Respected Mr. Nader,
We live in troubled times.
Those of us managing to cope with our daily selves may not have enough life left to devote a couple of crumbs of ourselves to a coherent thought, are probably on our keyboards. To take that to the next level, which I would describe as the realm of making a meaningful difference is entirely another matter.
Nothing we touch works for us. Despite being run out of two jobs I owe 6500 in taxes. The court systems are designed to favor the ruthless and the narcissistic. They threaten to throw you in jail and keep your children from you, and this is when you are trying to get a divorce. And although I have paid of 72k in community debt, I have put my jalopy as collateral to cover repairs for a house that I had to sell, as no responsibility was shared. Your professional and driver’s licenses are threatened at any sign of your getting an upper hand in a situation.
Going to a doctor ascertains calls from debt collectors. Getting a job in your fifties every few months is a crap shoot.
There are causes, your ability to speak, and then there are outright well funded bullies. If you are not seasoned in the political arena, you will be submerged in the current of loud slick and mud slinging verbosity. Even if you are well read, well rounded and well meaning, you may not have the staying power to stand up.
I have tried to engage some gun slinging materially secure thirty somethings. There lack of understanding of history and enamored state of mind over trump through selective right wind media makes them great walls of china to get through to.
When at every single step you are being beaten back, it is hard to muster the strength to move forward for yourself.
But to do it for public good? That is a far cry, Mr. Nader.