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What is the Constitution Party?

By Sherry Holetzky
Updated May 17, 2024
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In the United States, the Constitution Party is a third party. It is the third largest political party nationwide in regard to the number of registered voters. The party is known for the slogan, “Forging a Rebirth of Freedom.” It is a paleo-conservative party, which means it is based on traditional conservative principles. The philosophy of the party is a return to the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and to the original intent of those who penned America’s founding documents and fought to secure the freedoms contained within them.

The Constitution Party Platform is based on restoring the country to one that was founded “under God.” The party also proposes smaller government and adherence to a strict reading of the Constitution. The party not only hopes to limit the power of the federal government but to also dismantle many existing bureaucracies which the party believes are unconstitutional. It also vows to reduce spending, balance the budget, strictly control national debt, and completely dismantle the Internal Revenue Service, replacing the current system with a “fair tax” system.

Also preferred by the Constitution Party is a change in foreign policy that would drastically reduce U.S. intervention, world policing, nation building, and foreign financial aid. The party does not believe in war unless necessary to directly defend the homeland. Within its platform, the party discusses minimizing U. S. involvement in the United Nations and in treaties that do not benefit America.

As for other hot button issues, the Constitution Party is strongly against amnesty for illegal immigrants and does not believe that children born to those in the U.S. illegally should be granted automatic citizenship. The party does not favor welfare for illegals or any other form of assistance that would impose an undue burden on taxpayers. It insists on strong borders, and would preserve English as the official language of the U.S., protecting its use for government issues including ballots.

The Constitution Party has concerns regarding far reaching governmental power and does not agree with the Patriot Act. The party is also a strong supporter of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

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Discussion Comments
By anon300665 — On Oct 31, 2012

I want to know if Virgil Goode would support Israel if he were elected. I know there's no hope for a third party to win, but I wouldn't want to vote for someone who wouldn't fight on behalf of Israel.

Does anyone know if Virgil Goode would 1. Support Israel 2. Be for the biblical definition of marriage 3.Stand against abortion?

By anon132700 — On Dec 07, 2010

i have a few questions, since i can't seem to find exactly what the constitution party believes, other than fundamental "nuclear family" principles: if the constitution got restored, wouldn't that restore slavery and make all women and minorities ineligible to vote? does the constitution party stand for that?

By anon131121 — On Dec 01, 2010

If US third parties attempt to directly place their members on the ballot of major offices, they will likely fail as the Ds and Rs have a lock on the electoral system.

Better to become strong voices on the issues and then endorse other party nominees at least in the beginning. The third party thus can begin to broker outcomes and grow in influence. Then start with state and local offices.

Anon81227, what do you mean by nationalization? That's a scary word for freedom loving people? We need a regime which honors and celebrates individual and local diversity, one which does not just box us all up tight under a single standardization. Let New Jersey be New Jersey and Massachusetts be Massachusetts.

We can agree on broad principles, but we cannot stuff all into the same political and values straitjacket. One of those principles must be keeping a central government out of pocket books and from our educational process.

Allow our local institutions prevail subject only to the literal provisions of the U.S. Constitution (as amended by the States).

By Crispety — On Nov 10, 2010

Moldova- Really the rise in the reform party which basically wants a balanced budget as well as the popularity of the libertarian party really demonstrates the opportunities that the Republicans have if they stick to the traditional Republican platform without wavering.

These groups that are normally independent would find someone to vote for if the Republicans stayed true to their word.

There is a lot of frustration out there, but out of frustration can also come opportunity and unity, but we have to elect the right people to power.

By Moldova — On Nov 10, 2010

Cafe41- I think that people are tired of Obama and his socialist policies and want to back to the days of Reagan when American exceptionalism was viewed with pride.

Our President spends so much time apologizing for this country that it makes many of us sick.

We are proud of our country and want a leader that will share in that pride and make our country great again.

We also want the endless governmental regulations and bail outs to end.

We understand what quantitative easing of our monetary policy and what it could do to our economy. We do not want inflation and feel that this president wants to bring about these negative experiences so that somehow we will find comfort in the government helping us.

Well I do not want the government to help. I just want my country back.

By suntan12 — On Nov 10, 2010

Cafe41-Although people are fed up with the government spending, they really have to be careful with a reform party, or a constitution union party or any constitution party presidential candidate.

Third parties do not win elections. It is better to be a strong leader within either the Democrat or Republican Party because at least there you will have your voice heard and a chance at victory.

If you support a third party candidate, or a candidate decides to run as an independent or a third party, not only will they not win, but the candidate that most likely resembles your views will lose ensuring a victory for the opposing side.

I don't think this is what libertarians or anyone from the American Constitution Party want.

By cafe41 — On Nov 10, 2010

Wow, I could not have said it better myself. The reason for a third party is mainly because many people feel that either prevailing party does represent them.

For example, the government spending that the Republicans participated in during the Bush era really left a lot of conservatives thinking that the Democrats and Republicans were similar.

This lack of true representation has resulted in the growth of libertarianism and the libertarian party. These are people that want virtually no governmental intervention.

This is the opposite of the socialist party, which we also have in the United States. The socialists want heavy governmental intervention and are unopposed to having the federal government confiscate about 80% of their earnings in the form of taxes.

Socialism is just the step before communism takes over.

By anon81227 — On Apr 30, 2010

Paleoconservatives, well whatever that means, they make a lot of sense to me being fairly young but out of college.

Who is going to pay for our welfare when we are currently paying for yours? Should we make my children pay for both of our welfare and spending? Or maybe their children should pay? But I doubt the house of cards will hold up that long.

We need to focus on nationalization and not globalization!

I think a fair way of stating us constitutionalists is, we are very federal reserve conscious, plus we are strong supporters of not only the second amendment but the 10th, the 1st and well everything in between.

Thanks for reading this. -- A Constitutionalist

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