Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Absentee Ballot

I ended up voting for Ralph Nader. Just minutes before posting this, I found out from the New York State Board of Elections Home Page that the man I'm supporting, Chuck Baldwin, was not on the ballot. But rather than disappointment, I feel some joy that this year I am able to support one good man and vote for another, as I had been almost persuaded by two Nadercons, Patrick J. Ford of The Northern Agrarian and Dylan Waco of The Left Conservative.

Mr. Ford in his endorsement — Ralph Nader for President — calls the man "a clear and articulate voice for the small-is-beautiful, 'Come Home America' Old Right" and reminds us that "the 'leftist' Nader offers a chance to return to traditional conservative foreign policy." On economics, he calls Nader "an enemy of the large and friend of the small." He concludes that there is no "candidate speaking more directly to America-First, localist, populist, agrarian conservatism than Ralph Nader."

Mr. Waco's endorsement — Ralph Nader For President — takes a pragmatic approach that speaks directly to my situation: "The anti-imperial, pro-civil liberties, pro-constitution base is not on the right. It is on the left. Chuck Baldwin is on fewer than 40 ballots. Ralph Nader is on 46. The cards that have been dealt may not be fair, but they are what they are."

From 2004, the principled endorsements of Bill Kauffman and Justin Raimondo stand the test of time — Nader v. Bush and Old Right Nader.

The former says his "presidential campaign blend[ed] unimpeachably American radicalism with a dignified conservatism" and reminds us "how much the populists of Left and Right have in common in an age in which neo-conservatives and neo-liberals have embraced economic globalism and pre-emptive war."

The latter says that "Nader’s distrust of bigness, either corporate or governmental, his fear of centralized power, his sharp critique of the managerial-bureaucratic mentality, all recall the distinctively American tradition of individualist populism" and that his "views are attractive to the Left but are rooted, at least in part, on the libertarian and populist Right."

Also of interest is this conservation with Patrick J. Buchanan, in which "[t]he long-time progressive makes a pitch for the disenfranchised Right" — Ralph Nader: Conservatively Speaking.

Here's the recent debate between the man who has my vote and the man who has my support:

For Congress, I voted for a fellow named Jon Powers, of "New York’s liveliest and most progressive political party," the Working Families Party, the only non-Republicrat running. The candidate, "an Army Captain and decorated Iraq War veteran, schoolteacher and nonprofit leader," has called for "[r]edeploying our troops from Iraq safely, securely and soon."

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