Four-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader has a bit of advice for Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Stay in the race.
In an opinion column run this week in TIME magazine Nader said Sander should ignore cries from the Hillary Clinton campaign that he is playing the spoiler and stay in the race until at least the convention, if not longer:
There are still lessons that Sanders can teach the decadent corporate Democrats for whom this 2016 campaign may be their last hurrah. It is called political energy. It is the lack of political energy that explains why the Democratic Party, year after year, cannot defend the country from the worst Republican Party, on its own record, in Congressional history.
In addition to providing an opportunity to advocate for statehood for Washington D.C., Nader said Sanders staying in the race provides an alternative should Clinton’s legal issues surrounding her alleged misuse of a personal computer as an email server for classified state department messages. Clinton, the former Secretary of State, was criticized for her handling by the State Department and is currently under investigation by the F.B.I.
Like Trump, Hillary has imploding potential. Her email troubles are under Justice Department investigation and revelations are still bubbling. The smarm surrounding the Clinton quadrangle of Bill’s huge speech fees, mining and other magnates securing concessions in foreign dictatorships, the role of the State Department and giant gifts to the Clinton Foundation continue to surface. Also intriguing is the fact that Hillary continues to stonewall any public disclosure of the transcripts, contractually in her exclusive possession, of her $5,000-per-minute, closed-door speeches to big banks and other industries.
Also, Nader calls for Sanders to continue in order to “keep supporters focused and hoping” in order to keep Democrats from defecting to Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s camp.
Nader calls for Bernie to start “this fundamental movement for a functioning democracy” with a massive gathering a the National Mall in Washington D.C. with a massive rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. .
“That a long-time, lone-ranger Senator can get this far is a tribute to his focus on widely-felt, repressed priorities. His candidacy is contrasted with the avarice of the plutocratic/oligarchic corporate state. This dominant corporatism possesses few loyalties to country and community other than to control them while treating the workers’ economy with disinvestment and unbridled globalization… Both Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower warned their fellow Americans about this subordination of our government to big business and its impact on our liberties and livelihoods… Perhaps the sonorous “feel the Bern” call at Sanders’s gigantic rallies around the country has its echoes in those similar warnings by these leaders—one Democrat and one Republican—coming from their experience during the Great Depression and World War II.
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