Conservatives CAN Vote for a Conservative Presidential Candidate

Phil Jensen


Constitution_Party_logoNow that the people voting in the 2016 presidential primary have made it clear they’d rather have Barabbas, and the best candidate has suspended his campaign, what is left for conservatives to do?

Well, for one thing, we can’t just stay home and not vote–either in the primary or in the general election.  In some states, there are conservative U.S. Senate and House candidates who need support in both the primary and general elections.  And in most states, there are conservative governors, legislators, county commissioners, city councilmen, school board members, and other candidates who need the support of conservatives in the general and primary elections.  Every one of these elected positions is important, and the conservatives who put their time, money, reputation and heart on the line in an effort to protect our liberty and prosperity deserve, at a minimum, our vote if not our money and volunteer time.

But back to the 2016 presidential election. Unless something bold and unexpected happens at the Republican convention later this year, it looks like among the two major political parties, Americans will have a choice between a wealthy, corrupt, amoral Democrat who says one thing and does another, and a wealthy, corrupt, amoral Democrat who says one thing and does another.

Rick Kriebel 2016


In other words, not much of a choice.

But the opportunity to vote is an immensely important thing. For most of human history, and today in many parts of the world, people don’t have an opportunity to vote. Their leaders are forced upon them without even a hint of the consent of the governed. For us to squander such a precious opportunity when there was any opportunity to make a difference or even make a statement of dissent would be shameful.

It’s good that many conservatives don’t have to “leave it blank” in the presidential slot in the general election.

Woodrow Wilcox


The Constitution Party has been around for several years, and though they are not on the ballot in all states, they are on the ballot in 18 states, including my state of South Dakota, and are working on getting on more.

When a conservative examines what the Constitution Party believes in, there’s a LOT to like there.

The Constitution Party is guided by seven principles which every true conservative should automatically cherish:

  • Sanctity of life
  • Religious freedom and personal liberty
  • Family
  • Personal and private property security
  • The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
  • State’s rights
  • American sovereignty

Incidentally, these are the same principles which are at the foundation of the Republican Party Platform. The only problem in the Republican Party is that so many “Republican” politicians (and now, apparently many rank-and-file “Republicans”) don’t really give a rip about standing and fighting for the principles they claim on paper to support.  Not all Republicans are empty suits like this, but the party’s presumptive presidential nominee has proven that he is.

Several key issues the Constitution Party has decided to make a stand on include:

  • Gun control
  • Common Core
  • ObamaCare
  • Amnesty and illegal immigration
  • Agenda 21

Every conservative I know considers these areas of central importance. Indeed, legislation and policies dealing with these issues are usually where “the rubber meets the road” and it becomes easy to tell the fake “Republicans” from the real ones. The real ones, the ones who believe in conservative principles, are willing to fight against these unconstitutional usurpations of liberty.  The fakes beg off under “pragmatism” and “compromise” and poll numbers.

The Constitution Party Platform is very detailed.  Not that the GOP platform is extremely brief, but where the Republican Party Platform tends to paint with a broad brush, the Constitution Party Platform gets very specific in most places about what is supported and what is opposed.  Because of that level of specificity, I found that there are a few places wherein I disagree with the Constitution Party, but those are mostly on finer points and execution of broader principles with which I am in complete agreement.  Despite the disagreement, I probably agree with 98% or more of the platform–and that’s not bad.

The Constitution Party Platform specifically and boldly addresses areas including: sanctity of life, defense, foreign policy, religious liberty, domestic federal aid, drug abuse, government, Social Security, state sovereignty, tariffs and trade, gun control, health care, taxes, judiciary, money and banking, terrorism, welfare, pornography, environment, energy, crime, family and more.

The Constitution Party has already held its convention and decided its presidential nominee.  Darrell Castle is the Constitution Party’s nominee, along with Scott Bradley as the VP nominee.

Castle was in the ROTC in college, and after he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, he trained under then  1st Lieutenant Oliver North, and eventually served in Vietnam. Castle opened a private law firm in 1984, and has since spawned law firms in several states. He is a Christian who has served as a deacon in his church, and started a Christian mission in Bucharest, Romania which ministers to homeless gypsy children. He has been very active in Constitution Party politics, serving in several offices at the state and national level.

Castle’s running mate Scott Bradley served in the Utah National Guard before becoming a missionary for his church. After his missionary service, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, a Masters in Public Administration, and a PhD in Constitutional Law. He has worked as an executive with AT&T on projects involving communcations for the U.S. Department of Defense (North American Air Defense Command—NORAD). He also founded a non-profit educational organization which seeks to foster increased understanding of the U. S. Constitution and encourages a return to proper government as understood and practiced at the time of America’s founding.  Bradley has also been involved in Constitution Party politics for many years, and has run for the U.S. Senate.

So if you’re a conservative who doesn’t think you can bring yourself to vote for a Democrat-with-an-“R”-after-his-name in the general presidential election, give the Constitution Party some thought. You might even decide to help get them on the ballot if they aren’t already in your state.  Just a dozen or two dedicated people across your state could probably do it, and there might still be time to make it happen.

Even when the small number of Christians in a new faith were being hunted down and executed in Jerusalem and throughout the Roman Empire, the faithful held on…to eventually see the dawn come. Even in the early winter of 1776, after loss and loss and loss, the faithful held on…to eventually see the dawn come.  Even when politicians in North and South were opposed to them in the mid 1800s,, abolitionists fighting for liberty for ALL Americans held on…to eventually see the dawn come.  Even when Democrats institutionalized segregation and discrimination and sprayed down freedom-yearning Americans with fire hoses, the faithful held on….to eventually see the dawn come.

Remember, God doesn’t hold us accountable for results, only effort.  What an incredible deal is that?! As one of my founding heroes, John Quincy Adams, once said, “Duty is ours, results are God’s.”

Let’s prayerfully do our duty to God and to the liberty he has uniquely bestowed upon us, my friends.



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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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  • Jo Thomas

    Ted Cruz said he might get back in if Nebraska votes for him.

    • I’d like to see that, but I don’t think the “in and out” of the game would play well, much less inspire confidence.

  • retiredday

    Thanks for the encouraging word, Bob. Conservative Christians still have a choice.