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AUDIO FILE: Ralph Nader at the Roseland

Ralph Nader appeared Monday evening, April 5, 2004, at the Roseland Theatre in downtown Portland. Various reports as to the size of the crowd have been offered, but the last figure given by those who were counting was somewhere around 725.
Nader gave his usual rousing speech, exposing government corruption and corporate greed, and drawing a clear connection between the two. I've heard him speak on at least three occasions over the passt half dozen years or so, -once for about 2 1/2 hours, and this evening he packed much of that material in about a 50 minute presentation. He began, of course, by refering to the failure to reach the necessary 1000 head count of registered voters to get him on the Oregon ballot as a presidential candidate.
"It's really amazing when you go around the country, the completely arbitrary laws keeping third party independcent candidates off the ballot. For instance, in Tennessee, you need 300 signatures and you're on. In Alabama you need 1000. In North Carolina you need 98,000. One thing we're trying to do is highlight all this and go for one Federal standard for all Federal elections. And where we can'at wait for that we want to file lawsuits in a number of states." He states further that they've got the Two Party Debate Commission in Federal Court, again.
Open Debates
Next Ralph speaks a little about replacing PGE with citizen run Public Utility istrict. "That's what will save you about $150,000,000 a year, and if you have a public owned utility, they're not going to be using y our dollars to invest in some outlet in Indonesia or Brazil or some real estate development out east, as some California Utilities did once they were deregulated.
Nader also mentions briefly Initiative 53, the Money is Not Democracy
Oregon Campaign Finance Reform Initiative. This Initiative is designed to change the Oregon Constitution in order to keep money from determining politics
From here Nader goes into a description of the events which led up to our involvement in the Iraq war, and the deceit employed by the Bush Adminsitration in order to bring that about. His commentary is as much social, as political, commentary. His descriptions are colorful, referring to advertising aimed at children as child pornography, and the poisoning of our environment as a "deadly form of silent violence."
Much of the remainder of his presentation is a series of "Imaginings."
"Let's frame this campaign on what we can legitimately imagine our country to become. And then we should ask ourselves who's saying no to all of this, and who'saying yes." He begins and continues with a litany of imaginings. "Imagine an America where there is universal health care insurance and health care; imagine an America where 45,000,000 American workers earn a living wage, where now they don't earn a living wage; imagine an America which revolutionizes public transit in this country and relieves the congestion on our highways; imagine an America that provided affordable housing to the people athat are either homeless or living in hovels; imagine an America, where we begin rapid conversion of fossil fuels and nuclear power follies...into solar energy in all it's manifestations and efficiecy;imagine an America where we have public funding of public campaigns, and stop selling our politicians elections and our government to the highest financial bidder." He continues for some time with this theme, bringing up so much that is wrong with this country, wrongs which many people acknowldge but have grudgingly learned to live with. And he doesn't just list a number of problems, but shows how all these problems are the result of a deliberate corporate design
Ralph always shows us a way out of the dilemma we are faced with. The dilemma of growing up corporate instead of civic; of growing up expecting less of our leaders and of ourselves than we are capable of, as a nation and as individuals. Here again, he finishes with a plea for assistance that is more than the typical campaign promise. His solution is to empower the people, he traces an outline of our true potential as human beings and wishes to assist us in filling in the blanks.
This audio file is about 46 minutes in length, but moves along rapidly, and is full of good information and perspective.
Ralph at the Roseland

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A Vote for Kerry is a Vote for Bush:Cancer or the Plague-You get to Coose! 07.Apr.2004 08:15

Socialist Appeal wil@socialistappeal.org

This election year the choice will be between Republican Bush,a millionarie Yale alumnus and member of the secret elite "Skull and Bones" society and Democrat Kerry, a millionarie Yale alumnus and member of the secret elite "Skull and Bones" society.

Bush's wealth is well known but people forget the that Kerry has the same class elite background.Little is said about his speed boat(the Scaramouche) that cost $750,000 and he paid in cash for, nor is it mention the palatial spa in Aspen he owns.Kerry castigates Bush for "special favors for special interests" but Kerry like Bush collects special interest money.

