George Bush and John Kerry offer America the same vision of a militaristic future, rife with conflict and environmental distruction. They offer violence and they pander to corporate interests. Both will increase US troops in Iraq. Both will continue harmful environmental policies.
But wait! John Kerry has a healthcare plan that is slightly different from Bush's plan!
If this election is fought by two corporate robots over minute differences on second-rate issues, I'm afraid for what happens next. We are slowly being pidgenholed into totalitarianism. I fear that our next election will offer even less choice than this election, unless we act today to stop the two party from merging together.
Ralph Nader supports ending the occupation of Iraq and bringing our troops home. Ralph Nader supports environmentally-friendly policies that protect our earth. Ralph Nader has proven time and time again that he, unlike Kerry and Bush, is not for sale to corporate boards.
"But Ralph Nader can't win, I'd just be wasting my time," you might say. WRONG. It's a fallacy that Ralph Nader cannot win, perpetuated by those (Republicans and Democrats) who have every desire to preserve the status quo.
Set aside for a moment the viability of the election and focus on what having Ralph Nader on the ballot will accomplish. Because Oregon is such an essential state for a John Kerry victory, having Nader on the ballot will force Kerry (if he indeed wants to win instead of facilitating a rightward shift of the Democratic Party) to shift his policies left, giving more attention to voters who are concerned with the "war on terror" destroying civil liberties and wasting our tax dollars.
If you think that Ralph Nader cannot win, that's all of the reason you need to help get him on the ballot. If the left's only option is John Kerry, I think that the left will sit this one out. John Kerry isn't just a wolf in sheep's clothing; he is a wolf without disguise, leading the sheep to their doom. We cannot sit this election out. If we are indeed concerned about the fate of our county and want to find a way to change this downward spiral, we must force John Kerry to change his positions by putting Ralph Nader on the Oregon ballot.
Help out by going to http://naderoregon.org. We need to get 1,000 registered Oregon voters in the same place at the same time.
Place: Benson High School auditorium (N. Portland)
Time: Saturday, June 26th 5pm-7pm
For more information or to help out with this important endeavor, please contact Jason Kafoury at: 503-224-2647 ext. 112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.