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4 novembre 2008 2 04 /11 /novembre /2008 05:24

November 3, 2008

An Open Letter

to Barack Obama

Between Hope and Reality

Photo: Joëlle Pénochet Oct 2008

Dear Senator Obama:

In your nearly two-year presidential campaign, the words "hope and change," "change and hope" have been your trademark declarations. Yet there is an asymmetry between those objectives and your political character that succumbs to contrary centers of power that want not "hope and change" but the continuation of the power-entrenched status quo.

Far more than Senator McCain, you have received enormous, unprecedented contributions from corporate interests, Wall Street interests and, most interestingly, big corporate law firm attorneys. Never before has a Democratic nominee for President achieved this supremacy over his Republican counterpart. Why, apart from your unconditional vote for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, are these large corporate interests investing so much in Senator Obama? Could it be that in your state Senate record, your U.S. Senate record and your presidential campaign record (favoring nuclear power, coal plants, offshore oil drilling, corporate subsidies including the 1872 Mining Act and avoiding any comprehensive program to crack down on the corporate crime wave and the bloated, wasteful military budget, for example) you have shown that you are their man?


To advance change and hope, the presidential persona requires character, courage, integrity-- not expediency, accommodation and short-range opportunism. Take, for example, your transformation from an articulate defender of Palestinian rights in Chicago before your run for the U.S. Senate to an acolyte, a dittoman for the hard-line AIPAC lobby, which bolsters the militaristic oppression, occupation, blockage, colonization and land-water seizures over the years of the Palestinian peoples and their shrunken territories in the West Bank and Gaza. Eric Alterman summarized numerous polls in a December 2007 issue of The Nation magazine showing that AIPAC policies are opposed by a majority of Jewish-Americans.

You know quite well that only when the U.S. Government supports the Israeli and Palestinian peace movements, that years ago worked out a detailed two-state solution (which is supported by a majority of Israelis and Palestinians), will there be a chance for a peaceful resolution of this 60-year plus conflict. Yet you align yourself with the hard-liners, so much so that in your infamous, demeaning speech to the AIPAC convention right after you gained the nomination of the Democratic Party, you supported an "undivided Jerusalem," and opposed negotiations with Hamas-- the elected government in Gaza. Once again, you ignored the will of the Israeli people who, in a March 1, 2008 poll by the respected newspaper Haaretz, showed that 64% of Israelis favored "direct negotiations with Hamas." Siding with the AIPAC hard-liners is what one of the many leading Palestinians advocating dialogue and peace with the Israeli people was describing when he wrote "Anti-semitism today is the persecution of Palestinian society by the Israeli state."

During your visit to Israel this summer, you scheduled a mere 45 minutes of your time for Palestinians with no news conference, and no visit to Palestinian refugee camps that would have focused the media on the brutalization of the Palestinians. Your trip supported the illegal, cruel blockade of Gaza in defiance of international law and the United Nations charter. You focused on southern Israeli casualties which during the past year have totaled one civilian casualty to every 400 Palestinian casualties on the Gaza side. Instead of a statesmanship that decried all violence and its replacement with acceptance of the Arab League's 2002 proposal to permit a viable Palestinian state within the 1967 borders in return for full economic and diplomatic relations between Arab countries and Israel, you played the role of a cheap politician, leaving the area and Palestinians with the feeling of much shock and little awe.

David Levy, a former Israeli peace negotiator, described your trip succinctly: "There was almost a willful display of indifference to the fact that there are two narratives here. This could serve him well as a candidate, but not as a President."

Palestinian American commentator, Ali Abunimah, noted that Obama did not utter a single criticism of Israel, "of its relentless settlement and wall construction, of the closures that make life unlivable for millions of Palestinians. ...Even the Bush administration recently criticized Israeli's use of cluster bombs against Lebanese civilians [see www.atfl.org for elaboration]. But Obama defended Israeli's assault on Lebanon as an exercise of its 'legitimate right to defend itself.'"

In numerous columns Gideon Levy, writing in Haaretz, strongly criticized the Israeli government's assault on civilians in Gaza, including attacks on "the heart of a crowded refugee camp... with horrible bloodshed" in early 2008.

