Run Ralph Nader Run … Nader Going to Throw a Green Monkey Wrench into the Democratic Machine
Ralph Nader appears that he will throw his hat in the political ring one more time. What are Democrats afraid of, a little competition and free speech? As Polipundit states, “Not sure what appeal Nader has left anymore, but anything he gets will hurt the Democrats”. However, with as many candidates that are seeking the presidency on both the Republican and Democratic party, what’s one more?
READING, Pennsylvania (AP) – Consumer advocate Ralph Nader told the Green Party’s national convention that he is considering a 2008 presidential run and accused Democrats of trying to shut smaller parties out of the political process.
“No other country comes close to providing voters with such a small number of choices and making third party candidates hurdle an almost insuperable number of obstacles just to get on the ballot,” Nader, the Green Party’s 2000 presidential nominee, said Saturday.
Asked why Nader wanted to run for a 4th time for the Presidency, Nader responded as follows:
“What third parties can do is bring young people in, set standards on how to run a presidential election and keep the progressive agenda in front of the people. And maybe tweak a candidate here and there in the major parties.”
Posted July 16, 2007 by Scared Monkeys
Politics, Presidential Election 2008 | 5 comments
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Only voters who wish to flush their votes, albeit their right, can do so by voing to the Green Party. As far as Nader is concerning he really hasn’t done much as a so called consumber advocate…i.e why did he not say anything of rising oil prices, or lack influenza vacination, as opposed to Canada or Europe. I can go on and on but in my book this is for lack of another term a Republican Lackey.
Thank you compananzi, but when I vote for the party and person I believe represents ME, I am NOT flushing my vote!
Perhaps you’d better bone up on what it means to live in a democracy. We deserve more candidate choices and for key platform ideas either given lip-service by the Democratic party or totally ignored to be brought to the American voting arena. That’s what a third party choice does, and I will continue to vote for the Green party and be involved in the Green Party because they represent me! A lackey is someone who votes for or does the bidding of a party, not out of loyalty or belief, but out of fear or habit. That definition seems to fit neither Nader, nor me.
Secondly, Mr. Nader is not representing the Green party, he is an Independent, so perhaps you should rephrase your diatribe to indicate that voting for an independent is a vote flush, and then include candidates like Joe Lieberman, who ran as an independent when he couldn’t get the Dem primary spot.
Unless I am misreading the coming election the Democrats are once again shooting themselves in both feet it would appear .
My self I vote for the best person that I think can handle the jobs . Party’s be dammed !!!!!
I think the problem with Ralph Nader is that, paradoxically enough, as his ideas have become more mainstream he has been sidelined.
Back in the 1960s and thereabouts, he was coming up with new and innovative ideas, challenging the status quo and speaking (or claiming to do so) on behalf of regular people who seemed to have no voice.
Since then, as our culture has become much more litigious and much less respectful of “entrenched” ideas and authority in general, his “pro-consumer” stance has been absorbed into the general pattern.
So he’s lost his role. And I think it’s safe to say that he’s perceived as being passe now. No disrespect for Ralph … I worked for him a long time ago.
#1 When one participates in the voting process, one never throws their vote away. You only throw it away when you never take the time to be part of the process.
Strickly voting either Rep or Dem and not holding either party accountable as they will take your vote for granted.
When a party thinks they have your vote no matter what they do, thats when your vote does not matter.