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FACTS ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION PARTY
In 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. Later, in 1999, the name was changed to the Constitution Party to better reflect the party’s primary focus of re-establishing the American Constitutional Republic according to the Actual Intent of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution.
Click here to read the history of the Constitution Party of Washington.
Click here to read the history of the national Constitution Party.
The Constitution Party is the only party which is completely:
- Pro-States’ Rights
- Pro-Second Amendment
- Pro-Constitutional, Limited Government
- Against- illegal immigration and amnesty
- Against- U.S. policy being dictated by the United Nations and other globalist organizations
- Against- undeclared unconstitutional wars (such as Iraq and Afghanistan)
- Against- free trade and all international trade agreements such as NAFTA & GATT
Read the Constitution Party of Washington platform here.
Read the national Constitution Party platform here.
WHY A THIRD PARTY?
1. To encourage voter participation and citizen involvement in the governing process.
2. Competition yields a Superior Product; i.e. better elected officials and better government.
· 95% of all incumbent candidates win re-election. In recent years, between 50 and 75 of incumbent Congressmen in the U.S. did not face an opponent on the November ballot, allowing them to be reelected without even campaigning.
· Voter choice is even more limited in state legislative races. 35 to 40% of the 6900 seats in state houses across the US (over 2500 seats) typically have no competition.
3. To address issues ignored by the two parties in power.
PAST THIRD PARTIES CHAMPIONED…
· A Woman’s Right to Vote -introduced in 1872 by the Prohibition Party. It wasn’t until 1916 that the two political parties in power began to consider the issue.
· Abolition of Slavery-introduced by the Liberty Party (1840/1844) The issue was not fully accepted by the Republican Party even as late as 1860. The Republican Party was itself a third party in 1854 when it was founded. Just a few years later, the Republicans defeated the incumbent conservative party, the Whigs, by running a man named Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, running in a four-way race, won the electoral college and the presidency even though he wasn’t on the ballot in nine states and received less that 40% of the popular vote.
· A Balanced Budget– focus of Independent/Reform Party (1992/1996) candidate Ross Perot who campaigned for fiscal restraint. By the time George W. Bush became president the budget was balanced. Today both parties give strong lip service to ending deficit spending though neither party is willing to make the tough political choices needed to balance the budget.
Click here to read “A Brief Look At The History Of Third Parties In America”