Ralph Nader has not gone quietly off into the sunset. Instead Mr.Nader has penned a new highly charged book that is going to take America by storm. Ralph is certainly onto a strategy that can help all Americans breakout of the stranglehold of big government and big corporations. Ralph suggests a coming together of groups on the right and left for a worthy common cause. Ralph Nader is certainly on to something with his new book. And Pat Buchanan, as usual, is first to the party in alerting Americans to the breaking news!
As America’s most indefatigable political activist since he wrote “Unsafe at Any Speed” in 1965, Ralph is calling for “convergences” of populist and libertarian conservatives and the left — for 25 goals.
Among these are many with an appeal to the traditionalist and libertarian right:
— Break up “Too Big to Fail” banks. Further direct democracy through use of the initiative, referendum and recall.
— End unconstitutional wars by enforcing Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, which gives Congress alone the power to declare war.
— Revise trade agreements to protect U.S. sovereignty. End “fast track,” those congressional surrenders of constitutional authority to amend trade treaties negotiated by the executive.
From the subtitle, as well as text, of his most recent book, one may instantly identify whom it is Ralph sees as the main enemy. It is megabanks and transnational corporations without consciences whose highest loyalty is the bottom line, the kind of men Jefferson had in mind when he wrote: “Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.”
Where such men see a $17 trillion economy, we see a country.
Undeniably, there has been a growing gap and a deepening alienation between traditional conservatives and those Ralph calls the “corporate conservatives.” And it is not only inside the conservative movement and the GOP that the rift is growing, but also Middle America.
For America never voted for NAFTA, GATT, the WTO, mass immigration, amnesty, or more H-1Bs to come take the jobs of our workers. These votes have been forced upon members of Congress by leaders carrying out their assignments from corporate America and its PACs, which reward the compliant with campaign checks.
Both parties now feed at the same K Street and Wall Street troughs. Both have oligarchs contributing tens of millions to parties and politicians who do their bidding.