Thursday, August 7, 2008

Re: Obama Still Not Black Enough for Ralph Nader?

Ralph Nader went off on Barack Obama back in the June, and today he added the following:

"People who have fought the civil rights battle - politically, economically, legally - as we have since the 50's would often talk about, 'Look what would happen if we had an African-American president or chairpersons of major congressional committees. It doesn't look like it's going to be what we all thought it would be."

"I lost respect for him, when I saw him over a year ago on C-SPAN vigorously opposed to the impeachment of Bush and Cheney -- vigorously opposed. He said it would be 'divisive'. That is a cop out word. We have the most multiply impeachable presidency in American history."

As for me, I don't remember when I lost respect for Ralph Nader, and suspect I never had any. I will only point out that Ralph wasn't using the word "African-American" back in the '50s.

Ralph Nader made his bones taking on General Motors by pillorying its Chevrolet Corvair with his 1965 book Unsafe at Any Speed. The Corvair was a beautiful automobile with a minor engineering flaw that was fixed in the production runs for later model years. I once met one of the production engineers who set up the Corvair assembly line at a party in the Detroit suburbs, and he was still proud of it 35 years later. I prefer the Ford Mustang.

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