Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

February 26, 2008

Nader to Run for Presidency

Filed under: politics — Tags: , , , — codesmithy @ 10:59 am

Ralph Nader threw his hat into the ring. As he stated, his purpose is not to win, but rather to broaden the debate. Here are some of the issues that he touched on:

  • Iraq
  • Israel-Palestine Conflict
  • Corporate Crime
  • Katrina
  • Complicity of the Democrats in the war, tax cuts, inability to pass an energy bill
  • Single-Payer Health Insurance
  • Pentagon Waste
  • Labor Law Reform/Corporate Globalization
  • Corporate Power in Washington

The whole interview is really worth watching.  More information can be found at his website:  Although, I wish one of the topics Nader addressed is voting reform so third-parties don’t punish the most sympathetic candidate.  In general, I think Nader underestimates the power of the indoctrinated masses.  They might all agree something is wrong, but it disingenuous to think they agree on how to fix it.  However, if democracy is ever going to be more than just a nice word in this country, we need to respect honest dissent.  Nader’s candidacy definitely falls into that category.  But, for goodness sake’s, don’t vote for him. A vote for Nader is a vote for McCain because of how the pluarity voting system works.  Work to fix this first, then candidacies like Nader’s will not be as counter-productive to their causes.  Ironically, we need third-party candidates like Nader in order to even debate the issue and this is the reason why his candidacy serves a useful purpose.

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