Guest Editorial
By Marlon Black
Towards the closing days of the election, then Senator and now President Elect Obama made a statement and used the term ‘redistribution wealth’. This terrified some of my more conservative friends who began talking about him as a ‘dangerous socialist’. Some of the more extreme opinions I’ve heard even warned that his victory would result in the ‘United Socialist States of America’. And, while I don’t pay too close attention to punditry, I was relieved that they didn’t similarly grab hold of this.

But, hold on here. Socialism? Redistribution of Wealth? Call me crazy, but didn’t our current (and fervently free market) President just shove Congress into supporting a 700 billion dollar redistribution of wealth? Sure, I heard a lot of people complain, but why didn’t anyone call him a Socialist? Obama and McCain both voted for it twice, so why is Obama maligned as the Socialist, by himself?

Well, America. I have a little wake up call for you. We aren’t capitalists. We love to say we are, and when times are good and we’re rolling in the green we’d sooner cut our toes off than consider regulating industry. But you know what? When things get hard and it’s time for us to take our lumps, we charge it to our American (Tax-Payer) Express. We’re only capitalists until capitalism is inconvenient. Do you know who, in a strict capitalist sense, is too big and important to fail? NO ONE. The threat of failure is what is supposed to regulate the market and prevent people who take dangerous risks from polluting the rest of the market. America has taken the teeth out of capitalism, we’ve rejected socialism out of hand, and then sit around wondering why isn’t working right.

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Obama poked fun of McCain and Palin’s new “change” mantra.

“You can put lipstick on a pig,” he said as the crowd cheered. “It’s still a pig.”

“You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It’s still gonna stink.”

“We’ve had enough of the same old thing.”

He was clearly referring the McCain campaign… despite Sarah Palin referring to herself as a “Pitbull in Lipstick.” Nothing like sifting gnat dropping for a sound bite.

I try to pay attention to what going on within the campaign camps and I have to admit that Ralph Nader is speaking my language. In a recent email letter he referred to McCain, Obama, and Clinton as Corporate Democrats and Corporate Republicans…I agree with that. In many respects it is the same song, the Dems are preaching change but not enough change.

Ralph Nader’s  puts the ball back in play on important issues ALL other candidates have taken off the table. This makes Nader campaign a significant factor in the presidential debates.  I want to hear the candidates answer some of the issues  raised by Nader, such as why are the following items considered off the table by Clinton, Obama and McCain:

  • Single payer national health insurance
  • Cut the huge wasteful military budget
  • Solar energy first & no to nuclear power
  • Aggressive crackdown on corporate crime and corporate welfare
  • Adopt a carbon pollution tax
  • End corporate personhood
  • And first and foremost, impeach Bush/Cheney

That having been said, I’ve decided to contribute to the Nader campaign not because I plan to vote Nader in the next election but because Nader’s insertion into these debates will for force Corporate Democrats and Republicans to answer and address issues that they won’t talk about otherwise.

Corporate power should never determine the scope of change Americans have access to –  Debate Nader!

The following is a recent email from the Nader camp:

 New York Governor Eliot Spitzer gets caught with a hooker.

The Republicans call for his impeachment.

Spitzer resigns within a week.

Bush engages the country in a criminal war in Iraq.

IMPEACH BUSH. IT'S THE AMERICAN THING TO DO.More than a million Iraqis are killed.

Almost 4,000 Americans are killed.

Tens of thousands are seriously injured.

Five years go by.

Obama/Clinton/McCain take impeachment off the table.

Bush and Cheney go free.

As Ralph Nader put it recently:

“The American people have no authority to challenge these governmental crimes, which are committed in their name. They are rendered defenseless except for elections, which the two party duopoly has rigged, commercialized, and trivialized. Even in this electoral arena, a collective vote of ouster of the incumbents does not bring public officials to justice – just to another position usually in the high paying corporate world.”

Nader/Gonzalez demand that impeachment be put back on the table.

For impeachment of Bush/Cheney to be heard in this election year, it is imperative that Nader/Gonzalez get on state ballots all across this country.

Right now, we are raising money to put Nader/Gonzalez on the ballot in Arizona – the home state of the candidate of perpetual war – John McCain.

In just two days, we have raised more than $14,000 from 180 of you – our loyal supporters.

That takes us more than 25 percent of the way to meeting our goal of $50,000 for the week.

We project that $50,000 will get us the necessary 40,000 signatures we need by June 4, 2008 to get Nader/Gonzalez on the ballot in Arizona.

When we reach our goal, we will deploy our troops to Arizona.

And we will take the message to Arizona and the country – Impeach Bush and Cheney.

To fund our Arizona petition drive, we need another 360 of you to donate $100 each – and we’ll head out to Tucson and Phoenix.

Remember the Zogby poll from yesterday.

McCain 45, Clinton 39, Nader 6.

McCain 44, Obama 39, Nader 5.

And we’re just getting started.

Remember:

Obama/Clinton/McCain take impeachment off the table.

Nader/Gonzalez put it back on.

Send this message across the country now.

Remember, every dollar counts.

And you can give up to 2,300 of them.

Call it – “maxing out for impeachment.”

Thank you again for your ongoing support.

Onward.

The Nader Team