In a web radio interview yesterday on RevolutionBroadcasting.com (no archive apparently available), Constitution Party presidential nominee Chuck Baldwin reportedly reaffirmed that he has “no objections to the platform of the Constitution Party”. This echoed his statement in February that
2008 just might be the year to break the two-party stranglehold on American politics and vote for an independent conservative constitutionalist. And the platform and vehicle for this revolution already exists in the Constitution Party.
The CP Platform is nearly unchanged from 2006, when Baldwin wrote:
The CP has a platform with which I enthusiastically agree! (See their party platform at http://www.constitutionparty.com/party_platform.php)
On BreakTheMatrix.com, Baldwin supporters yesterday started promoting a Friday “money bomb” for Baldwin, in a posting entitled Ron Paul endorses Chuck Baldwin so now we know who to get behind.
In thanking Rep. Ron Paul for his endorsement, Baldwin wrote yesterday:
I was happy to support Ron Paul during the Republican primaries, because I believe in the same principles. [...] Ron Paul’s message is my message; Ron Paul’s fight is my fight. [...] Another area of agreement with Ron Paul is my philosophy of economics.
Baldwin explained why he was so “delighted and honored to have Dr. Paul’s endorsement”:
He knew I would be thrilled to have it, but I have too much respect for Ron Paul to be so presumptuous as to expect him to endorse me. I completely understood his neutrality. He has strong ties to both the Libertarian and Constitution parties
Paul was the 1988 presidential nominee of the LP, which this year invited him to seek its nomination again. Below is a summary of the biggest differences between the 2008 LP and CP platforms. (The Libertarian positions below, and even the the language expressing those positions, are nearly identical to those of the 1988 LP Platform.)
|2008 Libertarian Party Platform||2008 Constitution Party Platform|
|We defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. All individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.||The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries. The U.S. Constitution established a Republic rooted in Biblical law, administered by representatives who are Constitutionally elected by the citizens.|
|Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the rights of individuals by government, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration or military service laws.||We oppose any legal recognition of homosexual unions. We oppose efforts to legalize adoption of children by homosexual singles or couples.|
|Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.||It is the duty of all civil governments to secure and to safeguard the lives of the pre-born. We will do all that is within our power to encourage federal, state, and local government officials to protect the sanctity of the life of the pre-born through legislation, executive action, and judicial enforcement of the law of the land.|
|Only actions that infringe on the rights of others can properly be termed crimes. We favor the repeal of all laws creating “crimes” without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes.||The Constitution Party will uphold the right of states and localities to restrict access to drugs and to enforce such restrictions. We support legislation to stop the flow of illegal drugs into these United States from foreign sources.|
|We support full freedom of expression and oppose government censorship, regulation or control of communications media and technology.||We call on our local, state and federal governments to uphold our cherished First Amendment right to free speech by vigorously enforcing our laws against obscenity to maintain a degree of separation between that which is truly speech and that which only seeks to distort and destroy.|
|We support the removal of governmental impediments to free trade. All efforts by government to redistribute wealth, or to control or manage trade, are improper in a free society.||In no event will the U.S. tariff on any foreign import be less than the difference between the foreign item’s cost of production and the cost of production of a similar item produced in these United States.|
|Political freedom and escape from tyranny demand that individuals not be unreasonably constrained by government in the crossing of political boundaries. Economic freedom demands the unrestricted movement of human as well as financial capital across national borders. However, we support control over the entry into our country of foreign nationals who pose a threat to security, health or property.||We favor a moratorium on immigration to these United States, except in extreme hardship cases or in other individual special circumstances, until the availability of all federal subsidies and assistance be discontinued, and proper security procedures have been instituted to protect against terrorist infiltration.|
|American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world and its defense against attack from abroad. We would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid.||Congress and the President should take advantage of Panama Canal treaty provisions to negotiate the return of a U.S. military presence at the Isthmus of Panama.|