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    http://prorev.com/fastnews.htm#more GREENS A MAJOR PARTY NOW Helped by panic among the Gorey Democrats and the mandarin media, Ralph Nader and the Greens
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 27, 2000
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      GREENS A MAJOR PARTY NOW

      Helped by panic among the Gorey Democrats and the mandarin media, Ralph Nader
      and the Greens suddenly find themselves propelled from the fringes of this
      election to ground zero. Nader has the elites so frightened that Judy
      Woodruff virtually pleaded with him on CNN to withdraw from the race. And the
      NY Times went into high snit mode with an editorial that read like something
      written by Miss Marple:


      "Back in June, we criticized Ralph Nader's presidential bid as a
      self-indulgent crusade that could gull some voters into thinking that there
      were no clear policy choices between Al Gore and George Bush . . . We would
      regard Mr. Nader's willful prankishness as a disservice to the electorate no
      matter whose campaign he was hurting. The country deserves a clear up-or-down
      vote between Mr. Bush and Mr. Gore, who have waged a hard, substantive and
      clean campaign . . . [Nader] deludes his followers, brightens Mr. Bush's
      prospects and dims his own legacy as a reformer. He calls his wrecking-ball
      candidacy a matter of principle, but it looks from here like ego run amok.&
      quot;


      This hysteria is a good indicator of how seriously the mandarins are taking
      Nader's challenge and it is one of the best arguments for Nader and his
      supporters to redouble their efforts. History is on the Green side. It would
      be better, to be sure, to have a system of proportional representation, but
      absent that, the best route to third party success in America is to create
      enough of a uproar that the prevailing political and financial interests must
      bend. As has been said, the strong do what they will; the weak do what they
      must.

      Repeatedly, major American ideas -- both good and bad -- have become part of
      our culture because of precisely the sort of politics Nader and the Greens
      are practicing today:


      -- Abolition of slavery (Free Soil Party)
      -- Prohibition (Prohibition Party)
      -- The income tax (Populist Party)
      -- Social welfare programs (Socialist Party)
      -- The New Deal coalition (Progressive Party)
      -- The Clinton Democrat (John Anderson's independent party)
      -- Balanced budgets (Reform Party)


      Further, when a third party causes as much of furor as the Greens are doing,
      the overall politics of the country are usually pulled towards that third
      party. This is why the Republican and Democratic candidates are today
      debating which is best able to carry out the financial philosophy of Ross
      Perot.

      As in any childbirth, there is pain and there is risk. But the idea that to
      avoid this pain and risk we give up our hopes for the future, for our
      democracy, and for the planet is the ultimate abortion. We are facing immense
      dangers that are concealed from us only because the two old parties and their
      media won't discuss them. Yet the silence doesn't retard the danger one whit
      and, in fact, makes it all that more inevitable.

      We are told we must vote for Gore. But why? Because this man, who voted for
      Scalia and praised Thomas, will provide us with such fine Supreme Court
      justices? Because he, as the NY Times said of Mrs. Clinton, "is capable
      of growing beyond the ethical legacies" of his record? Because he will
      finally stop trying to deceive us? Because he will reverse the Clinton
      administration's recordof unraveling 60 years of Democratic social welfare
      policy? Because he will stop saying one thing to blacks in church and another
      to their sons in the courthouse? Because he will no longer be part of the
      most criminally corrupt presidential administration in history? Because he
      will retrieve the civil liberties lost during the past eight years?

      What the mandarins of Manhattan, Los Angeles, and Washington fail to
      appreciate is that Nader and the Greens are not engaged in an act of
      desperation but in an act of creation. Whether under Bush or Gore, this
      creation will continue because it must if we are to redeem ourselves as a
      people and a planet. And because more and more will come to realize that
      being fair and decent and walking softly upon the earth, is not only
      necessary but a happier and more beautiful way to live.

      In the end, Gore and the NY Times will fail because they are trying to rescue
      Americans who have made a wonderful discovery, namely that there is something
      more to life than Gore and the Times would have us believe. They have
      discovered a future worth fighting for.
      --
      /Jonathan Lundell.
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