I don’t want Mitt Romney to become president — I’m neither an ignoramus nor a monster. But since there is no danger of Romney winning California, I don’t see any reason to give President Obama my support. I don’t support Obama’s use of drones or the Espionage Act. I don’t support warrantless wiretapping or indefinite detention or silencing whistleblowers. I don’t support the construction of new oil pipelines. I am disappointed by Obama’s failure to make climate change a priority or to close Guantánamo.
To say that I don’t support the President’s handling of medical cannabis would be putting it mildly — Obama appointees shut down the dispensary where I worked, as well as Northstone Organics and Cornerstone Research Collective and countless other collectives that were operating in full compliance with state and local law, for no other reason than to aggressively undermine California’s ability to regulate medical cannabis.
Dr. Jill Stein seems like a lovely, intelligent woman and I will be pleased to vote for her and her running mate Cheri Honkala. But since there is no possibility of Jill Stein actually being elected, what I am really doing is using my vote to endorse the Green Party platform. The Green New Deal may be implausibly idealistic, but so am I, and I’m relieved by the existence of a candidate, viable or not, who is representative of that implausible idealism.