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On Sunday, March 25, 2007, I received a message from a friend of 35 years, who lives in Portland Oregon, alerting me to the fact that he had recently read an article in the OpEdNews.com newsletter by Mary Starrett entitled "Battered Voter Syndrome".He thought that I might be interested in the article for a couple of reasons. One was because I may have remembered her from my days in Oregon when she was a news anchor on one of the local Television stations and another because I'm always ready to take on ultra-conservatives who I usually characterize as being to the right of "Attila The Hun". He indicated that she is "Now a wild eyed right of conservative who ran for guv. here this past year. Assertive, brassy, laid waste to the local political landscape".

Consequently, I first read her article in OpEdNews.com and then went to the Constitution Party home page looking for enlightenment The home page sent me to the Party platform for knowledge of what the Party stands for. I found, in the preface, that "the goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries." American jurisprudence means American science or philosophy of law. I don't know what "its Biblical foundations" means. I have a little trouble understanding how "The U.S. Constitution established a Republic rooted in Biblical law..." when many give the Iroquois Nation's Confederation some credit as a model for our Constitution.

The next section, "Sanctity of Life is where these zealots lose me. They state that life begins at fertilization and, further state, that "As to matters of rape and incest, it is unconscionable to take the life of an innocent child for the crimes of his father." They also oppose the "funding and legalization of bio-research involving human embryonic or pre-embryonic cells. And, as for abortion, They would completely outlaw it in any of its forms.

Because of the length of this platform and the number of planks in it, I will not attempt to discuss it in its entirety. There are 39 planks in addition to its preamble. There is just too much material to try to cover in one article. Therefor, I will point out but a few of the points that I find most interesting, some that I agree with and some that I don't. The Constitution Party would abolish Congressional pensions. It would repeal the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution thus returning the election of U.S. Senators to the State Legislatures where, I agree that power belongs as a vital part of the system of checks and balances. They oppose any attempt to call a Constitutional Convention, for any purpose whatsoever... Under "cost of big government" they call for the abolition of the Civil Service system. They also call for the abolition of the U.S. Dept. Of Education stating that "The law of our Creator assigns the authority and responsibility of educating our children to their parents." They also contend that compulsory attendance laws should be repealed so that parents need not defy the law by refusing to send their children to schools of which they disapprove. They point out that the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution limits the use of the power of Eminent Domain to solely purchase private property with just compensation for public use, such as military reservations and government office buildings. This does not include urban renewal, environmental protection or historic preservation. I agree and believe that the recent trend of using eminent domain to transfer property to developers for commercial purposes should be stopped immediately. In addition, they oppose government funding of "partner" benefits for unmarried individuals and oppose any legal recognition of homosexual unions.

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This looks like a good place to stop, for by now, you should get the tone and direction of the Constitution Party. Mary Starrett is Communication Director of the Party and her article "Battered Voter Syndrome" should be reread now that we know what the Constitution Party stands for, at least partially. Is this the direction in which we want to go?
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