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2016 may be year of the third party

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2016 has already proven to be the year in which the rules of previous election years were discarded. The putative outsider Donald Trump leads the delegate race for the Republican presidential nomination in spite of the fact that he isn’t a conservative, supports unconservative policies such as universal healthcare and breaks all the rules of decorum and civility associated with politics. From the left, Bernie Sanders, an avowed democratic socialist, has challenged the Clinton political machine for the Democratic nomination. From the center left, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has hinted at a possible run for president under a third party banner. Mainstream Republicans are calling for a third candidate to oppose Trump if he wins the nomination. In a normal year, a third party would do little more than siphon votes from one of the two major parties, but, in a year when all the rules are being broken, could a third party candidate win?

 

For now, Bloomberg has backed away from a presidential run, but may change if Hillary Clinton is indicted or loses the nomination to Bernie Sanders. Many Democrats like Sanders, but feel that an out-of-the-closet socialist is not electable. Hillary Clinton, although liked by few and trusted by fewer, is looked upon as the safe bet for Democrats. Nevertheless, if Clinton wins the nomination and is then indicted by the FBI or otherwise implodes, Bloomberg might run to give liberals and moderates a viable option.

There is a different scenario under which a third party candidate could actually become president. This scenario involves Donald Trump winning the Republican nomination. A significant portion of Republicans are rallying around the #NeverTrump Twitter hashtag and pledging to vote for the Democratic nominee or simply stay home if Mr. Trump wins the Republican nomination.

 

Under the second scenario, a third (or fourth) party conservative candidate would challenge Donald Trump from the right on behalf of aggrieved conservative voters who dislike Mr. Trump’s political positions and personality and who worry that his candidacy would damage the Republican brand for a generation. In February, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) became the first Republican to declare that he could not support Trump and called for a third option if Trump won the nomination.

 

Under this scenario, the third party candidate would not have to win the election outright. The strategy would be to deny both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump an Electoral College majority. This could be accomplished by picking off strategic states from both the blue and red columns. For example, a conservative third candidate might win Texas where Ted Cruz bested Trump in the primary. Ohio, where John Kasich beat Trump might also be a possibility. Given the weakness and unpopularity of Hillary Clinton, some blue collar Democrat states might also go third party. Pennsylvania, Iowa, the Rust Belt state of Wisconsin would be possibilities.

 

Under the Constitution, if no candidate receives a majority in the Electoral College, each state’s delegation to the House of Representatives gets one vote to decide the election. In this situation, the Senate would choose the vice-president from the top two finishers. With Republicans in control of the lame duck Congress, the House would be unlikely to choose Hillary or Donald Trump if another option was available.

 

To have a prayer of success, a third party conservative would need several attributes. First, with little time between the Republican convention in July and the general election in November, the candidate would have to be well known to the American public at the beginning of the campaign. There would be no time for the “get acquainted” period enjoyed by Ross Perot during his semi-successful third party run in the 90s or the long runup to the nomination that allowed relative unknowns like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Bernie Sanders to be catapulted to national status. Good and popular conservatives such as Mike Lee (R-Utah) and former Florida congressman Allen West would be probably not work because they are not well known outside the conservative movement.

 

Second, the candidate would have to have the ability to unite the various anti-Trump factions of the Republican Party under his third party banner. With Trump winning 30-40 percent of the vote in Republican primaries, 60-70 percent of Republicans still oppose him, but they are fragmented into several factions. There is the establishment, the Tea Party, national security conservatives, economic conservatives, libertarians, and evangelicals to name a few. It must also be assumed that a number of anti-Trump Republicans will vote for him anyway simply because of the (R) after his name. Any candidate that represents only one faction, such as Ted Cruz or Jeb Bush, would be unlikely to unite the disparate factions of the GOP.

