Commentary — 20 September 2011

Ralph Nader

“Progressive leaders led by Ralph Nader and Cornel West unveiled a proposal today to challenge President Obama in the Democratic Party’s presidential primaries in 2012.

The proposal, which has been endorsed by over 45 distinguished leaders, seeks to have a slate of six candidates run against President Obama, each representing a field in which Obama has never clearly staked a progressive claim or where he has drifted toward the corporatist right.

“Without debates by challengers inside the Democratic Party’s presidential primaries, the liberal/majoritarian agenda will be muted and ignored,” said Ralph Nader.”


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Here’s a list of some supporting the proposal…for the sake of transparency.

James Abourezk
Former U.S. Senator, South Dakota

Gar Alperovitz, Professor University of Maryland, Co-Founder Democracy Collaborative

Norman Birnbaum
Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University Law Center

Dr. Brent Blackwelder
President Emeritus of Friends of the Earth

Ellen H. Brown
Lawyer and Author of Web of Debt

Edgar Stuart Cahn
Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia
Co-founder Legal Services for the Poor

Pat Choate
1996 Reform Party Vice President Candidate

Charles Cray
Director of the Center for Corporate Policy

Peter Coyote
Actor, Author and Director

Ronnie Cummins, Executive Director, Organic Consumers Association

Charles Derber, Professor, Boston College

Ronnie Dugger
Founder, Alliance for Democracy

John Fullerton
President, Capital Institute

Rebecca and James Goodman, Northwood Farm

Randy Hayes
Director, Foundation Earth
Rainforest Action Network Founder

Chris Hedges
Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist of the New York Times and Author

Hazel Henderson,
Author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy
President, Ethical Markets Media, LLC.

Jean Houston
Psychologist, Anthropologist and Author of The Possible Human and The
Possible Society

Nicholas Johnson
Former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Former Administrator, Federal Maritime Commission

Alan F. Kay
Author of Spot the Spin and Locating Consensus for Democracy

Harry Kelber
The Labor Educator

Andrew Kimbrell
Executive Director, Center for Food Safety&
International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA)

Jonathan Kozol
Educator, Author of Savage Inequalities

Lewis Lapham
Former Editor, Harper’s Magazine

Leland Lehrman, Partner, Fund Balance

Rabbi Michael Lerner
Editor, Tikkun Magazine
Chair, Network of Spiritual Progressives

Dr. Richard Lippin, MD
Physician Forecaster, Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and
Advocate for both Individual and Institutional Prevention

Robert D. Manning
Founder and CEO, Responsible Debt Relief Institute
Author of Credit Card Nation

Dr. Samuel Metz, MD
Mad As Hell Doctors, founding member
Physicians for a National Health Plan, member of Portland chapter

Carol Miller, Community Activist, New Mexico

E. Ethelbert Miller, Board Chair Institute for Policy Studies

Ralph Nader
Citizen Advocate

Michael Parenti

John Passacantando
Former Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

Erich Pica
President of Friends of the Earth

Vijay Prashad
Author and Professor, Trinity College

Nomi Prins
Author and former Managing Director at Goldman Sachs

Marcus Raskin
Author of The Common Good and former White House Advisor

Andy Shallal
“Democracy’s Restauranteur” and Owner of Bus Boys& Poets

Michelle Shocked

David Swanson
Author, War is a Lie

Chris Townsend
Political Action Director, United Electrical, Radio and Machine
Workers of America (UE)

Gore Vidal
Author and Political Activist

Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Chair, The Shalom Center

Harvey Wasserman
Author of Solartopia! Our Green-Powered Earth

Cornel West
Professor and Author of Race Matters

Quentin D. Young MD
National Coordinator, Physicians for a National Health Program

(On a side note, it should be noted that the news of this proposal was sent out by Tavis Smiley’s TV show publicist.  Take that for what it’s worth.  It is also relevant to highlight as to the messenger and how this message is being sent out.  Mo’Kelly’s not sure how Tavis’ TV show is connected to Ralph Nader…Just sayin’.  It most definitely calls into question one’s agenda and who tangentially is connected to it and promoting it.)


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Los Angeles Times Article Detailing Nader’s Plans


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  • Ralph Nader is neither an elephant or a donkey; He’s a dark horse.


    – Zack

  • Renae

    Where were these folks when Bush was in office? They were virtually silent during the Bush/Cheney years. What’s with the witch hunt? SMH. I am done with West & Smiley. Good riddance!

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