Let me make clear, I do not equate Ralph Nader with any actions of Adolf Hitler. I am focusing on the MIND PROCESSES of the two men. Both men have a sense they are creatures of destiny whose purity of soul far surpasses that of mere mortals. Both believe their actions are always correct and the consequences of whatever they do must be endured by the masses. During the concluding months of WWII, German generals tried to convince Hitler the cause was lost and some accomodation had to be made in order to spare the German people. His invariable response was that he would not waver in his quest to accomplish his goals and the situation was caused by failure on the part of the German people to work harder in order to gain victory. Hitler insisted his faith was still strong and the purity of his soul was unblemished. At points, he bluntly stated Germans would have to suffer because they had failed the ultimate test of gaining victory. In a sense, he displayed an “after me comes the deluge” attitude.
I find a similar thought process in the mind of Ralph Nader. He insisted in 2000 there was no difference between the election of Gore or Bush and the failure of Gore to win was due to an inept campaign, not to the two million votes drawn away by the Nader campaign. When the Florida election was brought up, Nader always insisted Gore lost it by not doing a better job of campaigning. In Nader’s mind, he is always correct, he never makes a mistake and if others do not do their job, they must then face consequences. Nader feels no sense of guilt for Bush’s triumph because, Ralph Nader remained true to his principles and his soul is pure and good.
Nader on “Meet The Press” said there was “not a chance” he would play the role of spoiler in 2008 and if the Democrats did not win by a landslide, “they ought to just wrap up, close down, emerge in a different form.” Nader claimed “American politics is saturated in taboos and self-censorship to a level where the greatest issues in the campaign are off the table.” He cited healthcare and global warming as two such issues. Of course, one of the biggest points of contention between Clinton and Obama has been healthcare, but in Ralph Nader’s world, only if things are discussed on the basis of his views can they be considered to be discussed. Clinton and Obama have consistenly raised issues of global warming, but all that is irrelevant to Ralph Nader.
Ralph Nader believes himself embued with the truth and his quest is not merely noble, but he alone knows how to speak about issues and he alone is in possession of the answers to political issues. If the American people refuse to acknowledge his truth, they must suffer the consequences. Ralph Nader votes in 2000 helped elect George Bush. Ralph Nader knows every vote cast for him in 2008 would have gone to a Democratic candidate, but if the Democrats fail to win, they have only themselves to blame and they must suffer whatever comes. His soul is free of guilt, he is pure in spirit and if America gets another Bush style leader, they only have themselves to blame.
Not once has Ralph Nader indicated a reflective soul who ponders consequences of his actions. He never second-guesses himself because he has complete belief in the purity of his goals. If one is pure at heart, then one can never be wrong. In that sense, he shares a remarkable similarity to the thought process of Hitler. He is NOT an Adolf Hitler in terms of actions. Both men regard themselves as embodying a purity of purpose that must be pursued to the bitter end and if people suffer due to their thinking, so be it. There is an aspect of Nader’s thinking which regards the disaster of George Bush as a positive thing because it arouses anger and may lead to the emergence of those whose purpose is pure at heart. He believes the more people suffer, the more they become aroused, and the greater the probability the end result is beneficial to society.
Mike Huckabee was asked his reaction to the Nader candidacy and he responded: “I think it always would probably pull votes away from the Democrats, not the Republicans. So naturally, Republicans would welcome his entry into the race and hope that maybe a few more will join in.” Ralph Nader doesn’t give a damn if his candidacy draws votes away from the Democratic candidate. The issue of his entry into the election is Ralph Nader — not the interests of the American people.