The US Taxpayers party was formed in 1992 by a coalition of independent state parties whose uniting goal was to limit the federal government to its constitutional boundaries and restore civil government. Not all of the state affiliate parties have adopted the national party name, while others have adopted or retained a different name. The Constitution Party is the fifth party to be recognized by the Federal Election Commission as a national political party and has achieved ballot access in 39 states. The Constitution Party is overtly Christian and even has Jesus Christ in the preamble.
The party’s 2008 presidential nominee is Florida pastor and political activist Chuck O. Baldwin, who has consistently criticized President Bush.
The Constitution Party’s platform:
- Recognizes the US Constitution as the supreme law of the land
- Protects the right to life for all US citizens, including the unborn
- Upholds the First Amendment by enforcing obscenity laws
- Would abolish the IRS, the flat-rate tax, national sales tax, and value-added tax proposals and replace them with a tariff-based tax system supplemented by excise taxes
- Favors the abolishment of the Department of Energy and the immediate adoption of free-market policies to achieve energy independence
- Calls for the immediate withdrawal from the UN and NATO
- Advocates English as the official national language
- Would ban amnesty for illegal immigrants
- Calls for an end to all undeclared wars and foreign entanglements
- Protects the integrity of the Second Amendment to ensure that government does not usurp the liberty of its citizens and violate people's rights
- Binds government with the chains of the Constitution and limit government powers to those assigned by the consent of the governed