A Resolution on Difficult Times: A Call for Justice, Repentance, and Mercy

by the Constitution Party National Committee – October 2001 – Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Whereas one of the purposes of the Constitution of the United States is to provide for the common defense of our nation, we welcome the renewed public interest and focus upon protecting the borders of our country and the security of our nation here at home.

We pledge our full support to bring to justice the terrorists responsible for the murder of thousands of our fellow Americans. We also pray for comfort and strength for the surviving families in the face of their incalculable suffering and grief.

But that is not all that is required of us in this dark and difficult hour. Just as in times past in our nation’s history, these are times that try men’s souls. And if we are to respond to them properly, we must also be willing to humbly reflect upon our own ways both as individuals and as a nation.

We must rise and demand justice to protect all Americans. For justice to prevail in our nation the shedding of all innocent blood upon our soil must cease and all innocent human life must be protected. But the killing of innocent people has not stopped since September 11. About 4,000 American children are put to death every day in this nation by abortion – over 40 million since 1973.

Therefore, be it resolved that the National Committee of the Constitution Party strongly entreat our representatives in federal, state and local governments to immediately take all appropriate steps to prevent any further loss of innocent human life, while fulfilling their duty to protect and preserve our God-given rights and our cherished freedoms.

Finally, the National Committee of the Constitution Party encourages all Americans to once again consider the solemn admonition of Scripture that so many of our nation’s founders turned to in times of distress:

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14 – Holy Bible)

We therefore urge our fellow Americans to join with us in repentance before the Lord our Redeemer for the evil and wickedness that we have allowed to become commonplace in our beloved nation and to seek His mercy to heal our land.

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…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

“…And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” (Excerpts from the Declaration of Independence)

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“It is fit and becoming in all people, at all times, to acknowledge and revere the Supreme Government of God; to bow in humble submission to His chastisement; to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and to pray, with all fervency and contrition, for the pardon of their past offenses, and for a blessing upon their present and prospective action.”  (Abraham Lincoln – Declaring a National Day of Prayer and Fasting following the Battle of Bull Run)

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“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge THE Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and to humbly implore His protection and favor.”  (George Washington October 3, 1789 – Proclaiming a National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving)

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“If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.” (Daniel Webster)

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“It becomes the indispensable duty of these hitherto free and happy colonies, with true penitence of heart, and the most reverent devotion, publickly to acknowledge the over ruling providence of God; to confess and deplore our offences against him; and to supplicate his interposition for averting the threatened danger, and prospering our strenuous efforts in the cause of freedom, virtue, and posterity…Do earnestly recommend, that Friday, the Seventeenth day of May next, be observed by the said colonies as a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that we may, with united hearts, confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and, by a sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease his righteous displeasure, and through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain his pardon and forgiveness…That he would be graciously pleased to bless all his people in these colonies with health and plenty, and grant that a spirit of incorruptible patriotism, and of pure undefiled religion, may universally prevail; and this continent be speedily restored to the blessings of peace and liberty.” (Excerpt from a Declaration of a day of fasting by the Continental Congress in March, 1776)

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“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”  (Proverbs 14:34 – Holy Bible)

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“We, the members of the Constitution Party, gratefully acknowledge the blessing of the Lord God as Creator, Preserver and Ruler of the Universe and of this Nation. We solemnly declare that the foundation of our political position and moving principle of our political activity is our full submission and unshakable faith in our Savior and Redeemer, our Lord Jesus Christ. We hereby appeal to Him for mercy, aid, comfort, guidance and the protection of His Divine Providence as we work to restore and preserve this Nation as a government of the People, by the People, and for the People….

…We affirm the principles of inherent individual rights upon which these United States of America were founded…[T]herefore, 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…The Constitution Party calls on all 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.”