“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.” Daniel Webster
America needs the Constitution Party because an overwhelming majority of our Congressmen, judges, presidents, and elected officials routinely ignore the 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 and empowered local government, and very broad and significant individual freedoms. Both major parties, in spite of their rhetoric, routinely ignore the limits put in place by our Founding Fathers in the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution Party is committed to restoring the government to its constitutional limited authority.
There are already thousands of registered Constitution Party voters across America and party registration numbers continue to grow at a fast pace. This does not take into account the many states which do not tally voter registrations by party. The Constitution Party has shown broad support with the election of its standard bearers at state and local levels, including four Nevada candidates elected to partisan office in 2008. Constitution Party candidates have been elected to local partisan and non-partisan offices in several states—the first Constitution Party state legislator, Rick Jore of Montana, was sworn into office in 2006. In preparation for the 2016 election cycle, the Constitution Party continues its battle for ballot access across America.
Independent voters are playing a bigger role in national and local politics as disappointment with both the Republican and Democratic parties increases. One quarter of all voters nationwide are registered as independent or as members of a ‘third party’. Over the last 10 years this has been the largest growing segment of voter registrations. In some states third party or independent registrations approach one-third of all registered voters. The Independent Voter Network (IVN) reported that “Out of the 28 states that record party affiliation upon registering to vote, Massachusetts, Alaska, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Connecticut have the highest percentage of independent or no party preference voters in the country. Unaffiliated voters in Massachusetts and Alaska are the majority with about 53 percent of voters in both states declining to register with a party.”
A Gallup poll found, “Fifty-two percent of Americans believe the Republican and Democratic parties do such a poor job of representing the people that a third party is needed.” A 2012 Washington Post/ABC News survey revealed that 68 percent of voters would “definitely vote for” or “consider voting for” a third-party candidate whom they agreed with on most issues. Although a Rasmussen Reports survey revealed that 63 percent of likely U.S. voters believe the current electoral system discourages third party challenges, another Rasmussen poll shows that — despite establishment party ballot access roadblocks — 53 percent believe a third-party candidate will be elected President in next 10 to 12 years.
A BRIEF ELECTION HISTORY
1992: A coalition of independent state parties united to form the U.S. Taxpayers Party at its first national convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Among the notable convention speakers was former Congressman Ron Paul. The party’s founder, Howard Phillips of Virginia, Chairman of the grass-roots lobby, the Conservative Caucus, was nominated to be the party’s first candidate for President with retired Army Brigadier General Albion Knight of Maryland nominated as the party’s first vice-presidential running mate. The US Taxpayer’s Party secured ballot position in 21 states.
1996: The Constitution Party became recognized by the Federal Election Commission as a national party, bringing the number of nationally recognized parties to five. Howard Phillips was again nominated to be the party’s presidential candidate for the 1996 campaign at the party’s national convention held in San Diego, California. Attorney and writer Herb Titus of Oregon was the Constitution Party’s Vice President nominee. Ballot access was achieved in 39 states for the 1996 elections, representing over 80% of the Electoral College votes available.
2000: Delegates attending the National Convention in September 1999 voted to change the name of the US Taxpayer’s Party to “Constitution Party” to better reflect the party’s primary focus of returning government to the U.S. Constitution’s provisions and limitations. For a third and last time, Howard Phillips was nominated to serve as the standard bearer for the newly named Constitution Party for the 2000 election. Missouri surgeon Dr. J. Curtis Frazier was the nominee for Vice President. The convention was held in St. Louis, Missouri.
2004: The Constitution Party achieved ballot access in 41 states and, at its convention in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, it nominated Maryland lawyer Michael Peroutka, founder of the Institute on the Constitution, as its presidential nominee with Florida minister and commentator Chuck Baldwin as its nominee for Vice-President.
2008: Although the Constitution Party was on fewer state ballots in 2004, the vote tally increased by 40 percent compared to the 2000 elections while other ‘alternative’ parties lost ground or barely matched their 2000 vote totals. At its Kansas City, Missouri national convention, the Constitution Party nominated its 2004 nominee for Vice President, Chuck Baldwin of Florida, to be its 2008 nominee for President, selecting attorney and Constitution Party activist Darrell Castle of Tennessee, to serve as the Vice-presidential nominee.
2012: Former six-term Virginia Congressman, Virgil Goode, was nominated for President at the Constitution Party National Convention held in Nashville, Tennessee. Three-term Constitution Party National Chairman, attorney Jim Clymer of Pennsylvania, was nominated to serve as Goode’s running mate.