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It’s time to end two-party rule

Every four years, the first Tuesday in November, We the People exercise our right to select the next president.

If you are dissatisfied with America’s two major-party candidates’ rhetoric or accountability then consider the unconventional candidate.

The choice is two-term Gov. Gary Johnson. He is on all 50 state ballots. He has executive experience, is honest and scandal-free.

In the 1860 election, Abraham Lincoln was the unconventional candidate. Lincoln left the Whig Party over slavery. Whereas, unconventional Johnson left Lincoln’s Republican Party over their lack of fiscal restraint.

You too can choose outside party affiliation. Ignore the clown car, 39 state primaries with other states using caucuses or conventions. Don’t settle for a thoughtless buffoon picked by 14.8 percent of Republicans, or a habitual liar by 14.4 percent of Democrats whose delegate landscape was rigged.

A recent Gallup Poll rated both major-party candidates unfavorably. Donald Trump was 62 percent and Hillary Clinton 58 percent unfavorable.

The two-party cartel gave America two unacceptable presidential choices. America deserves better.

There is hope.

The Constitution requires a presidential candidate to receive a 270-vote majority from the 538 Electoral College votes. The number of electors from each state is based on voting membership of the state in Congress (435 House and 100 Senate, along with three from the District of Columbia).

Hope is outside the archaic two-party primary system, national media control and the Commission on Presidential Debate’s constrictive rules.

Hope is anchored in the United States Constitution.

The 12th Amendment states that if there is no candidate receiving the Electoral College majority 270 mark, then the winner is decided through an Electoral College process that involves Congress.

In the 1824 presidential election – John Adams versus Andrew Jackson – Jackson won the popular vote as well as 99 electoral votes. Adams garnered 84 electoral votes.

Neither one got the 131 electoral-vote majority then needed to be declared president.

The decision then went to the House, which elected John Quincy Adams.

Unfortunately today, the Commission on Presidential Debates will not allow any voice or policy idea outside the two-party union – Democrat or Republican.

The commission for televised debates was created by the same dysfunctional two-party alliance. They claim to be nonpartisan but their actions speak differently.

In 2000, they adopted the 15 percent polling criteria that eliminates presidential candidates from national exposure. The commission scheme guarantees an undesirable performance.

Without a televised debate, Johnson’s fresh voice and policy ideas are at a loss. Without Johnson, America will listen to uncivil drone rhetoric that 62 percent of Americans are sick of.

Regardless, unconventional Johnson can still become president without the debate stage.

Here’s the unconventional road to winning the presidency:

You vote for Johnson (Libertarian). He wins one state or more and gets its electoral votes. This happens while a dead heat among the major-party candidates spawns votes below the 270 electoral majority.

Congress follows the 12th Amendment and implements the constitutional requirement to choose one of the three highest receivers of electoral votes.

Since by winning at least one state New Mexico’s former governor placed third in total number of electoral votes, he is in the competition.

His personal and professional credentials appeal best to the fiscal conservatives and social progressives in the House of Representatives.

The House selects the dark horse to be our next president.

“We the People” should vote unconventional. Vote outside party affiliation for a candidate that wants to serve the people, not self or ego.

That individual action, your vote, can break two-party control for America’s sake.

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