By Bo Gardiner [Excerpts. The complete article was published at Patheos on 10/23/2016.]
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein continued her march into absurdity this week, and her claims are worth responding to with facts.
Exposing Big Satire
On Friday, Stein and her party announced that the global corporate conspiracy extends beyond the likes of Big Pharma and into the venerable world of political satire, launching an expose of popular left-wing comedian and TV host John Oliver, who picked apart her policy ideas during a recent segment on Last Week Tonight. She posted this meme on Facebook accusing the former Daily Show star of “secret connections to corporate corruption”:
Oliver had criticized her statements on vaccines and portrayed her mechanism for eliminating student debt as unworkable. The meme links to her campaign site, where the “rebuttal” is all ad hominem and no fact, complaining that Oliver’s satirical critique was a “demeaning,” “bitterly sarcastic rant.” So a politician regularly demeans those who don’t support her in bitter, sarcastic rants, but demands immunity from such criticism from the public?
Stein’s campaign then takes the very, very low road of seeking to destroy Oliver by accusing him of being dirty, by definition, due to his income… an income progressives gladly provide him for his brilliant nightly takedown of the right. Finally, and most absurdly, a national presidential campaign lowers itself by blaming declining donations on a comedian and with Trump-like juvenile whining:
Will the centuries of Abrahamists declaring jihad on disbelievers never cease?
Here’s what THIRTY-SIX THOUSAND “loving” American Christians did this Sunday morning: they spread a near-literal declaration of war on nonChristians, sharing on Facebook a war cry from Rev. Franklin Graham:
With the election drawing closer… as Christians we realize there’s another battle going on—it’s a battle for the soul of our nation… The forces of godless secularism want to remove the name of God and His Son Jesus Christ from the public realm… ‘take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day…’ Have you put on your armor?
The bigoted rhetoric is nothing new: Graham is finishing up his war campaign in all 50 states to stoke fear in the Christian majority and dehumanize the “wicked” nonChristian minority.
Graham doles out charity to the victims of religious strife, while ensuring there will ever be more with his drumbeat of religious hatred.
By Bo Gardiner [Excerpts. The complete article was published at Patheos on 10/20/2016.]
It’s a nearly forgotten yet proven fact that in the 2000 presidential race, Green Party candidate Ralph Nader openly expressed a preference for George W. Bush in the White House over Al Gore.
It should be no surprise, then, that the Greens’ current presidential and VP candidates, Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, have begun expressing their preference for a Donald Trump victory. Last week on C-SPAN, Stein said:
7/25/2016, Roanoke, VA.
Jill Stein: Swing-State Voters Should Still Vote for Me Even If It Means Donald Trump Gets Elected
[Excerpt. Read the full article at Patheos].
Al Jazeera’s UpFront host Mehdi Hasan confronted Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein last week about continuing her campaign knowing it could produce a Trump victory.
Her responses seemed startlingly detached from reality, by
- pretending she might win, despite polling at only 3-4%
- denying that a progressive should be more alarmed by Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton
- dismissing any personal responsibility to “get out of the way” of those working to stop Trump
- rejecting the advice of prominent fellow Green Noam Chomsky to swing-state Greens to vote against Trump by voting for Clinton
- immaturely insulting the man she asked to be her running mate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who now passionately urges voters to stand with Clinton, by suggesting he’s not acting on deeply held principles but rather that he’s someone who has “drunk the Kool-Aid.”