Former LP presidential candidate (now a write-in candidate) Kent McManigal is engaged in a very interesting forum conversation with some folks from France who took an interest in his views and his campaign.
Here’s a taste of the questions they asked Kent:
Political fiction, again. You’re at the White House. Iran just acquired nuclear weapons, with abilities to launch them to Europe’s doors. It now threatens to launch one on Tel-Aviv if the Israelis don’t evacuate the territory under 48 hours. As the Commander in Chief, what do you do?
Ask Israel if they would like to purchase some nuclear weapons from America. Once again, America must stop interfering in world affairs, even when it seems like a good idea. It is a “slippery slope” to start down. Where does it end? There would be nothing to stop private American citizens from offering to aid in the evacuation, or to take steps to disable Iran’s weapons on their own, without government sanction or assistance, if they choose to do so.
What assessment do you make of George W. Bush’s presidency, and on which points will you be inspired or distance yourself from him ?
I think he has been a typical US President: an out-of-control megalomaniac. He has worked tirelessly to increase the strength and reach of the US government in America and across the world. He has violated the Constitution and Bill of Rights on a daily basis, which is treason. I would not be like him (or any other previous President) in any way.
Could you tell me about you day of September the 11th, 2001 ?
I was at work when the attacks happened. When the second plane hit the World Trade Center I knew it was not an accident. I quickly realized that once again, our government had helped kill many people. (If the people on the planes had been allowed to be armed, hi-jackers would not have had a chance. They were required by law to be victims.) I was angry that anyone had decided to kill so many innocent people. I was afraid that the US government would use the tragedy as an excuse to destroy more freedom in America.
What are, according to you, the 21st century’s greatest stakes, and how to face them ?
Government is working hard to incite hatred across national boundaries, and among economic classes. Fear and distrust of those different from yourself must be resisted. This in itself will take much power away form governments worldwide.
We were all marked by historical events. What are yours ?
When the US government murdered the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, my eyes were opened completely for the first time. I had not trusted government before, but had not seen it for the inexcusable evil it really is until that event.
What is your “vision of America” ?
I would really like for America to once again be the beacon of Liberty for the rest of the world, as symbolized by the French peoples’ gift: Liberty Enlightening the World.
You can read the rest of it, or join the forum to talk to Kent and others, here. Luckily, the vast majority of it seems to be written in English, and it’s a very interesting read.