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PRESIDENCY 2000:



OTHER REFORM PARTY CANDIDATES:


ALTERNATIVE CLAIMANT TO THE REFORM NOMINATION:

Dr. John Hagelin (Iowa)

Hagelin, a Harvard-educated nuclear physicist and a think tank head at Maharishi University, is already the Presidential nominee of the Natural Law Party for 2000. As the NLP nominee in 1996, Hagelin was on the ballot in 48 states and captured 114,000 votes. The NLP -- a political party founded upon the teachings of purported cult leader Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -- advocates holistic approaches, Transcendental Meditation, "yogic flying," and other peaceful "New Age" remedies for much of our national and international problems. In an unusual move in October 1999, Hagelin filed a written notice with the Reform Party that he also intended to seek the Reform nomination in 2000. In February 2000, he indicated he also plans to seek the Green Party's nomination. As the NLP already has proven it can secure nationwide ballot status for its nominees, the move was more likely an attempt to grab the Reform Party's $12.6 million in federal matching funds for the 2000 race. Hagelin said he would like his proposed fusion effort to be the "largest, most powerful coalition of third party forces in U.S. history." If nominated by the Reform Party, Hagelin vows to "fold" his NLP Presidential campaign into the Reform Party (note: Hagelin did not promise to fold the NLP itself into the Reform Party). Hagelin also maintains a second official "Reform Party" Presidential campaign site at www.ReasonToVote.com. Backed by the Perot forces within the Reform Party as the last ditch "Stop Buchanan" candidate, these forces still were unable to secure the Reform nomination for Hagelin. When it became clear that Buchanan would win the nomination at the national convention, the Perot forces staged a walkout and called a rump convention across the street from the official convention and proceeded to "nominate" Hagelin as the Reform candidate. The Perot/Hagelin forces within the Reform Party will go to federal court and have Buchanan's nomination declared invalid (they allege the mail-in ballot was tainted by massive fraud). Buchanan easily won the mail-in ballot over Hagelin by a vote of 49,529 to 28,539 -- but Buchanan also won the nomination by a floor vote from delegates by a wide margin. In mid-September, the FEC decided that Buchanan was entitled to the Reform Party's federal matching funds. One day later, a California judge issued a temporary injunction prohibiting Hagelin from using the Reform Party name in furtherance of his campaign. Hageling is fighting on in court, but his chances of winning a legal battle over Buchanan appear very slim. Hagelin, however, will still continue his campaign as the NLP nominee. Follow the above link to Politics1's more detailed profile of Hagelin.


INACTIVE / WITHDRAWN CANDIDATES:

Ex-Congressman John B. Anderson (Florida)

Anderson -- a Harvard-educated attorney and World War II veteran -- spent two decades in Congress as Republican from Illinois before making a high-profile run for President in 1980. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Anderson gradually evolved during the 1970s from a traditional GOP conservative into a fairly liberal independent -- although he did not leave the GOP until after he lost the GOP Presidential nomination fight to Ronald Reagan in the 1980 primaries. The media loved Anderson and showered him with extensive coverage. After losing to Reagan, Anderson continued his pro-choice and anti-gun campaign as an Independent candidate -- earning national ballot status and capturing 5.7 million votes. Although Anderson hoped his "National Unity Campaign" would evolve into a permanent third party, the movement did even survive until the next election. Since then, Anderson moved to South Florida and has spent the last decade there as a law professor. In a statement released in November 1999, the 77-year-old Anderson said he was interested in seeking the Reform Party's Presidential nomination in 2000. Unlike Reform frontrunner Pat Buchanan, Anderson is an unapologetic globalist and free trader (he even serves as President of the World Federalist Association). Yet on other issues like campaign reform, Anderson was an early leader in the fight to reform American politics -- even serving as the President of the Center for Voting & Democracy and as the Founding Chairman of the National Advisory Board of the Public Campaign reform organization. While Anderson quickly attracted a small amount of support within the party (including the "Draft Anderson" movement linked above), the campaign fizzled in March 2000 after a weak second place finish behind Donald Trump in the California primary. Soon after, Anderson announced he would not seek the Reform nomination.


