Ralph Nader

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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Stubborn Facts and the Lies That Kill Democracy
It is not just Donald Trump whose rhetoric is chronically bereft of reality. Politicians, reporters, commentators and academics are often similarly untethered to hard facts, albeit not for narcissistic enjoyment. There are many patterns of fact, relevant to a subject being discussed, that are off...
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
"Making America Great" at Americans' Expense
Donald J. Trump was a builder of casinos and high-priced hotels and golf courses. Now he is a builder of a tower of contradictions for the American people that is making “America Great” at their expense. He made many conflicting promises throughout his presidential campaign. He was going to be the...
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Thursday, March 02, 2017
Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think
Back in Congress following February recess’s raucous town meetings, Republicans are shuddering. Instead of nearly empty auditoriums, where legislators’ staff often outnumber voters in attendance, meetings were packed with citizens determined to block the “take away” agenda of the Trump Republicans...
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Restricting People’s Use of Their Courts
In not so merry old medieval England, wrongful injuries between people either were suffered in silence or provoked revenge. Cooler heads began to prevail and courts of law were opened so such disputes over compensation and other remedies could be adjudicated under trial by jury. Taken across the...
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Citizens Getting Justice Done
Far from the corrosive political circus unfolding in Washington, DC, local citizen groups are improving conditions for the people in their own backyards. Although they receive almost no national media attention, these stalwart citizens work tirelessly to make their country a safer, cleaner and more...
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Thursday, February 02, 2017
Flailing Trumpsters Upset a Hijacked Nation
The Trump Gang, hardly two weeks in the White House, is giving strong, petulant signals that it is hijacking the checks and balances of our democratic institutions. Coupling the Boss’s easily brusiable ego, marinated in infinite megalomania, with ideologues harboring objectives that would have...
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Beyond the Spasmodic and Petty: An Open Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump
President-Elect Donald Trump Trump Tower 725 5th Ave New York, NY 10022 Dear President-Elect Trump, You’ve come a long way without my advice, but ascension to the White House invites listening to what this letter has to say. During the primary campaign you said more than once that you had to speak...
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Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Ready for the Jawboning Presidency of Donald Trump
All signs point to Donald Trump becoming a jawboning president without equal in American history. That is, jawboning by exerting rhetorical bombast focused on people, corporations and institutions, with massive media propulsion behind the very personal presidency he will establish. It will be a...
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tripwires for the Trumpsters
The Trumpsters are coming to town—led by a failed gambling czar, corporate welfare king and major tax escapee—and they are hell bent on unmaking Washington, D.C. With all three branches of government dominated by Republican members of Congress and Republican appointees—due to a mixture of abysmal...
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
An Open Letter to President Obama: Decision Time for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Dear President Obama: On November 28, 2016, Jimmy Carter, the President who negotiated the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1978, wrote an op ed for the New York Times titled, “ America Must Recognize Palestine .” His urgent plea was directed to you to take “the vital step…to grant...
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