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Ralph Nader proves his selfishness once again
By Ray Hanania — Ralph Nader says he’s running for president of the United States as a 3rd Party Candidate because America needs him. Really? It sounds more like the same old broken Ralph Nader record, one of a selfishness that helped to derail the Democratic Party in the past and insure the election of George W. Bush, one of our nation’s worst presidents ever. Ralph Nader once was a champion of American consumers. But that was decades ago. Nader must have believed the American people were not grateful for his outspokenness on strategies to strengthen the economy. Now he says he wants to run for president. Again.
Maybe if this were his first time, I’d say, give Nader a chance. But the fact is this is his 5th time running for president. His only achievement in four past contests has been to derail the only chance a Democrat had of stopping one of this nation’s worst president’s from taking office.
Thanks to Nader, we have President George W. Bush, all of the Bush lies about the weapons of mass destruction, all of the hatred from the conservative Republican right, and all of the insanity that Bush’s failed policies have wrought upon this world.
Nader isn’t about helping the American people. He is all about selfish ego because Ralph Nader doesn’t have a chance in hell of winning office at all.
There are a lot of good people who have more qualifications who have not entered the race for president, but only one with a huge ego who believes that he can win without money and more importantly, without the backing of a majority national constituency.
Some argue those issues are irrelevant. Nader, they insist hysterically – because most Nader supporters are hysterical zealots, some from outside of the system and most on the fringes of society itself – is the best candidate.
Really? If Ralph Nader is the best candidate, then why doesn’t he ever win significant support? Why is it that all Ralph Nader ever does is take just enough votes away from a good candidate to insure that a fool greater than he does win office?
You see, part of being qualified to become president of the United States is the ability to generate public support. Sizeable public support in the form of voter constituency and money. His past campaigns prove he lacks both.
Why didn’t Nader run in the Democratic Primary, for example, or better yet, in the Republican contest as the extremist that he really is?
He didn’t run because he knew he could not win. And this is not about America. This is all about Ralph Nader.
Nader has run for president four times since 1992. His candidacy is credited with having wobbled the candidacy of Al Gore in 2000, allowing Bush to walk into a victory that put the nation under Bush’s control. Nader won 2.7 percent of the vote. A vote that by itself is pathetically laughable and disgraceful for anyone who embraces his own ego as does Nader, but enough to doom the nation to eight years of suffering.
In 2004, Nader ran as an “independent,” winning only .03 percent of the vote.
Chances are Ralph Nader will set an all time record low in votes as Americans become accustomed to his selfishness and his bruised ego.
So why does it matter to anything if Ralph Nader wins, if we acknowledge that his voter appeal is barely measurable?
Any votes that Ralph Nader, who is left of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, will be votes taken away from the likely Republican successor to President Bush, John McCain.
Nader announced his candidacy not surrounded by swarms of his supporters, because those swarms of supporters do not exist. He made his announcement on a television news program as a side show circus act to the bigger presidential election.
Nader told NBC’s Meet the Press that he was running because Bush lied about Iraq, the economy is in ruins and he is the only person who can win.
Nader said that he blamed the Democrats for failing to stop Bush, but the real blame belongs right around Nader’s own neck.
Why does someone like Nader do what they do? Why do they spend their lives destroying things instead of rebuilding? In part, it is because of a character flaw, one that blames the American people for not seeing his brilliance.
In other words, Nader is entering the presidential race knowing he is a loser not to win office but to help destroy America by believing that he can continue to contribute to the punishment of the American people for rejecting his candidacy.
Nader boasts that he represents the voices of American voters locked out of the system. In reality, all Nader proves is that fewer and fewer American see past his selfishness and are more and more finding their voice in the election process.
One consequence of finding their voice is to consistently reject Nader.
If Nader really cared about righting the wrongs committed by the Bush administration, he would withdraw from the race and instead throw his backing to someone else.
But that would mean Nader is responsible and that the interests of the American people mean more than his only certain achievement, entering the Guinness Book of World Records as history’s worst-ever candidate for president.
(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist and author. He can be reached at www.hanania.com.)
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Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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