Missouri third party holds convention
October 08, 2008
Members from across Missouri of the Constitution Party, claiming to be the third largest political party in the US, converged on October 4, 2008 at the Phelps County Courthouse for their 2008 state convention. Candidates running for office spoke of the necessity and challenges of campaigning under the third party banner.

While commenting on the ideological differences between the two major parties, State Representative candidate Dennis Hustead said, “You can’t tell a Democrat from a Republican any longer.” Hustead is running in the 149th District.

Dr. Gregory Thompson is running for governor. While speaking about the future direction of the US, Thompson said, "We will continue to decay as long as we keep voting for the lesser of two evils."

“This battle we’re in is not for the weak or faint of heart,” noted congressional candidate Travis Maddox. “I’m going to continue this fight.” Maddox, who earlier this summer claims to have lost his job with the City of Springfield due to his political activity, is running in the seventh district against incumbent Roy Blunt.

The final comment of the day came from Constitution Party vice presidential candidate, Darrell Castle, when he gave his views on the recent colossal bailout of the financial industry. Castle observed that “no alternative view was even allowed to be heard.” He noted that “there’s no way to pay this debt except to inflate the currency,” and believes that what is called for is an “austerity program for the banks, not the American homeowner.” Castle called for the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act which separated the banking industry from investment activities, and the Uptick Rule, which in part prevented companies from crashing due to large scale “short selling” of their stock.

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