Gabe: ”Mom, you should vote for Jill Stein.”
Me: “Hmm?” Blank, benign smile masking my lack of Stein-knowledge.
My son, the one who became a revolutionary this summer campaigned for Jill Stein this am, just at our house, but still. He told me she won’t get voted for, or taken seriously, but she’d do the most to save the planet and the overheated polar bears. He told me that the major political parties are corrupt and the Occupy Wallstreet movement was something Stein supported. He told me as the economy gets worse a third party will become more and more appealing. I didn’t try to make smart additions to his platform, because he watches Jon Stewart, The Amazing Atheist and scrolls through reddit hourly.
What will eventually break apart our politically gridlocked nation? Many young adults have no faith in the two parties offered…will a third party become a mainstream option? If you talk to an eighteen-year-old, you end up thinking, ‘maybe..’
Anyway, I looked up Stein: Lifted from the IndeCan website, is the encapsulated version of Stein:
Dr. Jill Stein is a mother, housewife, physician, longtime teacher of internal medicine, and pioneering environmental-health advocate. She is the co-author of two widely-praised reports, In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development, published in 2000, and Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, published in 2009. The first of these has been translated into four languages and is used worldwide. The reports promote green local economies, sustainable agriculture, clean power, and freedom from toxic threats.
What’s not to like? She sounds like an exceptional human…and then, since Stein was not invited to the presidential debate, Stein wrote a response (what she would have said if she’d been asked by that freeloading Public Broadcasting guy), published in USA Today, on how to employ the unemployed:
As our nation’s first Green president, my mandate won’t be just to “create new jobs.” My mandate, if elected, will be to end mass unemployment once and for all. I will do this in my first term through a Green New Deal — the centerpiece of my campaign — which will create 25 million jobs through direct public works programs and support for cooperatives and community businesses. I urge voters to read about the Green New Deal on my website at JillStein.org.
Why aren’t we voting for her?