Message to America's Students From Ralph Nader

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    Nader: The War, The Draft, Your Future


    We have been down this road before.

    U.S. troops sent to war half a world away. American foreign policy controlled by an arrogant elite, bent on projecting military power around the globe. A public misled into supporting an unconstitutional war founded on deceit and fabrications.

    As the death toll mounts, we hear claims that the war is nearly won, that victory is just around the corner. But victory never arrives.

    As the public loses confidence in the government, the government questions the patriotism of any who express doubt about the war.

    When a presidential election arrives, both the Democrat and Republican nominees embrace the policy of continued war.

    The military draft comes to dominate the lives of America's young, and vast numbers who believe the war to be a senseless blunder are faced with fighting a war they do not believe in, or facing exile or prison.

    The year was 1968. Because voters had no choice that November, the Vietnam War continued for another six years. Hundreds of thousands of Americans like you died, were maimed, or suffered from diseases like malaria. A far greater number of Vietnamese died.

    Today, the war is in the quicksands and alleys of Iraq. Once again, under the pressure of a determined resistance, we see an American war policy being slowly torn apart at the seams, while the candidates urge us to "stay the course" in this tragic misadventure. Today's Presidential candidates are not Nixon and Humphrey, they are now Bush and Kerry.

    Once again, there is one overriding truth: If war is the only choice in this election, then war we will have.

    Today enlistments in the Reserves and National Guard are declining. The Pentagon is quietly recruiting new members to fill local draft boards, as the machinery for drafting a new generation of young Americans is being quietly put into place.

    Young Americans need to know that a train is coming, and it could run over their generation in the same way that the Vietnam War devastated the lives of those who came of age in the sixties.

    I am running for President, and have been against this war from the beginning. We must not waste lives in order to control and waste more oil. Stand with us and we may yet salvage your future and Americas' future from this looming disaster.

    - Ralph Nader
     
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    Other than Nader inadvertantly assisting Bush in the upcoming election - I think he's a waste of time. His desire to allow terrorists and dictators to work unhindered is ridiculous. There's not much surprise in the knowledge that he'll garner such a small amount of public support.
     
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    Why do you say he has a "desire" to allow terrorists and dictators to work unhindered?

    I'm also curious what he's talking about when he says "the machinery for drafting a new generation of young Americans is being quietly put into place".
     
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    Refusing to engage the terrorists is allowing them to roam free.

    I believe the draft references are a bunch of crap. Charles Rangel, a democrat from NY, was responsible for starting legislation to bring back the draft. It's received no serious consideration and was scoffed at by many. It's on the shelf and going nowhere.
     
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    I agree that Naders' presence will definitely help Bush, but should we just stop trying for reform and accept things the way they are? It has to start small, but I am all for having equal political recognition for multiple parties. Having a multitude of choices for any office can only be a good thing IF their opportunities for exposure are equal.
     
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    I am all for multiple parties as well. I think that's one of the things that makes America so great. I just don't think Nader is a good choice.
     
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    Nader said he is against our war with Iraq. That's not refusing to engage terrorists. Iraq wasn't behind the terrorist actions on this country.
     
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    Nor did I say they were. But don't think for a moment that they weren't a terrorist supporting/proliferating country.

    What exactly is his stance on the overall war on terrorism?
     
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    I should have prefaced everything I wrote by saying that obviously I am new to the board. As of now, I have no political affiliation. I am hoping to get some better perspectives from a site like this to help me solidify my political beliefs. I'm not supporting Nader necessarily because I posted this letter from him. It's just something I read recently and figured I'd kick off my plunge into this message board with that letter. It is no reflection of who I support party-wise or candidate-wise.

    And to answer your question about Naders' stance on terrorism: as of now I am not sure. I haven't yet read much of his ideas and stances for this election.
     
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    Welcome to the board, sponge. Glad to have you here. :)
     

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