A plea from prominent liberals

“Ralph Nader’s bid for the presidency suffered a huge snub from the left Monday when more than 70 prominent supporters of his previous presidential campaign urged voters to swallow their doubts and vote for John Kerry.

They included such heroes of the intellectual left as Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Cornel West, writers Barbara Ehrenreich and Studs Terkel, actors Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, and musicians Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt.

They were aiming at voters in battleground states where Nader’s candidacy is seen as a direct threat to Kerry.

“We urge support for Kerry-Edwards in all swing states, even while we strongly disagree with Kerry’s policies on Iraq and other issues,” they said. “For people seeking progressive social change in the United States, removing George W. Bush from office should be the top priority.”

The statement was signed by 78 of the 113 prominent Americans who were personally recruited by Nader to endorse his candidacy in 2000.”

I really do believe that we are going to see the practical end of democracy in America if Bush wins this. It will become increasingly difficult for voices of opposition to the Right to get ANYthing on the mainstream media, through the courts, or other channels of reaching the public. What we are experiencing now, though unprecedented, is NOTHING compared to what is coming. The public will be increasingly manipulated with propaganda. The full power of the government will be brought into the process of increasing the Right’s one-party control over the process. And “the system” will make it ever harder for opposition candidates to be heard, or even to get on the ballot. This is not fooling-around time, this is uniting time. Watch your backs!

Update – Ouch, I wrote that in a hurry when I was supposed to be in the car driving my wife and visiting mother-in-law to the Santa Cruz County Fair… Courts are not a channel to reach the public, “the process of increasing … of the process…” Ouch. But this is blogging – something I just HAD to say, so I said it. Keepin’ it real.