How will this age be remembered?
Mike Gravel is a former Democratic United States Senator from Alaska, who served two terms from 1969 to 1981, and a former candidate in the 2008 presidential election. He is chiefly known for his efforts in ending the draft following the Vietnam War and for putting the Pentagon Papers into the public record in 1971.
Born in 1930 to immigrant parents in Massachusetts, Gravel enlisted in the Army in 1951 and served in West Germany. A self-stated dyslexic, Gravel was educated at Columbia University%u2019s School of General Studies in New York, where he drove a taxi to support himself. Gravel's first steps into politics were in the Alaska House of Representatives, before he won his party's nomination to the U.S. Senate in 1968. During the 1980s, after Gravel lost his senate seat, he worked as a real estate developer, consultant and stockbroker.
Gravel is a strong supporter of direct democracy, and specifically, the National Initiative, which refers to proposals to allow for ballot initiatives at the federal level.
Question: How will this age be remembered?
Mike Gravel: It could be remembered . . . It could be remembered by making the most significant step to the final realization of proper human governance, which is for all people to be able to participate in their governance. It could be remembered for that. And I’m very proud of what I’m doing in trying to facilitate that happening by asking the American people to vote – the Congress will never pass this – to vote to empower themselves by going to a web site. And that would begin the process. When 60 million Americans or thereabout vote for the national initiative, it will become the law of the land operable in every government jurisdiction of the United States. And the people will be in partnership with their elected officials, and corporate America won’t be able to touch it.
Recorded on: 10/23/07
As the most significant step to the final realization of proper human governance.
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