From YyzCA@aol.com Wed Nov 1 21:16:33 2000
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000 20:20:32 EST
Subject: Re: Labor and the Lesser of Two Evils
To: email@example.com, LABOR-L@yorku.ca
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"
Labor and the Lesser of Two Evils
1 November 2000
[A comment in response to an essay of the same name by
You overlook a major reason to vote for Nader.
US labour and US blacks have been so long in the pockets of the Democrats
that they have very little clout. The Republicans don't court them because it
is expensive and there is slim hope of a return. The Democrats don't court
them beyond lip service because, why is it really necessary?
For the first time in years, there is a viable alternative, a chance for
blacks and labour to take a stand and act independently. It won't do much in
this election, but in 2002 and, especially, in 2004, blocks not clearly
identified with either side will be courted by both.
If labour and/or blacks can ask both parties, "what will you really do for us
in order to gain our support in the coming election?" with a creditable claim
that their support is really in play, they may accomplish something.
For 50 years, US labour has wanted legislation that gives US workers the same
rights to organize that European workers have. US blacks do not appear to
have obtained their national objectives, either.
No, Nader is a far more powerful alternative than the rigid thinkers on the
left know. If Bush wins, blacks and labour are with the losers; if Gore wins,
they will continue to be taken for granted. Only Nader offered both groups
the opportunity for real power. Both failed to recognize the opportunity for
this election; it is still not to late for the next election.