On this President's Day in an election year, and with the herd of candidates thinned out over the last two months, I thought today would be a good time to provide the civic-minded of you out there a clearinghouse of Presidential candidate links to help you come to a decision in the upcoming year. I'll start with the obvious:
Hillary Clinton: http://www.hillaryclinton.com/?splash=1
Mike Gravel (My personal choice; he's been all but mathematically eliminated, but his campaign is still active): http://www.gravel2008.us/
Barack Obama: http://www.barackobama.com/index.php
Mike Huckabee: http://www.mikehuckabee.com/
John McCain: http://www.johnmccain.com/
Ron Paul (although his Presidential campaign is still officially active, Paul is shifting his focus to his Congressional seat campaign): http://www.ronpaul2008.com/
For those sick of the two-party system, there are many third party candidates to investigate. Vote you conscience!
The Constitution Party is a staunchly conservative party comprised primarily of dissatisfied former Republicans who are unhappy with compromise with the more moderate members of the GOP. If this describes you, give the Constitution Party a try.
Don Grundmann: http://www.truthusa.org/
The Green Party is sort of the opposite of the Constitution Party. They are a left-leaning party consisting largely of voters dissatisfied with the more centrist direction the Democrats have taken the last few years.
Cynthia McKinney: http://www.runcynthiarun.org/
Kent Mesplay: http://www.mesplay.org/
The Libertarian Party is unique in that members believe that government should be out of as many affairs of the people as possible, be they financial or personal. Anti-gun control, pro-choice, anti-business regulation, pro-same-sex-marriage, anti-tax, and more.
There are numerous candidates for this party's Presidential nominee, so I'm merely providing the party's Web site here. They can direct you to the candidates: http://www.lp.org/
And Then There's...
...perennial third party/independent candidate Ralph Nader, longtime consumer advocate and left-leaning activist. Personally, I think he's worn out his welcome in this capacity, although I respect his lifetime body of work: http://www.naderexplore08.org/
I highly recommend the Web site Politics1.com, which is where I got this information. There you will find all this and much more. It's in my links section.
Finally, I can't let a topic like this go by without mentioning a candidate who truly is the most animated you'll find this year: http://www.digthewig08.com/.