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Ralph Nader voices support for national ballot initiatives

Evan Ravitz, an advocate for direct democracy, recently posted a video of Ralph Nader endorsing the idea of national ballot initiatives in the United States.  He does not explicitly say that he supports former Senator Mike Gravel’s National Initiative for Democracy plan, but he does say that he supports a “binding national referendum.”

Other third party endorsers of the National Initiative include Neil Kiernan Stephenson (a Libertarian candidate for Congress), John Murphy (an independent candidate for Congress), Matt Reichel (a Green candidate for Congress), Thomas L. Knapp (an active Libertarian and current candidate for their presidential nomination), Michael Jingozian (an active Libertarian and 2008 candidate for their presidential nomination), Paul Jacob (an active Libertarian in the 1980s, involved with Ron Paul’s 1988 presidential campaign), and John Rensenbrink (co-founder of the Green Party of the United States).

(Full disclosure:  I am involved with Senator Gravel’s campaign for national ballot initiatives, and I know Evan Ravitz through that effort.  I also got both John Murphy and Matt Reichel to endorse the National Initiative.)


  1. Ross Levin Ross Levin Post author | May 27, 2009

    And the National Initiative campaign believes that it can be passed through a direct vote from the people, which is being held right now at – I don’t know how that would hold up in court, but if they had over sixty million people vote for it (their goal), then there would be too much support for it for politicians to not act on it.

  2. Ross Levin Ross Levin Post author | May 27, 2009

    Actually they hate Nader because they think he spoiled the election for Gore in 2000. That’s pretty much it, as far as I can tell.

    And anyone who generalizes that much about Daily Kos doesn’t understand what it is – it’s thousands upon thousands of people posting their own blogs on the same website, basically. Markos Moulistas and the other front page bloggers make up maybe, maybe 5% of the content on the website.

  3. Other Mr. T. Other Mr. T. May 27, 2009

    DailyKos fans, you are about a notch stupider than Rush Limbaugh fans.

  4. Other Mr. T. Other Mr. T. May 27, 2009

    BTW, Would this need to be a sponsored bill and then a majority of war-profiteering porkbitches in congress would need to vote against their own interests (actually sharing direct political power with the ‘little people’ , is that right !?) to pass this into law ?

  5. Dave Schwab Dave Schwab May 27, 2009

    They hate Nader most of all because he was right about everything.

  6. Ross Levin Ross Levin Post author | May 26, 2009

    Hey, those Dailykos articles are by me! But thanks for reading them. Campaign finance reform is how you control that – the National Initiative includes strict campaign finance rules.

    Dailykos isn’t all bad. It’s a community blog, meaning that 95% (at least) of the content is produced by the users. A lot of them are stupid, groupthink Democrats, but there are a good amount of third party people and most of the people there don’t hate third parties at all. Although Nader is extremely hated there.

  7. Michael Cavlan Michael Cavlan May 26, 2009


    Ralph Nader? Must be evil. Quick, attack him. more importantly, attack his supporters. At least if you are a member of leadership for a certain political party. Well, OK TWO political parties.

    As for anything from Daily KOS, well anything from these should be viewed with a grain of salt.

    Daily KOS is an unashamed, unrepentant Democratic party organization. Try and post ANYTHING related to other political parties (I refuse the term third parties now) and watch the attack and smears begin.

    The Dems and Rethugs are the enemy of all of us here, IMHO.

    CT, well he is just a harmless little fellow.


  8. Gary Julian Gary Julian May 26, 2009

    I am unimpressed with the Daily Kos article. It changes nothing. MONEY controls the nation and elections. Who is going to buy the ultra-expensive TV ads telling people to vote yes or no? The billionaire special interest cartels that is who.

    PERFECT EXAMPLE: the 2008 election. The two major parties backed by billions in campaign spending got 98.58% of the vote. Nader got a huge 1/2 of 1%.

    The voters will do what the big corporate media says and big spending interests tell them to do in slick TV ads.

  9. R.A. Wheeler R.A. Wheeler May 26, 2009

    Nader’s remarks are right on target, as usual. so please, if you can, post a transcript (for those of us who use public access and don’t carry around state-of-the-art mini recorders!) Thanks.

  10. Gary Julian Gary Julian May 26, 2009

    A national initiative. Dumb, dumb,dumb.

    Here in California initiatives are put on the ballot by either the scum-bag politicians or by millionaire special interest groups looking to raid the treasury or gain special government protection for their group. Good government is the last thing on any person’s mind. It is all about money.

  11. Catholic Trotskyist Catholic Trotskyist May 25, 2009

    Finally that fascist/stalinist criminal does something useful.

  12. Melty Melty May 24, 2009

    It’s one of the few things that Libs n Greens can really buddy up on.

  13. Melty Melty May 24, 2009

    Nader also endorses the national initiative for democracy on

  14. Evan Ravitz Evan Ravitz May 24, 2009

    I actually questioned Nader at his CU-Boulder speech and he said he DID endorse Gravel’s project.

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