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What are your opinions of Rocky Anderson? (Justice Party Candidate)

Rocky Anderson is running in the Justice Party and seems to be quite principled on many issues.

I still plan on voting for Gary Johnson, but the upcoming 3rd Party debate (hosted by Larry King) will include Johnson, Anderson, Stein and Goode.

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My personal first impression after reading his site. (subject to change, some items may be in the wrong category due to my insufficient knowledge or lack of understanding on the subject, but for the most part this seems correct to me. Please feel free to politely discuss or correct.)


    -The promotion of the public interest through the defeat of the systemic corruption that has caused massive failures in public policy.(good, but vague, I mean who doesnt want that or pay lip service to that?)
    -An immediate end to the on-going wars (Good, but as is mentioned below by kodiakalpha, Rocky is quoted as saying, "As the global superpower, we have an unparalleled responsibility to be a moral leader to the world. We can no longer economically afford not to be." which is problematic)
    -Treatment of substance abuse as a public health rather than criminal justice issue
    -Control of the Federal Reserve by the Treasury Department and Congress (He's at least talking about the FR and that some sort of control should be put over it which is more than can be said for most politicians. The depth of his understanding of it is uncertain.)
    -An end to the legal concept of corporate “personhood”
    -An end to the stranglehold on our government by the military-industrial complex
    -Activist against torture and human rights abuses
    -Only major city mayor who advocated the impeachment of GWB
    - “President Obama has institutionalized some of the worst abuses of the Bush Administration” and has gone even further in establishing an imperial presidency
    -On August 11, 2011, Rocky denounced the Democratic Party and resigned his affiliation with it. He wrote in a letter to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that "The Constitution has been eviscerated while Democrats have stood by with nary a whimper. It is a gutless, unprincipled party, bought and paid for by the same interests that buy and pay for the Republican Party."


    -Essential health care coverage for all citizens (government mandated healthcare)
    -Urgent international leadership by the U.S. to prevent against the most catastrophic consequences of climate disruption (globalist warming pusher)
    -Adequate revenues to balance the budget through fair taxation (refers to taxes as revenue instead of what they really are)
    -A balanced budget or a surplus except in times of war or major recession (except?)
    -A constitutional amendment to overrule Citizens United and to allow limits or prohibitions on the corrosive impact of money in our electoral system (A constitutional amendment to amend the first amendment? well at least he's trying to do it through the proper procedure I guess)
    -Planned parenthood
    -Many national and international awards for climate change activism
    -Rocky has always been committed to the principle that justice – social justice, environmental justice, and economic justice – must be an essential aim of public policy (believes that force should be used to achieve social, economic and environmental justice.)

My conclusion: He seems sincere in his progressive socialist beliefs, not just pandering, but still he's wrong on many things. He seems to understand dems and reps are substantively the same thing paid for by the same source, which is good, and he does hold a few good positions and principles that many of us share. I believe we can and should be able to work with him and any like minded activists in the form of coalitions. I would not support him as president but would support him in a few of those shared causes.

another person who wants those who can't have children to . . .

pay for the abortions of those who can--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

It will be cool to hear them all in the debate, but....

Just from reading his "Solutions" section, it would appear that he believes that the answers to our problems lie in government intervention.

His solution to wealth and income disparity is heavy taxation of the wealthy.

His foreign policy starts off sounding pretty good, no nation building and such, But the following quote gives me pause: "As the global superpower, we have an unparalleled responsibility to be a moral leader to the world. We can no longer economically afford not to be." I'm not sure how that fits.

I guess the biggest sign is the line at the top of many of the pages: "Replacing private interest corruption with public interest solutions."

I definitely want to hear his positions in the debate, but I'm thinking he and I come at things from very different directions. For me, Johnson is by far the better choice.