The following are not endorsements, but according to my research, these are the more qualified candidates running for election (in
at least): Tom Hoefling, , Evan McMullin,
Mike Smith, and Michael Maturen. There are a few others who seem like good
people, but probably couldn't handle being president. I have objections to some
of the policies of each of these candidates, some more than others. If you are
from another state, and would like help finding out whether any of these men
are qualified to receive votes in your state, please contact me. Darrel
Of the ones on this list, only Castle and McMullin, I believe are on enough ballots to, by some miracle, win the election in the Electoral College (get to 270 votes). Hoefling could win outright via ballots and write-in’s (he’s registered as a qualified write-in in enough states). But the rest of them are on enough ballots to force the election to go to the US House of Representatives for a decision between the top three recipients of electoral votes (per the Twelfth Amendment). Also, Hoefling, Castle, and Maturen represent parties that could be built for the future, whereas McMullin and Smith are essentially** Republicans who would just be sending a message to the GOP for the future to nominate such candidates rather than a man of doubtful conservative credentials like Donald Trump.
Tom Hoefling (America’s Party, but running as a write-in in most states) is my favorite candidate. I'm not endorsing* this man, and I'm not sure whether I will vote for him or someone else or no one else. His website has a basic summary of his "plan for
and on the right sidebar, a list of categories or topics in blog format which
you can click on if you are interested in a particular issue. That site is: http://www.TomHoefling.com
There is also a site for America's Party, with a platform and constitution that
goes into more detail: http://www.selfgovernment.us/platform.html
I have appreciated the access this candidate grants to the general public. He has a teleconference townhall that anyone can join every Tuesday and Thursday evening, and he is quite responsive to questions on Facebook. He is well-read on the founding fathers and other philosophy of government type books. I believe he is a Christian, and a God-fearing man. He believes the
US President should/legally can use
his office to enforce the 5th and 14th Amendments in the case of abortion (I
think he calls this his "Equal Protection for Posterity" position).
Even if he doesn't win anything, and even if I don't vote for him, I believe his
candidacy is educating many people on some important issues, particularly the
debate over "judicial supremacy".
Evan McMullin I list next because of his ballot access and popularity. All along I’ve understood McMullin to be a Republican’s Republican. If you have believed in the party and its platform, and if you trust them to act on these issues, he’s probably the man for you. He has a background in the CIA, with Goldman Sachs, and also as an advisor to the United States Congress. Most of his policies are straight down the line status quo (see his website: https://www.evanmcmullin.com/issues), with the possible exception of his belief in global warming. He wants to replace Obamacare and keep our military involved in policing the world. He is a Mormon, polling competitively in
Mike Smith I first discovered when showing my sister-in-law the long list of people in the
United States running for president, and he was
so I looked up his website, http://www.mikesmith2016.org/issues.html.
I was pleasantly surprised that he wasn’t some crazy (because there are some of
those running). He, like McMullin, is pretty typically Republican, but likely
for slightly more limited government (balanced budgets, reduced spending,
simplified tax code), and has an educated understanding of “apocalyptic Islam”
and the threat it poses to American interests. A highlight from his social
policy is, “I will not nominate any Justice to the Supreme Court who believes
that the Constitution provides unenumerated rights to abortion.”
Michael Maturen is running with the Solidarity Party, which I first heard about from a Catholic blog. As such, the party’s values are very Catholic, including matters of abortion, marriage, and war. Maturen has the potential to appeal to Christians who were attracted to Bernie Sanders. His economic policies and beliefs about the size and scope of government are far more socialist than I believe in or want to support. For example, “The [American Solidarity Party] advocates the replacement of privately-funded health insurance with a decentralized ‘single-payer’ system.” Such programs would be unconstitutional, unless our Constitution is amended. Their energy and environmental policies are a moderated take on the environmentalism that may appeal to Green Party constituents. If you are Libertarian only because you think the government is wasting its resources fighting the war on drugs, the Solidarity Party is for “decriminalization (not the legalization) of recreational drusgs.” This party presents the most complete synthesis of Democrat and Republican ideals that I’ve ever encountered. The Solidarity Party’s website (http://www.solidarity-party.org/complete-platform) presents a thoughtful approach to government, and I believe Maturen constitutes a more worthy candidacy than Trump,
Johnson, or Stein.
* Tom Hoefling believes, with the Declaration of Independence, that government ought to be of the people, by the people, and for the people; and that governments are instituted to secure the rights of the people to life, liberty, and happiness; and that when a government establishes for itself a pattern of tyranny, lawlessness, or disregard for God's righteousness, it is the right of the people to throw off such government. Whereas I believe that God ordains governments to carry out justice, and that the citizens do not have the right, before God, to rebel against their governments. I believe that submission is a lost virtue in our society, and I am not sure that in good conscience I can endorse someone who promotes philosophies of unsubmission. But in that case, I do not know if there would be any candidate in America for whom I could vote. So. That's my crazy hang-up this election season.
**Evan McMullin is associated with a few parties, including “Better for America”. He is still essentially a Republican.
To God be all glory.