The US Constitution guarantees rights reserved to the private citizen, away from the power of the federal government. In the view of the Founders, personal liberties couldn't be bought or sold.
The system you envision guarantees no rights to the citizen. It trusts a competition between 3rd-party powers to somehow benefit you in the end. It's reminiscent of the competition between the Church, the Monarch, and the landholding gentry during the high Middle Ages. I'm sure I need not remind you that the quality of life was very low and that personal freedoms were rare.
You would endow Ralph Nader with unConstitutional powers simply because he promises to fight for "social justice". At this point in time, I suppose, you happen to applaud his promises, so you're willing to make him your surrogate in Washington. A vote for Nader is, in effect, a vote to give away your Constitutional rights so that this politician can do what he likes with you.
But he promises to help! He's not going after you, he's going after someone else. So it's okay. Call it Enlightened Despotism. Go get 'em, Ralph, beat up the HMOs and make them give us what we want. They can fight back, and it will be a splendid dog fight, with our Consitutional rights as the scrap of meat in the jaws of each competitor.
So, a question for you: what will you do when Nader leaves office? Can you vote those powers back into your own hands? Nope. Can you decline to vote and let the powers revert to yourself? Nope. Can you find someone who promises to return power to the people (not in the Nader-esque newspeak sense)? You'd better hope you can.
But why wait until then? If you're *really* fed up with too-expensive healthcare and ridiculous corporate welfare, you'd do better to vote for someone who believes in a free market, unstained by regulated monopolies, gigantic government contracts, and race-baiting policy. Someone who actually stands up for your rights. Your *Constitutional* rights, the only ones guaranteed by Law. The only ones you actually *have*, and the only ones worth fighting for.
And I can guarantee you'll have to fight for them, sooner or later. But the longer you wait, the harder it gets. And the more blood will spill. 42 million out of 42 million dead Russians agree: government hurts.
As good old software hats say - "You are in very safe hands, if you are using CVS !!!"
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