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Nader deserves swift kick for Swift Vets tie

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Thursday night I listened to longshot presidential candidate Ralph Nader lecture a television audience about principles. He said that adhering to your principles when choosing a candidate to support should be more important than whether the candidate can win the election. Friday, I learned that this advocate of principles has accepted money from the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, people who epitomize absence of principles. The group of politically reactionary Vietnam veterans and fellow travelers has engaged in a smear campaign of epic proportions to prevent Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) being elected president. The evidence that their seedy allegations are false is convincing.

The Washingon Post became inquisitive about Nader’s new bedfellows.

Swift Boat Veterans for Nader? A handful of donors to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, an organization that has run controversial ads attacking Democrat John F. Kerry, have also given money to independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader.

Five donors, who contributed a total of $13,500 to the anti-Kerry group, also gave $7,500 to the longtime consumer advocate. That has infuriated some Democrats, who complain that Nader is taking money from supporters of not only a Republican group, but also one he has repeatedly denounced. In August, at a speech at Tulane University, Nader called the group “proxies” for the Bush campaign, which, he said, was attempting to “smear” the Democratic nominee.

When confronted about his hypocrisy, Nader said there is nothing wrong with his campaign accepting the contributions. He asserted that the donations prove his appeal across the political spectrum. One is expected to believe the money changed hands because Right Wing zealots admire Nader’s crusades for safer cars and appliances. But, there is a more likely reason for the Swift Boaters to encourage Nader — he can act as a spoiler in this election. Though there is no prospect of a victory for Nader, he can damage or destroy John Kerry’s ability to prevail if he achieves two or three percent of the vote in key states. That is the reason why Republicans have fought to add him to ballots in states where the GOP and the Democrats are neck and neck. It is also why conservatives, including the Swift Boat crew, are willing to donate money to someone they normally would not give the time of day.

Being principled means, at the very least, not bowing to expediency. Ralph Nader, in service to an ego that has become burdensome to himself and others, has not only bowed, but groveled, to persons he should be embarassed to be associated with. He may have tarnished his reputation, which relied on his integrity to an extent most politicians’ stature doesn’t, irrevocably.

Note: This entry also appeared at Mac-a-ro-nies.

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  • Readers sent me more information about Nader today. It seems he is somehow involved with even more fringe folks in the “social therapy” movement. That is Fred Newnan and Lenora Fulani’s peeps. I’m beginning to suspect that Nader will pledge allegiance to anyone who gives him a dime. I’ll have more to say once I unravel what is going on.

  • bhw

    It’s a *foolish* consistency that is the hobgoblin of little minds:

    The other terror that scares us from self-trust is our consistency; a reverence for our past act or word, because the eyes of others have no other data for computing our orbit than our past acts, and we are loath to disappoint them….

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

    Cute, no?

  • Diva- you’re friends are right about Nader. He’s been woefully inconsistent since becoming a Presidential candidate.

    Of course, while consistency of thought is my hallmark of integrity, it is to some the hobgoblin of a tiny mind. *shrug*

  • I am going to have to read some books and broaden my take on Ralph Nader. Though friends have been telling me he is mainly about himself for years, I still thought of him as an advocate for consumers. But, money from the Swift Nuts? Time to look closer.

  • RJ

    For the record, I have donated to both Nader AND http://www.swiftvets.com and I am proud of it.

    Kerry is a vile human being. Everything and anything should be done to stop him from cutting and running out of Iraq.

    Nader is like Gaia, protecting the planet from loons like Kerry or Gore from becoming President.

    Gaia bless Nader!

  • nader is a whore.

  • Nader has also accepted Federal money in the past to support his campaigns, after endlessly decrying money being pumped into campaigns.

    Bottom line with Nader is this: “I don’t practice what I preach, ’cause I’m not the kind of person I’m preaching to”.

  • andy marsh

    Diva…can you site any of that convincing evidence???