A number of my fellow Bernie Sanders supporters have decided that since he will not be the Democratic nominee, they will now throw their support behind Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate. While I understand their dislike of Hillary Clinton, voting for Jill Stein or even Gary Johnson is simply something I am not willing to do personally.
Before you dismiss me as a “Hillary Bro” or a paid shill for her campaign as some have already done, Bernie Sanders is the only political candidate I have ever donated to. His rally in New Orleans was the first presidential rally I’ve been to since I went to a cookout at Pat Robertson’s house as a kid. Bernie was my preferred candidate, but Hillary Clinton will get my vote in November.
I voted Green Party once before in 2000. It was my first time voting in a presidential election, and it was the only time I’ve not voted for a Democratic nominee. We all know what happened that year, as well as the disastrous next eight years under George W. Bush. Can you imagine where our country would be now if Al Gore had been elected instead of Bush? Just think about what a Donald Trump presidency would do to this country, and ask yourself if you’re willing to throw a swing state to him by not voting for Hillary Clinton.
The Green Party is not a viable political force nationally right now, and is almost completely defunct here in Louisiana. I doubt she will even make it to the ballot here, but I wouldn’t vote for Jill Stein even if she does. Ralph Nader was my one night stand with the Green Party, and it probably won’t happen again.
Admittedly, Jill Stein has a lot of positions I do agree with like ending for-profit prisons and foreign entanglements. On the other hand, her flirtations with anti-science woo-woo homeopathy disguised as “alternative medicine” and her condemnation of tested and proven safe biotechnology which allows for greater crop yields are very troubling.
This is straight from her website:
Ensure that consumers have essential information for making informed food choices by expanding product labeling requirements for country of origin, GMO content, toxic chemical ingredients, and fair trade practices. (Source)
I like most of her platform overall, but Hillary Clinton overlaps it enough that voting for Jill Stein isn’t an option for me. Hillary is also an experienced politician who is qualified to be president, whereas Jill Stein and Donald Trump are not.
Perhaps Hillary Clinton could borrow more from Jill Stein’s platform and ideas, maybe even bring her on as a presidential advisor. We need people like her in our political process, but certainly not in the White House or spreading debunked nonsense on science.