This article is intent on demonstrating that Jill Stein is not a doctrinaire Leftist, as if that were a bad thing. It certainly demonstrates that she is a bit shifty, with her hasty deletions of her off-the-Leftist-reservation support for Brexit and Elie Wiesel. But her running mate Ajamu Baraka’s contribution to a book that ascribes jihad mass murder to the CIA and Mossad — that’s right in line with the Leftist determination to absolve Islam from all responsibility for the crimes done in its name and in accord with its teachings.
Baraka has also described a march in support of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo jihad massacre as a “white power march.”
“Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote for Jill Stein: The Green Party presidential candidate presents herself as an authentic progressive alternative. She is not,” by Yair Rosenberg, Tablet, August 10, 2016:
This past weekend, Jill Stein was officially nominated by the Green Party as its candidate for president of the United States. Here at Tablet, despite Stein’s Jewish background, we haven’t covered her campaign. In large part, this is because her story was eclipsed by the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, the most successful Jewish presidential candidate in American history. Indeed, unlike the Vermont senator, Stein has proved largely inconsequential to this point.
But at a time when a third of Sanders supporters still haven’t committed to backing Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump in the general election, where every percentage point will matter, Stein’s candidacy looms larger. Many good people are only just discovering her campaign, and wondering if she might be worthy of their vote. Which is why it’s time for responsible political observers to say what has been commonly understood among those who have followed Stein for years: Friends don’t let friends vote for Jill Stein.
To be clear, this post is not meant as a criticism of Stein’s supporters. In my experience, many of these well-meaning individuals imagine they are voting for a bold, progressive changemaker who won’t pander to special interests and who will demonstrate the knowledge and political courage to enact real reform. Even if Stein won’t win, these idealists believe that they are voting their conscience by backing the candidate who best represents their values.
The only problem is, upon closer inspection, Jill Stein bears no resemblance to such a candidate. Let us count the ways….
She expresses strong opinions on important issues, then completely reverses course with no explanation. In the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote in the U.K., Stein posted a celebratory statement on her website. “The vote in Britain to exit the European Union (EU) is a victory for those who believe in the right of self-determination and who reject the pro-corporate, austerity policies of the political elites in EU,” she declared. “Britain has spoken for much of humanity as it rejects the failed vision of a world that prioritizes profit for the few amidst hardship for the many. Now we must build on this momentum.”
This was a strange stance to take, since Brexit was largely opposed by progressive forces in Britain and Europe, and especially by young people. Stein was quickly hit with withering criticism from these quarters. But rather than defend her stance, Stein simply deleted and replaced her statement with an anti-Brexit one, with no explanation or apology.
A similar about-face took place upon the death of Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel. On her Facebook page, Stein praised the Holocaust survivor fulsomely in a tribute. Then, after the post was attacked by far-left anti-Israel activists on Twitter critical of Wiesel’s Zionism, Stein simply deleted it with no acknowledgement….
Meanwhile, earlier this year, Stein’s running mate, Ajamu Baraka, contributed an essay to a volume edited by Holocaust denier and 9/11 truther Kevin Barrett. The anthology’s title? Another False Flag? Bloody Tracks from Paris to San Bernadino [sic]. A veritable who’s who of bigots and conspiracy theorists, the book posits that the Charlie Hebdo attacks and many others were perpetrated by the CIA and Mossad….
This tendency to turn a blind eye to the abuses of despots is shared by Stein’s hand-picked running mate, Baraka, who deemed Bashar al-Assad, the dictator of Syria who has murdered hundreds of thousands of his own people, to be a man with democratic legitimacy….