WHAT DOES THE
We defend the principles enshrined in the United States Constitution
and the moral values of the republic of our forefathers.
Among other things, we stand for:
Restoring America to "One Nation Under God".
Maintaining a Strong National Defense.
Returning to limited Constitutional government.
Repealing the Sixteenth Amendment (Federal Income Tax).
Protecting the Unalienable Right to Life for All, Including the Unborn, the Elderly, and the Infirm.
Eliminating all Government Spending for Unconstitutional Programs.
Securing our Borders and Enforcing Immigration Laws, with no Amnesty Under any Guise.
Protecting the Unalienable Rights of Liberty and Private Property.
Ensuring the Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Dismantling the Federal Reserve and Restoring Constitutional Money.
Restoring National Sovereignty, Including Withdrawal from the UN & Opposition to the Proposed North American Union.
Ending Federal Subsidies for and Control over Education and Welfare.
Promoting Pro-Family Policies.
Restoring Control over Elections to State and Local Authorities.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES AMONG ALL THE PARTIES?
The bottom line of any political party's platform is its philosophy of what the role of government should be. Both major parties legislate as if government is omnipotent and can solve all problems. As a result, our federal government has become immensely more powerful and more centralized, and many Americans have become more and more dependent on government, especially the federal government, in almost every aspect of their lives.
Libertarians and various other parties think man is sovereign and has all the answers, therefore, changes in cultural views and morals will result in changes in law and its interpretation. History has shown that cultures which have no absolutes end in anarchy.
The Constitution Party is the only party that acknowledges the sovereignty of God and believes that our rights come from God not government. We are committed to returning our country to government under the Constitution which is based on Biblical principles. The Constitution Party affirms the original Constitutional framework of federalism (sovereign states) and separation of powers, and calls for the repeal of all laws and the elimination of all government programs not authorized by the Constitution. Other parties may call for reducing the size of government, but none of them are committed to Constitutional principles.
The Constitution Party will hold candidates elected to public office accountable to the platform. Other parties allow their elected officials to act contrary to their platform and suffer no consequences.
DON'T WE ALREADY HAVE A CONSERVATIVE PARTY?
IMMIGRATION - Democrats and Republicans have failed to fulfill their constitutional duty to guard and protect our borders. They have approved the current invasion of illegal immigrants by allowing over a million illegals each year to enter the U.S. Americans' wages are driven down and then they are forced to cover the illegals' medical bills, the education of their children, and the costs of imprisoning illegals who commit a disproportionate share of crime.
TAXING AND SPENDING - Both Republicans and Democrats continue to expand the power, size, and cost of the federal government. Both major parties pay lip service to smaller government, but because neither party believes in Constitutional government, their promises have little substance.
RIGHT TO LIFE - Although the Republican platform purports to be pro-life, the GOP gives financial support to candidates who favor even the most heinous form of abortion, so-called "partial birth abortion." Republican leaders who claim to be pro-life actively campaign on behalf of Republicans who support abortions without limitations.
NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY - Both major parties have supported weapons treaties and alliances which severely damage U.S. security. Communist China has been rewarded for its hostility towards the U.S., which has included espionage and threats of nuclear war, with Permanent Normal Trade Relations status.
There has been no significant opposition to UN operations in which U.S. forces serve under foreign command. Both parties approved payment of billions of dollars in alleged American "debts" to the UN. President Bush repeatedly cited UN Security Council resolutions as his ultimate authority for going to war in Iraq.
The Republican Party is fully committed to continued membership in international organizations like the UN, the WTO, and NAFTA which severely curtail American sovereignty. Furthermore, key leaders in both parties are moving forward with plans to form a North American Union which would merge our country with Canada and Mexico.
JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS - Roe v. Wade (1973) and all cases which have confirmed and enlarged the "right" to kill an unborn child since then have been decided by a Supreme Court composed mostly of justices appointed by Republican presidents.
GUN CONTROL - The Republican majority in Congress for 12 years did little to counteract the erosion of the right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment.
EDUCATION - Both parties continue to drastically increase the budget of
the Department of Education, a department that has no constitutional legitimacy whatsoever.
Federal funding for education comes with strings attached and has steadily removed control
from the local level, as showcased in the "No Child Left Behind" program.
WHY NOT REFORM THE GOP INSTEAD OF BUILDING A NEW PARTY?
