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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 01:45 AM
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2000 Nader Voters Unrepentant?




Open Letter from Unrepentent Nader Voter to Nader:

Dear Ralph:

When George W. Bush squeaked into Office, you were unrepentant about your decision to run for President in 2000. You have remained unrepentant ever since, and even today you are considering making another presidential bid next year.

Initially, your unrepentant stance was admirable. It was ridiculous for Gore Democrats to try to shift the blame for Gore's loss from Gore himself to you!

And even after Bush was selected, the logic of your presidential campaign was more convincing than ever: the Republican and the Democratic parties appeared to be essentially indistinguishable.

But as time has passed, it is clear to us--as people who voted for you--that your campaign was a mistake, and it's time for us to switch from being "unrepentant" Nader voters to being "repentant" ones.

Why? Tweedle dee is still tweedle dee, but tweedle dum has turned into a global tyrant.

Since entering office, George W. Bush has surprised even those who feared him most. He has neglected the poor and the uninsured--while piling tax breaks on those who don't need them. He has undermined the ability of the United Nations to uphold the international rule of law. He has waged an illegal war, killing and wounding thousands of civilians and soldiers. He has weakened the Bill of Rights. And more.

His presidency has been so destructive that the premise of your campaign--that the two parties are controlled by the same special interests and are therefore identical--has been proven wrong. If Al Gore were our President, we can be sure that significant disasters would have been avoided, including the tax cuts for the rich, the near destruction of the United Nations, the Iraq War, and more.

And even worse are the initiatives that the Bush Administration will likely roll out in the future. His advisors assert that tax breaks for the wealthy will be an annual Bush feature, slowly disassembling the federal government as we know it. With this Bush in office there is a greater potential for more war. The Patriot Act II is already drafted. The Supreme Court is still vulnerable. Healthcare, education, international aid, and other unmet needs are being ignored. The list goes on and on.

The Bush nightmare might have been avoided if over 2.5 million of us had not voted for you in the last election. While we do not blame you or ourselves for the Gore loss, it is irrefutable that Bush might not be in office if you had not been a candidate.

It is for this reason that we repent and pledge to support the presidential candidate who's got the best chance of defeating George W. Bush in 2004.

We ask that you join us in repenting and make the same pledge. By doing so, you would join a growing number of citizens who voted for you but now believe that your campaign in 2000 was a mistake.

Once Bush is out of office and tweedle dee or tweedle dum runs Washington again, we may write another open letter to you, pleading that you again run for President. You are a great candidate and passionate activist. It seemed to make great sense for you to run for President in 2000 and to try to attract 5% of the national vote, securing federal matching funds for the next election. This cash would have allowed you to air the important issues that the major parties are ignoring.

But faced with the surreal reality that we confront in Washington today, we beseech you not to run next year and to call on all those who voted for you to join together in support of a candidate that has a real chance to defeat Bush.

It's time to repent...because Bush is so bad.

Yours,

RepentantNaderVoter.com

(Letter received through email and copied with RepentantNaderVoter.com campaign's permission to disseminiate. RepententNaderVoter is a campaign to convince Nader to stay out of the 2004 Presidential election)
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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 01:49 AM
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1. Some are, some aren't.
The chance that his holiness, the Christ-like Ralph, will enjoy the statistical anomaly by which he chuckled about his own importance while his country and the world into the abyss is vanishingly small. Forget about him. He is a toddler smashing dishes to get attention. Forget about his remaining supporters. They are much the same as their idol.

They will do nothing to help. Time spent trying to persuade them is wasted time. Let's win (and motivate) those who really count.
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 01:52 AM
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2. Thanks Repentant Nader Voter
Say five hail Mary's and stop jacking off...you'll go blind.
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 01:53 AM
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3. LMFAO!!!!
You are on a roll tonight...LOL!
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:06 AM
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4. Repentant here!
Edited on Sat Feb-21-04 02:09 AM by crunchyfrog
~Hanging my head in shame~ OK, I knew at the time that Bush was bad, but I honestly had no idea just how bad he was. I live in a very red state, so my vote wouldn't have helped Gore anyway. I was really pissed at Gore, and at the Democratic party at the time. I thought I was sending a signal to the Dems. Instead, I fear that I ended up sending a signal to Ralph Nader's ego.

I swear that this time, I would rather eat broken glass than vote for Nader. My state may be red but it hasn't always been, and I will work with my local Democratic party organization to do anything I can to try to change it back.

I may not have gotten the candidate that I wanted, but it's ABB all the way this year.

By the way, I wrote him a really scathing letter at his website a few weeks ago, when he was asking for feedback on a possible run.

Edited to add: Please don't flame me. :cry:
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NV1962 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:11 AM
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5. Live and learn
I mean, I still support a guy who voted for Reagan...
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LandOLincoln Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:21 AM
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14. Don't feel too bad. Wes may have voted for Reagan, but
Wes Jr. says he voted for NADER.

& they still love each other. There's a lesson there somewhere, but I'm too damn tired to ferret it out.
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NV1962 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:29 AM
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18. Dagnabbit
You made me laugh out loud!

I think it's time for my electroshock therapy...
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:53 AM
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20. LOL!
You both are making me laugh!

:-)
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LandOLincoln Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:15 AM
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6. S'okay, Crunchy, you're forgiven. It's those who STILL insist there's
Edited on Sat Feb-21-04 02:17 AM by LandOLincoln
no difference between the parties, those who STILL insist Ralphie's a Progressive (and what the heck ever happened to the word "Liberal," anyway?) to whom my everlasting and undying loathing is directed.

I've seen this flick before (1968, as a matter of fact). Trust me, it doesn't improve with age.
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:50 AM
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19. Thanks everyone!
LandoOLincoln, did Wes Jr really vote for Nader? Where did you hear about that. Pretty ironic isn't it?
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:18 AM
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8. You're great!!
No flames...just a lot of lovin'. :loveya:

You are the BEST kind of ABBer--I appreciate your honesty!!
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MurikanDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:20 AM
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12. No flame from me
Welcome back from the abyss.;-)
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Kenneth ken Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:24 AM
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16. no reason to repent
I'm in the same state you are; our votes wouldn't have carried Gore to the WH; I'm prety sure I'd rather vote Nader than eat broken glass - fortunately I don't think having to eat broken glass will be an option in November.

I can't see a scenario in which I'd go non-Democrat this year, but I'm neither embarrassed nor repentant regarding my 96 & 00 votes for Nader.

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WillyBrandt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:16 AM
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7. Repentant Nader voter here!
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:19 AM
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10. :-)
So glad to know that--although I really had no question about your commitment to depose Bush. LOL!

:toast:
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morgan2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:19 AM
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9. voting for nader in 2000 was the right thing to do
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NV1962 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:20 AM
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13. (nevermind)
Edited on Sat Feb-21-04 02:21 AM by NV1962
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CityDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:20 AM
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11. I voted for Gore -- won't be voting for Kerry or Edwards
I voted for Gore in 2000 thinking he would be much different than Bush. I will not support Kerry or Edwards after the establishment dems destroyed Howard Dean. Until the DLCer's learn they have to earn my vote with sound, progressive policies I will look for other candidates to support. I will support Nader unless the Green Party nominates a better candidate.
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DjTj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:23 AM
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15. What did Edwards do to Dean?
...other than one comment about the Confederate flag, I can't think of much that Edwards has done to destroy Dean.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:25 AM
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17. what is the deal with the fundy religious terms?
:shrug:
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 03:21 AM
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21. Gore was well enough ahead in WA state
So no. Unrepentant. (In a closer election I would have gone back to Gore.)
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