By: Patricia Muth
I wrote this article a year ago for the Treasure Coast Newspapers in Florida, and it is still true. I’ll be discussing this and a lot more on Greg Hunter’s USA Watchdog.com.
Can a third party candidate make it to the White House today? It could happen, but, not without a well-padded check book and a huge populous movement. You would have to be willing to challenge several state ballot access laws in court. Ross Perot nearly made it running as an independent in 1992. However, once he became a threat, the gloves came off and the real war for political turf began, and, has never let up.
Since then the road to the White House has been made very difficult for anyone outside of the Democrat or Republican party route. The emergence of two outsiders, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders running within the two party system, is not a fluke. Why didn’t they run as a third party candidate as Perot did in 1996 on the Reform Party ballot? In both cases, Sanders and Trump knew they would have to spend more time fighting the restrictions than winning primary races, which in itself would not be a piece of cake. In Sanders’ case, the cost was prohibitive.
We give false hope if we suggest that a third party candidate has a chance to win, the way things are currently stacked. The Washington political establishment, which includes both parties, have made it nearly impossible by changing ballot access laws in their states, party rules, and requiring unrealistic criteria for getting into the presidential debates.
Remember 1996? After creating a new political party out of whole cloth in less than a year, Perot was barred from the stage. His polling numbers were about the same as Libertarian, Gary Johnson’s were prior to the first debate. The Presidential Commission knows neither Gary Johnson nor Jill Stein have a chance to reach the 15% polling level on five different polls. The stranglehold of the media by the political establishment would never allow that to happen. The Perot movement frightened the two party system to such an extent, things started changing behind the scenes almost immediately.
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump decided to blast through the two party system. They had to take the party on. Sanders made his supporters aware of the super delegate rule, put in place just so someone like Bernie Sanders could not get the nomination. One wonders what would have happened if Bernie actually challenged that rule? And one wonders what will happen to the Democrat party after this election. Will they keep that super delegate rule in place? On the Republican side, the party threw one road block after another at Trump throughout the primary season. In some states, where he actually won the primary; state party delegates tried to steal it away from him during their state conventions, and in some cases succeeded.
Our current system is convoluted, and Both Trump and Sanders shed light on it. It is doubtful either party will be the same after this election. It’s a movement, alright. Perot said it the best: “I feel as owners of this country, if we’re going anywhere, you’ve got to send them a message: You work for us. We don’t work for you. Under the Constitution you are our servants. Grow up! Work as a team. Serve the people. Solve the problem…”