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In the paragraph headed “Goddam It, Nader Again,” Mr. Arens apparently would like us to forget that the official winning margin for Bush in Florida was 537 votes, and completely blows off the fact that the vote for Nader, which was 97,421 by the way, not 24,000, as he claims, did in fact tilt Florida to Bush. In 2000, Florida was the state that made the difference: Florida, not Massachusetts or any other of the 49 states. It all came down to Florida, and Nader’s spiteful, destructive behavior. Note to Mr. Arens: take a remedial arithmetic course before you defend the indefensible, and don’t tell me or anyone else with a modicum of common sense that you are proposing anything other than turning control of this country over to a nightmare of an authoritarian fascist regime. Ralph Nader did cost Gore the 2000 election, and did it despite promises that he would not contest states where the outcome looked close, which made him not only a spoiler candidate, but a liar. RealClearPolitics has a well-referenced article here: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/05/31/nader_elected_bush_why_we_shouldnt_forget_130715.html. Similar articles also ran in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Just Google “Nader Florida” to get the links.

And oh, by the way, in the interests of full disclosure, I am voting for Hillary Clinton, enthusiastically and joyously.