Hope for a Safer America from Ralph Nader
Hope for how we can create a Safer America is clearly delineated in Nader’s latest column.“Both political parties are dialing daily for the same commercial dollars – not seriously championing advances in health and safety.
Yet, it is still possible to make changes through Congress, which is made up of only 535 men and women who need your votes more than they need corporate lobbyists’ money. One change after another long overdue change can be achieved if the majority of the people want it. With this support, it takes one percent or less of the voters back home to organize and get Congress to do the people’s bidding.
That one percent or less, sometimes far less, needs to spend a “hobby-amount” of time each year (say 300 to 500 hours) organizing in every congressional district and a “hobby amount” of money to maintain a full-time office of three or four full-time advocates in each District.”
Our “Safety and Happiness” can be advanced if enough of us work to make it happen. As Americans once before declared our independence of tyrannical political forces to secure our “Safety and Happiness” we can do it again.“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” See http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html