Ralph Nader Still Tells It Like It Is

Ralph Nader

The unraveling of a society’s institutions, stability and reasonable order does not sound alarms  to forewarn the citizenry, apart from economic yardsticks measuring poverty, jobs, wages, health, s…

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Ralph Nader Still Tells It Like It Is

ralph naderAfter reading this article, I have absolutely no regrets for voting for Ralph Nader for POTUS in three elections. He still calls it like he sees it, and he is always right on. In this article in Counterpunch, he shows himself to be totally on top of things. Even though many people write Ralph Nader off these days, he is still very relevant. This article shows it.

I greatly resent so many people writing off Ralph Nader, as though he was a political joke. It certainly is not a joke. It would be very nice if people recognize that Ralph Nader is one of the most intelligent people in this country, and he deserves to be respected as such. After reading this article, you’ll see that he is everything but a joke. He knows what’s really going on and how to solve it. People in this country would be very well served to take the advice of Ralph Nader more seriously. In this article, he says a lot of things that many people might not like to hear, that they as senses are responsible for their ungodly situation this country has degenerated into. Even though he doesn’t allow the system to get off the hook, neither does he allow American citizens to get off the hook either.

The primary thing that I agree with Ralph Nader about, in this article, is when he calls out the lack of participation by the American people as a primary cause of many of this nation’s problems. I also agree with this point he makes so well. It strikes at the very heart of my basic belief system; democracy is not a “spectator sport”, it is something we citizens should take very seriously and take part in. In fact, I firmly believe that one reason this country is in the shape you said is

In fact, I firmly believe that one reason this country is in the shape it’s in is because too many people do not vote, vote without accurate information, vote for the wrong candidates because they talk faster or louder, or present themselves as some type of entertainer or TV star, or speak to whatever they think a voter likes to hear and not speak of things that deal in real substance.

This situation reminds me of a scene from the movie, “A Few Good Men” where Jack Nicholson says to Tom Cruise, “you can’t handle the truth”. Unfortunately, the American people can’t seem to handle the truth and don’t want to hear anything that makes them uncomfortable or uneasy. They seem to want everything to be sugarcoated, and that simply isn’t the way that life works. Sometimes, the truth hurts and it makes us uncomfortable, but we should hear it anyway. These are the basic points that Ralph Nader tries to point out in this article.

In my opinion, too many people are attracted to the wrong candidates because people have a tendency to like looking at shiny things as opposed to things that are plain. Even though they should know better, too many voters don’t use the old saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover” seriously enough.

 

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Author: Blane Beckwith

I was born on December 22, 1955, in a small Pennsylvania town named Corry. I was raised in Bear Lake, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Corry Area High School in 1973. After that, I attended Edinboro State College from 1977-79. I moved to Berkeley, California in 1980, in search of an independent life. In 2006, I graduated from Berkeley city College with two degrees, one in English and the other in Liberal Arts. I have been active in the disability rights movement for well over 20 years.