(First published at DidYouCheckFirst.wordpress.com)
Robert Scheer talks with Ralph Nader in this episode of Scheer Intelligence.
Ralph peels the onion like only he can. He blasts Hillary – and Bernie – for not being actual progressives and for actually being mostly just the Democratic version of political corporatists.
Hillary’s associations with Wall Street and her hawkish foreign policy is called to our attention.
Bernie is criticized for being too willing to too easily endorse the party nominee – assuming it will be Hillary – without demanding his agenda become hers and how that risks an all too frequent result for Democrats – the disenfranchisement his supporters.
Scheer makes his usual erudite observations. He and Nader draw our attention to how history reminds us of how we as ACTIVE citizens in the 60s and 70s could “scare” our politicians, even Nixon, into paying attention to us and our demands.
Equal rights. Voting rights. Environmental protection. Occupational and safety standards. Consumer product safety.
He points out, and I agree, that we’ve become complacent and mostly ourselves to blame.
Nader also blames Americans – and doesn’t spare Democratic voters – for being too willing to settle for what they think are the lesser of evils. When it comes to Democrats, Ralph thinks they win elections when they do win because they are “less terrible than Republicans” in the duopoly that is our current electoral process which also keeps third and fourth parties from being viable.
Step one: Get rid of the Electoral College.
Step two: Reform campaign finance laws to take Big Money out of the process.
Step Three: Start locally like the Tea Party did. Too many local elections are for candidates who run unopposed.
Ralph also says not to get discouraged. The tiniest number of us can make a big difference.