The Natural Law Party in Michigan has endorsed Ralph Nader for President. The Taxpayers (Constitution), Green and Libertarian parties are the other ballot qualified parties in the state. Here, they have recreated what the Ron Paul press conference was meant to achieve with the unanimous presence of the four candidates on enough state ballots to win the election – Barr, Nader, McKinney and Baldwin – before it was sidelined by the controversy surrounding what has been dubbed snubgate.
Unlike on the national level, the Libertarian Party candidate, Scotty Boman, was there and in full support.
Scotty Boman. 313-247-2052, firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Dern. 248-889-0610, email@example.com
Harley Mikkelson. (989) 673-7883, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Nikitin. 810-333-0980, email@example.com
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE ISSUED BY FOUR OF MICHIGAN CANDIDATES FOR US SENATE
Swartz Creek, MI – Three of Michigan’s United States Senate Candidates announced, to an audience at Swartz Creek High School, that they, were in agreement on four specific issues, that their respective presidential candidates had also agreed on. Natural law party candidate, Doug Dern also agreed to the planks, but was unable to attend the forum. The three present were Mike Nikitin of the Constitution Party (balloted as the Taxpayer’s Party), Harley Mikkelson of the Green Party, and Scotty Boman of the Libertarian Party.
The announcement parallels one made at a press conference organized by Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul on September 10th. The four presidential candidates who had agreed to these same planks were Independent candidate Ralph Nader (Balloted as a natural Law Party candidate in Michigan), Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin (Listed as the Taxpayers Party in Michigan), Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney, and Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr (who agreed to the planks, but did not attend the September 10th press conference).
The four planks addressed the topics of foreign policy, privacy, the national debt., and the Federal Reserve. The full text of the “We Agree” planks follows.
Foreign Policy: The Iraq War must end as quickly as possible with removal of all our soldiers from the region. We must initiate the return of our soldiers from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Europe and the entire Middle East. We must cease the war propaganda, threats of a blockade and plans for attacks on Iran, nor should we re-ignite the cold war with Russia over Georgia. We must be willing to talk to all countries and offer friendship and trade and travel to all who are willing. We must take off the table the threat of a nuclear first strike against all nations.
Privacy: We must protect the privacy and civil liberties of all persons under US jurisdiction. We must repeal or radically change the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the FISA legislation. We must reject the notion and practice of torture, eliminations of habeas corpus, secret tribunals, and secret prisons. We must deny immunity for corporations that spy willingly on the people for the benefit of the government. We must reject the unitary presidency, the illegal use of signing statements and excessive use of executive orders.
The National Debt: We believe that there should be no increase in the national debt. The burden of debt placed on the next generation is unjust and already threatening our economy and the value of our dollar. We must pay our bills as we go along and not unfairly place this burden on a future generation.
The Federal Reserve: We seek a thorough investigation, evaluation and audit of the Federal Reserve System and its cozy relationships with the banking, corporate, and other financial institutions. The arbitrary power to create money and credit out of thin air behind closed doors for the benefit of commercial interests must be ended. There should be no taxpayer bailouts of corporations and no corporate subsidies. Corporations should be aggressively prosecuted for their crimes and frauds.
“We don’t have to live in the kind of America the two major parties have in store for us. Together, let us continue to lay the foundations for an America worthy of our Founding Fathers.”
-Ron Paul June 12, 2008-