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Ralph Nader Won't Run for Green Party
Monday, 2004 January 5 - 12:24 pm
Ralph "I Handed George Bush the Presidency" Nader announced that he would not run as the Green Party candidate in this year's election. For Democrats, that's the good news. The bad news is that he still may run as an independent.

Yes, I can hear the Nader supporters now... vote your conscience, they say. Blah blah blah. But is it really realistic to expect that Ralph Nader, or any Green party candidate, will win the presidency? What fantasy world do you people live in, exactly?

Given the choice between a Democratic candidate and a Republican candidate, who would you rather have? Which party is more consistently pro-environment? Which party supports a national health insurance system? Which party supports a minimum wage increase? Which party is more consistently pro-choice? Which party supports worker's rights?

Green Party propaganda would have you believe that Democrats do not actually believe in these things; that they are really just Republicans in disguise. But that's a bunch of crap. There is a political spectrum; the Green Party is on the far left, the Democrats are left-center, and the Republicans are right or right-center. Yes, that means that Democrats and Republicans may agree that some of the Green party positions are too far left. But overall, Democrats are much closer to the Green Party position than Republicans are.

So listen closely to me, Green Party and Ralph Nader aficionados... and libertarians, for that matter: IF YOU VOTE FOR A THIRD-PARTY CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT, YOU ARE THROWING YOUR VOTE AWAY. Now, go ahead and vote for alternate candidates for your local town council and such. But for President and Congressional races, please be realistic! Right now, third-party candidates never get more than single-digit percentages in those elections. Your votes are the swing vote between Democrats and Republicans. If you choose to think of it as picking the lesser of two evils, fine... but vote with your head, not just your heart!
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