HIGHTOWER: Ralph Nader for President!

Ready or not, the Millennium Year is on us, barraging us with a dizzying array of high-flying hype about the wonders of the New Age.But what's really different about this new year than last year or next year? Well, one thing that's supposed to be different is that this is a presidential election year!The turning of the calendar into a new century and a new millennium is an important marker for people, a chance for all of us to check on the state of our American democratic society, for politicians to come out directly to the people and ask, "How ya doin?" Will they do this? Are you kidding?! They've been too busy raising millions from the privileged to visit your neighborhood. They're asking pollsters how they're doing, not how you're doing.Gore-Bush-Bradley-McCain-et al pretend to have big policy differences, but they're all in agreement on the corporate agenda of their campaign contributors. All of the major contenders fully embrace the WTO and other forces of globaloney that are knocking down the American middle-class, exploiting impoverished people abroad, and subverting our own right to self-government. What about the fact that 8-out-of-10 Americans have seen their incomes go flat or go down during the "unprecedented prosperity" of the 1990s? Out of sight out of mind say the major presidential wannabes, all of whom have pledged to continue the economic status quo. Will any of them raise a peep of protest about the giant insurance companies, banks, media conglomerates, and other out-of-control corporations running roughshod over us? Surely you jest. That's where the candidates get their campaign funds.This is Jim Hightower saying ... One way to shake up business-as-usual is to get Ralph Nader to run for president. To say go, Ralph, go -- click onto this Draft Ralph Web site: www.Nader2k.org.

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