Tag: Jill Stein

The Dakota Pipeline

As always, there are two sides to every story. I would liken this to getting a permit to build a pool in your back yard, following all the steps to secure that permit after legally buying your home, getting three quarters of the way done with the pool and finding a group of protesters in your back yard one morning because your home is on a Native American burial site.  An opinion piece in the Orlando Sentinel suggests that the popular story about the Dakota Access pipeline may not be as truthful as we all think.
According to the Orlando Sentinel piece, the company followed all the rules, attempted to contact and meet with tribal leaders ahead of time, submitted to an intense permitting process, and according to court records only ran into trouble after getting 77% done with the project.  Masked by claims of intrusion on tribal land, many politicians and celebrities have been attracted to the area by the mere fact that pipelines are associated with global warming.  Typically, the true reasons for the protest lie at the end of the list of grievances.
Liberals and Libertarians have decried the police use of tactics usually reserved for trespassing rioters who destroy personal property.  Of course, that response by police and authorities may be because protesters are trespassing, rioting, and destroying personal property.  Green Party candidate Jill Stein even had a warrant for her arrest issued after vandalizing construction equipment.
If you are a protester and you are on someone else’s property destroying their equipment and costing them money, you are the one choosing the consequences of such action. If that includes water cannons on a cold day or the rubber bullets that police use against trespassing rioters, then those consequences should be accepted. If in fact the Sioux tribe is in the right and the company, government, courts, etc are in the wrong about the facts of this case, then such measures are indeed unjust.  As usual, the weight of the consequences and the violence towards the pipeline workers will be measured by public opinion.
Speaking of public opinion, here is a question for our friends on the left who are so outraged at the treatment of protesters who are on government or private land, destroying private equipment, and refusing to move. Where were you when an Oregon farmer was sent to jail for protecting government land with a controlled burn to prevent wildfires? Remember when a bunch of farmers protesting the government’s attempt to seize Cliven Bundy’s land protested by seizing a remote ranger’s station?
Despite not damaging the station, these protesters weren’t called demonstrators.  They were called occupiers and trespassers.  More liberal media outlets labeled them as white militants.  This didn’t end with riot gear.  It ended with the FBI shooting and killing one of the ranchers at a traffic stop.  Where were the celebrities, politicians, etc during the Bundy protests?  The media is focusing on land taken from the Sioux hundreds of years ago and ignores special laws designed to help Native Americans today. During the Oregon mess the media asked why farmers would be so obstinate about the government taking their land when they receive so many subsidies.
To be clear, I’m not suggesting the Oregon farmers were right in their standoff.  But neither are the rioters and vandals at the Dakota Pipeline site.  Add this sad tale to the mounting argument of a biased and inconsistent media reporting.

The Jill Stein Recount Scam

As of press time, Jill Stein has raised almost $5 million from sad Clinton supporters who actually think her recount plan is a thing. Stein has set her goal now at $7 million.  So the obvious question is can money buy a recount?  The answer is maybe.  The more important question is would it make a difference.

In 2004, the Green Party demanded a recount in Ohio which resulted in Kerry picking up another 300 votes.  Nothing changed.  Stein is looking for recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.  Trump won by 36 Electoral College votes, so all three states would have to flip.

Flipping the election to Hillary would require a change of about 27,000 votes in Wisconsin. To give you some perspective, Stein’s total vote count in Wisconsin was only 30,000. Michigan would have to flip 10,000 votes; and the prize, Pennsylvania, would have to go 68,000 votes in the other direction for Hillary to win.  Jill Stein could give Hillary her 48,000 votes in Pennsylvania and it wouldn’t make a difference.

Stick a fork in it, the 2016 Presidential election is done.

Stein’s claims of election hacking stem from a New York Magazine article suggesting that electronic voting could have been hacked.  But the experts cited in that article clarified later that there was no actual evidence that it had been hacked.  If we are looking for a hack, it might be better to look at Jill Stein herself who seems very concerned about helping Hillary Clinton win.  In particular, let’s look at where the money goes when this recount silliness never happens.

According to the Washington Post, which acknowledges that a recount will produce no changes, much of the funds could go toward recount efforts.  However, the $7 million goal and $5 million raised so far exceeds the original cost estimate of $2.1 million.  So that’s a lot of extra dough. In 2004, the Green Party only raised $150,000 to do the Ohio recount.

Stein’s website states that they “cannot guarantee a recount will happen in any of these states we are targeting.”  The “surplus will also go toward election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform.”  That broad category could make the funds available for other Green Party recognition efforts.  In the name of promoting voting system reform, the Green Party could run ads, print billboards, and engage in other marketing efforts all branded with their party name.  That could give them a pretty good jump on 2020.

Just to add one last bit of perspective: Jill Stein’s recount effort has already eclipsed the total of $3.5 million she raised for her 2016 campaign.