The first election I ever voted in was the 2000 election. I must admit that I was somewhat ignorant about the green party outside of the broad strokes, though I was aware of Ralph Nader.
My political worldview really didn’t extend much further than the small suburb of Cleveland where I grew up. I was an activist prior to being old enough to vote, and my big issue in school was LGBTQ equality. I wasn’t gay myself, but I had friends who were and being in high school in the late 90’s wasn’t necessarily the best place to discover your sexuality.
Being that all this was happening in his district, we attracted some attention from the office of Dennis Kuchinch, which made me aware of his particular brand of far left fringe politics.
Yes, he is somewhat wacky, and even promotes some ideas that I cannot support, but throughout his career, he knew how to pick his battles and fight for the greater good.
I like a lot of what the Green Party stands for, and by extension, what you stand for. However, I’ve never been an enthusiastic supporter of yours.
My disillusionment with you definitely started at the debates in 2012, when you got yourself arrested trying to get into the debates. I 100% agree that there should be more third party representation in the debates, but I also think that getting yourself arrested is about the equivalent of throwing a tantrum because you’re not getting your way.
It’s not necessarily the worst thing you could do, but seeing as there was little follow up, no effective path to follow through on to bring about change, and all efforts seemed to end after you were arrested.
More recently I’ve become concerned over your pandering to the anti-science elements of the leftist fringes. Yes, I am speaking of your controversial comments on vaccines. And yes, I’m aware that what you said can’t be taken as proof that you are an anti-vaxxer.
But the problem arrises in that I can’t read your comments and be convinced you’re not anti-vaxx.
Considering you’re a doctor, that’s very troublesome. I get the point you’re trying to make, but I can’t get on board with what you’re saying because you are still pandering to the anti-vaxxers, and for all I know you might be one yourself.
I get that you’re not a politician, but you need to watch out for these kinds of things. Sure, you might win over some of the anti-science crowd with your statements on vaccines and the regulatory capture issues we face.
I get that it’s not my place to dictate to you how to frame your message, but if you want my vote, and to present a case that is more appealing to more people, you need to address the issues at hand (regulatory capture) while also clearly communicating that vaccines are safe (as a doctor, you shouldn’t have trouble there) and that anti-vaxxers rely on pseudo science to make their cases.
As it stands, I see your stated positions as offering them the cover of legitimacy, which is something I do not want any part of.
All in all, I simply want a candidate to stand for the same causes you do, but is also realistic and pragmatic in pursuing them, and also doesn’t pander to the pseudoscience of the fringes for votes.
Bernie Sanders earned my vote precisely because he managed to do all of that. I feel that you have completely misread his campaign and as such I don’t feel comfortable offering any support to your campaign.
Feel free to contact me should you wish to discuss how you might be able to win my vote, and the votes of people like me.
The Political Hipster