If you are into politics, even remotely, you have undoubtedly become aware of the radical insurgence of Jill Stein and the Green Party.
Bernie Sanders recently stepped aside after a rigged “Democratic” primary and unleashed a cluster-bomb of liberal voters, along with parting instructions for his followers to vote for Hillary Clinton, in order to defeat the evil Donald Trump.
In a normal election year, voters would likely heed Sanders’ advice, but there is nothing normal about the 2016 presidential election.
While there is an argument to be made that a vote for Jill Stein is actually a half-vote for Donald Trump, to believe this is to take an overly simplistic view of the dynamics of the current political situation in America.
The two largest political blocks in the United States are Independent voters and non-voters.
Independent voters make up 43% of the electorate and the majority of them had no intention to support Secretary Clinton to begin with.
It is also important to note that over 93 million eligible voters opt not to vote at all in presidential elections.
Many of these people choose not to vote because they have been disenchanted with their options in past elections.
In order for these people to get over their apathy and participate, they require a new and refreshing voice.
Add to this the 13 million people who voted for Bernie Sanders and the millions of disenfranchised voters, who were locked out of closed “Democratic” primaries and are seeking a new home, and it becomes obvious, that due to this confluence of factors, America is finally ready for the rise of a third-party.
It is important to note that there is a similar movement taking place on the right side of the political spectrum with Libertarian Gary Johnson holding firm at 10%, as many Republicans are looking for a new home as a result of the hostile takeover of the GOP by Donald Trump, but this article will be focusing specifically on the false narrative that “a vote for Jill Stein is a vote for Donald Trump.”
To assume that Hillary Clinton is somehow entitled to the votes of people who do not agree with her politics is ludicrous.
It is like asking someone if they would like to be shot, waiting for them to say “No.” and then pretending that this means that they would enjoy being stabbed.
While the above simile is ridiculous, it is no more ridiculous than Clinton supporters assuming that everyone who opposes Donald Trump, automatically would throw their support behind a candidate that represents everything they hate.
In a normal election year, many of these people would simply choose not to vote.
Some would even cast a grudge vote for the opposing party, due to their anger at being cheated by the DNC.
When you look at it from this perspective, you see that Jill Stein could potentially even help Hillary Clinton.
While it is true that corporate media, working hand in hand with the Clinton campaign, have done an excellent job of scaring millions into voting for Hillary, based solely on the premise that she is not Donald Trump, many reject this ideology of fear and refuse to support any candidate that does not represent their core values.
A vote for Jill Stein is nothing like a vote for Donald Trump.
In fact, a shocking new study reveals that a vote for Jill Stein is actually a vote for Jill Stein.
In 2008 there was a false movement started by Hillary Clinton supporters, known as PUMA.
PUMA was an acronym representing the words Party Unity My Ass.
This movement’s lack of an imaginary name was only exceeded by the lack of conviction found in it’s members.
PUMA turned out to be a giant bluff.
In the end, Clinton supporters caved and voted for Obama.
They patted themselves on the back for being good Democrats and came back eight years later to support their rejected candidate.
Of course, Clinton supporters did not take the Bernie or Bust movement seriously.
They couldn’t even take their own movement seriously.
Why would they believe that there were millions of Americans who would have the courage to follow their convictions when they themselves did not?
They caved, so they expected others to cave.
The DNC made the fatal error of assuming that Sanders’ supporters were loyal Democrats, when by and large Sanders’ success was based on the fact that millions had become fed up with the corporate antics of the “Democratic” Party.
After watching PUMA turned to roadkill, it was only natural that the DNC would assume that Bernie or Bust voters would rally behind Hillary Clinton, especially with the specter of Donald Trump looming.
But if anything, PUMA was the beginning of the end for the “Democratic” Party.
The assumption that Sanders supporters could be reabsorbed once Clinton was nominated caused the leadership to be careless in the treatment of said supporters.
Bridges have been burnt and there seems to be no effort by the arrogant, corporate party to make amends.
While loyal Democrats keep reminding us that Bernie and Hillary voted in lockstep 93% of their shared time in the Senate, they are only exemplifying their complete lack of understanding of Sanders’ political revolution.
Clinton and Sanders may be somewhat similar on policy, but Sanders’ movement was one of ideology and when it comes to philosophy the chasm between the two candidates is vast and all encompassing.
Clinton is the embodiment of everything Sanders’ revolution stood in opposition to.
