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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

A Vote for Nader is a Vote for Peace!

A couple of great articles in today's counterpunch:

David Vest writes: If Bush wins, blame me (excerpts)

A lot of things have been proving his (Ralph Nader's) point lately. Like the fact that most of what he warned about in 2000 has come true. I went to his web site and watched his commercials. You have to watch them online; he doesn't have enough money to put them on TV. They're very basic, he just looks into thecamera and tells the truth. I found them very powerful. If they showed themevery 30 minutes on TV, or as often as they show Bush and Kerry ads, I'm not sure Ralph would finish third.

Kerry has done to Nader precisely what Bush tried to do to Kerry, suggesting that it is somehow unpatriotic of Ralph that he would even consider runningfor president when Kerry is running. He is "helping the Republicans," who are doing everything in their power to help Ralph run. He is on an "egotrip," he is "damaging his legacy," and he perversely fails to see that a vote for Nader is a vote for Bush.

The character attacks on Nader launched by the Kerry camp have been, if anything, even harsher than the Bush campaign's attacks on Kerry. It's almost as though Kerry sees Nader, not Bush, as the more dangerous opponent.

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And Christopher Dols writes about Michael Moore: (excerpts)

As Moore said at a Nader rally in 2000, "We are at the place we are at now because we have settled for so less, for so long. If we keep settling it is only going to get worse. [With] the lesser of two evils, you still wind up with evil. We are being asked to choose the second worst candidate." Yet Moore, like dozens of former Nader supporters, changed his mind this year, setting back his own progressive platform.

John Kerry on the Iraq occupation: "I'm not talking about leaving; I'm talking about winning." Saturday night, instead of opposing Kerry's position, Moore offered excuses for what will be Kerry's continuation of Bush's occupation of Iraq: "It's going to ugly; it's going to messy; human lives are going to be lost as a result of the irresponsibility of Bush, and Wolfowitz, and Rumsfeld and Cheney." So Moore has preemptively apologized away the tens of thousands of deaths Kerry will inflict by trying to "win" in Iraq.

Moore should know that Democrats, like Republicans, are incapable of helping Iraqis ­ even when they're 'fixing' a mess left by a Bush before them. Moore's newfound alliance with the Democratic Party, and his call to 'go after them in Afghanistan' gets at the most disastrous consequence of the 'Anybody But Bush' dilemma: Moore and his followers have accommodated their positions towards Bush's, in the name of opposing Bush.

Moore dared to call Nader supporters selfish for our inconsiderate conscience-soothing vote. This was the sickest twist of the evening for surely the charge should be reversed. As Martin Luther King said, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Many forget that King wasn't trying to convince racists. King's audience was the 'realistic' liberals resisting his radical platform.

In the 1990s Moore understood all of this as he held his brilliant, contemptuous tongue for no one. He chastised liberals supporting Clinton's bombing of Kosovo, "It is amazing to watch all these "liberal" congress members line up behind the President. In a way, I'm glad it's happening, if only to show the American people there is little difference between the Democrats and the usually war-loving Republicans." Yes, Michael Moore. It really is amazing, isn't it?
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