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Why you should vote for the Constitution Party

Updated on July 16, 2016

About the Constitution Party

Founded in 1991, as the US Taxpayers' Party, then changed in 1999 to its current name, the Constitution Party. This party espouses the belief that the government should return to its Constitution roots, as interpreted from various documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, Bill of Rights, and of course, the US Constitution. The Bible also plays a prominent role in their platform.

They claim to be the philosophical base for the Tea Party, and are supported by the Christian Right. The platform in the past has supported the belief that God helped create the United States. And they did absorb the American Independent Party, founded in 1968 as part of the George Wallace (yes, that George Wallace) Presidential campaign.

As in previous write-ups I'll remain as objective as possible and save my commentary for the end.

Darrell Castle, 2016 Constitution Party candidate

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About Darrell Castle

Castle was born in 1948. has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and History from East Tennessee State University, and a Juris Doctorate from Memphis State.

From the Castle Report about the candidate, "Darrell came of age during the Viet Nam War. During his ETSU years, he enrolled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) for two years and attended the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders class in Quantico, Virginia. Following graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Darrell trained under then 1st Lieutenant, Oliver North. After graduation from Basic School, Darrell’s unit received a unit citation for being deployed in five different theaters of operation at the same time. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and received orders to the Far East for 13 months. His service in Viet Nam followed a family military tradition; his oldest brother serving in the Army during World War II, another brother having served as a Marine in the Korean War."

He is a lawyer, specializing in consumer bankruptcy and personal injury, but also works in social security/disability and workers' compensation. He also served as a deacon in his local church. He also ran as the VP of Chuck Baldwin in 2008 and has held numerous positions within the Constitution Party. He is also the writer for he Castle Report.

Castle on gun violence

The Constitution Party on gun control

All sources that follow are taken directly from the Constitution Party's page on key issues

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” (Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book, 1774-1776)

"The Constitution Party stands opposed to his efforts to disarm the American people, whatever the president’s motives may be. The Constitution Party opposes what the government usually refers to as “gun control” – and that is gun or ammunition confiscation, gun or ammunition registration and the restriction of semi-automatic firearms with high-capacity magazines. We in the Constitution Party understand that armed people are free while disarmed people are slaves. If you are opposed to these things as we are, consider standing with us."

In short. the Party is not surprisingly opposed to gun control of any kind.

Castle on immigration and rioting

Constitution Party on immigration

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. … We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” (Theodore Roosevelt)

The Constitution Party opposes amnesty, and opposes open borders, thus setting it apart from all the major parties. They actually call for the use of US military to protect the border, and believe that there is already a path to citizenship: legal immigration.

Castle's goals

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Constitution Party on education, abortion, the death penalty, and healthcare

“The best means of forming a manly, virtuous, and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fail.” (George Washington)

Since the Constitution does not grant the federal government any authority over education, this power should be in the individual states' hands.

"“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Again, directly from the site, regarding healthcare:

"The Constitution Party opposes the governmentalization and bureaucratization of American medicine. Government regulation and subsidy constitutes a threat to both the quality and availability of patient-oriented health care and treatment. Hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers should be accountable to patients – not to politicians, insurance bureaucrats, or HMO Administrators. If the supply of medical care is controlled by the federal government, then officers of that government will determine which demand is satisfied. The result will be the rationing of services, higher costs, poorer results – and the power of life and death transferred from caring physicians to unaccountable political overseers. We denounce any civil government entity using age or any other personal characteristic to: preclude people and insurance firms from freely contracting for medical coverage; conscript such people into socialized medicine, e.g., Medicare; or prohibit these people from using insurance payments and/or their own money to obtain medical services in addition to, or to augment the quality of, those services prescribed by the program."

On abortion:

"We affirm the God-given legal personhood of all human beings from fertilization to natural death, without exception. The first duty of the law is to protect innocent life, created in the image of God. No government may legalize the taking of life without justification. Legalizing the termination of innocent life of the born or unborn, whether by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia or suicide, is a direct violation of their unalienable right to life."

On the death penalty and hate crimes:

No enhanced penalties for so-called hate crimes

We are opposed to "hate crime" legislation and to enhanced penalties for so called hate crimes. We recognize that a real result of the designation of "hate crime" is to extend federal jurisdiction to crimes which would otherwise be in the province of the states.Source: 2012-2016 Constitution Party national platform , Nov 1, 2012

Inflict capital punishment where appropriate

The Constitution Party is unalterably opposed to the criminal acts of terrorists, and their organizations, as well as the governments which condone them. Individuals responsible for acts of terrorism must be punished for their crimes, including the infliction of capital punishment where appropriate."

(source:Constitution Party on the issues

the Constitution Party's stance on trade deals simplified

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Regarding foreign policy

"Since World War II, the United States has engaged in the greatest international giveaway program ever conceived by man and is now spending billions of dollars each year to aid foreign nations. There is no constitutional basis for foreign aid. These expenditures have won us no friends and constitute a major drain on the resources of our taxpayers. Therefore, we demand that:

  • no further funds be appropriated for any kind of foreign aid program;
  • United States participation in international lending institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund be ended;
  • the Export-Import Bank be abolished;
  • government subsidies, tax preferences and investment guarantees to encourage U.S. businesses to invest in foreign lands be immediately terminated; and
  • all debts owed to the United States by foreign countries, or foreign entities, be collected."

The Constitution Party wants the US to remove itself from NAFTA, NATO, the UN, and any other foreign treaties. They basically advocate a return to the tariff-revenue system, and an end to the foreign interventionism that has marked American foreign policy since President James Monroe.

They have also called for a balanced budget, a steady privatization of Social Security, and an end to such terms as surplus while in debt, and for the federal government to stop raiding programs such as SSI and Medicaid.

Conclusion

I haven't changed my position on voting for Gary Johnson, but the party has its strong points and weak points as well.

On the strong side, they agree with their other two third parties on foreign policy (non-interventionism), and the debt. And they agree with Libertarians on gun control and most taxes.

And this is part of the problem the party faces. Its platform is similar to what Tea Party candidates run on, and it loses votes to Libertarians in part due their stances on free trade, abortion, and immigration.

For a voter who'd consider them, there are simply more well-known (read Republican) options, or more popular (Libertarian and Green parties).

That, and its stance on abortion seems to fly in the face of the platform. (It doesn't....exactly. They extend the Bill of Rights back to conception.)

Like all third parties, their first goal is 15% of the general election vote, and then go from there. I don't believe this party will achieve that.

Next time, I tackle the last of third parties I plan to cover: the Reform Party....

Until then, feel free to leave comments, but please keep them civil.

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