August 21, 2012

In various tweets and on my Facebook page, I have made it known that I will be supporting the Constitution Party in the 2012 Presidential election. The odds are you know little or nothing about the Constitution Party, nor it's candidate, Virgil Goode.

I thought it would be a good idea to acquaint my readers with this "third party" alternative to the traditional two-party choices we have had over two centuries.

Granted third parties have been around since the 1832 election in which Democrats and Whigs were the majoirty while William Wirt represented the Anti-Masonic Party. Even in the 2008 election, there were the Libertarian, Green, Peace and Freedom, Socialist and Socialists Workers Parties, in addition to the Constitutionalists.

The Constitution Party began back in 1991 as the Taxpayers Party, founded by Howard Phillips as a result of the broken promises by George H. W,. Bush of "no new taxes." Phillips rallied the remains of the American Independent Party (yes, the same party founded by George Wallace) and utilized two documents from which to predicate their platform: The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

Since the election of Barack Obama, the Constitution Party has drawn the attention of Tea Party activists and the Christian Right. In 2010, it achieved "major party" status in Colorado. Hey, I know that's just one state, but it's one more than either of the Socialist parties have.

Believing that the Republican Party had abandoned its stance of individual freedom in favor of "moderate globalism" with a secular flavor, I cast my ballot for Chuck Baldwin in 2008 and Michael Peroutka before him in 2004.

I'm a Christian, and I strive to live by the Judeo-Christian principles upon which this nation was founded. It may be deemed "old fashioned" but, allowing for modern technology, communication and transportation, there is nothing wrong with traditionalism rooted in the Declaration and the Constitution.

I need no other reason to back the Constitution Party than what is found in the Preamble of their national platform:

The Constitution Party gratefully acknowledges the blessing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as Creator, Preserver and Ruler of the Universe and of these United States. We hereby appeal to Him for mercy, aid, comfort, guidance and the protection of His Providence as we work to restore and preserve these United States.

This great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been and are afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.

The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries.

The Constitution of these United States provides that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." The Constitution Party supports the original intent of this language. Therefore, the Constitution Party calls on all those who love liberty and value their inherent rights to join with us in the pursuit of these goals and in the restoration of these founding principles.

The U.S. Constitution established a Republic rooted in Biblical law, administered by representatives who are Constitutionally elected by the citizens. In such a Republic all Life, Liberty and Property are protected because law rules.

We affirm the principles of inherent individual rights upon which these United States of America were founded:

  • That each individual is endowed by his Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are the rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness;
  • That the freedom to own, use, exchange, control, protect, and freely dispose of property is a natural, necessary and inseparable extension of the individual's unalienable rights;
  • That the legitimate function of government is to secure these rights through the preservation of domestic tranquility, the maintenance of a strong national defense, and the promotion of equal justice for all;
  • That history makes clear that left unchecked, it is the nature of government to usurp the liberty of its citizens and eventually become a major violator of the people's rights; and
  • That, therefore, it is essential to bind government with the chains of the Constitution and carefully divide and jealously limit government powers to those assigned by the consent of the governed.

One of the greatest ideals of the party is its push for Federalism manifested in the mandate to repeal both the sixteenth amendment (which allows Congress to tax income) and the seventeenth amendment (which requires the direct, or popular election of Senators.

George H.W. Bush may have started a small firestorm, but his son, George W. Bush got my fires a burning with his support of the Patriot Act, Inventionism, profligate spending habits, his empowerment of the federal education bureaucracy, his approach to immigration reform and his creation of a new entitlement program for prescription drugs. Add in the fact that during his eight years, he failed to veto one single bill, even when the Democratic-controlled 110th Congress sent him on a spending spree greatly increasing the national debt and sending us into an economic downward spiral.

I am done with the two-party system, or at least the two parties which prevail today. Both parties have moved more and more to the left. The Democrats are firmly in the Socialist camp of the Secular-Progressive movement. The Republicans have been taken over by Neo-Conservatives and RINO's of the ilk of Mitt Romney and are center with a tilt toward the left.

No I know that a vote for somebody else other than Mitt Romney means a vote for Barack Obama. But I believe I must stand by my principles, regardless of who benefits.

That being the case, I officially declare my support for the Constitution Party's Candidate, Virgil Goode and his running mate, Jim Clymer. This pronouncement also puts Mitt Romney on notice: Should Romney win in November, I won't go easy on him and will hold him accountable for any policies and proposals he puts forth which I believe will wreak havoc on our nation. I'll be on him like I have been on President Obama -- but maybe, not quite as often.

We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.