Nader? Your real problem is as much the lack of a real third party leader as it is the system. Given the realities the Democrats are the only choice at this time. Make another one viable, and who knows what would happen.
"Published May 14, 2008
Nader puts people ahead of business in Olympia speech
BY BRAD SHANNON
Frequent presidential candidate Ralph Nader dropped by Olympia today, telling supporters at a local-owned bookstore that heâ€™d fight to put people ahead of corporate interests.
"Thatâ€™s the central issue: corporate power. Is it going to take over our government? It already has," Nader told close to 70 people gathered inside Orca Books in downtown Olympia.
The longtime consumer advocate has a 12-issues list that includes a single-payer health care system such as Canada's, cuts in military spending and impeachment of President Bush. Nader also favors government promotion of solar energy and opposition to nuclear power and a national carbon pollution tax.
He also would seek a crackdown on "corporate crime," repeal certain federal laws he deems as anti-labor and curtail the individual rights of people who are extended to corporations.
And he issued a copy of a letter he was sending today to The Boeing Co.'s chief executive, James McNerney, in Illinois, complimenting the company for slowing its production of the 787 Dreamliner jet with an eye to putting safety first.
Nader is running for the fourth time in Washington, having collected less than 1 percent of the state's vote in 2004, and it looks like he could be a spoiler again in some of the 45 states he hopes to qualify in for the Nov. 4 ballot. He compared his campaign to other social movements that took repeated efforts to succeed, such as abolition of slavery or giving women the right to vote.
He dismissed concerns that he might take votes from one party nominee or the other, contending a recent National Journal poll showed he'd take 5 percent of the vote with equal shares from Republican John McCain and the Democrats.
A Portland, Ore.-based consumer lawyer, Greg Kafoury, urged people in the audience to make donations that would be matched up to $250 by the government's presidential campaign fund. In the end three people donated $250, and Nader later signed books for them and posed for pictures with admirers of his decades-long consumer activism.
$750 big-ones for muh man...not bad, huh? Tremble in fear, majors.