Ralph Nader Speaks At University of Tennessee

From Nicholas Hunt at the Knoxville News Sentinel:

Speaking to a crowd of about 350 on the University of Tennessee campus, Nader posed the following:

‘We (the public) are the sovereign power,’ he said. ‘We are the power. When people say we are powerless, it is not because of the Constitution. The preamble begins with ‘We the people,’ not ‘We the corporations’ or ‘We the political parties.’ So why do they control us?’

His answer: a combination of extremely low expectations and ignorance.

‘We are not aware of our role in the government,’ he said. ‘We never learn it. We never discuss it.’

When he asked attendees how many of them have serious reservations about the two political parties or had voted for a third party, only a few raised their hands.

‘Expectation levels are the most powerful way to control a society, and you have, by far, the lowest expectation levels of any generation I have exchanged ideas with,’ he said.

Another article on the event mentioned Nader’s desire for President Obama to face a primary challenge from his left. For his part, the consumer advocate has not ruled out another presidential run in 2012, although he does not seem enthused by such a prospect.

13 thoughts on “Ralph Nader Speaks At University of Tennessee

  1. Daniel Surman

    I also have two articles coming in the morning or afternoon (on Jack Davis and David Wu), waiting for a source or two to proceed with posting.

  2. Michael Cavlan RN

    Ralph

    One other answer as to why.

    Craven cowardice.

    We The People get the very best corportate psuedo-democracy that we deserve.

    Oh and Ralph will not run again. After the way the so called “left” in this country (including the Green Party) treated him, I can’t blame him.

  3. Steven Wilson

    Nader’s insight to how citizens should act won’t be acknowledged until he is out of politics. He is a horrible salesman, but what he is talking about is more true than any student understands now.

    all the intellects are growing old.

  4. paulie

    I also have two articles coming in the morning or afternoon (on Jack Davis and David Wu), waiting for a source or two to proceed with posting.

    Good deal. We need more original reporting. My inability to focus lately has caused me to slack on even the cutting and pasting.

  5. paulie

    Oh and Ralph will not run again. After the way the so called “left” in this country (including the Green Party) treated him, I can’t blame him.

    If that’s the case, why did he run in 2004 and 2008?

  6. Michael Cavlan RN

    Robert

    Actually, we are having a big organizational meeting On Sunday, March 13th.

    Thanks for caring enough to ask.

  7. Porn Again Christian

    Millness,

    Let the nice men in the white coats know when you realize you need help.

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