Nader's impact remains powerful cautionary tale
To the editor:
This past summer, we had a number of opportunities to hear interviews with Dr. Jill Stein who is running for president on the Green-Rainbow ticket. While there are areas of strong disagreement with some of her policies, ultimately she came across as a person who deserved serious consideration.
Now, in order to rationalize a vote for her, all that was necessary for us to do was to convince ourselves that there is no difference between the candidates of the two major political parties. This we have been totally unable to do.
When Bernie Sanders was still competing with Hilary Clinton for delegates, he said of her that on her worst day she is still a hundred times better than the leading Republican contender. Ultimately, in throwing his support behind her candidacy, it was clear that he was not selling out, but rather showing that he understood that the overriding issue was to defeat Donald Trump. He had, to his great credit, overcome his ego.
The same cannot be said for Ralph Nader, who, to this day, will not acknowledge his role in an election which siphoned off enough votes to allow that incompetent nincompoop, George W. Bush, to stumble into the White House. The damage that Bush II did is still metastasizing into worldwide violence and has given Republicans another false issue to use against Obama for failing to clean up the mess his predecessor made.
While third party options are an attractive alternate for making a real moral choice, the idea of that ignorant, psychopathic bully Trump slithering into office because votes were siphoned off from his competitor is so terrifying as to make casting our vote for any third party candidate out of the question.
While the failure of the major parties to address the needs of hard-pressed Americans has contributed to his numbers, Trump, using a page from Hitler, is also blatantly appealing to the worst elements of our population. Hitler did not take over Germany in a coup, but was elected by the disgruntled and disenfranchised of that country. After we crushed the Nazis, we smugly told ourselves that "Such a thing can never happen here!" Well, it can happen here as long as we pretend that there is no difference between a donkey and a swastika.
Anne Roland, Morris Bennett, Pittsfield