I'm a 19 year old college student. I am currently a volunteer for Ralph Nader's 2004 presidential campaign. I've noticed, on this forum as well as a number of others, a powerful hostility to third parties in general, and towards Nader specifically. What I find interesting though, is that this hostility seems to transcend political affiliations; those on the left fear the siphoning of liberal votes from Kerry, while many of those on the right attack the man personally, simply ignoring his ideology, or supporting him for obvious political reasons. I find both of these sentiments disturbing; the notion that the current two party system is essential to our freedom or to democracy is ludicrous. It's even more amazing that these kinds of things are coming from relatively educated, intelligent people. Both of the currently reigning political parties have largely failed this country in nearly every salient social and environmental issue of the last three decades. This is not silly hyperbole; this is easily arguable fact. Many of you believe that all of American politics is painful partisan compromise. I have found that many of those that do not feel as if they are compromising a number of ideals to cast their vote for someone that can conceivably win, are largely intellectually dishonest and shamelessly partisan to the exclusion of facts and logic. Wake up people; private money, powerful lobbying groups and the aggregation of the most influential media in fewer and fewer corporate hands is a direct threat to our democracy. Democrats, stop letting your fears and your socially conditioned attitudes about the two party system marginalize a legitimate political candidate who truly strives for a more effective and peaceful society. Republicans, stop listening to hacks like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Progressive moderates and liberals, I encourage you to go to www.votenader.org. and become part of a movement to legitimize third party candidates, and to fuel the democratic ideals that have been consumed by cynicism and apathy.