Saturday, July 31, 2004

Nader: A party pooper?

Although Minnesota voted for Gore in 2000, it is one of the "battleground" states this year meaning that it can go either Bush or Kerry. If you remember, Gore got the majority popular vote but not the electoral vote (Minnesota has 10). Minnesotans have always been known for progressive politics and is home to one of the strongest and most organized peace movements in the nation. That is why I'm scared that people here will vote Nader & allow Bush to win. Although I support Nader's progressive platform, I don't think this is the time to play egoistic politics. It is crucial that Bush is defeated & Nader is not helping. I had a huge discussion with one of my Muslim friends who'd rather vote for Nader than Kerry & had a hard time explaining how that would help Bush win as this study indicates. Some reports suggest that right-wingers are contributing to his campaign because they're so happy he is endangering Kerry! Even the liberal former presidential candidate & Ohio Representative Kucinich (my choice) is asking people to support Kerry. I'm urging all of you who can vote not to vote Nader - support the Green & Independent parties on a state level where they have more leverage. And for people who said that there was no difference between Bush & Gore in 2000, I think we all realize that we wouldn't be in Iraq if Gore were president. The scarier part is that he may have handled 9/11 intelligence differently & that tragedy may have never occurred.

One of my main goals this Fall is to work with several friends and activists in Minnesota to make sure that Muslims & Arabs vote. Many of them who are citizens don't vote or have traditionally voted for Republicans. Why? Because the Democratic Party supports abortion and gay rights. Although I harbor the same sentiments, I'm urging Muslims & Arabs to look at the bigger picture. By the way, Dick Cheney's daughter,
Mary, is a lesbian, so it is very unlikely that Bush is going to go far ahead with the gay amendment. He's just trying to woo his conservative Christian friends for the election. Also, in 2000, Gore had chosen Lieberman as his VP candidate. I have nothing against Jews, but he is an extremely conservative pro-Israel senator & that's why about 70% of Muslim & Arabs voted for Bush.

The Arab American Institute and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have some interesting statistics on what Arabs & Muslims are saying about the elections. Although most are leaning towards Kerry, they think he needs to woo the Muslim community more, considering his brother, Cameron, is a converted Jew & recently visited Israel. I'm hoping the Muslim and Arab vote this time will make it loud and clear to both parties that we're here to stay & it's time they listen to us. But for now, I have a lot of work to make sure I get this population to the polls on Nov 2!