Kerry supported Bush's illegal predatory wars in Irag and Afganistan and attacks the democrated elected President of Venezuela, President Chavez.Voted for the Patroit Act,NAFTA,most of Bush's appointment's for Cabinent postions and tax program .

Now in his fourth term in the U.S. Senate, Kerry has been spectacularly unimpressive legislator, having organized the passage of just 7 bills, out of of 317 introduced durning 20 years. One of the bills he helped pass was Plan Colombia (1999) which among other things involves sending of military "advisors" to the brutal right-wing goverment(9 out of 10 trade unionists killed around the world are from Colombia) and the bill authorizes the chemical defoliation of rain forest.Under this legisation, 325,00 acres of it has been destoyed(another country that never attacked the U.S.) being sprayed with toxins in a phoney "War on Drugs" while cocaine production in that country has increased by 11 percent.

It is reported that Senator Kerry is connected to Enron, and to Enron's bank Citigroup through his multi-millionariess wife, whose HEINZ Environmental Defense Fund has Ken Lay on it's board of directors.Citigroup has been a major contributor to Kerry's various campaigns.In 1995 Kerry cast the deciding vote to overide Clinton's veto of the very bill used by Enron and Citigroup to conduct their wel-known consumer rip-offs.So much for clean goverment.

So we face an election in which both major party candidates enjoy unbelieveable wealth and power, and both support U.S. military agression overseas and austerity for the already impoverished at home.The Democrats and Repbulicans are two-sides of the same coin.Both candidates represent the parties of big-business capitalist class, and no matter who wins , it will be a goverment by and for the rich.

Many people have an "anyone but Bush" approach to the elections.Many support Kerry only because of his alleged "electability".But anyone who works for a living can be sure that under Kerry- the bosses,the bankers and the landlords of capital will prosper and rule.Kerry has never once challenged their rule, and he will certainly not do so if elected.Choosing a "lesser evil" is not a"democracy".The super-rich elite control both parties, working people urgently need a political party of our own-a mass party of labor based on the unions( a union for every worker that is not under the thumb of the "labor artistocracy"who hold workers to the Democrats who betray them election afer election) with a socialist program, to fight for our interests against Bush, Kerry and all the other greedy exploiters the Democrats and Republicans uniformly represent. Socialist Appeal-  http://www.socialistappeal.org This election year the choice will be between Republican Bush,a millionarie Yale alumnus and member of the secret elite "Skull and Bones" society and Democrat Kerry, a millionarie Yale alumnus and member of the secret elite "Skull and Bones" society.

Bush's wealth is well known but people forget the that Kerry has the same class elite background.Little is said about his speed boat(the Scaramouche) that cost $750,000 and he paid in cash for, nor is it mention the palatial spa in Aspen he owns.Kerry castigates Bush for "special favors for special interests" but Kerry like Bush collects special interest money.

Kerry supported Bush's illegal predatory wars in Irag and Afganistan and attacks the democrated elected President of Venezuela, President Chavez.Voted for the Patroit Act,NAFTA,most of Bush's appointment's for Cabinent postions and tax program .

Now in his fourth term in the U.S. Senate, Kerry has been spectacularly unimpressive legislator, having organized the passage of just 7 bills, out of of 317 introduced durning 20 years. One of the bills he helped pass was Plan Colombia (1999) which among other things involves sending of military "advisors" to the brutal right-wing goverment(9 out of 10 trade unionists killed around the world are from Colombia) and the bill authorizes the chemical defoliation of rain forest.Under this legisation, 325,00 acres of it has been destoyed(another country that never attacked the U.S.) being sprayed with toxins in a phoney "War on Drugs" while cocaine production in that country has increased by 11 percent.

It is reported that Senator Kerry is connected to Enron, and to Enron's bank Citigroup through his multi-millionariess wife, whose HEINZ Environmental Defense Fund has Ken Lay on it's board of directors.Citigroup has been a major contributor to Kerry's various campaigns.In 1995 Kerry cast the deciding vote to overide Clinton's veto of the very bill used by Enron and Citigroup to conduct their wel-known consumer rip-offs.So much for clean goverment.

