I went to see the new documentary “An Unreasonable Man“, about Ralph Nader, and found it quite compelling. The movie is so multifaceted, it is difficult for this amateur to write an adequate review! It addresses Nader’s history and motivations; the reality of working on consumer affairs in a two party system when both parties have been purchased by Big Business concerns; the rationale for Nader’s prez runs; the smear campaign against this reputed “egomaniacal spoiler” and how that moniker is patently rediculous.
This movie is likely to spark some interesting conversation. Something Nader said in the movie really resonated with me (and I paraphrase): Dear Progressives, the Dems are taking you for
a ride granted and will continue to do so until you demonstrate that you are willing to withold your vote and cash. The truth of this sentiment has become apparent to me as I’ve watched the parade of politicians through the decades campaign as “friend of the gays”, yet shit on us at first opportunity (present governor excepted? time will tell). What do you think, Progressives? Are you and your pet issues being strung along by the mainline pols too (health care, fair employment and wages, decent schools…)? Are you all still on board with the “they’re better than the alternative”, or are you willing to really push back and make the candidates deliver?
Thank you Mr Nader for your incredible contributions, and thanks to the movie makers for a great reminder of what democracy can be.