[Marxism] A Message to America's Students from Ralph Nader

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Sat Apr 10 16:50:26 MDT 2004

Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2004 14:45:32 -0400
Subject: Nader for President: A Message to America's Students from Ralph Nader
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Nader:  The War, The Draft, Your Future

We have been down this road before.

U.S. troops sent to war half a world away.  American foreign policy 
controlled by an arrogant elite, bent on projecting military power 
around the globe.  A public misled into supporting an 
unconstitutional war founded on deceit and fabrications.

As the death toll mounts, we hear claims that the war is nearly won, 
that victory is just around the corner.  But victory never arrives.

As the public loses confidence in the government, the government 
questions the patriotism of any who express doubt about the war.

When a presidential election arrives, both the Democrat and 
Republican nominees embrace the policy of continued war.

The military draft comes to dominate the lives of America's young, 
and vast numbers who believe the war to be a senseless blunder are 
faced with fighting a war they do not believe in, or facing exile or 

The year was 1968.  Because voters had no choice that November, the 
Vietnam War continued for another six years.  Hundreds of thousands 
of Americans like you died, were maimed, or suffered from diseases 
like malaria.  A far greater number of Vietnamese died.

Today, the war is in the quicksands and alleys of Iraq.  Once again, 
under the pressure of a determined resistance, we see an American war 
policy being slowly torn apart at the seams, while the candidates 
urge us to "stay the course" in this tragic misadventure.  Today's 
Presidential candidates are not Nixon and Humphrey, they are now Bush 
and Kerry.

Once again, there is one overriding truth:  If war is the only choice 
in this election, then war we will have.

Today enlistments in the Reserves and National Guard are declining. 
The Pentagon is quietly recruiting new members to fill local draft 
boards, as the machinery for drafting a new generation of young 
Americans is being quietly put into place.

Young Americans need to know that a train is coming, and it could run 
over their generation in the same way that the Vietnam War devastated 
the lives of those who came of age in the sixties.

I am running for President, and have been against this war from the 
beginning.  We must not waste lives in order to control and waste 
more oil. Stand with us and we may yet salvage your future and 
Americas' future from this looming disaster.

- Ralph Nader

How You Can Get Involved:

We, the young organizers of Nader for President in 2004 campaign, 
need your help to make Ralph Nader's voice part of the national 
debate in 2004.  Here is what you can do:
1.  Forward this email to every list and young person you know, or go 
to http://www.votenader.org/sfn/message_on_iraq_war.php and send a 
link to the page out to them.
2.  Help get Ralph on the ballot.  Go to our ballot access webpage at 
http://www.votenader.org and connect with students and organizers 
statewide to obtain the necessary signatures.
3.  Join the effort in Texas and North Carolina.  We need BIG help in 
the next 5 weeks to get Ralph on the ballot in Texas and North 
Carolina  (we need to collect 80,000 signatures in each state.) 
Please contact anyone you know in those two states and urge them to 
join our petition drives. [http://www.votenader.org/roadtrip/].
4.  Start a Students for Nader Chapter and begin organizing students 
at your school.  Get started by logging onto our students for Nader 
webpage [http://www.votenader.org/sfn/index.php].
5.  Register to Vote:  If you're 18 or will be 18 by Nov. 2, 2004, 
please register to vote by clicking on this link 

P.O. Box 18002, Washington, DC 20036

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