Ralph Nader has quietly been releasing a series of articles recently that offer some really interesting ideas for policy changes. His latest discusses lowering the voting age to sixteen. The logic is that sixteen year-olds are able to work and thus, pay taxes. Without their right to vote, that’s “taxation without representation.”
In other Nader news, a recent AP poll shows Obama 47 percent, McCain 43 percent and Nader 6 percent. That’s a pretty impressive 6 percent considering the Nader/Gonzalez campaign has gotten no mainstream national press coverage. The Nader/Gonzalez campaign blog also points out that this is significant “because this might be the year when the presidential debates are busted open.” Google has shown an interest in hosting their own Presidential debate, and they would extend an invitation to Nader if it shows that he has a significant amount of public support.
This would be a really interesting development because Google’s popularity and influence could effectively undermine the sham that is the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), the corporation that runs all Presidential debates. These debates used to be run by the League of Women Voters until 1987, when the Democrat and Republican parties formed the CPD, which is funded entirely by corporate donations. It is no wonder then that the CPD chooses to exclude progressive candidates from the debates, and asks really shallow and superficial questions with no substance.
Google has proposed to invite the Presidential candidates to New Orleans in September for a “forum” in which questions are sent from the people instantly over the internet. How dope is that? How dope is Google for being a huge corporation that has actively participated in innovative new political endeavors? As much as I love the energy that the Obama campaign has achieved, his policies are moderate at best. Thus, I would want Nader in those debates as the “progressive voice” that could push the other candidates to the left, something he has done many times in the past.