Sunday, February 24, 2008

The presidential election finally gets interesting.

This morning on Meet the Press, Ralph Nader announced that he's running for President.
I'm finally excited about this year's election campaign.

Unfortunately, many people will respond to his announcement with a groan of "he's running again? All he's going to do is pull votes away from the other candidates."
I know that's how people respond, but it's how I used to respond; thinking this man was just trying to throw a wrench in the political process. But... even if that was his only goal... would that be so bad? If anything needs a wrench or two tossed into the works it's our political system.

This year, however, my view of Ralph Nader is different. I was hired by a client in California to write a review of one of his books "The Seventeen Traditions" - a book I highly recommend. As part of the writing process, I researched Nader himself, because I knew him by name only. I learned that his accomplishments are great, and that he's spent the majority of his life advocating for the common American citizen, and working to hold both the government and Corporate America accountable for their actions. He played a large part in the development of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Freedom of Information Act... just to name a few. He was one of the first to raise his voice about automotive safety with his 1965 book "Unsafe at Any Speed". His work eventually prompted the automotive industry to develop safety harnesses and air bags.

So, before you roll your eyes and dismiss Ralph Nader as a viable presidential candidate, research his life, his work and his accomplishments. Thus far, he's been a vocal and successful advocate for American citizens. And wouldn't it be nice to have finally have an advocate in the White House?

Read more about Ralph Nader.


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