If you followed presidential elections during the latter part of the last century, there is one name you could always count on seeing on the ballot.
Lyndon LaRouche, Jr., who ran for president eight times between 1976 and 2004, has passed away at the age of 96.
One can only imagine what the White House would have been like if LaRouche would have ever been able to break through.
To categorize LaRouche as an extremist or conspiracy theorist would be putting it kindly.
Even so, LaRouche had a loyal following that supported him year in and year out.
His support was so strong, in fact, he once ran a campaign while sitting in a prison cell.
In 1988, LaRouche was arrested and convicted of mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the IRS.
Though LaRouche was still behind bars when the 1992 presidential election season started, he did not let that deter him from running for office.
LaRouche was released from prison in 1994.
Over his presidential candidate career, LaRouche ran under virtually every ideology known to man, as his political beliefs were constantly evolving.
One of his more interesting theories was blaming the International Monetary Fund for the spreading of AIDS.
LaRouche believed both Henry Kissinger and Walter Mondale were working for Russia.
He also once told reporters, “Queen Elizabeth is a drug pusher. Everyone knows that.”
As outlandish and outrageous as he was, his supporters stood by him and continued to donate to his cause.
One of his more fervent supporters was Lewis duPont Smith, who was an heir to the DuPont fortune.
Reportedly DuPont Smith was sending LaRouche so much money, his family members hatched a scheme to “deprogram” both him and his wife over their support for LaRouche.