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"So long as progressives
are willing to settle
for the least worst alternative,
they will remain ignored
and excluded from power."
 
~by Ralph Nader
.

Portland Oregon on May 8 2010
 

Ralph Nader
The Negative Effects of
 "Free" Trade

Ralph Nader:
Bohemian Grove
Ralph Nader was interviewed on KSRO by Pat Thurston in July 2005, talking about the annual retreat of the Bohemian Grove Society about to take place along the Russian River. In the interview Ralph explains what these rich and powerful men do up in the woods each summer, and why we should care.

http://www.sonomacountyfreepress.com/

Ralph Nader talks about something the neo con media and two party duopoloy try to hide from you: The Bohemian Grove

http://www.votenader.org

March 13, 2009

Avoiding Bailout Questions

http://wallstreetwatch.org/blog/?p=1

Filed under: Wall Street Watch — admin @ 2:17 pm

March 13, 2009

By Ralph Nader

Indicators of avoidance are what come to mind while absorbing the various rescue, recovery, stimulus and guarantee programs coming out of the Obama Administration to slow and reverse a splintering and shattering economy. If the Obamites do not act now when the political time is ripest, to put into motion forces of deterrence and prevention, the casino capitalists of tomorrow will again be able to de-stabilize our economy.

The other day I saw Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, just about predicting another round of recklessness in about fifteen years. But he called it “human nature” not casino capitalism.

Here are seven avoidance indicators which outline what Washington is not doing to prevent another round of greed and misdeeds by the Wall Street few against the innocent many throughout the country.

  1. Where are the resources for comprehensive law enforcement against the Wall Street crooks, swindlers and purveyors of costly deceptive practices? Isn’t there a need to add two to three hundred million dollars for more FBI agents, prosecutors and corporate crime attorneys under the Justice Department to obtain the fines and disgorgements which will far exceed in dollars what is spent by the forces of law and order?Americans want justice. They want jailtime not bailtime for these crooks. Look how many of the swindled just turned out in a New York City winter to let Bernard Madoff have a piece of their mind as he entered the courtroom and immediate imprisonment.There has been very little movement so far in Congress or the White House toward this necessary action.
  2. Where are the anti-trusters to revive the moribund divisions in the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission? Failed banks, brokerage firms, and now insurance companies are being taken over by shaky acquirers, often with the encouragement of the federal government. Other industries are experiencing similar mergers and acquisitions in an already over-concentrated economy.Our government needs to be on top of this accelerating creation of more companies deemed to be “too big to fail.” A variety of antitrust policies are needed to prevent, restructure or, at least, require spinoffs to minimize the anti-competitive effects of the “urge to merge.”
  3. What about Congress and Obama shifting some power to the investors and shareholders who are paying for all these losses? The corporate bosses have made sure for many years that shareholders, who own their companies, have little or no right to control them. Had there been less of a gap between ownership and control, the bosses could never have engaged in such reckless speculation, looting and draining of the trillions of dollars with which they were entrusted. These include mutual funds, pension funds and various trusts. Power to the owners seems to be off the table.
  4. The federal officials are talking up stronger regulation and re-regulation proposals but we have not yet been informed of their specific plans. There is not much talk of regulatory prohibition. That is, flat-out prohibition of banks, insurance companies, and other fiduciary institutions from speculating in derivatives or, to be more specific, bets on debts and the even more hyped creations of bets on bets on debts on debts.
  5. By now, Washington should be devising ways to pay for these gigantic deficits and bailouts. A fraction of one percent sales tax on the hundreds of trillions of dollars in derivative transactions annually would produce hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue and tamp down some of this Wall Street gambling with other peoples’ money.Such a tax on speculative trades in these abstract instruments can make the Wall Streeters pay for their own bailouts and reduce some of the taxes on human labor.
  6. Our government doesn’t highlight not-for-profit institutions like the 8000 credit unions that are increasing their loans and continue to serve over 80 million Americans without a single insolvency. One would think that with the financial goliaths in a free fall, despite ever-larger bailouts from the federal government, that the cooperative model of credit unions would become a useful teaching instrument.

In his new paperback book, Agenda for a New Economy, David Korten makes an important distinction between the “phantom wealth” of Wall Street and the “real wealth” of Main Street.

His twelve-point agenda raises the fundamental question of why Wall Street is needed and how the functions of a just and progressive economy can be fulfilled with a sensible transition to a “real wealth” economy engaged by and accountable to real people striving for the necessities and wants of life through environmentally friendly, more efficient institutions.

Lest any remaining doubters out there are thinking about our country returning to business as usual Wall Street style, please read the confidential powerpoint presentation “AIG: Is the Risk Systemic?” by the AIG financial giant grasping $180 billion, so far, in federal aid and guarantees

In 21 pages of very large type, you will see why the AIG bosses believe that failure of their gigantic corporation would only “trigger a cascading set of further failures which cannot be stopped except by extraordinary means.” In other words, AIG says to Uncle Sam and you the taxpayer save it or be prepared for a global collapse through a dominoes effect of unknown catastrophic sequences. For the full astonishing AIG text, see: http://www.aig.com/Related-Resources_385_136430.html. Right from the horse’s mouth!

Impeachment / Prosecution
2008 Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader responds to a question from the audience about impeachment/prosecution of Bush/Cheney. Excerpted from the Open the Debates super rally in Minneapolis on September 4, 2008. Video by Karen Kilroy - http://karenkilroy.com

ACHIEVEMENTS
OF NADER/GONZALEZ
in 2008 election

Moving a Progressive Agenda Forward in the Electoral Arena.

Nurturing anew the survival seeds and sprouts for a functioning democracy, so that someday the fruits of this campaign will be traced back to the political pioneers of 2008 who carried forward the torch of conscience and justice high across the land.

  1. We followed the model of Presidential candidates Eugene Debs and Norman Thomas; if they had not run within the electoral arena many people would not know key elements of the progressive agenda. As Thomas Paine once said, "a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of right."

  2. In 2008, without third party and independent candidates there would have been no opposition to the bailout, no discussion of single-payer, no opposition to nuclear power plants, no support of living wage, no peace advocacy over blow-back militarism, no advocacy of electoral reforms, no crackdown on corporate crimes, etc.

Civil Liberties for Independent and Third Party Candidates

Working to break down unfair ballot access laws that shred the rights of minor party candidates to run for office.

  1. Example: Victory in Arizona, declaring in-state petitioning law unconstitutional at the 9th circuit court of appeals.

  2. Example: Victory in Ohio case at the 6th circuit, declaring Secretary of State Blackwell was wrong to throw Nader/Camejo off the ballot in 2004 and that the Ohio law requiring in-state petition circulators was unconstitutional.

Bringing in New People to the Political Process

  1. We will be over 700,000 votes in 2008 as absentee ballots and write-ins are counted over the coming days and weeks. Many of those voters would have stayed home and not voted if Nader/Gonzalez had not been on the ballot.

  2. 60% of Nader/Gonzalez donors have never contributed to any other political candidate before.

  3. Thousands of citizens developed skills in clean politics and many will run for office where they live in coming years.

Documenting the Multi-faceted Oppressiveness of the Two-Party Controlled Dictatorship of Our Country

The exclusion from the debates and the media blackout helped deflate the myth of a competitive electoral democracy. Exposing myths is the first step toward reforms.


International Solidarity

The Nader/Gonzalez campaign helped show the rest of the world that there are voices inside the Presidential campaign who speak vigorously to the United States becoming a humanitarian superpower that knows how to wage peace, advance justice and enhance the security of all peoples, as envisioned by the UN Declaration of Human Rights.


Ballot Access & Voting Success

  1. Bronze Medal: Nader/Gonzalez got more votes than any other Presidential third party or independent candidate.

  2. 45 State Ballot Lines and the District of Columbia: We got on more state ballots than in any previous Ralph Nader Presidential campaign (including the state of Idaho for the first time).

    • Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez were on the ballot as Independents in 36 of those states, and in the District of Columbia.

    • The Nader/Gonzalez campaign was nominated by the Independent Parties of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland and New Mexico. Nader/Gonzalez was also nominated by California's Peace and Freedom Party, Florida's Ecology Party, Michigan's Natural Law Party, and Oregon's Peace Party.

    • Nader/Gonzalez qualified as write-in candidates in Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas.

    • Only Oklahoma voters did not have an opportunity to vote for Nader/Gonzalez.

