Yes, Jill Stein is a terrible candidate who thinks vaccines cause autism and who wants an open border. Yes, any vote for her is a loss for Clinton, and a loss for Clinton is a win for Trump. And any win for Trump is a step closer to political hellfire. Yeah, I know.
Your central argument here, however, rests on one assumption that I plain don’t agree with: that all Jill Stein voters are selfish and unworthy of respect. What you’re doing here, in my opinion, is exactly what you are describing: you are putting your opinions and your ego above other people and issues that actually matter.
Jill Stein and Gary Johnson both want to upset the established order. That order being the two party system, the natural order of the system we have. And it’s a noble goal. It has its downsides, of course, but the argument can be made and is being made by those candidates every day.
I don’t agree with them. I think Hillary should win. But here’s the kicker: does that mean that, since I don’t agree, they and their supporters are evil, selfish brats who should just shut up and back Clinton? Of all counterarguments you could make, this is the most divisive and, quite frankly, ignorant one.
Consider what that does: it alienates them right off the bat. Why should I vote for your candidate if you’re going to call me selfish? It also makes you look pretentious, and if this argument was made by a Clinton surrogate, she would actually LOSE votes. I know if she said it herself, I wouldn’t support her any longer, and I love Clinton.
Also consider that perhaps they just support Stein the most of all candidates. Why should they as voters cast their votes on the basis of who is most likely to win rather than who represents them best? Wouldn’t the whole system break down if people didn’t vote for their own interests? Isn’t that the founding principle of democracy? I cannot vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson, and I think a vote for them is a mistake, but if someone does, I respect them as adults who thought it through and happened to come to a different conclusion than me.