Our editorial statement that “The Nation will not support any candidate for national office who does not make a speedy end to the American war in Iraq a major issue in his or her campaign” received a record-breaking outpouring of mail. It was called noble, courageous, gutsy, brilliant and inspiring. Hooray and amen! Right on! Hear hear! Kudos! Thank you! were some of the comments. There were also the inevitable exceptions: Letters saying, Finally! What took you so long? Too little too late and calling us flip-floppers were mixed with those taking us to task for (a) endorsing John Kerry in the last election, (b) not endorsing Ralph Nader/Dennis Kucinich/Wesley Clark/the Green Party in the last election and (c) suggesting to Ralph Nader that he not run in the last election. But echoing the tone of the vast majority of the mail was the letter that began with fourteen Bravo!s across the top. Herewith, a sampling. –The Editors
Thank you for making the commitment to support no candidate who is not for an immediate end to the Iraq War and occupation. As always The Nation comes through, speaks the truth and does the right thing. With deep appreciation,
No message has inspired me more than The Nation‘s November 28 cover. That message is for Americans–the poor, the working class, the voters, our brave soldiers, the courageous dissenters–and the Bill of Rights. It is being framed and hung in my law office, and I eagerly await the T-shirt (make mine blue, XXL).
I have photocopied your cover statement and written “I agree” across it. I stuff them in envelopes kindly provided by the requests for donations I receive almost weekly from the Democratic National Committee, Friends of Hillary and other Democratic notables. This is my way of sending your message to the Democrats. I urge your readers to do the same.
Essex Junction, Vt.
We taped a note to the cover–“And neither will we vote for a candidate who does not”–ripped it off and sent it to Howard Dean (my former governor) at the DNC (430 Capitol St. S.E., Washington DC, 20003). How many covers might he receive if all your subscribers did the same?
DAN AND KAREN MAXON
No! No! No! No! Your clarion call sounds inspiring and pure in spirit–but once again Democratic candidates will kill each other off and assure more years of Republican rule (Jeb Bush, anyone?). Which is more important, internecine fighting, or getting a Democratic President and Congress–who are more likely to withdraw from Iraq–and saving our society from meltdown?
University Park, Fla.
I agree that the Iraq War is unnecessary, counterproductive and a terrible drain on our country. However, we should recognize that the war is one result of our longstanding presence in the Middle East and is a direct result of our desire for a secure oil supply. We would be naïve to believe we have seen the last of the oil wars. If The Nation wants to create a world where our children can live in peace, it should support candidates who make our reduced dependence on imported oil their highest priority.
Is this the same magazine that spent nearly all of 2004 vilifying Ralph Nader and treating him like a traitor because he came forward and spoke some extremely uncomfortable truths, truths that you now–more than a year later–acknowledge as truths? Welcome back to the fight, Nation. Better late than never.