Many Don’t Like Ralph, but……….

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Ralph Nader {center}

October 27, 1969

Ralph Nader set up a consumer organization with young lawyers and researchers {often called “Nader’s Raiders”} who produced systematic exposés of industrial hazards, pollution, unsafe products, and governmental neglect of consumer safety laws.

Nader is widely recognized as the founder of the consumer rights movement. He played a key role in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Freedom of Information Act, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

We could use another Nader to come forward from the ranks of the young and listen closely to what the real Ralph has to say, not be blinded by your political ideology leading a hatred and ignorance of the man’s knowledge of what goes on in Washington and the Corporate Headquarters of America!

Nader’s Raiders

In the 1960s and 1970s, a number of dedicated young activists rallied to the side of Ralph Nader, committed to working towards causes such as consumer advocacy. Dubbed “Nader’s Raiders” by the press, these volunteers, student interns and staff members investigated federal bureaucracies; shaped the modern consumer activist movement; and called for protecting the environment, workers rights and limited corporate power. They researched and prepared reports that helped spur legislative change.

Former Nader’s Raiders talk about what life was like working with Ralph Nader during the consumer movement.

Ralph knows, and those who still hold great respect for him also know, he isn’t ever going to be elected to run the country, I don’t even think he really wants to, but he does want to Educate and will take the Scandalous name calling and Hatreds raised in trying to do exactly that. That’s what he’s been doing since he first came forward and went up against the Powers that be and those that wanna-be.

He’s also better being on the outside slamming the insiders than joining their ranks and having his voice and knowledge controlled.

While consumer advocate/environmentalist Ralph Nader has virtually no chance of winning the White House, he has been taken quite seriously on the campaign trail.

Another day in History, any takers amounst you to continue the legacy and fight for your fellow citizens!!

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  1. at least you’re not getting nuked here like over at the Great Orange Satan.  Ralph is a problematic figure.  Somehow, we can forgive LBJ for Viet Nam, but we can’t forgive Ralph for 2000.  Maybe it’s still too soon.  At any rate, thanks for the reminder.

    • OPOL on October 28, 2008 at 3:33 am

    not sure he deserves the credit for Bush’s win either.

    • Robyn on October 28, 2008 at 3:34 am

    …named David Horowicz.  The distant past is not a good way to measure the present or predict the future.

    Ralph lost me for sure when he dismissed freedom of choice and gay rights as “genital politics.”

  2. . . . don’t like Ralph Nader.  Nader makes a convenient whipping boy for 2000 at the Great Orange Satan because the majority there don’t want to hear about the inadequacies of Al Gore as a winning candidate–a winning candidate who declined to insist on his victory and thus turned his back on his supporters at a crucial moment.  They’d rather hear that Nader by some vague, unexplained means somehow crippled Gore than that BushCo stole it from Gore in broad daylight and Gore declined to fight it.

    Nader, who has nothing to do with the above, is a true American hero.

  3. He delivered more speeches in a 24-hour period than anyone else…

  4. And has done a lot of good things for our country. But his ego got the best of him and he failed to build that up into a real national coalition for change. He could have become a powerful progressive advocate with a national following. Instead he alienated people that could have been his most loyal followers and wasted his energy into presidential campaigns that had no  real positive effect on the national debate.  

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