Darrell Castle responds to attacks from “Never Trump” activist

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Darrell Castle

Darrell Castle, the Constitution Party’s presidential candidate, was strongly criticized by a noted “Never Trump” activist and former Ted Cruz supporter, Michael Harrington, in a public Facebook post on July 26th, 2016. The post provoked discussion among Castle supporters on social media, and two of them, Caleb Waters and Clint Bishop, countered in two unique rebuttals defending Castle. Today, less than an hour ago, Castle’s official response to Harrington’s accusations was published on his campaign Facebook page:

Darrell Castle on Mr. Harrington

I have been watching the responses to Mr. Harrington and would like to thank Clint and Caleb for their detailed effort to deal with his accusations.

Mr. Harrington knows nothing about me, and I only know about him what he has shown me in his articles. He has a problem with me but not me personally. He seems outraged that I would be a candidate against his candidate but has no real reason for why I shouldn’t run. He simply has another candidate he wants to win. It appears that he is unable to deal with this situation except through attempts at destroying a perfectly innocent campaign. That being said, I will address the issues he brought up.

Am I a Birther? To finally set the record straight, I think Ted Cruz is the best example of a true gentleman and statesman left in the Republican Party and I believe he is highly qualified for the office of President. As I have said before, if I were a Republican, which I am not, I would have voted for him in the primary.

I am not an ambulance chaser. I am a fairly well known highly reputable attorney in Bankruptcy and Personal Injury in my community. I can honestly say that neither I nor any employee of my office have ever chased an ambulance.

He says I am as crazy as Donald Trump. I have tried to live my life as an honest, gentle but firm, Christian man who has sacrificed for my family, the Constitution Party and Mia’s Children, a ministry in Bucharest, Romania that ministers to homeless or endangered children many of whom are gypsy. I and my wife along with Mia, started the ministry on 1998. Over 100 children have benefited. Go towww.miaschildren.org for more info. This doesn’t sound crazy to me.

He claims I said Angela Merkel is Hitler’s daughter. What I said was she was from his lineage. The fact is, I was describing Ms. Merkel as being in the lineage of Hitler as a national leader. She is so ashamed of what happened in Germany during WWII that she goes overboard trying to show she is not like him. Angela Merkel is definitely not Hitler’s daughter.

He says I am a Sneaky Podcaster. My free podcasts are advertised on ConstitutionParty.com as well as CastleReport.us and by many websites I may not even know about. There is nothing secretive about them. I have even begun to post the transcript of my podcasts for those who prefer to read. My articles are picked up by media. I hide nothing and I make reference to where I get much of my research material. Yes, I come to an educated conclusion but I leave it open that I could be incorrect. I always end with “At least, that’s the way I see it.”

Am I a Truther? I am always looking for the truth. Sometimes I am happy with what I find and sometimes not so much. Listen to my podcast “Twenty-eight Pages” and judge for yourself. I spend hours every week studying and preparing and producing the podcasts. I believe truth should be sought.

He claims I am unfit to be President. Well, I was born was born in East Tennessee on a farm my parents built from the timber on the land. My father died when I was ten. I went to East Tennessee State University and double majored in history and political science. I was then commissioned as a U.S. Marine Officer and while serving spent 13 months in Vietnam Nam. I received my Juris Doctorate from the Law School at the University of Memphis and opened a law firm. I have been married to my wife for 38 years and have a married daughter with whom I have a great relationship. I am a member and regular attendee of St. Patrick Presbyterian Church. I am a founding member of the Constitution Party and served as Vice Chairman for almost 12 years as well as the Platform Chairman for 12 years. I was the 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate for the Party. I am well versed in domestic and international policies as well as current issues and have been interviewed and spoken to audiences around the country for many years.

You decide if I am fit or not to run for President.

Darrell Castle

(Via American Third Party Report)

23 thoughts on “Darrell Castle responds to attacks from “Never Trump” activist

  1. George Dance

    Castle says he is going to “address” the charges in Harrington’s post, but in fact he deals with only one — that putting his statements in podcasts, rather than in writing, makes it hard to find and quote his statements — by saying that now he’s “starting to” include transcripts. That’s very nice; but now let’s look at the other charges that he brushed off:
    “[On March 25] Darrell Castle started the birther argument [against Ted Cruz]. His followers immediately started the CFR and NWO attacks on Heidi Cruz. Of that there is no doubt. No one else laid out the argument before Darrell Castle did.”
    “Darrell Castle wants to have an import tariff tax…. In this regards Darrell Castle has earned an F in taxation policy. So does his party…. They also voted in resolution against the Fair Tax, which could stop a lot of the problems we have.”
    “This is not so stable a party. The fact is that Darrell Castle will not be on Novembers Ballot in Idaho. This is something that should worry you about their party. The Constitution Party was/is under 100,000 members it seems, and they have extensive infighting within those ranks.”
    “we either abide by all of the Constitution or none of it. They read into it a restriction that does not exist…. They also ignore certain amendments that have happened, in an act of cherry picking. Adding restrictions that do not exist is just icing on their cake.”
    “He started a comment about [ending] foreign aid with Israel as an example. One simply does not start with Israel as an example unless they intend to stand deliberately against Israel. Conservatives who make this argument always start with Pakistan or some African nation…. However in the racist circles, and in the circles that blame Jews for the idea of the NWO (A topic Castle puts a lot of time in on) there is a definite belief that Israel is a bad nation. ”
    “In closing we have the man who slandered Ted Cruz almost immediately after Ted Cruz announced, who had a number of field offices slander him further and his wife, in a party which picks and chooses how they see the Constitution, and who have horrific ideals on trade and taxation policy. “

