Ralph Nader: Ten Questions for Tea Partiers

Ralph Nader at Nader.org:

Here are ten questions for Tea Partiers that they want or do not want to answer. I say it this way because people who call themselves Tea Partiers do not have the same view of politics, government, Big Business or the Constitution. Their opinions range from pure Libertarian to actively furthering the privileges of plutocracy. Their income and occupational background vary as well, though most seem to be middle-income and up.

My guess is that most Tea Partiers come from the conservative wing of the Republican Party who are fed up with both the corporate Republicans like Bush and Cheney, as well as the Democrats like Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.

With the above in mind, the following questions can serve to go beyond abstractions and generalizations of indignation and get to some more specific responses.

1. Can you be against Big Government and not press for reductions in the vast military budgets, fraught with bureaucratic and large contractors’ waste, fraud and abuse? Military spending now takes up half of the federal government’s operating budgets. The libertarian Cato Institute believes that to cut deficits, we have to also cut the defense budget.

2. Can you believe in the free market and not condemn hundreds of billions of dollars of corporate welfare-bailouts, subsidies, handouts, and giveaways?

3. Can you want to preserve the legitimate sovereignty of our country and not reject the trade agreements known as NAFTA and GATT (The World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland) that scholars have described as the greatest surrender of local, state and national sovereignty in our history?

4. Can you be for law and order and not support a bigger and faster crackdown on the corporate crime wave, that needs more prosecutors and larger enforcement budgets to stop the stealing of taxpayers and consumer dollars so widely reported in the Wall Street Journal and Business Week? Law enforcement officials estimate that for every dollar for prosecution, seventeen to twenty dollars are returned.

5. Can you be against invasions of privacy by government and business without rejecting the provisions of the Patriot Act that leave you defenseless to constant unlawful snooping, appropriation of personal information and even search of your home without notification until 72 hours later?

6. Can you be against regulation of serious medical malpractice (over 100,000 lives lost a year, according to a study by Harvard physicians), unsafe drugs that have serious side effects or cause the very injury/illness they were sold to prevent, motor vehicles with defective brakes, tires and throttles, contaminated food from China, Mexico and domestic processors?

7. Can you keep calling for Freedom and yet tolerate control of your credit and other economic rights by hidden and arbitrary credit ratings and credit scores? What Freedom do you have when you have to sign industry-wide fine print one-sided “contracts” with your banks, insurance companies, car dealers, and credit card companies? Many of these contracts even block your Constitutional access to the courthouse.

8. Can you be for a new, clean system of politics and elections and still accept the Republican and Democratic Two Party dictatorship that is propped up by complex state laws, frivolous litigation and harassment to exclude from the ballot third parties and independent candidates who want reform, accountability, and stronger voices for the voters?

9. If you want a return to our Constitution—its principles of limited and separation of power and its emphasis on “We the People” in its preamble—can you still support Washington’s wars that have not been declared by Congress (Article I Section 8 ) or giving corporations equal rights with humans plus special privileges and immunities. The word “corporation” or “company” never appears in the Constitution. How can you support eminent domain powers given by governments to corporations over homeowners, or massive week-end bailouts by the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department of businesses, even reckless foreign banks, without receiving the authority and the appropriations from the Congress, as the Constitution requires?

10. You want less taxation and lower deficits. How can you succeed unless you stop big corporations from escaping their fair share of taxes by manipulating foreign jurisdictions against our tax laws, for example, or by letting trillions of dollars of speculation on Wall Street go without any sales tax, while you pay six, seven or eight percent sales tax on the necessities you buy in stores?

Let’s hear from you Tea Partiers. Meanwhile, see the work of video-journalist, Steve Ference, who has interviewed and given voice to those among you in his new paperback “Voices of the Tea Party” published by Lulu.com on July 4, 2010. Contact VoicesoftheTeaParty@gmail.com.

20 thoughts on “Ralph Nader: Ten Questions for Tea Partiers

  1. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    That’s my Nader, imperfect, flawed, but way ahead of the pack.

    That’s Cody Quirk’s TEA Parties, sneaking from one GOP cabal to another.

