Interview With Max Riekse: the First Declared Presidential Candidate of the Citizens Party

Robert Stark interviews Max Riekse [pronounced RICK-see], the first declared Presidential candidate of the Citizens Party. This bio is from the broadcast web site:

Max Rieske is an American nationalist, populist, and America-Firster from Western Michigan. He served as a military intelligence officer in the US Army in Vietnam, and later as a public school teacher. He has a wife and one son.

The interview can be heard here.

5 thoughts on “Interview With Max Riekse: the First Declared Presidential Candidate of the Citizens Party

  1. RedPhillips Post author

    I filed this under Constitution Party and non-left/non-right parties (how I generally file Citizen Party posts) because he addresses his past run for the CP nomination.

  2. RedPhillips Post author

    With all due respect to Mr. Riekse, he doesn’t understand his terms. He says the CP, especially the leadership, is full of neocons. This is clearly not true. Howard Phillips made a speech against Keyes for being a neocon. The party is non-interventionist which is why they rejected Keyes. I think he is actually confusing Keyes with the party as a whole. He also seems to be saying that the party is too extreme and turns off voters. My hunch is that he is bitter that he wasn’t taken seriously by the party as a candidate.

  3. RedPhillips Post author

    Don, I’m sure a lot of people think the CP is extreme, because it is by its nature a principled ideological (for lack of a better term. Kirkian objections to the term granted) party, not a pragmatic mass party. It would like to become a mass party, for sure, but by converting people to its beliefs, not by broadening to include more or contrary beliefs. The Libertarian Party or the Green Party are much the same. Saying they are “extreme” and “turn off voters” kinda goes with the territory and doesn’t really add anything.

    I think it is kind of clueless for a candidate who espouses what are by mainstream reckoning “extreme” views himself and who is seeking a third party nomination to tut tut the CP for its extremism because it opposes Social Security in principle. But somehow he’s a populist champion of the people who’s gonna clean up on election day because he defends Social Security? Whatever buddy.

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