by Nancy Spannaus
Lyndon LaRouche has taken the extraordinary step of publicly announcing an election-eve press conference at Washington's National Press Club on Nov. 2, in order to define the strategic options the world faces. This is a major political event in itself. This will be only the second time in his long political career that LaRouche has taken this step — the first being after the election victory of two of his supporters in Illinois state elections in 1986. This event promises to shake up the nation.
In strategic significance, it can be compared to another "election-eve" appearance by LaRouche back in 1976, right before the watershed election contest between the Trilateral Commission's Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. At that time, LaRouche was a candidate for the Presidency on a third-party ticket, but he was not under any illusion that he could win. Rather, the explicit purpose of his political bombshell was to mobilize a new political combination around those policies which could bring the world back from the brink of a war confrontation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
LaRouche's short presentation defined the issues facing the U.S. electorate "from the top" in shocking detail. He identified two Trilateral Commission policies being pushed by the Carter campaign: first, the outright genocidal, depopulation economic policy being promoted by Carter economic advisor George Ball, among others, for the "Third World" and elsewhere; second, the inexorable consequence of such a policy in bringing the United States and NATO, into confrontation with the Soviet Union that would lead to nuclear war. He then laid out his own solution, which was already being adopted in part by leading Third World nations — the International Development Bank, which was largely supported at the Colombo, Sri Lanka conference of the Non-Aligned Movement in August of that year — which, he argued, would create the conditions for global cooperation and peace.
What was the impact of LaRouche's intervention? In the short-term, it did not succeed in stopping the Carter war party from winning — although substantial evidence of vote fraud was available, and only a political decision by the top of the Ford campaign stopped viable election challenges from being pursued. But there is no question but that LaRouche's election eve speech was crucial in laying the basis for later dramatic positive developments — such as Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, and his offer for collaboration with the Soviets.
So, when LaRouche takes the podium Nov. 2, we must make sure that we get the very maximum audience, including of the appropriate quality, and ensure they pay very close attention — and are prepared to act.
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