Seriously, Ralph, you attention-whoring, egomaniac, just
SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!
How is it someone who proclaims to be so progressive can be playing racial politics like this? ALso, do a little research, Obama has talked about these things, but you know what he realizes something that maybe you don’t. Most issues aren’t black and white issues, they are people issues, the War in Iraq, gasoline prices, foreclosures, government eroding away of our civil liberties, International Relations. Your idiotic ramblings are exactly what he wants to get beyond. No he hasn’t forgotten, his “blackness”, but he isn’t married to the old paradigms of what it has to mean to be black in this country.
You misunderstand Nader’s motives. He couldn’t care less about any political platform. His goal is to hurt the Democratic Party in Presidential races. Nader ran for the Democratic nomination in 1992 and lost. Since then he’s spend his life trying to punish the Democrats for rejecting him. The Republicans fund his campaigns because it helps them.
After Nader cost Gore the election in 2000, he was smiling and telling his campaign workers that it had been a victory. Even his own supporters were shocked to realize that Nader regarded defeating Gore as a victory.
Well, first of all, he’s talking about Obama and his pandering to white issues as him doing something to please people that aren’t like him. Yet, he also gleefully points out that Obama is half-black (which means the other part of him is half-white!)
Basically, it pisses me off because Obama is being pegged as “the outsider” because he’s biracial and articles constantly say any favoritism he might show for one race over the other is his attempt to “join” that race.
Bullshit. Obama doesn’t need to push “white issues” to appear “non-threatening” to whites. He is white. But he’s also black, and that pisses a bunch of people off (including Ralph Nader it seems).
Like all of our favorite internet trolls, Nader says things that are mostly, but not entirely, ridiculous to get people to notice and react to them. He gets a big boost to his ego when people react to them, and who cares how disruptive they are.
Before the 2000 election, I could see that he just possibly may have believed that Gore and Bush were both so beholden to corporate and governmental interests that there was little difference between from his highly liberal point of view (somewhere around the perspective of Fidel Castro, though he believes himself to be mainstream). However after the past eight years of the Bush administration compared to any possible Democratic adminstration that Gore might possibly have occured, for him to repeat that there is no difference between the big party candidates is simply psychopathic.