The Washington Times - March 26, 2008, 09:55AM
Mike Gravelannounced this morning SEE RELATED:


Dear friend,\ \ I wanted to update you on my latest plans before news gets out. Today, I am announcing my plan to join the Libertarian Party, because the Democratic Party no longer represents my vision for our great country. I wanted my supporters to get this news first, because you have been the ones who have kept my campaign alive since I first declared my candidacy on April 17, 2006.\ \ The fact is, the Democratic Party today is no longer the party of FDR. It is a party that continues to sustain war, the military-industrial complex and imperialism — all of which I find anathema to my views.\ \ By and large, I have been repeatedly marginalized in both national debates and in media exposure by the Democratic leadership, which works in tandem with the corporate interests that control what we read and hear in the media.\ \ I look forward to advancing my presidential candidacy within the Libertarian Party, which is considerably closer to my values, my foreign policy views and my domestic views.\ \ Please take a moment to make your most generous donation to my presidential campaign today. $10, $20, $50 — whatever you feel you can afford.\ \ I want to thank you all for your continued support.\ \ Gratefully yours,\ Mike
hopefulsCynthia McKinneyhere
A Discussion of Race Worth Having\ \ Much has been made around the edges of this campaign of the issue of race.\ Sadly, nothing has been made of the public policy exigencies that arise because of the urgent racial disparities that continue to exist in our country.\ \ …\ \ I am deeply offended that in the middle of a Presidential campaign, remarks — be they from a pastor or a communications mogul, or a former Vice Presidential nominee — are the cause of a focus on race, and not the deep racial disparities that communities are forced to endure on a daily basis in this country.\ \ …\ \ This moment sheds light on a much-needed discussion: on race and the legacies of race and slavery and the continuing problems associated with our failure to treat racism as a curable American disease.\ I am glad that candidate Obama mentioned the existing racial disparities in education, income, wealth, jobs, government services, imprisonment, and opportunity. Now it is time to address the public policies necessary to resolve these disparities. Now it is time to have the discussion on how we are going to come together and put policies in effect that will provide real hope and real opportunity to all in this country.\ To narrow the gap between the ideals of our founding fathers and the realities faced by too many in our country today: That must be the role of public policy at this critical moment in our country today.\ I welcome a real discussion of race in this country and a resolve to end the long-standing disparities that continue to spoil the greatness of our country. I welcome a real discussion of all the issues that face our country today and the real public policy options that exist to resolve them. That must be the measure of this campaign season. For many voters, this important discussion has been too vague or completely non-existent. Now is the time to talk about the concrete measures that will move our country forward: on race, war, climate change, the economy, health care, and education. Our votes and our political engagement must be about ensuring that fairness truly for all is embodied in “liberty and justice for all.”\ \ Paid for by the\ Power to the People Committee\ Cynthia McKinney for President
Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times