Constitution Party http://www.constitutionparty.com The Party Defending the Constitution Fri, 27 May 2016 18:35:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Party Defending the Constitution Constitution Party The Party Defending the Constitution Constitution Party http://www.constitutionparty.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.constitutionparty.com Veterans http://www.constitutionparty.com/veterans/ Fri, 27 May 2016 05:00:08 +0000 http://cpwp.swehes.com/?p=1925 more »]]>  Veterans President George Washington stated:

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportionate to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their country”.

The Constitution Party appreciates the contributions of our servicemen and veterans to the preservation of American freedom. We shall continue to recognize their contributions to the national welfare by providing equitable pay and benefits to our military personnel, and generous health, education, and other benefits to veterans.

We vigorously resist the attempt by any government agency to nullify or reduce earned benefits to veterans and their survivors, including but not limited to, compensation, pensions, education, and health care.


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Cost of Big Government http://www.constitutionparty.com/cost-of-big-government/ Wed, 25 May 2016 05:59:19 +0000 http://cpwp.swehes.com/?p=1799 more »]]>

 

CostBigGovernment James Madison said:

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.” (Federalist Papers #45)

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” (Amendment X).

A legitimate and primary purpose of civil government is to safeguard the God-given rights of its citizens; namely, life, liberty, and property. Only those duties, functions, and programs specifically assigned to the federal government by the Constitution should be funded. We call upon Congress and the President to stop all federal expenditures which are not specifically authorized by the U.S. Constitution, and to restore to the states those powers, programs, and sources of revenue that the federal government has usurped. We call upon the President to use his veto power to stop irresponsible and unconstitutional appropriations and refuse to spend money appropriated by Congress for unconstitutional programs or in excess of tax revenue collected.

Budget considerations are greatly impacted by the ever rising national debt. Interest on the debt is one of the largest expenses of government, and unless the interest is paid, the debt will continue to grow as interest is added to interest. We must eliminate the debt in the shortest reasonable time by:

  • Not spending more than collected revenues;
  • Paying interest as it accrues; and
  • Making annual reductions in the principal

We could eliminate the debt more rapidly by selling certain lands and other federal assets, including foreign military bases, and applying the proceeds exclusively to debt reduction.

One of the greatest contributors to deficit spending is war. If the country is to eliminate debt, these United States cannot become gratuitously involved in constant wars. Constitutional government, as the founders envisioned it, was not imperial. It was certainly not contemplated that America would police the world at the taxpayers’ expense.

We reject the misleading use of the terms “surplus” and “balanced budget” as long as we have public debt. We oppose dishonest accounting practices such as “off-budget items” used to hide unconstitutional spending practices.

We call for an end to the raiding by the federal government of the Social Security, Railroad Retirement and Medicare funds. We believe that over a protracted period the Social Security system may be privatized without disadvantage to the beneficiaries of the system. However, the program has been in place since the 1930s, and workers and their employers were taxed for the program and paid in good faith. The government promised to deliver the benefits, and must meet this commitment.

We call for the abolition of the Civil Service system, which is perceived to confer on government employees a “property right” regarding their jobs.


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Copyrights and Patents http://www.constitutionparty.com/copyrights-and-patents/ Wed, 25 May 2016 05:44:19 +0000 http://cpwp.swehes.com/?p=1796 more »]]>
CopyrightsPatents Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution states that Congress shall have the power “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing” copyright and patent protection for authors and inventors.

We oppose the unconstitutional transfer of authority over copyright and patent policy from Congress to other agencies, domestic or foreign.

We favor more vigorous efforts in both domestic and foreign markets to protect the interests of owners in their copyrights and patents.


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ON BEING A CONSTITUTIONIST: Paul Hathcox http://www.constitutionparty.com/on-being-a-constitutionist-paul-hathcox/ Wed, 25 May 2016 00:38:31 +0000 http://www.constitutionparty.com/?p=7527 more »]]> 26 May 2016

I wish I had known of this party’s existence when it was created in the 90’s. That was the decade in which I came of age for voting. I joined the GOP at first, following in my father’s footsteps, but over time found it harder and harder to vote for the party nominees. It became a case of the hold your nose and vote syndrome. Now in the days of the internet and with people searching for something better for our high offices a party like this one can gain some attention. People can finally learn there are other options besides R and D.


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ON BEING A CONSTITUTIONIST: Robert Richards http://www.constitutionparty.com/on-being-a-constitutionist-robert-richards/ Wed, 25 May 2016 00:27:19 +0000 http://www.constitutionparty.com/?p=7521 more »]]> 24 May 2016

In all the years I have voted since I was 18, I have never not had to hold my nose while voting. I am super grateful that will not be the case this time. Thanks to the Constitution Party rising up from the ashes that have been created by the donkeys and elephants.


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Congressional Reform http://www.constitutionparty.com/congressional-reform/ Tue, 24 May 2016 05:10:49 +0000 http://cpwp.swehes.com/?p=1778 more »]]>
CongressionalReform US CONSTITUTION, Article 6, Clause 3

“The Senators and Representatives…shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.…” 

The Congress of these United States has become an overpaid, overstaffed, self-serving institution. It confiscates taxpayer funds to finance exorbitant and unconstitutionally determined salaries, pensions, and perks. Most members of Congress have become more accountable to the Washington establishment than to their constituents. Both chambers of Congress are all too often unresponsive and irresponsible, arrogantly placing themselves above the very laws they enact, and beyond the control of the citizens they have sworn to represent and serve.
 
It is time for the American people to renew effective supervision of their public servants, to restore right standards and to take back the government. Congress must once again be accountable to the people and obedient to the Constitution, repealing all laws that delegate legislative powers to regulatory agencies, bureaucracies, private organizations, the Federal Reserve Board, international agencies, the president, and the judiciary.
 
