Ralph Nader

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Incoming members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill on November 14. (Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) Views
Friday, December 14, 2018
Are the New Congressional Progressives Real? Use These Yardsticks to Find Out
In November, about 25 progressive Democrats were newly elected to the House of Representatives. How do the citizen groups know whether they are for real or for rhetoric? I suggest this civic yard stick to measure the determination and effectiveness of these members of the House both inside the...
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Calls to Senators or Representatives or their top staff are often ignored if you are not a campaign contributor. (Photo: Architect of the Capitol) Views
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
First Step Post-Election – Open Up the Closed, Secretive Congress
Following the mid-term elections, progressive citizen groups have to advance an agenda that makes Congress work for all Americans. The first step, however, is to acknowledge that Capitol Hill has walled itself off from the people, on behalf of corporate autocrats. Currently, Congress is open for...
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
If It Takes the Rats to Wake Up Us and Congress, Bring Them On!
Let’s get down to the all-important matter of Congressional performance. No matter how pollsters ask the question – “do you approve of Congress…?” or “do you have confidence in Congress…? – less than twenty percent of people respond positively. Four out of five Americans disapprove of what Congress...
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More recently, Republican extremists and the media have usurped the word “populist” to misuse it as a pretext to “divide and rule,” while the corporatists laugh all the way to the megabanks that are “too big to fail.” (Photo: Tom LeGrow/cc/flickr) Views
Thursday, November 15, 2018
The War Over Words: Republicans Easily Defeat the Democrats
The Republican Party lost ground in the Congressional and state elections earlier this month, but they continue to triumph in the all-important contests over words. Republicans have been winning the “war over words” for years. First, the hard core political right wingers symbolically claimed the...
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Monday, November 05, 2018
Don’t be Flattered, Fooled and Flummoxed in Tomorrow’s Election
Let’s face it. Most politicians use the mass media to obfuscate. Voters who don’t do their homework, who don’t study records of the politicians, and who can’t separate the words from the deeds will easily fall into traps laid by wily politicians. In 2002, Connecticut Governor John Rowland was...
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Democrats: Headline "America Needs a Raise" Now Before Elections
The top Republican politicos must be thinking with adversaries like the Democratic Party, who needs friends. Since 2010 the GOP minority has taken over the majority of state legislatures, Governorships and now the three branches of the federal government. Polls consistently show most Americans...
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Kavanaugh’s decisions and political statements are so off the wall, I’ve called him a corporation masquerading as a human being. (Photo: Getty) Views
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Let’s Start a Kavanaugh Watch to Check All Five Corporate Judges
Brett Kavanaugh, the new Injustice of the Supreme Court of the United States, must be pleased by the leading news stories on Monday and Tuesday regarding his swift swearing-in on Saturday. The multiple perjurer, corporate supremacist, presidential power-monger, and a past fugitive from justice (...
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Online advertising is the lifeblood of Google, Facebook, and many other Internet enterprises that profit by providing personal data to various vendors. (Photo: Everett Collection/Shutterstock/The Atlantic) Views
Thursday, October 04, 2018
The Root of the Internet’s Disrepute: Online Advertising!
In all the mounting media coverage of problems with the Internet, such as invasion of privacy, vulnerability to hacking, political manipulation, and user addiction, there is one constant: online advertising. Online advertising is the lifeblood of Google, Facebook, and many other Internet...
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Why aren’t the hundreds of full-time reporters covering Congress demanding to know why members, or their staff, routinely do not reply to substantive letters, calls, or e-mails, without constant hammering by citizens? (Cover detail: Seven Stories Press) Views
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Questions, Questions Where are the Answers?
In an oft-reported exchange between Gertrude Stein, an American widely known for her wisdom and glittering 1920s Parisian literary salon, and one of her earnest admirers, the admirer asked her – “What are the answers, Madame Stein?” She replied “What are the questions?” Within our media/political/...
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So when the words “Democratic Party” are spoken, millions of voters would know what it stands for so they can hold candidates specifically accountable should there be any post-election betrayals. (Photos: Getty) Views
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Where is the Democrats’ Contract with America 2018?
What does the Democratic Party stand for? The big question persists! Typical of the Democrats, they delegated this question to political consultants who came up with the vapid slogan, “A Better Deal.” The specifics under that moniker are too general and, as a result, too easily dismissed by the...
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