Flimsy Sanity: Desperate Times

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Friday, September 19, 2008

Desperate Times

If you are in trouble, do you pick the dumbest guy who crashed many planes or the smartest, most moral guy to try and help you find a way out? Do you choose someone who owes favors to the people who fleeced you in the first place or the guy who has been warning about corporatism for decades? When will people listen to the dude who has devoted his entire life to saying regulation is the only way to have a level playing field when elephants are dancing among the chickens?

"The dreaded supremacy of corporatism over civil institutions, stomping both conservative and liberal values alike, has broken through any remaining barriers by the two major political parties."- Ralph Nader

Democrats hate Nader more than the Republicans. It isn't like Nader wasn't willing to work with them.

Meeting with John Kerry — Ralph Nader and Democratic Candidate John Kerry held a widely publicized meeting early in the 2004 Presidential campaign, which Nader described in An Unreasonable Man. Nader said that John Kerry wanted to work to win Nader's support and the support of Nader's voters. Nader then provided more than 20 pages of issues that he felt were important and he "put them on the table" for John Kerry. According to Nader the issues covered topics ranging from environmental, labor, healthcare, tax reform, corporate crime, campaign finance reform and various consumer protection issues.

Nader reported that he asked John Kerry to choose any three of the issues and highlight them in his campaign and if Kerry would do this, he would refrain from the race. Several months passed and Kerry failed to adopt any of Nader's issues as benchmarks of his campaign, so on February 22, 2004, Nader announced on NBC that he would indeed run for president as an independent, saying, "There's too much power and wealth in too few hands."

Paying Nader not to run — Nader also reported in the documentary An Unreasonable Man that many wealthy Democratic donors offered to give money to his public interest groups if he declined to run, however, none of these groups would go a step further to guarantee that his issues would get a fair hearing in Washington. Nader replied, "why should I spend all of your money working on issues that are just going to run into a brick wall in Washington?"
- Wikipedia

By the way, Ralph Nader attended Princeton University and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in 1955. He went on to law school at Harvard University, graduating in 1958. Desperate times demand desperate measures by desperate people. I know he isn't perfect, but he is the best fit for the problem at hand and for anyone who believes that he is an ego-maniacal nutjob, please take the time to watch "An Unreasonable Man". Maybe it is time for a leader that is not a politician but one who has devoted his life to looking out for citizens.


  • At 7:35 AM, Blogger ryk said…

    If he had any chance at all of winning, I would vote for him. But sadly, he doesn't. So my only legitimate options are to vote for the guy I know will continue pushing our country to the right or the guy who might try to move it in the direction of people like Nader and you and I.

  • At 10:13 AM, Blogger Nader Enthusiast said…

    Ryk: Yes it is a pepetuating system where the best people for the job don't even get to be interviewed. It is a competition only open to two corporate owned entities but free enterprise is great cause we get the choice of twenty cereals. My brother, the Republican, thinks Perot caused Clinton. So it goes.

  • At 2:52 PM, Blogger Nader Enthusiast said…

    Ryk: I think everyone should vote strategically. When I lived in Montana, it always went Republican so anything but a Republican vote was wasted. That is why I voted third party - my vote didn't count anyway and so why not choose Ralph as a disenchanted voter. If I lived in a state that had electoral votes that possibly could be up for grabs, I might also pick the less evil; however if enough people vote third party, the major parties might possibly be convinced that the issues those parties espouse might be worth taking up. A third party vote is not a wasted vote.

  • At 1:19 PM, Blogger ryk said…

    A third party vote is not a wasted vote.

    I agree. And I do vote third party quite often. But I live in Missouri and there is a real chance that Obama can carry the state.


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