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Ralph Nader enters US Presidential race

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  1. Bill Perdue 26 Feb 2008, 5:03am

    The ham-fisted reaction of Democrats to Nader, the Greens and other political groups to the left of the right-centrist Democrats are a signal that the radicalization of American politics is gathering strength. The conservative Democrats are terrified of a break to the left. Too bad. The polarization and radicalization of American politics is already tearing up the Republicans and the Democrats turn will come after the election and a return to ‘politics as usual’. Their politics as usual are composed of more war, a deepening economic crisis and the continued dismissal of our agenda. That’s why the splintering and political demise of the centrist and right wing politics of both parties is, at this point, a given. Their politics are far to the right of their constituents. Both, like reactionaries and Conservatives everywhere, are bitterly opposed to samesex marriage equality. They jointly enacted gay bashing laws like DADT and DOMA with huge bipartisan majorities. Their major candidates – McCain, Clinton, Huckabee and Obama – openly pander to gaybashing bigots so they tossed the antidiscrimination and hate crimes act into the toilet. The Republicans, of course, love it when the Democrats simultaneously support the Republicans more openly bigoted program and stab us in the back. The Democrats, like the Republicans, are prowar, support anti-constitutional laws like the Paytriot act, union busting measures like NAFTA, tax cuts for the rich, welfare cuts for the poor and exporting jobs. These two right wing parties are equally responsible for the economic problems we face. After NAFTA devastated the Mexican and Central American economies both the Democrats and Republicans turn a cold shoulder to immigrant and imported workers. Their bipartisan deregulation laws have unleashed corporate tigers who feed on the American public. The days when an endless string of lesser evil candidates could make promises and then ignore them are nearly over. As Gore Vidal says “…there is only one party in the United States, the Property Party…and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt-until recently… and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties.” It’s dead wrong to promote voting for our enemies. The cheerless reality we face is that they’ll continue the war, tax breaks for rich, and the erosion of our standard of living and the dismissal of the GLBT agenda. Democrats did it under Clinton with anti samesex marriage laws and DADT, which in effect set up GLBT service members for bigoted reprisals. They’ve done it since their election victory in 2006 by tossing ENDA and the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill into the toilet. It’s clueless and delusional to think they won’t do the same after this election. Unless of course you believe in campaign promises. Eight years olds are forgiven if they believe politicians, divorce lawyers, priests and used car sellers. The rest of us have no excuse. We can push back by ramping up our criticism and building a militant mass movement for our agenda. That will put the fakes in the Democratic party on the spot and speed up their political demise. A Republican is a baboon in a people suit with a totalitarian christian attached at the thigh. A Democrat is a Republican in Drag. A Conservative is a Thatcherite babboon in a people suit. eriteThe ham-fisted reaction of Democrats to Nader, the Greens and other political groups to the left of the right-centrist Democrats are a signal that the radicalization of American politics is gathering strength. The conservative Democrats are terrified of a break to the left. Too bad. The polarization and radicalization of American politics is already tearing up the Republicans and the Democrats turn will come after the election and a return to ‘politics as usual’. Their politics as usual are composed of more war, a deepening economic crisis and the continued dismissal of our agenda. That’s why the splintering and political demise of the centrist and right wing politics of both parties is, at this point, a given. Their politics are far to the right of their constituents. Both, like reactionaries and Conservatives everywhere, are bitterly opposed to samesex marriage equality. They jointly enacted gay bashing laws like DADT and DOMA with huge bipartisan majorities. Their major candidates – McCain, Clinton, Huckabee and Obama – openly pander to gaybashing bigots so they tossed the antidiscrimination and hate crimes act into the toilet. The Republicans, of course, love it when the Democrats simultaneously support the Republicans more openly bigoted program and stab us in the back. The Democrats, like the Republicans, are prowar, support anti-constitutional laws like the Paytriot act, union busting measures like NAFTA, tax cuts for the rich, welfare cuts for the poor and exporting jobs. These two right wing parties are equally responsible for the economic problems we face. After NAFTA devastated the Mexican and Central American economies both the Democrats and Republicans turn a cold shoulder to immigrant and imported workers. Their bipartisan deregulation laws have unleashed corporate tigers who feed on the American public. The days when an endless string of lesser evil candidates could make promises and then ignore them are nearly over. As Gore Vidal says “…there is only one party in the United States, the Property Party…and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt-until recently… and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties.” It’s dead wrong to promote voting for our enemies. The cheerless reality we face is that they’ll continue the war, tax breaks for rich, and the erosion of our standard of living and the dismissal of the GLBT agenda. Democrats did it under Clinton with anti samesex marriage laws and DADT, which in effect set up GLBT service members for bigoted reprisals. They’ve done it since their election victory in 2006 by tossing ENDA and the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill into the toilet. It’s clueless and delusional to think they won’t do the same after this election. Unless of course you believe in campaign promises. Eight years olds are forgiven if they believe politicians, divorce lawyers, priests and used car sellers. The rest of us have no excuse. We can push back by ramping up our criticism and building a militant mass movement. That will put the fakes in the Democratic party on the spot and speed up their political demise. A Republican is a baboon in a people suit with a totalitarian christian attached at the thigh. A Democrat is a Republican in Drag.

  2. Ian Laughlin 26 Feb 2008, 7:12am

    These are good points, Bill, but unless I am mistaken I seem to recall that Nader in the past has shared “anti-capitalist” platforms with the far right Pat Buchanan and other protectionists, and that he has condemned the feminist and gay movements as “gonadal politics”. As much as the straights in the Democrats cannot be trusted, neither can the foul-weather psuedo-radicals in the larger political left.

  3. Bill Perdue 26 Feb 2008, 8:28am

    Ian, I’m not a Nader supporter. I am however opposed to attempts to silence him and deny him ballot status. Nader’s a reformist and an incrementalist. What he has to say is usually better than what Democrats and Republicans have to offer, but he hasn’t come up with acomprehensive answers to war, bigotry and the looming economic crisis.

  4. Robert, ex-pat Brit 26 Feb 2008, 12:20pm

    Bill, I agree with you on your description of both parties. I hope Nader does decide to run. He’s no spoiler either. The spoilers are the republicans who under Karl Rove rigged the 2004 elections in Florida in the form of voter caging, to the tune of more than 1 million uncounted votes. It is also what caused Gore to lose to Bush prior to that. I like and respect Nader, he spells it out but nobody listens, as did Kucinich.

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