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.