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The Green Party’s likely presidential nominee, Jill Stein, penned an open letter to Californians on Friday calling for “All hands on deck!” In an unprecedented call to action that, if acted upon, could significantly cost the Green Party votes in November, Jill Stein told all Californians who are currently registered to vote as “No Party Preference” or “Democrat” to cast their vote for Bernie Sanders in the June 7 primary.
“California voters have a chance to put us on the road to revolutionary change in the June 7 primary,” Stein wrote. “At this historic moment, as voters reject the Clinton and Trump campaigns with record high levels of dislike and mistrust, I ask not just for your vote for me, but also for your vote for Bernie. These votes are powerfully synergistic as we build an historic grassroots movement and a political vehicle to carry it forward.”
“If you are registered as a Democrat or as ‘No Party Preference’,” Stein wrote, “please vote for Bernie in the Democratic primary.”
Stein says that it’s Senator Sanders, not Hillary Clinton, who shows any significant chance of beating Trump. Stein wrote that Hillary’s establishment insiders will tell Californians to vote against what they fear instead of what they actually believe in. She says that voting out of fear has so far delivered everything that left-leaning voters are afraid of.
“All the reasons we were told to vote for the lesser evil – because you didn’t want massive Wall Street bailouts, the offshoring of our jobs, the meltdown of the climate, the attack on immigrants and our civil liberties, the expanding prison state, endless war – that’s exactly what we’ve gotten because we allowed ourselves to be silenced.”
Stein also offered a future solution to the powerful control gained to the establishment through the use of vote splitting fears, which have historically strong armed Americans into voting for a candidate in a major party.
“In fact, the problem of vote splitting could be solved with the stroke of a pen with Ranked Choice Voting, which is used in cities around the nation. California and other state legislatures could pass it right now and avoid any ‘spoiling’ of the presidential election. But the machine Democrats have refused to consider such bills because they rely on fear to coerce your vote. That in itself tells you they’re not on your side, and do not deserve your vote.”
originally posted by: xuenchen
Not a bad effort by Stein.
But IF Hillary gets the nomination, what will Jill recommend then?