Jackson Kirk Grimes is the candidate of the United Fascist Union. This is his third run for the presidency. "We believe fascism can upgrade humanity and improve the quality of life for all Americans," he tells Project VoteSmart.
Please note: he said "fascism," not Nazism. Grimes actually wants to ban the American Nazi Party and other racist organizations, including the KKK. Fascism, for him, is the ideology of Benito Mussolini, which Grimes describes as "an entirely new form of socialism that could bring about economic equality and create social justice for all men."
Unlike what you'd expect from a fascist, Grimes takes something like a libertarian position on lifestyle issues like smoking bans as well as Bush-era infringements on civil liberty. Also, lest you identify fascism with the socio-political "right" he has this to say about the economy: "the present capitalist system [is] holding down the common American people to a loathsome level economically, while at the same time, these powerful, ruthless capitalists advance their financial status greatly off of their efforts, for which the people receive only a pittance, if anything at all."
Some readers may know that Mussolini started out as a socialist, and ended his career as the leader of the "Italian Social Republic." His experiences in World War I turned him toward a more militaristic view of the state based on his feelings of solidarity with fellow soldiers. Despite everything Grimes declares in the previous paragraph, his fascism, no more than Mussolini's, is not a "liberal" doctrine. The United Fascist Union intends to turn the nation into a military dictatorship, allegedly on the model of "the Republican Commonwealth of Imperial Rome," in which "The people will be regimented, disciplined and controlled and they will stop thinking of themselves as individuals and act as components of the corporate collective."
Why would Americans vote for this? Grimes depends on the appeal of Mussolini's concept of the "Corporate State," which he defines as "an economic system under which government and corporate interests cooperate with each other for the betterment and general welfare of the nation, whereby government makes a profit for the people instead of exploiting them is the perfect antidote to capitalism. "
As President, Grimes intends to meet three goals: replacing paper money with a Transferable Work Point Card; establish a Universal Price Index to put a ceiling on the cost of essentials; and least realistically, "Create a league of nine or ten nations that would form a Confederacy of States to create a global government."
Grimes's campaign portrait with a shabby looking Roman helmet does not inspire confidence in his movement. If anything, it makes the United Fascist Union look like more of a joke than Grimes intends. In the final analysis, there's a major disconnect between Grimes's avowed concern for civil liberties and against discrimination and his vision of global dictatorship. On his website, at least, he fails completely to convince me why submission to his regimentation and control would be a liberating experience. If he wants to overcome popular perceptions of Fascism, much less become President of the United States, Grimes still has a lot of work to do.
On the other hand, there's this video from YouTube. I'm not sure if this comes directly from Grimes or has been enhanced by other hands, but it's definitely a statement of some kind.