By Pastor Chuck Baldwin
May 23, 2006
Back in 2004, I gave up hope that the Republican Party would ever again honestly promote a truly conservative, constitutionalist agenda in Washington, D.C. Since then, the GOP has not failed my expectations. It has nose-dived into a big government, big- spending, socialist, Big Brother, pro-illegal invasion party that no true conservative could remotely support!
As a result, I switched my party registration to the Constitution Party. The CP has a platform with which I enthusiastically agree! (See their party platform) The CP also traditionally enjoys ballot access in over 40 states, which makes it a very viable third party. In fact, in raw numbers, the CP is the third largest party behind only the two major parties.
However, it seems very clear to me that if conservative constitutionalists ever hope to regain national influence, it will take a combined effort. Currently, constitutionalists are fragmented and splintered to such a degree that, for all practical purposes, they are entirely ineffective. Moreover, they will continue to be ineffective unless they learn how to work together for a common cause.
"What is the cause?" you ask. The cause should be the restoration of our constitutional form of government. As far as governing principles are concerned, the U.S. Constitution is the greatest source of protection against the Machiavellian propensities of power-hungry men that the world has ever known! If America had not had the Constitution, we would have already become a third rate nation. It is the Constitution which has preserved whatever semblance of freedom and federalism that remains.
Without the Constitution (together with the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights), we would have little appreciation for religious liberty, the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, personal privacy, the right to trial by jury, or the right to keep and bear arms. America was founded upon the principles contained in the Constitution, not upon this mythical "two party system" we hear so much talk about today!
In fact, it has been the "two party" system that is largely responsible for much of America's woes. The two major parties abandoned the Constitution years ago! The only thing either party is interested in is power! They could not care less whether or not America's founding principles are preserved! Instead, over the past several decades, both parties have systematically and callously dismantled constitutional government with impunity!
If personal liberty is to prevail, if any of our historic American liberties are to last much beyond this generation, it will only be because those constitutionalists who are left are able to put aside individual differences and work together (as did our Founding Fathers) for the restoration of our constitutional republic!
We need a combined effort, a determined effort, a focused effort, and an indefatigable effort to do one thing: restore constitutional government to our land!
Constitutional government would rein in the abortion problem, the gay marriage problem, the illegal invasion problem, the federal spending problem, the American imperialism problem, the high taxation problem, the anti-religious freedom problem, the runaway judiciary problem, and most other national maladies.
Constitutional government would restore power to the individual States and liberty to individual citizens. It would stop this burgeoning Big Brother executive branch of government dead in its tracks, and it would put the House of Representatives back in charge of the country again, as the founders intended!
Constitutional government would break up the elitist makeup of the U.S. Senate and allow individual States to be truly represented in Washington, D.C. It would also permanently dismantle the Internal Revenue Service.
The 64 million dollar question is, "Can such an effort take place?" I believe the answer to that question is still in doubt.
There is still a sizeable number of Americans who truly understand this problem, including politicos, military men, educators, ministers, lawmen, engineers and scientists. However, we are sliced and diced all over the place!
Some are foolishly (and futilely) trying to "save" the GOP. Some are trying to do the same thing with the Donkeys. Some have divided themselves up into several minor parties, including the aforementioned Constitution Party, the Libertarian Party, or the Reform Party. Some are registered simply as Independents or as something else.
Furthermore, a majority of these "independents" would probably agree on the basic premise that the two major parties are thoroughly corrupt, totally dominated by big money interests, and wholly given to globalism. They would also likely agree that the restoration of the U.S. Constitution is primary to our nation's survival. In addition, people registered as independents (in their various consortiums) outnumber both Democrats and Republicans!
Again, the question is, can conservative constitutionalists put aside individual differences and reach a working consensus that would allow them to combine their energies and resources for the accomplishment of the goal of restoring constitutional government? I truly do not know the answer to that question. However, one thing I do know: if constitutional government is not restored soon, America is toast!
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Chuck Baldwin is Founder-Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. In 1985 the church was recognized by President Ronald Reagan for its unusual growth and influence.
Dr. Baldwin is the host of a lively, hard-hitting syndicated radio talk show on the Genesis Communications Network called, "Chuck Baldwin Live" This is a daily, one hour long call-in show in which Dr. Baldwin addresses current event topics from a conservative Christian point of view. Pastor Baldwin writes weekly articles on the internet http://www.ChuckBaldwinLive.com and newspapers.
In fact, it has been the "two party" system that is largely responsible for much of America's woes. The two major parties abandoned the Constitution years ago! The only thing either party is interested in is power!