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Constitution Party Candidate Sick of Sound Bites

Constitution Party candidate sick of sound bites

By Bartholomew Sullivan
Posted November 24, 2012

Photo by Mark Weber


Darrell Castle is the vice presidential candidate running Presidential hopeful Chuck Baldwin, who are with the Constitution Party. Castle is on the ballot in Tennessee and 37 other states and are write-in candidates in ten more. They are not on the ballot in Oklahoma and North Carolina.

Darrell Castle is sick of sound bite politics.

The vice presidential candidate of the Constitution Party four years ago, who narrowly missed being that party’s presidential nominee this year, thinks he knows what people are desperately looking for, and thinks he can supply it.

He’s also seen what they’re willing to settle for, and thinks that needs to change.

The 64-year-old Memphis bankruptcy and personal injury lawyer who lives in Germantown with his wife, Joan, has been a student of national electoral politics for years. He and Baptist minister Chuck Baldwin of Pensacola, Fla., won 199,437 votes in 40 states in 2008, spending the lowest amount per vote ($1.17 compared to Barack Obama’s $10.94, according to the Federal Election Commission) of all those competing that year.

That’s because he concentrates on issues. The party opposes foreign interventionism, free trade agreements and the Federal Reserve’s debt-based money supply, and says having candidates willing to explain those positions is critical to the country’s future.

“I’m a man who’s pursued peace most of his life,” the former Marine lieutenant said in a phone interview last week. “I pursued war when I was young and I’ve learned better for it. I very much want the Constitution Party to stand by its non-interventionist plank in its platform and say that we’re opposed to intervening in the affairs of other nations.”

What does that mean in terms of the current conflict in Afghanistan? “I think we should withdraw from Afghanistan and all the other places where we shouldn’t be and have no right to be,” he said.

He mentioned the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Somalia, South and Central America and other places where U.S. troops are operating without a Congressional mandate. “It’s a frightening scenario for a bankrupt nation, but that’s how it is,” he said.

Castle says we’re long overdue reconsidering the entire monetary system, which he calls “this system of debt-based money, of fiat money, money created on the Federal Reserve’s computers and loaned back to the American people in the form of debt.”

“I think something needs to be done about that,” he said. “People say, ‘well, but the American people don’t understand what you’re talking about.’ Then educate them. That’s part of actually talking to people instead of speaking only in sound bites. We have a weird situation in this country: the taxpayers are being robbed by it but nobody seems to care because they don’t know any different.” He’d prefer to see the U.S return to the gold standard.

Castle entered the fray on the last day of the party’s nominating convention this year, not as a vice presidential contender but for the brass ring, challenging former Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode. He almost threw the contest into a runoff, but conceded and supported Goode in the general election, where the Constitution candidate won just 117,738 votes.

His opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement and American participation in the World Trade Organization and other agreements is based on a belief that off-shoring domestic jobs is leading to rising poverty.

“Work is going away,” he said. “And nothing is replacing it. Jobs have been off-shored to benefit the few at the expense of the many.”

With his name off the ballot this year, Castle had plenty of time to watch the mainstream campaigns, and was disappointed by their shallowness.
“The Republican primaries is where (Mitt) Romney lost the election,” Castle said. “He was torn apart in those primaries. He never said anything during the actual election campaign of any substance.What people really want to see is somebody who can walk out there and intelligently articulate the views they know in their heart are correct. Nobody’s doing that.”

Castle, a history and political science graduate of East Tennessee State University before attending law school at the University of Memphis, thinks Obama never made the case for his re-election and says those who think Democratic Party success came from promising more of the same are providing “the wrong answer.”
Will he run again in 2016?

“I don’t know,” he said. “I’ll be 68 years old but that doesn’t mean anything anymore, does it?”

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