“I Like Ike” (less): A New Review of General Dwight Eisenhower’s Military Career

General Dwight David Eisenhower is best remembered as the military leader who led allied forces in Europe to victory in World War II. According to Pulitzer-Prize winning historian T. Harry Williams, the popular view of General Eisenhower’s military career was as, “the friendly, folksy, easy going soldier who reflects the ideals of a democratic and …

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The New Poll Tax: Ballot Access Laws Foil Independent Candidates

There is no free market of ideas, candidates, or political parties on Election Day. It’s not for a lack of demand. According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post survey, 57 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; 44 percent say they would prefer a third-party candidate to run. …

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Book Review: Middle East Mischief — Israel and Iran

Treacherous Alliances: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States by Trita Parsi Yale University Press, 2007 HB; 361 pages; $28.00 Any book which receives plaudits ranging from the Arab Washingtonian 1 (“one of its kind in providing in-depth understanding and information”) to the Jewish Chronicle 2 (“a valuable and perhaps long overdue …

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Voters Need the Input and Impact of a Third Party

James Madison wisely observed, “When the variety and number of political parties increases, the chance for oppression, factionalism, and non-skeptical acceptance of ideas decreases.” Marginalized policy initiatives can often bubble up into the mainstream because of independent candidates and third parties. In his book, Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System, …

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Interview with James Hedges, Prohibition Party nominee for President

  The Prohibition Party was founded in 1869 and is the third oldest party behind the Republicans and Democrats. They have fielded presidential candidates in every election every cycle since 1872. The Prohibition Party had its heyday during the years 1882-1916, when candidates were elected to Congress, state legislatures, and changed the outcome of the …

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Interview with Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party Nominee for President

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Michigan resident Jerry White is the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) candidate for President. He was the SEP’s first presidential candidate in 1996, and headed their national ticket in the 2008 and 2012 elections. The SEP holds that, “The Democratic Party, committed to militarism and austerity, is no less the political instrument of Wall Street and …

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Interview with Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, Socialist Party USA presidential nominee

One in a series of interviews with third party and independent presidential candidates Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, a graduate of Troy University, was co-chair of the Socialist Party USA from 2013-2015 and served as chair of the Socialist Party of California. In 2014, he ran for California’s 62nd State Assembly district and earned 2.5 percent of …

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Interview with “Rocky” De La Fuente, Independent and Third Party Candidate for President

Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente began his successful business career in California’s automobile industry and has branched out into the national markets of banking and real estate. In 1982, at the age of 28, he was elected Chairman of the National (automotive) Dealer Council. His involvement in politics includes being elected by the California Democratic …

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Interview with Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation Nominee for President

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Gloria Estela La Riva, a labor, community, and anti-war activist based in San Francisco, is running for president under the Party for Socialism and Liberation. She first ran as a third-party candidate for President in 1992 as the Workers World Party nominee, and was that party’s vice-presidential candidate in the elections of 1984, 1988, 1996, …

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Third parties will win on November 8th

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In a vacuum of serious policy decisions and debates, minor parties can be effective catalysts for issues that are eventually absorbed by the major parties. In his book The Other Candidates: Third Parties in General Elections, author Frank Smallwood observed that alternative political candidates, “have often been successful in advancing initiatives that have later been incorporated into …

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