September 21, 2011

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Clearly, not a big bucks campaign.


With all the accusations of Socialism being bandied around the past few years, I thought it would be interesting (or at least informative) to hear a Candidate from The Socialist Labor Party, Henning Blomen, who was running for President in 1968. Back when the playing field was rather awash with all kinds of Third Parties, the Socialist Labor Party was perhaps one of the more obscure. Having been around since 1890 and not really getting the notoriety that many of the comparable parties did, they still kept it together (and are, by all appearances still together) and ran candidates in all the major elections.

Apparently Henning Blomen was a pretty obscure figure, even as Socialists go. There is virtually no film footage of him and this is about the only recording I have heard of him making a campaign speech, even though he ran for Governor of Massachusetts some 14 times. A barn-burner it's not, and since it was a "paid political announcement" there didn't seem to be much money in the coffers to lay out for anything more than a four minute pitch. In any event, this is history and this is what the Third Party Movement was up to in 1968.

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