How Third Party Candidates Will Put Trump in the White House

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In one of those often un-remembered bits of legislative nuance, if no Presidential candidate earns 270 Electoral College votes, the U. S. House of Representatives will elect the President and the U.S. Senate elects the Vice president. Hold this thought, it will be relevant in a few paragraphs.

As with most Democratic societies, America basically has a two party political system. Other parties have participated in our national elections from time to time with minimal effect in most cases. Ross Perot was a rare exception to this situation when he took more votes from President Bush (41) than he did from Clinton.

All indications now are that candidates for parties other than the Democrat and Republican parties will have an even bigger effect on this election than Ross Perot did in his run for President in 1992. The current levels of divisiveness, turmoil and anger in America are so high that we will probably see Presidential candidates from the Libertarian and Green Party prevent the Democrat and Republican party candidates from getting 270 Electoral College votes, so the President will not be chosen during the general election. The Obama Administration has deliberately brought us to this place in America with his “Divide and Destroy” strategy for “fundamentally changing America”. I covered the Obama “divide and destroy” strategy in detail in my article last week.

Since Hillary became the pre-ordained Democratic Party candidate the levels of divisiveness, turmoil, and anger in America have increased. She is one of the most divisive candidates in history. On an almost daily basis I hear or read reports of her saying things that are simply not true, and in some instances are irrational. As an example a recent video she made to be played at a meeting of hard Left Progressives. In the video Hillary said that in her first 30 days in office she will issue executive orders and use Government agencies to limit money in politics, which is unconstitutional.  She will also propose a Constitutional Amendment to limit money in politics (apparently she does not even understand how you amend our Constitution). I have followed her political career over the years and I have been amazed every time I heard someone say something like, “yes I know she cannot be trusted” or, “yes I know she is a bad person”, “but I am still going to vote for her”. Or even worse when I hear people angrily deny that she is a liar or cannot be trusted. I detailed how Hillary’s behavior has been questionable during her entire adult life in a recent article.

I am even more amazed that the two leading candidates for President of the United States of America, Hillary and Trump both have unbelievably high ”unfavorable” ratings.   This simply does not make sense on the Republican side since we started with a field of 17 candidates with many of them being highly qualified Presidential candidates. Like Hillary, many people see Trump as a divisive candidate. His emergence as the Republican Party nominee has also fueled an increase in the levels of divisiveness, turmoil and anger in America. However, as I watched Trump in recent weeks and now at the RNC, I am getting much more comfortable with him being president, especially as I see the people he seems to be relying on for advice and support. Recently I heard someone say, “Trump cannot be a micro-manager when you consider how large and widespread his business interests are”. That made a lot of sense to me and reinforced my interest in seeing who he appoints to key positions in his administration. I am especially interested in seeing who he appoints as Attorney General! I am sure it will be someone like Chris Christy and I am so looking forward to seeing the criminal ideologues that have turned the DOJ into the “Department of Injustice” leave the Department like rats deserting a sinking ship. The DOJ and the Supreme Court are key reasons why Hilary cannot be President!

Regarding the RNC, the choice of speakers, and their passion on the first day was outstanding! There were several times when the camera scanned the audience and I saw a lot of people with tears in their eyes, and I must admit there was a time or two when I felt emotional, especially when Sean Smith’s mother was at the podium.

The second night of the RNC carried the convention theme to the next level. Trump sailed to an easy victory in the final nominating process, Chris Christy reinforced my hope that he is the next Attorney General and Donald Trump Jr. sounded a lot like a successful future President. As I have watched all of Trump’s adult children during the campaign I have been very impressed at the poise and grace they all have in public and what a close knit family they are. That tells me a lot about the real and private Donald Trump.

Night 3 at the RNC. Patriotism is alive and well in America!  Laura Ingram NAILED IT!  Single mother of three adopted kids and successful. Her story is working class blue collar to success in America if you are willing to be ethical and work for it. Attempted flag burner (communist party member) arrested for attempting to “incite a riot”! Yea for the Cleveland police and all the law enforcement agencies that are helping them! What an amazing job they have done!

Great closing night! Great convention!  This convention was a perfect example of how professional business people do things. Great job by the city of Cleveland, especially their Law Enforcement people! Let’s see if the DNC and Philadelphia can match it?

