Friday, November 7, 2008

Barack Obama costs Ralph Nader the election

I came across this because the San Francisco Examiner has a piece online ridiculing it. If anyone thinks the Examiner is correct in so doing, go ahead, just ask me why I think it's great...or look at my previous posts. In any case, this text is quoted from The Blog for Peace and Freedom (from a member of the Peace and Freedom Party whose nomination Ralph Nader received in California):

Obama Costs Nader the Election

By Bob Maschi

Election results are in and they clearly indicate that Democrat Barack Obama has cost Peace and Freedom’s candidate, Ralph Nader, the presidency. Simple math proves that had Obama not run, and had all of his support gone to Nader, that Nader would have easily won the majority of Electoral College votes and, therefore, the presidency.

A similar electoral flaw occurred in the 2000 presidential election when Al Gore cost Ralph Nader the presidency.

And I'll end with another reminder, regardless of who you voted for, if you want a better country, Obama and Congress won't do it on their own. Sign up to put the pressure on Congress here, and then go tell all your friends about it:


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The November 5th Movement

For this post, I'm just going to copy the e-mail I received from the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign earlier today encouraging you to sign up to pressure Congress after Nov 4 (

Shift Gears and Keep Going

NEWS FLASH: Ralph has a cameo appearance on Conan O'Brien tonight. Check the Late Night website or your local listings for air time information.

Now, the latest developments:

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
-- Yogi Berra

In this case, at the end of the road that is the presidential election, we do actually come to a fork. It's called Congress -- the House and the Senate. And we should follow Mr. Berra's famous advice and take that fork.

Whomever President-elect Obama chooses for his various cabinet posts, chief of staff, and so on, he is now pretty much out of reach of the American people. To sway a vote to Nader/Gonzalez, one could speculate on Obama's potential appointees, given his campaign contributors, and the thick phalanx of former Clinton advisers and hawkish military types around him. Now is the time to rapidly shift the focus to Congress.

Bringing our efforts to bear on Congress is the only way we can achieve a single-payer system of health care, a living wage comparable to that at the end of the 1960s -- $10 -- and a less belligerent foreign policy. In each Congressional district we need to start organizing ourselves -- and quickly. Ralph Nader showed how much could be done in just a single day in Massachusetts with the marathon he did there of 21 campaign stops in 24 hours. And that was done with the tough goal of trying to convince voters to support his candidacy, which was overwhelmingly ignored by the news media.

Imagine a campaign for results that a majority of Americans already support before you start campaigning! We figure that it will take about 60 days to solidify this new effort.

But, clearly, it won't be easy, and we don't want to underestimate the task. Here's the thing: with your generous donations to the Nader/Gonzalez campaign, you helped us design systems of organizing (that's how you get on 45 state ballots) that lend themselves perfectly toward the idea of organizing around Congress to pass the major laws that we want, laws that respond to people's needs.

Though some of us are now involved with the new effort at, it's not part of the Nader/Gonzalez campaign. Please visit that website and sign up today. Let your friends and family know about it. We're all shifting direction, and the faster we go about it the better.

Regrouping Fast to Continue Onward,

The Nader Team


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

After Nov. 4 -- Put the Pressure on Congress

[Since I published this post, I received an e-mail the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign sent out directing people interested in working on putting pressure on Congress after November 4th, to this website:]

Back at the beginning of the year, when Ralph Nader launched his presidential exploratory committee, he said he wanted to build from the campaign after November--to start Congressional Watchdog groups in each congressional district. (If you don't remember, I pasted their announcement in this post.) Well, now's the time to sign up to make it happen.

Here's an excerpt of a facebook message about it:

Here's the Nader blogspot. This is an easy place to sign up (or have your friends sign up) to form an ongoing citizen movement that will continue on past the election. We'll be keeping an eye on congress and the new president--no matter who is elected.

The campaign has this new video out about it as well:

As Ralph Nader says at the end of the video:

This is just the end of the beginning. The Nader/Gonzalez third political force is going to roar through November 4th and into 2009 to build a progressive politics in America that enlists the human values and the practical needs of the American people.

Whoever is elected, we're going to have to put pressure on Congress to stand for us and our rights instead of corporations, bailouts, and war. So sign up at the website above and at -- and get involved!


Monday, November 3, 2008

Ralph Nader -- Imagine Democracy

Tomorrow is Election Day... Don't Forget to Vote!

Vote for the Best Candidate. For months I have asked anyone to find me a candidate Better Than Nader but to no avail.

No one has even bothered trying to convince me otherwise. That's because Ralph Nader IS the best candidate in this presidential election.

I think I've already explained why it's important to vote for someone who will represent our interests rather than betray and oppose them, and why Ralph Nader is such a candidate, but if you think you've got someone better, I'm still willing to hear you--you have 24 hours. Until then, I feel confident in giving my endorsement to the man who's worked tirelessly on our behalf for several decades... Mr. Ralph Nader.

So get out there and Vote for Ralph Nader!

If you have questions about how or where to vote, check out the Voter Resources page on the website.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Harry Potter and the "Real World"

These days it sometimes seems as though to find a world with some order to it one has to escape to fiction.

