Muslims For Nader/Camejo

A blog on the Nader/Camejo 2004 Presidential campaigen - exposing the racket of the two corporate parties - with a special focus on issues of concerns for Muslims. This blog is UNOFFICIAL and is NOT endorsed by the official Nader for 2004 presidential campaigen. Blog update daily and several times a day - come back often! Contact: muslimfornader@yahoo.com

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Alexander Cockburn writes: (excerpts)

November 2, 2004, marks a terrible defeat for the liberal elites, whether represented by Paul Krugman in the New York Times, by Michael Moore in his baseball cap, by the New York Review, by that vast complex of delusion and self-aggrandizement known as the Democratic Party. Its establishment is truly in crisis now, from the labor leaders who squandered millions in vehement efforts to keep Ralph Nader off the ballot to the public interest groups have gave Kerry the green light to waffle on all the crucial issues, to the "strategists" who got their cut on the campaign ads and got it all wrong. I hadn't the heart to warn the weeping young thing that they'll be back in 2008, as wrong as ever and that mass movements have to build up momentum over years, not in the span of one election campaign and zeppelins of electronic hype.

A couple of days after the election I called Ralph Nader to see how he was doing. He was feisty.

"You will know within a week whether there'll be a turn around in the Democratic Party. There'd have to be a complete turnover of personnel; a clean out of the stables."

So you see, Mr Moore, you led a huge campaign, replete with disgusting vilification of Ralph Nader, which encouraged people to throw away their vote, on Kerry. What did the Kerry vote gain them? Nothing.

The same goes for the Labor movement, whose organizers spent untold hours and money challenging Nader's ballot efforts. Better that they had devoted more time to a far more troubling expression of disloyalty to the Democratic candidate at the head of the ticket. For every three union members who voted for Kerry, there were two more who voted for Bush. That's the problem, not Ralph Nader, who defied every variant of hysterical abuse in the necessary effort of describing what the problem was, and is. That if course is the job that also lies ahead for us.

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Thursday, November 04, 2004

The Struggle Continues!

Salaam all - thank you for visiting this blog - over the past three months - tens of thousands of individuals visited us - and thousands more have returned day after day - as we exposed the corrupt Republican/Democrat duopoly. Inshallah, we will continue our struggle - a new blog/website is in the works - and will soon be announced on these pages.

Meanwhile, we will continue updating this blog - so don't go away - lots of exciting news is happening. The duopoly won't be around forever - and sooner than later - we will have a progressive leadership in the United States!

In today's news - check out Donna J. Volatile's great article on the Kerrycats, she writes (excerpts)

It is now the morning after, the morning after, and Kerry supporters should be moving from mourning into anger as the ice cold splash of reality begins to settle in.

Your guy lost, plain and simple but was he really your guy to begin with?

Most of the people who got behind Kerry were people vehemently opposed to the war in Iraq and the use of pre-emptive strikes. Most of you are caring, thoughtful and intelligent people who truly wanted to make a difference. Yet, in mass you got behind a man who didn't represent your ideas and values, a man who couldn't define himself or differentiate himself from his opponent, a man who supported the invasion of Iraq and continued to do so throughout his campaign. Was Kerry really your guy?

THE OLIVE BRANCH AND THE SWORD

We invite all of you back into the fold but understand, we're not among those who want to reinvent the Democratic party. Those days are through. They have proved they aren't worth another minute of our time. Were inviting you into a new world, a better world. This is a place were we the people decide what we want for our country and who should lead us there. We do not accept the lack of choice that has been imposed on our society. We will create our own choices. We have the power to do that. Out with the old worn out two party system: De! mocrats and Republicans, which now clearly resembles the one party, no alternative debacle.

Read more here!

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

The moral values of this election

Anis Memon writes (excerpts)


What do the Kerry supporters who masqueraded as progressives, boldly proclaiming that they opposed Kerry on most issues, but were nevertheless going to vote for him and encourage others to do the same, what do these people think? The Noam Chomskys and Howard Zinns and the guy I keep bumping into who regularly reads CounterPunch? They supported someone they didn't like, simply because he was a little less bad (and maybe not even) than Bush; someone who has been trying to hedge right and take over the policies of his opponent. Since the summer, their candidate has had numerous and growing opportunities to decimate Bush on both domestic and foreign policy issues, and he's passed them up; in the last weeks of the campaign, Bush was reduced to repeating like a wind-up doll the only thing he could still claim about his presidency: "I will protect us from the terrorists; I will win the war in Iraq". And Kerry still managed to lose worse than Al Gore, who basically had nothing going for him.

