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Saw the documentary about Ralph Nader Last night- *An Unreasonable Man*
 


20 December 2007 at 9:49:56 AM
salon

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."-George Bernard Shaw

I was one of those who excoriated Nader after Bush won in 2000. I didn't vote for him but some in my family did. Honestly, at that time I only superficially followed issues, didn't care for Bush and liked Gore, but there was nothing overriding in my decision to vote for one versus another-except that I vote Democrat. When I saw the utter fiasco that happened with Florida, ending with a terrible decision by the Supreme Court to hand the presidency to Bush instead of, say, recounting the votes, I joined a lot of others who believed that Nader had taken some votes from Gore, and had that not happened, Gore would have won. Plus, George Bush has been the WORST president of my entire lifetime and it's hard not to wish no one had been stupid enough to vote for him even one time. Or twice.

Since then, I've come to believe that's a dang fallacy-that there's nothing in our system that says there shouldn't be and can't be additional, third-fourth-fifth parties to run for office. ... EVEN THOUGH THE SYSTEM IS RIGGED FOR ONLY TWO.  (Read "No Debate" ). Why SHOULD there be only two main parties to run? Everyone knows, anyway, that getting out to vote is a numbers game, because it never occurs that 100 percent of all voters will get their butts out the door (and some who do get stuck in lines because there aren't enough machines but that's another discussion).

Anyway, I think it's time to go back and quit kicking Ralph Nader around because he wants to, dang it, exercise his right as a citizen to run for office. He is not the devil, in fact, he singlehandedly was the force behind a lot of the protections in this country that otherwise wouldn't have existed.  I remember when he was thrown out of the debates with Bush and Gore, and it was spun on the news as if Nader was terribly arrogant just because he wanted also to be included! One clip of the documentary shows the police threatening to ARREST him if he goes into the debates, even though he had a ticket to be in the friggin audience.

Go watch the video.


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