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Crashing The Party, by Ralph Nader

Not for Sale! Not for Sale! proclaims Professor Cornel West on the jacket of Ralph Nader's 2000 Presidential Candidate journal. Perhaps it is Professor West who has summed up this man's work that has fought for the common citizen. This septaugenerian has never wavered from his vision on universal health care, real living wages for working people, community based ideas and projects, true campaign finance reform, his trademark auto safety measures and so much more. In short, "Crashing the Party" is vintage Ralph: Telling it like was and is.

Nader takes a crow bar to the two-party system and uncovers a machine run by multi-national corporations hell-bent on designing the national electorate's lifestyle for the "bottom line". Nader's latest expose is inspirational to those who refuse to lay down and be counted as a number in this mad machine we call corporate-controlled life in the United States.

While many in the mainstream felt that Ralph stole the progressive votes from the Gore camp in 2000, Nader begs to differ. He reminds readers to not get cold feet in the voting booth and go with their conscience. Vote the issues, Nader says and do not buy into the corporate culture.

The most shocking revelations within the book are Nader's tales of blacklisting from the Democrats. It is truly a sad state of affairs when Nader and supporters may lose future career opportunities due to the fact that they were all exercising their rights to express their ideas. Jim Hightower, Susan Saradon and Tim Robbins, and Michael Moore are just a few of the Nader supporters who put themselves on the line to change the business of politics.

Many in this country may hold disdain for this consumer advocate, author and activist. Perhaps it is the neo-conservative, right-wing talk radio circuit that has painted a negative picture of Nader and Progressives in the past decade. Thus, mainstream society buys into the myth that Nader is a Socialist who is out to destroy individuality and freedom. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is Nader who would like to see a leaner responsive government that is controlled by the people-not career politicians and corporations. It is Nader who would like to see more community-based activities implemented instead of a deadbeat government that doesn't deliver.

At times "Crashing the Party" is a bit dry and long-winded, but one must remember that its author is a deep intellectual who is passionate about the sustainability of our planet. This book proves once and for all that Nader ran a campaign that rivaled the Bush/Gore race in substance and thought.
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