I see the sad, hanging faces of the Kerry crowd around me today, as if a bright future had suddenly been extinguished. Kerry was not the Messiah, and he got what he deserved in taking for granted the progressive vote. Nader and the Greens who didn't sell out, and all of the local and regional progressive groups (real labor?) with their disparate concerns, must continue to campaign, not only, or even primarily, for the next presidential election, but for the establishment of a network outside the mainstream that makes running for public office with an articulate and sensible platform feasible. And they must work, as they are already doing, to make democracy mean something more than simply standing in line for 2 hours every four years: unions, strikes, boycotts, demonstrations, local elections, or simply knowing the facts and refusing to be told lies. Especially that last thing.

Click here to read complete article (this is a good one)

Raimondo's Nader vote not counted!!!

Well, I tried to vote for Ralph Nader, but not without some difficulty. He's absent from the ballot in California due to the very effective efforts of Democratic infiltrators in the Green Party, but our Electoral Overlords thoughtfully provided a blank space where I was free to write in the name of my chosen candidate, and this I did with enthusiasm and conviction: that'll teach those undemocratic Democrats to try to cheat me out of my choice! Except that when it came time to put the paper ballot in the electronic counting device, my efforts came to naught: the machine, which had been functioning smoothly up until that point, let out with a cacophonous gurgle instead of the contented click it had given off previously, and the ballot popped out – rejected! Read on...

Nader's Raid!

Nader’s Raid
Todd Chretien
11-3-04

In 1859, John Brown intended to distribute the arsenal at Harpers Ferry to slaves and lead an armed abolitionist rebellion. Militarily, his raid was a failure and his band of activists were killed in battle or executed. Fredrick Douglass eulogized Brown saying,

“The true question is, Did John Brown draw his sword against slavery and thereby lose his life in vain? And to this I answer ten thousand times, No! No man fails, or can fail, who so grandly gives himself and all he has to a righteous cause. No man, who in his hour of extremest need, when on his way to meet an ignominious death, could so forget himself as to stop and kiss a little child, one of the hated race for whom he was about to die, could by any possibility fail.”

“Did John Brown fail? If John Brown did not end the war that ended slavery, he did at least begin the war that ended slavery. If we look over the dates, places and men for which this honor is claimed, we shall find that not Carolina, but Virginia, not Fort Sumter, but Harpers Ferry, and the arsenal, not Col. Anderson, but John Brown, began the war that ended American slavery and made this a free Republic. Until this blow was struck, the prospect for freedom was dim, shadowy and uncertain. The irrepressible conflict was one of words, votes and compromises.”

“When John Brown stretched forth his arm the sky was cleared. The time for compromises was gone – the armed hosts of freedom stood face to face over the chasm of a broken Union – and the clash of arms was at hand. “

Now, historical analogies should be treated skeptically, but Douglass’ words ought to frame our thinking about the results of this election and where we need to go from here.

Kerry threw the election to Bush by endorsing the occupation of Iraq, the Patriot Act, corporate tax breaks, the assault on abortion rights, bans on gay marriage and the death penalty. While Bush’s policies stoked anger against the administration, Kerry worked hard to defend those very actions. The ABB left’s theory was that Kerry was the thin blue line defending the world from Bush and therefore made no demands on him. Michael Moore led the way in slandering the Nader/Camejo campaign and did everything possible to quash the only well-known anti-war voice in the elections.

Nader told the ABBers that their uncritical support for Kerry would allow him to move to right, demoralize his base and that he would lose, just as Gore had done in 2000. He also argued that there was a tremendous opening to build a mass electoral campaign uniting the whole anti-war left in a full-on fight against the bi-partisan war parties. Unfortunately, Nader could only prove the case in the negative. That is, it is now painfully obvious that the ABBers were dead wrong, and that Nader was right about Kerry. However, the ABB wave was so powerful that it left the Nader/Camejo campaign relatively isolated and weak so it was not possible to really test the waters and see how many millions of people we could have gotten to vote against the war if even half of the well-known Nader supporters from 2000 had not gone over to Kerry. A good estimate perhaps would be Nader’s polling numbers from the spring, when he was around 5% in most polls. The roughly 500,000 votes Nader/Camejo got yesterday undoubtedly would have been nearly twice as high but for the fact that Nader was barred from the ballot in 15 states. But even this total shows that there is a base to work from.

