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Why Bernie Sanders Was Right to Run as a Democrat - Ralph Nader


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: U.S., Democracy, Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders, Ralph Nader, Election 2016 )

Judy
- 1177 days ago - commondreams.org
The two-party system suffocates independent challengers. I would know.



   

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Past Member (0)
Sunday March 27, 2016, 7:14 pm
A gentle man and a gentleman, honest, has integrity, can not be bought by big money or anyone else, is one of "We The People", wishes to return a true democracy for all, has sincere passion for justice, fairness, to have the return of all freedoms, rights, liberties--is truthfully committed to earnestly addressing environmental issues, including climate change. Will insist upon campaign reform and the removal of all corruption and the corrupters of our system. There is so much more positive to say of the good soul. Why anyone would wish to vote for any of the other candidates is beyond me, unless they wish to continue to destroy Earth and all living --and it is also fine with them that only the elitists continue to prosper at the expense of the rest, even to the point of severe poverty, homelessness, suffering, illness, hunger, death. For me it is as clear, cut and dried as corruption and lies against truth and integrity. Humanity against inhumanity. Sharing against self-centered greed. Retaining a good soul as opposed to gaining the world and losing or corrupting it. Speaking from the heart, as opposed to mimicking a rehearsed song and dance, simply to get elected. Having a long history of integrity as opposed to a long trail of corruption and immorality. A veritable battle of Armageddon--the fight between good and evil. So, what am I left to think of those who choose anything but good? For they do have a choice. We have free will.
 

Animae C (509)
Monday March 28, 2016, 5:53 am
A wonderful being, GO Bernie!!!
 

JL A (281)
Monday March 28, 2016, 9:15 am
An important perspective: thanks Judy. Bernie has always caucused with the Democrats in congress so a natural choice.
 

Judy C (91)
Monday March 28, 2016, 8:10 pm
This article contains extremely important facts about the corrupt stranglehold of the two-party system, and the actions of the Democratic Party against Nader's campaign for the presidency. I hope people are reading it. These 5 paragraphs describe the underhanded, unfair and even illegal tactics used against Nader in his 2004 run for the presidency:

Just appearing on the ballot is a challenge for independent candidates. While any Democrat or Republican who wins their party’s nomination is guaranteed a place on general-election ballots nationwide, smaller parties must, in many states, petition election officials to be listed. And that is a delicate process, easy for the major parties to disrupt. Their operatives have a number of tools at their disposal to knock third-party candidates off the ballot, render their campaigns broke, and harass and ostracize them.

In 2004, Democratic operatives were especially zealous in their efforts against my campaign. They hired private investigators to harass my campaign’s petition circulators in their homes in Ohio and Oregon and falsely threatened them with criminal prosecution for fake names that saboteurs had signed on their petitions, according to sworn affidavits from the workers and letters containing threats that were presented in court. Our petitions were also disqualified on arbitrary grounds: In Ohio, complaints submitted in court and to the office of the Secretary of State by groups of Democratic voters led officials there to invalidate our petitions. They disqualified hundreds of signatures on one list, for instance, because of a discrepancy involving the petition circulator’s signature. In Oregon, Democratic Secretary of State Bill Bradbury retroactively applied certain rules in a way that suddenly rendered our previously compliant petitions invalid.

Democrats and their allies (some later reimbursed by the DNC, according to both campaign finance reports and a party official in Maine who testified under oath) enlisted more than 90 lawyers from more than 50 law firms to file 29 complaints against my campaign in 18 states and with the Federal Election Commission for the express purpose of using the cost and delay of litigation to drain our resources. “We wanted to neutralize his campaign by forcing him to spend money and resources defending these things,” operative Toby Moffett told The Washington Post in 2004.

Democrats falsely accused my campaign of fraud in state after state. In Pennsylvania, they forced us off the ballot after challenging more than 30,000 signatures on spurious technical grounds. My running mate, Peter Camejo, and I were ordered to pay more than $81,000 in litigation costs the plaintiffs, a group of Democratic voters, said they incurred. In an effort to collect, their law firm, Reed Smith ,which the DNC also hired in that cycle, froze my personal accounts at several banks for eight years. A criminal prosecution by the state attorney general later revealed that Pennsylvania House Democrats had, illegally at taxpayer expense, prepared the complaints against our campaign, and several people were convicted of related felonies. A federal court in Pennsylvania ultimately struck down the state law used against me that had led to the order that I pay the litigation costs. But Reed Smith was still allowed to keep $34,000 it withdrew from my accounts, because state courts wouldn’t let me present evidence that could have permitted me to recover the money.

