// Is the ‘Lesser of Two Evils’ approach best? Is a vote for Jill Stein a vote for Romney?//

As per my previous post, consider that a vote for a third party candidate, whether Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson, etc… IS A VOTE FOR MOMENTUM AND A SIGNAL TO THE SYSTEM THAT FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE IS DESIRED. 

NO… Third Party candidates DO NOT have chance of winning this election, either by popular vote or via the Electoral College.

BUT… providing the necessary momentum by virtue of securing 5% of the vote or more…. SECURES YOUR THIRD PARTY A SPOT ON ALL BALLOTS, NATIONALLY, PLUS A SPOT IN THE NATIONAL DEBATES IN THE ELECTION 2016 CYCLE. THAT’S RIGHT, A REAL, PALPABLE SPOT IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.

NO… A vote for Stein or Johnson DOES NOT TAKE VOTES FROM OBAMA OR ROMNEY SINCE A) NOBODY IS ENTITLED TO YOUR VOTE IN THE FIRST PLACE, it must be earned AND B) MASSIVE THIRD PARTY MOMENTUM from the Libertarian/Ron Paul folks (who are voting Johnson) will balance that out.

AS A PROGRESSIVE, IF YOU ARE WORRIED AT ALL ABOUT YOUR VOTE MEANING SOMETHING, GET OUT THERE AND VOTE GREEN SO THAT WE MAY HAVE A CONTENDER IN 2016 AGAINST THE LIBERTARIAN TICKET, WHO ARE CONSERVATIVELY ESTIMATED TO SECURE AROUND 10% OF THE NATIONAL VOTE THIS ELECTION CYCLE AND WILL MOST DEFINITELY BE ON THE 2016 TICKET AND NATIONAL DEBATE… 

Kind of a big deal, no?

GET OVER THE IDEA THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS EITHER LIBERAL OR THE “LESSER OF TWO EVILS.” PRESIDENT OBAMA CAMPAIGNS LIBERAL BUT HIS ACTUAL POLITICS ARE CENTRIST, AT BEST. I once had a wise professor explain to me that American politics are like a pendulum which swings left and right. The pendulum has swung HARD RIGHT and in order to make it to swing in the opposite direction, you must exert an opposite and equal force to the LEFT. President Obama and his centrist politics are not enough to reverse this extreme-right course that we are on which is ruining our planet, our economy, and our society.

I do not dispute that the President Obama is a lesser of two evils — he is a necessary component in the fight to secure things like health care rights, entitlement programs, women’s rights, etc. I also think he’s incredibly classy, extremely intelligent, and a good role model. Pres Obama would have been an AMAZING Supreme Court justice, IMHO. And I don’t think I need to build a case about how insane the GOTP is, right? BUT… As a President, I don’t think he’s got enough fighting power in him in the same way FDR did when he fought for the New Deal. President Obama has PROVEN that he is either unwilling or unable to FIGHT for the causes on which he campaigns, and all too willing to compromise when these causes are brought to the table. In the early part of his term, when the Democrats controlled House and Senate, WHY didn’t the Democrats use that power to enact real, progressive change similar to that of the New Deal (the very call to change in which Obama was elected for, our country was in desperate need of at the time, and still is)? Is it because the Dems are not, in fact, truly liberal? Were they trying to be overly PC… or was it something more sadistic at play — like say the revolving door between Wall Street and Capitol Hill, Citizens United, ALEC, etc? 

President Obama has also reneged on his 2008 campaign promises to end Guantanamo, he has expanded an illegal drone war in Pakistan (killing hundreds of innocent civilians, including children), he fought feverishly for increased government surveillance programs (ie NDAA), he has deported more immigrants than any other president and takes a very strong-armed approach to the ‘war on drugs,’ increasing incarceration and illegal firearms trade. Instead of a true, universal health care system, we are still working with insurance companies. Wall Street was bailed out without any oversight, no criminal charges brought against those which caused this destruction, people went homeless and students remain virtual indentured servants to their student loans. Additionally, he is willing to expand coal, fracking, the Keystone XL pipeline, drilling, etc…. Ask yourself, with the urgency in which we must act against climate change — IS BEING CENTRIST ENOUGH? AS Howard Zinn says, “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.” (Watch that documentary, btw). Does this sound — liberal — to you?

Have a backbone — stop it with the Stockholm Syndrome voting. STOP.VOTING.DEMOCRAT. You are not voting for the lesser of two evils, you are voting for politics as usual, and you are part of the problem. I have many friends who are voting Obama, and I do not wish to claim that you are bad people… I would just like you to take this moment to listen to my argument (and that of the Green Party’s or even the Libertarian Party) and consider that there are alternatives. If you want to vote third party but still don’t have the gumption to vote third party, at least consider registering Green and then voting Democrat… which still sends a clear signal to the system, although not nearly as strong a signal as an actual vote would.

ALSO… voting Third Party is NOT ENOUGH. YOU MUST follow through with boots on the ground democracy, creating change locally through ACTION wherever your talents may be. Work from the bottom, up. It doesn’t start and stop at the elections. 

DO WORK!