Ex-US Senator David L. Boren (Oklahoma)

Boren, a conservative Democrat, served as Oklahoma's Governor (1974-78) and US Senator (1978-94) before resigning from the Senate to become President of the University of Oklahoma. As chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he built a solid record as a military hawk. Boren successfully pushed in the Senate for tax cuts and deregulation of energy prices. He was also a strong supporter of campaign finance reform and never accepted PAC money in any of his Senate races. Despite being married since the mid-1980s, public rumors about Boren's sexuality have dogged him throughout his career -- actually forcing Boren to call a bizarre press conference during his 1978 Senate campaign to swear on a Bible that he was not gay. Perot invited Boren to run in 1996, but Boren declined (telling Perot he had obligations at the University until 2000). Like Perot, Boren also told party activists he would not seek the nomination but would accept a draft nomination in 2000. Beyond that, Boren did little to encourage a draft effort. The above link goes to the dormant Reform Party Committee to Draft David Boren -- which has shown no new activity within the past two years. Additional Boren links include: University of Oklahoma, Project Vote Smart: David Boren and the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.


Robert M. "Bob" Bowman (Florida)

Bowman is a walking contradiction. He's a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who became a longtime peace activist in the Veterans for Peace organization and founded a pacifist group named the Institute for Space & Security Studies. He's also a lapsed Roman Catholic who bills himself these days as "Father Bob" in the liberal United Catholic Church movement he founded ("Ecumenical, Inclusive and Non-judgmental"). Bowman is also an announced candidate for the Reform Party's Presidential nomination. His campaign site (linked above) contains biographical information, his stump speech, his campaign schedule and some position statements. Although Bowman had no real chance of capturing the Reform nomination, he waged an active campaign before bolting from the party in April 2000. A posting on his site in subsequently indicated that Bowman was spinning off further off into political gadfly territory -- as he now touts himself as the "Peace and Justice Coalition candidate" for the "nomination[s] of Reform Party USA, Green Party, Labor Party, Socialist Party, Peace & Freedom Party, American Reform Party, Libertarian Party, US Pacifist Party [and] Natural Law Party." It also indicates that Bowman doesn't even know that several of these parties have already designated nominees for 2000.


Harvey Carroll Jr. (Kentucky)

Carroll, a 35-year-old real estate broker and Reform Party political consultant, touts himself as the youngest candidate for the Reform Party's Presidential nomination. He says he has "more than paid his dues" to run for President. On issues, he fully supports the party's national budget, fair trade and foreign policy platform planks -- and was a supporter of the US military action in Panama, Operation Desert Storm and the huminitarian aid mission to Somalia. While Carroll writes that he has "a great deal of respect" for Buchanan, he argues he would make a better nominee than the controversial commentator. His campaign was involuntarily ended in early July 2000 when the Reform Party leadership did not place his name on its Presidential nominating ballot for the national convention. An additional link is Carroll Consulting & Realty.


William J. Clark (Oregon)

Although Clark filed written notice with the Reform Party that he intended to seek the Presidential nomination, he withdrew from the race in February 2000.


Daniel Clay (Virginia)

Clay explained that he was running for President because Reform Party frontrunners Buchanan and Trump did "not give this nation what it needs." While working as an auto mechanic, Clay eventually went to college and obtained his Bachelors and his Masters degrees. After that, Clay explains that he "became a fiery evangelist in the tradition of the South." Clay withdrew from the race in February 2000 -- bitterly denouncing the Reform Party as "dysfunctional and disorganized" and Pat Buchanan as "a candidate who runs upon a platform of hatred."


Charles E. Collins (Georgia)

Collins was a candidate for President in 1996 ... first as a Republican primary hopeful ... then he unsuccessfully sought the US Taxpayers Party nomination ... and, finally, as an Independent. On the general election ballot in 5 states, he received 9,000 votes nationwide in 1996 (a better showing than six of the third-party nominees). He's was back in 2000 as a Reform Party Presidential hopeful until he realized by May 2000 that he could not win the nomination against Pat Buchanan -- and me made an unsuccessful run at the Reform convention for the VP nomination. A wealthy retired businessman and former school board chairman from a rural Florida county, his politics are rather eclectic. Collins supports the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, "America First" politicians and abolishing the IRS ... and he opposes Executive Orders, forfeiture laws, corruption and "a New World Order." He vows his campaign is a fight to "protect America from tyranny." An additional Collins link is Project Vote Smart: Charles Collins.


