Maybe we're wrong.
Maybe the Democrats and Republicans will nominate Presidential candidates this year who will stand up against the war profiteers, the nuclear industry, the credit card industry, the corporate criminals, big oil, and the drug and health insurance industries.
We doubt it.
But hope springs eternal.
In the meantime, take a few minutes and explore with us an idea.
The idea is this—1,000 citizens in every Congressional district.
Each and every one committed to challenging the corporate powers that have a hammerlock on our political and economic systems.
Organized citizen power facing off against corporate power.
In this election year – 2008.
Instead of spending this election year sitting back and watching the corporate candidates spin their vapid mantras – hope, experience, change.
Instead of spending the year complaining about inertia, exhaustion, and apathy.
Let us instead weigh the possibility of pulling together half a million dedicated citizens collectively rising up off our couches and organizing a ground force in every Congressional district in the country.
A ground force of citizens who are informed, committed, tenacious advocates for a just future.
This is what we are contemplating.
Something that works.
Something that will prod young and old alike.
To join in a mass push back against the corporate powers that are dictating our future.
No one person can get us there.
But one person is ideally suited to lead this grassroots force – if he chooses to do so and runs as the citizens’ candidate for President in 2008.
And that one person is Ralph Nader.
In the 1960s, Nader brought together a group of young people who challenged the corporate status quo.
The press dubbed those young people Nader’s Raiders.
And the rest – as they say – is history.
Here's the idea—1,000 active and informed citizens in each Congressional district ready to take on the corporate political structure in this 2008 election year.
Half a million citizens – mobilized, informed and powerful, organized for a common cause – facing off against corporate power and corporate control.