The Case for Nader in Battleground States
- This is good so it's being forwarded for consideration:
Folks - Colorado is not a battleground state and my hometown newspaper had
one of those full-page ads today. It also had a presidential endorsement of
Bush dictated to it by the parent CORPORATION, E.W. Scripps. I offer this
to all and hope it is useful.
1. Nader is very important to building the Green Party but in the end, it
is the grassroots that is essential. If Nader gets 2% in Iowa, the
fledgling Iowa Green Party gets a legally recognized ballot line in the
state. That will permit it to run many more local candidates.. The New
Mexico Green Party is well-established and has a ballot line but is under
attack. New Mexico polls only mention Bush, Gore and other, refusing to
include Nader despite a strong Green Party. Further, the Democratic
Secretary of State "reinterpreted" state law, making it tougher for
keep their current ballot line. Nader needs to get 5% in New Mexico for
them to keep it. Should Nader supporters buckle under to these kinds of
Democratic Party tactics and vote for Gore, or should they support a state
Green Party that has demonstrated the ability to shift the political
environment in the state?
2. After the election, the Dems will get their best political hacks to try
to figure out whether the "Nader factor" was a one-time splash, or
ongoing problem. The commitment of voters to this cause will be key to
this. So while votes for Nader in all states are of equal value in getting
5%, votes for Nader in battleground states send a far stronger message that
you won't be taken in by the fear campaign. It is the votes for Nader in
Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, etc., that will ring the loudest
and ignite the political Molotov that Michael Moore described.
3. The best defense against a Republican government, should we get that, is
clearly not the Democratic Party. They are willing to become Republican to
get power. No, the best defense against the Republicans, and the Democrats
for that matter, is a strong, growing, active, vibrant, and most
importantly - confident - independent progressive movement. The street
actions in Seattle, Washington D.C., Prague and elsewhere are one wing of
this movement. The other is your vote for Ralph Nader on November 7.
Please stand in solidarity with the Seattle protestors by voting for all
Green Party candidates on November 7.