Kenneth G. "Ken" Dixon (Illinois)

Dixon, 62, explains that that anything he "may have accomplished in the first fifty-one years of my life, whether good or bad, is of no consequence because that man 'died' eleven years ago when he gave his life to God." Nothwithstanding this, Dixon explains he served twenty years in the US Air Force and then worked in a medical equipment business before devoting his life to God. Dixon said he will only win if "God verifies to the nation that what I am revealing is truth from God." Dixon's entire campaign platform is based upon the Bible -- as it consists mainly of Biblical quotes which Dixon believes apply to some current political issues. His campaign was involuntarily ended in early July 2000 when the Reform Party leadership did not place his name on its Presidential nominating ballot for the national convention.


Thomas A. "Taft" Frederick (Florida)

Little information was known on this Reform hopeful, except that he withdrew from the race in November 2000.


Gregory S. "Greg" Hollister (Colorado)

Hollister, a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and a 20-year USAF veteran, briefly sought the Reform nomination. He withdrew from the race in February 2000.


Michael "Mike" Idrogo (Texas)

Idrogo, a retired US Navy Commander, was running this year for both President and for US Senator in Texas (although news in June indicated that he did not qualify for ballot status in the Senate race). His main campaign theme reads like a Navy recruitment poster: "I fully support the finest Navy in the world and ALL service members and Veterans! ... Our newest Navy aircraft carriers -- 90,000 tons of diplomacy! Our UNITED STATES NAVY ... ANYTIME! ... ANYWHERE!" His only other issue appears to be a call to "weed out [political] corruption -- past and present." His campaign was involuntarily ended in early July 2000 when the Reform Party leadership did not place his name on its Presidential nominating ballot for the national convention.


Scott M. Kendall (California)

Kendall, an attorney and former US Air Force officer, entered the Reform race because he believed that "ideas must prevail over personality." Although he touted a detailed platform, he was unable to raise enough money to wage an effective campaign and subsequently withdrew from the race in January 2000.


Lorenz Kraus (New York)

Kraus was a self-avowed admirer of the Objectivist views of the late author/philosopher Ayn Rand -- the patron saint of the modern American libertarian movement. He was a staunch opponent of government regulations of nearly any kind. His tag line: "A Reform Party candidate the 33 Million fans of Ayn Rand can appreciate!" Kraus said he'd pick respected economist Walter Williams -- a Libertarian Party member -- to be his Vice Presidential runningmate. Kraus quit the race, converted his campaign site into an Elian Gonzalez-related site and joined the GOP in April 2000.


William "Bill" Kryzanowski (Texas)

Kryzanowski, 41, described himself as a "non-profit founder, former Army officer, former NASA engineer, University of Michigan honors graduate, and Euro-descended husband of a beautiful Afro-descended wife." As for issues, he strongly supports campaign finance reform, tax cuts for lower and middle income families, pay raises for the military, a reduction of the trade deficit, universal military service (i.e., the "draft"), the building of moon colonies and expanded space exploration, increasing the use of alternative fuels and improving the quality of schools. Kryzanowski departed from the race in April 2000 -- and his campaign site is no longer online.


Russell A. "Russ" Lacasse (Maine)

Lacasse describes himself as a 40-year-old family man, small business owner and "common man." A self-described ideological "Constitutionalist" and conservative, Lacasse advocates a program of tax reductions, increased defense spending and reducing the powers of the federal government. He's also pro-choice, anti-gun control, anti-affirmative action, anti-term limits and anti-balanced budget amendment. A former Congressional candidate, the little-known Lacasse stands virtually no chance of winning the Reform nomination. Although he says he is still actively seeking the nomination, Lacasse has expressed annoyance that the official Reform Party web site has repeatedly declined to add him to the list of announced candidates. Explained Lacasse in an email to Politics1 in February 2000: "The Reform Party has it's head up it's ass and only links to their favorites. The webmaster of the Reform Party page is very biased [against me], even though he created my page." His campaign was involuntarily ended in early July 2000 when the Reform Party leadership did not place his name on its Presidential nominating ballot for the national convention.


