1980’s Third Party Candidate John Anderson

Our header shot is of wife Keke putting the last makeup touches on husband John’s presentation for NYC television in 1980.

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                        An Immigrants’ Son

John Bayard Anderson was born on Feb. 15, 1922, in Rockford, Ill., a son of Swedish immigrants at 8:55PM CST according to Michel Gauquelin’s Book of American Charts.  He  was the valedictorian of his class at Rockford Central High School & went on the University of Illinois for a bachelor’s and law degrees and then a master of laws at Harvard  University in Boston, Massachusetts. In World War II he earned four battle stars as a staff sergeant in the field artillery in Europe and later worked in the Foreign Service in Berlin and Washington, where he met Keke Machakos, a Greek national who was working as passport photographer.   They married in 1953.

Anderson left Congress so he could seek the presidency in 1980, & considered another presidential run in 1984, but ended up supporting Mr. Reagan’s Democratic challenger, Walter F. Mondale of Minnesota.   True to form, he backed Ralph Nader’s third-party run in 2000 but disapproved of the third party  Tea Party movement, telling The New Yorker in 2010, “I break out in a cold sweat at the thought that any of those people might prevail.”

He had homes in Rockford, Illinois, his hometown; Washington, DC, where he practiced intellectual property law, and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he taught law at Nova Southeastern University. Anderson had served as president of the World Federalist Association, that promotes international democracy, world open borders and global government.  Another farseeing nonprofit group he chaired was the FairVote, that champions  ranked-choice voting, a method that Australia employs and is similar to preference voting as shown here where you do not have to cast all four votes but can divide them up between the candidates.  If no candidate receives a majority, the candidate with the fewest first choices is eliminated and voters gave that candidate the #1 slot, now  have their ballots instantly counted for their second choice. This process repeats and last-place candidates lose until one candidate reaches a majority and wins. Your vote counts for your second choice only if your first choice has been eliminated.


                                      The Third Candidate

While Anderson lost in the 1980 election, his impact came in the courts enabling third-party candidates like H. Ross Perot and Mr. Nader to get on the ballot.  This was  because of the Scotus 1983 ruling  that threw out Ohio’s filing deadline of March 20 for independent candidates. (Mr. Anderson had not decided to run as an independent that early in 1980, but got on the ballot when a Federal District Court ordered Ohio to let him run.  Read the details here.)

Though Mr. Anderson’s candidacy had little impact on the outcome of the 1980 election, his campaign was memorable for its candor. Appearing in Des Moines with six rivals for the Republican nomination, Mr. Anderson was alone among when asked if there was anything in his career he would recant.

“… the vote that I cast in favor of the Gulf of Tonkin resolution,” he said, referring to the 1964 congressional measure that gave President Lyndon B. Johnson license to widen the war against North Vietnam.

Not long after entering the Capitol, he proposed a constitutional amendment declaring that “this nation devoutly recognizes the authority and law of Jesus Christ, Savior and Ruler of nations.” He recanted that too.

Here’s his debate between Anderson and Reagan. Reagan beat him handily and went on to win the general election against incumbent Jimmy Carter.  Congressman Anderson died on December 3, 2017.  His wife Keke and their five children survive him.  His obit from the Rockford Registar Star is here.

                                 Astrologically Speaking

His first house is chock full of planets telling us that he took his career seriously but a trine away there is a preponderance of planets including his Sun , Mercury Retrograde and Venus retrograde also in air signs suggesting he tended to deliberate on his future and not make sudden moves.

Despite that he has little in earth and water signs that are suggestive of conservative thinkers, so while Anderson was deliberate in thought he was not a stick in the mud clinging to bygone ways and outmoded methods.  The major water signs he has is Uranus in Pisces and Pluto in Cancer; he has no major planets in the fourth-tenth axis necessary for presidential contenders but instead is more fifth-eleventh house biased suggesting he was forward thinking and with Saturn the Lord of the tenth house in the twelfth, his tendency was to think about progressive ideals for government.

His major opposition is from Neptune to Mercury that is part of the five-eleven axis but it has no major planet as a point focus.  Instead it gets the transneptunian planet Kronos in the seventh supporting his work in progressive administrative politics.  An interesting footnote is when the 1980 election occurred, Anderson was facing his second Saturn return in the twelfth suggesting that his political career as a dominant player was over.

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