RE: Happy Halloween - The November 7th Election
This is from a guy who had what is called euphemistically, a "Mc George
Bundy Fellowship In South East Asian Affairs", worked his heart out for
Eugene McCarthy and sat on his thumb for Hubert Humphrey ( a progressive,
though I didn't know it then ) The 6 and a half years of Nixon that I
experienced ( both in-country and out) taught me that there is such a thing
as "the lesser of two evils."
I like Nader, voted for him last time when it was safe, but frankly guys,
outside of whistling in the dark during the upcoming ( God forbid) Bush
years, and saying - self-righteously - well, I voted for neither of them.
Now in my neck of the woods there is a real party of labor guys and gals
called the Working Families Party which is promoting Gore and Mrs. Clinton
this time. I may vote with them. But Dubya is not going to be my fault.
Honestly, does anyone think that Ralph Nader can manage his way out of a
paper bag, or function as an executive? Has he ever served in any
legistlative body, a community board even? Would you give Ralph Nader your
kid's college fund to manage? If Sadaam or any tin pot terrorist dictator
decided to take mom and pop hostage on their retirement cruise, do you think
Ralph could inspire that sense of fear that we want our President to inspire
on those occasions.
Seriously, do you think Ralph Nader wouldn't be skinned alive by the
lovelies that we have in our Senate and Congress. Imagine Ralph in front of
the Military Appropriations subcommittees as a consumer advocate....
I am not a fan of the major corporations and believe in renewable ( rather
than eternal) corporate entities. But with Dubya setting up the Supreme
Court for 25-40 years, this will never happen.
Hold your nose, but use your good hand to vote for Gore.
Happy campaigning , leafleting and muilching,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kevin Webb, Nader 2000 [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2000 3:28 PM
> To: Honigman, Adam; listserv cg
> Subject: Re: [cg] 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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