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In The Public Interest - Ralph Nader

What are the super-rich Democrats waiting for?

Democratic Party loyalists are always complaining about the big-money fat cats behind the Republican Party’s candidates and platform. Over the last few election cycles, the Democratic Party has lost most state legislatures, governorships, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the White House. Republican control of the Senate is also leading to control of the U.S. Supreme Court. It is time for Democrats to up the ante big time!

The savings and stability of public banking

As a society obsessed with money, we pay a gigantic price for not educating high school and college students about money and banking. 

The ways of the giant global banks — both commercial and investment operations — are as mysterious as they are damaging to the people. Big banks use the Federal Reserve to maximize their influence and profits. 

Talking about what no one wants to talk about

It is not just Donald Trump whose rhetoric is chronically bereft of reality. Politicians, reporters, commentators and academics are often similarly untethered to hard facts, albeit not for narcissistic enjoyment. There are many patterns of fact, relevant to a subject being discussed, that are off the table — either consciously or because they are deemed inconvenient. Rarely are there omissions due to the facts being hard to get or inaccessible.

That in mind, here are a few examples that warrant our scrutiny:

Bad Bob Goodlatte blocks your day in court

Why does House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R–Va.) want to fast-track legislation  overhauling civil litigation that protects all Americans — including those in his Congressional district — who simply wish to have their day in court when wrongfully injured or cheated by the very corporations to whom Chairman Goodlatte is beholden? 

Does he distrust judges and juries that have fairly adjudicated disputes for years? Does he hate the American people?

Restricting people’s use of their courts

In not-so-merry old medieval England, wrongful injuries between people either were suffered in silence or provoked revenge. Cooler heads began to prevail and courts of law were opened so such disputes over compensation and other remedies could be adjudicated under trial by jury.

E.Coli’s message to President Trump

The current troubling news reports from China are describing a major Avian Flu epidemic among huge flocks of chickens. Such epidemics have been worrisome to public health specialists because they could be the precursor of transmission to humans and a possible global pandemic. Since President Trump is developing his policy against “terrorism,” I’m reproducing below a fictional letter from E.coli 0104:H4 to his predecessor that highlights the big leagues of terrorism against innocents by deadly bacteria and viruses. I re-submit this letter to President Trump:

Citizens can get justice done

Far from the corrosive political circus unfolding in Washington, D.C., local citizen groups are improving  conditions for the people in their own backyards. Although they receive almost no national media attention, these stalwart citizens work tirelessly to make their country a safer, cleaner and more just place to live.  One shining example of such a citizen is Tom “Smitty” Smith of Texas, who has advanced this noble work for the last 31 years.

A letter to President Trump

President Donald Trump

Trump Tower

725 5th Ave

New York, NY 10022

Dear President-elect Trump,

You’ve come a long way without my advice, but ascension to the White House invites listening to what this letter has to say.

During the primary campaign, you said more than once that you had to speak and behave the way you did to get the mass media’s attention. But you also pledged that, once in the White House, you would be “so presidential you [all] will be so bored.”

Decision time for peace

Dear President Obama:

On November 28, 2016, Jimmy Carter, the President who negotiated the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1978, wrote an op ed piece for the New York Times titled, “America Must Recognize Palestine.” His urgent plea was directed to you to take “the vital step…to grant American diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine, as 137 countries have already done, and help it achieve full United Nations membership,” before you leave office on January 20, 2017.