The Constitution Party: New Conscience of Conservative America
Can the Constitution Party’s candidate win this year’s presidential election? Many people say that’s impossible. I disagree.
In the first place, the party’s message of “God, Family, Republic” is resonating more and more with voters who are disenchanted with both the Democrats and the Republicans. Which other national party takes a consistent stand both for the U.S. Constitution and against such unconstitutional actions as President Bush’s undeclared “wars,” his failure to ban RU-486 or to speak out against abortion, his “compassionate” policies toward illegal immigration, and his abhorrent treatment of civil liberties through the misnamed Patriot Act?
Moreover, the Constitution Party is already the nation’s third largest political party in terms of actual voter registration. It has due-paying party members in nearly all 50 states. And, I predict, it will continue to grow as the election gets closer, due to the fact that other third-party alternatives are far fewer than four years ago. As Howard Phillips, founder of the Constitution Party, has noted, this year there is no Perot or Buchanan or Keyes or Bauer to siphon off votes like there was in the 2000 presidential race.
In addition, third parties have steadily increased in size since Ross Perot ran for president in 1992. In the year 2000, a colossal four million voters said no to the Democrats and Republicans. That’s twice as many voters as in 1996. And the third-party vote continues to climb at a rate of 4 percent, according to Richard Winger, publisher of Ballot Access News. Not surprisingly, the greatest increase is among young voters (four out of every ten), whose primary source for news is the Internet.
Even on the issue of abortion, the Constitution Party appears to be gaining ground. Bush can no longer run and hide behind the façade of the Republican Party platform. His unbiblical and unconstitutional record on abortion and other social issues is now being reported on numerous conservative websites nationwide. These include stories written by leading conservatives such as Chuck Baldwin, Christopher Manion, Murray Sabrin, David Brownlow, Tom DeWeese, Devvy Kidd, Pat Buchanan, and Lee Shelton. Here is just a brief sampling:
Finally, there can be no doubt whatsoever that the Constitution Party is drawing to its cause some of the best brains in the conservative movement. I believe this trend will continue. This should not be a surprise to anyone, as the party’s platform is faithful to the founding document of the Republic—the Constitution of the United States as authored by the Founders of our nation.
Conservative Republicans who are sick of putting politics over principle and who realize that George W. Bush will never put an end to abortion or restore constitutional government will find a warm welcome in the Constitution Party—the new conscience of conservative America.
February 25, 2004
David Alan Black is the editor of www.daveblackonline.com. His latest book, Why I Stopped Listening to Rush: Confessions of a Recovering Neocon, will be released this year.