An overwhelming majority of our Congressmen, judges, presidents, and elected officials have routinely ignored constitutional limits placed on their power. As a result, there are now very few areas where government is not involved in our lives, a radical and alarming departure from our almost-forgotten tradition of limited government and very broad individual freedoms. Both major parties, in spite of their rhetoric, have routinely ignored the limits put in place by our Founding Fathers in the U.S. Constitution.
According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary, a constitutionist is, “one who adheres to the constitution of the country,” ‘constitution’ meaning the document which founded the country. The same dictionary defines the word constitutionalist as “an adherent to the constitution of government,” the word ‘constitution’ referring to how the government is structured and functions, rather than to a specific document.
The current government functioning in Washington D.C. is not constituted in the same manner as outlined in the U.S. Constitution, which founded the country. It is a bloated bureaucracy, continually acting in defiance of the Constitution at every turn. It is controlled by a two-party system not authorized in the Constitution, which enacts unconstitutional legislation, and usurps authority where none is given, no matter which party is in charge. The Constitution Party cannot support this Liberty-destroying system, which falsely describes itself as operating under the Constitution, or “constitutional”. In this sense, we are not constitutionalists.
A Constitutionist, on the other hand, believes in the principles of the original Constitution, and is firmly committed to keeping those principles intact, from all enemies – foreign and domestic. We believe that by returning to the limited federal government, as authorized in the Constitution, we will see Liberty and Prosperity return to the nation. In order to separate ourselves those who wish to keep the current government functioning outside the Constitution, we call ourselves Constitutionists and call for a complete re-establishment of the original American Constitutional Republic.
The Constitution Party differs from other political parties in several important ways:
- The Source of Rights. The Constitution Party believes that the Creator bestowed upon Man certain unalienable rights.
- The Proper Role of Government. The Constitution Party believes that the proper role of government is to protect and defend these unalienable rights. Governments do not create rights.
- The Basic Right of Life. All humankind are afforded the basic right to life, whether pre-born or post-birth, subject to due process of law when one person commits a violation of rights (crime) against another.
- The Basic Right of Liberty. All humankind are afforded the basic right to think and act according to their conscience, as long as it does not violate the pre-existent rights of another person.
- The Basic Right of Private Property. For Life and Liberty to be maintained, all humankind are afforded the right to own and control private property.
- The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land. All laws, rules, regulations must be weighed against constitutional restraints, according to the Original and Actual Intent of the Founders. All international treaties must also be weighed in the same manner.
- Defund and Dismantle. The Constitution Party calls for the defunding and dismantling of all unconstitutionally-authorized agencies and departments.
- Taxation. The Constitution Party calls for the repeal of the 16th Amendment, and a return to a constitutionally-authorized means of funding the federal government.
- Return Balance to Government. The Constitution Party calls for a repeal of the 17th Amendment to restore the proper role of the Senate as representatives of state governments in Congress.
- Implementation of the Tenth Amendment. The Constitution Party calls upon state legislators to reject all unconstitutional federal laws and mandates through legal and legislative means.
Both of the two parties currently in power have consistently enacted legislation to expand the unconstitutional powers of the federal government, and continue to do so no matter which party holds the majority.
The Constitution Party believes the first level of government exists in the individual and in the family. Second is local government. Third are state governments. Fourth is the federal government acting as an agent of the states in very limited spheres of influence. This is the essence of the American Constitutional Republic it seeks to re-establish.
Although the Constitution Party and the T.E.A. Party do share similar principles, the Constitution Party is a legally recognized and registered political party, which has been in existence since 1992. The T.E.A. Party is not a political party. It is an organization that can support candidates for political office, but it cannot run candidates under their name. A T.E.A. Party candidate must run as an independent or under the name of another political party with ballot access.
We believe the Constitution Party is the philosophical home of T.E.A. Party supporters, where candidates who are committed to the same constitutional principles as most T.E.A. Party groups can run for office without opposition from within their own party. We encourage Constitution Party leadership and candidates to work with local T.E.A. Party and other like-minded groups to re-establish the American Constitutional Republic in their communities and states. If your principles and beliefs match up to those of the Constitution Party, you are welcome here.
Most state parties changed their names to “Constitution Party,” after the coalition of state parties that formed the U.S. Taxpayer Party became the Constitution Party in 1999. A handful of states were unable to change their state-registered names because of individual state restrictions, others just prefer a particular name.
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In recent elections, millions of conservatives did not vote because neither of the major party candidates represented them. The number of voters not aligned with either the Republican or Democratic parties has grown every year. Currently, more and more principled voters simply will not cast a vote for the “lesser of two evils.” Also, strong alternative parties have historically influenced electoral outcomes by drawing crucial votes from Republican and Democratic candidates. In addition, issues such as the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage and a balanced federal budget were introduced by alternative parties.
Your vote is truly wasted when you do not use it to express your actual beliefs. How can we expect to have principled leaders if we do not have a principled electorate? Voting for the Constitution Party is a personal statement about who you are as a voter, your vision for America, and your faith.
A vote for the Constitution Party is a vote for the Constitution and a vote against current government policies. It is a real investment in America’s restoration.
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The Constitution was written to specifically define the powers granted (by the people)to the federal government. The powers enumerated in the Constitution, were set forth after grueling deliberation by the Framers who were living under the tyranny of British rule. The rights guaranteed under the Constitution dealt with basic rights that derive from “Natural Law” (i.e. God’s Law) and those basics don’t change over time regardless of how advanced technology or society becomes.
Natural law and unalienable rights are timeless.
The Founders knew that governments tend to become tyrannical if they have unchecked power which is why the basic freedoms of Life, Liberty and Property were codified as the framework of American liberty.
All of the rights mentioned in the Bill of Rights were specified because our Founding Fathers knew that each one would be necessary to reign in the central government. From freedom of speech, to the right to own guns, the right to a fair trial, the right not to be searched without a warrant, these enumerated guarantees stand the test of time because without each one, liberty would be compromised. Over the years the Constitution has been ignored and the problems our country faces are the direct result of allowing the federal government to have powers not granted to it by the Constitution. The question best asked is this: “Which amendment would you be willing to give up?”
The Constitution Party opposes an Article V Convention. We need to enforce and put into practice the Constitution according to the Original and Actual Intent of the Founders. Find out more about our position here.
The Constitution Party opposes abortion 100%, no exceptions.
Read the full statement here: SANCTITY OF LIFE
The Constitution Party agrees that trade across international boundaries is desirable, but we also support tariffs on foreign imports as a primary source for raising revenues for the federal government. Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution provides that duties, imposts, and excises are legitimate revenue-raising measures on which the United States government may properly rely. The United States relied on a tariff-based revenue system during most of the nation’s history.
“Free trade” in the modern sense of the term actually means “international trade managed and regulated by international bodies like the WTO and NAFTA,” and is therefore completely incompatible with our national sovereignty.
Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution states that Congress shall have the power “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations.” Congress may not abdicate or transfer to others these Constitutional powers. We oppose, therefore, the unconstitutional transfer of authority over U.S. trade policy from Congress to agencies, domestic or foreign, which improperly exercise policy-setting functions with respect to U.S. trade policy.
Read more here: TARIFFS AND TRADE
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