    That’s O’Connell’s Witchy, Wichen tea party, talking ’bout the federal First Amendment with out a clue to what it really is!

    That’s “sun glassed-smiley-face” Sarah Palin, invoking the fake libertarian Ronald ‘Hollywood’ Reagan, as a proud graduate of California’s Eureka College. Oh, Illinois!

  2. Carey Campbell

    Michael.

    Congrats on that endorsement, and best of luck on election day.

    We’ve launched a new IndependentGreen Youtube channel. For starters we’ll feature about 50 videos from Green Party candidates who participated in our recent press conference.

    This youtube video features Morgan Reeves the Green Party candidate for Governor in South Carolina.

    The press release below described what we were doing. It has been misrepresented and misreported elsewhere.

    Where: National Press Club: the Bloomberg Room

    What: Committee to Draft Michael Bloomberg, America’s leading Independent to lead in forming America’s Third Major Party.

    Who: Committee to Draft Michael Bloomberg, Independent Green, and Green Party candidates on the ballot in 2010.

    How: Combine Independents, Independence and Green Parties to create America’s Third Major Party.

    This Press Conference and forum features Green Party candidates on the ballot eager to join Michael Bloomberg and Independents to turn the Green Party into America’s Third Major Party. Many Green Party local, state, and federal candidates on the ballot will be introduced. They will discuss their campaigns and positive solutions in 2010.

  3. James O. Ogle "Joogle"

    The Eighth US Parliament
    8/6/2008 to 8/5/2012
    http://www.usparliament.org

    Prime Ministers:
    Gail Lightfoot [Libertarian], Ralph Hoffmann [Democratic-Republican], and Mary J. Ruwart [Libertarian]

    Secretaries:
    James Ogle [Free Parliamentary] and David Olkkola [Democratic]

    100 Elected Members of the Parliament (MPs)

    Libertarian Party – 22 Members of Parliament (MPs)
    Gail Lightfoot, Michael Badnarik, Mary J. Ruwart, Starchild, Ned Roscoe, Richard Winger, Gary Nolan, Cory Nott, Lawrence Samuels, Kristi Stone, Doug Tuma, Aaron Starr, Gabriella Douglas, Mark Hinkle, William J. Wagoner, Dwight Bailey, Richard Vinable, Aarde Atheian, Alex Plewniak, Howard Stern, Bob Barr, Zachary Scott Gordon [American Libertarian]

    Parties with One Seat – 16 MPs
    Vanessa Morley [Defender of the Republic], Darryl W. Perry [Boston Tea], Pat Buchanan [Reform], Orion Karl Daley [Balanced], Noam Chomsky [New], Mike Bogatirev [Environmentalist], Michale Treeplanter [Co-Operative], Michael Davis [Natural Law], David Frey [Socialist USA/California], Mark P. Steele [Discordian], Eric Charles [Orwellian], Michael Looney [Houseless], Eric Stevenson [Pizza], Lloyd Llewellen [Flying Saucer], John Coffey [Unity08] and Mike Banon [Skateboard]

    Green Party – 14 MPs
    Winona Laduke, David Cobb, Medea Benjamin, Mike Nelson, Susan Estes, Kevin Clark [Green/Libertarian], Patrick Purcell, Thomas Leavitt, Mike Rogers, Tad Robinson, Michael Grazian, Gary Swing, Brett Johnsen, Dinah Coffman

    Democratic Party – 9 MPs
    Dennis Kucinich, PRAVDA McCroskey, David Olkkola, Al Gore, Barbara Boxer, John Edwards, Jerry Brown, Victor Cantu, Ralph Hoffmann [Democratic-Republican]

    Independent – 8 MPs
    Arianna Huffington, Rob Elliott, Dale Gieringer, John Anderson, Kat Penisten, Michael Moore, Casper Leitch, Ralph Nader

    Republican Party – 8 MPs
    Ron Paul, Jim Doyle, Colin Powell, John McCain, Lani Guinier, Arnold Swarzenegger, Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Peron

    Pot Party – 5 MPs
    Nate Brown, Myra Fourwinds, Sister Somayah [Pot / Nigritian Kief], Brandon Garcia, Scott Comings

    Free Parliamentary Party – 4 MPs
    Laura Booth, Marcellius Smith [Parliament], Daniel Penisten [Free Parliament] and James Ogle

    Marijuana Party – 3 MPs
    Sabrina Melicia, Kelly Russell, J. Roach

    Peace and Freedom Party – 3 MPs
    Jan Tucker, Maureen Smith, Stewart Alexander

    Comedy Central – 2 MPs
    Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart Info.

