Saturday, November 28, 2009

Nader for US Senate in 2010?

The Manchester Journal-Inquirer's Keith Burris wants Ralph Nader (Populist - CT) to run against Chris Dodd (Political Class - CT):

Dodd used to be the Senate’s leading Democratic deregulator, but is now a born-again regulator. Nader wants to keep edging Dodd in that direction but knows that it will take pressure, which may include an opponent from the left — maybe himself.

Nader should run. Imagine Nader on the Banking Committee.

I agree. Dodd carries the water for Wall Street. I'd be thrilled to replace Dodd with Nader on the Banking Committee.

Burris continues:

He should run — in a Democratic primary, not as a third or Green Party candidate. If he runs in a primary, he has nine to 11 months to discuss the issues; to make the case for re-regulation of the financial system. Win or lose, he pushes his cause forward.

But Nader could actually win this race. And he could win it as himself, on his own terms.

(Click here for the entire editorial.)

I think Burris is onto something. I love the idea. And as unlikely as it sounds, Nader may be able to win the primary, then the general.

Plus... if Ralph did win the primary, he's much more likely to jumpstart the conversation for which I long - a national dialogue on the Constitution:

The Congress shall have Power... To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures (Article I, Section 8)

A Senator Nader is certainly no less likely than a Senator Dodd to begin a national dialogue on regulating the financial system by discussing:

1) fractional reserve banking vs. full reserve banking
fiat money vs. honest money
the existence of the Federal Reserve

Go Ralph!

Tim White

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