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Dear Ralph Nader,

I supported you throughout your campaign. I made phone calls, blogged and dug articles. I have stood behind you when I argued politics with people from around the world and with Americans who were voting. In the end, I mailed in my ballot marked Ralph Nader for the Peace party of Oregon. Now that the race has been won and we will have Barack Obama in the White House on January 20th, what are we to do? Mr. Nader, that is why I’m writing to you today.

You have millions of supporters around the country. Far more than the number who had voted for you. We can assume based on the polls, that you would have gotten 1/3 of those votes if people had thought you could win. That’s roughly 50 million people who support you, Mr. Nader.

You have said yourself that we need to give President Obama a mandate, because otherwise the Military Industrial Complex will inevitably give him one. I completely agree with this statement and if we do not give him a mandate then he will just follow the Bush war machine. He will ruin Iraq, with Afghanistan to follow. He will support Israel occupation and will ignore the Palestinians. He will allow single payer health care to remain just Plan B on the Democrat’s agenda, ensuring the implementation one of the worst health care systems in the Western world. As it stands, he will ignore the will of the people on behalf of the corporate interests that paid for his monumental campaign.

Now is our time. Only we the people can make a difference now. Only we can make President Obama become what the whole world is hoping he will be. We must take to the streets and our voices must be heard. Only when our cries of justice penetrate the walls of the Obama White House, will this world see real change.

Mr. Nader, I’m writing to you in order to ask that you rally your supporters and organize a protest on the day of Obama’s inauguration. I’m writing to you, Mr. Nader, to ask that you reach out to the Obama supporters who worked so hard to get him where he is and ask them to march with you. He said it himself in his victory speech, “This victory alone is not the change we seek — it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.”

Unite everyone together and let us give President Obama a mandate that will change the country and the world.

Your loyal supporter,

Happy Halloween

Here is a picture of my jack-o-lantern.

Ecce Pepo

Ecce Pepo

Finally for the first time Ralph Nader will be on a presidential debate. Although he is not debating John McCain or Barack Obama, he is still debating. Chuck Baldwin will be an excellent opponent. Ron Paul recommend that his supporters abandon the mainstream candidates and instead support a 3rd party, to which he recommended Baldwin of the Constitution party.  Tune in tonight live at 9pm EST to see them compete for the 3rd party vote. It will defiantly be more inspiring then those parallel interviews from McObama.

http://www.cspan.org/ has it live

The American Civil Liberties Union says the expansive powers of border guards is creating what it calls a “Constitution-free Zone” for large swaths of the US. The ACLU says because the government is claiming border and customs powers extend 100 miles inland, many Americans are being subjected to privacy invasions that wouldn’t normally be allowed. The so-called 100-mile “border region” includes nine out of the top ten major metro areas and two-thirds of the US population.

From Democracy Now

Independent Presidential Candidate, Ralph Nader, was interviewed on PBS NewsHour today. I wanted to post a link to the mp3, so that it would be easier to find. (it took a bit of searching to come up with it.)

Listen to the Nader’s PBS interview October 18th 2008

Independent President candidate, Ralph Nader, wrote a letter today asking the debate commission if they would allow him to at least be in the audience and access the press and offer his responses to the questions that will be asked. The Commission on Presidential Debates is a corrupt and biased establishment that is owned and operated by the Democratic and Republican parties and has consistently raised the poll requirement used to qualify for a spot on the debate. Furthermore, the poll that the commission has used in the past, Gallup, doesn’t include Ralph Nader or any of the other third parties in their questions, instead they choose to generalize and just ask whether the person is going to vote for someone else.

What is the media’s logical argument for blacking out the third parties from any major coverage? Could it be that their motives are monetary? Could it be because the third parties candidates are publicly against corporations? If this is true then the public broadcasting would offer air time, but they don’t. Could it be that the public air waves are biased as well? I urge you all to ask yourselves these questions.

When we retire our opposition and accept the Democratic and Republican candidates, we are effectively destroying our democracy. These smaller voices that come from the third party candidates speak on behalf of the majority of Americans. They are asking for single payer health care, an end to the wars, getting the budget under control, and holding Wall street accountable. Yet, we don’t here anything from them. Yet our news doesn’t cover them. Yet they don’t win.

There is a good example behind the bias of American media it it goes by the name of Ron Paul. I recommend that you go to Google Trends and see the comparison between Internet searches for Ron Paul and his mainstream news coverage. The difference is outstanding. Had the news media covered Ron Paul equally to the demand of the public, then we could very well have Paul for the Republican nominee. Now that would be someone worth our vote.

Despite that fact the Ralph Nader isn’t going to win in 2008, I am convinced that what he is doing is for the betterment of our democracy. If things are ever going to get better, then we need to open the debates and allow these third parties to have a voice. The duopoly of government is the cancer of our society. As the third parties push harder and achieve more and more votes and get on more and more ballots, they are making it easier for a third party to one day be in the White House. Then and only then, my dear Obama supporters, will we really have change.

When you go to vote this November be sure you know who to vote for and why to vote for them. This website below is an excellent resource to research who and what you’ll be voting on. I’m a registered voter from Oregon and on my ballot there are senators and representatives on the national and on the state level, as well as judges and changes to the state constitution. With this Internet resource you can be prepared for November.

Check it out: VoteSmart.org

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