There is the usual fiction of fairy tales and guaranteed happy endings. But that’s not what I’m referring to, I’m talking about the ones where we know there is order but we aren’t sure how things will turn out. An example, I think, is the successful Harry Potter series. Things don’t always work out for the best, there is a great deal of strife and struggle, and important and beloved characters die. Still, we know there is an order to this world, that when Harry Potter’s mother gave her life to save her baby it was not in vain but this beautiful act carried the powerful magic to protect Harry, that the evil in which Voldemort found his strength was his greatest weakness, and that the greatest magic of all always seemed to come about through the goodness and courage of Harry’s heart, a magic so powerful even the greatest villain would shrink in its wake.

The order we see in a fictional world is not about magic; it is about consequences. Sure it’s cool that Harry can fly on a broomstick or move an object with a twirl of his wand, but it’s beautiful that there is justice for characters’ good and evil acts alike, that what goes around comes around, that there are consequences.

In “the real world” it often seems that there are no consequences. After I heard about the passage of the $700 billion bailout bill, my representative being among those who changed his vote to pass it, I wondered: What am I supposed to learn from this? That those who terrorize our nation’s economy through greed, not only get away with it, but also win? That if I desire financial security I too should give up thoughts of altruism and put my intelligence and energies into a cutthroat world of lawlessness and malevolence? Sure, billions of others will suffer, but that’s the world we live in and at least I won’t be one of the ones suffering, at least I won’t see the consequences. That does seem to be the lesson learned by the Democratic Party leadership, trying to beat “the Republicans” at their own game of bowing to corporate interests.

When people say their only real option is to vote for the lesser of two evils (particularly those who admit that candidate is quite evil), when they say it’s never going to happen so why waste a vote on Nader, they are expressing a belief. It’s the “real world” everyone’s been telling us about since we were little kids. Accountability for elected officials is not something that happens in this world—even if they support taking our civil liberties away with the PATRIOT Act and FISA, even if they will continue a war that’s already ended the lives of well over a million people, even if with the economy in shambles they stubbornly refuse real regulation of those responsible, even if with tens of thousands of Americans dying each year they support a pay-or-die health care system, even if…a million more things, in this world they can get away with it. According to this view, the best we can hope for isn’t order and it’s most certainly not justice; it’s a slightly less total corruption.

When I was in elementary school learning about American history, the Constitution seemed sacred. I could never imagine that in my lifetime there might be an assault on the Bill of Rights or that my government would torture people (or whatever it’s being called these days). I knew there had been problems with racism, sexism, McCarthyism, and even internment camps but we had learned from that and if somehow something like that did happen again, surely, surely, there would be a huge uproar. Then it happened and the silence was deafening; not only did I not see much of an uproar, but many people seemed to have also fallen for the politics of fear, whether fear of outside threats or fear of “the Republicans” emphasizing those outside threats.

It manages to appear quite rational at times, but the problem with this rationality is it is just a rationalization. Just because in our present-day society our daily actions are often divorced from an immediate feeling of their impacts (take global warming or the effects of corporate deregulation on everything from our moral and family lives to our economy), doesn’t mean those consequences do not exist. It’s easy to imagine a world without consequences when we’re not the ones being spied on, detained or tortured, when we’re not the ones dying in a war on the other side of the planet, when we’re not part of the statistics of hundreds of thousands of Americans who die needlessly for health and safety reasons every year or the tens of millions of Americans who can’t afford to eat.

Sometimes the unexpected and unfathomable happens. If there’s anything social scientists can tell us for certain it is how incredibly interwoven everything in our social fabric is, which is why when social crises (good or bad) occur, societies stop and deal with their reverberations for survival. But when society refuses to do so, denying there was any occurrence that needs to be addressed, we have two choices: we can tell ourselves that this is how “the real world” is and it wasn’t a big deal after all, or we can open our eyes to our survivability.

The lesson to remember is that if the unimaginably horrible can occur (what we thought was just the stuff of history or story), so can the unimaginably wonderful, if we attend to real consequences and reverberations.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Credit Where Credit is Due

I made a post a while back about Ralph Nader's impacts on each of our lives. This past weekend, I received an e-mail from a reader asking me for the link to this site:

As you can see from the screenshot above, the webpage has an image of a street, and when you move your cursor over different parts of the image, it shows how Ralph Nader made it better for you and me.

The reader who e-mailed me is one of the number who is still grateful for Mr. Nader's works on her behalf. She mentioned how his work had saved the polluted river in her childhood hometown.

It is truly amazing how little people know about the huge impact Mr. Nader has had on our lives. If any of the other candidates had done just one of those things we would be hearing about it to no end--but not only does Mr. Nader not get proper credit for the good he's done, he also ends up getting blamed for the bad things the other candidates have done!

Still waiting for anyone to find me a candidate Better Than Nader...


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Constitution Day Pledge

I'm keeping this one nice and short. Today is Constitution Day. And as this morning's post on says, "The Constitution is under siege. And Ralph Nader is its defender-in-chief."

Check out the video below and then go to:

There was a great comment on the video on its YouTube page, I thought I'd paste here. The comment was from Dutchoven08, who posts some great videos in support of the campaign.

Obama- is like High-Fructose Corn Syrup..
Seems super sweet, but is cheap, not nutritious and will eventually get you killed.

McSame- is like Hydrogenated Oil..
He started with a good ingredient, was altered beyond recognition, nearly impossible to digest and once in your system, he feels like he'll never pass.

Nader- is like Organic Wheat as he has sustenance that nourishes us all, doesn't rely on corporate manipulation, and is a corner stone for our entire healthy diet.

Demand Nader Debate!