The Trail of Broken Promises By Matt Gonzalez

By Matt Gonzalez
Ralph Nader for President in 2008
Oct 29. 2008

Watching the Democrats in the final weeks of the presidential election has been a lesson in revisionist history. While they lament the terrible crimes perpetrated against the American people by George Bush and vow to keep fighting for our rights, they conveniently gloss over the fact that they have no standing to make such claims. Indeed, the Democrats, including Senator Barack Obama, have actually voted with President Bush’s agenda, making them complicit in his acts, not valiant opponents defending our liberties.

PELOSI’S PROMISE TO END THE WAR

Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi said that if she became the speaker of the House of Representatives she would end the war in Iraq. Remember that? The Boston Globe noted, “Pelosi vows no ‘blank check’ on Iraq funds.” (1/8/07). In her own words: “If the president wants to add to this mission, he is going to have to justify it. And this is new to him, because up until now the Republican Congress has given him a blank check with no oversight, no standards, no conditions.” Rick Klein of the Globe noted “Pelosi’s comments mark the first suggestion by a Democratic congressional leader that Congress could use its authority over the nation’s finances to hasten an end to the war. Her remarks point toward an aggressive stance on Iraq from Congressional Democrats in their opening days of control of the House and Senate.”

Yet after she became the speaker of the House in Jan 2007, war appropriations actually went up by $50 billion, with no strings attached and no date for the withdrawal of troops. This year, 2008, they’ve gone up by another $25 billion for a two-year total of $350 billion, with no end in sight. So what happened to the promise of “no blank check?”

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Third Party Debate 10.30.08 and VP Debate 11.02.08

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It’s debate week!

Ralph Nader will appear tomorrow (Thursday October 30, 2008, 4:30 to 5:30 EST) in a Third Party debate at the City Club of Cleveland. Libertarian candidate Bob Barr and Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin will participate in the debate. The three other electorally viable Presidential candidates have been invited. Continue reading

Three Way Vice Presidential Debate: Palin, Biden, Gonzalez

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Vice Presidential Candidate Matt Gonzalez was barred from the 2008 Vice Presidential Debate hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) on October 2nd, just as Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader was barred from the first Presidential CPD Debate on September 26th.

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Sarah Palin Wins Debate—by Darn by Walter Brasch

Vice Pres Candidate Matt Gonzalez on Biden-Palin “debate”

Let’s see – what’s the prevailing master narrative for these shows? By John Steppling

No Debate: Secret Control of Presidential Debates + The Ifill Truth: ALL the Debates are Biased!

Joe Biden & Sarah Palin VP Debate

McSexist: Town Hall 10/02/08 + Bush in 2000, Palin in 2008

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Vice Pres Candidate Matt Gonzalez on Biden-Palin “debate”

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No Debate: Secret Control of Presidential Debates + The Ifill Truth: ALL the Debates are Biased!

Joe Biden & Sarah Palin VP Debate

McSexist: Town Hall 10/02/08 + Bush in 2000, Palin in 2008

Geraldine Ferraro & George H W Bush VP Debate 1984

Open the Debates Rally Speech Uncut + Paul Press Conference featuring Ralph Nader

Be a Freedom Writer – Take Action: Open the Debates

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Matt Gonzalez: Bailout of the Two Party System

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Matt Gonzalez Vice Presidential running mate of Ralph Nader critiques the first Presidential “debate” of 08 from The Bill Maher show at HBO. Who won who lost? The people lost and the corporate power structure won. Open the debates!

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Ralph Nader on Bill Maher + Sarah Palin? She’s a BIMBO! BIM-BO!

Nader: Who Lost? Peace Activists, Consumers, Workers

Hypocrisy or democracy? Ralph Nader on Russia Today

The Daily Show Takes on the Bailout

Barack Obama and John McCain Presidential Debate 09.26.08

Pop-up Double Talk: Ole Miss Debate

Ralph Nader: Why Is There Need for a Bailout? + Today’s Protests

The Daily Show Takes on the Bailout

Tell Congress: No to Bailout! (Action alerts)

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

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The Invisible Man: The Least Worst isn’t Good Enough Anymore

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Nader has to be in one of the debates!  Personally, this issue alone is enough for me not to vote for the Democratic candidate.  ~ Lo

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2008 Presidential candidate Ralph Nader hosted an Open the Debates rally during the Republican National Convention in Minnesota on September 4, 2008. In this highlight reel you can see excerpts of speeches by Ralph Nader, his VP Candidate Matt Gonzalez, and former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura talking about open debates and how they impact elections.

This also features a musical performance by 98 Degrees’ Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons.

