Does Nader Offer an 'Alternative to US Politics as Usual" (as loves to claim)? Read the Facts, then YOU Decide!|
US Politics as usual....ego rides roughshod over principles....winning trumps honesty and fair play....copping media fixes means more than the advice of trusted allies....sucking up money without putting any you can keep out means more than playing by the rules. Now tell me, after reading these three stories, all from within the last 10 days, if Nader qualifies as an "alternative" to Politics as usual.
JUNE 13: Nader Uses His Charity as a Front for his Election Campaign, then Lies about It
Washington Post: "Since October, Ralph Nader has run his campaign for president out of the same downtown DC offices that through April housed a public charity he created. Tax law explicitly forbids public charities from aiding political campaigns. In addition, campaign law requires candidates to account for all contributions -- including shared office space and resources, down to the use of copying machines, receptionists and telephones. Records show many links between Nader's campaign and the charity Citizen Works. For example, the charity's listed president, Theresa Amato, is also Nader's campaign manager. The campaign claimed Amato resigned from the charity in 2003. But in the charity's most recent corporate filing with the District, in January, Amato listed herself as the charity's president and registered agent." Don't worry, Ralphie, your pals in the Bush administration will make sure you aren't held accountable, just like Dick Cheney and Halliburton.
JUNE 23: Black Caucus Implores Nader to Quit for Good of the Nation - Nader Refuses
The Congressional Black Caucus challenged Ralph Nader yesterday to call off his independent bid for the presidency..."We let him know that we consider this to be the most important election of our lifetimes," said the caucus' chairman, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat. "We said, 'Mr. Nader, you have a right to run, but we have not heard a reason to run.' We said to him, 'If you're really our friend ... you need to move on.'" Rep. Barbara Lee of California was equally blunt.
"I told Mr. Nader: 'A vote for Ralph Nader is really a vote for George Bush,'" she said. "We can't risk this Bush presidency taking hold again."
Nader said he responded by describing the possible spillover effect that his presidential run could have on congressional races as "a plus for those races" and suggesting that "a lot of smart people in the polling area have been wrong again and again."
Cummings expressed disappointment that the caucus was unable to convince Nader that his bid could bleed off enough votes in some close states to cost Kerry the election - just as many Democrats believe Nader's presence on the ballot in 2000 cost Al Gore that election.
"We're on the same page on health care, education, jobs, the environment," Cummings said. "Now we pray that he will sync his conscience with his conduct."
JUNE 24: Nader Resorts to Fraud to Get on Ballot in AZ
Two Arizona voters on Wednesday filed the first Democratic challenge to independent Ralph Nader's bid to get on a state's November presidential ballot. The Democrats' lawsuit alleged that more than 70 percent of the 21,500 petition signatures recently filed for Nader are invalid. Nader, a Winsted, Conn., native, needs 14,694 valid signatures to get on Arizona's ballot.Democrats Dorothy Schultz and Betty Elizabeth Hughes also alleged in the complaint that some of those who circulated petitions for Nader didn't meet residency requirements and other qualifications. Three of the petition circulators are prohibited from gathering signatures because they are convicted felons, the lawsuit said."If (Nader) is going to be on the ballot, it has to be in a legitimate way," said Arizona Democratic Chairman Jim Pederson."