Frequently Asked Questions
- What does the Constitution Party Stand For?
- What are the differences between the parties?
- Will I waste my vote?
- Why not reform the GOP instead of building a new party?
- Can a new party win?
What Does the Constitution Party Stand For?
- Restore the United States to "One Nation Under God"
- Return to Constitutional, Limited Government
- Protect the Inalienable Right to Life of All, including the Unborn and Infirm
- Protect the Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms
- Restore National Sovereignty, including Withdrawal from the United Nations
- Maintain a Strong National Defense
- Repeal the Unconstitutional Income Tax
- Stop All Unconstitutional Spending
- Protect the Inalienable Rights of Liberty and Private Property
- Abolish the Federal Reserve and Restore Constitutional Money
- Promote Pro-family Policies
- End Federal Subsidies for and control of Education and Welfare
- Comprehensive Immigration Reform
- Return Control over Elections to the People
- Abolish Special Interest Entitlements (corporate welfare)
What are the Differences Between the Parties?
The bottom line is a party’s philosophy of what the role of government should be. The two major parties legislate as if government is God and can solve all problems. This results in a more powerful, centralized government and a people who become more dependent on government and less dependent on themselves and God. Libertarian and Reform party leaders 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 wants to return our country to the Constitution which is based on biblical principles. Government’s role is to secure the rights of the people rather than control the and provide for people.
The Constitution Party affirms the original Constitutional framework of federalism (sovereign states) and separation of powers, calling for the repeal of all laws and abolition of all programs not expressly authorized by Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. Other parties may call for a smaller government but are not committed to reducing government to its constitutional boundaries.
The Constitution Party will hold candidates elected to office accountable to the platform. Other parties allow candidates to campaign on their platform but then act contrary to the platform and suffer no consequences.
The Constitution Party has not taken, nor will ever take funds from the tax-paying public to support its activities, believing that action to be unconstitutional. Others claim to advocate campaign finance reform yet they take money from taxpayers who may not agree with their platform.
The Constitution Party intends to entirely repeal the federal income tax and cut enough spending to operate the government without it. Others propose small tax reductions, a flat tax or a federal national sales tax. However, a different kind of tax will not yield a significant reduction in taxes, only a different method of robbery.
Will I Waste My Vote?
In 1996 and 2000, millions of conservatives did not vote because they did not care for either of the major candidates. Therefore, the conservative vote is already split three ways between the major parties and those who will not vote for a liberal or a moderate. Also, the fact is,third parties draw votes from both major parties.
- A person’s vote is the currency of his virtue. If he gives his vote to that which he does not believe, his vote is truly wasted.
- Voting for the lesser of two evils, will still yield evil. The major parties offer a choice between driving our country over the cliff to ruin at 50 miles per hour or 70 miles per hour. For example, Republican Supreme Court appointees gave the country Roe v. Wade and other liberal rulings. Future appointments promise to be no better. If the fear of voting third party is maintained, there will never be hope for change or a choice besides the lesser of two evils.
- The United States of America was not founded upon compromise and rationalism. It was founded upon the belief that people are accountable to God for the principles that they stand for and the people that they elevate to high 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 in standing by 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 Not Reform the GOP Instead of Building a New Party?
The GOP Leadership is Committed to "Moderation" Not Reformation!
- Those who desire reform are not in leadership positions. The current leadership fills powerful committee chair positions with "moderates". Therefore, conservatives hit a "glass ceiling" when trying to rise to leadership.
- The current leadership grants endorsements and financial support to "moderate" candidates, ignoring and working against Republican conservative candidates supported by grassroots conservative field works.
- The GOP is unwilling to nominate a constitutional conservative for President. This key position is responsible for many policy decisions and the appointments of numerous other influential positions.
The GOP Has No Intentions to Restore Constitutional Government!
- Currently, most federal departments, agencies and regulatory authorities operate unconstitutionally. Although the Republican Platform opposes one or more of these entities at different times, without the principle of reducing the federal government to its constitutional boundaries, overall republican support is for an unconstitutional government.
- Hundreds of government programs exist to help politicians reward and strengthen their supporters. Republican office holders are no different than any of the others. Politicians force citizens (by taxation) to support selected institutions and organizations which in turn support the politicians. This means hundreds of billion of dollars of vote buying and contributor kickbacks. Constitutional government would greatly reduce the opportunities for political corruption.
Compromise is Standard Operating Procedure
- GOP politicians are not held responsible for voting contrary to the Platform. In 1996, the presidential nominee stated that he hadn’t ever read the platform!
- With the "big tent" philosophy, the GOP has become a house divided against itself. There is compromise even before negotiations with those they call "liberals". The Party is composed of people on both sides of definitive issues such as abortion, special rights for homosexuals and entitlements for big corporations. Both the Republican led Congress and the Republican presidencies have been a net loss for the conservative cause of constitutional government.
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. Just four years later, the Republicans defeated the incumbent conservative party, the Whigs, by running a man named Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, running in a four-way race, won the electoral college and the presidency even though he wasn’t on the ballot in nine states and received less that 40% of the popular vote.
- In 1992, Bill Clinton won the presidency with only 43% of the popular vote. In 1992, the Constitution Party (then the U.S. Taxpayers Party) secured ballot access in 21 states.
- In 1996, the party gained ballot access in 39 states, representing 80% of the electoral college votes.
- In 2004, Constitution Party candidates were on the ballot in 36 states and were certified for write-in in eight others.
Voters Say "YES"!
- The American people are ready to seriously consider voting for a third party candidate. John Zogby International conducted a poll for Reuters and the Boston television station WHDH on September 6-8, 1999. Over one thousand likely voters were surveyed. Contained in the Reuters news article was the revelation that "A third of the voters said they wanted to see a third party candidate in the race and 42 percent said they would consider voting for such a candidate."
- In the 2000 elections, 4 million voters chose minor party candidates, double the number of third party voters from just four years before.
- The barrier has been broken with victories of Constitution Party candidates in the 2006 General Election! Check it out here. As the distinction between the two major parties diminishes, the Constitution Party begins to stand out as the champion of personal liberty and limited government. The voters say "YES!"