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John Murphy on ‘Nadering Kucinich’

Independent candidate for Congress in 2008 and former Green Party member John Murphy writes in Dissident Voice,

The Democrat Party is just another voice of the corporate elite that is trying to control America. It does not want us to have any choices other than the corporate candidates and it will do its best to slander and malign even men like Ralph Nader who has done more for this nation in the past 40 years than any 30 presidents in the last 200 years!

For the last ten years Democrats and corporate media pundits have been smearing Ralph Nader — seemingly oblivious to the facts — looking for a scapegoat for the failures of their own party and its candidates.

It is not the job of third-party or Independent candidates to make sure either of the two major parties wins. That would be like asking a new start-up to make sure Microsoft or Apple has more market share. Moreover, there are 100 million people in this country who do not vote. There are plenty of nonvoters for all candidates to attract.

At what point do we stop relying on a party to be an opposition party and start asking what else needs to be done to put some spine into Washington politics?

No, believing the corporate owned Democrat Party or its henchmen like Moulitsas and O’Donnell about Nader causing Gore’s loss is as insane as believing Iran is building nuclear weapons. Most Democrats are suffering from “Battered Left Syndrome”. It’s time for them to leave the abusive relationship with the Democrat Party. But just like the battered wife who says “he really loves me” or “I can change him if I just stay with him a little longer”, the battered Democrat voter will inevitably learn the same fatal lesson learned by the battered wife.

The Democrat Party is part of the problem. It voted for or failed to stop the Iraq war resolution turning Bush into a wartime president. It voted for or failed to stop the Patriot Act. It voted for or failed to stop John Ashcroft. It voted for or failed to stop Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy. It voted for or failed to stop the Medicare fiasco. It lost the 2002 midterm elections, contrary to historical tradition. For the last three years it has controlled Congress and continues to fund illegal wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Philippines and Palestine.

More dangerous than the Republican Party, it has destroyed the labor movement by its failure to repeal the Taft-Hartley act over the last 60 years and even now the Democrat Congress has removed the teeth from the Employee Free Choice Act. Although it may have been the Republicans under Ronald Reagan which gave us neoliberal economics, it took the Democrats under Clinton to destroy American jobs with NAFTA and repeal the Glass–Steagall Act which resulted in the collapse of the American economy. And as we have witnessed over the last year, there is merely a cosmetic difference between the Bush administration and the Obama administration although Obama’s death toll is beginning to make Bush look like a schoolyard bully. To paraphrase HL Mencken, if there had been any formidable body of cannibals in the country, Obama would have courted their vote by promising them free missionaries, fattened at the taxpayer’s expense. Of course there would have been no missionaries served up, just a few desiccated prayer books.

No, believing Markos Moulitsas when he says Nader caused Gore’s loss is as insane as believing Glenn Beck when he says that “social justice” is code for Communism and Nazism.


  1. Dear .......... Thinkers Dear .......... Thinkers March 23, 2010

    think that ‘Green Party fan’ is not even
    a registrant of the Verdant Partisans …….

  2. Michael Cavlan RN Michael Cavlan RN March 23, 2010


    Why that is and has been the view of the Nader supporters and their McKinney supporters and allies in the Green Party.

    You know. The ones who left the Green Party.

    What are left are the happy, smiley, milquetoast folks like Green Party Fan and the angry, viscious VA Greens and such.

    I can even tell you the very minute that we “dissidents” like John Murphy and myself gave up on the Green Party and walked away.

    No happy smiley face, good ship lolly pop of hope provided.

  3. Dameocrat Dameocrat March 23, 2010

    I want progressive dems to vote green, so if it were true that Gore lost votes to nader. Good!

    It is a stupid fight, if we really want progressive dems to vote for us and hurt the right wing dems, which of coarse we do. If we have no responsibilty to help them win, we should take advantage of the view we spoiled Gore, it will make the dems more scared of losing progressives.

  4. Michael Cavlan RN Michael Cavlan RN March 22, 2010

    Green Party Fan

    Oh My DEAR GOD

    If John Murphy knew you were slandering him this way, he would give you one of his usual, funny as all hell slap downs.

    In fact I might just tell him and then sit back and watch the fun.

    John Murphy has integrity. That is why he and others of us left the Green Party..

    GP Fan, you are entertaining though. In an asinine, soppy milquetoast kind of way..


    for reference

    –noun(sometimes initial capital letter)
    a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, esp. one who is easily dominated or intimidated: a milquetoast who’s afraid to ask for a raise.

  5. Green Party fan Green Party fan March 22, 2010

    Thank you.

    Enjoy this outstanding Green Party leader John Murphy.

    Murphy has done exceptional work on the ballot as a Green Party candidate.

    Murhpy tells an excity Green Party story, every time.

    Much appreciated.

  6. Dear .......... Thinkers Dear .......... Thinkers March 22, 2010

    think that instead of the realistic
    ‘Three bladed electricity generating
    wind mill’ as 21st Century Peace
    Symbol and new new banner of the
    whimpy effeminate gardeners,

    let’s stick with the Kansas Sun
    Flower, and may be add a little
    smiley face in the middle ……….Lake

  7. Michael Cavlan RN Michael Cavlan RN March 22, 2010


    Murphy sent me this piece before it got here.

    Good man Murphy. Oh, wait. John Murphy is ANOTHER one of those legions of people who left the Green Party in disgust.

    On the goo-ood ship lolly pop..

    Must keep happy smiley face on.

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