David Jon Sponheim was born in Los Angeles, California to parents who were both World War II veterans. He was a notably bright and intelligent child, to the point that he was able to sustain a debate at the age of seven with employees of the Dow Chemical company when they came to visit his school, as he verbally assailed them with concerns about their employer's impact on the environment. He skipped a grade in middle school, and during high school, had his IQ tested at 185 – a genius level score. He graduated from high school and attended classes at UCLA, but discontinued due to strong disagreement with the Communist leanings of his professors. Despite a straight-A academic record, he was unable to gain acceptance at other institutions of higher learning - for which he blames affirmative action minority enrollment quotas that had recently begun – and went on to begin working without earning a college degree. He now has a history as an advertiser, web site designer, archivist, and entrepreneur.|
Sponheim joins many minor candidates in his belief that the standing two party system is corrupt, and claims that it has been “bought off”. He specifically accuses President Obama of being dishonest. As a result of these convictions, despite having identified as a Democrat for 30 years, he decided to renounce his affiliation and form his own party – provocatively named “America's Third Party”.
Sponheim's party has a number of intriguing proposals, including a seawater pipeline in California that would draw saltwater from the Pacific Ocean and run it to a number of “passive desalination greenhouses” along its length to produce fresh water, mobile medical units to provide emergency triage and preventative healthcare services across the nation, and a transcontinental magnetic levitation rail system that would run on solar and wind power.
Sponheim worries that the current American economy is unsustainable, constituting a model in which the rich grow richer while the poor become poorer. He proposes it be radically reformed into what he calls “Hybrid Capitalism”, a system in which the federal government would directly compete with private industries through nationally-run companies. He also wishes to shorten the work week as a means of increasing employment, and to create a social model in which people cooperate with rather than compete against one another. On the issue of foreign policy, he advocates withdrawing all American troops from Iraq as quickly as possible, but only after Iraq has been made peaceful for its people through nonviolent reconciliation between warring parties.
Sponheim's social reformation and environmental protection ideas place his ideology generally left of center, but his proposals may appear extreme even to many Democrats. His chances of gaining traction in the Presidential race may be questionable, but one thing is certain: With his own political party behind him, he is sure to win the nomination.