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Obama disrespects Nader and his supporters

Posted by eggman on February 25, 2008

In response to the news that Nader has entered the race, Obama demonstrated his aptitude for democratic party sloganing. Why think and argue when you can use snappy one liner comebacks devoid of content? Here’s what he said about Nader, according to CNN.

“He thought that there was no difference between Al Gore and George Bush and, eight years later, I think people realize that Ralph did not know what he was talking about,” Sen. Barack Obama said at a town hall meeting Sunday.

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Obama also criticized Nader earlier this weekend. “My sense is that Mr. Nader is somebody who, if you don’t listen and adopt all of his policies, thinks you’re not substantive,” he told reporters when asked about Nader’s possible candidacy.

“He seems to have a pretty high opinion of his own work.”

In what speech did Nader ever allege that there was “no difference between Al Gore and George Bush”? I can’t find it, because he never said it, nor is he now alleging no difference between McCain and Obama. But he would like to see a different Obama. In fact, on Meet the Press yesterday Nader was asked to comment on this very question.

MR. RUSSERT: But you do see differences between Barack Obama and John McCain on the war, on tax cuts, on the environment, on a lot of issues?

MR. NADER: Yeah. There are differences, obviously. The question is not whether their differences verbally or what they put on their Web site, the question is what is their record? Senator Obama’s record has not been a challenging one. He’s not been a Senator Wellstone or Senator Abourezk or Senator Metzenbaum by any means. He has leaned, if anything, more toward the pro-corporate side of, of policymaking. The issue is, do they have the moral courage? Do they have the fortitude to stand up against the corporate powers and get things done? Yes, get things done for the American people?

1950, President Truman proposed universal health care. We still don’t have it. We have the worst tax system, perverse incentives that rewards the speculators on Wall Street. Why aren’t we taxing speculation on Wall Street instead of heavily taxing human labor and sales taxing necessities like food and appliances and furniture and clothing? There’s no debate on this. William Hartung, the independent military analyst, wrote an article the other day saying there’s no debate on the bloated military budget, on how best to defend this country without breaking the federal budget and putting huge deficits on the backs of our children and their grandchildren. We need to shift the power from the few to the many. And always in American history, every social justice movement was a shift of power from the few to the many. Maybe the slogan should be “Power to the babies.”

I’m very sorry to Obama and all his supporters who think it’s mean and dirty to require the political debate to be elevated above sloganing and the creation of happy feelings. I’m very sorry that they think that there’s no room in their democracy for candidates who want to raise a few issues that aren’t being talked about by the democrat or republican front runners. Yes, we DO need substantive discussion, and if Obama doesn’t want to engage in anything more than sloganing, then he is in my estimation “not substantive”. How incredibly rude and foolish it is for the democratic candidates to suggest that my candidate of choice doesn’t deserve equal access to our democratic process, or that my vote is being stolen from them. Obama must have a “pretty high opinion of his own work”.

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