  3. Former Nader 2000 & 2004 campaign manager Theresa Amato will be coming out in 2009 with a devastating indictment of the political duopoly that crushes diversity and dissent in American elections. Her forthcoming book is titled Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny (New Press).

  4. Party formation was more active than in 2004, and Nader/Gonzalez achieved several notable ballot access accomplishments.

    • Independent Party of Maryland. Obtained ballot status and the party will be able to field candidates in 2010 without petitioning.

    • Independent Party of New Mexico. Obtained ballot status and achieved .5% vote threshold allowing 2010 candidates without petitioning.

    • Independent Party of Hawaii. Obtained ballot status. Because of low vote totals the party must petition candidates for two more elections to obtain a 10 year ballot access status. Chairman Shaun Stenshol pledges to keep party alive and field candidates in 2010.

    • Peace Party of Oregon. Obtained ballot status by securing 1% of the statewide vote total and the party will be able to field candidates in 2010 without petitioning.

    • Connecticut Independent Party. Obtained ballot status by securing 1% of the statewide vote total and the party will be able to field candidates in 2010 without petitioning.

    • Preserved ballot status of the Natural Law Party in Michigan.

    • Ballot status of Delaware Independent Party, California Peace and Freedom Party, and Florida Ecology Party continues because of criteria other than vote totals.


Some Memorable Campaign Accomplishments

  1. Our Vice Presidential Candidate Matt Gonzalez was the first Mexican-American VP Candidate in American History.

  2. Debates: We participated in three third-party Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates:

    • Thursday, October 23, in Washington, D.C. at the Mayflower Hotel between Ralph Nader and Chuck Baldwin -- sponsored by Free and Equal -- covered by CSPAN.

    • Thursday, October 30, in Cleveland, Ohio between Ralph Nader, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin -- sponsored and hosted by the Cleveland City Club -- covered by CSPAN.

    • Sunday, November 2nd, Vice Presidential Debate in Las Vegas, Nevada -- sponsored by Free and Equal -- which included Libertarian Party VP candidate, Wayne Allyn Root, Constitution Party VP candidate, Darrell Castle, and Independent Ralph Nader running mate, Matt Gonzalez.

  3. Wall Street Rally: Thursday, October 16, 2008. Thousands of people gathered in front of the New York Stock Exchange to join Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez in protesting the bailout of Wall Street and to demand a crackdown on corporate crime.

  4. Massachusetts Marathon: Saturday, October 25, 2008. Dozens of organizers helped Ralph Nader set the Guinness Book of World Records for most campaign speeches in a single 24-hour period. We made 21 campaign stops in 21 different Massachusetts towns in a single day.

  5. Uplifting Facts

Nader talks with Palin look-a-like
Ralph Nader talking about protecting our rights under the United States constitution on the Annotated News Network (ANN) with Sarah Palin look-a-like Lisa Nova

From Nader Headquarters… sent on 11/5/08

 

Against all odds.

We prevailed.

On $4 million total -- what Obama raised in one day.

Nader/Gonzalez overcame ballot access obstacles.

We put our shift the power agenda on 45 state ballots.

We set the world record for campaigning in 21 towns and cities in 24 hours during our Massachusetts Marathon.

We exposed Obama and Biden for the corporate politicians they are.

(And today, ABC News is reporting that Obama wants the militarist reactionary Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff.)

We drew the line.

And together, we choose to make a stand.

You stood with hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Against the corporate militaristic machine.

Our consciences are clear.

Our hands are clean.

We made the moral choice.

History will look back and say -- those Americans back in 2008 who supported Nader/Gonzalez -- they were right.

So, thank you fellow traveler.

Thank you for your donations.

And your hard work.

It has been a joy -- standing with you.

Fighting for justice.

 

Onward

The Nader Team

Dear Senator Obama:
 
November 3, 2008


Open letter to Senator Barack Obama

Dear Senator Obama:

In your nearly two-year presidential campaign, the words "hope and change," "change and hope" have been your trademark declarations. Yet there is an asymmetry between those objectives and your political character that succumbs to contrary centers of power that want not "hope and change" but the continuation of the power-entrenched status quo.

