CONGRESS IS ‘GRAVEYARD OF DEMOCRACY’
Presidential debate obsession continues. But there’s big doings elsewhere. Consumer advocate, author, activist, attorney, gadfly, corporate critic and former presidential hopeful Ralph Nader is the driving force behind “Breaking Through Power”, a recent four-day summit in the nation’s capital centered on civil justice, civic culture, grassroots fervor, citizen action and other robust themes. There were 93 speakers, including Mr. Nader himself, who favors the idea of “daily” democracy and “daily” citizenship.
“The most powerful instrument under the Constitution for redirecting this country towards the path of justice and well-being is the Congress,” Mr. Nader tells Inside the Beltway, noting that lawmakers are bottom dwellers when it comes to opinion polls, prompting erosive cynicism and disinterest among their constituents.
“Presently, Congress is the graveyard of democracy,” Mr. Nader says, though he hasn’t lost confidence that Americans can actually unite through a “left/right alliance…” His last book in fact, is titled “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left/Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.” His newest is called “Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier than We Think” — described as a Tom Paine-style wake-up call”, and due out Oct. 11
“My message to the people of this country is this: laser-beam your senators and representatives with your demands for a brighter future. After all, Congress