Jill Stein “in a Nutshell” (Sorry, Couldn’t Resist)
We haven’t said much about Jill Stein in these pages because, well, nobody cares. But we’re trying to be fair, so we picked up a few stories. About the only way Stein can get into the news is to get arrested, so she tried that. And if you think that’s a hoax, do what I do: check Snopes.com.
A judge in Morton County, North Dakota, issued an arrest warrant for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, the Associated Press reported on 7 September 2016.
Stein, along with her vice presidential candidate, Ajamu Baraka, was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and criminal mischief. According to the AP, Stein and Baraka are accused of spray painting on a bulldozer at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation during a protest against a planned oil pipeline. . .
The AP reports that Stein spray painted the words, “I approve this message” in red paint, while Baraka painted the word “decolonization” on a piece of bulldozing equipment. Stein said in a statement before charges were filed against her that she hopes authorities “press charges against the real vandalism taking place at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation: the bulldozing of sacred burial sites and the unleashing of vicious attack dogs.”
Some say that will hurt her chances, but the people who would vote for Stein would be impressed by her actions. Besides, Hillary is in legal trouble over her emails, and Trump is in legal trouble over Trump University. Maybe Stein thought that would “legitimize” her. Actually, if you’re a fan of English language, there’s an expression, “she couldn’t get arrested,” which means the person is so obscure, even the cops couldn’t find her.
Stein is not upset about being arrested. In fact, she says all candidates should be required to be arrested, according to Townhall.
Many people have suggested that there be some sort of military service requirement to be president of the United States. Green Party nominee Jill Stein has a different idea: she thinks people should be required to go to prison before being elected to public office.
Usually, they’re elected and go to prison afterward.
Also, on Monday, Stein put on her stethoscope and theorized that Donald Trump may have real problems. . .
Jill Stein is a Harvard-trained internist, a doctor who diagnosed thousands of patients for a quarter-century in Boston and Chicago before making the late-career switch to Green Party presidential candidate. . .
I asked Stein — as a clinician used to making snap assessments — whether she agreed that Donald Trump “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” as declared by the GOP nominee’s Bruce Vilanch-esque personal physician Harold Bornstein. . .
“The guy has a lot of problems — physical, mental, emotional, cognitive,” Stein said of Trump. . .“It’s hard to, you know, to think too hard about anything Donald Trump says because he will change his mind in the next hour, if not the next day, or whatever,” she added. . .As proof of his (alleged) pathology, she pointed to his position-hopping on a range of issues, which she cast as erratic rather than calculating.
Bustle complains about all this long-distance medical diagnosis.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has joined in, telling Politico’s Glenn Thrush that Donald Trump “has a lot of problems — physical, mental, emotional, cognitive.”. . . But Stein didn’t need to go down this route to make her point that Trump is inconsistent beyond comprehensibility.
Trump’s lack of consistency is worth highlighting, but there is no reason to pin it on a mental health or cognitive issue. . . Making unqualified assumptions about Trump’s mental and cognitive well-being not only further stigmatizes such issues, but also removes the spotlight from the fact that Trump’s positions change because he might not have any genuine positions. That’s a far less problematic assumption, and possibly a more persuasive one, than a mental health “diagnosis.”
Stein also questions whether Trump has more to hide than his complete health exam report. She wants his tax returns, too.
Stein also slammed Trump for his refusal to release his tax returns, saying that “he’s a magnet for crime and extortion.”
Of course, as much as she dislikes Trump, she likes Hillary Clinton even less.
“To me one is death by gunshot wound and the other one is death by strangulation,” Stein said in an interview for Politico’s “Off Message” podcast. . .
“Donald Trump, I think, will have a lot of trouble moving things through Congress,” Stein said. “Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, won’t. … Hillary has the potential to do a whole lot more damage, get us into more wars, faster to pass her fracking disastrous climate program, much more easily than Donald Trump could do his.”
Stein has been working hard, hoping to take the “millennial” voters who were so fond of Bernie Sanders. It has apparently worked, to some degree, since she’s been polling at about three percent this year—but got fewer than a quarter-million votes in 2012. But not all millenials are going for her, according to an article in The Northwestern.
Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee, holds a narrow appeal among some on the left, which is further limited by her often-radical positions. Stein has previously expressed support for anti-vaccination conspiracies and for the labeling of genetically modified foods, which has caused anger among the scientific community. The state of North Dakota is pressing charges against her for committing vandalism during a recent environmental protest.
Her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, co-authored a book with a Holocaust-denier and is known to blame “Zionist Jewish Oligarchs” for instability in the Ukraine. Even when her proposals are taken seriously, Jill Stein’s ideas are radical enough to strain credulity. Her proposal to end student debt is the best example: She hopes to pay off $1.25 trillion of student debt by simply instructing the Federal Reserve to print $1.25 trillion to pay for it. This proposal would cause catastrophic inflation, and she refers to it as an accounting “hat trick,” in a hilarious and terrifying display of monetary irresponsibility. Jill Stein stands out as a far left candidate, but even to very Liberal voters, should be written off as out as irresponsible and unqualified.
No matter who is elected president this November, they will inevitably be someone disliked by the majority of the American people and potentially will be either corrupt or incompetent. Third-party options might seem an appealing way to escape this seemingly doomed election. However, the Green and Libertarian parties have failed to nominate serious candidates and offer no reprieve from this election’s cruel reality.
Stein’s problem is that the Green Party just can’t get traction. We suggest that she run as a Democrat in 2020. With any luck, she could talk Minnesota’s Sen. Al Franken into running for president, so she could be his running mate. A Franken-Stein ticket is just what the American public wants and deserves.
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