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2003-04-23 - 3:52 p.m.

Thoughts on Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

Recently, a diarylander asked me about my views on "Democratic" candidate Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. I have put Democratic in quotes above because to call LaRouche a democrat is a laughable matter. LaRouche uses political groups to further his own agendas, which include anti-semitism, ant-gay, misogyny, and at times anti-leftism and anti-rightism. One only has to do a few web searches on this character to realize these things.

Early in LaRouche's political career, he was a Marxist and carefully courted the Leftist Movement. During the late 70s and 80s, he aligned himself with some right-wing groups. LaRouche's organization has even been called a cult by many "defectors" who have said that they were brainwashed during their time in his organization.

There is no doubt that LaRouche is an intellectual man and well-read. And there is no doubt that his writings are very entertaining and at times appear to be just what we Moderates to Leftists need to hear. Furthermore, LaRouche has taken, yet again (he took the same stance against the Vietnam conflict), a stance against the War Movement, which is very appealing to many Anti-War protestors. However, one has to wonder what means LaRouche will use to further his agendas. He was convicted in the 80s for credit card fraud and served 5 years of his sentence. "Defectors" have stated that his organization uses harassment and threat techniques to recruit new members. These underhanded techniques do not make LaRouche someone that I would want as a President. We already see enough of these harassment and threat techniques from the current Bush Administration.

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