I’ll admit something. I think I’m a fan of Mike Gravel. Now I know what you’re thinking – why support a man who has absolutely no chance of becoming president – who in fact admits that he has no chance and considers just a few percentage points a victory? Well, I would not ask myself those questions here on this blog if I were not planning on explaining, so here we go:
Barack Obama recently said:
Let me tell you something, the real gamble is having the same old folks doing the same old things and expecting a different result. That is not an approach we can afford.
I agree completely. Which is one reason why I don’t like Mrs. Clinton. Her speeches, her actions, everything about her screams ‘politician’. I’m one of those people that thinks we don’t need more politics as usual – we need a change in the white house that will actually affect change in the country (and the world). While Mr. Obama is not as bad as Mrs. Clinton, he’s no Mike Gravel. Mr. Gravel is not only advocating a change in leadership, but a change in how we go about running this country. He is proposing a “National Initiative” – something which he alone is advocating.
Mr. Gravel seems to hold some pretty common sense positions – but positions that are nonetheless radical compared to the norm. I recommend this interview to get an idea of how he thinks:
3:00 Vietnam and Iraq
15:30 Gravel on Nukes and Iran
17:50 Joe Lieberman is “sick in the head”
21:30 Gen. Patreus is a liar
24:25 “We got a religious nut running our country”
25:00 We will bomb Guantanamo bay
28:00 Meanmar and global governance
31:00 National Initiative and political theory
50:00 Marijuana and crystal meth
56:45 quality of vote, not quantity
59:30 free trade and south america
61:00 Where you’ve lost your sovereignty
A lot of what he says leaves me more than a little sceptical (granted, I have not read the literature about the National Initiative). But mostly I’m impressed with his attitude. He seems more concerned with doing what is right and what is needed than political posturing and all the related bullshit.
Now, it is obvious that he won’t even come close to getting the nomination – but as he himself has said, it is just good that he is out there saying what he thinks needs to be said. And god damn it, he’s right. I think Gravel is maybe not a great candidate for president, but he can be useful in creating a national atmosphere for change.
I’d be interested to hear what other people think about his role in this race. He has been left out from at least two debates – and of course at the debates he does attend he isn’t permitted to speak much. If you’d like to see more of his speeches, just do a YouTube search for “Mike Gravel”.
Here are some more videos that are short:
“the only thing worse than troops dieing in vein is more troops dieing in vain.”
“Hillary, your lips are moving and you’re lying”
“Addiction is a public health problem, not a criminal problem”