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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-01-13 03:59 AM
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Today's Meditation
For our morning devotional meditation this day, I offer an excerpt from the wikipedia article about Ralph Nader.





Ralph Nader and Democratic candidate John Kerry held a widely publicized meeting early in the 2004 Presidential campaign, which Nader described in An Unreasonable Man. Nader said that John Kerry wanted to work to win Nader's support and the support of Nader's voters. Nader then provided more than 20 pages of issues that he felt were important and he "put them on the table" for John Kerry. According to Nader the issues covered topics ranging from environmental, labor, healthcare, tax reform, corporate crime, campaign finance reform and various consumer protection issues. Nader reported that he asked John Kerry to choose any three of the issues and highlight them in his campaign and if Kerry would do this, he would refrain from the race. For example, Nader recommended taking up corporate welfare, corporate crimewhich could attract many Republican voters, and labor law reformwhich was felt Bush could never support given the corporate funding of his campaign.<81> Several days passed and Kerry failed to adopt any of Nader's issues as benchmarks of his campaign, so on February 22, 2004, Nader announced on NBC that he would indeed run for president as an independent, saying, "There's too much power and wealth in too few hands."

A Kerry aide who had attended the meeting had a different recollection. "He made more the point that he had the ability to go after Bush in ways that we could not, He did not at all say to Kerry, 'I'm here to make you better on things.' That was not his tone at all."

The New York Times quoted Nader saying after the meeting "Gore was petrified wood, He was stiff as a board, he didn't want to have these kinds of meetings. He didn't want to have meetings like this when he was vice president three years before the election. Kerry is much more open." Nader himself said he had deliberately steered clear of disagreement, telling the Times, "When you go in looking for common ground, it takes up most of the time, doesn't it?"


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Nader

Worthy of "deep thoughts," IMO.

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-02-13 01:32 AM
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1. Well. That is indeed interesting and worthy of deep thought.....nt
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