  2. RedPhillips

    The phony “constitutional conservative” Cruz supporters drive me up the wall. Conservatives and Constitutionalist are supposed to believe in original intent. By the standard of original intent, Cruz is clearly not eligible. By the understanding of the Framers circa 1787 – 1789, Cruz would not have been a NBC because his father was not a citizen. This could not be more clear per Blackstone. So if this joker’s complaint is that Castle questioned Cruz’s eligibility, then he is a pretend “constitutional” conservative.

  3. Joe

    George, I did not see it, so please tell me how Darrell Castle started the “birther” movement? To be clear, I believe Ted Cruz is eligible to run, but he was born in Canada, so maybe something was lost in translation…As far as the Israel remarks, he started with them because he was specifically asked about Israel. The rest of your post is a generalization and your opinion as to the CP and how it works…The good and bad about the CP is that its small enough for anyone to make an impact good or bad, hence the Idaho situation.. In any event Darrell is on the ballot and Ted Cruz is not, I like Ted but he is not running and is not encouraging people to write him in, so lets deal with what we can control. If you are going to vote and want it counted you will have 5 choices(not in every state) Trump, Hillary, Gary Johnson, Darrell Castle and Jill Stein…no one is perfect but those are your choices.

  4. Tony From Long Island

    Even today, if you are born abroad you are not a natural born citizen – even if one of your parents is a citizen. Am I incorrect?

    If having a citizen parent is all it took, then the incredibly racist birther crap against our president would make even less sense than it does. His mother was CLEARLY an American Citizen.

  5. RedPhillips

    Tony, it’s complicated. You can be born abroad and be a citizen at birth, but there is a line of thought that you are not a “natural” born citizen, because you are not a citizen by “nature” or “the nature of things,” but rather you are a citizen by statute or act of law. This is controversial but IMO the arguments is not without some merit.

    So if you were going to argue that Cruz is not a NBC because he was born in Canada regardless of the other details then the case is open and shut. But in Cruz’s case you don’t even have to go there. The problem for Cruz from an originalist perspective is that his mother rather than his father was a citizen and in 1787 – 1789 he would not have been a NBC in the understanding of the Framers because citizenship was passed patrilineally per Blackstone, a requirement that was maintained in the Immigration Act of 1790 although the language is somewhat ambiguous.

  6. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    He started a comment about [ending] foreign aid with Israel as an example. One simply does not start with Israel as an example unless they intend to stand deliberately against Israel.

    There are good reasons to start with Israel. Israel is the U.S.’s largest recipient of foreign aid. Iraq got more money on paper, for a while, but that aid really went to U.S. firms doing business in Iraq. Israel gets our money in cash, free to spend on its own military. Israel is often singled out for favorable treatment, so it’s only fair to single out Israel for criticism.

    Beyond that, it’s taboo to criticize Israel, however mildly, as with no other nation. You can outright say, “I hate France.” Hate. And no one will call you on it. You can pretty much say you hate any other foreign country, and get a shrug. It’s cool. But dissing Israel, however mildly, is regarded as worse than dissing the United States itself.

    This taboo is wonderfully protective of Israel and its misdeeds, and I understand that Israel and its supporters want to keep that taboo going full force. But that taboo should be done away with, so that Israel is regarded as just another foreign country. Until that happens, it’s refreshing whenever any politician or candidate is brave enough (for it takes courage) to stand up to Israel in public. When enough people do it, the taboo will begin to crumble.

  7. Cody Quirk

    “…as well as the Platform Chairman for 12 years.”

    Then he obviously is in full agreement with the CP’s national platform then. No surprise.

  8. langa

    As I’ve said before, I’m not a Castle supporter. I haven’t donated a penny to his campaign, nor do I plan to donate to him, nor to vote for him. Nevertheless, since George Dance (along with Cody Quirk) seems to have a bizarre vendetta against the man, I suppose I have to set the record straight (and I’ll have to do it one point at a time, since IPR for some reason blocks me from posting long comments).

