ABC News put together a little fluff piece outlining six ways to tell if a particular figure is running in 2016. Most of this is pretty obvious.

1. You’re Going to Iowa

It’s only been 82 weeks since the 2012 Iowa caucuses, the first presidential nominating contest in the country. And the 2016 caucuses are just under two-and-a-half years away.

But like your annoying neighbor who never seems to go away, presidential hopefuls think now is just the right time to head back to the Hawkeye State.

2. Deny that you’re interested in running for president, sort of

Every presidential hopeful is like the Miguel Cabrera of non-denial denials. They knock it out of the park every time.

3. You’re locking horns with another presidential contender

Rand Paul and Chris Christie are staking out positions as standard bearers of the libertarian and establishment wings of the GOP, respectively. And they’re not doing much to hide their disdain for one another.

4. You sit through “friendly” meals

For the past five years, President Obama and Hillary Clinton have put the past aside and been total BFFs.

And now that Hillary is thinking about running for president again, they’re doing everything they can to put that friendship on display. I mean, just look at this photo from their lunch on Monday. Best friends.

5. You’ve got a PAC on your side

It’s way too early for potential candidates to form their actual campaigns, but many of them already have political action committees working on their behalf.

6. You’ve been arrested on gun charges

We in the media spend way too much time covering the major party candidates. What about the lesser, third-party candidates?

One who’s been in the news recently is anti-government activist Adam Kokesh. He was arrested earlier this month after posting a video of himself holding an apparently loaded shotgun in downtown Washington, D.C. on July 4th, according to reports.

Kokesh says that he’s going to run for president on a platform of abolishing the U.S. government. But you’ll have to wait until 2020 to get a glimpse of him on the campaign trail.

Well, number 6 doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone. But 1 through 5 are spot on.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Well, 2016 is a LONG way off. Anyone who is throwing in his hat at this point might just as well throw in his head. So the fact that all we have is goobers to choose from isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There’s time.

    Did you hear that Bubba has become a vegan?

      • I tried to rephrase it, as for whom might I vote if I HAD to vote today, but there are two kinds of people. There are party loyalists/hero worshippers, and there are critics.

        The drones will fall in love with a candidate, and he or she is “their candidate, right or wrong.” But critics don’t decide until all the information is in. Because just one detail could change one’s mind–because it is not purchased or owned.

        Therefore, it’s hard enough to think what if the election were today; it is impossible to guess about almost four years from now.

        Here’s an example: I though Rand Paul was a cheesy embarrassment to his dad, a “politician” in the power-hungry sense. But then he did some good things, such as his filibuster, which was (a) for a good cause, (b) was using the filibuster in the way the Founding Fathers might have approved, and (c) he followed through. BUT–now he’s talking about using U.S. military power to run a Crusade around the globe.

        • Nate: People who are “for” a candidate are hero worshippers, who don’t think for themselves.

          You don’t know everything about a person. You can lean toward someone, and then find out one important point, such as Rand Paul’s Crusade. That’s why the Catholic Church doesn’t name saints until they’re dead–because we might find that Mother Theresa is running a prostitution ring on the side.

          I guess it doesn’t make sense to wait for a candidate to die before being “for” them, but I think most thinking people ar not “for” anyone. They just evaluate the candidates available, and pick the lesser of the evils.

  2. If a viable America still exists by 2016 — not a good bet when considering Lil’ Hussein’s daily efforts to destroy our Nation — and actual verifiable elections are held in 2016, than the only ticket to SAVE America is:

    Rand Paul with Ted Cruz/Judge Napolitano as VP — THERE ARE NO OTHER OPTIONS to save our Republic from becoming the Totalitarian Dictatorship that’s slowly-but-surely being enacted by this Criminal Administration NOW!

  3. Are there NO Real Americans left in Congress and Senate?!

    Or are they all cowards?!

    Are both these bodies polluted with anti-Constitutional and American-hating scumbags, that NOT a Single ONE of them will START IMPEACHMENT proceedings against the creature that has usurped for the first time the US Presidency — Barry Sotero, or Hussein Obama….whatever its real name is???!!!

    We all know the charges — but, no-one in Congress or Senate has the guts to be a Real American, and challenge this Usurper of The White House according to Verified Records!

    Contact your Congressmen and Senators, and TELL them this is the reason Barrack Hussein Obama MUST be IMPEACHED! And if you fail to support its impeachment, don’t expect to be reelected!

    The BO lied on all its promises — and once elected did the EXACT OPPOSITE of what it said. THAT’S PERJURY! Also, the BO NEVER supplied its original Birth Certificate — but had a fake published!..

    WHO IS THIS Barry Sotero or Hussein Obama, remains a question to THIS DAY!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BmdovYztH8

  4. IMPEACH Barack Hussein Obama — it stumbles-and-bumbles AND STUTTERS (which is usual for this political creature to try and come up with an answer it is not prepared for) while trying to decide what it is: A DICTATOR or NOT….LOL!

