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Proposal to Libertarian, Constitution parties
Posted By Tom Ambrose On 06/11/2001 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
After I announced my decision to move from the Republican Party to the Constitution Party, I was flooded with e-mail. I want to talk about the general lines of reasoning that e-mail took and, as a result, make a proposal to the Libertarian and Constitution parties.
First, a lot of people asked why I moved to the Constitution Party and not the Libertarian Party. Well, you should know that I thought long and hard about that. The two organizations are not really that far apart in their thinking. A couple of issues probably best define why I chose the one over the other.
On the subject of the Drug War, I am against it. So is the Libertarian Party. WorldNetDaily’s senior commentary editor, Joel Miller, has already done an excellent job of addressing this issue so I will not go into it further here. Many of you wrote in, however, to inform me that the Constitution Party is not against it, but that is not really what the Constitution Party platform says.
In essence, the Constitution Party says two critical things about drug policy. One, they will protect our national borders from incoming drug traffic. Two, any laws or penalties for drug possession and use are left to the states to decide.
As I see it, this is correct thinking from a constitutional point of view. The 10th Amendment clearly leaves all legal decisions not specified in the Constitution to the states to decide. For the federal government to say either “yes” or “no” to drug possession and use is wrong – it is simply none of its damned business. If people of a particular state want – or don’t want – drugs in their state, then let them make that decision.
However, the federal government does have a legitimate role in protecting our national borders from drugs. For states that don’t want drugs, this serves to protect them from outside interference. For states that do want drugs, this is not a problem regardless of what the federal government does because they can produce their own drugs at a far lower cost than black-market prices.
On the subject of abortion, the Libertarian Party will not fund abortions, but neither will it disallow them. I simply cannot in good conscience agree with this. Our world has had laws against murder since laws were first written. Murder is universally recognized as wrong. Just because a baby in a womb cannot defend his or her self in court does not mean that we should have a license to murder the child because they are unwanted by his or her mother. Government does have a legitimate role to play in our nation, and the protection of lives and property is one of those roles. And babies are alive in the mother’s womb.
Additionally, if you go to the Libertarian website and check out what they believe, you will have a tough time finding mention of the abortion issue. Not so with the Constitution Party.
I’m frustrated with politicians ducking this issue. It is well past time to take a principled stand for the protection of the most vulnerable members of our society, our unborn babies. This is not simply a matter of the mother’s rights. Let the chips fall where they may – when the day comes that I appear before the sovereign God of this universe to account for my actions, at least I will have a clear conscience in knowing that I stood for what was right even if most of the world disagreed with me. Of course, if enough people were able to find their missing backbones, we could also begin to undo this terrible blight here on earth.
So, those are two key areas where I parted company with the Libertarians. Even there, however, we’re not too far apart. And because the Libertarian Party has a somewhat better chance of becoming a viable third party (due to numbers, visibility and momentum), it was a tough decision for me to make. But, in the end, I saw no point in trading one party for another if I was still going to have to compromise my principles too far.
Why not stay Republican?
And that brings me to the second area that the e-mails I received touched upon, i.e., why cannot I just be more patient and work for change within the Republican Party. Simply, I’ve been waiting for over 20 years. Things have only gotten worse. The Republican Party is as badly diseased as the Democrat Party, but worse – it is rotting away from the inside. The GOP compromises on core values in order to become a “big tent.” In standing for everything, it has come to stand for nothing. At least the Democrats are honest about what they believe even if most of them are a bunch of moral reprobates. I can only imagine that Abraham Lincoln must be turning over in his grave faster than a pinwheel in a hurricane knowing that his party has degenerated into standing for little else than $400-a-year tax cuts.
God help us if that is what we are willing to settle for.
A proposal to both parties
As I’ve noted, the Constitution Party is not irreconcilably different from the Libertarian Party. I plead with leaders from the Libertarian Party to consider what I’ve said here and see if you cannot join with the Constitution Party. Together, we could become a powerful third party and probably take 40 percent of the Republicans, 20 percent of the Democrats, and 80 percent of various independent memberships as our own virtually overnight.
On the seminal issue of abortion, could we not agree to do the following: Work to make providing abortions illegal and yet not make the receiving of an abortion illegal? This keeps desperate mothers out of jail but puts the bastards that do these heinous deeds behind bars. I venture to guess that 90 percent or better of Americans could support this approach.
Consider carefully what I say here. Many of my readers feel that all third parties are relegated for obscurity. We probably are if we remain splintered. But if those of us that are so close together as our two parties are can come together, we could create a synergy that would overcome the barriers we now face, i.e., we would become greater than the sum of our separate parts.
Think about this. Please. But don’t wait too long. We have two short years until the next presidential election cycle begins and we have to act soon. If the leaders of these two parties are still unconvinced, let me extend an offer to sit down together with both groups and see if we cannot find principled middle ground that we can all rest easy with.
We could pull this off. Please at least try.
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