Thank you, Mr. Greider, for this balanced article on Ralph Nader's candidacy. I look forward to your articles weekly. I have voted once again for Mr. Nader, this time as an act of appreciation for his keeping the Progressive agenda as visible as possible in an environment of horse- race election coverage by reporters who have little experience in life and its realities.
I believe that Ralph's refusal to retire has kept alive many of the important progressive ideas that are working, however slowly, to redefine the platforms adopted by the two major parties. The energy that has been tapped by Obama to first defeat the Clintons and the DLC wing and to now challenge a well-funded corporate dictatorship has come from the very constituency that Ralph Nader has encouraged with his message.
Were it not for the stranglehold maintained by the two major parties on electoral processes, were Ralph Nader able to participate equally in campaign coverage and debates, I have no doubt that most of the votes going to Obama, and some of those of the other candidates, would go to Ralph Nader. We would all be talking daily about single-payer universal healthcare, jobs with living wages, and free higher education for all. Ralph Nader has my thanks for his enduring fight and my vote for as long as he wants to promote the ideas that are important to America and me!