Josephine E. "Peppy" Martin (Kentucky)

Farmer and publicist Martin -- the GOP nominee for Kentucky Governor in 1999 who led the Republicans to their worst finish in state history -- bolted to the Reform Party one month after her disasterous defeat. Her odd Presidential foray lasted less than a week in early December 1999. She announced that she wanted to be "the next woman in the Presidential race," launched a Presidential campaign website, flew to the Texas Reform Party State Convention -- and then distributed a statement endorsing Buchanan for President and announcing her candidacy for Congress.


Congressman Ron Paul (Texas)

Dr. Paul, a physician and GOP Congressman from Texas, was the Libertarian nominee for President in 1988 (432,000 votes). Although still very friendly towards the LP, Paul formally rejoined the GOP in the mid-1990s. Some activists from the Libertarian Party and Reform Party tried to form a "Draft Paul" campaign to encourage Paul to make a "fusion" run for the nominations of both parties. Paul quickly responded that he was flattered but had no interest in ever again running for President. Undeterred by Paul's statement, the Draft Paul campaign -- linked above -- was launched. The Draft Paul campaign organizers conceded in November 1999 that Paul will not run in 2000 -- so they are now touting him as a 2004 candidate (and are using the above website -- for now -- to support GOP Congressman Tom Campbell's US Senate campaign in California). Additional Paul links include Ron Paul for Congress (authorized campaign site) and the Office of Congressman Ron Paul (official government site).


Bill Pearman (Indiana)

Pearman, 55, served 27 years in the US Air Force and Indiana Air National Guard before his retirement. He also taught and coached in junior high and high schools in the past -- and was a volunteer for Ross Perot's 1992 campaign. Pearman started his campaign as an Independent, but switched to the Reform Party in January 2000. He supports a strong military, gun rights with some limitations (mandatory child safety locks, background checks before purchases, etc.), tougher prison sentences for violent criminals and restoring local control of education. His campaign site offers his more detailed views on these and other issues.


H. Ross Perot (Texas)

You just knew billionaire businessman and Reform Party founder Perot was going to remain a possible Reform candidate again in 2000 -- despite anything he said in public. Even the opening line of Perot's web page read through most of 1997 read "Take a little break, and then we'll climb back in the ring ..." In June 2000, he finally announced he would not run for President but would allow his supporters to put him forward as a candidate for on the party's national mail-in ballot -- but wanted his candidacy to "be listed on the nomination ballot as 'No Endorsement' to allow a meaningful vote to members of the party who believe the other qualified candidates to not represent the Principles of Reform." In other words: Vote for me and I'll stop Pat Buchanan by having the Reform Party not run anyone for President in 2000. The party leadership rejected his proposal, causing a minor tactical split in the Perot forces -- causing some to promote a "Draft Perot" of write-in "No Endorsement" on the ballot and the other group largely backing Hagelin as the only remaining "Stop Buchanan" candidate. Perot's Independent run in 1992 attracted substantially more votes (nearly 20 million votes) than his Reform Party run in 1996 (8 million votes). Perot attracts support from a constituency comprised largely of conservative, protectionist, nationalistic individuals with strong feelings of disenfranchisement. Perot suffered a major setback at the 1999 Reform National Convention when rival Jesse Ventura's allies easily wrestled control of the party away from Perot's allies. To further weaken Perot's grip on the Reform Party, Ventura ally and Reform National Chairman Jack Gargan moved the party's national headquarters to Florida to get it away from Perot's homebase in Dallas. In a Machiavellian move reminiscent of Perot's 1996 conduct toward former Colorado Governor Dick Lamm, Perot's allies fawningly recruited Buchanan to bolt from the GOP and join the Reform Party -- then used Buchanan and his supporters to help oust the Gargan-Ventura faction from power in Spring 2000 -- and finally looked to dump Buchanan once he was no longer needed. Close Perot allies in the party launched a Draft Ross Perot for President campaign in March 2000 -- indicating a sharp break with Buchanan. The draft movement looked dead from the start -- and Perot did little to encourage it. He even went as far as to say he though he'd be too busy to even attend the national convention. By June, however, the Perot allies were grabbing control of the convention credentials committee -- and seemed likely to not recognize many of the Buchanan delegate slates. Further, the national mail-in primary may also help the Perot forces stop Buchanan -- as only the Perot allies have access to these party member mailing lists. The above link goes to the official Ross Perot for President '96 page -- which is still maintained online and kept updated three years after the end of the 1996 race. Additional Perot links include: Texans for Perot for President Y2K, Project Vote Smart: Ross Perot, Perot Systems Corp. (Perot's company), The Perot Periodical (negative) and Ross Perot's Skeleton Closet (negative).


