I liked Raimondo’s endorsement of Nader here. I’ve always enjoyed his articles which badger the US military imperialist machine as he is one of the major contributors of Anti-war.com.
I’ve seen some foolish articles over at the Huffington Post website asking Nader to step down so that Obama can have a clear run to the finish. Raimondo points out the foolishness of this position in showing that Obama is clearly pro-war and has issued a number of statements that will likely lead to war with nations such as Iran and Pakistan.
Raimondo is also very adept at pointing out the corporate backers of Obama who’ve contributed hugely to his campaign are the very same people that have contributed heavily to getting our nation into this huge financial crisis in which we gave them 700 billion dollars.
Here’s what he says about Nader in what appears to be coming from a true conservative/libertarian at heart:
And there is better: Ralph Nader.
On the defining issue of the campaign – and the age – Nader is spot on: the bailout of the banks, he avers, “was clearly socialism bailing out capitalism.” Not that this version of capitalism has anything to do with authentically free enterprise: “This is the collapse of corporate capitalist ideology,” says Nader. “I emphasize corporate, because the only capitalism left now is small business. They’re the only ones who are free to go bankrupt.”
On foreign policy, Nader is the only consistent anti-interventionist in the race, or, at least, the only one who makes this an important part of his campaign. Unlike McCain and Obama, who both revel in baiting the Russian bear, Nader asks: “Why don’t we leave the Russians alone?” Why, he asks, are we provoking Moscow into another cold war? Obama, the candidate of the supposedly “antiwar” wing of the Democratic party, is pledged to usher Georgia as well as Ukraine into NATO – which the Russians view as an aggressive act. Both want anti-missile “defense” shields in place in Eastern and Central Europe – only Nader seems to understand that this is just a scam for enriching the military-industrial-congressional complex.
Nader is the Eugene Debs of our times: he is brave, intractably committed to principle, and disdainful of the limousine liberals and their “conservative” counterparts who grimace in maidenly horror at the sight and sounds of such truth-telling populism. Most importantly, Ralph Nader knows who are the real enemies of the American people, and what is the source of their power. He, alone, is serious about breaking that power. While I may disagree with some of his more socialistic proposals, and probably wouldn’t last very long at a Nader-for-President meeting before getting into it with his commie followers, I don’t know of anyone in American political life, at the moment, who has more genuine good old fashioned integrity. I also can’t think of anyone who annoys the limousine liberals and Obama-oids more–and since these folks are our future rulers, or so it seems, that is reason enough to cheer his campaign and his continued presence in public life.
You’ve got to love it. Go Nader.