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Written by Don Azarias   
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 07:32

The 2016 Presidential Election From A Filipino-American Republican's Viewpoint

By Don Azarias

Editor's Note: Mr. Azarias is a community leader in Chicago, Illinois, and a columnist of several Filipino-American publications

In the annals of the United States' presidential election, no candidate from a third party had succeeded and no one who ran as an independent had made it to the White House.

In an ordinary presidential election cycle, the subject of having a third-party or an independent candidate is always a moot point that no one even pays attention to those "wannabes" simply because the voters know that they have no chance of winning.

But the 2016 presidential election is no ordinary election. We have two candidates from both major parties who are both "flawed" for lack of a better term. In other countries, voters, even though they are of different political colors and religious persuasions, would likely vote for a third-party candidate or an independent candidate if they feel that those candidates backed by major political parties are deemed unqualified or untrustworthy to be elected president.

In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is viewed as untrustworthy and dishonest by 67 percent of the American electorates in the latest national poll. That is a very high adverse factor for a candidate running for the country's highest public office. That unfavorability rating was up 7-percent from polls taken a few months ago. Still, seasoned political observers and analysts believe that Clinton will be elected president.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump's qualifications and fitness for the presidency have been viewed negatively by 64 percent of the American voters in a new national poll. That unfavorability rating was down 6 percent from several polls also taken a few months back.

O verall, the latest national poll taken by CNN/ORC shows a dead heat battle for the White House with Clinton at 46 percent and Trump at 45 percent. Third-party candidates Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party's Jill Stein stand at 7 percent and 2 percent respectively. Like I've been saying all along, "third-party candidates just don't have any chance of winning the presidency of the United States."

It is a stunning turnaround for Trump whose poll numbers continue to surge after his Immigration Speech on August 31st. I have to double check several sources just to be sure that pollsters have consistent polling results and they do. I would say it's incredible, to say the least.

Back to the subject of third-party candidate should a scenario presents itself, I would say that the only Republican candidate who has a good chance of defeating Hillary Clinton is former Florida governor Jeb Bush. He is not a dumb person like other people think. He is academically smart and a magna cum laude graduate from the University of Texas. He is also married to Columba Bush, who is of Mexican descent and held in the highest esteem by the vast majority of the Latin-American voters. You haven't heard of Columba Bush being involved in any political gaffes, have you?

Hillary Clinton is supposed to be incarcerated for illegally using a private email server containing top secret and classified documents that were allegedly hacked by Russian and Chinese spies which she still continue to deny. She should have been disqualified for saying that the Clinton Foundation has no foreign donors or heads of states making donations when she was Secretary of State which was found to be untrue.

Why is Hillary Clinton not in jail for compromising the national security of the United States and covering up the illegal acts that have taken place in the Clinton Foundation? Are the Clintons above the law? Or are they being held to a different standard? And with the liberal mainstream media support, I won't be surprised if she wins the presidency. After all, it is the same liberal and biased media that help catapult Barack Obama to the White House.

As a Republican, I will be glad to see Trump victorious come November 8. But since I am predicting that Clinton will win the contest, I am ready to eat crow should Trump become the 45th U.S. president.

And one important thing that people seem to forget is that, unlike other countries, the United States is a 'melting pot' where African Americans, Latinos and other members of the minority, who have their own agenda, tend to vote Democrat no matter how bad the candidate is. As long as they get their piece of the pie, they will keep voting whoever the Democratic Party establishment tells them to vote for. And with their sheer number and solid voting record, they can dictate the outcomes of U.S. elections. It's for this reason that Hillary Clinton will capture the White House this coming election. It's sad because it runs contrary to the true concept of Democracy that the Founding Fathers had envisioned. # # #


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