So you're voting for Kerry, or Nader? You said 'those of us on the left', so I was wondering which stripe of communism suits you.
I would like to dissect your post line by line and would rather do so with your participation.
If I misread your direct statement, please accept my apologies.
I prefer pure communism (with me in charge of course) and oppose totalitarian regimes of any stripe. Communism works only where the vast majority of folks have nothing...and working together lightens the load.
That philosophical interlude aside, the practical matter is that Democrats are no more communist than Republicans are fascists as a general rule. There are exceptions on the fringes but I'm as close to the middle as I choose...hard left on social issues and hard right on defense. I like Democrats as a rule to fix the streets and carry the water because they do it better than the guys from the country club who don't tip the caddy. I like the Republicans on national defense because they know how profitable kicking arse can be and don't worry about offending somebody's great uncle in the old country.
For the record, I believe most libertarians are decent enough but they seem to gravitate to the lunatics when it comes to politics. As to Kerry v. Nader? If those were the two choices I would of course vote for myself.