They say that vice-presidential picks don't count for much, but the pick Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president, made for her running mate, should snuff out any lingering hopes for her political viability cum sanity.
Ajamu Baraka is running as her veep.
Choice bits from the Wikipedia entry about Ajamu Baraka:
In January 2015, Baraka described the vigil for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shooting as a "white power march" and Je suis Charlie as an "arrogant rallying cry for white supremacy" because of France's colonial history. . .
Baraka has referred to President Barack Obama as an "uncle tom president" and stated that Obama shows "obsequious deference to white power".
So, who does Baraka like? Well, again, as per the Wiki, not even Cornell West gets the high-five:
In September 2015, Baraka criticized Dr. Cornel West and West's support for Sanders, saying that he was "sheep-dogging for the Democrats" by "drawing voters into the corrupt Democratic party".
About Israel and the Palestinians, it's predictable this self-described human rights advocate would have a certain kind of opinion. Though I was prepared, what I found did nevertheless jolt me:
During my activist life I have traveled to many of the counties that Western colonial/capitalist leaders characterized as despotic totalitarian states – the old Soviet Union, North Korea, Cuba before 1989 – but in none of those states did I witness the systematic mechanism of population control and scientific repression that I witness in “democratic” Israel.
To summarize, Baraka prefers North Korea to Israel, and "the old Soviet Union" too, much that millions who survived its brutal control for decades couldn't wait to celebrate its collapse.
It's no problem to dig up more, there's plenty, but I prefer to come back to Baraka describing, "the vigil for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shooting as a 'white power march' and Je suis Charlie as an 'arrogant rallying cry for white supremacy' because of France's colonial history. . . "
That's so utterly around the bend lunatic it has a certain charm.
As for Jill Stein, doesn't bother her at all.