Ray "Buttercup" Rollinson (Florida)

A frequent Independent candidate for President, Rollinson applied for ballot status in Florida this time as a Reform Party candidate for President in 2000.


Christina Rosetti (New York)

Rosetti, an educator, is waging a campaign with strong New Age overtones. As President, she promises to "promote the Spirituality of the individual and their place in society." Openly lesbian, Rosetti describes herself as "a survivor of a hate-crime perpetrated by campus police at one school where she taught" -- and is now active a rape prevention programs and supports tough hate crimes legislation. As for other issues, she is pro-gun control, anti-smoking and pro-campaign finance reform. Rosetti also vows to "end the tradition of giving automatic trade preferences to countries having an official policy of repressing those of Christian, Jewish and other faiths or belonging to Spiritual groups." Her campaign was involuntarily ended in early July 2000 when the Reform Party leadership did not place her name on its Presidential nominating ballot for the national convention.


Robert F. "Bob" Samp (Virginia)

Samp, a purported freelance political journalist, hoped that his candidacy will be "a symbol against big campaign spending and bought politicians." His intentionally bland looking and no-cost GeoCities-based web site was his entire campaign. He refused to accept money or spend anything -- and put forward views on only a few issues. As Samp's email account was deactivated by January 2000 and his web site has not been updated in over a year, he has presumably withdrawn from the race.


Charles B.E. Skinner (Missouri)

Skinner, a 36-year-old construction company executive and single father of two young children, is making his first run for political office in 2000. A fundamentalist Christian, his political ideology is based largely on his interpretation of Biblical teachings (and Skinner's site is peppered with Biblical quotations). His only goal, according to his site, is "to serve my God, country, and neighbor with love, honor and truth." As for issues, he supports a 10% flat tax for individuals and 15% flat tax for corporations, increased military spending, a fair trade policy, returning control of schools to the local level, an end to nuclear energy programs, expansion of environmental protection and recycling programs, an end to Social Security and welfare programs, increased government assistance for family farmers, and tougher immigration controls. His campaign was involuntarily ended in early July 2000 when the Reform Party leadership did not place his name on its Presidential nominating ballot for the national convention.


Erik Thompson (Nevada)

Thompson is waging a one-issue campaign on an anti-military platform of world peace. Thompson, who ran as an Independent candidate for President in 1992, is actively seeking the Reform nomination. If nominated, he said he plans to use the party's federal matching funds "to educate the American people about the true cost of our current militarism and the steps we can take to get beyond it." He argues that America faces "a greater threat from ecological degradation and domestic illiteracy than from any external national military threat." Beyond his anti-military message, he largely dismisses all other issues as "secondary at best." In a strange move, Thompson is intentionally vague on his background -- declining to provide us with his photo and writing that it is "not too important at this stage" to learn much about him as "you will have time to assess whether you would like to vote for me in November of 2000." Although Thompson would clearly seem more at home in the leftist Green Party than here in the Reform Party, he wants the Reform nomination simply so he can use the federal matching funds to spread his anti-war message. His campaign was involuntarily ended in early July 2000 when the Reform Party leadership did not place his name on its Presidential nominating ballot for the national convention.


