Listed below are some of the most common questions asked about the Constitution Party:Is the Constitution Party for or against the War in Iraq?
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.
We are 100% opposed to abortion, without exceptions.
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.
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:
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.
Neither. It is constitutionalist, which means that we support limited government as outlined in the Constitution.
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.
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.
The Constitution Party differs with the Libertarian Party on a number of serious issues, such as open borders, abortion, and legalized marijuana.
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.
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)
- Concerned Citizens Party (Connecticut)
- Independent American Party (Nevada)
- U.S. Taxpayers Party (Michigan).