Israeli writer and peace advocate-- Uri Avnery-- described Obama's appearance before AIPAC as one that "broke all records for obsequiousness and fawning, adding that Obama "is prepared to sacrifice the most basic American interests. After all, the US has a vital interest in achieving an Israeli-Palestinian peace that will allow it to find ways to the hearts of the Arab masses from Iraq to Morocco. Obama has harmed his image in the Muslim world and mortgaged his future-- if and when he is elected president.," he said, adding, "Of one thing I am certain: Obama's declarations at the AIPAC conference are very, very bad for peace. And what is bad for peace is bad for Israel, bad for the world and bad for the Palestinian people."

A further illustration of your deficiency of character is the way you turned your back on the Muslim-Americans in this country. You refused to send surrogates to speak to voters at their events. Having visited numerous churches and synagogues, you refused to visit a single Mosque in America. Even George W. Bush visited the Grand Mosque in Washington D.C. after 9/11 to express proper sentiments of tolerance before a frightened major religious group of innocents.

Although the New York Times published a major article on June 24, 2008 titled "Muslim Voters Detect a Snub from Obama" (by Andrea Elliott), citing examples of your aversion to these Americans who come from all walks of life, who serve in the armed forces and who work to live the American dream. Three days earlier the International Herald Tribune published an article by Roger Cohen titled "Why Obama Should Visit a Mosque." None of these comments and reports change your political bigotry against Muslim-Americans-- even though your father was a Muslim from Kenya.

Perhaps nothing illustrated your utter lack of political courage or even the mildest version of this trait than your surrendering to demands of the hard-liners to prohibit former president Jimmy Carter from speaking at the Democratic National Convention. This is a tradition for former presidents and one accorded in prime time to Bill Clinton this year.

Here was a President who negotiated peace between Israel and Egypt, but his recent book pressing the dominant Israeli superpower to avoid Apartheid of the Palestinians and make peace was all that it took to sideline him. Instead of an important address to the nation by Jimmy Carter on this critical international problem, he was relegated to a stroll across the stage to "tumultuous applause," following a showing of a film about the Carter Center's post-Katrina work. Shame on you, Barack Obama!

But then your shameful behavior has extended to many other areas of American life. (See the factual analysis by my running mate, Matt Gonzalez, on www.votenader.org). You have turned your back on the 100-million poor Americans composed of poor whites, African-Americans, and Latinos. You always mention helping the "middle class" but you omit, repeatedly, mention of the "poor" in America.

Should you be elected President, it must be more than an unprecedented upward career move following a brilliantly unprincipled campaign that spoke "change" yet demonstrated actual obeisance to the concentration power of the "corporate supremacists." It must be about shifting the power from the few to the many. It must be a White House presided over by a black man who does not turn his back on the downtrodden here and abroad but challenges the forces of greed, dictatorial control of labor, consumers and taxpayers, and the militarization of foreign policy. It must be a White House that is transforming of American politics-- opening it up to the public funding of elections (through voluntary approaches)-- and allowing smaller candidates to have a chance to be heard on debates and in the fullness of their now restricted civil liberties. Call it a competitive democracy.

Your presidential campaign again and again has demonstrated cowardly stands. "Hope" some say springs eternal." But not when "reality" consumes it daily.


Ralph Nader



1 novembre 2008 6 01 /11 /novembre /2008 19:56

Ed Vedder & Michael Moore @ 'Last party 2000'
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29 octobre 2008 3 29 /10 /octobre /2008 18:26

October 29, 2008

Howard Zinn now says he's voting for Nader


The famous historian lives in Massachusetts, where Obama is ahead by 20 points.

Zinn created a stir earlier when he said he was voting for Obama.

He legitimately took some heat for supporting the corporate Obama.

But late last night, Zinn admitted in an e-mail to our campaign that he made a mistake and now says he will vote for Nader.

And Zinn urges all people of conscience to vote for the true progressive in slam dunk states.

Of which there are now many.

(Zinn says that in non slam dunk states, he urges people to vote for Obama. We obviously disagree with that bit of advice.)

Or as Ralph Nader put it today:

"A vote for Nader/Gonzalez on November, rather than being wasted by piling onto an Obama landslide or McCain implosion, will produce a stronger hammer and watchdog for what millions of Americans want -- including public Medicare for all with private delivery and a living wage for the one in three workers who don't make one."

"Unless millions of voters of conscience choose the progressive hammer and watchdog of Nader/Gonzalez, millions of votes will be tactically wasted and serve only to increase the mandateless landslide of Barack Obama."