Donald J. Trump (New York)

Billionaire New York real estate developer and hotel/casino owner Donald Trump was reportedly the driving force behind the purported "Draft Trump" effort in the summer of 1999. After trying to play the coy "draft" game for a few weeks, Trump formally filed paperwork establishing an authorized Presidential exploratory committee in early October 1999. Governor Ventura made favorable comments about Trump's candidacy -- and seemed to largely focus on Trump as his primary "Stop Buchanan" candidate. Only days after Ventura quit the Reform Party in February 2000, Trump announced that he would not run for President. Follow the above link to view Politics1's detailed profile of Trump.


Governor Jesse Ventura (Minnesota)

Ventura -- a former Navy SEAL, professional wrestling star, suburban city mayor and radio talk show host -- scored a major upset when he was elected Minnesota Governor in 1998 over two of the state's most popular politicians. As the highest ranking Reform Party officeholder in the nation until he bolted from the party in February 2000, Ventura was repeatedly the focus of Presidential draft efforts. His repeateded denials (Ventura's comment: "Jesse Ventura For President 2000? Sorry folks, it's not going to happen.") did nothing to stop the several informal draft efforts on his behalf. Colorful and straight-talking -- though highly controversial -- Ventura advocates a blend of fiscal conservativism and social libertarianism (i.e., pro-tax relief, pro-choice, anti-school vouchers, pro-gay rights, pro-gun owner rights, pro-hemp legalization, etc.). Since his election, Ventura was locked in a non-stop battle with Ross Perot for control of the Reform Party. Ventura's supporters successfully wrestled control of the party's organization away from the Perot forces at the July 1999 national convention -- only to see the Perot forces throw roadblocks in the way of nearly every move they attempted once assuming office. His defection to the new Independence Party should finally end the Draft Ventura effort ... at least within the Reform Party. The above link goes to Ventura's official and authorized Jesse Ventura Volunteer Committee in Minnesota. Additional Ventura links -- and there are a lot -- include: Office of Governor Jesse Ventura, Draft Jesse Ventura for President Committee, The Ventura Files, Jesse Ventura News & Information, MN-Politics: Jesse Watch, Project Vote Smart: Jesse Ventura, Ventura Citizen Action Committee (Minnesota) and E! Online: Jesse Ventura Filmography. FYI: the name "Jesse Ventura" is actually a legally registered fictitious name he started using during his pro wrestling career. Ventura's real legal name was -- and still is -- James Janos.


George D. "Boots" Weber (Missouri)

Weber, a 75-year-old perennial candidate, is making his first run for President in 2000. A former farmer, US Marine Corps veteran and state corrections officer, Weber has worked as a real estate broker since the 1950s. Active in local politics and community organizations for many years, Weber was also elected to one term in the Missouri House of Representatives in the mid-1960s. He also proudly notes that he was a charter member of Ross Perot's United We Stand America organization and has been a Red Cross volunteer for over 27 years. As the Reform nominee for State Auditor in 1998, Weber captured over 24,000 votes (1.6%). As a Presidential candidate, he promises to "carry out the provisions of the Reform Party Platform using the principles of the Preamble to the American Legion Constitution." Weber's site contains his detailed platform covering economic, political reform, foreign policy and social issues. Weber also filed state paperwork in March to be the Reform nominee for Missouri Lieutenant Governor in 2000 -- and his web site simultaneously boosted his candidacy for both offices. His campaign for President was involuntarily ended in early July 2000 when the Reform Party leadership did not place his name on its Presidential nominating ballot for the national convention.


Lowell P. Weicker Jr. (Connecticut)

Weicker -- a Yale educated lawyer and former Congressman (1968-70), US Senator (1970-88) and Governor (1990-94) -- spent most of his political career as a moderate Republican. After losing his 1988 bid for re-election, Weicker quit the GOP, started his own independent party and Weicker was elected Governor in 1990 as an Independent. After pushing through the controversial creation of the state's first income tax, he did not seek re-election in 1994. Weicker also made an aborted run for the GOP Presidential nomination in 1980 and briefly flirted with making an Independent bid for the White House in 1996 before endorsing President Clinton for re-election. With the open encouragement of Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura in the Summer of 1999, Weicker considered making a run for the Reform nomination. In October 1999, Weicker announced that he would not seek the Reform Party nomination because he did not want to get in the middle of the "food fight" between the Perot-Buchanan and Ventura-Gargan forces. Weicker subsequently endorsed Bill Bradley for President in January 2000.