We should look at the Nader/Camejo campaign as an electoral Harper’s Ferry, a raid on the two-party system. With all its faults, it lit up the corruption and rot at the heart of American democracy and it should give the left a yard stick with which to measure our future progress. There are two paths from which to choose now. Either we hang our heads and drift further away from the idea that we can ever challenge the two war parties for power, and we see our social movements as merely moral protests against things we can’t really hope to change. Or we redouble our efforts to study the fault lines in American history, mobilize our forces in the streets, the campuses and the picket lines, and build political organizations and parties that follow in the footsteps of the revolutionary Abolitionists. The Nader/Camejo campaign did not end the war against the corporate duopoly, but (hopefully) it did at least begin the war that will end it, and the racism, militarism and poverty that it defends so uncompromisingly. The choice is ours.

Todd Chretien was the California Field Coordinator for the Nader/Camejo campaign and is a frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review. He can be reached at ToddChretien@comcast.net

No Surrender!

Let’s look at some facts - although Nader/Camejo barely got 1% of the vote in the States they were on the ballot - (over a 100,000 in New York) - millions of people who voted for Kerry (and even many Bush voters) have sound progressive, and anti-war values. Unfortunately, the peace movement suspended the struggle while they campaigned for Kerry’s pro-war stand (with some distant hope that Kerry would be “better”).

We have a few tasks in front of us:

We must not mourn - we have millions and millions of Americans on our side - who recognize the importance of ending the war, and a strong progressive agenda for the US. Howard Zinn correctly pointed out this morning on Democracy Now! that we have four years to organize a serious political movement in the US.

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Monday, November 01, 2004

Vote!

Vote For Peace

Vote For Justice

Vote For Planet Earth

Vote For Ralph Nader And Peter Camejo!!!!!

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A Principled Vote for Nader Will Prove Muslims’ Real Voting Power

Souheila Al-Jadda writes: (excerpts)


American Muslim groups made a mistake by backing the Democratic candidate Senator John Kerry for President this election.

“What does it mean for Muslim Americans if President Bush is re-elected? It means more constricting laws and policies to curtail the civil liberties of the Muslim Americans, and harsher foreign policies toward Muslim countries - in the name of combating terrorism.”

John Kerry agrees. He says that four more years of President Bush will be “more of the same.” But four years of Kerry will also be “more of the same” for Muslims since both candidates’ positions are virtually identical on the major issues that concern this community—civil liberties, Iraq and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

By supporting John Kerry, the Muslim political community in the United States has once again proven its naiveté about American politics. Kerry has only reluctantly reached out to American Muslim voters. He has not said anything that even remotely addresses their concerns.

American Muslims should not adopt the “anyone-but-Bush” strategy because in four years they may end up saying, “anyone-but-Kerry.”

Muslims should vote for Nader or write him in the ballot based on his principles and positions.

Nader directly addresses the major issues that concern Muslims. He opposes the Patriot Act, describing it as unconstitutional and calling for its repeal. He consistently opposes the war in Iraq, saying he would begin pulling out our troops immediately and bring in United Nations peacekeepers. Finally, rather than completely ignoring the Palestinian-Israeli conflict altogether, Ralph Nader says he opposes the separation wall and the building of illegal settlements.

Whether Bush or Kerry is elected President, American Muslims will have more of the same. But a strong show at the polls and a protest vote for Nader will show both parties that this segment of the voting population is significant and must not be sidelined.

Read complete artice here



Sunday, October 31, 2004

Costner for Nader!

"God bless Ralph Nader. I think he’s a true patriot."

The following remarks by Kevin Costner, in support of Ralph Nader, originally broadcast on Real Time with Bill Maher , Friday, October 29, HBO (please note that the points of ellipsis indicate not an omission but a pause or hesitation).

The panel members for the broadcast were as follows:

Richard Belzer

General Wesley Clark

Kevin Costner

Bill Maher

Costner: I would say this. The war is what it is. If John Kerry wants to separate himself from these two points that seemingly divide him on these imaginary polls that I think everybody is sick of—but there’s two points that somebody’s vying for. If he wants to leap past those two points he needs to talk to us just the same way that Ralph Nader talks to us. And God bless Ralph Nader. I think he’s a true patriot, and somehow he’s been rendered in a way that makes him seem foolish. He’s like Lincolnesque because he’s not the most handsome guy. I think this guy’s mesmerizing and I think he’s on target . . .

Belzer: Will you vote for him?

Costner: Would I vote for him? I might. If I have the balls I might vote for him, yeah.

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The Muslim Predicament

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Choose dignity and Vote For Nader!

Choose dignity and vote for Nader

By Ahmed Amr

Editor

NileMedia.com

October 31, 2004

The corporate media has many voters believing this a contest between Bush and Kerry. But there is a third candidate in this race, a man who does not bow to special interests - domestic or foreign. A man who is not reluctant to take controversial stands against the Iraq war or to speak up for the Palestinians.

That man is Ralph Nader.