So we face an election in which both major party candidates enjoy unbelieveable wealth and power, and both support U.S. military agression overseas and austerity for the already impoverished at home.The Democrats and Repbulicans are two-sides of the same coin.Both candidates represent the parties of big-business capitalist class, and no matter who wins , it will be a goverment by and for the rich.

Many people have an "anyone but Bush" approach to the elections.Many support Kerry only because of his alleged "electability".But anyone who works for a living can be sure that under Kerry- the bosses,the bankers and the landlords of capital will prosper and rule.Kerry has never once challenged their rule, and he will certainly not do so if elected.Choosing a "lesser evil" is not a"democracy".The super-rich elite control both parties, working people urgently need a political party of our own-a mass party of labor based on the unions( a union for every worker that is not under the thumb of the "labor artistocracy"who hold workers to the Democrats who betray them election afer election) with a socialist program, to fight for our interests against Bush, Kerry and all the other greedy exploiters the Democrats and Republicans uniformly represent. Socialist Appeal-  http://www.socialistappeal.org This election year the choice will be between Republican Bush,a millionarie Yale alumnus and member of the secret elite "Skull and Bones" society and Democrat Kerry, a millionarie Yale alumnus and member of the secret elite "Skull and Bones" society.

Bush's wealth is well known but people forget the that Kerry has the same class elite background.Little is said about his speed boat(the Scaramouche) that cost $750,000 and he paid in cash for, nor is it mention the palatial spa in Aspen he owns.Kerry castigates Bush for "special favors for special interests" but Kerry like Bush collects special interest money.

Kerry supported Bush's illegal predatory wars in Irag and Afganistan and attacks the democrated elected President of Venezuela, President Chavez.Voted for the Patroit Act,NAFTA,most of Bush's appointment's for Cabinent postions and tax program .

Now in his fourth term in the U.S. Senate, Kerry has been spectacularly unimpressive legislator, having organized the passage of just 7 bills, out of of 317 introduced durning 20 years. One of the bills he helped pass was Plan Colombia (1999) which among other things involves sending of military "advisors" to the brutal right-wing goverment(9 out of 10 trade unionists killed around the world are from Colombia) and the bill authorizes the chemical defoliation of rain forest.Under this legisation, 325,00 acres of it has been destoyed(another country that never attacked the U.S.) being sprayed with toxins in a phoney "War on Drugs" while cocaine production in that country has increased by 11 percent.

It is reported that Senator Kerry is connected to Enron, and to Enron's bank Citigroup through his multi-millionariess wife, whose HEINZ Environmental Defense Fund has Ken Lay on it's board of directors.Citigroup has been a major contributor to Kerry's various campaigns.In 1995 Kerry cast the deciding vote to overide Clinton's veto of the very bill used by Enron and Citigroup to conduct their well-known consumer rip-offs.So much for clean goverment.

So we face an election in which both major party candidates enjoy unbelieveable wealth and power, and both support U.S. military agression overseas and austerity for the already impoverished at home.The Democrats and Republicans are two-sides of the same coin.Both candidates represent the parties of big-business capitalist class, and no matter who wins , it will be a goverment by and for the rich.

Many people have an "anyone but Bush" approach to the elections.Many support Kerry only because of his alleged "electability".But anyone who works for a living can be sure that under Kerry- the bosses,the bankers and the landlords of capital will prosper and rule.Kerry has never once challenged their rule, and he will certainly not do so if elected.Choosing a "lesser evil" is not a"democracy".The super-rich elite control both parties, working people urgently need a political party of our own-a mass party of labor based on the unions( a union for every worker and one that is not under the thumb of the "labor artistocracy"who hold workers to the Democrats who betray them election afer election) with a socialist program, to fight for our interests against Bush, Kerry and all the other greedy exploiters the Democrats and Republicans uniformly represent. Socialist Appeal-  http://www.socialistappeal.org


Push Peroutka with Disenchanted Conservatives to Get Rid of Bush 09.Apr.2004 10:36

Ralph Machiavelli

For those rightists you know who are unable to stomach a huge identity change and vote Nader, suggest Peroutka.

www.Peroutka2004.com