Jill Stein Presidential Campaign Lapses Into Sluggish Communication
In the 2012 presidential election, Green Party candidate Jill Stein wasn’t allowed to participate in the debates, but she made the news anyhow, because she got involved in the strongest liberal political movement of the time. She went to Occupy protests, and even got herself arrested through her participation in them. Stein didn’t win the election, but she was a full participant.
In 2016, Jill Stein is running for the Green Party presidential nomination again, but this time, the tone of her campaign isn’t at all the same. Take a look at the Stein campaign’s recent Twitter feed to get a taste of what she’s been up to:
Notice when Jill Stein’s last tweets were? Friday June 26 – the day when the Supreme Court of the United States announced its decision that state governments do not have the constitutional right, because of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, to deprive homosexual couples of equal protection under marriage law.
Jill Stein didn’t bother to Tweet about the Supreme Court decision. Likewise, Stein has written nothing about the decision on her campaign’s Facebook page.
On the Jill Stein for President campaign site itself, the most recent piece of “news” is from a remote article, published on Friday’s about Jill Stein’s years-old demand that she be allowed to participate in debates with the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees. There’s nothing at all about the legalization of same-sex marriage throughout the United States.
Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, issued a positive statement about the Supreme Court decision right away, saying, “The Supreme Court has breathed life into the words engraved in the building’s marble pediment: ‘Equal Justice under Law.’ This decision is a victory for same-sex couples across our country as well as all those seeking to live in a nation where every citizen is afforded equal rights… For far too long our justice system has marginalized the gay community… I am very glad the court has finally caught up to the American people.”
Why should anyone become active in a movement to demand that Jill Stein be allowed into the presidential debates, when Jill Stein won’t herself become active in the politics of the country? What’s the point of getting Jill Stein into the debates, when she doesn’t even bother to fully use the opportunities for political speech that are available to her right now?