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Off-The-Radar Presidential Candidates Placed in Spotlight

As of today, more than 500 candidates — many more than the nation’s major news outlets are telling you about in articles like this one and this one — have filed the Federal Election Commission paperwork necessary to run for president of the United States. Included among them are some very colorful characters as well as several top names who are not eligible to serve. Below, I offer a glimpse of some of those male and female candidates from across the political spectrum who have, for the most part, remained off the radar of most Americans.

Click on image above to see the FEC's complete list of candidates who've filed to run for president in 2016.

Click on image above to see the FEC’s complete list of candidates who’ve filed to run for president in 2016.

On the homepage of her website, Isis M. Elijah describes herself as an author and poet who is “an African American female Republican candidate for United States President 2016″ In addition, she claims to be “the biological daughter of 42nd U.S. President Bill Clinton & Billionaire Oprah Winfrey” and states she has resided in Akron, Ohio, since 1989. Read her FEC Form 2.

On his FEC Form 2, David Edward Baucom Jr. lists a Charlotte, N.C., address. Beyond that, online information about him was difficult to locate. I did, however, find news about a strip club mogul, David “Slim” Baucom, who got Charlotte’s mayor in trouble for accepting bribes. I could not, however, determine whether or not the man running for president as a Republican is related to the man running strip clubs.

The Bull Moose Party‘s Sgt. Hugh Walker has big plans, according to an April 19 letter he submitted to the editor of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario, Calif.  They include building four “super hospital ships” to be staffed by doctors, nurses and technicians who graduate from the U.S. Navy Medical Academy, the building of which is also part of his plan if elected. I wonder if the man from Upland, Calif., knows anything about building fences? Read his FEC Form 2.

Jack Sparrow of Lincoln City, Ore., is running for office as an independent candidate. Apparently, the Republican and Democrat Parties already have enough pirates. Read his FEC Form 2.

Libertarian Dennis Roger Torii Jr. has big plans for the nation if elected. The Army veteran and inventor from St. Cloud, Fla., plans to expand the nation’s borders southward to include Panama and northward to include Canada and Japan. Think Louisiana Purchase on steroids. Read his FEC Form 2.

Independent Michelle “Hope” Walker hopes the messages she shares in her videos will convince you to vote for her so she can move out of her Los Angeles apartment and into the White House. Read her FEC Form 2.

According to his website, which describes him as an author, scientist and “independent presidential candidate in 2012,” Harry Braun III lists himself as a Democrat on the FEC Form 2 he submitted May 15, 2015. If elected in 2016, he says he’s going to “implement Democracy in the USA and a Solar Hydrogen Economy with wartime-speed.” Whatever that means.

The list of presidential candidates also includes a Rodeo cowboy, an entrepreneur, a conspiracy theorist, a Navy vet who sued the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and an atheist Democrat who traveled from West Virginia to Ohio for a Jimmy Carter book-signing event. News about the latter brings two words to mind: nut and peanut.

It also includes a candidate named Limberbutt McCubbins. Though this cat from Louisville, Ky., has no political track record or qualifications, I think he’s as qualified as any of his fellow Democrats to run. You be the judge by looking at his FEC Form 2.

While I plan to share news about other candidates in the race — including doctors, lawyers, teachers and pure lunatics — in a future article, you’ll need to visit this page to see them all now.

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Book Excerpt: Nation’s First Latino President Takes Office

Coming only days after the passage of a controversial trade agreement, recent Supreme Court Decisions on gay marriage and healthcare have many Americans upset with the folks in Washington, D.C., who claim to represent their interests. If you count yourself among them, I think you’ll enjoy the timely excerpt below from Chapter 11 of my recently-released crime-fiction novel, The National Bet:

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With the line of succession to the presidency obliterated, surviving members of the U.S. House and Senate met for five days straight to discuss a one-time, extra-Constitutional means for resolving this never-before-experienced crisis. They were joined by a select number of individuals from outside the legislative branch who had been instrumental in securing the top-level resignations. Together, they worked to select a successor to serve out the remainder of President Obama’s second term.

Minus any smoke signals, several rounds of papal election-style voting took place during an exhausting three-day period until one man, a proven leader without the baggage of a Beltway insider, emerged from the pack.

Governor Franklin G. Rivera was a second-term governor from Wyoming who some people—but not the man himself—liked to refer to as “FGR.” Far more conservative than the three-term president who, decades earlier, had been associated with a similar three-letter acronym, Governor Rivera’s public approval ratings were higher than any other statewide office holder in the country.

With much trepidation, the governor accepted the job just a few minutes before noon Saturday, July 4, 2015.

After taking the oath of office behind closed doors and without fanfare, the nation’s first Latino president addressed the nation at 3 p.m., delivering the first of many difficult messages he would be called upon to share as Commander- in-Chief:

My fellow Americans, many of you have suffered tremendous losses during the past several months. To you, I offer a sincere apology on behalf of every elected official in Washington.

Members of Congress have, with the cooperation of too many American presidents, gotten away with robbery for far too long. They’ve allowed taxing and spending to get out of control. And they’ve allowed government regulation to trample common sense and decency. As a result, we’ve all paid a price higher than most of us care to calculate.

During the next twelve months, I pledge to work tirelessly to establish legal safeguards in our system via which we will do more than simply prevent members of Congress from increasing the national debt. The safeguards I propose will involve imposing stiff financial penalties on individual members of Congress who choose to waste taxpayers’ dollars on any projects or programs that increase the national debt and the burden on our children and grandchildren.

Even more important than that, however, is my top priority—ensuring that all of your assets, taken from you illegally by the previous administration, are returned to you as quickly as possible.

I’ve set July 4, 2016, as the date by which your money, the money that is rightfully yours, will be returned, with interest, to your bank accounts, to your 401K accounts and to your other retirement savings vehicles. It will be a Financial Independence Day when government no longer has its hands on your money.

President Rivera’s speech resonated with the justifiably jaded American people.

After learning more about the energetic sixty-year-old president’s background via biopic news and feature reports that surfaced following his appointment, most Americans seemed genuinely appreciative of the fact his legal-immigrant parents had set a good example for their oldest son and his five younger siblings, all of whom had been born in the United States.

Not surprisingly, they liked knowing Rivera’s parents had realized success as farmers, growing mostly wheat and soybeans on the flatlands of eastern Colorado. And they liked the fact that the new president’s four adult children seemed to be decent, well-educated people not seeking to ride their father’s political coattails.

In addition, they liked the fact he had become successful through hard work, determination and a steadfast refusal to run with the pack when the pack was heading in the wrong direction. And they liked how he seemed to take time to think before opening his mouth to speak and refused to compromise his Christian faith.

Most importantly, they liked how President Rivera’s early actions spoke even louder than his personal history.

In addition to signing an executive order on Day One that banned the use of taxpayer dollars on inaugural activities, he signed another that prohibited all federal employees from participating in inaugural activities, public or private.

The new president also completed the process of appointing cabinet members within two days and warned members of Congress not to waste any time in approving his nominees, saying, “We have important business to take care of!”

During his first year in office, President Rivera worked too hard and slept too little while waging a gallant effort to restore stability. Not a single round of golf was played, and vacations were off limits for White House staffers and all who remained employed on Capitol Hill.

I hope you enjoyed this tidbit from The National Bet. Beyond that, I hope you’ll share it and order a copy to see what happens before and after this presidential moment.

Click here to read other excerpts from The National Bet and my two nonfiction books, The Clapper Memo and Three Days In August.

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