Far more than Senator McCain, you have received enormous, unprecedented contributions from corporate interests, Wall Street interests and, most interestingly, big corporate law firm attorneys. Never before has a Democratic nominee for President achieved this supremacy over his Republican counterpart. Why, apart from your unconditional vote for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, are these large corporate interests investing so much in Senator Obama? Could it be that in your state Senate record, your U.S. Senate record and your presidential campaign record (favoring nuclear power, coal plants, offshore oil drilling, corporate subsidies including the 1872 Mining Act and avoiding any comprehensive program to crack down on the corporate crime wave and the bloated, wasteful military budget, for example) you have shown that you are their man?

To advance change and hope, the presidential persona requires character, courage, integrity-- not expediency, accommodation and short-range opportunism. Take, for example, your transformation from an articulate defender of Palestinian rights in Chicago before your run for the U.S. Senate to an acolyte, a dittoman for the hard-line AIPAC lobby, which bolsters the militaristic oppression, occupation, blockage, colonization and land-water seizures over the years of the Palestinian peoples and their shrunken territories in the West Bank and Gaza. Eric Alterman summarized numerous polls in a December 2007 issue of The Nation magazine showing that AIPAC policies are opposed by a majority of Jewish-Americans.

You know quite well that only when the U.S. Government supports the Israeli and Palestinian peace movements, that years ago worked out a detailed two-state solution (which is supported by a majority of Israelis and Palestinians), will there be a chance for a peaceful resolution of this 60-year plus conflict. Yet you align yourself with the hard-liners, so much so that in your infamous, demeaning speech to the AIPAC convention right after you gained the nomination of the Democratic Party, you supported an "undivided Jerusalem," and opposed negotiations with Hamas-- the elected government in Gaza. Once again, you ignored the will of the Israeli people who, in a March 1, 2008 poll by the respected newspaper Haaretz, showed that 64% of Israelis favored "direct negotiations with Hamas." Siding with the AIPAC hard-liners is what one of the many leading Palestinians advocating dialogue and peace with the Israeli people was describing when he wrote "Anti-semitism today is the persecution of Palestinian society by the Israeli state."

During your visit to Israel this summer, you scheduled a mere 45 minutes of your time for Palestinians with no news conference, and no visit to Palestinian refugee camps that would have focused the media on the brutalization of the Palestinians. Your trip supported the illegal, cruel blockade of Gaza in defiance of international law and the United Nations charter. You focused on southern Israeli casualties which during the past year have totaled one civilian casualty to every 400 Palestinian casualties on the Gaza side. Instead of a statesmanship that decried all violence and its replacement with acceptance of the Arab League's 2002 proposal to permit a viable Palestinian state within the 1967 borders in return for full economic and diplomatic relations between Arab countries and Israel, you played the role of a cheap politician, leaving the area and Palestinians with the feeling of much shock and little awe.

David Levy, a former Israeli peace negotiator, described your trip succinctly: "There was almost a willful display of indifference to the fact that there are two narratives here. This could serve him well as a candidate, but not as a President."

Palestinian American commentator, Ali Abunimah, noted that Obama did not utter a single criticism of Israel, "of its relentless settlement and wall construction, of the closures that make life unlivable for millions of Palestinians. ...Even the Bush administration recently criticized Israeli's use of cluster bombs against Lebanese civilians [see www.atfl.org for elaboration]. But Obama defended Israeli's assault on Lebanon as an exercise of its 'legitimate right to defend itself.'"

In numerous columns Gideon Levy, writing in Haaretz, strongly criticized the Israeli government's assault on civilians in Gaza, including attacks on "the heart of a crowded refugee camp... with horrible bloodshed" in early 2008.

Israeli writer and peace advocate-- Uri Avnery-- described Obama's appearance before AIPAC as one that "broke all records for obsequiousness and fawning, adding that Obama "is prepared to sacrifice the most basic American interests. After all, the US has a vital interest in achieving an Israeli-Palestinian peace that will allow it to find ways to the hearts of the Arab masses from Iraq to Morocco. Obama has harmed his image in the Muslim world and mortgaged his future-- if and when he is elected president.," he said, adding, "Of one thing I am certain: Obama's declarations at the AIPAC conference are very, very bad for peace. And what is bad for peace is bad for Israel, bad for the world and bad for the Palestinian people."

