Re: [sixties-l] Todd Jones against Nader

Date: 11/04/00

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    Congress and the presidency have everything to do with each other,
    of course.  A progressive agenda can only be enacted when you have
    a president who won't veto it.  Bush, like Hoover, would be likely to 
    veto mprogressive legislation. That's why it's so important to prevent
    Bush from being president. 
    On Fri, 3 Nov 2000, Bill Mandel wrote:
    > What does voting for Gore have to do with whether there will be a 
    > Democratic Congress? Nader voters will overwhelmingly vote for the 
    > lesser evil candidate for Congress, in the great majority cases a 
    > Democrat, and in some cases not evil at all.
    >      Social Security and the right of labor to organize and 
    > unemployment insurance and the Home Owners' Loan Act and the rest of 
    > the New Deal were won precisely by direct action. Some of them were 
    > literally drafted by organizations practicing direct action, and 
    > introduced by sympathetic senators and members of congress. Of course 
    > we who were Communists did none of those things on our own. Perhaps 
    > our greatest merit was that we understood the need for coalitions (in 
    > those days called United Front and, when even broader, People's 
    > Front). The battle for unemployment insurance was won in the A.F.of L. 
    > by a rank-and-file organization headed by a Communist house painter, 
    > Louis Weinstock, against the A.F. of L. leadership. Once the A.F. of 
    > L. officially accepted it, the Democratic politicians fell in line.
    >     I was a very active teen-ager at the time, as knowledgeable about 
    > the issues of my day as the marvelous 15-to-19-year-olds of Seattle. 
    > Roosevelt's genius lay in the fact that he, a Hudson River Valley 
    > aristocrat, understood the need for major concessions to what the 
    > people wanted in order to save the entire system, at a time when the 
    > most devastating of all depressions put its existence in doubt. 
    >                         Bill Mandel

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