Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader slammed two of the major contenders for the White House in 2016.
“Well, Hillary [Clinton] is a corporatist and a militarist,” he said during an recent interview with We Are Change. “Do we want another corporatist and militarist? She thinks Obama is too weak. He doesn’t kill enough people overseas. So she’s a menace to the United States of America.”
“What we need is people — regardless of whether they are libertarians or not — that pull back on the empire and make Wall Street subordinate to main street. People have got to start thinking, doing their homework, become informed voters and not coronate another corporatist and militarist.”
Nader wasn’t too fond of Clinton’s potential Republican rival, Rand Paul, either.
“He’s like his father Ron Paul,” he remarked. “He is against militarism, against the bloated military budget, against empire, and against these foreign military unconstitutional adventures — but Rand Paul is changing by the month as he wants the White House. He is beginning to say, ‘Well, what if we give more aid to Israel? The militarism there. Why don’t we keep this part of the military budget that has jobs in Kentucky.'”
“So he is beginning to change. You can see him in just one year — he’s not going to go on the floor and filibuster again, the way he did courageously. That’s what blind ambition does. That’s what political power does. So what he ought to do is go back to his father, sit on his knee and become more like Ron Paul.”
Nader has long called for an alliance between progressives and libertarians to defeat the “corporate supremacists” in the government. But he told We Are Change that he doesn’t agree with the libertarian philosophy.
The government “can be a countervailing force” to corporate power, he explained. “You can’t do it by yourself. Can you avoid air pollution by refusing to inhale? Hardly.”
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