With North Korea test firing missiles, the US having already fired missiles into Syria, and President Trump now referring to a “military option” for dealing with Venezuela, it seems only reasonable, and responsible, to review the moral authority for the use of military force, and the constitutional methods for applying that force.
With these things in mind, our party’s Spokane County affiliate addressed these issues at their August monthly meeting, using the following outline to guide their discussion. The outline includes links to supporting documents and videos for further study.
We cannot hold our elected officials accountable to sound principles and the rule of law if we ourselves are lacking in an understanding of those principles. Therefore, we encourage you to review this outline and prayerfully ponder the principles that apply. Continue reading →
Let’s face it – those who believe the Constitution is something that ought to be followed today, to the letter of Original Intent, are a small minority in our country.
There are basically two points of view amongst those conservative patriots who believe the only thing that could possible save this country would be to return as quickly as possibly to the Constitution:
Ask any conservative which camp he falls in – most will tell you they think it can be done, but once again, those voters fall in one of two categories: Continue reading →
Robert W. Peck – Chairman, Constitution Party of Washington
The organization that I chair, the Constitution Party of Washington, along with the party’s many other state affiliates, has been honored by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) with the title of “Extreme Antigovernment Group.” Please allow me to explain why this is an honor.
The Constitution Party is pro-civil government, pro-U. S. Constitution, and pro-rule of law. The Constitution Party understands that the rule of law emanates from the Creator who is the source of all authority; that authority has been delegated by God to man; that “we, the people,” have further delegated a portion of that authority to the institutions of civil government via the instruments of our state and federal constitutions. The only acts of governing that the Constitution Party opposes are those that violate the revealed will of the Creator or that violate the contract between we, the people, and the institutions of civil government.
Therefore, when the SPLC calls the Constitution Party “antigovernment,” it is by default saying that the only form of government that it views as legitimate is that which is unconstitutional, ungodly, or unbounded by the rule of law. Evidently, in the eyes of the SPLC, being “pro-government” means supporting administrations, bureaucracies, rules, and legislation that are outside of what the Creator, or we, the people, through our precious constitution, have authorized. Continue reading →
By Doug Schurman – Constitution Party supporter, Clarkston, Washington
Mature Americans are familiar with cliché’s which have been with us for as long we can remember.
“Can’t see the forest for the trees,” “Hidden in plain sight,” “Follow the money” are three examples. What do these have to do with the Country we used to call our own?
Perhaps one of the best ways to explain where we are versus where we were, is via an old movie.
The 1963 movie, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World was a huge success, even though it was over three hours long. And it was really one long chase scene minus machine guns, helicopters with rocket pods, or fantastic unreal explosions. Yet, the audience was usually left physically drained from laughing.
What does this have in common with America today? So happy you asked! Continue reading →
Herb Titus was the Constitution Party’s 1996 Vice Presidential candidate. He was recently interviewed by our friend and fellow Constitution Party supporter, former Missouri State Representative, Cynthia Davis, on her Home Front podcast.
Herb Titus is one of America’s true constitutional experts. Titus has taught constitutional law at five American Bar Association approved law schools, and was the founding Dean of the college of Law and Government in Regent University. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Recently, Titus has been involved in submitting friend of the court briefs in the suit against President Trump regarding immigration policy. Cynthia and Mr. Titus discuss that case and many other important principles of American Constitutional government in this interview.
“A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.”-Proverbs 17:10
Growing up I read enough of Charles Schultz’s Peanuts cartoons to be familiar with the antics of Lucy Van Pelt. Lucy was a one trick pony who always offered to hold the football for Charlie Brown and then pulled it away at the last moment: Every single time. She never had to try something new because Charlie Brown never decided to stop listening to her.
Guess what Charlie Brown? She did it again, more accurately the Republican Party FAILED to repeal Obamacare. I said as much in “Repeal and Replace?” It doesn’t take psychic powers to notice an active pattern of the Democrat Party introducing Socialist measures, such as the Income Tax, SSI, Welfare, the US Department of Education and Obamacare: then having the GOP fail to remove such evils, after they made campaign promises to do so. Once again, the political football has been snatched away, and the effort to kick Obamacare into the ash heap of bad ideas has failed.
Guess what? The GOP won’t change as long as you keep listening to them. They do the same thing over and over again because it works every single time. We started the Constitution Party so that you could support candidates that won’t treat you like you are Charlie Brown. It takes a lot of work to transform a “minor party” into a major political party, but America needs some political competition from the Right.
All of you who have duly sworn an oath to “support and defend” the U. S. Constitution, and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same,” have but one choice available to them where Obamacare is concerned, and that is to repeal and “NOT” replace.
Article I, Section 8, of the United States Constitution, which specifies the powers delegated to Congress, nowhere mentions healthcare, or health insurance, thus leaving them outside the purview of Congress. Though legal gymnastics, and Constitutional contortions, have been used to justify the federal government’s meddling in these areas, to do so shows contempt for the clear intentions of the framers of the Constitution, and thereby, shows contempt for the document itself and for the rule of law which emanates from it. Continue reading →
Robert W. Peck – Chairman, Constitution Party of Washington
I recently discovered a pamphlet in a pile of materials on my desk that was waiting to be sorted. The pamphlet contained the text of a speech given by former Nixon administration official, Constitution Party founder, and champion of the conservative cause, Howard Phillips. The speech, titled, “Under What Authority?,” was given as the keynote address at the 1996 National Affairs Briefing, attended by over 50 conservative leaders and 3,000 activists in Memphis, Tennessee. The speech is the kind of thing that I cut my political teeth on, and it’s an example of the rhetoric that was fanning the flames of the Christian-Conservative-Right of just 21 years ago.
After reading Howard’s words in that pamphlet, and rehearsing the issues that were part of the conservative agenda back then, I find myself questioning whether the movement has been checking to see that it is still on course, or if it even remembers its original destination. Continue reading →
I expect we’re all aware that Christmas isn’t really about Black Friday sales and going to the mall to see how much stuff you can cram into the trunk of your car to haul home and put under a dead tree in your living room. I trust we all understand that Christmas is really about commemorating the first coming of Christ to earth when he came to be the Savior; the Redeemer; the Atoning Sacrifice; “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
But Jesus came and did all those things long before we started celebrating “Christmas.” So where did Christmas come from? How did it get started and how did it develop into what it is today? And what about this Santa Claus character, what’s up with that?
There is a story behind the celebrating of Christmas, and behind Santa Claus too, and it begins with a fourth century saint – Saint Nicholas. I was recently treated to the telling of that story by one of America’s premier historians, Bill Federer, who was interviewed by our friend and fellow Constitution Party supporter, Cynthia Davis, on her Home Front podcast.
In addition to reading your favorite Bible passages about the Word being made flesh and dwelling among us, and maybe going to a special church service, and, of course, getting together with family on Christmas Day, and eating w-a-a-a-a-y too much, I encourage you to listen to this special message: “Is Santa Claus Real,” and to learn about the origins of the celebration of Christmas. I would hope that reviewing the roots of this holiday might become a habit with us and that it might lead to our emulating Saint Nicholas (Yes, he’s real!) and his acts of Christian charity.
Merry Christmas! May the Blessing of the Lord come upon you and overtake you in the coming year.
Robert W. Peck
Chairman – Constitution Party of Washington