Alternatives: The Constitution Party

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If you are a conservative, the Republicans, as a party, are pretty disappointing, don't you agree? If you don't agree, please go back to bed and pull the covers over your head. It's nice under there.

The Republicans have had control of the U.S. government to a large degree since 1994 and the end result has been a very non-conservative state of affairs. The deficit has gone through the stratosphere and our southern border has become an international cause celebre. By way of definition, a 'cause celebre' tends to involve few U.S. border guards guarding the border.

So let's learn about an alternative.


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A Brief History of the Constitution Party

In 1992, a coalition of independent state parties formed the U.S. Taxpayers Party. The U.S. Taxpayer's Party's goal was to limit the Federal Government to its constitutional boundaries and to restore civil government to the principles our country was founded upon. Some of the state affiliate parties have adopted the national party name, while others have adopted or retained a different name.

In 1992, the party's presidential candidate, Howard Phillips, was on the ballot in 21 states. In 1995, the party became the fifth political party to be formally recognized by the Federal Election Commission as a national political party. In 1996 the party achieved ballot access in 39 states, with Howard Phillips again as its presidential candidate.

In 1999 the party name was changed to "Constitution Party," to better reflect the party's primary policy approach of enforcing the U.S. Constitution's provisions and limitations. Also at that convention, Howard Phillips was elected to be the party's presidential nominee for the 2000 elections. In 2004, the Constitution Party nominated Michael Peroutka as its presidential candidate. The challenges our nation faces are dire and pervasive. Therefore, the Constitution Party maintains its focus on identifying, training and preparing candidates for future elections at all levels of government, from the local level on up. In support of this objective and to raise public awareness, the party has built its membership and organization at the state, county and local level. The Constitution Party strongly champions the principles of government laid down by our Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, principles which have been abandoned by our political establishment. Unlike other political organizations, we do not believe these principles are outdated. We recognize that the Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the land and must be enforced.

The proper and lawful division of governmental authority among the Federal, State and local governments was an arrangement that the Founders rightly saw as necessary to preserving freedom and justice. Only after that federal, constitutional order is restored to its proper balance can we reverse America's slide into lawlessness, corruption and tyranny.

The Constitution Party is the only party which is completely pro-life, pro-gun, pro-American sovereignty and independence, and in favor of a strong national defense. It is also the only party that is anti-globalist, anti-free trade, anti-deindustrialization, and anti-unchecked immigration. We oppose special rights for homosexuals, the constantly increasing expansion of unlawful police laws, foreign aid, and military interventionism.

Constitution Party Mission Statement

The mission of the Constitution Party is to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity through the election, at all levels of government, of Constitution Party candidates who will uphold the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. It is our goal to limit the federal government to its delegated, enumerated, Constitutional functions and to restore American jurisprudence to its original Biblical common-law foundations.
Constitution Party Sites:

National HQ http://www.constitutionparty.org/
Virginia CP: http://www.constitutionpartyva.com/
VACP discussion group on Yahoo: Yahoo groups.


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Jack said:

Joe:

I certainly understand the temptation of switching to another party. I used to be a Libertarian. unfortunately, the system just doesn't work that way. Our system is set up as winner-take-all contests. Third party candidates takes votes away from the major party more closely aligned with them, allowing the less closely aligned major party to win.

A perfect example was the Georgia Senate race a few years ago. The Democrat won 49%, the Republican 48%, and the Libertarian 3%. In the runoff, the Democrat got 49% again, and the Republican 51%. Almost all of the Libertarian votes went to the Republican. In any other state, the Democrat would have won on the first vote.

The Consitution did not set up the winner-take-all system, the states did. The way to do this properly is to eliminate the congressional districts entirely, and have at-large elections, with each voter getting 11 votes. They may be cast for 11 different candidates, or all 11 to one candidate, or in any combination one desires.

Thge advantages are that we would have more representative representatives, and those representatives would be more inclined to work together for the benefit of the state, rather than just for their own districts.

Loudoun Conservative said:

Folks, a winner take all system is an advantage, not a disadvantage. I'm pretty familiar with the Constitution Party. I'm a conservative Republican and I'm disappointed with many things in my party but the Constitution Party platform scares me.

Jack said:

LC:

You make the assertion that we winner-take-all system is an advantage, but do not back it up.

Jack said:

As a follow-up to my Georgia example, we now have Montana, where the Democrat has the lead with 48.9%, the Republican has 48.5%, and the Libertarian has 2.6%.

Unlike Georgia, there is no run-off in Montana. Those Libertarian votes could give control of the Senate to the Democrats.

e-tranger said:

I misunderstood. So, this Constitution Party is not libertarian-style conservative. I clink on the links and see that it's old-school right-wing populist, of the Buchanite(as in Pat) variety.

Eek.

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man said:

Constitutional Party here I come!

Third parties are good, Remember? A third party made GWB president. (that, along with the Mafia, the CIA, anti-Castro cuban expats, a shadowy network of evanglo-fascists, and a sneaky ploy involving steel tariffs) I say, vote CPUSA!

Jack said:

A third party also made Clinton President.

Just scoping out the alternatives, guys. I'm intending to continue working on the GOP from the inside. Both parties have a lot of hosers in the leadership and a lot of decent people in the grassroots. There has to be a way to bridge the differences, and thinking outside the party box seems worthwhile.

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man said:

it's first-past-the-post, man. We wont have competitive third parties till after the revolution. in the meantime, this might help easy the pain:

http://www.addictinggames.com/nancyballs.html

Oh man, an extra thousand years in Purgatory for me now, for sure.

RickB in Michigan said:

We've had over 140 years of Democrat/Republican (Republicrat) statist rule. Enough already. The idea of going with one of those parties is no longer viable if we are to maintain our liberties. The only way to get rid of them, short of the alternative laid out in our own Declaration of Independence is to vote CP.

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