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Ralph Nader - The Independent Citizen for President

Nader's history, what he stands for.
The Independent Citizen for President

For more than four decades, Ralph Nader has saved lives, opened minds, implemented solutions, and inspired citizens everywhere to participate in building a better, more democratic world. He has founded or organized more than 100 civic organizations, authored countless books and publications, and perhaps more than any other person has defined our modern understanding of the American ideals of democracy, civic duty, and participation for the public good, rather than dominance by the corporate powers. Known for his ethics, integrity and independence, Ralph Nader is recognized world-wide for putting democracy to work.

What is less well known is that in his 2000 bid for President of the United States, Ralph Nader earned the votes of citizens across the political spectrum. Under the banner, 'Not for Sale', millions responded to Nader's message to the American people calling for greater accountability for corporations and an end to corporate-controlled government. According to the exit polls conducted by Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, fully 25% of his votes came from Republicans, 38% from Democrats, and the remainder from people who would not have voted. No other American leader can be credited with such broad appeal across the divides of our polarized nation. No other American leader can claim such unfettered independence from the ethically bankrupt quagmire of insider politics where the lives of ordinary Americans are regularly sacrificed to commercial interests.

To his credit, Ralph Nader does more than just talk. As the New York Times said, "What sets Nader apart is that he has moved beyond social criticism to effective political action." Part of his mammoth legacy is the effective national network of citizen reform groups that labor to preserve the safety and quality of life of EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. His groups have made an imprint on many areas including civic skills tax reform, pensions, aviation, regulation of atomic power, renewable energy, clean air and water, clean elections, food, medicine and auto safety, safety in the workplace, access to healthcare, civil rights, civil justice, Congressional ethics, campaign finance, discriminatory lending, the tobacco industry, corporate crime and reform, investor protection, corporate globalization, agribusiness and small farms, intellectual property, medicine prices abroad, freedom of information, and government procurement. The list goes on and on.

Once again, Ralph Nader is standing up for all Americans, proposing brighter solutions and futures while decrying the big government erosion of civil liberties, the vast diversion of tax dollars for wasteful military spending, the Iraq quagmire, and the daily abuses and frauds suffered by ordinary Americans at the hands of corrupt corporations and indifferent bureaucracies. The campaign is seeking participators, to invoke Jefferson's word, who support his independent campaign for the office of President of the United States.

"There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship toward 'a new birth of freedom.'" Ralph Nader

homepage: homepage: http://www.votenader.org/index.php

Unions 22.Feb.2004 17:13

Gyads

He'll probably be funded by the GOP to split the Dem vote and the unions for special favors. And unions interests are basically the same as big corporations these days. The AWU for instance is in very tight agreement with the Big 3.

Go Get Em', Ralph 22.Feb.2004 17:25

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I'm glad he's running 22.Feb.2004 18:59

voted "democrat" in 2000

What little is left of the hope for any kind of democracy lies in a "third" party(the duopoly counting as the other two). Kerry is a nonchoice. He is the top recepient of corporate monies in the US Senate. His voting record demonstrates that he is a servant of the corporate elite.

it's past time to stop buying into their artificial "choices". Bring the revolution on!

Senator Kerry 22.Feb.2004 19:26

jlii

You will have to earn my vote. Just because you are not rich, err, a member of Skull and Bones, err, running against Bush don't think you can dictate choice. You will have to convince me that some of Nadar's principles are going to be in the Democratic Party Platform. Your voting record is not that good. Tic-for-Tac if you don't support me, I in turn won't support you, threaten me with Bush for four more years and you will get it. And if you do that you are no different then them.

Take me for granted and loose.

Brave New World 22.Feb.2004 19:51

I'm Scared

I am just so terribly torn about all of this.What a perfectly crappy list of options!


Choice 1: Vote for Kerry.Skull & Bones,taking corporate $,the media likes him and he's just damn shady!But!The secret government or corporation leaders or whoever the hell really runs the country seem to be allowing him to look electable(as seen by the media's sudden embrace of Kerry)so maybe they're ready to allow a (slight) change.


Choice 2:Vote for Nader.This is where my particular heart lies.But I do not believe the shadow gov't would ever allow it.With Nader as President(doesn't it give you goosebumps-President Nader-oooh)their entire world would crumble and their plan for world domination would fail.If Ralph got close enough, I think somebody would just take him out.Or on the other hand,maybe this shadow gov't doesn't have the power I think it does, and Nader votes would make the election close enough (again) for Bush to steal it.(Oh,just a side note- I never used to be a conspiracy theorist.Not until Bush took office, and now I have to go to the "black helicopter" sites just to get my news.)


Choice 3:Don't vote.Opt out of the whole mess and reserve your vote in protest.After all, the whole thing's rigged, and little folks like us have no power anyway.I feel this way a lot-that only local/state elections are worth my participation.


Choice 4:Give up.Give in and vote for Bush.Encourage the apocalypse along a little faster.It's inevitable,so we might as well "bring it on".Now I dare you to tell me there aren't many young people out there,feeling just as disenfranchised,just as nihilistic as this.


They all suck, don't they?I just don't know what to do, and that's the truth.

Nader is a megalomaniac 22.Feb.2004 21:21

Ty

Nader hates the AFL-CIO, he hates unions, he hates working-class Americans. Nader loves himself and all the money he gets from Bush.

ty, the megalomaniac 22.Feb.2004 21:57

brian

if hatred is a sign of megalomania, then you'd be one of the all time maniacs

One More Voice 22.Feb.2004 22:05

Megaphone

Now it's Kucinich, Sharpton, and Nader, with largely similar platforms, vs. Herman Munster and Opie Kenobi, who have basicly the same message (kinda' like Bush, but BETTER). Looks like Nader's entry begins to even the odds. Are you ready to rumble?

Not this time 22.Feb.2004 22:32

yer mom

I voted for Nader in 2000. I will not vote for him this year. I voted for him last year in hopes that the Greens woould get the 5% and the standing that went along with that. Now that the Greens are in disarray in most places, and are not the party that is represented by Nader, then there is little reason to vote. At all, in fact.

The best one could hope for is for Nader to force the Dems into adopting certain ideas into its platform before Nader throws in the towel. Put the Dems on the spot, and make them jump. I doubt he's smart enough to do that.
For now, as much as I agree with him in principle, he is looking more like the old cranky leftists that we see at meetings.

If the Greens were smart, they would run local candidates and capture those offices; this would bring out the left, who in the nationals would vote democrat on that level, and green locally. Doesn't look like that one will happen either.

It just shows ultimately that real change will not come from the ballot box. Voting is more like an opinion poll of those who think it matters to express that opinion. In 92, we had a dem in office and for two years under that administration the dems controlled both houses. As a result, we got welfare "reform", NAFTA, don't ask don't tell, and the omnibus antiterrorism act of 94 (remember when?). A Dem in office now won't matter, not because there is no difference between dems and repugnatcans, but because congress won't let progressive things happen. We could have Gene Debs in whe whitey house and all we would hear about was who on his staff he did and in what position he did it.

Old cranky leftists 22.Feb.2004 23:43

George Bender

Are the best kind.

Vote for Nader to send a message. It's a simple idea. It's a whole lot better than not voting, because people will know why.

Vote for Nader to make the Democrats afraid. They will only move left if we scare them enough. We may only be 2.7 percent, but in a close election we have the power to lose it for them. It's the only power we have. Let's make the most of it.