TRUMP in giant letters made of nuclear bomb craters on the side of Planet Earth to be prominently viewable from outer space?

Election Addict writes at IPR:

Nader’s pretty much correct:

Consumer advocate and four time Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader appeared yesterday on Fox Business Network calling Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a “breath of fresh air,” explaining that he was “delighted” by Trump’s refusal to rule out a third party bid.

“The two party tyranny that blocks voter choices and dominates the political scene on behalf of big business needs to be broken up and Trump is the one to do it,” said Nader to host Deirdre Bolton, “it takes a billionaire. Ross Perot got 19 million votes as an independent candidate in 1992. And Trump has every possibility of doing the same, and by the same token, opening up opportunities for multi-party systems; more voices, more choices.”

Nader praised Trump’s views on trade and corporations and referred to him as the “nightmare of the corporate Republican establishment.” He said Trump was “punctuating the progressive agenda” by discussing how he used bankruptcy laws to his advantage and campaign donations to gain corporate favors.

However, Nader said he would not vote for Trump because he opposes many of Trump’s views.

I don’t think so. For starters the air around Trump is the opposite of fresh.

No doubt breaking up the duopoly is a truly worthy goal, but if the only way to do it is by shoving a foul megalomaniacal billionaire riding a wave of bigotry, ignorance and hate into the mix, what have we really gained? Ideologically motivated, long term efforts such as LP and GP will be shoved even further to the sideline by the illusion of an anti-establishment option in the service of Trump’s limitless yet insecure ego.

And given that, as Nader says, the duopoly works on behalf of big business, Trump is what, a small businessman?

Nader writes “Ross Perot got 19 million votes as an independent candidate in 1992. And Trump has every possibility of doing the same, and by the same token, opening up opportunities for multi-party systems; more voices, more choices.”

How exactly did Perot open opportunities for other alt parties during or after his run? I know Richard Winger can point to some ballot access lawsuit victories that have lasting impact by Perot, but aside from that, how did his run help the LP, GP et al from 1992 on?

“Nader praised Trump’s views on trade and corporations and referred to him as the “nightmare of the corporate Republican establishment.” He said Trump was “punctuating the progressive agenda” by discussing how he used bankruptcy laws to his advantage and campaign donations to gain corporate favors.”

All areas where both Nader and Trump would make public policy even worse than it is now if they had their way.

What Trump will accomplish, if he gets in the debates, will be to allow the CoPD cartel to more credibly claim they really are open to non-duopoly candidates if they have enough support.

Alternatively, he may provide just the excuse they need to not make the debate inclusion criteria more reasonable or to make them even less so.

And that is if he doesn’t actually take the NSGOP nomination. If he does, he certainly won’t be cracking the duopoly unless it’s to send country club Republicans off to start a new party that sucks just as much as the existing Big Two, something along the lines envision by the Americans Elect bunch. Again, that would be no improvement at all over what we have now.

If he either wins the NSGOP nom or runs a Perot style independent campaign, he could actually win. And that would be really, really bad. With his itchy trigger finger on the nuclear button, the temptation will prove just too great for Trump to spell TRUMP in giant letters made of nuclear bomb craters on the side of Planet Earth to be prominently viewable from outer space after the first time some foreign leader pushes his buttons.

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