Around Left Blogistan you can find a number of non-Koolaid drinking lefties who are planning to vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. So I figured we should take a closer look at her.
From her campaign bio:
Dr. Jill Stein is a mother, housewife, physician, longtime teacher of internal medicine, and pioneering environmental-health advocate.
Jill was born in Chicago and raised in suburban Highland Park, Illinois. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1973, and from Harvard Medical School in 1979. Jill enjoys writing and performing music, and enjoys long walks with her Great Dane, Bandita. Dr. Stein lives in Lexington with her husband, Richard Rohrer, also a physician. She has two sons, Ben and Noah, who have graduated from college in the past few years.
Well, it appears that Ms. Stein meets the constitutional requirements to be president. She is a natural born citizen, she is over the age of 35 years and she has been a resident for over 14 years. She is a little weak on practical experience though.
She has run for political office several times in the past, but so far she has only won two terms as a city of Lexington Town Meeting Representative. She was also appointed co-chair of a local recycling committee.
What about her political positions? According to Wikipedia:
Along the lines of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal solution to the Great Depression, Jill Stein advocates a “Green New Deal” in which renewable energy jobs would be created to address climate change and environmental issues with the objective of employing “every American willing and able to work”. Citing the research of Dr. Phillip Harvey, Professor of Law & Economics at Rutgers University, as evidence of the successful economic effects of the 1930s’ New Deal projects, Stein would fund the plan with a 30% reduction in the U.S. military budget, returning US troops home, and increasing taxes on areas such as capital gains, offshore tax havens and multimillion dollar real estate. Stein plans on impacting what she sees as a growing convergence of environmental crises in water, soil, fisheries and forests, through the creation of sustainable infrastructure based in clean renewable energy generation and sustainable communities principles such as increasing intra-city mass transit and inter-city railroads, creating ‘complete streets’ that safely encourage bike and pedestrian traffic and regional food systems based on sustainable organic agriculture.
If you want the long version you’ll have to go here to read it.
Now let’s get to the practical stuff. Jill Stein ain’t gonna win. If you vote for her you’re doing it as a protest. That’s okay, casting a protest vote is a legitimate option. You own your vote and you can do whatever you want. But Jill Stein ain’t gonna win.
But let’s say that a week before the election Barack Obama and Mitt Romney get caught together in an airport men’s room stall with a live boy and a dead hooker and Stein narrowly defeats Rocky Anderson for an Electoral College win. Then what?
The House and Senate would still be controlled by Jackasses and Pachyderms. Would “President” Stein even be able to fill out her Cabinet with qualified Greens? What about the rest of government?
Would a Green POTUS be able to enact any part of the Green platform? Who would she rely on for advice? How would she react if Iran obtained nuclear weapons and threatened Israel or Russia invaded Poland?
Ask yourself this question – would you really feel comfortable with Jill Stein (or any other current third-party candidate) sitting in the Oval Orifice for the next four years?
Think about it, then vote your conscience.