Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Constitution Party Presidential Candidate Chuck Baldwin Visits Southwestern Utah - Says Constitution "Hanging By A Thread"
During a visit to southwestern Utah, Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin let it be known that he believes our freedom and our constitutional form of government is "hanging by a thread." Full story published in the St. George Spectrum. Later picked up by KSL Channel 5.
"The two major parties have no intention of fixing it," he said on Tuesday July 1st, 2008 during a stop at the Zion Youth Academy in St. George. "They're controlled by the same interests and the same agendas. Only an independent party can turn it around". And there's a growing demand for a constitutional alternative to what Pat Buchanan once called the "two separate wings of the same bird of prey" (Democrats and Republicans). Citing Fox News, Baldwin said nearly half of the American people say they're willing to vote for a third-party candidate in 2008.
In Baldwin's opinion, abortion and illegal immigration are the major issues separating his candidacy from those of John McCain and Barack Obama. Regarding abortion, Baldwin stated, "I believe it's absolutely critical that America return to its respect for human life". Baldwin also said the Republican Party has done "nothing to save the life of a single unborn child." He discussed Ron Paul's Sanctity of Life Act, saying "I will not rest, I will not sleep until the Congress of the United States passes Ron Paul's Sanctity of Life bill so I can sign it, and we can stop abortion on demand. I'm the only presidential candidate in 2008 who has the commitment to stop abortion on demand".
On illegal immigration, Baldwin stated, "The policies of the two major parties is basically the same when it comes illegal immigration. Neither party wants to seal the borders against illegal immigration. ... I would seal and protect the borders".
After his speech, Baldwin, who lives in Pensacola, Fla., said that "Utah is a very important state for us because there's a lot of great constitutionally minded people who live here. I believe it's important they hear the message that they have an alternative this year," he said. "I believe Utah people and our message is a natural fit."
Dianne Graham, secretary of the Washington County chapter of the Constitution Party, said the local group organized the event. She characterized Baldwin as a statesman rather than a politician.
Ron Christensen, of New Harmony, typified public reaction to Baldwin's appearance, and plans to vote for Baldwin. "Our problems in this nation today are serious problems such as gas prices, immigration, the economy and freedom," he said. "They all exist because of our departure from the Constitution of the United States. The founding fathers had it right."
On Monday June 30th, Baldwin was just up the road in Cedar City, spending more than an hour speaking to residents at Main Street Park, focusing mostly on immigration issues - he would do whatever possible to secure the U.S. border with Mexico, including calling on the Army; abortion - he would push for Congress to pass a right-to-life bill and overturn Roe v. Wade; and what he calls the dangers of U.S. economic dependency on foreign nations - he would fight against NAFTA and other free trade agreements to ensure the United States could support itself economically. The message resonated for the 40 or so residents who attended his speech at the Main Street Park.
Utah is a major stronghold of the Constitution Party. The Utah organization is running 55 candidates for a variety of offices within the state. One of the more prominent is Jim Noorlander, who's running for the Third Congressional District seat soon to be vacated by Chris Cannon. However, the success of Jason Chaffetz in the June 24th Republican Party primary does not bode well for Noorlander's chances; Chaffetz shares Noorlander's commitment to eliminating illegal immigration, and projects himself to be just as much a social conservative. In a way, it's too bad; Noorlander is clearly the most experienced, articulate, and persuasive candidate the party has put forth in Utah.
But for voters seeking a constitutionally-oriented alternative to the two major parties, the Constitution Party has leapfrogged past the Libertarian Party. The Libertarians allowed themselves to be seduced by Republican has-been Bob Barr, who opportunistically re-invented himself as a "libertarian" and hijacked their party's presidential nomination. In the process, Barr exposed himself as a flip-flopper a la John Kerry, abruptly reversing himself on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which he himself personally helped to write. In addition, when James Buchanan posted an essay on the WhiteCivilRights website praising Barr's dedication to liberty, the Barr campaign contemptuously responded by telling so-called "white supremacists" to "get the hell out of his campaign and don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out", despite the fact that Buchanan hadn't particularly addressed race in his essay. This little fiasco is further addressed HERE.
In contrast, you won't see Constitution Party candidates "re-inventing" themselves and flip-flopping on fundamental social issues. Chuck Baldwin is the real deal.