  9. langa

    “[On March 25] Darrell Castle started the birther argument [against Ted Cruz]. His followers immediately started the CFR and NWO attacks on Heidi Cruz. Of that there is no doubt. No one else laid out the argument before Darrell Castle did.”

    Who cares? Cruz has long since been out of the race, so the question of his eligibility to win an office he is no longer seeking is completely irrelevant.

  10. langa

    “Darrell Castle wants to have an import tariff tax…. In this regards Darrell Castle has earned an F in taxation policy. So does his party…. They also voted in resolution against the Fair Tax, which could stop a lot of the problems we have.”

    Yes, an import tariff tax would be a bad idea, but so would the “Fair” Tax (which is anything but fair). I would give Castle a C, rather than an F, on tax policy. That’s not great, but it’s at least as good as any of the other candidates this year.

  11. langa

    “This is not so stable a party. The fact is that Darrell Castle will not be on Novembers Ballot in Idaho. This is something that should worry you about their party. The Constitution Party was/is under 100,000 members it seems, and they have extensive infighting within those ranks.”

    It’s not Castle’s fault that the Idaho CP is run by a bunch of lunatics.

  12. Green W/O/A

    “To finally set the record straight, I think Ted Cruz is the best example of a true gentleman and statesman left in the Republican Party and I believe he is highly qualified for the office of President. As I have said before, if I were a Republican, which I am not, I would have voted for him in the primary.”

    If this is Mr. Castle’s opinion, then how can any patriotic American consider voting for him? Cruz is, if anything, far worse than Trump, and has even less respect for ordinary Americans and their right to self-government.

  13. langa

    “we either abide by all of the Constitution or none of it. They read into it a restriction that does not exist…. They also ignore certain amendments that have happened, in an act of cherry picking. Adding restrictions that do not exist is just icing on their cake.”

    So, this guy thinks that Ted Cruz has never supported anything that’s not authorized by the Constitution? Please. Castle is much closer to a strict interpretation of the Constitution than Cruz (or any of the other candidates that are actually running in the general election).

  14. langa

    “In closing we have the man who slandered Ted Cruz almost immediately after Ted Cruz announced, who had a number of field offices slander him further and his wife, in a party which picks and chooses how they see the Constitution, and who have horrific ideals on trade and taxation policy. “

    In closing, we have the sour grapes of a disgruntled Cruz fanatic.

  15. Johno

    So it looks like the CP will be a non-factor in this election. Unlike the LP with Johnson and the Green Party with Dr. Stein. Those two will have a shot for making a real impact in this election. The CP looks like snooze-fest.

  16. Jim

    RedPhillips “The phony “constitutional conservative” Cruz supporters drive me up the wall. Conservatives and Constitutionalist are supposed to believe in original intent. By the standard of original intent, Cruz is clearly not eligible. By the understanding of the Framers circa 1787 – 1789, Cruz would not have been a NBC because his father was not a citizen. This could not be more clear per Blackstone. So if this joker’s complaint is that Castle questioned Cruz’s eligibility, then he is a pretend “constitutional” conservative.”

    Blackstone did say that natural born citizenship was only granted to the children born abroad of fathers who were citizens. And that very well may have been the definition of natural born citizen to which the authors of the Constitution referred (there was a competing definition in English Common Law at the time the Constitution was written which required that the person be physically born in the country. No one knows which definition the founders intended because they never defined it themselves.) But the Constitution has since been amended – a process recognized by Constitutional conservatives. And the US Supreme Court has ruled that the 14th amendment, which contains the Equal Protection Clause, applies to sex discrimination unless the government can prove that the discriminatory law being challenged furthers an important government interest. Do you think that the government can prove that there is an important government interest that is protected by granting natural born citizenship to the children born abroad of fathers who are citizens, but not to the children born abroad of mothers who are citizens?

  17. Cody Quirk

    “Those two will have a shot for making a real impact in this election. The CP looks like snooze-fest.”

    Agreed. Plus the desperation of langa’s delusional propping up of a paleoconservative bible thumper that will be lucky to get on in as many states as Goode did in 2012- isn’t winning anyone over.

  18. RedPhillips

    Jim, the hard core constitutionalist position is that the 14th amendment is invalid because it was partially passed under duress by states that had duly seceded from the Union and been brought back in by force. (There are other reasons to doubt it was legitimately adopted as well. See link.) That’s part of the problem with these fake “constitutional conservatives;” they would go screaming for the tall grass if they were actually forced to own the implications of legitimate constitutionalism.” But you don’t even have to go there to address your argument. The 14th amendment was clearly not intended to address the NBC clause. Per originalism, what some errant SCOTUS decision is not what matters. What matters is what was the original intent of the authors of the amendment.

    http://www.abbevilleinstitute.org/review/was-the-fourteenth-amendment-constitutionally-adopted/

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