By Kyle Phillips.
As the 2016 election draws near, more and more contenders are beginning to pop up. With some candidates announcing early candidacy and others being speculated on, it seems that next election year will be one of historic proportions. Some of the potential candidates will be ones of the old and dying system, others may be voices of truth and reason in a country on the verge of total tyranny, and still others could very well go either way based on a mixed past of good and bad political decisions. Listed below are some of the possible contenders for office of the presidency in 2016, and some important information voters should know about them before entering the voting booth.
Jesse Ventura (Declared)
Jesse Ventura, a former Navy SEAL, professional wrestler, movie star, Minnesota Governor, host of TruTV’s Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, author multiple political books (including Democrips and Rebloodlicans in which he openly compared Democrats and Republicans to Los Angeles Street Gangs, the Bloods and the Crips) has announced his intention of running for president, without party backing and wants Howard Stern as his running mate. Ventura has always held high approval ratings within the constituencies he has represented and should be a popular candidate for people aligned with Occupy Wall Street, the Tea Party, Anonymous and the truth movement. His views on topics such as gay rights, government conspiracy, the police state and taxation are concerns generally untouched by other politicians. The one criticism worth bringing up though is whether or not his running mate Howard Stern will take the race seriously or look at it as nothing more than a publicity stunt for his show on satellite radio.
Rand Paul (Potential)
Rand Paul is a junior Republican Senator from Kentucky, eye doctor and son of the well-known former presidential candidate, Ron Paul. Senator Paul is considered by most Republicans and Democrats as Libertarian and by many Libertarians as a Republican who wants to be a Libertarian when it’s convenient. Rand has called himself a Constitutional Conservative and Libertarian, but has also made some crude remarks concerning libertarianism. He is well known for his filibustering of the appointment of John Brennan as director of the CIA (better known as the ‘Drone Filibuster’), as well as his role in attempting to defund the Affordable Care Act by refusing to vote for a ‘clean’ bill funding all of the government without individual review of each part. Rand Paul has worked for things like term limits, balancing the budget, and a bill requiring congress to read bills before passing them. While Rand Paul looks like a good candidate overall, he has been criticized in the past for playing party politics and doing things like giving his support to Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.
Ted Cruz (Potential)
Cruz is a junior US Senator from Texas since 2013. He is most well known as the Tea Party Republican who led the pack in refusing to fund the Affordable Care Act which started with his 21 hour filibuster (#MakeDCListen), he has also filibustered in defense of the 2nd Amendment against gun control legislation. While recently becoming somewhat of a hero to the Tea Party it should be considered that many of Cruz’s top contributors during his senate campaign included banks and oil companies, he is a lawyer, and that his wife is a bigwig at Goldman Sachs.
Hillary Clinton (Potential)
As former First Lady, Senator and Obama’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is a household name in the United States. Clinton’s celebrity status may help her in a future run for president and she definitely knows her way around the White House, but before you cast your vote, do yourself a favor and Google: ‘Benghazi’.
Gary Johnson (Potential)
Gary Johnson who ran for president as the Libertarian party’s nominee in the 2012 election has expressed interest in running again. Gary Johnson is a former governor of New Mexico, an advocate for education reforms, ending the war on drugs and lowering the national debt. Among his laundry list of accomplishments, Gary Johnson has climbed Mount Everest! The Johnson campaign gained 1% of the vote in the 2012 election and after being nationally recognized, perhaps people will remember him in a kind light and his popularity will grow.
Jill Stein (Potential)
Jill Stein is a doctor and activist who ran for president as the nominee of the Green party in the 2012 election. While Jill seems like a nice lady, one thing she will go down in history for, is losing elections. Jill has ran for Governor of Massachusetts, Massachusetts House of Representatives, President of the United States and lost every time. Keep in mind she’s not a total loser, she did win an election to hold the seat of Lexington Town Meeting Representative.
This “extremely obese” Governor and former states attorney from New Jersey has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate by many Republican pundits, but what else do we know about him aside from what was mentioned in the previous sentence? We know that a lot of people in New Jersey were unhappy with how he handled the task of getting federal aid after hurricane sandy, and we also know that he was a lawyer and also a lobbyist. Governor Christie even lobbied for a financial firm that employed Bernie Madoff and I’ve been saying for years that all we need is a fat, bureaucrat lobbyist as president to turn things around in this country.
As I am sure that some of the people on this list will not end up running and that many not listed will, I’ll end saying this; do a little bit of research before you check off anyone’s name on a ballot. This list is a good start, but go out and see what you find for yourself on these people and others. We can sit around and talk about all of the problems with government but without having educated voters, getting rid of the bad and bringing in something better – nothing will change. Do your research and I hope to see you all at the polls in 2016.