2016 Presidential Election: Constitution Party

Constitution PartyLooks like we have another candidate to discuss. The Constitution Party has nominated Darrell Castle to run for the presidency. He seems like a ball of energy, who is energized to go up against the likes of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. I mean, just watch this scintillating video of him. He can barely contain himself due to the excitement.

Seriously, if you ever need to watch something to help you fall asleep, this guy giving a speech would probably do it.

I would like to point out that in the 2012, Virgil Goode received 122,417 votes. Hell, way back in 2008, the party received over 200,000 votes and Castle was on the ticket. This is not one of those joke parties. If you are someone who leans far-right, then maybe this guy is for you.

If you go to their website, you will find their Seven Principles. They are a bit entertaining. Again, if you are someone like me who does not find themselves in agreement with the far-right, then you will laugh. However, I am sure a few of you reading this will say “hey Josh, this stuff sounds pretty good.” I guess that is why I keep writing about these independents because some of you should probably know that their may be candidates out there that better align with your beliefs.

Anyways, here are some of the highlights:

-Marriage is between a man and a woman. As it was divinely stated.
-The government needs to stop persecuting people of faith. Religions are protected by the Constitution and the religious liberty is a right.
-I am guessing they are big fans of the religious liberty laws we are seeing in a few states. Here is their actual part about homosexuality and the law:

We reject the notion that homosexuals, transgenders or those who are sexually deviant are deserving of legal favor or special protection, and affirm the rights of states and localities to proscribe offensive sexual behavior. We oppose all efforts to impose a new sexual legal order through any courts or legislatures. We stand against so-called “sexual orientation” and “hate crime” statutes that attempt to legitimize inappropriate sexual behavior or stifle public opposition to its expression. We oppose government funding of “partner” benefits for unmarried individuals. Finally, we oppose any legal recognition of homosexual or civil unions.

-Anti-abortion and any other means of ending life (such as euthanasia). They do not believe in abortion for rape or incest.
-Oddly though, in their sanctity of life bit, they never really mention the death penalty.
-Cut all foreign aid to countries because their is no benefit.
-Get out of the United Nations and drop NATO since neither has really done any good for our country.
-The federal government has taken away all of the states rights and created a socialist machine.

So yeah, I think I will be taking my vote elsewhere. I do have a serious question though. When these far-right folks start talking about abolishing the federal government or giving all of the power back to the states. What does that mean? Pretend for a second that we get rid of federal taxes and we take away all of the government agencies and programs that are out there. Do the states then have to raise taxes in order to pay for those services?

I mean, how would we pay for the military? Maybe that is a poor example, people may be willing to keep the federal government around if that is the only thing they have to pay for. What about social security? I suppose that would be a state thing as well. How would that work for some of the poorer states though. Would the tax rates for some states be so ridiculous that it would almost be impossible to live there? You always hear things like “that should be a state level issue.” And yet you never hear how that would work. If all the things that the federal government pays for would fall back onto the states, our state taxes would be very high.

Just something to ponder.