In 1966, General Motors, the most powerful corporation in the world, sent private investigators to dig up dirt on an obscure thirty-two year old public interest lawyer named Ralph Nader, who had written a book critical of one of their cars, the Corvair. The scandal that ensued after the smear campaign was revealed launched Ralph Nader into national prominence and established him as one of the most admired Americans and the leader of the modern Consumer Movement.
Over the next thirty years and without ever holding public office, Nader built a legislative record that is the rival of any contemporary president. Many things we take for granted including seat belts, airbags, product labeling, no nukes, even the free ticket you get after being bumped from an overbooked flight are largely due to the efforts of Ralph Nader and his citizen groups. Yet today, when most people hear the name “Ralph Nader,” they think of the man who gave the country George W. Bush. As a result, after sustaining his popularity and effectiveness over an unprecedented amount of time, he has become a pariah even among former friends and allies. How did this happen? Is he really to blame for George W. Bush? Who has stuck by him and who has abandoned him? Has our democracy become a consumer fraud? After being so right for so many years, how did he seem to go so wrong? With the help of exciting graphics, rare archival footage and over forty on-camera interviews conducted over the past two years, “An Unreasonable Man” traces the life and career of Ralph Nader, one of the most unique, important, and controversial political figures of the past half century.
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I’m glad Nader made Bush win, and I am glad Bush made Obama win, because the faster this country goes into a shit hole, and the faster you dumb Americans who are asleep lose your job, the faster you will wake up and take your country back, and stop letting the mega corporations get your tax dollars to send your jobs to China. Too many Americans are too damn dumb, asleep, don’t realize there is a new world order and a conspiracy to set up world government, google larry macdonald congressman, google infowars.com and prisonplanet dot com educate yourself google trilateral commission and ronald reagan. 15 years from now, people are going to look back at 2012 financial crisis as the good times, because this country is going to be utterly destroyed if people don’t start waking up
It is not possible to blame the American people for an election or re-election of a president due to the Electoral College. The American People have never voted for a president in all their history.
Nader is blamed for Bush’s election? That’s bullshit. If America thinks Nader is responsible for Bush then explain Bush’s reelection. Maybe a lot of Americans liked Bush and thought Al Gore was as interesting as a bucket of paste. If you want to know who is responsible for Bush, look in a mirror.
A true American hero
so sad how he lost supporters in 2004 (moore making fun of him) we need more idealist in the world like this guy