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Set up in front of the U.S. Post Office in Blackfoot Wednesday afternoon were Gene Schenk and Steve DeMartini who represent the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee (PAC).
"Lyndon LaRouche is the intellectual, i.e., the Benjamin Franklin of this generation," said Schenk. LaRouche's last run for the Presidency was in 2004.
"We are Democrats after the likeness of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Fitzgerald Kennedy," he said.
The LaRouche PAC suggests the goal of putting 4 million people to work by designing and building the North American Water and Power Alliance. NAWAPA proposes bringing water down from Alaska and Canada to irrigate the southwestern U.S.
This proposal would build 95 dams in Alaska and Canada to bring water into the southwest.
"The future determines the present," said Schenk.
For examples, he cited building dams to produce water for irrigation and home use.
"That's preparing for the future and that idea determines the present," said Schenk.
"The nation has to have a mission," said Mary Beth Collier who stopped by to hear the men. "When JFK announced the mission to the moon, Kennedy said, 'This is what we need to do; I don't know how we are going to do this but we will do it.'"
Schenk and DeMartini are speaking with people across Idaho and plan to meet with county commissioners in each county to present the idea of NAWAPA.