A further illustration of your deficiency of character is the way you turned your back on the Muslim-Americans in this country. You refused to send surrogates to speak to voters at their events. Having visited numerous churches and synagogues, you refused to visit a single Mosque in America. Even George W. Bush visited the Grand Mosque in Washington D.C. after 9/11 to express proper sentiments of tolerance before a frightened major religious group of innocents.

Although the New York Times published a major article on June 24, 2008 titled "Muslim Voters Detect a Snub from Obama" (by Andrea Elliott), citing examples of your aversion to these Americans who come from all walks of life, who serve in the armed forces and who work to live the American dream. Three days earlier the International Herald Tribune published an article by Roger Cohen titled "Why Obama Should Visit a Mosque." None of these comments and reports change your political bigotry against Muslim-Americans-- even though your father was a Muslim from Kenya.

Perhaps nothing illustrated your utter lack of political courage or even the mildest version of this trait than your surrendering to demands of the hard-liners to prohibit former president Jimmy Carter from speaking at the Democratic National Convention. This is a tradition for former presidents and one accorded in prime time to Bill Clinton this year.

Here was a President who negotiated peace between Israel and Egypt, but his recent book pressing the dominant Israeli superpower to avoid Apartheid of the Palestinians and make peace was all that it took to sideline him. Instead of an important address to the nation by Jimmy Carter on this critical international problem, he was relegated to a stroll across the stage to "tumultuous applause," following a showing of a film about the Carter Center's post-Katrina work. Shame on you, Barack Obama!

But then your shameful behavior has extended to many other areas of American life. (See the factual analysis by my running mate, Matt Gonzalez, on www.votenader.org). You have turned your back on the 100-million poor Americans composed of poor whites, African-Americans, and Latinos. You always mention helping the "middle class" but you omit, repeatedly, mention of the "poor" in America.

Should you be elected President, it must be more than an unprecedented upward career move following a brilliantly unprincipled campaign that spoke "change" yet demonstrated actual obeisance to the concentration power of the "corporate supremacists." It must be about shifting the power from the few to the many. It must be a White House presided over by a black man who does not turn his back on the downtrodden here and abroad but challenges the forces of greed, dictatorial control of labor, consumers and taxpayers, and the militarization of foreign policy. It must be a White House that is transforming of American politics-- opening it up to the public funding of elections (through voluntary approaches)-- and allowing smaller candidates to have a chance to be heard on debates and in the fullness of their now restricted civil liberties. Call it a competitive democracy.

Your presidential campaign again and again has demonstrated cowardly stands. "Hope" some say springs eternal." But not when "reality" consumes it daily.

Sincerely,
Ralph Nader

Helping America's Homeless People

NADER SOLIDARITY
Joe Anybody Speaks About Voting For Ralph Nader in 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMw3GqImDxQ

10-minute version

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Taco Maker Tom Speaks About Voting For Ralph Nader in 2008

News Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ryan Mehta, 408-348-0681,

 rmehta@votenader.org (national);

Greg Kafoury, 971-563-4139, kafoury@kafourymcdougal.com (local)

NADER TO HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE AND RALLY IN PORTLAND, OR

WHO: Ralph Nader

WHAT: Press Conference and Rally

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 20, at 7:15 and 7:30 p.m., respectively

WHERE: Bagdad Theatre and Pub, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

On Monday, October 20 at 7:15 p.m., consumer advocate and presidential candidate Ralph Nader will hold a press conference at the Bagdad Theatre and Pub, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, followed by a 1:30 p.m. rally. Mr. Nader will speak on a variety of topics including the economic crisis, the fraudulent Commission on Presidential Debates which excludes alternative voices from participating, and other pressing issues especially pertinent to Oregon residents.

Nader/Gonzalez laments news of the closure of a German-owned Daimler plant in Portland. Giant corporations, whether American or foreign, feel little or no sympathy for the workers and communities they harm when they make profit-driven decisions to move jobs oversees or into poorer countries where they exploit lax worker and environmental protection laws. The closure is set for 2010 when the company’s contract expires and will result in the laying off of about 900 workers represented by a number of unions including the Teamsters, Machinists and others.

While news of the plant’s closure rightly inspires a sense of powerlessness, Nader/Gonzalez is encouraged by plans to construct new solar panels on 328,000 square feet of a warehouse in northeast Portland. The solar project, which is the largest of its kind in the Northwest, will produce 1.1 megawatts of electricity for local customers by December which is enough to power about 800 homes.

