“We Welcome Disillusioned Obama Supporters” read the official Ralph Nader website the other day. “Yes”, I thought. “That’s me”.
I am going to piss a lot of people off with this entry. Especially because Obama has been accepted as ‘cool’. He is on hipster Tshirts being sold in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Obey© Posters. He is supposed to bring about Change™. And then we were all shocked beyond belief when Obama broke his word on FISA/Telecom. Is this the sort of Change™ he is speaking of? Even Hillary voted against it. For those of us wishing to live in a country where our emails and phone calls can be listened to and read on a whim, where does democracy and dissent and the ability to change the staus-quo stand? When corporations can lock up activists, chill dissent, and bully any naysayer in the name of anti-terrorism, what Change™ can actually come about?
I am sick of hearing people scared of “splitting the vote” and blaming Nader for “stealing” votes from Gore. Demicans and Republicrats are owned and sponsored by the same corporate powers whose interests are met no matter which of the two colors of wrapping paper they show up in at the debates.