 

Many states also have sore loser laws that prevent a candidate from running as an independent after losing a partisan primary. The effectiveness and constitutionality of these laws is questionable, but an opponent could conceivably use them to keep a previous candidate off the ballot in the general election. For this reason, any conservative who was a candidate in the Republican primaries would not be a likely third party challenger. We can say “adios” to Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, John Kasich and Carly Fiorina.

 

The third party challenger would also need support from within the current Republican Party. Current Republican politicians would need to steer voters away from Donald Trump and toward the third party candidate. While some Republicans have endorsed Mr. Trump already, many Republicans will probably never get on board the Trump train.

 

Because a candidate launching a campaign just a few months before the election would have little time for fundraising, personal wealth would also be a plus. Like Bloomberg and Trump, who have the wherewithal to spend large sums of their personal fortunes on a presidential campaign, a conservative third candidate would clearly benefit from being rich. If the candidate did not have his own money, he would need quick access to conservative donors such as Sheldon Adelson or the Koch brothers.

 

There are precious few potential candidates who meet all or even most of these requirements. The most obvious potential candidate is Mitt Romney who came within a whisker of beating Barack Obama in 2012 and who looked even better to American voters in retrospect. In recent weeks, Romney has launched sharp criticism of Donald Trump over his refusal to release his tax returns and the Trump campaign’s connections to racist groups. Romney has also recorded anti-Trump robocalls for Ted Cruz.

 

It is unclear at this point whether Romney is positioning himself to run as a conservative alternative to The Donald or whether he is just trying blunt Trump’s lead over this year’s candidates. Romney may also be thinking forward to a contested convention. If the three frontrunners emerge from the primary fight without a majority of delegates and too bruised to win the general election, Republican delegates might look to Romney to be the party’s “white knight” as a consensus nominee.

 

Another interesting possibility is to send in the Marines. Specifically, there has been a recent groundswell of support for a movement to draft retired Marine General James Mattis. In the Daily Beast John Noonan compared Mattis to President Eisenhower and called him the “only hope” to “save us from Trump – and Clinton.” Noonan says that Mattis, a political outsider with a strong foreign policy and national security resume, would satisfy voter desires for “a strong leader, one who is upright, honest, and unstained by political blood sport.” On the downside, Mattis is not a household name.

 

Last week, Mattis, nicknamed the “Warrior Monk,” was asked about the “draft Mattis” movement. The Daily Caller reported that he answered, “I think it’s merely idle chatter,” an answer that effectively ducked the question.

 

A third possibility for a third candidate is Gary Johnson of the established perennial spoiler, the Libertarian Party. A recent Monmouth poll found the former Republican governor of New Mexico and 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate at 11 percent. While this is a distant third to Hillary and Trump who polled at 42 and 34 percent respectively, it is an order of magnitude higher than Johnson’s actual performance in 2012 when he won one percent of the vote and no electoral votes. Libertarian candidates are normally statistical blips. This year, the Libertarian Party has the advantage of having a developed network to get on the ballot in all 50 states.

 

A firm rule of American politics is that third parties never win. Most often, they hurt the party that they are more closely aligned with and throw the election to their ideological opponents. What we have seen so far, however, is that 2016 is a year like no other. This year anything can happen… or so it seems.

David W. Thornton is a freelance writer and commercial pilot. He writes from the perspective of a conservative Christian and economic libertarian. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Emmanuel College. A native of Georgia, he currently lives in Villa Rica with his wife and two children. An archive of his work can found at his syndicated blog, CaptainKudzu.com. David can be contacted at [email protected]

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Secret Service On High Alert After What Muslims Were Just Caught Doing Near White House – This Means WAR!

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It seems that just when we think we are getting ahold of the madness in our country, another new terror threat rears its ugly head. For example, if we are not dealing with Antifa or Black Lives Matter threatening to overthrow the government we are worrying about another terrorist attack on American soil. So, as the holidays are now upon us that threat has only grown and now what the secret service just stumbled upon near the White House has kicked that terror threat into high gear.