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12 Topics Democrats Will Duck At Convention by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Marc Abizeid, 831-818-7736, marcabizeid@votenader.org, or; Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273, chris@votenader.org

The Democratic National Convention that gathers in Denver this week to nominate Barack Obama for president will be more like a coronation than a competition. Huzzahs, speeches, bands, balloons. These affairs have long lost any suspense or spontaneity, but somewhere amid the many corporate ‘hospitality parties’ and lobbyist glad-handing, you’d expect some demonstration of political courage to shift power toward the American people.

Instead, voters will watch (or, rather, not watch) as more than $16.5 million of their tax dollars (the amount allotted by the federal government for each convention) is spent on saying very little of substance.

Rather than ideas, this convention is about power and avoidance: the power of big business and the avoidance of important but neglected issues.

Here is a short list of what you won’t hear this week, either on the convention floor or in the party’s platform. Call them the 12 taboos.

1. You won’t hear a call for a national crackdown on the corporate crime, fraud, and abuse that, in just the last few years, have robbed trillions of dollars from workers, investors, pension holders, taxpayers and consumers. Among the reforms that won’t be suggested are resources to prosecute executive crooks and laws to democratize corporate governance so shareholders have real power. Democrats will not shout for a payback of ill-gotten gains, to rein in executive pay, ending corporate personhood, or to demand corporate sunshine laws.

2. The convention will not demand that workers receive a living wage instead of an inflation ravaged minimum wage. There will be no backing for a repeal of the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, which has blocked more than 40 million workers willing to form or join trade unions to improve wages and benefits above Wal-Mart or McDonald’s levels.

3. Barack Obama will not call for a withdrawal from the WTO and NAFTA. Trade agreements should stick to trade while labor, environmental, and consumer rights are advanced by separate treaties with strong enforcement mechanisms without being subordinated to the dictates of international commerce.

4. Obama will steer clear of any suggestion that our income tax system be substantially revamped. Workers should keep more of their wages while we tax the things we like least at the source, such as polluters, stock speculation, addictive industries, and energy guzzling technologies. Corporations should be required to pay their fair share; corporate tax contributions as a percent of the overall federal revenue stream have been declining for 50 years and now stand at about 7.4 percent despite massive record profits.

5. There will be no call for a single-payer health care system. Sixty years after President Truman first proposed it, we still need health insurance for everyone, a program with quality and cost controls and an emphasis on prevention. Full Medicare for everyone will save thousands of lives while maintaining patient choice of doctors and hospitals within a competitive private health care delivery system.

6. There is no reason to believe that the Democrats will stand up to the commercial interests profiting from our current energy situation. We need a straightforward carbon pollution tax, not a convoluted cap-and-trade system that would invite massive manipulation. We need a major environmental health agenda that challenges these entrenched interests with new initiatives in solar energy, efficiency in motor vehicles, and other sustainable and clean energy technologies. Nor will there be any recognition that current fossil fuels are producing cancer, respiratory diseases, and geopolitical entanglements. Finally, there will be no calls for ending environmental racism that leads to contaminated water and air in our cities, to toxic dumps in poorer neighborhoods, and to high toxicities in the workplace.

7. Democrats will not demand a reduction in the bloated, redundant military budget that devours half the federal government’s operating expenditures at a time when there is no Soviet Union or other major state enemy in the world. Studies by the Government Accountability Office and internal Pentagon assessments support the judgment of many retired admirals and generals that a wasteful defense weakens our country and distorts priorities at home.

8. You won’t hear a clarion call for electoral reform. Both parties have shamelessly engaged in gerrymandering, a process that guarantees reelection of their candidates at the expense of frustrated voters. Nor will there be any suggestion that law-abiding ex-felons be allowed to vote. Other electoral reforms should include reducing ballot access barriers to candidates, same day registration, a voter verified paper record for electronic voting, run-off voting to ensure winners receive a majority vote, binding none-of-the-above choices and most important, full public financing to guarantee clean elections.

9. You will hear no calls for reform of the criminal justice system. Our nation now holds one out of four of the world’s prisoners, half of them nonviolent. While they attempt to counter Republican charges that they favor criminals over victims, Democrats will say nothing about a failed war on drugs that costs $50 billion annually. And they will not argue that addicts should be treated rather than imprisoned. Nor should observers hope for any call to repeal the “three strikes and you’re out” laws that have filled our jails.

10. Democrats will ignore the Israeli peace movement whose members have developed accords for a two-state solution with their Palestinian and American counterparts. It is time to replace the Washington puppet show with a Washington peace show for the security of the American, Palestinian, and Israeli people.