Nader/Gonzalez supports bringing jobs back to communities by investing in clean, sustainable projects such as solar and wind, and in needed local labor-intensive public works to improve and rebuild infrastructure, fully fund education and redirect large bureaucratic and fraudulent health expenditures toward preventive health care. Of all places, Portland, which recently topped a list of the Greenest Cities in the world by Popular Science Magazine and is widely considered to be the most bicycle friendly city in North America, has clearly proven its openness and ability to accomplish just that while setting an example for others.

Mr. Nader will also address other critical issues the major party candidates have taken "off the table" that the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign has put on the table, including:

- a comprehensive, six-month negotiated military and corporate withdrawal date from Iraq;
- a single-payer, private delivery, free-choice public health insurance system for all;
- a living wage and repeal of the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act;
- a no-nuke, solar-based energy policy supported by renewable, sustainable, energy-efficient sources;
- a carbon tax to deter global warming and a securities derivatives tax to pay for the Washington bailout of Wall Street;
- an end to the corporate welfare and corporate crime that has resulted in millions losing pensions, savings and jobs and squandered tax dollars; and,
- more direct democracy reflecting the preamble to our constitution which starts with "we the people," and not "we the corporations."

About Ralph Nader
Attorney, author, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has been named by Time Magazine one of the "100 Most Influential Americans in the 20th Century." For more than four decades he has exposed problems and organized millions of citizens into more than 100 public interest groups advocating solutions. He led the movement to establish the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and was instrumental in enacting the Safe Drinking Water Act,, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and countless other pieces of important consumer legislation. Because of Ralph Nader we drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments. Nader graduated from Princeton University and received an LL.B from Harvard Law School.

About the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign
The Nader/Gonzalez independent presidential candidacy will be on the ballot in 45 states, is polling at 5-6 percent nationally, and a recent Time/CNN poll shows Ralph Nader polling 8 percent in New Mexico, 7 percent in Colorado, 7 percent in Pennsylvania, and 6 percent in Nevada — all key battleground states.

For more information on the Nader/Gonzalez campaign, visit: votenader.org.

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Video (1)

Ralph Nader 10-20-08 Bagdad Theater Portland Oregon part 1

http://www.archive.org/details/RalphNader2008BagdadTheaterPortlandOregonpart1

 

 

VIDEO (2)
 
 
Ralph Nader in Portland Oregon at the Bagdad Theater part 2

Bagdad Theater
Ralph Nader
"FaceBook"
PORTLAND OREGON
Filmed on 10-20-08 The full version will be available soon
Ralph speaks about being glued to TV and monitors and facebook
this is a Out-take from the BagDad videos above

On Wednesday October 15

at 6 p.m., we'll hold a rally at

Cooper Union

* * * * * * *

Then the next day, Thursday October 16 at noon, we'll be protesting on Wall Street.

At those events, Ralph and Matt will be calling for an end to the bailout of Wall Street's crooks.

They will be calling for jail time for corporate crime.

And they will demand that Wall Street be forced to pay for this mess through a securities speculation tax -- starting with a tax on derivatives.

Check out the details at votenader.org/nyc -- where you can download flyers and posters.

If you are in the New York City area, please attend.

Bring family and friends. Or let them know.

We're going all out for our New York City events.

We'll have a giant inflatable pig -- to represent Wall Street's sustained orgy of excess and reckless behavior.

And a giant inflatable screw -- to represent what the bailout means for the taxpayer.

 

They're charging through airports, eating up highways, setting up, taking down, rushing ahead, and framing the shot. They capture video of real people asking questions at events, not just the candidates.

And, of course, they get Ralph Nader's and Matt Gonzalez's responses out to you and to the world. The media team you helped to build with your donations is hitting its stride. 

Check out recent photos at http://flickr.com/photos/votenader.

The Nader Media Team has some new videos up on YouTube that we'd like you to watch and send around to your friends.

Remember, you made these possible!

First, check out the Vice-Presidential Debate video that will give you an entertaining way of showing your friends and family how Matt Gonzalez would've handled Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.

