Former Independent governor of Minnesota and former visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Jesse Ventura, appeared on Coast to Coast AM, a nationally syndicated overnight radio talk show, the evening of October 6/7 2015. During his interview with show host George Noory, Governor Ventura shared his conclusions about a wide variety of conspiracies and offered his insights into the 2016 presidential election and his potential role in it.
Portions potentially relevant to IPR readers are transcribed below.
VENTURA: “We need to pass a law that you cannot even form a campaign committee until the year of the election. You have all of these senators, like Rubio, who are missing votes. They are not doing their jobs. We are paying them to be senators; we are paying them to be governors, and they are off running for president. When Scott Walker was running, who was governing Wisconsin?”
“ . . . I also believe if you hold a current office, you should not be allowed to run for another one. Imagine. if you came up to your boss and you said, “Boss, I am going to be gone for the next six months looking for a better job, but I want you to pay me while I am gone.” He would say, “Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out.”
NOORY: “The last couple of days World Net Daily and Huffington Post did a story about me possibly running. Like you, it’s one of those, “If people push you, you might consider it.” But you are absolutely right; it is way too early. It is like Christmas decorations up before Halloween. It is crazy.”
VENTURA: “In my case when they ask me, I always say, “Why would I get in now and waste the money?” Wait until they get down to the final two. Then you come in as the Libertarian candidate – which holds their convention next May or June. That gives you time until November when they are down to two, to come in and steal the election and win the whole thing. Why would you get in it now? It would be ridiculous to get into it at this point.”
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NOORY:”I want everybody to know, I spent nine years in the navy, you were in the navy; we love this country. What we are talking about are certain individuals within government over the years who have manipulated, schemed, and planned to do what they have done to try to grease their own skids and destroy this country at the same time.”
VENTURA: “I do not know about destroying the country, but they have no regard for the country. They are just using it like you said to, “grease their own skids” and whatever happens to the country happens to it. My position is that I would like to see us get completely out of the Middle East and bring all of our troops home. Trump talks about immigration and building walls at the border and all of that. Here’s my trade-off. I will accept the walls at the borders but you have got to do one on Canada too because we do not want to be racist. So you need to put one on the Canadian border and on the Mexican border. “
NOORY: “Walls don’t work Jesse.”
VENTURA: “We will turn the country into East Berlin. “
NORRY: “People have ladders; they will get over that.”
VENTURA: “I know that, but please bear with me on this one. We will turn the country into East Berlin. “
NOORY: “I know. You are right. Doing that, building a wall is tantamount to what happened.”
VENTURA: “Let me put it this way then George, the great icon of the Republican Party, Ronald Reagan, if I remember correctly, one of his most famous quotes was, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
NOORY: “What do you see as the most dangerous thing facing Americans?”
VENTURA: “The most dangerous thing, I think, is getting our country back from the system that we have that the Democrats and Republicans have created with the help, now, of the Supreme Court, of getting corporations out of the election process. They can contribute an unlimited amount of money; they control our elections. This system of bribery has gone far over the extreme level now to where the elected officials no longer represent the people at all. They simply represent the people who have bribed them (through) campaign contributions and that is who controls them. . . . When you define the word “fascism” it fits to the United States now and what the corporations have done. Mussolini would be proud of us today.”
NOORY: . . . “Are you convinced that some of these electronic voting machines are being tampered with?”
VENTURA: “Absolutely. I believe they are. We wrote the chapters on it in the book AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES. Why would votes from Ohio need to be sent to Chattanooga Tennessee ? . . . Sometimes modern technology isn’t the best.”
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NOORY: “So the war on drugs, it’s not working.”
VENTURA: “It is a miserable failure.”
NOORY: “Why don’t they just legalize drugs?”
VENTURA: “On my OFF THE GRID show, I had this police officer on, a ten year veteran from Baltimore. We were discussing this tragedy in America today with the police and the people. He said that it all stems from the war on drugs. All of it. Because it was the war on drugs that started the police to violate our Constitutional rights. They confiscate things from you; they crash into houses without warrants. Our police look like military today.”
NOORY: “And our jails are packed with people for petty drug crimes.”
VENTURA: “We could save our country immediately by ending the ridiculous war on drugs. . . . I am so anti-war right now, and we will count the war on drugs too because that is a war. I am sixty-four (years old) now. I am post-World-War-Two. The United States has literally been at war my entire life. I want to quote John Lennon and say, “Can’t we just give Peace a chance?” Just once; and see what happens. Everything is geared to war, war, war.”
NOTE: The Libertarian National Convention is scheduled to be held in Orlando Florida, May 27 to 30, 2016.