Over the last eight years, under the Obama administration radical Islam has been able to spread quickly around the world. It seems that every which way we turn we are learning of another attack that claimed innocent lives in the name of Islam. Now, as the holiday season is upon us, that threat has only grown as these violent Muslims continue their plans to overtake the world in a global caliphate.

And, to make matters worse, they are planning it right under our very noses.

A group of radical Sunni Muslim extremists gathered together at a Holiday Inn in Virginia to discuss violent jihad or holy war against infidels and those who oppose it.

But, here is where it gets interesting. These violent extremists did not all for war against Christians or Jews but against another group Muslims that do not believe in violent jihad.

On November 18, a group of clerics and congregants from Islam’s Deobandi movement met to denounce and threaten Ahmadiyya Muslims, a peaceful and much-persecuted Islamic group. The conference was live-streamed and featured Pakistani, American and Canadian clerics from the violent Deobandi sect. The American cleric from the Noor Mosque in Springfield, Virginia told the conference that Ahmadis had conspired to stop Muslims from “fighting Jihad and committing bloodshed.”

Now, for most audiences, this would be a positive endorsement and one that could be applauded, but not at this conference.

Footage that was secretly taken from the conference by Ehsan Rehan, an editor of the Rawbah Times, reveals that the speakers believe that Ahmadi Muslims are “infidels,” condemning America as “land of infidels” and stating: “They are ignorant and there is no need for dialogue with them. God has given them two options: one is the holy book and one is the stick, and if one does not accept the holy book they have to be forced.”

Here is more from Newsweek:

The Pakistani-American imams who led the event bashed the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a religious movement founded in 19th-century India, according to one participant who attended the event. Among the main complaints was that Ahmadi Muslims criticize violence and forbid waging jihad against non-Muslim governments.

“Because Islam is being attacked from all corners, we as Muslims should work together. But glory be to Allah, we have decided not to support anything [Ahmadi Muslims] say,” Mufti Shazad Hussain, an imam in Virginia who addressed the participants, was quoted saying.

The conference organizers were Idara Dawat-O-Irshad and Khatme Nabuwwat Center, two Muslim groups registered as corporations in Virginia, just a short drive from the U.S. capital. The groups are working to export their extremist ideology and intolerance into the United States, critics say.

“Free speech doesn’t mean the freedom to promote violence. These people are as bad as the Nazis marching in Charlottesville,” Qasim Rashid, a spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in the U.S., told Newsweek.

“Every group has extremists, whether they are Christians, Muslims, Jews or Buddhists. I would like to see an environment where these radical ideologies are rooted out,” Rashid added, noting that it is “very concerning” that radical groups gathered in Virginia.

What is interesting is that this conference took place just days after a Pakistan’s government voted to restore laws demanding  Ahmadi Muslims to sign “sign a declaration stating [their belief], failing which their name shall be deleted from the joint electoral rolls and added to a supplementary list of voters in the same electoral area as non-Muslim.” The law is known as the “Khatme Nabuwwat declaration.”

Now, what is even more interesting is that the majority of terrorists that have committed atrocious acts are from the Deobandis sect, which begs the question of who allowed these people into America in the first place? Well, that all falls squarely in the lap of the Barack Obama administration for failing to properly vet those who enter the country, and again proves why President Trump is pushing for stricter guidelines.

The only way we can protect the American citizens is to stop allowing these people to enter the country and to kick those out with violent ties to extremism.

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Melania Decorates Tree On Thanksgiving And Gets Grossly Attacked When Libs See There On a Closer Look

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Thanksgiving traditions take many shapes, depending on your upbringing and the activities that you hold dear. Americans across the country might be doing anything from quarterbacking the friendly game of family football to blocking for grandma to keep the good Black Friday sales from getting stripped from her cart.

