Nader Supporters Gathering! Hoping to Re-Create 2000 Election

RECEIVED Tue., March 9, 2004

Dear Editor and Michael King,
   In last week's Chronicle, I was quoted as saying 90% of "hardcore activists" (i.e., those participating in resistance on a daily basis) were against Nader's presidential bid as reported from my informal poll two weeks prior to his formal announcement and his coming here ["Nader Does the Texas Two-Step," News, March 5]. However, upon his arrival in Austin and since, I'm finding supporters coming out left and right, literally from the previously silent "hardcore" activists, the "unrepentant Nader voters," those sick of the "Anything but Bush" propaganda designed by Dems who'd rather Nader simply "go away," Republicans sick of the neo-cons, and from many third party and independent camps who see that in Texas, more than any other state, the need to band together to commonly achieve their ballot-access goals in the upcoming ultra-short window in which to collect our respective signatures.
   Since the un-election of 2000, nothing much surprises me in the political scene anymore, but this election season is sure to see a whirlwind of unexpected twists and turns. From the left's own undercutting of itself (please, lefties, remember that ever-valuable tool of "critical analysis"), to the strange bedfellows Nader is attracting due to the neo-con's overt destruction of our Constitution, to the banding together of Libertarians, Greens, reformers, and Nader supporters, we are sure to see some hot political action. I for one am looking forward to experimenting in this election season with these new parameters – and to working with the "never-before voters" who are looking for a candidate that speaks to them while Kerry and gang continue to drag the Democratic party to the right and Bush and gang drag the Republican party toward fascism.
   I invite all to keep an eye out on the ballot drives and the third party conventions in June (www.lp.org and www.txgreens.org) to consider which candidate speaks to them. Vote however you want come Election Day, but the election season is the time for participating in the democratic process to move likely candidates to taking on the issues that matter is nigh! Without choice there will never be change.
Debbie Russell
Austin Coordinator, Nader for President
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