Many Don't Like Ralph, but..........

Ralph Nader {center}

October 27, 1969
Ralph Nader set up a consumer organization with young lawyers and researchers {often called "Nader's Raiders"} who produced systematic exposés of industrial hazards, pollution, unsafe products, and governmental neglect of consumer safety laws.

Nader is widely recognized as the founder of the consumer rights movement. He played a key role in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Freedom of Information Act, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

We could use another Nader to come forward from the ranks of the young and listen closely to what the real Ralph has to say, not be blinded by your political ideology leading a hatred and ignorance of the man's knowledge of what goes on in Washington and the Corporate Headquarters of America!

Nader's Raiders

In the 1960s and 1970s, a number of dedicated young activists rallied to the side of Ralph Nader, committed to working towards causes such as consumer advocacy. Dubbed “Nader’s Raiders” by the press, these volunteers, student interns and staff members investigated federal bureaucracies; shaped the modern consumer activist movement; and called for protecting the environment, workers rights and limited corporate power. They researched and prepared reports that helped spur legislative change.

Former Nader's Raiders talk about what life was like working with Ralph Nader during the consumer movement.


Ralph knows, and those who still hold great respect for him also know, he isn't ever going to be elected to run the country, I don't even think he really wants to, but he does want to Educate and will take the Scandalous name calling and Hatreds raised in trying to do exactly that. That's what he's been doing since he first came forward and went up against the Powers that be and those that wanna-be.

He's also better being on the outside slamming the insiders than joining their ranks and having his voice and knowledge controlled.

While consumer advocate/environmentalist Ralph Nader has virtually no chance of winning the White House, he has been taken quite seriously on the campaign trail.


Another day in History, any takers amounst you to continue the legacy and fight for your fellow citizens!!

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Ralph had to taint his legacy of great work as a government watchdog and activist.  Anyone that qualifies under the constitution can run for president.  The problem I and many others had with Ralph's run was the role it played in GWB's win in 2000.  It's almost ironic that his own run for the office ultimately helped put another in place whose eight year reign probably put undid or jeopardized many of Nadar's earlier achievements. 

There certainly was a place for third party politics, but that certainly wasn't it. Nor do I think this election would be either.

carol