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Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader has been declared an enemy of the people of East East Bumbleford. If you click the link, you will se a burgeoning city of more than one hundred people, all of them united in their resolve to kick Nader in the sack.

I, Enlightened Despotic Sublime Tyrant Mayor of East East Bumbleford explain the resolution thus: I am pretty far out on the left wing. Even I think the Green Party platform is looney. They advocate the same kind of Magical Pony Thinking that the libertarians do, only in this case devolving all power to the Federal government, rather than the Magical Pony. If I, left-wing moonbat that I am, think Nader is too far out to be representative of a legitimate political platform, I ask you, who exactly is he representing? Okay, sure, there's a small segment of the population that are actually invested in the Green Party movement, but I'd bet dollars to donuts that the majority of people who voted Green never really read the platform, and really thought they were voting for Priuses and Recycling Programs. But they weren't, they were voting for making classroom dissections of frogs illegal, outlawing "accumulation of excessive personal wealth" and a halt to nano-technological research?

Admittedly, the current incarnation of the Green platform is less lunatic than it was in 2000, and I agree with at leat as much as I disagree with. What I don't agree with is the actual, practical effect of a large Green effort to run Nader; which is to potentially split the Democratic vote, and guarantee the election of the Republicans. And how well did that work out, for the past 7 years? We can certainly aspire to what OUGHT to be, but in the mean time, we live in the world that IS. In the world as it is, East Bumbleford feels that Nader is a big jerk that serves no public good by running.

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arya
Feb. 26th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
I'd take a Magical Pony over Happy Hippie Hugtime any day of the week!

I'd bet dollars to donuts that the majority of people who voted Green never really read the platform, and really thought they were voting for Priuses and Recycling Programs.

I absolutely agree. I ranted about this in my own livejournal many years ago. I always refer to Nader as "the watermelon" - green on the outside but red on the inside. I mean, as much as I accuse your Happy Hugging Hippies of being socialists, it's mostly tongue-in-cheek with only a nominal grounding in reality. Nader, though-- he's the real, live, red deal.
aghrivaine
Feb. 26th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Nader, though-- he's the real, live, red deal.

It's only a very slight exaggeration. The latest incarnation stresses "community economics" because, I think, they lost too much traction in 2000 on their abjectly socialist policies.

Mind you, I'm not opposed to socialism on the face of it - I just think the Green implementation of it is clumsy at best.
passingfancy
Feb. 26th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Instead of contemplating my possible need to move to Canada or France... I'd like to move to East East Bumbleford. They sound like my kind of people.

What the frick does he think he is accomplishing????????????????

I need a sufficient icon for my angry-esque posts/comments.
arya
Feb. 26th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
What the frick does he think he is accomplishing?

Same thing we do every night, Pinky. Help the Republicans take over the world.
cjpetherick
Feb. 26th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
He's running as an independent, not a Green. It's likely that Cynthia McKinney will win the Green Party nomination and equally as likely that the Reform Party will endorse Nader after Ron Paul drops out.

I like Nader and am one of those loonies who actually believes that Gore and Lieberman did more to destroy their chances than Nader ever did. Gore and Kerry both ran shitty campaigns.

Call me crazy.
aghrivaine
Feb. 26th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
Nah, you're not crazy - Gore and Kerry ran shitty campaigns. That it was even close enough for Nader to matter is pretty shameful.

...but I still want to kick him in the sack.
blanchemains
Feb. 27th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
Did you know that *I'm* a member of the Green Party?

Okay- I can explain. We have this friend who is extremely active with the Green Party (every election he is completely convinced that Kucinich actually stands a chance) and he was trying to get some local dude on the city council a couple of years ago. Or something like that- I forget what the deal was, exactly. But he needed more signatures of Green Party members (Pasadena being the Republican stronghold that it is), so I agreed to switch affiliation so I could sign his petition. Fully intending to change it back to Democrat, which I have never gotten around to doing.

But this is brilliant, because now I can be all snitty about it when I drop them! And then maybe they will stop sending me invitations to screenings of the Peak Oil documentary and coffee house discussion groups about composting.
vivesse3
Feb. 27th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Preach on oh Enlightened Despotic Sublime Tyrant Mayor of East East Bumbleford. I may not be as left as you, but I completely agree w/you on this.
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