    ABSOLUTELY THE BEST VIDEO THAT MAKES THE CASE FOR IMMEDIATE IMPEACHMENT !!!

    Time to IMPEACH — make this15 minute video viral.

    Also, nice exposure of Hitlery Clinton!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfB7xihoqVo

    If any of you here are true Americans, give this post a thumbs up.

    Thank you!

    p.s. Don’t worry about the NSA (Nazis Spying on Americans) profiling you, they’ve been spying on you illegally for years, and the only way to stop them now is to have Obama IMPEACHED!

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    To Whom It May Concern,

    I just wanted to let you know that I, Jay Wendell

    Moffett aka LiberatorSword, being of sound mind

    and body and 45 years of age, am running for

    President of the United States in the 2016 election

    and you have already damaged the structure of the

    coalition that I had been building on my FaceBook

    Social Network/Website. You are a disgrace to the

    United States of America and to every other Nation

    on our delicate planet. Your actions are a definite

    violation of Federal Election Laws. I really don’t

    care how much money that you have or how many

    Attorneys you retain because I have NO FEAR when

    it comes to Civil Rights Violations and/or your

    tramplings on the FREEDOMS of the citizens of this

    great Nation or of any other Nations’ citizens for

    that matter.

    Sincerely,
    Jay Wendell Moffett aka LiberatorSword
    [email protected]
    417-777-0783

    • Jay: Facebook sucks. The only good thing about Facebook is that there is suspicion that they will collapse under their own weight.

      The idea of banning someone for expressing himself is truly unAmerican. What about Freedom of Speech?? If people don’t like what you say, they don’t really have to go to your site, right?

  6. *Today’s USA = old CCCP 2.0* — you may find this truly educational and fundamentally disturbing!
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    A friend of mine who escaped from Communism 40+ years ago and came to USA as a political refugee seeking freedom in our Country had the following to say:

    “I escaped in the early 1970’s from a Communist Eastern Block Country that was totalitarian in every meaning of the word — no-one could say a word against the government, it meant you disappeared in a Concentration (what the West called “Labor”) Camp, with your friends and relatives not knowing what happened to you. There were no warrants issued, no charges levied in a Court of Law — in the middle of the night uniformed and armed police broke down your door and hauled you away while your wife and children were screaming in distress. Never to be seen or heard of again!

    If you were one of the lucky ones to dare cross barbwired and booby-trapped with mines borders to the West, and made it across to FREEDOM, and eventually were accepted as a political refugee while waiting in a refugee camp in Western Europe for many months, and then came to America — you were than declared as a Traitor by your own Birth Nation, and given an automatic life-in-jail sentence (should you be recaptured and brought back) for betraying the Communist Party by escaping to America.

    Becoming a US Citizen in the late 1970’s was the proudest moment of my life — finally my ordeal of escaping a totalitarian dictatorship was rewarded by becoming a FREE MAN, an American Citizen!

    Now, a proud American Citizen in the 1980’s that could vote, I started noticing an alarming trend in US Politics — a tiny step that made no sense to me to make it into law, since it sounded what the Communists did — tell you all Laws they pass are for YOUR OWN GOOD! “Put your seatbelt on while driving”!!!

    Now, as a free man, I thought the government MUST NOT interfere with my choices for my own safety, and not treat me as a child to decide what’s best for me! But they did it anyway — and made it into law! The now famous: “Click it or Ticket”.

    That was the first red flag for me that the US Government was more concerned in controlling the people than respecting their rights to choose what’s best for themselves. What if one is claustrophobic and therefore cannot wear a seatbelt, or has fear of fire in an accident and the belt not releasing — NO, the Government has DECIDED for your OWN GOOD that YOU MUST WEAR ONE (you, as a Citizen, are too stupid to know any better), and made it into LAW!

    Now, from this tiny step that was mutely accepted by ALL Americans FOR THEIR OWN GOOD, our Government has made strides and leaps that are unimaginable IN CITIZENS CONTROL when compared to the old CCCP (the MOST AND LONGEST DICTATORIAL GOVERNMENT the world had seen in modern times, until, the Soviet Union financially collapsed 20 years ago… is now supplanted 2.0 by our own US Government).

    Here is the count of what Today’s US Government has improved 2.0 on the tyrannical Soviets, courtesy of the muteness of our own Citizens who accept these as Laws for OUR OWN GOOD (The Communist mantra of old — SHAME ON YOU ALL who dare call themselves Americans):

    1) Obama signs NAADA into Law, then when challenged and overturned by a Federal Judge, Obama sicks his lawyers to bring it back — meaning NOW STILL under Obama any US Citizen suspected ONLY (no need to issue a warrant or face a Judge) of terrorist activities (even if they are totally false) can and will be forcibly removed by gun-totting government agents from his home by breaking down his door like the KGB of old did in Soviet Russia (while his wife and children scream in distress) to an undisclosed location by the US Military never to be heard of again! Sounds like a concentration camp? Well done Obama — good lesson learned and APPLIED INTO US LAW by YOU from the now defunct Soviet Dictators!

