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“Nay” on Nader

Saturday, February 21st, 2004 · 7 Comments

Ralph is scheduled to appear on Meet the Press tomorrow morning to announce whether he will enter the presidential race as an Independent. Although I am holding on to a shred of hope that he won’t run, I fear the worst. Can you just hear the resounding white house high-fives once the announcement is made? Rove’s streaming tears of joy?

Please, if there are still a large number of ‘Unrepentant Nader voters’ out there from 2000, read this and give serious thought to what is best for our country. The author of this open letter to Nader says it best… while many of us agree that we should not be in a position of voting for the lesser of two evils, “Tweedle dee is still tweedle dee, but tweedle dum has turned into a global tyrant.”

I would love to be able to give Nader my vote, since his views best represent mine and that is the way democracy is supposed to work. But way too much is at stake in this election. Better for the far left to compromise on some issues than endure another 4 years of this short-sighted, irresponsible administration.

Tags: politics

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jose Luis Martinez // Feb 21, 2004 at 5:53 pm

    If many of so-called “liberals” were as honest in describing themselves as you describe yourself- “the far left” -this country would be in much better shape. What would be a better word for “far left”? Socialist perhaps?

  • 2 Jordan // Feb 21, 2004 at 6:48 pm

    Here’s a fun flash video.

  • 3 jen // Feb 22, 2004 at 12:15 pm

    Not sure what your point is, Jose Luis, but what you wrote sounds pretty uninformed. Either you were trying to be witty, or you need to refresh yourself on the definition of Socialism.

  • 4 Jose Luis Martinez // Feb 22, 2004 at 12:45 pm

    Witty? Not really.
    What I’m asking is, what would be a more precise definition to “far left” since the term can mean many things.
    I guess that according to you, “socialist” is not one of them, even though you mentioned Nader, whose economic policies seem pretty socialistic to me. Am I wrong?

  • 5 jen // Feb 22, 2004 at 2:12 pm

    I see what you are saying, but I caution against your oversimplification of the “far left.” Of course socialists would fall on the far left but not everyone on the far left (myself included) would identify as Socialist. Last I knew, Nader has run as a Green candidate in the past and is running as an Independent in this election.
    It’s too bad that the left hasn’t been able to unify behind a cohesive set of issues (therefore gaining more power politically), as the right has done. As Will Rogers said, “I don’t belong to any organized political party: I’m a Democrat.”

  • 6 slap // Feb 23, 2004 at 11:17 am

    Isn’t it a bit short sighted for you to not to vote for the candidate you agree with the most? I understand your pragmatic approach of wanting to keep Bush out, but you can’t work to change a system and play their game at the same time, can you? It’s like MLK marching on the “black only” section of the mall in Washington. I hope you are working to secure Nader’s vote in 2008 if he is whom you would most like to see as president. Keep believing.

  • 7 jen // Feb 23, 2004 at 6:07 pm

    yeah – see your point, “slap.”
    still, it’s more important for me to help elect a president with whom i agree on at least some issues than help elect one (with a ‘protest vote’ for nader) that i believe is destroying our nation.
    i think an administration under kerry would at least be more likely to affect positive change than the bush regime. where will we be in 2008 under bush II??? i don’t even want to think about it. it’s hard to keep the faith.