I'm a little slow today. I just switched to Sanka. So...have a heart?

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ralph Nader, you are an asshole.

Dear Ralph Nader:

Seriously?! You're a Republican in disguise, aren't you? You're some sort of like... plant - where you enter into close Presidential races, to pull votes from the Democratic party to aid Republicans.

You're an asshole. Go to hell.


Blogger chiapet said...

I competely agree.....I think he has some secret deal with the Republicans to screw the Dems. What a douche

11:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I met you I would have to verbally thrash you over this. Ralph Nader is someone who has been fighting for working people & for consumer protections against unscrupulous business practices for decades. And he does bring a much needed voice to the debate. For example, even though I think he is wrong in his criticisms of the role of the US military in global affairs, at least he engages this important debate. And finally, he is right, if the Democrats can't win this election in a landslide, it's pointless.

Plus, in 2000, you can hardly blame Nader. Maybe blame the Democrats for ignoring the 50,000 black folks who were disenfranchised & purged from the voter rolls prior to the election. Or blame Al Gore for giving up too quickly, failing to challenge the results comprehensively. Or blame Gore for failing to win his damned home state. Or blame our knuckle-dragging Republican fellow citizens for voting for that idiot Texan.

Nader is with you on the issues but has actually produced. I'm sure in your life time, when you are 72, you can look back and say you've done things. But give him a break. He is doing the thing about free speech & democracy.

I'm sure you're very lovely, I'm sure I would like you. But bashing Nader just seems so ridiculous & unfair to someone who has pretty much devoted his entire life to being an advocate on behalf of the public.

2:55 PM

Blogger SuperBee said...

I'm not saying that Ralph Nader doesn't have good platforms, ideas, etc.

However, right now, we're a two-party system, and that is unequivocally not going to change this election cycle.

The last seven years have been disastrous for this country, and I fail to see how introducing a third-party candidate, when the Democrats need all the votes they can get, is going to help anything.

What kind of political move is that? Entering a race, admitting that you cannot win the race, and saying that despite your entry into the race, the Democrats should win by a landslide? To me, that's admitting that in whole or in part, that his campaign is unwinnable, in which case there's an element of sabotage on the Democratic party.

I'm not going to say that Ralph Nader hasn't advocated honorable positions, and I'm sure I'm next to him on many positions. But it's common sense that any votes Nader draws away from our two-party system will be from the Democratic side, not the Republican side.

I'm all for change. But there's a time and a place. And in my opinion, to which I'm entitled, this is not it, and Nader's actions are hurting those who would otherwise generally stand by him.

Additionally, Ralph Nader, by being a public figure, has inserted himself into the American conscience, and he's got a thick skin.

And that is why I, a lefty-liberal, think that Ralph Nader is a total asshole. I hate to agree with Rush Limbaugh on anything, but Ralph Nader (from what I was taught as a young child by my parents) is a "human handkerchief."

4:22 PM


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