At 1600 Pennsylvania Ave though, they’re keeping it pretty classic and decorating for Christmas. While the President rarely takes a day off from the constant problem solving and history-making, the First Lady has a somewhat more enjoyable task of getting the entire White House ready for the Holiday season, and they consider Christmas to be the biggest part of that.

The Trump Family has made it clear that they’re not shying away from religion or continue trying to make the White House completely PC, the way their predecessors did. They’re going to be saying “Merry Christmas.” They’re going to be making a big deal about the celebration of the birth of Christ, which isn’t sitting well with liberals. Daily Mail reports on the Christmas preparations:

“It is the most wonderful time of the year – and it appears first lady Melania Trump is already full of the festive spirit. 

The 46-year-old mother-of-one began preparations for Christmas at the White House this week, first receiving the official tree on Monday, along with her 11-year-old son Barron, and then beginning the all-important task of decorating it – and the building itself. 

Melania shared pictures of herself, taken across a couple of days, on Twitter in which she can be seen hanging ornaments on a tree, putting some finishing touches to a bow on a wreath, and admiring the traditional gingerbread White House along with the official pastry chefs who are responsible for preparing the tasty creation each year.” 

Christmas is coming! On Wednesday afternoon, Melania Trump tweeted images of herself decorating the White House in preparation for the holidays 

Despite being the picture of class, kindness, and dignity, liberals still love to hate on Melania Trump for what almost anyone would consider to be petty reasons. Since you can’t actually bash a person for just not being who you want them to be, they persist in picking her apart. You’ll notice in the reports on the First Lady’s Christmas Tree decorations, that the fact she is wearing a coat seems to be constantly pointed out.

“Chilly? Interestingly, Melania was pictured wearing a coat in several of the snaps, despite being indoors, including this one where she was shown the official gingerbread White House

Tasty! She put a tiny wreath on the sweet creation, which is made every year by the White House pastry chefs in celebration of the holidays - and will receive many more decorations

Melania even managed to maintain a suitably-wintry outfit while decorating, opting to keep a warm coat on, despite being inside the White House.  

Some of the pictures, which show Melania admiring the gingerbread house, and then decorating it with a tiny wreath made of icing, appear to have been taken shortly after she and son Barron oversaw the arrival of the official White House tree. 

In them, Melania is wearing the same festive red turtle-neck sweater, black trousers, and knee-high leather boots she was pictured in when the tree was delivered to the White House – as well as the same warm red-and-blue plaid coat she had on to keep out the winter chill. 

Others show FLOTUS in a chic beige dress as ties a bow on a wreath and puts up official White House-themed decorations on a small tree – which she does while wearing a matching collared coat, again despite being indoors, with her hair left in loose waves around her shoulders. 

Melania shared the images on her official Twitter account, along with the caption, ‘Preparations are underway to celebrate holidays at the @WhiteHouse.'”

Celebrating: Melania shared the images on her official Twitter account on Wednesday, presumably tweeting from Mar-a-Lago where she is spending the holidays with her family 

So what exactly are the liberals problem with the First Lady? By all accounts, she should be loved. She’s an immigrant, she was a single woman in New York who made a name for herself in one of the most competitive jobs in the world. She’s college educated and speaks multiple languages, and doesn’t tell other people how to live their lives. Feminists should be flocking to her if they really believed what they said the believed.

The problems that liberals have with Melania Trump are simple really; she’s not Michelle Obama, and she’s married to Donald Trump. And even though the liberals and feminists swear up and down that they would never tell someone who to love, they tell her not to love President Trump, and even though they would never define a woman by a man, they define her by him. Thankfully, she doesn’t seem to care that much what people say about her.

“It has certainly been a festive week for the Trump family; on Tuesday, the president and his wife hosted the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation during which he pardoned a turkey called Drumstick as is tradition in the White House. 

While addressing the crowds at the event Trump, standing alongside Melania and Barron, pointed out that in his first ten months in office he’s worked to overturn the executive actions of his predecessor, President Obama. 

