Wow, eleven candidates for Governor! Did you know there are also eleven candidates for Lieutenant Governor? There are enough candidates for both offices to form two soccer teams. How are voters going to sort through all the candidates?
|Christian Pierre Joubert||H|
|James Robert Deal||D|
Actually, it’s not nearly as hard as it seems.
First, we can divide them into two groups, Demopublicans and Everyone Else. If you’re dumb enough to continue voting for Democrats or Republicans, you have seven corrupt Demopublicans to vote for. And you might get lucky, because the winner will more than likely be a Demopublican. That will mean four more years of the same bullshit we’ve endured since World War II.
If you want change, then you need to check out the remaining four candidates. Of course, one wouldn’t normally expect a candidate to compliment his opponents, but I always make an effort to find candidates I can ally with. Unfortunately, such candidates are very rare.
So I’ll tell you up front that this race is no exception. Continue reading if you would like to learn about the criteria I used for evaluating my opponents.
One of the worst thing a voter can encounter (or not) is an invisible candidate. It’s damn hard trying to evaluate candidates who live in another dimension, a black hole or a wormhole.
I’m referring to Marty Martin, a perennial candidate representing the Socialist Workers Party who could be the reincarnation of Vlad the Impaler, for all we know. While trying (without success) to find her website, I discovered that other people had the same problem when she ran for Governor four years ago (Why Mary Martin (SWP) Will Never Win the Washington Governor’s Race).
Do NOT interpret my words as a slur against socialism. I have tremendous respect for socialism, in the broad sense of the term. Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, Argentina’s Kirchners, Salvador Allende, Patrice Lumumba and Muammar Gaddafi are among my biggest heroes. I generally prefer the so-called “mixed economy” combining capitalism and socialism over hard core communism, but that’s another story.
Socialism was a powerful force in American politics between the Civil War and World War I. Many of the rights and benefits workers enjoy today were won by socialists.
Sadly, socialism fell by the wayside, probably due largely to a combination of post-World War II prosperity and anti-socialist propaganda. Today, most, if not all, alternative political parties in the U.S. have been infiltrated and corrupted by corporate interests. Thus, we have bums like Bernie Sanders promoting themselves as socialists, just as Bill Gates calls himself a philanthropist.
To put it in perspective, if Mary Martin is representing a political party with thousands of members, why can’t those thousands of members get behind her and create a credible website? Why can’t they find a camera and take a photo of her, letting her fans know she really exists?
Frankly, I think most of the Washingtonian political buffs who call themselves socialists are either corporate operatives posing as socialists (similar to undercover cops who pose as protesters) or idiots who are too stupid to realize that the "socialists" they’ve networked with aren’t real socialists at all. Rather, they’re examples of controlled opposition (i.e. fake leaders).
In summary, Mary Martin’s "campaign" is an insult to all intelligent voters, and an even bigger insult to genuine socialists. Unfortunately, there are a lot of stupid voters who will doubtless support her, including many of the idiots who support Obama, Bernie Sanders and Seattle’s Microsoft asset, Kshama Sawant.
I have more respect for Christian Joubert, who at least has a website. He also appears to be a fairly prolific researcher and writer.
I think the following pretty much sums up Joubert:
“Christian Joubert, the third of the lesser-known candidates who also ran in 2008, is again running on a holistic platform. He believes ‘the governor’s first job is to help lead the State community back to holistic health, to teach how to be healthy, as health is the most important resource of the Nation, without which individual freedoms are meaningless.’”
That’s from a Ballotpedia article about the 2012 gubernatorial election. I checked out Joubert’s current campaign website, and that description appears to be pretty accurate still.
Ironically, Joubert isn’t really a holistic candidate at all. A truly holistic candidate should be somewhat familiar with a variety of issues. Most candidates have little or nothing to say about health. Joubert is just the opposite; he has lots to say about health — but little to say about other important issues.
Sadly, he falls flat even in the health arena. I love his emphasis on organic food, but he appears to have little to say about genetically modified food and its evil backers, Monsanto and Bill Gates. If he really cares, he should be sounding the alarm.
I would also encourage Joubert to emphasize mental health, not just physical health. There’s an epidemic of mental illness in America, and it’s caused by a variety of things, from poor diet and drugs to a tidal wave of propaganda and mind control.
It isn’t clear to me if Joubert really wants to get elected or if he’s just running to publicize a cause. Either way, his cause is a good one. I just think he’s too narrowly focused on holistic health to be a serious candidate. But you can visit Joubert’s website and decide for yourself. I believe he got nearly 1% of the vote when he ran for Governor four years ago.
