…while reading a Ralph Nader piece on the looming `16 push for Hillary by the mainstream big money Democratic Party funders and “3rd Way” globalist corporatist planners and think tank types, I thought: yep, 8 more years of Clintonista styled appeasement to the rabidly reactionary ultra right faction of the House (and maybe no Democratic Senate to insulate her like they have Obama- limited though that shelter has been)… and I say, for sure, loud and clear: that’s not good enough. Nader’s views are what should be the bedrock foundation of a legitimate big D “Democratic Party” to advocate for the views and interests of the many to oppose the runaway “bipartisan” defacto one party system we now have that represents the interests of the one percent in their oblivious pursuit of extractive “strip mining for profits” anywhere and everywhere in the world… with the consequences to all of the rest of us and all of creation not even a blip on their “Master’s of the Universe” radar screens.
Check out: “The Dynastic Hillary Bandwagon: Bad for America” by Ralph Nader Published on Saturday, November 9, 2013 by Common Dreams. A couple representative to inspiring quotes:
Does the future of our country benefit from Hillary, another Clinton, another politician almost indistinguishable from Barack Obama’s militaristic, corporatist policies garnished by big money donors from Wall Street and other plutocratic canyons?
The Secretary of State’s highest duty is diplomacy. Not for her. Despite her heavy travelling, she made little or no effort to get the government to sign onto the numerous international treaties which already had over a hundred nations as signatories. These include stronger climate change agreements and, as Human Rights Watch reports, unratified treaties “relating to children, women, persons with disabilities, torture, enforced disappearance and the use of anti-personal landmines and cluster munitions.” These tasks bore her.
It is true that the Republican madheads make it easy for any Democratic candidate to judge themselves by the cruel, rabid, ravaging Republicans. But, is that the kind of choice our country deserves?
A Clinton Coronation two years or more before the 2016 elections will stifle any broader choice of competitive primary candidates and more important a more progressive agenda supported by a majority of the American people.
Which Mr. Nader briefly articulates as:
Full Medicare for all, cracking down on corporate abuses, a fairer tax system, a broad public works program, a living wage, access to justice and citizen empowerment, clean election practices, and pulling back on the expensive, boomeranging Empire to come home to America’s necessities and legitimate hopes are some examples of what the people want.
As I have said before, if the United States had the kind of Democracy we are jingoistically encouraged to believe we do, then a public servant and steadfast advocate of the real interests of the people of this country such as Ralph Nader would have been a two term President. And his vast popularity would have had the public clamoring for the suspension of the two term limit on his tenure in office. Instead, the best we have gotten is two terms of a man who ” “still believes in a place called hope”, two more for a man who forced us to finally choke on “the audacity of hope” he made us believe was worth believing in again, and now maybe two terms more of the same with a woman at the helm. Sadly, that might be the only positive and unique thing Hillary will bring to the historical American political banquet.