Strange Candidate #6: Lar “America First” Daly

From the 1930s to the 1970s Lar "America First" Daly ran for just about every elective office, including Senator, President, Governor, and Mayor. He never won. This may have had something to do with his campaign slogan: "America First -- or Death."

He campaigned wearing an Uncle Sam suit. He would promote his candidacy by driving around Chicago in a sound truck. (Is this where the Blues Brothers got the idea?) When not campaigning, he earned a living by operating a chair and stool company out of the garage behind his house.

Some of the issues he supported:

• Any witness who invokes the 5th amendment to the constitution should be sent to prison.
• Known dope peddlers should be shot on sight (after first receiving a seven day warning to get out of town).

He described himself as "known throughout America as Sen. Douglas MacArthur's greatest supporter." He filed MacArthur's name for President in every election from 1936 onwards.

In the 1950s he boasted that he was the only candidate "100 per cent behind" Sen. McCarthy's investigations into domestic Communist activities.

He told President Truman that he wanted to accompany the crew of the first American plane to fly over Moscow so that he could release the atomic bomb over the Kremlin.

But his real claim to fame came from his constant demands to be given equal time whenever a mainstream candidate appeared on air, citing Section 315 of the Communications Act, the so-called "equal time" provision. Because of him, Congress amended the law so that broadcasters didn't always have to give equal time.

Once he was effectively barred from free air time, he began buying ads in newspapers. An example of one is reproduced below. He died in 1978.

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 22, 2008
     Category: Strange Candidates

Yeah, I'd say he sounds exactly like any Republican out campaigning right about now.
Posted by Caffeinated Katie in Atlanta, GA on 10/23/08 at 07:31 AM
He's against "Brooklyn Jungle" conditions in schools-- what's he talkin' about, Willis?
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 10/23/08 at 02:11 PM
I believe, kingmonkey, he's referring to the Movie "The Blackboard Jungle."
What a Fascist! And that's not just an opinion, the America Firsters were the Nazi appeasers before Pearl Harbor. His proposal to teach Christianity in schools shows no understanding of the First Amendment, and his attitude toward the Fifth Amendment shows contempt toward the whole Constitution the FOOL would have had to swear to uphold if he had ever been elected to ANY office in the United States!
Posted by stpatme on 10/25/08 at 07:32 PM
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