by Sean A. Langley, Guest Contributor
We all know about Republicans and Democrats. We also know a lot about Independents. News about these parties has been blasted all over TV news, newspapers and, more recently, the internet for decades. However, it seems that not everyone is fully aware that there isn’t just a 3rd party option…but 4th and 5th party options of who to vote for in a Presidential election, as well.
Myself, I’m a registered Independent for reasons I’ve listed in another article. I’m also extremely pro-Mitt Romney, but let me start by saying this right now: I am not, I repeat not, I say a third time NOT changing my political view point in the slightest. I remain a determined and unashamed supporter of Conservatism and Mitt Romney, which basically means I’m a very Pro-Republican Independent. What you may not know is that the Republican Party is not the only party that has Conservatives in it, and, no, I’m not talking about just a rare few ‘like Conservative’ Democrats.
First, let’s go over #3, the Bronze Medal party that’s only recently really gained some ground. Libertarians are, from my experience, pretty much shades of grey. When they were voting in the Libertarian Party Primaries, there were three guys: Gary Johnson, Austin Petersen and John McAfee. Literally, all three were different in levels of Conservatism vs Liberalism.
Austin Petersen was quite Conservative as Libertarians go: Pro-Life, wants to increase Military Strength, improve Border Security, overturn Obamacare and maintain Constitutional values balanced with National Security acts. McAfee seemed to…not really know much about being President. He’s for legalizing marijuana, allowing for equal religious freedom; he is against going to war with ISIS and increasing internet security for individuals and government. He didn’t really talk about much else.
Gary Johnson is somewhere in the middle, as he favors limited government, but wants to cut the military budget even more and opposes foreign wars. He doesn’t believe in God at all and favors LGBT rights over Christian rights, opposes gun-control and supports internet security. Johnson also stands against Israel and doesn’t believe that Iran is a threat at all…he would even back Iran up against Israel.
Personally, Gary Johnson is just a bit too Liberal for my tastes. Not gonna lie, I was pretty fond of Austin Petersen. So as you can see, the Libertarian party is a very free-lance party with candidates that can be fairly Conservative to fairly Liberal to not knowing what the freakin’ heck they are, but confused and in the middle somewhere.
Ah, but there are two other parties to consider and, boy-howdy, they don’t have much grey in them. They are the Constitution Party and the Green Party. Both have already had their primaries and selected their Presidential candidates (who I’ll be mentioning later in this blog).
Coming in at a distant 4th is the Constitution Party. This party is heavily Conservative, with strong convictions regarding Christian rights, states rights and a deep belief that the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution and the Bible should be followed at all times as far as governing America goes. More than a few of the stronger politics are former service members in the U.S. Military.
The Presidential nominee for the Constitution Party is former Marine Lieutenant, Darrel Castle. Also a former attorney-at-law, he cites strong Christian values (Presbyterian) having founded a Child’s Foundation and a Christian mission in Romania that ministers to homeless children. As the Constitution Party Presidential Nominee, his viewpoints are pro-life and he opposes funding of Planned Parenthood publicly. Castle believes in foreign war only if the U.S. is threatened or would be in danger due to a result of it, he strongly opposes illegal immigration and supports much more secure borders of the U.S., would end the Federal Reserve so as to put monetary policy back in Congress where the Constitution places it. He’s against the United Nations and NATO and thinks the U.S. should withdraw from both (not entirely sure of my viewpoint on that one to be honest).
Castle is a very strong believer in states-rights…to the point he thinks that prostitution, gambling, smoking, polygamous relationships, legalizing/criminalizing marijuana should be decided by states-rights. It would give more power to the power, in particular, state politicians, that’s for sure. But that’s kind of a two-edged sword. On one hand, in very Conservative states here in America, that would allow them to establish very Conservative laws and punishments regarding those issues. On the other hand, in very Liberal states, it would allow them to run veritable little mini-Obamanations in those legal areas.
