Dr. Jill Stein is the Green Party candidate currently running for president (again). When she ran in 2012, Stein received 456,169 votes for 0.36% in the election, thereby becoming the most successful female presidential candidate in U.S. history. One of those 456,169 votes was mine.
Something I find particularly compelling about her is that she is willing to Do The Things—not just say all the right words only to belie them with every action. For example, Stein has been arrested several times for her activism, most famously for crashing the 2012 presidential debate at Hofstra University from which all parties outside of the corrupt duopoly were naturally excluded. She notes that:
Polls show that 50% of Americans do not identify as either Democrat or Republican. This means that the Presidential debates as currently managed are locking out the diverse voices and views of half of all Americans.
Two months before the Hofstra debate, Stein and several other activists were arrested protesting housing foreclosures at a Philadelphia bank. She explained at the time:
The developers and financiers made trillions of dollars through the housing bubble and the imposition of crushing debt on homeowners. And when homeowners could no longer pay them what they demanded, they went to government and got trillions of dollars of bailouts. Every effort of the Obama Administration has been to prop this system up and keep it going at taxpayer expense. It’s time for this game to end. It’s time for the laws be written to protect the victims and not the perpetrators.
She also got herself busted for criminal trespass in Texas on Halloween, a few days before the 2012 election, attempting to deliver food and supplies to Keystone XL protesters camped out in trees.
Hahaha. Awesome. These are my people, people.
Dr. Stein recently posted a People’s State of the Union address, which you can read at your leisure to determine whether these are your people, too. I was going to excerpt it here, but then I realized I’d just end up posting virtually every word of it.
No, of course she won’t win the presidency. But she might win my vote (again). And before the inevitable histrionic shrieking starts about “throwing away” my vote OH WAIT IT’S STARTED ALREADY. I recently mentioned Stein, and got a lecture ‘splaining how voting Green Party is actually “a vote for the Republicans” (in New York State. FFS). Anyway, what I was going to say before rudely interrupting myself is—as I have said many times before and will undoubtedly have occasion to say many times again—it doesn’t take a “win” to win.