THE GOP LEADERSHIP HAS NO INTENTION OF RESTORING CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT - No matter how pleasing the rhetoric of the latest GOP conservative running for office, restoration of constitutional government is not on the GOP agenda in Washington. Most federal departments, agencies, and regulators are involved in activities not authorized by the Constitution. The GOP platform often opposes aspects of unconstitutional government, but does not embrace the comprehensive principle of reducing the federal government to within Constitutional limits.
Hundreds of government programs exist to help politicians reward and strengthen their supporters. Hundreds of billions of dollars in research grants, subsidies, and other forms of federal largesse help to purchase votes and political leverage. Only by reducing the federal government to within Constitutionally defined limits will we put an end to such graft and influence-peddling.
The GOP leadership is committed to "moderation," not genuine REFORM. Those Republicans who sincerely desire reform are never placed in party leadership positions. GOP conservatives in Washington always come up against a glass ceiling, and are excluded from leadership positions.
The GOP leadership is completely unwilling to nominate a constitutionalist for President, a key office responsible for many policy decisions and the appointment of numerous other influential individuals.
For a graphic illustration of what the GOP will do to prevent anyone who wants real reform from becoming a candidate, see what Audrey Miller-Queckboerner of the CP of Indiana observed regarding Ron Paul on Facebook [login required].
COMPROMISE IS STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE - With its "big tent" philosophy, the GOP has become a house divided against itself, the agenda of the national party leaders being completely at odds with the beliefs of many of the grassroots members. The GOP is composed of people on both sides of definitive issues like abortion, special rights for homosexuals, and entitlements for big corporations, with liberal postures on such issues usually dominant in the ranks of party leadership. Republican-led Congresses as well as recent Republican presidencies have been a net loss for conservative constitutionalists.
CAN A NEW PARTY WIN?
HISTORY SAYS "YES" - The Republican Party was itself a "third party" in 1854 when it was founded. in 1856 it was defeated with John C. Fremont as its first presidential candidate. Just four years later, however,the Republicans defeated the incumbent party, the Whigs, running a man named Abraham Lincoln. In a four-way race, Lincoln won the electoral college vote and the presidency despite not being on the ballot in nine states and receiving only 38% of the popular vote (by comparison, Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992 with 43% of the popular vote).
VOTERS SAY "YES" - Surveys show a steady increase in the public's desire for a third party. A May 8, 2007 Rasmussen survey found that fifty-eight percent (58%) of Americans say it would be good for the U.S. to have a truly competitive third political party. An April 27, 2006 Rasmussen research poll indicates that a third party presidential candidate emphasizing border security would tie a democrat candidate and defeat a republican. In a race with more than three candidates, one third of the vote can mean victory. Constitution Party candidates were elected to partisan offices for the first time in 2006, including Montana State Representative Rick Jore.
WILL I WASTE MY VOTE?
In 1996, 2000, and 2004, millions of principled conservatives did not vote because they did not see much difference between the major party candidates. Therefore, the conservative vote is already split between the Republican Party and those who will not vote for a "moderate."
A person's vote is truly wasted when he does not use it to express his genuine beliefs. A lesser of two evils vote only leads politicians to act as though they have a mandate to move forward with an agenda that all-too-often hastens the destruction of our country. The major parties offer a choice between driving our country over the cliff at 69 miles per hour or 70 miles per hour. If the fear of voting for a third party is not overcome, there will never be hope for change or for a genuine choice besides the lesser of two evils. A vote for the Constitution Party is a vote for the Constitution and an investment in the restoration of the country.
The United States of America was founded on the belief that people are accountable to God for the principles they stand for and the people they elect to public office. As George Washington said at the 1787 Constitutional Convention, "If to please the people we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterward defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God."
More concern with winning and maintaining power than with standing for principle has resulted in compromise by those in office and by those electing them. It is time to do what is right and leave the results to God.
WHY ARE SOME STATE PARTY NAMES DIFFERENT?
In 1992, a coalition of independent state political parties united to form a national third party. Since then, state parties have been organized in the states that were not part of this original coalition. In 1999, the party adopted the name "Constitution Party". Most states have now also adopted the "Constitution Party" name, but several, including the California American Independent Party, the Nevada Independent American Party, the Michigan Taxpayers Party, and the Connecticut Concerned Citizens Party, have kept their original names. Current laws in some states make it very difficult for minor parties to change their party name.