From firstname.lastname@example.org Wed Nov 1 06:14:31 2000
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000 02:08:47 -0500
From: Jonah Nadir Omowale <email@example.com>
Subject: [BRC-NEWS] Lesser of Two Evils vs. Greatest Common Good
The Lesser of Two Evils or The Greatest Common Good
By Jonah Nadir Omowale <firstname.lastname@example.org>
27 October 2000
Why all of a sudden is there all this attention on Ralph
Nader? Until a few days ago, the media and both major
parties have made every effort to not just ignore his
campaign, but to block his message from being heard. Even
going so far as to bar him from attending the debates,
much less participating. Now, because it looks like Gore's
blunders during those debates and throughout this campaign
are catching up to him, he and the media that backs him are
attacking Ralph Nader.
But, check it out: They aren't addressing the issues that
inspired Nader to run in the first place. They don't speak
about the corporate financing of government or the prison
industrial complex. They aren't mentioning the war on drugs
or abolition of the death penalty. Gore hasn't made any
attempt to argue with Nader's positions on universal health
care or raising the minimum wage. Al Gore is playing on your
fear of George W. Bush.
The media still isn't talking about Ralph Nader's stance on
the issues. They are just telling you that "a vote for Nader
is a vote for Bush." Ralph Nader was blocked from the debates
that would have given Al Gore a forum to refute Nader's charges
that he and Bush are the same. Gore has refused to address
those concerns and the people who have raised them.
Al Gore chose to ignore Ralph Nader and to run his race
against George W. Bush. He has essentially conceded defeat
in that battle so he must now pick on someone who has one
tenth of his standing in the polls. Mr. Gore and the
conservative leanings of the Democratic party created this
atmosphere by ignoring the progressives within their own
organization and ignoring the issues of the common American.
Now they are drowning in their own arrogance.
If Al Gore were really concerned about the people of the
Green Party and about the issues they have raised he would
debate Ralph Nader. He didn't do it before, but he has a
week and a half. Put up or shut up. Earn your constituents'
votes by addressing their concerns, not by playing on their
Those Nader supporters who are asking Ralph to drop out
of the race are the biggest cowards of all. If you choose
to protest, you must be willing to march from beginning
to end. Now it's like "Oh, we were just trying to get your
attention, Al. Ralph, ignore your principles and what you
have fought for all these years and endorse the lesser of
I have joined this crusade because I believe in taking a
stand and fighting for the greatest common good. I don't
believe for one minute that George Bush will make matters
any worse for the millions of Americans who are poor and
hungry and have no health care or are locked in prison
because of medical conditions like addiction, because he
doesn't care enough about them to pay it the attention. I
don't believe that Al Gore has the guts to make it better
because those people don't contribute to his campaign. I
will not back down or change my stance because Al Gore and
the Democratic party have proven that they don't care about
the concerns of real Americans enough to truly address the
issues. They use scare tactics and smoke screens to divert
attention from the truth. Al Gore is more beholden to the
corporations than George W. Bush is. Bush is a corporation.
Gore, on the other hand owes them his political life.
Read up on the issues. Here are the links I have forwarded
countless times during the campaign:
These are things that affect real American citizens. They
affect the company you own and the corporation you work for.
This is about your life and the lives of your children both
born and unborn. Know and understand the truth and vote not
for the lesser of two evils but for the greatest common good.
Copyright (c) 2000 Jonah Nadir Omowale. All Rights Reserved.
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