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Re: Happy Halloween - The November 7th Election

Adam and all-

I'm surprised it's taken so long for the election to rear it's head
here; I've been reluctant to be the one to begin this process, but now
that it's started I will enter the fray.

I invite you to take a closer look at the issues at stake and the stands
of the candidates. Especially, I think it is important to view this
campaign within a historical context-- we are told to fear the immediate
future, but where will we be in 4 years without a firm foothold on
taking back democracy from the corporate interests that have put
politics and politicians up for sale to the highest bidder? We have sat
through election after election given the choice of lesser evils, how
much more evil will the two choices be in four years? We have an
opportunity today to begin a new political movement-- this is not a
choice to make lightly.

A vote for Nader is a vote for Nader, it is not a vote for Bush. (See a
great article on that topic by Alexander Cockburn, a columnist for the
Nation at: http://commondreams.org/views/102800-101.htm) A vote for
Nader is a vote for the birth of a progressive third party that fights
for the interests of citizens, not of corporations.

Adam raised a couple of points in particular that I'd like to address:

On GE and 'former Nader Raider' Toby Moffett-
Adam presupposed that Gore will protect the public interest in regard to
GE foods and in the piece he forwarded by Gloria Steinem she quotes Toby
Moffett's claim that the distinction between the two parties is greater
than Ralph has said. Let me connect a few dots for you: the Clinton/Gore
administration has presided over a bastardization of the regulatory
agencies responsible for protecting the public, and no where is this
more obvious than with the FDA's handling of GE foods.  Toby Moffett was
until recently a lobbyist employed by Monsanto; his affiliation with
Ralph was back in the 1970's and was never very close, hardly qualifying
him as a 'long time Nader Raider' as Steinem labeled him. For more
detail, see John Stauber's story 'Reject Fear And Loathing On Gore's
Campaign Trail' at: http://www.commondreams.org/views/102700-109.htm

Organic Standards-
The Clinton/Gore administration proposed a set of organic standards that
included (among other egregious examples of corporate interest
triumphing over citizen interest): genetically engineered seeds, sewage
sludge, and irradiation.

Were the community gardens that were saved in NY saved by politicians?
No, they were saved by citizen action, just as the organic standards
were dramatically improved by the largest public response ever to any
federal rule making. The two parties have become increasingly in debt to
their corporate pay masters and not to the wishes of the citizens of
this country. The idea that progress is promoted by our current
political system is absurd. Change is brokered by the people, not the
politicians-- any in-depth review of socio-political history will point
that out (Howard Zinn's "A Peoples History of the US" is a great
starting place). That we have an opportunity to begin to re-envision,
reinvigorate, and restructure our political system should be cause for
celebration, not castigation.

Don't give into the culture of fear that is helping to perpetuate the
elimination of democracy as we've known it and to destroy the hope for
building a better democracy for the future. Vote with your conscience,
vote for the future, VOTE NADER.

For more information on the Nader campaign, see:
Check out: http://commondreams.org/ for a number of good articles about
the election.

Please feel free to ask me questions about the campaign, and thanks for
your time and patience-

Kevin Webb
Nader 2000
Agriculture, Food, and Industrial Hemp Constituency Organizer

202.265.5352 (fax)

"On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And
expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks

the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right?"

-Martin Luther King, Jr

Paid for by the Nader 2000 General Committee, Inc.

Adam Honigman wrote:
Community gardening is 50% gardening and 100% political. This message is

I apologize in advance to anybody who believes that this website
shouldn't be used to promote political speech, but I'm doing it. At
least I'm not trying to be funny ( a no-no on this listserve.)

If Dubya gets in, I believe that we can kiss real organic standards for
food production, FDA cheerleading for community gardening and tax
credits for businesses that give to foodbanks good bye.

I do think Dubya might be good for a few more laughs than Al the Tin Man
(Dubya might even be a good drinking buddy when his wife isn't
listening) but I don't like the company he hangs with - bulldozer Rudy
Giuliani is a big supporter of his.

I really don't expect that pollution emission controls will be
strengthened under Dubya, that anything annoying to the petrochemical
industry will  get short shrift under his administration.

Think about Dubya on these topics:

Acid rain? They're Canadians aren't they?

Frankenfoods?  Some folks are just afraid of technology.

I voted for Nader last time but am voting for Al Gore this time  because
a vote for Nader in this election is a vote for Dubya.

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