Rubenstein is more visible than Martin and more holistic than Joubert. Unfortunately, he’s politically clueless (or just plain wrong), not surprising for a newcomer.
Like me, Rubenstein embraces a variety of issues and isn’t afraid to discuss at least some of them in some detail. But his Achilles heel may be his resumé. He appears to be a yuppie entrepreneur who founded two or three high-tech companies while raising a family. Cool, but what does Rubenstein know about workers, teachers or the environment?
From his home page: "I realize my opponents are both from Washington."
So he thinks he has just two opponents? He’s in for a shock when he fails to take third place.
This statement from his campaign website really threw me for a loop:
"I was also delaying out of respect for Randy Dorn, WA Superintendent of Public Education, who has been considering his own Independent run for Governor."
Seriously? Randy Dorn is one of Washington State’s biggest union whores. He’s an absolute disgrace to his office and a menace to children. Rubenstein either hasn’t done his homework on Dorn, or he’s too clueless to put the pieces together.
In fact, Rubenstein’s views on education are frankly gruesome. On his Priorities page, he posts just three sentences about education, repeating the tired old mantra “Give us more money!” No mention of bloated bureaucracies, overpaid superintendents and mindless waste. No criticism of Bill Gates, though Rubenstein does support Bill Gates’ Common Core project.
Rubenstein also joins Bill Gates in supporting charter schools (though not until public schools are adequately funded); I don’t.
Under Tax Reform, Rubenstein posts three sentences, primarily grousing about Washington’s regressive tax structure. Not a word about the multi-billion-dollar corporate tax breaks that are killing us. On another page (My Thoughts on Bill Bryant), he says he is not opposed to Boeing’s tax breaks.
On his My Thoughts on Bill Bryant page, Rubenstein writes, "If the State were truly wasting billions of dollars each year, don’t you think any of the other politicians in Olympia would have pointed that out by now?"
Answer: How many Seattle School District officials have ever pointed out the almost unbelievable waste in the school district? How many Democratic or Republican elected officials in local or state government have ever mentioned it?
Rubenstein finally began to impress me with his endorsement of GMO Labeling. But on the same page he repeats the big lie, "Most scientists believe such foods are safe," later emphasizing that he agrees. He has a similarly clueless, benevolent attitude towards Trade Agreements.
Assuming Rubenstein is what he claims to be — a relatively ordinary, honest yuppie who wants to make a difference — he deserves kudos for caring enough to run for office and openly discuss a variety of issues. Unfortunately, his website looks like something designed by a guy who just wanted to take a break from raising a family and founding high-tech startups to try something different, like folk dancing…or running for Governor.
I don’t want to waste too much of my precious time researching and writing about these derelicts. However, I’d like to point out that Bill Bryant is a former Port of Seattle Commissioner. For those who don’t live in Seattle: The Port of Seattle reeks of corruption.
In other respects, Inslee is very similar to Locke, awarding multi-billion-dollar tax breaks to corporate crooks while thousands of homeless people are sleeping on sidewalks and under bridges in Seattle. He may be just as spineless as Locke, too, refusing to either officially approve or disapprove of charter schools. Actually, Inslee’s just pretending to waffle; as a member of a long line of Microsoft stooges, he wants what Bill Gates wants — in this case charter schools.
In 2012, Jay Inslee won the primary election with 47.13% of the vote, followed by Republican Rob McKenna (42.9%). The two leading candidates thus received almost exactly 90% of the vote.
The remaining seven candidates included Christian Joubert, who took sixth place with .74% of the vote.
I just noticed that the last three letters in Inslee, when arranged backwards, spell eel. Do you see any resemblance between Jay Inslee and those seemingly spineless eels?
After viewing the Video Voters Guide, I discovered a couple Demopublican candidates who interest me after all.
James Robert Deal
In summary, all the alternative candidates have a lot to say about at least some issues, and all are radically different from the Demopublican candidates, with one exception I discovered just recently: James Robert Deal (a Democrat) actually appears to be a better candidate than all of the alternative candidates but me.
It isn’t clear to me if Christian Joubert and/or Steve Rubenstein are secretly working for corporate interests or are honest, well-meaning candidates who just don’t understand politics. Mary Martin is as phony as her party, while Deal is a Democrat . . . and an attorney. Draw your own conclusions.
The candidates in the 2016 Washington gubernatorial campaign are really quite easy to evaluate. However, if you want to analyze them in more detail, see Rules for Evaluating Political Candidates.