Ventura Was Smarter When He Agreed With Me

RECEIVED Mon., Nov. 22, 2004

Dear Editor,
   One week Mr. Ventura writes about "perfidy" ["Letters @ 3am," Oct. 1] and the next he tells us we must try to appeal to people who aren't very educated or intelligent ["Letters @ 3am," Nov. 12]. One week he demonizes Ralph Nader, and the next week he tells us not to demonize Bush and Cheney because demonizing is wrong.
   Years ago in a brilliant audio recording titled Demo-crazy in America, Mr. Ventura said that the Democratic Party only served the purpose of creating the illusion of a democracy. Years ago in his original collection of essays titled Letters @ 3am, Mr. Ventura tells us a vital lesson he learned after his mother whacked him with a pot for crying. "Don't ever get on your knees for anyone," she tells him.
   A few weeks ago, Mr. Ventura said Nader and other third-party voters would hate themselves for voting as they did. I feel much better today, having voted for Nader, than I would have if I had fallen to my knees to vote for a candidate who has seldom represented my views and would be unlikely to ever do so. I know what John Kerry stands for because I've examined his voting record and because I learned some important things from a younger, more focused, and more courageous Michael Ventura.
Roger LeBlanc
Ellensburg, Wash.
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