11. The Democrats will not call for the United States to begin a military and corporate total withdrawal from Iraq. Such a withdrawal would result in mainstream Iraqis no longer supporting or joining the insurgency. Internationally UN-supervised elections will allow for appropriate autonomy for the Kurdish, Sunni, and Shi’ite communities within a unified Iraq. Seriously waging peace will be far cheaper than a permanent war economy which is generating huge deficits and diverting attention, talent, and resources from the necessities of the American people.

12. Democrats will not stand up to business interests that have demanded changes that close the courtroom to wrongfully injured and cheated individuals, but not to corporations. Where is the campaign against fraud and injury upon innocent patients, consumers, and workers? We should make it easier for consumers to band together and defend themselves against harmful practices in the marketplace. To the voters I say: Don’t hold your breath waiting for the Democrats to put people before corporations. Watch as this Convention obeys the 12 taboos.

About Ralph Nader

Attorney, author, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has been named by Time Magazine one of the “100 Most Influential Americans in the 20th Century.” For more than four decades he has exposed problems and organized millions of citizens into more than 100 public interest groups advocating solutions. He led the movement to establish the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and was instrumental in enacting the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and countless other pieces of important consumer legislation. Because of Ralph Nader we drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments. Nader graduated from Princeton University and received an LL.B from Harvard Law School.

About Matt Gonzalez

Matt Gonzalez was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2000 representing San Francisco’s fifth council district. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Board of Supervisors President. A former public defender, Gonzalez is managing partner of Gonzalez & Leigh, a 7-attorney practice in San Francisco that represents individuals and organizations in mediation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings before state and federal regulatory bodies. Gonzalez graduated from Columbia University and received a JD from Stanford Law School.

About the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign

According to a CNN-Opinion Research Corp. poll conducted from July 27-29, Ralph Nader is at 6 percent nationally (equivalent to about 10 million eligible voters), higher than his highest major poll numbers during the same time period in 2000 and approaching the 10 percent threshold required for eligibility to participate in “America’s Presidential Debate in New Orleans,” a Google-sponsored event scheduled for September 18.  In the key swing state of Michigan — whose Democratic voters were partially disenfranchised by the Democratic National Committee — an EPIC-MRA poll found Nader at 8-10 percent.

For more information on the Nader/Gonzalez campaign, visit: www.votenader.org/

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Ashley Sanders: The Dem Party is the Party of Perpetual Plan B

Ralph Nader: Corporations should be our servants, not our masters

Open the Debates Super Rally: Challenge the System

Nader Calls For Crackdown on Corporate Crime, Reversal of So-Called War on Drugs + Sean Penn

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Ralph Nader Posts & Videos

Matt Gonzalez answers the debate questions on Democracy Now (videos)

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Nader’s Running Mate Matt Gonzalez on the Dems, the War and the Strategy for November

We speak with independent vice-presidential candidate, Matt Gonzalez, who is running on Ralph Nader’s ticket in November. Gonzalez is a San Francisco-based attorney and the former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. In 2003, he ran for mayor of San Francisco on the Green Party ticket but lost in a close race to Democrat Gavin Newsom. [includes rush transcript]

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Clinton vs Obama Philly Debate 04.16.08 (parts 7-12) + Debate in 30 Seconds

Clinton vs Obama Philly Debate 04.16.08 (parts 1-6)

Countdown: Double Talk McLieberman + ABC News Attacks Obama In Debate

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Matt Gonzalez on “The Record” + Nader supports new independent inquiry into 9/11

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Nader supports new independent inquiry into 9-11

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April 14, 2008

Ralph Nader, the consumer activist and independent presidential candidate, seems to think that the report of the commission assigned to investigate the events of 9-11 should not be the last word.

“There are unanswered questions in the 9-11 investigation, and they should be answered,” Nader said at a recent address at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. “How do you go from plausibility to evidence? You have a more independent inquiry.”

On the morning of September 11, 2001, airliners collided with each of the twin towers of New York City�s World Trade Center, after which they and a third nearby office building mysteriously collapsed. Other incidents on the same day at the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania were also attributed to aircraft collisions. �All were pitched by the government as the result of a terrorist conspiracy, although it is widely believed that the government may have played a direct role in orchestrating the events.

After public cries for an investigation, President George Bush and Congress deputized the 9-11 Commission, which issued its report in 2004. While the report was praised by some, critics contended that it was not much more than a government whitewash.

On another topic, Nader had kind words to say for presidential candidate, Ron Paul.

“Ron Paul is very good on foreign policy,” he said. “He’s a refreshing voice.”

Nader also praised Paul for his outspoken opposition to the aggressive U.S. stance against Iran and the so-called �war-on-drugs.�

Paul is vying with John McCain for the Republican presidential nomination.

Nader�s remarks were made on April 4, and aired on C-SPAN today.

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