With the exception of this handful of felony convictions, most of the partisans who fought to keep me from running got away with it.

Ralph Nader explains very well why he himself didn't run as a Democrat, and why it is logical and proper for Sanders to do so. Bernie is smart, and he is wise. He is a human being first, and a politician second, as Lois points out very well.

 

Scott S (14)
Tuesday March 29, 2016, 9:30 am
Thanks!
 

Janet B (0)
Tuesday March 29, 2016, 10:32 am
Thanks
 

Donna G (42)
Tuesday March 29, 2016, 12:45 pm
I voted for Ralph Nader when he ran for President. As a major consumer advocate, he has done a lot to make consumer goods safer for Americans, I believed he would have been a good President.

Washington state does not require Party declaration; in order to vote. At one time, I think it did; but, no longer. I understand Ralph Nader's frustrations with the Democrat Party. It is no longer the party it used to be. Bernie had my vote at the Washington state caucus and he will have my vote during the Primary.

I quit identifying as a Democrat several years ago. We the People need to get our country back if we want to make progress. No matter which issue Bernie Sanders speaks about, this is the underlying theme to his campaign rallies. We not Me! Bernie for President 2016.
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday March 29, 2016, 1:37 pm
Noted. Thanks, Judy.
I didn't know all those specifics of how Nader's campaign was attacked. And, I was shocked to read all the details. And, he is correct in his summation of Bernie. This two-party system has become so entrenched that I wonder if how and if we will get rid of it. I do think many are awakening to this fact, with all the problems had in the recent primaries during voting.
 

Judy C (91)
Tuesday March 29, 2016, 1:56 pm
I've always loved Nader since his start as a consumer advocate, and I did vote for him, too, Donna. He would been the ideal president if the country was really of and for The People, and not the corporations and elites.

The states certainly should not require Party declaration to vote. I've had to register Dem in NE in the past in order to vote in a primary, which is totally inappropriate, but I also stopped identifying as a Dem quite a few years ago. They have continued to shift to the right, and do not represent their former ideals.

The two-party duopoly is grasping onto their stranglehold, Lois, but there are cracks developing in the structure. This is a very interesting and encouraging time in American politics.

GO BERNIE!
 

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday March 29, 2016, 2:32 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Anne K (139)
Tuesday March 29, 2016, 4:50 pm
Thanks, Judy.
 

Karen C (4)
Tuesday March 29, 2016, 6:06 pm
Thanks for sharing!
 

Julie W (33)
Wednesday March 30, 2016, 3:34 am
The more I read about US politics, the more corrupt it seems. The two party system is alive and well in Australia, but we have quite a few independents - and the Greens of course, who are gradually moving up the ladder.
At least our votes are completely anonymous, you only have to have your name checked on the electoral roll. You don't have to register as any party, and can change your mind at every election. Some people do, and are referred to as 'swinging voters'.

If Bernie is elected, I hope to see a big change in the election system - but it will only happen if enough pressure comes from the public.
 

Julie W (33)
Wednesday March 30, 2016, 3:35 am
The more I read about US politics, the more corrupt it seems. The two party system is alive and well in Australia, but we have quite a few independents - and the Greens of course, who are gradually moving up the ladder.
At least our votes are completely anonymous, you only have to have your name checked on the electoral roll. You don't have to register as any party, and can change your mind at every election. Some people do, and are referred to as 'swinging voters'.

If Bernie is elected, I hope to see a big change in the election system - but it will only happen if enough pressure comes from the public.
 

Julie W (33)
Wednesday March 30, 2016, 3:38 am
Sorry about the double post, it wouldn't submit the first time so I re-posted. Care2 does some weird things sometimes!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 30, 2016, 6:59 am
Very well said Judy. I hope Bernie continues to make history and beat out Hilary. If she wins we are in deep trouble.
 

Judy C (91)
Thursday March 31, 2016, 9:09 pm
Julie, your voting system sounds a lot better than ours. You're right about the corruption. It seems to be continually increasing, being fed with a massive glut of money! Care2 is acting up, and I've had posts disappear or double, as well.

Debbie, you're right, and I think Hillary will lead us toward even more war. We will self-destruct if she gets in.
 
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