The Constitution Party of Washington is the official state affiliate of the national Constitution Party.
The mission of the Constitution Party is to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity through the election, at all levels of government, of Constitution Party candidates who will uphold the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. It is our goal to limit the federal government to its delegated, enumerated, constitutional functions and to restore American jurisprudence to its original Biblical common-law foundations. (Constitution Party Mission Statement)
As stated in the Declaration of Independence, the only just and legitimate role of civil government is to secure the unalienable rights with which our Creator has endowed us. From the courthouse, to the state house, to the White House, government has grown well beyond its proper role and has become a usurper. Under both Democrats and Republicans alike, the size and scope of government continues to increase and as government increases, liberty decreases. For this reason, the Constitution Party was founded to provide voters with a means of escape from the two party duopoly.
The Constitution Party’s core values are best summed up by what we call:
THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF THE CONSTITUTION PARTY
- Life – For all human beings, from conception to natural death.
- Liberty – Freedom of conscience and actions for the self-governed individual.
- Family – One husband and one wife with their children as divinely instituted.
- Property – Each individual’s right to own and steward personal property without government burden.
- Constitution and Bill of Rights – Interpreted according to the actual intent of the Founding Fathers.
- States’ Rights – Everything not specifically delegated by the Constitution to the federal government is reserved for the state and local jurisdictions.
- American Sovereignty – American government committed to the protection of the borders, trade, and common defense of Americans, and not entangled in foreign alliances.
Perhaps the most concise articulation of the Constitution Party’s purpose is contained in the campaign slogan of the party’s 2004 Presidential Nominee, Michael Peroutka.
Honor God… Defend the Family… Restore the Republic
In 1992 a coalition of pre-existing independent state parties and new state party organizations with similar visions and values united to form the U.S. Taxpayers Party (later to be renamed the Constitution Party). Their common goals included limiting the Federal Government to its Constitutional boundaries and restoring respect in civil government, at all levels, for the fundamental principles upon which our country was founded.
The Taxpayers Party of Washington also made its debut in 1992. U.S. Taxpayers Party founder and 1992 Presidential Nominee, Howard Phillips, appeared on the Washington ballot that year thanks to the efforts of Former Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, William C. Googloe, and Todd Richert, in securing the necessary signatures to achieve ballot access. Goodloe was also a candidate himself and ran for the U.S. Senate that year under the Washington Taxpayers Party banner. Todd Richert went on to head the party’s activities in the state for the next several years and served as the backbone of the Taxpayers Party of Washington throughout the remainder of the 1990’s and into the new millennium.
Many felt the title of “Taxpayer Party” did not sufficiently represent the breadth of the party’s values. To better reflect the party’s primary focus of returning government to the U.S. Constitution’s provisions and limitations, the name “Constitution Party” was chosen at the party’s 1999 National Convention. As a result, on March 11, 2000, the Washington affiliate was reorganized under the name “Constitution Party of Washington.”
In the 2008 primary election, two of the Constitution Party’s candidates for state executive offices surpassed the 5% barrier necessary for a political party to be granted “major party” status. Unfortunately, 2008 was also the year that Washington implemented the “Top Two” primary election system. As a result, the candidates were not able to advance to the general election where the same 5% vote take would have garnered the party major party status.
Constitution Party of Washington members have run for a variety of offices, including Congressional seats, state executive positions and local non partisan races, such as city council, where the past chairman of our Spokane County affiliate, A.J. Burton, has served several terms on the Medical Lake City Council.
The Constitution Party of Washington has had the privilege of hosting campaign rally’s for all but one of the Party’s Presidential nominees. In 1996 and 2000, party founder and former member of the Nixon administration, Howard Phillips, visited the state during his Presidential bid. In 2004, Presidential nominee and co-founder of the Institute on the Constitution, Michael Anthony Peroutka, traveled our state speaking at party sponsored events in Spokane and Renton along with Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, Roy Moore. Patriot Pastor and liberty movement leader, Chuck Baldwin, filled the room with enthusiastic supporters during his 2008 stop in Spokane Valley.
Restoring the understanding of America’s founding principles is a main focuses of the Constitution Party of Washington. Local county groups have conducted many educational outreaches and presented Institute on the Constitution classes in an effort to restore the knowledge of America’s foundations and raise up a generation that can again walk in the paths of the American founders.
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