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February 24, 2004

Is Ralph Crazy? Or Just A Spoiler?

He's Back! Ralph Nader is running for President of the United States as a Green Party candidate. So there is a third choice in the 04 election other than Bush and Kerry, or Bush and Edwards, or Bush and Sharpton.. Yeah right. I'm sick of the corrupt two party system and all of the corporate interests that are guiding their policies on state and federal levels. America is not being led by the brightest and certainly not the most honest or moral individuals. I think Ralph Nader is genuinely sincere when it comes to the issues he believes in and even though he most definately will not get elected, I'm voting for him.

I voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 after being disgusted with having to choose from Gush or Bore. Living in Alaska I knew where our states Electoral Vote would be going anyways, Bush. I knew then that Ralph would not win the election and we would be ending up with the lesser of two evils, or to quote our president, a Mad Man. So my vote went to the Green Party to help push them closer to getting some federal cash. I don't know who is responsible for writing in this rule, but a political party must get a certain high percent of votes to qualify for future federal funding. No wonder the Republicans and Democrats have ruled for so long.

Some people call him a "Spoiler" and say he's getting in the way. But this is a democracy and America should have more than two choices which look and taste exactly the same. I've heard that Nader was to blame for Gore losing the election in 2000. I've heard Ross Perot was the reason Dole lost to Clinton in 96. GOOD! The Republicans and Democrats do not deserve our votes and they sure as hell havn't earned them. My vote belongs to the man (or woman) most worthy of it. I would so love for Ralph Nader and the Green Party to tear down the two party system, put an end to the bi-partisan politics that have plagued this country for so long.

Why do Americans think that only Politicians should be President? I think those are the worst types of people. I don't want a state Senator or Congressman in office who is only trying to further his own ambitions. I want someone who has spent their life watching out and fighting for people less fortunate. Somebody who is going to make a positive and lasting change for the future of America. Over 35 million Americans living in poverty while the richest 1% of Americans controlls 90% of the wealth. Corporations are ripping off the American people and hiding behind the puppet politicians that they so purposefully purchased.

Right now America has the lowest voter turnout of all mature deomocracies. Only 51% of eligible voters voted in the 2000 election and they were divided into two camps. Now if the 49% of apathetic and disenfranchised Americans rallied around a candidate they believed in, than that candidate could win a landslide victory. His constituents wouldn't be the wealthiest but they could prove to be the most powerful in this nation.

Vote Nader!

Universal Healthcare
Electoral Reform
Fair Taxation
Free Education
Workers Rights
An End to Poverty
Job Creation
Fair Trade

Posted by James at February 24, 2004 08:13 AM


Posted by Albert on February 24, 2004 9:15 AM:

I think it's an extremely unfortunate decision by Nader, but Bush2 must be dancing in the Oval Office.

Posted by Ryan on February 24, 2004 11:47 AM:

Nader isn't running with the Green Party. Not even they would have him back. He's running all by himself, and I hope that's the totality of his support.

In principle I love third parties and independents. The first vote I ever cast in a U.S. presidential election was for Ross Perot, for crying out loud. But Nader's run, this time, is just sad - throwing his hat in the ring with not even the tiniest inkling of a popular mandate and at the same time carrying the baggage of (for some) "spoiling" the 2000 race for Gore. He's not in this for anyone's best interests but his own, IMHO.

Principles aside, I'm primarily for the ouster of Bush. And if that means, like Gore, voting for someone who doesn't neccessarily excite me in any way, I'll do it.

Posted by Ryan on February 24, 2004 11:51 AM:

That said, James, good for standing up for what you believe. Looks like Nader's campaign is looking for someone to take up the torch for him here in Hawaii. He needs 3,677 signatures by September 3, 2004.

Posted by Albert on February 24, 2004 1:48 PM:

"He needs 3,677 signatures by September 3, 2004."

He certainly won't get mine. I will register to vote this time around (for the first time in decades) to vote for whoever can get Bush2 OUT. And that won't be Nader, alas.

Posted by James on February 24, 2004 7:49 PM:

He's not a Green? Wow, how did I miss that..

I don't understand it when people say that Bush will win because Nader is running. Is that because if people could not vote for Nader than they would vote Democrat? If that is true than something is seriously wrong.

I like the sound of John Edwards and his 2 America's speech but with him being a lawyer and multi-millionaire US Senator, I don't know how believable his words are.

Posted by NemesisVex on February 25, 2004 4:31 AM:

The gamble is that non-Republicans will be so disenfranchised with the candiates, they'd vote their conscience and go with an alternate, thereby splitting the vote.

[bait]Republicans don't need to worry about that happening within their party since they have no conscience.[/bait]

Posted by Linkmeister on February 25, 2004 3:33 PM:

It's sorta presumptive, James, but in Florida in 2000 Nader got 97,000 votes; the margin of victory(?) for Bush over Gore was 537 votes. Had Nader not been seen as an alternative to Gore, it's assumed that many of his votes would have gone to the Democrats, thus putting Gore over the top comfortably there and garnering the necessary electoral votes to be President.

There's a lot of bitterness towards Nader because of that.

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