Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Gravel: Really Libertarian or Not?

In an interesting turn of events, former Alaskan Senator Mike Gravel has left the Democrats to join the Libertarian Party. It appears he will attempt to be the Libertarian Party's nominee for president.

He said:

"Today, I am announcing my plan to join the Libertarian Party, because the Democratic Party no longer represents my vision for our great country. I wanted my supporters to get this news first, because you have been the ones who have kept my campaign alive since I first declared my candidacy on April 17, 2006.

The fact is, the Democratic Party today is no longer the party of FDR. It is a party that continues to sustain war, the military-industrial complex and imperialism -- all of which I find anathema to my views.

By and large, I have been repeatedly marginalized in both national debates and in media exposure by the Democratic leadership, which works in tandem with the corporate interests that control what we read and hear in the media.

I look forward to advancing my presidential candidacy within the Libertarian Party, which is considerably closer to my values, my foreign policy views and my domestic views. "

What kind of makes me wonder is the part where he says that the Democrats are no longer the party of FDR. I say that because the Libertarian Party doesn't really like the legacy of FDR. I wonder if rather than a Libertarian, he's just a frustrated Democrat. But, alas, time will tell.



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