Ralph on 

News Hits has made no secret of its admiration for consumer activist/Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader. So it should come as no surprise that we had front-row seats when he spoke at Wayne State University this past Monday. True to form, Nader offered an inspirational speech, hammering home the importance of true citizen participation in our so-called democracy, and pointing a finger at the dangers of a system controlled by corporate interests. Fault him if you will, but the man speaks the truth.

News Hits, though, was waiting for the Q&A session. Since the closing weeks of last year’s election, we’ve been nursing a fantasy scenario where Nader cuts a deal with Al Gore. In return for Gore’s promise to appoint Nader attorney general, Ralph would urge his supporters to vote for Al. It’s far-fetched, but not totally inconceivable. Had it happened, Bush would be back home picking his nose in Texas. Gore would be compromising with the Republicans on Capitol Hill. And, perhaps for the first time in history, we’d have a true corporate crime-buster as the nation’s top law-enforcement officer. Can you imagine an AG who’d actually bring criminal charges against corporate honchos like the bastards featured in Bill Moyers’ devastating “Trade Secrets” investigative report last week?

Wouldn’t that be better than the nightmare we’re looking at now, with an administration taking a slash-and-burn approach to everything from environmental regulations to a woman’s right to choose?

The thought, of course, never entered Ralph’s mind. “You don’t betray your supporters for something like that,” he responded as the audience cheered.

Ralph is in for the long haul. And he’s cutting deals with no one. Aside from idealism, there are practical obstacles to the sort of politicking News Hits mused about: “Who would trust Gore to follow through on something like that?” asked Ralph.

News Hits is edited by Curt Guyette, the Metro Times news editor. Call 313-202-8004 or e-mail cguyette@metrotimes.com

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 14, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation