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.”
The BBC reports that Hurricane Matthew has killed over 900 people; nearly wiped out whole towns; left tens of thousands of families homeless; destroyed crops, livestock and food supplies; contaminated the drinking water; and released sewage that’s spreading disease. The U.N. says “Haiti is facing the largest humanitarian event witnessed since the earthquake six years ago.”
[A scene in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew, photo via the U.N.]
While the U.N. and other nations help Haiti rebuild, some missionaries have gone to take some supplies and most likely the opportunity to evangelize victims, like Franklin Graham’s Christian mission Samaritan’s Purse. The charity is asking the public for donations and “prayers in Jesus’ name.”
But part of their work, at least for its CEO, Rev. Graham, is to ensure the situation only worsens for Haiti. He must like the hurricane-relief business, since he’s also America’s leading Christian crusader for Donald Trump, going to all fifty states to get out the vote for him in his Decision America tour. Trump, who says climate change is a hoax concocted by the Chinese, will almost certainly increase our CO2 emissions and threaten global climate treaties if elected. Graham himself calls climate change treaty efforts “godless,” “frightening,” and leading toward “moral depravity:”
“The universe gives back what we send out.” “Everything happens for a reason.”
These are among the most widely repeated dogmas of New Age thought.
I propose a simple test of the validity of a philosophy such as this.
If you would be ashamed to express your philosophy to someone who has lost a child in a tsunami, then it’s probably immoral… and false.
For mysterious reasons, U.S. politicians and major media outlets are today hyperventilating over one religious group’s unproven claims of ghostly miracle cures. President Obama has sent a presidential delegation to pay tribute to the ghost faith healer.
I’m speaking, of course, of today’s canonization of Mother Teresa by the Catholic Church, making her a saint. A saint is someone Catholics believe has special after-death powers to which they can appeal for miracles, as evidenced by at least two miracles so far.
The political and media honors would be slightly more understandable if this were one of the secular tributes for her that have also taken place for her non-miraculous work. Work, that is, which largely involved raising vast sums of money to convert Hindus to Catholicism and crusade against contraception and abortion, thereby increasing poverty and suffering. Using the funds to bring modern medical cures and comforts went against her belief that poverty and physical pain made sufferers more holy to Jesus.
But no, in this case the honors are for her elevation in heaven to God’s miracle broker.
My question is, how exactly does Pres. Obama determine which unproven miracle cures to honor? Will we soon be seeing this? Continue reading