Ralph Nader for President This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

This year has been a discouraging one for the United States, ushering in a crashing economy, a less-than-stellar foreign policy, and an abundance of pork-barrel legislation.

Senators Barack Obama and John McCain have stepped up to the plate to try to get the country back on its feet. I’ve found myself confronted with the inevitable question of which candidate to support, and can give only one answer: neither. I feel that neither candidate deserves my support. I do not trust either to lead our country out of these dark times. Choosing between the ­Republican and Democratic candidate would mean choosing the lesser of two evils. Instead, I prefer to align myself with a candidate who shares my views on stabilizing the economy, preventing war, and downsizing the government. This candidate is Ralph Nader.

Nader is the only presidential candidate who has experience running his own business. He has applicable knowledge of the economy and strives to distribute wealth equally. He was quoted on “Meet The Press” as saying: “There is a two-tier economy where the top 10 percent is doing quite well, the top one percent spectacularly. But the top one percent of the richest ­people in this country have financial wealth equal to the combined 95 percent of the American people. That’s a very ­unhealthy inequality.” In order to fix this, Nader proposes to repeal the Bush administration tax cuts and adjust the federal income tax. This shows that he is driven to help the average American survive the current ­economic slump.

Nader also wants to help America move past Congress’s war-happy regime. He proposes a “draft from the top,” meaning when an administration approves a war, the service-aged children of all members of that Congress and Cabinet will be the first to serve. This would ensure that elected officials think carefully before declaring war. Nader also supports pulling out of Iraq within six months and trying to negotiate with Iran. He wants to take our men and women in uniform out of Iraq and bring them home where they belong.

It seems that Washington, D.C., has become a place that does not represent the common man, but rather a place where big business can keep their pets. It has become less a place where citizen groups can persuade their representatives, and more a place where their representatives will pander to lobbyists and corporations. This makes it almost impossible for small businesses, or the average worker, to be heard.

Nader supports an anti-trust initiative ­specially designed to help small businesses stay afloat in this corporate world. This initiative would focus on corporate crime, fraud, and abuse of power. By breaking up monopolies and trusts, Nader would give small businesses and entrepreneurs a fair shot at ­succeeding, which is ­essential for a positive economic outlook and the only way to pull the country out of ­recession.

All in all, I believe that Nader really is looking out for the American people. He is the candidate who can put the American back into American government. He plans to launch a full-fledged crusade on the global economy, redistribute wealth, and make us more self-sufficient. By campaigning with peace-keeping efforts, he hopes to show that war is not the answer to foreign-affair problems. If elected, he would yank the White House out of the hands of big business and give it back to the masses.

Nader’s policies serve the interests of middle- and lower-class America, showing that he really is a candidate for the common man. Let him lead the way out of these dark times, with his torch of peace in one hand, an American flag in the other, and the working class marching beside him.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Divazrok said...
Dec. 3, 2008 at 3:18 am
Now no one even knows Ralph Nader so who would vote for him?
Lisa S. said...
Oct. 27, 2008 at 8:47 pm
I'm glad that there are other people out there who agree that the democrats and republicans are not our only choice for president. I completely agree that voting for one of them would be like deciding the lesser of two evils. Nader seems to truly support the common man. It's unfair that Nader is not invited to public television debates and is not given more media influence like McCain or Obama. If he had more news coverage, perhaps more Americans would vote more him. America wishes it were ... (more »)
samantha17 said...
Sept. 23, 2008 at 6:37 pm
great article! but i have to say i dont totally agree, especially the section discussing the war. u stated "He proposes a 'draft from the top,' meaning when an administration approves a war, the service-aged children of all members of that Congress and Cabinet will be the first to serve. This would ensure that elected officials think carefully before declaring war." im sorry but i honestly think that thats rediculous! the men and women serving ur country knew that joining the military ... (more »)
hmmmm... said...
Sept. 12, 2008 at 2:03 am
Hi! great job! I really like you're writing. however, I don't think some of the things you said were very accurate. I totally agree with smaller government and policies benefitting the lower and middle class. however, I don't think that these are "dark times for america". when you look at the stats, you see that we're actually higher than we've been in a long time. plus, when you understand economy and politics, you realize that what's happening now is simply market manipulation. the ... (more »)
montag said...
Sept. 9, 2008 at 5:23 pm
How refreshing and gratifying it is to hear such clear thinking from young people! You are absolutely correct when you say that Ralph Nader is looking out for the American people. He has spent his entire life working tirelessly and selflessly to improve the lives of every American.
X-Liberal Pro-Labor Republican said...
Sept. 9, 2008 at 7:41 am
I congratulate you. Young people are much more likely to have an open mind and are, therefore, able to see things more clearly than only the older dissenters who have long recognnized that government is getting worse and worse.
Matthew said...
Sept. 9, 2008 at 1:40 am
A very well written article. Covers many policy positions. I have been looking for some information about candidates beyond the two party dictatorship to present to my 5th grade students. I will be using this one. THANKS!
JessicaVCortez said...
Sept. 8, 2008 at 10:03 pm
Thank you for this piece. Keep in mind that Nader speaks to the future leaders of our country - -not people who willingly buy the propaganda. Our sheeply friends and neighbors won't necessarily understand Nader; however, they'll end up following the sheepherder. Think about it: what does it really take to get someone to say s/he'll vote for Obama? McCain? Answer: a whole lot of not much. This is our generation and our opportunity to take things into our own hands and to march together towa... (more »)
Nolan P. said...
Sept. 8, 2008 at 9:42 pm
God bless you, girl. There is hope for the future.
Wormfarmer said...
Sept. 9, 2008 at 12:05 am
Bravo to the youth of this nation, I think that the people who will assume leadership should have a voice, and should speak. We are at a point in society that demands OUR PARTICIPATION! I believe in the ideals that Ralph Nader champions, the belief that we are all “The People”, and that when corporate funds are accepted, strings ARE attached. I can only hope that our divided, distracted, diverted populace does something other than electing one of the corporate shills running, we&rsq... (more »)
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