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Commentary :: DNC : DNC : Environment : Environment : International : Organizing : Politics
In defense of Nader: Democracy matters
04 Mar 2004
Nader's run is a testament to participatory democracy.
Originally published by The Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com.

The Democratic primary was unusual this year in its tolerance of multiple contenders.

Dean and Kucinich occupied the flank of the populist Left, the latter more genuine than the former, while Edwards and Kerry represented the respectable center. Sharpton and Mosley-Braun were more window-dressing than anything else.

The Democratic Party, once the party of chattel slavery, has, ever since President Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act — a decision he took hoping that Dr. King would then endorse American policy in Indochina — been at pains to style itself the modern day equivalent of the Underground Railroad.

But even though Kerry has edged everyone else out, it appears that what transpired was a genuinely multifarious competition. 

Upon closer inspection, however, it becomes evident that what really took place was an intra-party putsch, where the candidate favored by the rank and file, Dean, was usurped by the candidate favored by the party elite, literally almost overnight. 

Enter Ralph Nader.

Although in theory afforded the same right as everyone else to run for the presidency, Nader is being denied the privilege in practice. This not simply because his message cannot be condensed into ticker tape sound bites, but also because what he represents constitutes a threat not only to the hegemony of the so-called two-party system in particular, but to the ruling class’ monopoly on politics in general. 

What the status quo-loving liberal establishment is really demanding... is a United States of America that is a first rate power abroad, and a third rate democracy at home.

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Re: In defense of Nader: Democracy matters
05 Mar 2004
Defending Nader is fine.
Myself? I voted for him in 2000. I won't vote for him this time around. NAZI Bush HAS TO GO! Realizing that we have one chance to oust this shit bag...is why I'm voting for Kerry.
Nader doesn't have a chance of winning. I agree with many other voters. He should sit this one out.