With Hillary and Trump being the Democrat and Republican nominees, and Bernie (an avowed Socialist) almost being the Democrat nominee, it opens up the possibility for Gary Johnson and Jill Stein to have an impact on the Presidential election process. Note: Johnson publicly acknowledges that he regularly smokes pot and Stein is even more “deranged” than Bernie

Gary Johnson’s record as Governor of New Mexico is mixed. He had some success and some failure over his 8 years in office. He has been totally unsuccessful in his past presidential efforts. However he is a favorite of many Millennials. Millennials are loosely defined as being between the ages of 18 and 34 and are now the largest segment of the U.S. population. I recently had a conversation with a young man who is intelligent, highly educated and has a good job and work history. He does not advocate “free stuff” and he strongly supports Gary Johnson. He even went so far as to say that if Johnson is not elected he is going to give up on politics! I think he is one example of how diverse Millennials can be. This diversity is one of the reasons that I believe Johnson and Stein will have a major effect on this election. Johnson is currently polling high enough to almost earn a spot in the Presidential debates and is slowly moving up. Getting a spot in the debates would dramatically increase his strength in the general election.

Jill Stein is the “Green Party” candidate. As noted earlier she is even more “deranged” than Bernie. Here is the opening statement of her “Power to the People Plan”, which is posted on the party website. The details of this plan are posted on that website below the opening statement. They are frightening and irrational.

Her Power to the People Plan creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit.

It offers direct answers to the economic, social, and ecological crises brought on by both corporate political parties. And it empowers the American people to fix our broken political system and make real the promise of democracy.

This plan will end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society and our world. The power to create this new world is not in our hopes, it’s not in our dreams – it’s in our hands.”

Her plan reminds me of the “UN Agenda 21” plan for “One World Order” (recently renamed “New world Order”). Unfortunately it looks like many of the “free stuff Bernie” voters will move over to support her. She even issued a statement saying that she would step aside if Bernie would take her place on the Green Party ticket, which he declined, I expect grudgingly. If enough Bernie supporters and Hollywood environmentalist move over to support her she also could earn a spot on the Presidential debate stage, which would dramatically increase her standing in the general election.

If the diverse Millennials split their votes among the four candidates, like it appears they will, it will prevent Hillary and Trump from getting 270 Electoral College votes, which will send the Presidential and Vice Presidential election to the U.S.Congress.

We just got two more reasons why most Bernie supporters will support candidates other than Hillary or simply not vote. The reasons are her selection of Kaine as her running mate and the latest wikileaks document release. Kaine is an “establishment” Democrat with strong ties to Wall Street and the new wiki-leaks documents reconfirm that the DNC  rigged the Democrat primary for Hillary. Bernie supporters are planning to protest at the DNC this week.

This brings us to the Electoral College, what it is and why we have it. It is a process, not a place. The Founding Fathers were faced with an unworkable situation regarding electing a President and Vice President. At the time of the Constitutional Convention America had 13 large and small states spread over an area from the top of the Eastern sea coast to the bottom, with an estimated population of 4,000,000. There were very little means of transportation or communication between the states. There were also no national political parties and political campaigning on a national level was not even in anyone’s thought process at the time. The Electoral College was created during the Constitutional Convention in 1787 to overcome these problems. The electoral votes were also “weighted” so the smaller state’s desires were not constantly overwhelmed by the larger states. The Electoral College process was amended by the 12th Amendment in 1804 to make it more workable with the rise of national political parties. Many people question why the Electoral College exist today and would prefer a simple popular vote process for electing our President and Vice President. It would take another Constitutional Amendment to make this change, which will not happen in today’s political environment. So to be elected President in America a candidate must earn enough popular votes, especially in key states, to earn 270 Electoral College votes.

If no Candidate earns 270 Electoral College votes, the U. S. House of Representatives will elect the President and the U.S. Senate elects the Vice president.

The US House of Representatives chooses the President with each state having only one vote (the representatives do not get an individual vote). The House will consider only the three candidates who got the most votes in the general election.

The US Senate chooses the Vice President with each Senator casting a single vote for one of the two candidates who got the most votes.

Regardless of what happens to the House and Senate in this General Election the Constitutionally required time period for them to choose the President and Vice President means it will be the current Republican House and Senate that elect the President and Vice President. Trump will be President and Pence will be Vice President.

Remember, the next President will choose replacements for 3 to 5 of the 9 Supreme Court Justices! That will determine what America will be like for future generations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hardworking1

Retired senior executive, college graduate, deep interest in national and international currents events. Avid sportsman, conservationist, Veteran, "former" Federal Firearms License holder, and Concealed Weapons Carry permit holder since 1971. Strong believer in the U.S. Constitution. Libertarian on some issues but fiscal conservative on any level of government activities involving money. His articles can be found on his blog site, onlymakessense.com

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