Some campaign workers for independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader are conceding their choice for the Oval Office probably doesn’t have a realistic chance at being elected. But they say Nader’s platform of issues is what’s truly important and are urging progressive voters to pressure the winners in this November’s elections into pursuing his agenda.—-
Campaign worker Marty Krause recently sent a mass e-mail to Nader supporters and others discussing efforts that need to be taken after the Nov. 4 election.
“One of my responsibilities is to organize a network of people that are not necessarily voting for (Nader/Gonzalez), but support their theory of governmental reform,” Krause wrote. “It is unfortunate that being as evolved as a society we are, our choices are very limited. The right is swinging left, and the left is swinging right. If nothing is done, our choices become even fewer.
“We know that he probably is not winning the election, so our focus is on reform. So what this is all about is improving our future system, through community congresses and citizen unions, to acquire the legislative action that we desperately need.”
Here are the Nader/Gonzalez campaign’s 10 solutions designed to shift political power from corporations to the people:
1.) Prohibit any Wall Street bailouts
2.) Ensure a living wage (estimated at $9.36 per hour)
3.) End the Iraq War (withdrawal of all troops in six months)
4.) Implement a single-payer health care system
5.) Investment in renewable energy (with solar first)
6.) Repeal the federal Patriot Act
7.) Enact a workers’ bill of rights
8.) Reform the elections (allow all parties to debate; no electronic voting)
9.) Create “green” jobs to end poverty
10.) Reverse U.S. Middle East policies
Krause is seeking the names, e-mail addresses, and zip codes of people who support the platform to help form a local citizen congress after the election. Krause can be reached at [email protected].
Nader is the famed consumer safety advocate, author and founder of Public Citizen. He previously ran for president as a Green Party candidate in 2000 and as an independent in 2004. Also, he had informal campaigns in 1992 and 1996.
Nader’s running mate is Matt Gonzalez, a former deputy public defender who is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. In that office, Gonzalez led the effort to implement instant run-off voting, also known as rank choice voting, in San Francisco.
The Nader/Gonzalez ticket is on the ballot in 45 states.
In a Zogby International poll released March 15, Nader received 5 percent of the vote in a hypothetical race with Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.