Oprah Winfrey (Illinois)

Yes, everyone can agree that television talk show host Oprah Winfrey is very popular. However, she has said again and again that she has no intention of ever seeking political office. Those comments notwithstanding, a group of Minnesota Reform Party members have started a Draft Oprah for President campaign. The draft organizers glowingly described Winfrey to the media as "Jesse Ventura times 100" (whatever that means). And, just days after these folks launched the Draft Oprah campaign in October 1999, Donald Trump announced that he wants Winfrey to be his Vice Presidential runningmate. She's not going to run -- she's not even a member of the Reform Party -- but she's listed here simply because some Reform folks boosted her as a possible candidate.


REFORM PARTY BOOKSTORE:

A Republic, Not an Empire by Patrick J. Buchanan (1999). Buchanan's most controversial book to date. Some of the comments within this book -- largely a political call for the U.S. to adopt a non-interventionist foreign policy -- ignited a firestorm of criticism from Buchanan's critics and GOP rivals. Isolationism, Buchanan maintains, was the goal of our Founding Fathers and will ultimately restore the political, military, and economic independence that largely drove U.S. foreign policy in the 19th century. Buchanan makes some questionable leaps of logic in the book: arguing against US involvement in World War I, World War II and the Gulf War -- but in support of US involvement in Vietnam ("a legitimate war of containment"). Buchanan also attacks various ethnic groups in the US ("hyphenated Americanism") -- including Jews, Blacks, Hispanics, Greeks ... even Armenians -- for exerting too much political influence and weakening the foundation of the United States' traditional Anglo-Saxon culture. Buchanan, in response to the criticism, said people should read the book themselves and reach their own judgment on it. Follow the link to read more about the book. List: $29.95. Your Price: $20.97 (You Save 30%).

The Great Betrayal: How American Sovereignty and Social Justice Are Being Sacrificed to the Gods of the Global Economy by Patrick J. Buchanan (1998). The Atlantic Monthly called this book "a campaign manifesto for the year 2000." This book is an economic manifesto that promotes the "America First" protectionist trade views that Buchanan's calls "economic nationalism." Buchanan believes that free trade serves the interests of Wall Street, not Main Street. Multinational corporations rake in huge profits, but ordinary Americans see few benefits. Instead, Buchanan argues, they suffer from free trade's bad consequences: flat wages for workers, increased drug trafficking, and environmental deterioration. Markets should serve people, says Buchanan, not the other way around. Follow the link to read more about the book. List: $22.95. Your Price: $16.07 (You Save 30%)!

Manual for a Perfect Government by Dr. John Hagelin (1998). This book is Hagelin's comprehensive program to make America a better, safer and healtier nation. Published by the Maharishi University of Management Press, this book shows the close link between Hagelin's scientific and political views and Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation teachings. Hagelin discusses recent discoveries in quantum physics and in the "science of consciousness" that hold the key to understanding the means for eliminating the problems of crime, terrorism, poor health care, drug abuse, poverty and weak educational system results. Follow the link to read more about this book. Price: $15.00 (Paperback.)

The Natural Law Party: A Reason to Vote ... Breaking the Two-Party Stranglehold and Bringing Effective New Solutions to America's Problems by Robert Roth (1998). Roth -- John Hagelin's campaign communications director in 1996 and 2000 -- tells the inside story of growth the Natural Law Party. A strong NLP advocate, Roth sets forth the reasons why he believes the NLP is the party of America's future. Booklist wrote that "despite [political] prose, Roth conveys the Natural Law Party's beliefs well." He describes all of the obstacles placed in the way of new and small parties and explains how the NLP platform and solutions based upon Transcendental Meditation relate to the needs of the American people. This book is probably the most favorable introduction to the Natural Law Party. With a preface by Hagelin. Follow the link to read more about this book. List: $23.95. Your Price: $16.77 (You Save 30%).


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