All Americans should give some serious consideration to Nader - if only to deflate the power of the media barons and vandalize their political machines. But Arab-Americans and other minorities must be the first to line up behind Nader.

If he had a chance to win, Nader would put together an administration that would provide a healthy political environment in which all Americans, no matter their heritage, are encouraged to participate.

Even though Nader will lose, his support will not go unnoticed. A new party will be born - one that will welcome Arab-Americans and other ethnic minorities with open arms as the equals of every other Americans.

Nader has served us all well as a consumer advocate and as a champion of the environment. He is an unimpeachable civil libertarian. He is the only candidate who has the courage to distinguish between American national interests and Israel's interest. He promises campaign finance laws that will take the government out of the hands of the corporate elite and restore it to the people.

Nader is about serious change. He will pay attention to the middle class, the homeless and the vast underclass of working people who are not making a living wage. If you are searching for the most decent man in this race, you will find no better value for your vote. A little exposure to Nader clears the mind. He leaves a distinct impression as a man who has genuine concern for our country and our planet. He inspires us to believe that we can take back our government any time we want.

Every American should pay attention to foreign policy. But Arab-Americans should be the first to understand that our foreign policy effects our domestic well being. What the government decides to do to foreigners over there eventually ends up influencing our life and liberty as ethnic Americans over here.

If you want to understand how American foreign policy is constructed, pay a little attention to this election - because this is where politicians cook the poison they force feed to the people of the Middle East. This is where they decide whether Palestinians are tormented or Iraqis are invaded.

To gain votes and finance their campaigns, both Bush and Kerry have pledged their loyalty to Israel, right or wrong. Both have given unequivocal support to Sharon’s incessant assaults against the Palestinians. Both support escalating the war in Iraq. And both have recruited their foreign policy teams from the ranks of the Likudnik neo-cons. Only Nader has been willing to pay the political price of taking on the Israeli lobby.

As a result of their lethal policies – both major parties end up making America a target for terror. The whole country suffers the consequences. But Arab Americans are twice victimized. Like our fellow citizens, we pay the price of living in a permanent state of insecurity. We pay our fair share of the blood and treasure that is wasted in the Mess on Potamia. But we also get the additional bonus of being labeled suspect nationals.

Isn’t it amazing that Americans of Arab heritage are rarely counted among the ranks of Middle East ‘experts’? What could we possibly know compared to Bush - who has spent less than a week of his entire life in that troubled region? As an ethnic group, we are rarely invited to contribute our talents to shaping foreign policy. Is it not the cruelest of ironies that we end up paying the stiffest price for the consequences of the colossal mistakes of the State Department and the Likudnik neo-cons?

Arab-Americans should be wary of any illusions that the Republicans and Democrats will stop shunning us anytime soon. They have cast us aside and made us feel like stepchildren in our own country. We have been defamed in public and labeled unworthy of full civil rights. Both Democrats and Republicans meet our concerns and our aspirations with disdain. Only Nader stands for clean and accountable government that will not pander to one ethnic group and shun another.

At times like these, when our community is under political quarantine, the American dream fades a bit. It’s easy to feel let down and left out. We are definitely worse off than we were four years ago. And it’s not the economy, stupid. It’s the erosion of the quality of our citizenship.

We have been collectively demoted to second class nationals. When we cast our votes, that should be our number one concern. As a group and as individuals, we didn’t do a damn thing to deserve any of this Patriot Act nonsense. So, maybe this is a good opportunity to let our political aristocracy know that we are mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore.

This election, we have been left with two choices. We can vote for Nader or not vote at all. We can let Bush and Kerry treat us as like outcasts or we can vote to cast them out. Tuesday is a great opportunity to snub both major parties and see how good it feels to be Americans again.

Wherever you are living in these United States of America, whatever your ethnicity, vote for a candidate who will make our country a better and stronger union - a union that does not have an ethnic underclass. A union in which all our children will be treated as equal and worthy citizens before the law and the lawmakers. We are all ethnic Americans, part of an unbelievable experience in the annals of human history. We Americans are children of every race and every culture. Let us vote for candidates who understand that Arab-Americans should not be treated as an orphan constituency.

This coming Tuesday, let our voices ring loud and clear for Nader. Let us join a movement that will revitalize this great democracy and make it truly inclusive. Let Arab-Americans and Muslim Americans join the millions of their fellow citizens who will vote for a political renaissance by laying the foundations of a sane third force on America’s political landscape.

Take a stand and honor America’s tradition of liberty. Be patriotic and vote for Nader and the dignity of your children. Now, more than ever, we need a government that answers to all and is accessible to all.

Vote early and vote often.

Ahmed Amr is the editor of NileMedia.com. This article can be published and distributed at will.