Still, I’ll say this much for Darrell Castle: history heart is in the right place and it’s obvious he loves America. I also think having a former military member in charge of our military would be pretty awesome in itself. He’s not perfect but I’d put him up above Gary Johnson, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump.
Then, at the very bottom of the political totem pole, we have the Green Party – kind of like the Democrat Party’s leftovers. In many ways, they’re similar to Obama-supporters. They’re very pro-LGBT rights over Christian rights, very big into favoring minorities (claiming anti-racism), heavy pacifism (de-escalating the military, gun control, the works…pfft). They are left-wing as HECK. Oddly, they do believe in grassroots democracy, however; the main thing that really seperates them from Democrats is they are heavily into the environment…Ridiculously so.
Don’t get me wrong, clean energy and environment are important issues, but they are totally into eco-socialism as a form of government. That’s right, they’re against capitalism, believe capitalism is a true threat to Mother Earth and that we should drop it and be a government with a type of socialism that makes the global environment as our primary focus. Um, no. You can count me out on that one, but if you have a environment-hippie friend that says they won’t vote, let them see the Green party, they’ll vote.
For the Green Party, Jill Stein is their Presidential nominee. She’s anti-Israel, would cut military budget and spending by at least 50%, opposes war … period, would focus on jobs that use clean-energy to fix our economy (somehow) and wants to give certain minorities benefits and so forth. On the plus side, she does think Obama has violated international law and opposes Obamacare.
Basically, in short, those are the individuals we have running for President alongside Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (that and with Bernie Sanders registering as an Independent recently, rumors galore are going around he might run an Independent campaign…which isn’t impossible).
Now, let me make something else clear: I wish to bloody-blue-blazes that Mitt Romney or Ted Cruz was the Republican Party pick and I’d have voted for either of those men. Mitt Romney supported Ted Cruz for a reason and I trust Mitt’s judgement. Furthermore, I liked a lot of Ted Cruz’s political positions – though not as much as I liked Mitt’s, but Mitt Romney has stated that he is not running for President. Mitt tweeted that he believes that there will always be some strong, loyal supporters but that he doesn’t believe he’d gain enough people to support him all the way to U.S. President in 2016 (I disagree with that). He thought by standing down, he’d allow younger Conservative Republicans to run and it would strengthen the Party.
Nobody could have foreseen Donald Trump winning the nomination or the massive weakening of the Republican Party afterwards. Once Trump started racking up primary wins, Mitt Romney opposed him, hard and strong. I think it would have been better if Romney opposed him in the Presidential Race as a candidate – unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I think Romney underestimated himself.
Now, none of that is relevant. If Romney ever goes out on a Independent campaign, I’ll vote for him even if he can’t win, just to support him. The point is…he made his choice. He said, no. Whatever I believe on that choice, I respect Mitt Romney as a man and as an American citizen with the right to say no if he wants. I respect his decision, even if he doesn’t agree with it.
Those are our candidates, people. If you don’t want to vote for Trump or Hillary…or Gary Johnson, then you need to start getting the Constitution Party (or even that blasted Green Party, I really don’t support them at all but it is only fair that I mention them as well. Information is power and I’m hoping since this article is going to be on a CONSERVATIVE website that nobody will be fooled by Jill Stein and think she’s better than Clinton or Trump…maybe a little but not nearly enough). Darrell Castle isn’t exactly the best option.. but he’s looking a lot better than Trump, Clinton or Johnson.
If you want someone more Conservative, it’s up to you, the People. You have more power than you think. Start posting pro-Constitution Party articles and interviews. Starting looking up information on the Party and Darrell Castle on Wikipedia. It’s that simple. The Republican party is weak right now under Trump. The Democratic Party is weakening as well thanks to Bernie Sanders and Clinton having in-fighting. The Libertarian Party is rising in power but only as a “lesser evil”.
We might just have the opportunity to pull something slick off.
I’m Sean Langley and that’s what I think.