The U.S. Constitution, as originally framed in Article I, Section 3, provided for U.S. Senators to be chosen by state legislators. This provided the states direct representation in the legislative branch so as to deter the usurpation of powers that are constitutionally reserved to the states or to the people. The Seventeenth Amendment (providing for direct, popular election of U.S. Senators) took away from state governments their representation in the federal legislative process.
 
Since then, Congress has usurped power relatively unchecked, where today, very few members of Congress make it through a single session, without violating their oath of office to the Constitution.
 
If we are to see a return to the states those powers, programs, and sources of revenue that the federal government has unconstitutionally taken away, then it is also vital that we repeal the Seventeenth Amendment and return to state legislatures the function of electing the Senate. In so doing, the U.S. Senate would return to being a body that represents the legislatures of the several states on the federal level and, thus, a tremendously vital part of the designed checks and balances of power that our Constitution originally provided.
 
We support legislation to prohibit the attachment of unrelated riders to bills. Any amendments must fit within the scope and object of the original bill.
 
We support legislation to require that the Congressional Record contain an accurate record of proceedings. Members of Congress are not to be permitted to rewrite the speeches delivered during the course of debates, or other remarks offered from the floors of their respective houses; nor may any additional materials be inserted in the Record, except those referred to in the speaker’s presentation and for which space is reserved.
 
We seek to abolish Congressional pensions and other benefits that extend beyond their term in office, and favor a conflict-of-interest provision that prevents former congressmen from lobbying for two years after leaving office.
 


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Conscription http://www.constitutionparty.com/conscription/ Tue, 24 May 2016 05:00:56 +0000 http://cpwp.swehes.com/?p=1781 more »]]> Conscription US CONSTITUTION, 5th Amendment:

No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Conscription deprives a person of liberty without due process of law. This is clearly prohibited by the 5th amendment. Conscription is forcibly taking a person’s labor—which is a form of property. Allowing conscription removes a critical check on the unconstitutional expansion of the Executive Branch.

Compulsory government service is incompatible with individual liberty. We oppose imposition of the draft, the registration law, compulsory military training or any other form of compulsory government service.

We support a well-trained and highly organized volunteer state home militia, and voluntary Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) military training in our schools, colleges, and universities.


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Constitutional Convention http://www.constitutionparty.com/constitutional-convention/ http://www.constitutionparty.com/constitutional-convention/#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 05:00:12 +0000 http://cpwp.swehes.com/?p=1793 more »]]> Constitutional-Convention We affirm the original text of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We affirm that the nation’s Charter, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution contain the foundational law of the federal union. We condemn, therefore, all legislative, executive, and judicial action that departs from the texts and intent of the Charter and the Constitution and their original meaning.

We oppose any attempt to call for a Constitutional convention, for any purpose whatsoever, because it cannot be limited to any single issue, and such convention could seriously erode our Constitutionally protected unalienable rights.
RESOLUTIONS:
Opposing Calls for a Constitution Article V Convention
ARTICLES:
Liberty Amendments and a Proposed Article V Convention – Are We Saving the Republic or Chasing a Vain Hope?
PODCASTS:
Proposed Article V Convention – Constitution Party Vice-chairman Randy Stufflebeam Offers A Counter Point-of-View
Home Front: Darrell Castle and Cynthia Davis Discuss an Article V Convention of the States.
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS:
 John Birch Society – Stop A Con-Con
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Character and Moral Conduct http://www.constitutionparty.com/character-and-moral-conduct/ Mon, 23 May 2016 05:00:00 +0000 http://cpwp.swehes.com/?p=1766 more »]]>
Character-Moral-Conduct John Adams, 2nd President and signer of the Declaration of Independence warned:

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

He also counseled:

The people have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge – I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers.”

We threaten our very Constitution when we condone immoral conduct by our elected and appointed leaders.

Public respect and esteem toward public officials has fallen to a shameful level. The Constitution Party finds that a cause of this national state of disgrace is the deterioration of personal character among government leaders, exacerbated by the lack of public outcry against immoral conduct by public office holders. Our party leaders and public officials must display exemplary qualities of honesty, integrity, reliability, moral uprightness, fidelity, prudence, temperance, justice, fortitude, self-restraint, courage, kindness, and compassion. If they cannot be trusted in private life, neither can they be trusted in public life.

It is imperative that members and nominated candidates representing the Constitution Party and its state affiliates recognize the importance of demonstrating good character in their own lives.


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The Message of Liberty Is Our Priority: All Americans Committed to the Founding Principles Welcome Here http://www.constitutionparty.com/the-message-of-liberty-is-our-priority-all-americans-committed-to-the-founding-principles-welcome-here/ Tue, 17 May 2016 20:43:13 +0000 http://www.constitutionparty.com/?p=7480 more »]]> NCPwebsite_HomePageIssues_Newsletter

In response to questions raised regarding the search for a third party to field candidates from the Republican Party, Constitution Party National Chairman Frank Fluckiger issued the following statement:

“The Constitution Party national convention has been held, and our candidates have been selected.  There is no provision in our bylaws of which I am aware  that would permit us to do anything but move forward as we now are doing.  To even consider another choice at this point would create nothing less than confusion and only hinder our progress.  We would have to circulate petitions anew in some states.  As important and as appealing a candidate might be, if we forget that it is our message of liberty first and foremost that resonates in the hearts of our supporters, we will in due time just become another political party.”

All Americans who hold to the idea of a constitutionally limited government, who believe in the sanctity of life and the traditional family, and who can agree with the principles found in our platform are welcome in the Constitution Party as it moves forward in this election year.  Many such Americans have already joined our effort to elect a president who is committed to such ideals in the person of Darrell Castle, and our doors are open to all who will come.


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