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Am I with Jill Stein?

Updated on September 17, 2016
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Justin Rigdon is a comedian, musician, sound engineer and Chef. From Atlanta, Ga.

Ask anyone and they will be happy to let you know they agree, "this is the craziest election I have ever seen". We have a man whose greatest achievement (besides building monstrosus gaudy monuments to himself) is coining a catchphrase that encapsulates the lowest moment in many people's lives "you're fired". Then we have a woman who seems to show no respect for the laws she has spent her life creating and defending. It leaves the common voter asking many questions. Like, how did we get here? Is this the best america has to offer? Are these the people who deserve the most powerful job in the land?

To many these are the only choices we have. Most media outlets will have you believe them, which is the problem. When people say the system is rigged, they mean there is no independent media. They mean the major parties team up with the media to steamroll candidates into position. Then may the best clone win. Because despite the seemingly clear differences, on things that usually get done by a president they appear to be exactly the same. Suddenly you realize the bad choice you were given, was not much of a choice at all.

In the process of this year's election another crazy thing happened. We found out through hacked emails that a natural grassroots revolution was stomped out by the Democratic National Committee. We read how the DNC worked with networks like CNN and MSNBC to drive the narrative in a direction that would undermine the campaign of one of their own, Senator Bernie Sanders. Just days after the emails were released, Democrats gathered in Philadelphia, PA for the Democratic National Convention. As the delegates, media and party elders took their seats, thousands gathered outside. They were not there to cheer the expected results of the roll call vote going on inside. They were there to let the world know "We are mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore!".

Vermont is the home state of Senator Bernie Sanders. It is also alphabetically, the forty fourth state in the union. So by the time the senators state got its turn in the roll call, nearly the whole convention had casted its vote. Some Bernie supporters were wearing green. Making a noticeable impression in delegations like california, where the sea of blue clashed with a solid immovable green wall. When the Senators state took the floor, he took to the microphone and suspended his campaign and the roll call vote. Hillary Clinton was declared the democratic nominee for president. The green shirts stood up and began to file out of the Wells Fargo center, where they were greeted by the largest gathering of DNC protesters since the infamous 68 convention. In this moment the Demexit began. The whole world was watching.

It's known that a lot of Senator Bernie Sanders supporters come from the far left or are people who view themselves as independent voters. But do not underestimate the large amount of his supporters who are diehard Democratic Party voters, who believe in his platform. Not Bernie Sanders the person, not the Democratic party anymore and never Hillary Clinton. They believe in the platform he put forth.

These people find it hard to believe Hillary Clinton is behind the platform put forth at the convention. Which was negotiated by committee which included Sanders supporters like Cornell West and others individuals who are still respected on the left. None of that matters. These people were just really turned off by Secretary Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party this election cycle. Many just can not see themselves voting for Hillary Clinton. So if they do vote, Who would these people vote for?

Put aside the argument that a third party vote is a wasted vote for just a moment. When third party candidates lose elections, they sometimes win big for their party. The higher the percentage of votes received for the party, the more funding they receive from the Federal Elections Commission in future elections. Benefits from high turnout despite losing go beyond funding in the next election, they also include things like having an automatic spot on the ballot or a podium on the debate stage. For a non major party these kinds of things are crucial to ever haveing a chance to change power.

Now back to that wasted vote argument. The argument is basically this, not voting for the person you dislike will help the person you dislike even more win the election. This argument is only true for as long as you believe it to be true. In a general election you are open to vote for anyone you want. You are not restricted to a single party like the primaries. Now I think that it is painfully obvious that despite all their great wisdom, the two parties may of made a mistake this election. Why not let a third party fix their problem for them and put a decent candidate to the White House? Because CNN said so?

I may of sold some of you on voting for a third party candidate. But you may also be asking "That's great, but why vote for Dr. Jill Stein?" and I would compliment you on being a savvy voter who asks the hard questions. If you're a Democrat voter the answer is simple. She stands for everything the Democratic party has stood for since Franklin D. Roosevelt, but has never delivered on. Do not Just take my word for it. Click Here and see for yourself.

jill stein's platform includes age old Democratic cornerstones such as Healthcare as a right and Education as a right. She stands for workers rights and a clean environment. Even takes these issues up further by combining them into her Green New Deal. The Green New Deal, is a policy in her platform that calls for the creation of twenty million jobs to transform our energy infrastructure to 100% green energy by the year 2030.

To any Bernie Sanders Supporter it's clear her platform is in sync with their values. Many do not believe Hillary Clintons platform reflects who she is or even what she will do in office. This may be the election a new party rises up. Even If it is not completely victorious.

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      Justin Rigdon 19 months ago from Atlanta, GA

      I do appreciate debating someone who actually has a point to deliver and not just anger. Let's do this anytime.

      I am starting on the daily beast article and making my way down in time. Ill let you know what I think once a get a grip on it.

      thank you as well.

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      CJ Kelly 19 months ago from Auburn, WA

      Very thoughtful response.

      Let me start by giving props to Jill Stein tonight for going to Long Island and being thrown out of the arena grounds. Bravo. Anyone willing to do that gets my respect (but not my vote...).

      As for Mr. Baraka, here are the links I spoke about:




      To be fair, Mr. Baraka has disavowed Holocaust deniers. I will accept that.

      Great debate . Thx.

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      Justin Rigdon 19 months ago from Atlanta, GA

      I get where you come from, but no one has changed the world without trying to do something. History is filled with failures, but it is also filled with heroes who were expected to fail. Simply doing nothing because of expected failure never moves the ball an inch. I am a Bernie supporter first. I was told over and over again not to vote for him because he could not do what he said he wanted to do. Do you think I thought he could? I had no doubt he would be lucky to get one of his world changing ideas done. But it was a chance at getting one of those things that drove me to vote for him. The President is not a person who obeys a wish list of promises he or she made as a candidate. He or she as a candidate can only tell or show through experience the direction they would want to lead the country. I still have no doubt that after 8 years of Bernie Sanders less people would look at his 2016 platform and say that's impossible that can't be done. How many people believed in 1960 we would send a man to the moon? Kennedy didn't say we would get close to the moon or take really good pictures of it. He said we are going to the moon. That's what real leadership is. As for Baraka I don't know too much about him. I am caucasian so I have no opinion on what constitutes an "uncle tom" and I know better then to attempt to touch that with a ten foot pole. I would like to know what "fringe of the 9/11 truther movement" he is on? If you can link me something on that, id find it interesting to see what his view is on it. But really the under ticket has not much effect on me. I would've voted for Sanders/Clinton 2016 just can't do Clinton/Kaine 2016

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      CJ Kelly 19 months ago from Auburn, WA

      I admire your passion for a third party. But Stein's VP candidate is a bit troubling. Calling the President an "Uncle Tom" was a low point. He is also on the fringe of the 9/11 truther movement and for some reason holocaust deniers like him (no proof he is one, to be fair).

      As I said before, 20 million jobs promised is an overreach. Cannot happen via green jobs. The goal is admirable but real world issues block its path.