Sanders voters, hungry for social justice, are left starving by Clinton’s neo-liberal facade.
In fact, some leftists are willing to suffer through four years of Donald Trump, just to send the message to the DNC that their tactics will not be tolerated.
In the midst of Wikileaks exposing the corruption of the “Democratic” Party, there is a once in a lifetime opportunity for America to finally break the shackles of it’s corporate two-party system.
Enter leftist anti-Democrat, Jill Stein.
Jill Stein is more than just methadone for Bernie Sanders addicts.
She is a true revolutionary voice and an activist not afraid to do time on the front lines.
Although Stein lines up nicely on policy with Sanders, she is much more vocal than he is, regarding the corruption in the “Democratic” Party.
Whereas Sanders focused completely on issues and his message of political revolution, Stein is angry and not afraid to call out Hillary Clinton directly.
Where Sanders was hogtied by Clinton’s accusations of sexism, Stein has no such obstacle.
Jill Stein is not afraid to speak the truth about Clinton and millions of people scorned by the election rigging in the “Democratic” primary are flocking to her message.
Still, there are those who are locked into binary thinking, who insist that voting for Jill Stein is actually indirectly voting for Donald Trump.
But contrary to popular belief, politics is not horse racing and our vote is not a bet on whom we think will be victorious.
A person’s vote is meant to represent one’s personal values and anyone who tells you otherwise has an agenda.
The American vote is sacred, as it is based on the blood of our ancestors, who literally gave their lives for this right, that so many take for granted.
While it is true that a single vote rarely has an impact on something so grandiose as a presidential election, this does not mean that one’s vote is unimportant.
To vote is to cast one’s thoughts into action and to tell your government, in a very direct way, exactly how you feel about what they are doing and what you expect from them going forward.
All the Facebook and Twitter posts in the world do not equate to the power and sanctity of a single vote and it is for this reason that a vote for Jill Stein is anything but a vote for Donald Trump.
A vote for Jill Stein is a middle finger in the face of tyranny.
A vote for Jill Stein is a protest vote against a party that rigged an election against a good man.
A vote for Jill Stein sends the message, loud and clear, that we will not support any candidate who attempts to usurp our democracy.
To vote for Hillary Clinton, after the way the DNC smeared and threatened Bernie Sanders, is to sanction such activities.
We would have no one to blame, but ourselves, when future elections were rigged.
Voting for the lesser of two evils is what brought us to this point and Americans have, at long last, decided to stand up to the illusion of choice, in the corporate two-party system and throw their support behind a movement, that will help guarantee, that we will never again find ourselves locked in a system so broken, that it spits out a corporate controlled warmonger and a racist reality TV star and then pretends that we have choice.
Still there are those who don’t have the fortitude required to support a third-party candidate.
They fear a vote for Stein or Johnson will allow the other side to win and they just couldn’t live with themselves should that happen.
To appease these people, I propose logic, in place of guilt.
Unless you live in a swing state (a state that is closely contested and is never consistently won by either party), your single vote will not affect the outcome of your state’s election.
This allows you the freedom to vote your conscience, without fear that you have helped elect someone you dislike.
In Indiana, where I live, Donald Trump has three times as many voters as Hillary Clinton.
In essence, my vote is wasted if I vote for either Clinton or Trump.
Trump is going to win regardless of how I vote.
Jill Stein will most certainly not win Indiana, so I must use my vote as part of a larger picture.
Even though Stein is unlikely to win my state, my vote will go towards supporting the Green Party and increasing their status in future elections.
This means that in 2020, Americans will have more choice.
We will have more voices on the debate stage and a third-party candidate will start the election cycle as a household name, instead of having to battle from obscurity.
When you look at things this way, you realize that non-swing state voters make their vote count more by supporting a third-party candidate.
So if you are angry at your lack of choice in this election, rejoice!!
You have an opportunity to make things different in America on a permanent basis.
If you vote for the lesser evil, then evil always wins.
The time to vote for the greater good is now.
The time to break out of the corporate, binary system is at hand.
Don’t let fear-mongers take away your voice.
Don’t be deceived by false narratives, designed to trick you into supporting someone who doesn’t represent your values.
Your vote is your voice.
Don’t ever let ANYONE take that away from you or make you feel bad for exercising your personal freedom.
Don’t be afraid to vote third-party.
Future generations will benefit greatly from your benevolence.