Comment: A perspective from someone at that time

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A perspective from someone at that time

The thing most people ignore who weren't actually there is the reform party or whatever it became was forming before Perot started, including using the motto "united we stand". Perot was a late comer to a party already starting.

You can even find messages online - especially old mailing lists and usenet archives, showing that.

It directly came from two factions, Ron Paul's 1988 and an alliance with liberty minded progressives on the left, especially the think local people.

Fallout included the early militia movement, which despite being billed as a "right wing movement", was actually filled with people from the left as well, and was a reaction against George Bush Sr, his new world order speech, etc.

This isn't too unlike Ron Paul reaching out to third parties in 2008.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.