The revolution continues: Plan 'B' for the Bernie movement
Green Party candidate Jill Stein writing in The Hill.
For decades, the Democrats have increasingly campaigned on the politics of fear, promoting a lesser-of-two-evils voting strategy because "the Republicans are even worse."
But that politics of fear has brought us everything we were afraid of.
All the reasons you were told you had to vote for the lesser evil — because you didn't want the massive Wall Street bailouts, the offshoring of our jobs, the meltdown of the climate, the endless expanding wars, the attack on immigrants—all that, we've gotten by the droves, because we allowed ourselves to be silenced.
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I call on the tens of millions inspired by the Sanders mobilization, the 60% of Americans who want a new major party, and the independents who outnumber both Democrats and Republicans to reject the self-defeating strategy of voting for the lesser evil and join our fight for the greater good.
I ask the rising independent majority to demand our inclusion in the Presidential debates.
I congratulate Bernie Sanders on running an impressive campaign within an undemocratic primary.
And I thank Bernie for showing clearly how a grassroots campaign, armed only with a progressive vision and small contributions from everyday people, can win over the majority of Americans.
Let's keep the revolution going and build it into the powerful force for transformative change that it is becoming.
Together we are unstoppable.
In 2000 and again in 2004 Ralph Nader called the Democrats and Republicans "the duopoly" and "Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum."
He sounded like the George Wallace of old insisting "there ain't a dime's worth of difference between them"
By January of 2001, something very, very close to the entire left was furious that Nader gave the election of 2000 to GW.
His name has been absolute dirt among the left since then, and denunciations of his irresponsibility, selfishness, and vanity filled the media when he ran again in 2004.
No Nader voter of 2000 can say or be truthfully reproached that if he had voted for Gore GW would never have had the chance to blow up Iraq.
Yet it is true that had all or even most of the Nader voters voted for Gore GW would never have had that chance.
And it is true that had Nader withdrawn from or stayed out of the race all or most of the people who actually voted for him would have voted for Big Al and GW would never have had that chance.
Yes, it was Ralph Nader who made the choice to enter and stay in the race even when everyone knew it was deadly close.
Ralph Nader really did, with reckless disregard of his country and almost with malice aforethought, put GW in the White House.
None of his voters did that.
But he did that, and could have prevented it.
Bearing all that in mind, let's look at Jill Stein, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump.
Let's consider how much more dangerous we today know Donald Trump is for the country and even the world than anyone in 2000 knew GW to be.
Bernie is a grumpy old pinko deeply alienated from American political reality, but he did not accept Jill Stein's invitation to join her in putting Trump in the White House.
So she is going right ahead and taking a very, very big chance on doing that without him.
Not her voters, but she, personally, will be responsible if The Duce wins a close election.
And it is my life, my future, my country she is risking.
I am not amused.