No other respondent to this article has seen fit to mention the elephant in the room, so allow me: had Ralph Nader conducted himself in a different manner in 2000, George Bush would be an obscure former politician, and we'd be looking at the last days of the Gore administration--with all of the various things that would not have happened being self-evident. No economic collapse. No abandonment of civil liberties. And no loss of blood, treasure and honor in the sands of Babylon.
Had Nader shown even the slightest awareness of the consequences of his actions, that might have served to mitigate this.But self-awareness has never been his strong suit; instead, he has chosen to armor himself in self-righteousness and arrogance. And so the man who might have been remembered for his myriad contributions to American society will instead be marked in the history books as the proximate cause for the catastrophe that has been the last eight years. If the consequences were not so tragic, one might even sympathize.
Oct 28 2008 - 1:48pm