Meet the Next President of the United States

I can't get enough of this guy. I'm always rooting for the underdog in elections, and this time is no different. Check out Mike Gravel, the former Senator of Alaska. The man tells it like it is, isn't afraid to be aggressive, is tired of all the bullcrap of politics, and has reform written all over him.

And get this ... He's a Democrat. And I like what he's saying. Not everything, but enough that if, by some miracle he got to the primaries, I would vote for him. Please check out his campaign website.

See him here at the Democratic Presidential Debates. Listen for such gems as “Tell me, Barack, who do you want to nuke?� and “It's like going into the Senate... The first time you get there, you're all excited, my God how did I get here--and six months later you say, how the hell did the rest of them get here?�

That's pure gold. Plenty more videos of him on YouTube.

Some highlights of his campaign :

Responding to a caller on a CSPAN program asking about marijuana and the drug war, Gravel stated “That one is real simple, I would legalize marijuana. You should be able to buy that at a liquor store.� I don't use marijuana or any other recreational drugs (unless you count alcohol and caffeine), but I support other peoples' right to do so.

He also supports the Fair Tax, which would eliminate the Internal Revenue Service and corporate and individual income taxes, replacing them with a 23 percent national sales tax on all new goods and services. Each month, qualified taxpayers would receive a check to offset the tax on basic items such as food and medicine.

  • The War in Iraq
    Immediate and orderly withdrawal of troops followed by aggressive diplomacy.
  • A Fair Tax
    Eliminate the income tax and replace it with a progressive national sales tax.
  • National Initiative for Democracy
    Empower Americans and turn every citizen into a lawmaker by enacting a national initiative.
  • America's System of Education
    Education should be our nation's priority. We need to foster competition and rethink the system.
  • Social Security
    Put real money in the Social Security Trust Fund and invest it properly so Americans can leave surplus to heirs.
  • Veterans Affairs
    Fully finance the VA and end the war on our nation’s vets.
  • National Healthcare
    Enact a national, universal, single-payer, not-for-profit U.S. healthcare system.

It's an ambitious list. Even a few of these would make a world of difference--or at least a country of difference. That didn't make sense, did it ? Regardless, you can stop pretending you don't know what I meant.