Then, watch videos from Ralph's recent swing through New England:

Nader on becoming civically active, before a great crowd in Burlington, Vermont.

and

On the passage of the Bailout Bill.

It's very important, as November draws near, that we all try and expand our social circles. Many people have never seen Ralph or Matt speak and video is the next best thing to a live event.

Please choose the videos you like, and send them to your e-mail list. Post links to them on blogs that you read, or on your own blog. Your contributions continue to make our video production possible and we are still ramping up to our best stuff. Stay tuned by subscribing to our YouTube channel.


Onward to November

 

 
2008 Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader
discusses the proposed
Wall Street Bailout
and his solutions. This is in response to a question asked by a student at the University of West Virginia, September 24, 2008.

part 1

part 2

 
RALPH NADER
Passing it down the Line
( "You Can Fight City Hall )

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Growing

Best Interview at the 2008 DNC
Amy Goodman with DemocracyNow.org
interviews Ralph Nader

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Ralph Nader
at the
Open the Debates Rally
Aug 27 2008
Denver, CO

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Ralph Nader  speaks about the subprime housing market
"Am I losing me?"

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Nader on Rush Limbaugh
freeloading on the American taxpayers airways

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HOOK
The Single Payer Health System
- supported by Ralph Nader

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DROP THE A BOMB
Ralph Nader - Presidential Candidate 2008
 

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Nader on Obama / Israel
2008 Presidential candidate Ralph Nader discusses the situation in the Gaza strip and challenges Senator Barack Obama's comments to AIPAC. Music: Wassaic by Atmospheric Diver.
http://www.votenader.org

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Ralph Nader for President 2008

July 9, 2008
www.votenader.org
www.officialnaderstore.com


Listen to Ralph Nader's audio message on the Senate vote on FISA - here.

Good morning.

This is Ralph Nader.

Today is Wednesday July 9, 2008.

And I'm listening now to the debate on the Senate floor over legislation that will give President Bush new warrantless eavesdropping powers.

The bill will also grant immunity to telecom companies for cooperating with Mr. Bush in his illegal warrantless wiretapping on Americans - on any one of you.

We were taught as young children that in our democracy, under our system of justice, nobody is above the law - nobody.

But this bill puts the President and the telecom companies above the law.

It also conveniently assures a coverup of Mr. Bush's past crimes in this area - of wiretapping and surveillance.

On the Senate floor, Senator Feingold has just warned his colleagues that the Senate "will regret that we passed this legislation."

As my home state Senator, Christopher Dodd, said:

"If we pass this legislation, the Senate will ratify a domestic spying regime that has already concentrated far too much unaccountable power in the President's hands and will place the telecommunications companies above the law."

What does it say that Senators Dodd, Feingold, Harry Reid, and Patrick Leahy have led the valiant fight against this bill, but Senator Obama has said he will vote for it?

Again, this bill gives the President vast new warrantless eavesdropping powers and allows the government - for the first time ever - to tap into America's telecommunications networks with no judicial warrant requirement.

President Bush and the Democrats who support him argue that the telecommunications companies were only doing what they were told by the President and were acting as "patriotic corporate citizens."

This is pure hogwash.

First of all, corporations aren't citizens.

Second, the President can't order anyone - citizens or corporations - to break the law.

This legislation, which the Senate is debating right now, sets up a double standard of justice.

Break the law as a citizen, go to jail.

Break the law as a corporation, go to Washington and get immunity.

Remember, there were telecom companies, such as Qwest, that refused to follow President Bush's illegal wiretap orders and chose instead to obey the laws of the land.

The Senate is now posed to bury the rule of law.

What to do?

Join Nader/Gonzalez - the candidacy that will shift the power from the corporations back into the hands of the people.

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We strongly oppose the wiretap surveillance legislation that Obama and McCain support.

We stand strongly with the American people and for the Constitution.

The Nader/Gonzalez campaign is now at six percent in the most recent CNN poll.

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Ralph Nader, activist, author and lecturer, shared his views in the matter of the "Next Steps for the Peace Movement," at a panel discussion on Oct. 11, 2007. The event was held at Bus Boys and Poets, in Washington, D.C. It was a fundraiser for DemocracyRising.US. For more information, please go to: www.democracyrising.us./ Mr. Nader's latest book is entitled: "The Seventeen Traditions."
 
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