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A Brief History of The Constitution Party

HISTORY
1992 A coalition of independent state parties united to form the U.S. Taxpayers Party. The party's founder, Howard Phillips, was on the ballot in 21 states as its first presidential candidate.
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How long have you been around?

Is the Party liberal or conservative?

Why does America need the Constitution Party, if we already have two other parties?

Will I waste my vote if I support Constitution Party candidates?

Is the Constitution Out of Date?

Are you for or against the War in Iraq?

What is your stand on abortion?

Do you believe in free trade?

What Are The Differences Among The Major and Minor Parties?

Is the Constitution Party Similar To The Libertarian Party?

Why are some state party names different?


How long have you been around? Top
In 1992, a number of independent state parties united to form the U.S. Taxpayers Party. In 1999, at its national nominating convention for the 2000 elections, convention delegates chose to change the party name to the "Constitution Party," to better reflect the party's core beliefs stated in the U.S. Constitution.

Is the Party liberal or conservative? Top
Neither. It is constitutionalist, which means that we support limited government as outlined in the Constitution.

Why does America need the Constitution Party, if we already have two other parties? Top
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.

Will I waste my vote if I support Constitution Party candidates? Top
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 third 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 third parties.

A person's vote is truly wasted when he does not use it to express his actual beliefs. How can we expect to have principled leaders if we do not have a principled electorate?

A vote for the Constitution Party is a vote for the Constitution and an investment in America's restoration.

A vote for the Constitution Party is a vote for the Constitution and an investment in America's restoration.

Is the Constitution Out of Date? Top
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 on 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?"

Are you for or against the War in Iraq? Top
We oppose the War in Iraq, both because it was embarked upon (like every other U.S. war since the Second World War) without a constitutionally-mandated declaration of war, and because it is an offensive, not a defensive war, aimed at the subjugation of a foreign regime that posed no threat to us. We believe, with the Founders, that American military forces should be used only for national defense, not to settle the quarrels of other nations, and that America's aggressive global military posture is making us more enemies than friends. We are also opposed to all wars embarked upon under the authority of the United Nations, and are very disappointed that President Bush has repeatedly invoked UN Security Council resolutions as his primary legal justification for our invasion and occupation of Iraq.

What is your stand on abortion? Top
We are 100% opposed to abortion, without exceptions.

Do you believe in free trade? Top
No. We believe 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.

What Are The Differences Among The Major and Minor Parties? Top
A brief summary of the foundational differences between the Constitution Party and other political parties can be found in this information from the Constitution Party of Utah website:
Political Party Comparisons

Is the Constitution Party Similar To The Libertarian Party? Top
The Constitution Party differs with the Libertarian Party on a number of serious issues, such as open borders . Most importantly, the Constitution Party is the only true pro-life political party in the United States, whereas the Libertarian Party does not believe the federal government should protect the lives of the unborn.

Why are some state party names different? Top
Most state parties changed their names to "Constitution Party," since a coalition of states 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: The American Independent Party (California), the Concerned Citizens Party (Connecticut), the Independent American Party (Nevada), and the U.S. Taxpayers Party (Michigan).

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