‘However, I have been informed by the White House counsel’s office that Tater and Tot’s pardon cannot, under any circumstances, be revoked,’ the president joked, name-dropping the heir and the spare of last year’s turkey pardon.” 

Its sentiments like that; the complete disregard for appeasing the easily triggered that makes liberals hate him, and because they hate him, they hate her. The fact that this indivisible unit is serving God and country together, unphased by the livid liberal masses angers them even more.

This Thanksgiving, whether you’re trimming a tree or just trimming the odds you’ll ever fit into your skinny jeans again, be sure to give thanks for a First Family who doesn’t back down when bullied and stays the course, making America Great Again.

 

The beginning touches: The pictures showed the 46-year-old decorating a small tree, putting a bow on a wreath, and generally just preparing for the festive season
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WOW: Homeless Veteran Gives Stranded Woman His Last $20, What She Does Next For Him Will Bring You Tears Of Joy

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The holidays tend to make us somewhat introspective about how great most of our lives are. It also makes most of us want to reach out to help those that aren’t as fortunate as we are. If you’re one of the people being helped by a good-hearted friend or neighbor this Thanksgiving, you’re probably especially thankful for the holiday spirit.

Usually those of firmly planted in the middle class take this opportunity to help at a homeless mission or hand out money to people we see on the street. However, one New Jersey native found herself the recipient of kindness from a homeless man who came to her aid just a few days ago. According to Daily Mail, Kate McClure found herself broken down on a dark and lonely road when her angel of mercy came out of the darkness to save her with his last few dollars.

McClure wasn’t sure what she would do until the hhomelessJohnny Bobbitt Jr. selflessly gave her $20 to get home. She was so touched by his kindness that she started a campaign to raise money for her newfound friend who was down on his luck.

“Kate McClure, 27, started the GoFundMe campaign 12 days ago after she ran into trouble on Interstate 95 and Johnny Bobbitt Jr., came to her rescue with his last $20.

Speaking to the Philadelphia Inquirer, McClure said that she didn’t know what to do when she pulled over on the deserted highway just before midnight. ‘My heart was beating out of my chest.’

She phoned her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, 38, and asked him to come and get her. It was then that Bobbitt Jr. emerged from the darkness and approached her car.

McClure, who works for the New Jersey Department of Transportation said she didn’t have any money to repay him that night.

Because of his kind and caring nature, the couple decided that they had to do something for him, to try and make a perminate change in his life. He truly seemed to be interested in working his way back up to functioning as a productive member of society, he just seemed to have fallen on hard times. Especially after finding out that he was a homeless veteran, they knew that they had to do something for him.

“‘He is very interested in finding a job, and I believe that with a place to be able to clean up every night and get a good night’s rest, his life can get back to being normal.

‘Truly believe that all Johnny needs is one little break. Hopefully, with your help, I can be the one to give it to him.

‘He just needs a push in the right direction. I can’t imagine how hard it is. He’s from the Carolinas. He’s a thousand miles from home with nothing, nobody. Things probably snowballed to where he’s living under a bridge.’

Bobbitt told the couple that he wants to live in Robbinsville, New Jersey and work at the Amazon warehouse.

‘He definitely has the drive,’ D’Amico said. 

‘He doesn’t want to be on the streets anymore. He wants to be a functioning member of society and not be sitting on a guardrail in Philadelphia.

‘He knows where he’s at and he knows what he has to do to dig himself out,’ D’Amico said. 

‘It’s almost impossible to dig himself out if he has nobody and nothing. If we can raise enough money to set him up for a few months, where he doesn’t have to worry about where he’s going to sleep and what he’s going to eat, then he can get a job and go about his life.’ 

The cash will go toward renting an apartment for Bobbitt and paying for necessities like food, clothing, cellphone, and transportation.

He will also receive a small amount of cash for walking-around money.

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