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  •  I have long been a supporter (4.00)
    of Democrats analyzing Ralph Nader's party platform and issues and adapting them for our own use, in keeping with our Democratic philosophy, for the purpose of re-energizing our base and re-capturing those who have left our platform. There is very little in the Green party we could not easily incorporate in the Democratic platform, and many of their issues regarding the working class could inject new life into our party - and maybe even get the support of that great grey morass, the non-voting American.

    /there are no rules except discovery /the only tradition is invention. -rachel pollack

    by joseph rainmound on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 04:02:31 PM PST

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    •  Thank you for your comments (none)
      That was one of my points. I think the Republican
      Party has brainwashed many working class and middle class voters into thinking we are out to raise their taxes. So I thought a proposal to tax
      wages and non-luxury consumption less and wealth more might help us regain some white, working class voters.

      I didn't realize this diary would generate the negative comments it has from some people who are angry at Nader for costing Gore the election.
      For their information, I voted for Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004. But that doesn't mean I don't look at the Green Platform and find good ideas. After all, social security was originally proposed by the Socialist Party and later adopted
      by Franklin Roosevelt.

    •  This is a great idea, (none)
      The reason the Green Party exists is because of ideas that the Democrats have neglected.  The Democratic Party is slowing begining to realize this and understand this.  When they finally come to grips with it as you stated many people who don't vote will, the Green Party will go back to voting for Democrats, and the Democrats will attract some Republicans.  

      Also FYI, the election was stolen by   rigged votting equipment and computer programs that elimated minority voters who vote disproportionally for Democrats.  

      Boycott Citibank/Citicards. They are corporate thieves and terrorists.

      by tri on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 05:09:23 PM PST

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        "The reason the Green Party exists is because of ideas that the Democrats have neglected."

        correct. but unfortunately it goes way farther than the dinosaur-like democratic party shifting to the right in the last 30 years and leaving their traditional voter base and progressive platform in the dustbin-- it means the democratic party attempting to block Nader from getting on state presidential election ballots as they did in Illinois in 1999 (Nader sued, they lost).

        and don't forget the powers that be physically blocked Nader from entering the halls where the 2000 presidential debates were held. there's a gestapo-like tactic if I ever saw one.

        so why is the democratic party so terrified of Ralph Nader or anyone like him?

        precisely because he tells the truth, i.e. the "two" parties have more or less morphed into one useless and corrupt pro corporation/big money party that does not serve the American people.

        the vitriole spewed here upon mentioning Nader simply proves my point-- the democratic party did in fact shift too far to the right with Clinton. it got two terms for Clinton, but even then the dems were losing ground both at the state and federal level (congress) and since then this "strategy" has been a massive failure. thus Nader has been proven correct and the dems totally wrong.

        but we don't need Ralph Nader to point out what we learned and now know.

        "Fundamentalists in America like to vote for President Bush, but elsewhere they're violently opposing him." Maureen Dowd

        by Superpole on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 07:38:07 AM PST

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