I watched Ralph Nader on Amy’s show today with Dennis Kucinich and was struck by how much I miss Peter Camejo. Ralph, simply by virtue of standing outside the duopoly, has way more credibility with me than any Progressive Democrat and gently took Dennis to task for his capitulation. Camejo, Ralph’s running mate in 2004, was significantly to the left of Nader and one can imagine what he would say in a debate with Dennis. To Nader’s credit, he knew Peter’s political principle and ability were strengths and proudly shared the ticket with him. It was Peter’s presence that convinced me, and many others, to work for that campaign.
Peter was seeking a road to working class independence and power; he was schooled by a Marx he never repudiated. He knew the enemy was imperialism and that capitalism’s ills were inherent, the system irreformable. Even if I might not have agreed with Peter on any number of things (and some things quite strongly), his consistency with his own positions and the courage in which he defended them stands in sharp contrast to those like Kucinich who bargain theirs away. One can imagine pretty clearly what Peter Camejo would say about the Obama administration and the current quandary “progressives” in and around the Democrats find themselves in. We need not imagine everything though. These videos, recorded just a few months before Peter died in 2008 as the Presidential election was in full swing, give some indication what he might say now. Parts two, three and four here. Peter Camejo, Presenté!