    Not Avail. – 2 MPs
    Clint Eastwood, Woody Harrelson

    Radical Revolutionary Party – 2 MPs
    Annie Garner, Jennifer Perkins

    Radical Revolutionary Party – 2 MPs
    Annie Garner, Jennifer Perkins

    Constitution Party – 2 MPs
    Michael Peroutka and Don J. Grundmann

    Total: 100 Members of Parliament (MPs)

    President Ron Paul [Republican]
    Vice President Gail Lightfoot [Libertarian]

  4. Catholic Trotskyist

    James, do all the people listed as Parliament members actually join and participate on the site?

  5. Catholic Trotskyist

    Yet more reverse psychology evil manipulation BY FASCIST/STALINIST PIG RALPH NADER AND HIS MINION MIKE KAVLAN, WHO THEMSELVES STARTED AND DIRECTLY FUND THE TEA PARTY, EVEN WHILE PRETENDING TO BE PROGRESSIVES. KEITH ELLISON WILL SOUNDLY DEFEAT MIKE KAVLAN N LESS THAN TWO WEEKS NOW, AND NADER’S LONG RECORD OF CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARD THE RISE OF THE RADICAL RIGHT AND THE DIMINISHMENT OF THE CHRISTIAN LEFT, WILL BE EXPOSED AS NEW EVIDENCE WHICH IS CURRENTLY UNRELEASABLE, COMES TO LIGHT ONE DAY.

    “for the lord is our protector, he is at one with the universe and of CATHOLIC TROTSKYISM, HE HATH SPOKEN THROUGH THE PROPHETS AND IS HERE ALWAYS PROTECTING US, HERE WITH OUR HOLY FATHER POPE BENEDICT XVI, OUR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, AND OUR STRATEGIST ROBERT MILNES, AMEN.”

  6. James O. Ogle "Joogle"

    Roughly 20% of the 100 MPs voted for the executives on the national, 16% of the MSPs voted for the executives on the CA state, and fewer than 10% voted on the two mini-state, Nor Cal (24 counties) and Central Cal (12 counties).

    It varies from person to person on the participation.

    For example MP Ralph Nader [Independent] wrote us and gave permission to use his name in ’95, and never participated again. While MP Richard Winger [Libertarian] of Ballot Access News, I can call up whenever I need to build a ruling coalition to get things done.

    That’s how it is now, when we need enough votes to make improvements, I call up the easiest ones to contact.

    However, right now we’re bogged down on the improvements, so participation is too low.

  7. James O. Ogle "Joogle"

    MP Jim Doyle [Republican] has been one of my best contacts, he and I currently form the ruling coalition in California. He’s Catholic, and amateur comedian and quit drinking alcohol when he was twelve.

    However he recently got a full time job and is too busy. But he’s for my plan “a female #1”, we try to run him as #2; “A female/Doyle(y) for Governor”. He’s not a candidate, but he’s the coolest Republican we’ve got…in fact he’s the only Republican in the California Parliament. We don’t actually have any Democratic MSPs in California, although MP Ralph Hoffmann [Democratic-Republican] is elected there and he’s our central national Prime Minister.

    PM Hoffmann is from Texas and is actually an old friend with Ron Paul [Republican] and Dennis Kucinich [Democratic] too.

    We just two new self appointments from Texas yesterday, a Libertarian in Texas, and an Info. Not Avail. who just moved to California and looks like he’s being elected Treasurer… but I have to count the votes. I’ve been waiting for the Pot Party dude, Prime Minister Robert S.[Pot] to vote, but his computer caught on fire.