So, if you are ambivalent about this election, fear not.

If you live in a slam dunk state, follow the advice of Howard Zinn.

Vote Independent.

Vote Nader for President.

Onward to November

The Nader Team

PS: A lot of our supporters heard that Zinn said he was voting for Obama. Now that he has set the record straight, it's important that we pass along the word. So, forward this e-mail to your friends and family.

PS: Remember, if you
donate $100 or more, we will ship to you the hard cover 40th Anniversary edition of Unsafe at Any Speed -- Ralph's historic expose of the American automobile industry -- autographed by the man himself. It was the book that launched the American consumer movement and saved hundreds of thousands of lives. This autographed edition is bound to become a rare collector's item after the election. So, get it now. Only a limited number left. (This book offer ends November 4, 2008 at 11:59 p.m.)


25 octobre 2008 6 25 /10 /octobre /2008 23:01

2008 Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader Takes on the Two-party Billionaire

Making his stand on the steps across from the New York Stock Exchange, Ralph Nader and his running mate, Matt Gonzalez call out the corporate-welfare that has been handed to the wealthiest American bankers.

As the so-called "Free Market" fails miserably, Socialist policies are quickly enacted to prop up a severely broken Economic model at the expense of the taxpayers, their children and their grandchildren.

Without any promise of a return on investment, the risks land squarely on the back of the average Citizen as the wealth of our richest is protected.

Photo: Joëlle Pénochet Oct 2008

As this Halloween approaches, learn the scariest words to Barack Obama and John McCain's ears...
-National, not-for-profit healthcare.

-Living wage for all.

-Negotiate Peace in the Middle-East.

-Politicians out of Corporations pockets.

-Fair Elections.

-and many more..

With a truly revolutionary cast of characters, this new DVD is sure to inform and entertain.

Listen to 'Reverend Billy' and his choir from the "Church of Stop Shopping" as he predicts the Shopocalypse that corporate America has wrought upon us.

Reverend J. Maupin chimes in describing the twin-party system as being the problem, rather than the solution!

Buy the DVD right away, before they're sold out!
These are sure to go quickly. And your donations are vital to keeping this Campaign on track as Ralph Nader has visited all 50 of the United States!

For more info, go to:

De : votenader08

23 octobre 2008 4 23 /10 /octobre /2008 15:31

20 octobre 2008 1 20 /10 /octobre /2008 12:34
13 octobre 2008 1 13 /10 /octobre /2008 12:38


Ralph Nader vs. John McCain Sarah Palin/Barack Obama Joe Biden MEDIA BLACKOUT
Ralph Nader interviewed during the Republican National Convention.
Don't be fooled, there are more choices than just the two corporate run parties. A vote for the republican or democratic party is a wasted vote. Both parties are the same. They both want to continue to expand our military. We do not have a democracy when independants and third parties are censored in the media. It is essentially a 2 party system and that's unconstitutional.
Photo: Joëlle Pénochet Oct 2008

Our policy of global intervention is the single most important issue worldwide and it is completely off the table for democrats and republicans. America is broke because we are policing and occupying the world. History proves that all empires fall. Let's stop it before it destroys us.

Ralph Nader will be on the ballot in 45 states. If he's not on the ballot in your state, simply write his name in. Ralph Nader is endorsed by Ron Paul and I'm sure Dr. Paul will have a roll in a Nader administration.

Eight years ago, Ralph Nader correctly predicted that the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) were on track to follow the savings and loan industry of the 1980s and 90s into a big financial heap of trouble.


11 octobre 2008 6 11 /10 /octobre /2008 16:53

October 05, 2008 C-SPAN

10 octobre 2008 5 10 /10 /octobre /2008 16:13

2008 Independent Presidential Candidate, Ralph Nader responds to the Two-Party Exclusive, Presidential Candidate Debate held Wednesday Evening between Democratic and Republican Picks, Barack Obama and John McCain.

Find out which crucial international and domestic issues were excluded from the Nationally Televised circus.

Can Coal really be called "Clean" with a straight face?
Can Nuclear-waste producing steam-generated electricity actually be labeled "Safe"?

Why are the corporate-funded Candidates so very afraid to debate the next highest placing Presidential Candidate?

Find out why by going to:



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