Third parties in the American political scene have had little impact in national elections during the past 100 years. Ross Perot in 1992 had a minor run, and prior to that Teddy Roosevelt ran an unsuccessful Presidential campaign as a “Bull Moose” candidate back in 1912.
Today there are several third parties, one of which is the Constitution Party (CP).The CP originated in 1992 as the US Taxpayers Party and changed to its current name in 1999. They have less than 80,000 official members and are currently only on 19 state ballots. This party is considered by many, including most within the party, as a “far-right” and traditional political party. It is strongly Judeo-Christian based, and some of its platform causes ripples with many in the Democrat and Republican parties. One example is the CP stance on abortion. It is staunchly pro-life, even in cases of rape or incest. (Writer’s note- while that may seem extreme to some, it is relevant to add that the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) holds the same opinion. The RCC is the largest denomination in the United States.)
Recently the Constitution Party nominated long-time party favorite Darrell Castle, Esq. as their Presidential candidate for 2016. Mr. Castle has run his own law practice for decades in Tennessee, and is a U.S. Marine and Vietnam War veteran.
Eagle Rising asked Castle questions about his political aspirations, and the direction of the country.
Eagle Rising: It is likely that the 2 mainstream candidates will be Trump and Clinton. In your opinion, who would be worse and more dangerous for America as President?
Darrell Castle: Hillary Clinton is far worse than Donald Trump. She is the favorite establishment neocon and is more likely than any other to provoke World War III. If that’s not enough, she has 147 FBI agents investigating her for possible crimes allegedly committed while she was Secretary of State.
Eagle Rising: Many will claim that a vote for you in November could hand the election to Hillary, in a close state race. What is your answer and defense to this allegation?
Darrell Castle: If you think things are fine and you’re happy with the way things are going, just keep those Republicans and Democrats — you are guaranteed to be happy. If not, then it is time for a change.
Eagle Rising: In your first 100 days in office, if you did win the election, what are the first 3-4 items on your agenda?
- Withdraw the United States from the United Nations and explain the decision to the American people.
- Start the process of ending the Federal Reserve and returning the American monetary system to the American people through their representatives in Congress.
- Start the process of winding down the agencies that need to be closed.
Eagle Rising: Do you believe that Trump will jump ship and seek the Presidency via a 3rd Party, if he does not receive the Republican nomination? Why? If so, what Party potentially?
Darrell Castle: No, I do not believe that he will do that for at least two reasons. 1) He just used that threat as leverage to keep Republicans from cheating him as they did Ron Paul. He does not want to be a pariah. 2) Practically speaking, it would be impossible to obtain access to all 50 ballots in time unless he got the Libertarian nomination and they are for open borders…so I don’t think so.
Eagle Rising: Sanders talks a lot about it, but in your mind, what exactly is a Democratic Socialist?
Darrell Castle: A democratic socialist is a person who wants the government to own the means of production, to allocate that production and to take from producers by force and redistribute to more favored groups. The Democratic part is that we vote to decide who gets to be in charge of the armed robbery.
Eagle Rising: What are a couple CP platforms/principles that were once part of the Republican platform, but no longer are?
- The pro-life plank used to be important to Republicans but it no longer is. Even if it remains, they conspire to ignore it.
- The concept of a balanced budget has long been abandoned by Republicans.
Eagle Rising: Some people, including Republicans, have a large problem with the CP stance on abortion. Why do you believe that you are in the right?
Darrell Castle: The right to life comes from God. Governments are instituted among men to protect the God given right of life, liberty and property.
That is very inconvenient for Republicans.
Eagle Rising: In a perfect world, five years from now, what actions do you hope to see the United States federal government accomplish?
- Return to fiscal sanity and solvency. Do what it takes to bring spending under control so the debt can be brought down and we are freed from enslavement to creditors.
- Take a more non-interventionist approach to foreign policy to build a more peaceful world.
Eagle Rising: Will the United States in 25 years resemble the United States from 25 years ago, if we continue on our trajectory? What are your thoughts?
Darrell Castle: No, the United States 25 years from now will have a much lower standard of living.
There will be two classes of people – extremely rich and poor. We all will be blended into one polyglot soup of humanity with one world money, world taxation, and world government. We will all love our slavery as today’s freedom lovers die off.