    We’re like a comedy of errors on Normandy Beach, did you read what I wrote about the Pot Party?
    http://www.usparliament.org/potparty.htm

    That pretty much explains it…but I myself don’t smoke pot or drink alchohol either.

    Understand now? I love answering questions, as you can see.

  8. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    To: Fair Elections Coalition
    Subject: Ralph Nader and Ross Perot

    The back page of the October 2009 issue of Car and Driver magazine, of all things, has an interview with the honorable Ralph Nader called “What I’d Do Differently. ”

    In Mr. Nader’s answer to the last “question,” he utilizes a quotation of another independent/ third party icon, the honorable Ross Perot (” … talking to some senior GM executives in 1986 …”) Mr. Perot is stated to have said ” … here’s a company that doesn’t like its dealers, doesn’t like its its workers, doesn’t like its customers — you people don’t even like each other!”

    Wow, two icons for the price of one magazine!

    Sincerely,

    PhilSawyer8@aol.com
    PhilSawyer8@comcast.net
    PhilSawyer8@peoplepc.com

  9. James O. Ogle "Joogle"

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  10. James O. Ogle "Joogle"

    To: Paulie [Info. Not Avail.]
    From: MP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]
    Subject: Trollapalooza

    Trollapalooza Not just funny,
    that is hilarious! Paulie, have you ever
    considered running for political office?
    You are so clever! With your sense of humor,
    we can take over the government.

    Really, the California Parliament is looking for a mover Secretary like yourself, I know it’s not glamorous, but it gives you practice for moving up to the national. We do need better nationals in 2012.

    GoNott Paulie for Prime Minister? How about Paulie/Paul for President? Did you GoNott your name? See what I mean? THAT’s what I’m talking about. All we need is a programmer.

    I’ve been thinking about this, and here’s
    my proposed plan;

    We start a new thread, maybe once a month,
    entitled “USA-PAR: December Bulletin”

    I’m already planning such an article myself, about
    and one every month. The only problem is that I
    haven’t figured out how to address, is what
    to call it? I’m actually releasing
    the bulletin just after the November 2nd 2101
    election, but I was planning to call it the
    December Bulletin.

    Other than that, I’ve got some great news about
    the USA Parliament, Inc…a non profit I’ve been
    maintaining since 1988. We’ve elected a whole
    new 6th California Parliament executive cabinet, and nobody knows who the names are (about 20 to 25 names) until I release the results. But meanwhile, I’ve already counted the votes. However, if we elect you there, then you can always vote and change the reults of the Cabinet.

    I look forward to your answer. We can have the California Parliament, and all 50 states (and territories) represented eventually too, as each new person is self appointed. We recently had a new person self appointed in the Texas super-state for example.

    Plus, I’m not sure if I posted it here, but we’re running over 100 candidates for president (plus any new nominations too) in 2011 as practice for 2012.

    See the names (plus all new nominees in February and March of 2012) here;
    http://www.usparliament.org/ss11-6.htm

    Please respond privately, or in the forum here. I look forward to your reply. As I wrote, the new information is released the day *after* November 2nd, we are on a different schedule from “real” elections.

    By having a more regular monthly bulletin posted in IPR, it’ll really help organize proportionalists.
    Unfortunately, the USA Parliament’s traffic has pretty much been redirected since Google bought Deja News, around 2000, so we’ve stayed pretty small. They were sort of keeping the search engine away from us since about 1997 too.

    And I’ll be glad to work with you too, in case you want improve or edit the bulletins. I’ll be glad to explain the story about when Google derived from my name, and about how they deleted the evidence of this fact. There are witnesses to the event in Usenet in October 1997 still alive however, in case you’re interested. The witnesses are actually what I consider jerks (Green Party), but they’d still probably verify. Maybe you could smooth it out between us, one of the knows a few of the US Parliament’s recent self appointments, and one of them owns http://www.greens.org.

    What do you think?

    Peace,
    –James

    “Why do you THINK they called it Google?”

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