Ralph Nader announced that he is again running for president of the United States. Oh, man. So what is a conscientious, idealistic, anti-corporate takeover of America, third party advocate supposed to do? My much delayed (due to an overly-long trip to Michigan) “Why Obama, Part II” must now be completely rethought. You see, the main reason I support Obama is that things happen in the US only when a President can build a broad base of popular support. Think of the accomplishments of JFK and Reagan. Those presidents were able to rally so much popular support that the entrenched powers in Washington were forced to either get on board with their respective agendas or face an electorate who would support someone who did. I still recall watching the 1984 election results and feeling sorry for Mondale and his one state versus all the rest of the US going for Reagan. True, I had no idea what either candidate stood for at the time, but even then I could tell that Reagan was going to get done what he wanted to. Obama represents that kind of sea change–one that can compel others to support his agenda whether they like it or not. So from that perspective, Obama really could change things in Washington. But on the other hand he still represents the two party system and he doesn’t support a single payer healthcare system, which Nader does.
So what do I do? Continue to vote Nader, or maintain my support for Obama? So far, neither candidate has called to elicit the endorsement of The Porter Bureau, but I’m sure their campaign staffs are presently scheduling just such a call. In the interim, I must take some time to consider whether I make a statement, or ride the wave.
On a more positive note, “Falling Slowly” from the amazingly good film, “Once,” won for Best Song at the Oscars tonight. Brilliant film. Go see it/rent it, if you haven’t already.