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Author Brad Thor calls for 'constitutional warrior' to run for President and fix our broken system

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(NaturalNews) Best-selling author Brad Thor, unquestionably the king of the modern-day political thriller, has a message for Reince Priebus, head of the Republican National Committee: If former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush becomes the GOP presidential nominee in 2016, the party can write Thor off its list of supporters.

In recent days, and in response to Bush's Dec. 16 announcement on his Facebook page that he has decided to "actively explore" the possibility of running for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, Thor tweeted: "Hey @Reince & @GOP - let me be perfectly clear. If Jeb Bush is the nominee, I will never vote Republican again."

A raft of followers seconded Thor's sentiment.

"The whole of idea of a Jeb Bush candidacy and potential Presidency is managing the country's decline, not fixing it, not repairing it," Thor told Breitbart News in an interview, not long after his tweet raged across the conservative blogosphere.

"At this point America doesn't want another Bush," Thor said in his interview. "I don't want Jeb Bush for President and I will not vote for him."

Conservatives -- including some the conservative punditry -- appear stunned by the decision that, after unsuccessfully running "moderate-centrist" Republicans like Bob Dole in 1996, John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012, the GOP establishment hasn't gotten the message that the base -- or the country -- is not interested in a Democrat-lite.

"Managing the decline"

"If this is really about what's good for the country, Jeb Bush should run for senator in Florida four years from now and take it for the Republicans," Thor noted. "If it's not about you, Jeb." He further challenged the younger brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H. W. Bush to "help us maintain control of the Senate in Florida."

Thor's early thriller, The Lions of Lucerne, was published in 2002. He has written 10 additional New York Times best-sellers since. His latest is Act of War, published in 2014, and he says a new book is in the process.

The author was frank in his assessment of the U.S. today. "I believe that the problems facing this country are so dire I don't want someone who is [only] going to kick my dog less," he told the online news site.

"We don't need a patrician manager of the big federal bureaucracy in D.C.," he continued. "We need an absolute constitutional warrior, not only someone who is going to whittle this government down to the size it should be, but someone who is able to rally everyone behind him or her."

And he was equal in his disdain for the so-called "establishment" candidates of both Democrats (presumably Hillary Clinton) and Republicans (the GOP donor class wants Jeb Bush). But he was adamant that any big government advocate was not wanted -- or needed.

"You put in a left winger, it's going to increase the size of the federal government. You put in a squishy moderate, it's only going to increase the size of the federal government more slowly," he said, adding that he doesn't view Bush as a constitutional warrior.

"Jeb Bush may slow the boat but he's not going to turn it around," he added.

A third party?

As for the idea of forming a third party, which conservative radio talk show host and constitutional scholar Mark Levin said days ago he was "an inch away from," that appeals to Thor. But he also notes that it would come with certain limitations.

"I think a third party is a great idea," Thor told Breitbart News "but the question is, when we create a viable third party candidate, can that person get enough votes to win?"

That said, Thor added: "I would rather vote for a third party candidate than vote for Jeb Bush. It's more important to put someone in who's going to fix things, not manage its decline."

And in fact, that is what both major parties have done for decades, Thor said -- manage the nation's decline as its debt sores and its social fabric dissolves.

"If you have to put a term in front of the word, conservative, a qualifier, you are not a conservative. Mitt Romney said he was a 'severe' conservative. George W. Bush said he was a 'compassionate' conservative. Neither one was a conservative," Thor said.





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