We emphasize that when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have them. In such circumstances, the peaceful citizen's protection against the criminal would be seriously jeopardized. We call for the repeal of all federal firearms legislation, beginning with Federal Firearms Act of 1968. We call for the rescinding of all executive orders, the prohibition of any future executive orders, and the prohibition of treaty ratification which would in any way limit the right to keep and bear arms.
by James N. ClymerConstitution Party National Chairman
With a new election year upon us, opportunities abound for the Constitution Party. Last fall brought unprecedented attention to our party in connection with the Jim Gilchrist campaign in California. The erstwhile party of limited government, strong defense, protection of innocent human life and laissez faire economics has morphed into the party of big government, fascist "public private partnerships", corporate welfare, binge spending,open borders, police state tactics and corruption.
Meanwhile the party that used to pride itself in protecting the rights of the working man, guarding our borders and preserving individual liberty, has embraced the nanny state, the abolition of private property, global government, free trade, a state determination of who should have the right to live and corruption. Do you see a pattern here? It becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish the positions of one party from the other.
Consequently, we are hearing calls from many quarters for a party that truly puts the Constitution first, by those who are tired of the obfuscation of principle among the Republicans and Democrats. To all of those people of good will and who love liberty we say, come and join us in our epic effort to re-enshrine the United States Constitution, that oft-ignored document that offers us the best government ever devised.
Unfortunately, too many people who believe in the principles of theConstitution Party are holding back because they entertain hope that somehow, sometime, the Republicans will come to their senses. They want to back a winning cause, and it's hard to blame them.
This is why it is so critical that we resolve as a party that 2006 will be the year that we turn the corner. We must not only run candidates coast to coast, for offices in every level of government, but also get some of those candidates elected to local, state, and federal offices.
We all know the odds stacked against us: a rigged electoral system that flagrantly favors the Republicans and Democrats, imposing very challenging ballot access requirements on so-called "third parties," a severe disadvantage in funding relative to the Republicans and Democrats, a near-total media blackout on our activities, and a host of widespread misconceptions about what we stand for.
Once upon a time, another fledgling political party in America faced similar odds. Founded by a handful of people in the tiny town of Ripon, Wisconsin, (near Oshkosh), in 1854, the Republican Party was nobody's pick for a force that would completely overturn the order of things. Yet only six years later, the Republican Party swept to victory in the White House and both houses of Congress. Not only that, by 1860 the governor of every northern state was a Republican.
Of course, times have changed. In the 1850s, America was in the midst of political ferment not seen before or since, ferment that led to a great war that resulted in major tears to the fabric of our Constitutional Republic. In our time, we too are faced with many dire challenges to Constitutionalgovernment of such magnitude that people throw up their hands in despair. From abortion to drugs to illegal immigration to the threat of national insolvency, among many others, we seem to be drowning in a sea of calamities.
We have the solution! We stand on the principles that will restore what thelocusts have eaten. But only by growing can we ever have hope of achieving our party's objectives. To grow, we need to sell our party better. And nothing sells like success.
For this reason, we must commit to running candidates in every race possible where the principles of the Constitutional Party are not being advanced. But more than that, we need to put aside the excuses and the inferiority complexes and resolve to win elections this year. We need to focus our campaigns on issues that resonate with voters, issues like illegal immigration, job losses, abortion, government corruption and the foundering economy - while raising high the almost-forgotten standard of the U.S.Constitution and the values it enshrines. We must take action now to ensure ballot access in as many states as possible, and to publicize our party'splatform and candidates as widely as we can.
We cannot expect to undo all of the ills of generations of government abuse in a single electoral cycle. But we can start moving in the right directionby gaining a toehold in elected offices across the land.
My vision for the party, then, is onward and upward! I have great confidence that this year will bring unprecedented successes, because of the unprecedented opportunities and because of the timelessness of our party's message. But perhaps the most important reason we will be successful is because of the people of virtue, integrity and honor who are stepping forward to say in this election year, "Here am I, send me". What about you?Are you willing to pledge your life, you fortune and your sacred honor forthe cause of liberty? Will you stand behind those who do?
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