    2) Dare speak against the Obama Government, and the IRS, NSA and many more are going to flag you down AND TARGET YOU, for JUST BEING AN AMERICAN CITIZEN exercising your Constitutional Rights!

    The Communist Governments used to do this legally, since they were not ashamed to tell you they were in Power and your were nothing but their subjects — but today’s US Government lies and is 2.0 the Soviets, PRISM and their like programs spy on every single American citizen, and make a file on us all…just like the Soviets did only on their Dissidents — not All their Citizens!

    SHAME ON ALL AMERICANS FOR PUTTING UP WITH THIS!

    3) If you dared escape A Communist Country back then, and became a refugee in America — the Communists would seek all means to bring you back so they can torture you and then kill you and thus make an EXAMPLE OF YOU SO NO OTHERS WOULD ATTEMPT TO DO WHAT YOU DID!

    Do you remember Simas Kudirka? The Russian seaman that jumped ship in the USA to seek refugee status from the tyrannical Russian Government in 1970 — and eventually the US Government turned him over to the Soviets to take him back to torture and eventually kill him?

    How sad is that the world has flipped — where NOW an American is seeking refugee status into Russia from a tyrannical USA Government that want’s to do to Edward Snowden in 2013 what the Russians did to Simas Kudirka in 1970!

    I feel I’m cursed — I escaped Communism over 40 years ago, and it still follows me here. America has become more communist today than The Soviet Block ever was!
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    I’ve taped many interviews with this gentleman, and have supplied them to my lawyers. We’ll be posting an extensive article on time for the 2014 elections.

    Hope all Americans are paying attention to this man’s simple statements — IT’S OUR COUNTRY TO LOSE!

  7. 2016 is far off — NSA (Nazis Spying on Americans) is happening NOW!!!

    Time to IMPEACH Lil’ Hussein !!!
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    And now, the important News:

    Ron Paul: *Why Won’t They Tell Us the Truth About NSA Spying?*

    “In 2001, the Patriot Act opened the door to US government monitoring of Americans without a warrant. It was unconstitutional, but most in Congress over my strong objection were so determined to do something after the attacks of 9/11 that they did not seem to give it too much thought. Civil liberties groups were concerned, and some of us in Congress warned about giving up our liberties even in the post-9/11 panic. But at the time most Americans did not seem too worried about the intrusion.

    This complacency has suddenly shifted given recent revelations of the extent of government spying on Americans. Politicians and bureaucrats are faced with serious backlash from Americans outraged that their most personal communications are intercepted and stored. They had been told that only the terrorists would be monitored. In response to this anger, defenders of the program have time and again resorted to spreading lies and distortions. But these untruths are now being exposed very quickly.

    In a Senate hearing this March, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Senator Ron Wyden that the NSA did not collect phone records of millions of Americans. This was just three months before the revelations of an NSA leaker made it clear that Clapper was not telling the truth. Pressed on his false testimony before Congress, Clapper apologized for giving an “erroneous” answer but claimed it was just because he “simply didn’t think of Section 215 of the Patriot Act.” Wow.

    As the story broke in June of the extent of warrantless NSA spying against Americans, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers assured us that the project was a strictly limited and not invasive. He described it as a “lockbox with only phone numbers, no names, no addresses in it, we’ve used it sparingly, it is absolutely overseen by the legislature, the judicial branch and the executive branch, has lots of protections built in…”

    But we soon discovered that also was not true either. We learned in another Guardian newspaper article last week that the top secret “X-Keyscore” program allows even low-level analysts to “search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals.”

    The keys to Rogers’ “lockbox” seem to have been handed out to everyone but the janitors! As Chairman of the Committee that is supposed to be most in the loop on these matters, it seems either the Intelligence Community misled him about their programs or he misled the rest of us. It sure would be nice to know which one it is.

    Likewise, Rep. Rogers and many other defenders of the NSA spying program promised us that this dragnet scooping up the personal electronic communications of millions of Americans had already stopped “dozens” of terrorist plots against the United States. In June, NSA director General Keith Alexander claimed that the just-disclosed bulk collection of Americans’ phone and other electronic records had “foiled 50 terror plots.”

    Opponents of the program were to be charged with being unconcerned with our security.

    But none of it was true.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday heard dramatic testimony from NSA deputy director John C. Inglis. According to the Guardian:

    “The NSA has previously claimed that 54 terrorist plots had been disrupted ‘over the lifetime’ of the bulk phone records collection and the separate program collecting the internet habits and communications of people believed to be non-Americans. On Wednesday, Inglis said that at most one plot might have been disrupted by the bulk phone records collection alone.”

    From dozens to “at most one”?

    Supporters of these programs are now on the defensive, with several competing pieces of legislation in the House and Senate seeking to rein in an administration and intelligence apparatus that is clearly out of control. This is to be commended. What is even more important, though, is for more and more and more Americans to educate themselves about our precious liberties and to demand that their government abide by the Constitution. We do not have to accept being lied to – or spied on — by our government.”

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