Strategy for Going Forward With Cruz Campaign

A 12 pt. plan

Ted and others opposing the loose cannon should work to bring the demagogue down before it’s too late. The survival of the Constitution and of America itself requires no less. Those who stand by and let the Trump catastrophe unfold and take hold will always be haunted by their silence in the face of evil. And though we might fail in the temporal, we will be welcomed in the eternal by our loving God and his warriors—More, Fisher, Campion, and all the others who lived and died by the principle, “We’re not called to win, we’re called to fight.”

Isn’t everyone sick of hearing that Republicans need to support the nominee of the party and that we must unify behind Trump? The gravity of the evil Trump presents to America outweighs the unity nonsense being spewed daily. Ted should ignore the meanderings of Ryan and Preibus.

Because of the dangers to America that Trump presents, Ted needs to take action to stop that from happening. Here are a few ideas for the Cruz campaign going forward. Ted should:

  1. Reopen his campaign before the California primary.
  2. Ask Carly to involve herself in that and in all the things I suggest below.
  3. Immediately compile a dossier on Trump containing all of Trump’s outrageous, false, and dangerous statements during the campaign, as well as the contradictory statements and positions he has taken over the years, including his support of, and contributions to, liberals and liberal causes.
  4. Armed with that dossier, and before the California primary, if possible, deliver a major speech giving the plain truth about Trump, much as Ted did the morning of the Indiana primary.
  5. Meet with Rubio and Kasich with the objective of consolidating an anti-Trump coalition at the Convention and to vote there for Ted as a block for whatever matters come up in the course of business as well as the nomination vote itself.
  6. Meet also with the “Never Trump” crowd—Romney, Sen. Sasse, Kristol, Sen. Lee, Gov. Bush, Erickson, Levin, Sykes, Haugland (?) et al—to enlist them in the effort to support Ted and Carly and deny Trump the nomination.
  7. Debates: Because Donald refuses to debate one-on-one with Ted, why not have Ted debate videos of Trump’s idiotic statements, speeches, tweets, interviews, and questions he has never answered. Ted’s organization could compile those videos into a montage to which Ted would reply or rebut and swat them down one-by-one. It would be good, I think, to have at least one moderator and perhaps more. And the debate could either be live on television or replayed in commercials.
  8. Disclosure of Tax Returns: The Republican National Committee should adopt a rule requiring the candidates to submit their tax returns for the last three or five years. Donald will, of course, object. He will say that his returns are under audit. But that is weak excuse for not submitting the returns, both as originally filed as well as the IRS’s notices concerning the nature and scope of whatever audits and adjustments pertain to the returns.

The call for Trump to reveal just his tax returns is too narrow. He should be required to produce all the audit notices, IRS adjustments, and any other documents, such as correspondence, pertaining to his federal and state returns for each of the tax years either under audit or still open for adjustments.

For those same years, he should also be required to submit the returns for all entities, partnerships, corporations, trusts, joint ventures, enterprises, etc. with which he is affiliated directly or indirectly. The demand should be written as broadly as possible and, I’m sure, better than how I have described it here.

  1. FBI Background Checks: And, while we’re at it, why not require each candidate to undergo an FBI background check?
  2. Psychological Testing. Many employers require psychological testing for job applicants. Why not require Republican candidates to undergo the same? I suggest three psychiatrists, one appointed by Ted, one by Donald, and a third selected by the first two.

I see no reason why the Republican National Committee couldn’t adopt a rule requiring the testing, as well as 8-10 above. As Ted said a while back, “We may wake up some morning and find out that Donald has nuked Denmark.” The man is narcissistic, unstable, irresolute, vacillating, protean, cowardly, and terrifying, to name but a few of his traits.

  1. To avoid being tainted forever, Ted must announce right away that he is never Trump. At the Convention, he must lead the opposition to Trump. It seems no one else is going to step forward to derail Trump’s nomination. If nothing else, Ted would earn a place in Profiles in Courage and the Annals of America.
  2. If Ted doesn’t win the nomination, he ought run as a 3rdparty candidate. He would have the support of Erickson, Romney, Kristol, Sasse, Charles Sykes, Governor Walker, and I suspect many others. The effort is not necessarily fruitless. If he could win the vote in a few states, say Utah, Idaho, Wisconsin, and maybe others (via a write-in in Texas?) as well, he could prevent Trump and Hillary from wining a majority of electoral votes, in which case the election would be thrown into the House. If the Republicans have maintained a majority in the House when the electoral votes are counted on January 3, 2017,  the House would choose between the top three candidates and would have the opportunity to dump Trump and elect Ted.

Below are the Constitution’s pertinent provisions on the subject and the deadlines for filing as a 3rd party candidate.

Original Constitution

Article II, §1.

[Superseded by the 12th Amendment, infra.]

* * *

[The Electors shall meet in their respective States and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed: and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice President.]

Amended Constitution

12th Amendment. [Replaces Article II, §1, supra.]

The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate;—The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;—The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. [And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President. Superseded by 20th Amendment, §3, infra] The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

20th Amendment, §3.

If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.

Other relevant provisions.

Article 1, §4:

* * *

The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be [on the first Monday in December [Superseded by 20th Amendment, §2, infra] unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.

20th Amendment, §2.

The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.

20th Amendment, §1. 

The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

12-point plan to stop Trump

 

Original Constitution

Article II, §1.

[Superseded by the 12th Amendment, infra.]

* * *

[The Electors shall meet in their respective States and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed: and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice President.]

Amended Constitution

12th Amendment. [Replaces Article II, §1, supra.]

The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate;—The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;—The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. [And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President. Superseded by 20th Amendment, §3, infra] The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

20th Amendment, §3.

If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.

Other relevant provisions.

Article 1, §4:

* * *

The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be [on the first Monday in December [Superseded by 20th Amendment, §2, infra] unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.

20th Amendment, §2.

The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.

20th Amendment, §1. 

The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

Ballot Deadlines

See https://ballotpedia.org/Ballot_access_for_presidential_candidates

 

 

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