1. Bad selection of Presidential candidates
Jill acted very undemocratically as the party’s presumptive nominee, built her campaign on promises she couldn’t deliver on, served to green wash the electoral system, and has emulated classic power tripping politicians. To be honest, I could barely stand to listen to her talk at all this season. She just sounded so cheezy and fake and salesperson like, everything I can’t stand about politics today.
The only time I really sucked it up and listened to her this cycle for a sustained period of time was her “extend the debates” sections on Democracy Now, which was only because it was the only radio station with good reception while I was driving during a long road trip. Apparently only one out of a 200 people of voting age in the U.S. finds themselves inspired by Jill’s bullshit enough to vote for her (Jill got 1% of the vote with roughly 50% of the population voting). I couldn’t believe she thought it was a good idea to just talk about what she would have said, in a conversation that doesn’t include her, on policy she will never affect. No wonder Gary Johnson turned that slot down, and I like Mimi Soltysik’s attitude to the debates of: “Fuck that!”
I’ve heard the argument that there weren’t any other good candidates for the GP nomination, but like with Donald Trump being the president we deserve, I guess the Greens also got the candidates they deserved. Did the Green Party really embrace an attitude of lesser evilism with settling on Jill Stein as their candidate? Look to my other article on how to improve the Green Party to see how to recruit better candidates, or the article by new progressive alliance on how to run effective campaigns. [Read More…]