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Superman Returns Donating Member (804 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 04:11 PM
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7. well, here come the Nader insults
Edited on Sat Feb-17-07 04:14 PM by Superman Returns
I understand people are upset with Nader over 2000. I was too. No one can say that the world wouldn't be a different place today if Nader didn't run for President, giving Al Gore enough votes to win.

But lets look past that for a minute. Why can't he run? Its his legal RIGHT if he chooses to. And if there are those that CHOOSE to vote for his candidacy and agenda, and cause the Dems to narrowly lose, its not Nader's fault. Its the fault of the Democratic candidate that didn't appeal to that particular person.

Hasn't Nader been largely right about the domination corporations have over our political system? Hasn't he been right regarding how money has corrupted our campaigns? From news reports I've read, 2008 will be the first billion dollar campaign. In my view, that is a problematic trend.

Now, I'm not advocating voting for Nader. Right now, I'm a firm supporter of Barack Obama. But keep in mind, people have a right to run and express their ideas. It is democracy at its finest. You can argue that Republicans have been caught funding and helping Green candidates. Thats fine. But if you are against the merit of Nader running simply because it would hurt Dems, then I diagree.

To some, Every election, is the "pivotal election." Every election is the election you can't "waste your vote" on. But there is going to be a time when we have to honestly address the growing corruptive nature of our two-party political system. If people always wait to the next election, it will eventually be too late. Poltics shouldn't be a football game, where two sides blindly cheer for victory, essentially for bragging rights and a win for the metaphoric scorecard. It should be about achieving consensus on policy through debate, through public discourse. Thats why I have no problem with Nader running and appreciate his possible candidacy.

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