Ralph Nader was on Meet the Press when I turned on the TV this morning.
He was telling Tim Russert, "You take that framework of people feeling locked out, shut out, marginalized and disrespected. You go from Iraq, to Palestine to Israel, from Enron to Wall Street, from Katrina to the bumbling of the Bush administration, to the complicity of the Democrats in not stopping him on the war, stopping him on the tax cuts."
"In that context, I have decided to run for president”.
Let the bells ring! Let loose the confetti, and shout from the rooftops, “At last have we a candidate for real change!”
What? You mean you’re not thrilled at the news? That’s not an uplifting swelling of heartfelt joy that I sense? It’s more like a gouging slash at a raw nerve, you say?
Here we go again.
Russert asked him about the “blame” he supposedly bore for what has happened to the country during the past seven years. He responded, “Not George Bush? Not the Democrats in Congress? Not the Democrats who voted for George Bush?”
Regarding the other candidates Nader said, "The issue is do they have the moral courage, do they have the fortitude to stand up to corporate powers and get things done for the American people. We have to shift the power from the few to the many."
Don’t you hate it when the guy nobody listens to is right?
I’m not exactly gushing with confidence that Obama, let alone Hillary, will “stand up to corporate powers.” At least Ralph is used to being brushed aside by corporate media for telling the truth. The best we’ve heard for the two main contenders is a little watered down diluted paraphrasing of what John Edwards said.
Nader’s right. Moral courage and fortitude is what we need. Once again, if I am to vote my convictions and conscience, I must vote for Nader. Such is the pathetic state of our country, to force voters to abandon their only voice of real change and honesty just to gain a sliver of hope to defeat the Aristocratic Corporatist War Party.
Nader makes the point if Democrats can’t win a landslide against the Republicans in this election, then they need to roll it up, go away and figure out who they are.
Meanwhile over at another pundit swill basin at another network, George Will was commenting on Obama’s contrast of despair in America and the hope he was offering. Will enlightened us with his assessment that “Americans are not in despair.”
None of the other pundits challenged his assertion, of course.
Really, George? Nobody at YOUR country club is feeling despair? I wonder why not. It must be because this healthy and robust economy is so richly benefiting everyone.
I guess the 47 million people without health insurance aren’t real Americans. I suppose those growing numbers of citizens without good jobs with pensions are not Americans either. The millions living in poverty must all be aliens.
Why do I ruin a perfectly good Sunday morning watching this crap?