Sunday, February 24, 2008

NADER, A LOST READER?

As everybody knows, Ralph Nader, 4-time presidential contender, announced a new bid for the White House as an independent candidate today. I regard Mr. Nader as among the most distinguish progressive political activists in the United States nowadays but, this time, I have to say I believe his decision is a mistake, basically for himself.

Mr. Nader does not seem to be reading the same book (or at least the same page) the majority of the people of the U. S. is reading aloud: that which narrates the end of the Bush Regime and his wacky policies. It is idle to say that for that end, it is necessary to add up forces (not to subtract them in any way) there where there´s better chances to succeed. Obviuosly, it does not imply to give a blank check of support, it implies to understand history.

Ralph Nader is a great guy, no doubt about it, his intentions are the best (to represent those who have no voice, to have a much broader debate, to push the Democratic candidates to take a more progressive stance) but his moment could not be worse, basically because having no chances to have a real impact on the race this time, he will only end up diminishing his own voice. I hope I am wrong.

6 Comments:

At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Este caso de Nader, me recuerda el papel que jugaron los zapatistas y Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas en México en las pasadas elecciones de 2006, en las que la derecha (actualmente en el poder) se opuso a la izquierda. Los zapatistas tenían sus razones pero no entendieron el momento histórico por el cual pasaba el país. Ralph González

 
At 11:33 AM, Anonymous zhp said...

Hey, my friend! Thank you very much for your comment. You are right: he resembles those cases so much! Especially in the sense of “the ever-present potential of throwing the election the wrong way” as Bob Herbert puts it on his column in the Times today. Though, like I said,I think that is very unlikely to happen.

Cheers Yo!

 
At 10:22 PM, Blogger Static Brain said...

The thing I see about Nader is that even though his heart is in the right place he will have no effect on the election, and worse draw votes away from others who could have one. He doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of ever getting anywhere, and this draws votes away from other candidates.

Two candidates who the media won't even give the time of day to that people should be interested in are Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul. However, all the media does is either ignore them or try to make everyone think there crazy. Those two may be the only honest politicians who actually make any sense left in America today.

 
At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Proud2bHumble said...

Naff off, Nader!

 
At 8:51 PM, Anonymous zhp said...

Static: Hey my friend! You are very correct about Nader! As for Kucinich and Ron Paul: they might not be the only ones but sure they have outspoken against the wrongdoings in Washington. I got especially impressed by Dr. Paul´s interventions during the debates.

Thank you very much for your comment. You always make me think.

Cheers!

Proud2bhumble: hey my friend! Thank you very much for your comment. BTW what does "Naff off" mean? hehehe.. just kiding!

Cheers!

 
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