We, the founders of this party, find that the United States has virtually abandoned the Biblical and constitutional principles on which the country was founded. It is our intent to offer to the citizens of this state an organization which bases its positions solely on these same principles with the conviction that these values come directly from our Creator, the God of the Bible; and that they are unchanging, enduring, and fully revealed in both the Old and New Testaments. Faithfulness to these values endows individuals and nations with the blessings of life, liberty, and property.
The Platform of a Principled Political Party Preamble
Since 1980, the national debt (as a percentage of the GNP) has risen from 33% to 70% in 1992, the highest in the nation's history.10 In two or three years, it will cost more to service the debt than is collected in federal income taxes.
Since the establishment of the federal income tax in 1913, the percentage of our income which goes to government spending in these United States has risen from 10.0% to 48.6% (in 1992).11 The Bible describes a tyranny as a governmental system that receives more than 10% of the people's income in taxation.12
While spending and taxation increased, the rate of productivity growth dropped from an average of 3.7% in the 50's and 60's to a record low 2.5% in the 70's and 80's.13
The government has drawn the taxpayers into debt by taxing capital gains (only allowing capital gains savings on roll-over purchases), and through tax deductions on interest payments. This resulted in many savings and loan institutions defaulting in the 1980's, as well as foreclosure rates climbing from .38% in 1980 to a record .95% in the late 1980's. Personal debt (mortgage and installment debt) as a percentage of the GNP grew from 66% in 1980 to 84% in 1991.14 The number of bank closings surpassed 200 per year in the late 1980's, up from 5-10 closings per year recorded from 1940 to 1981.15
Personal bankruptcies have reached record highs (3.4 per 1,000 persons as of 1990), six times higher than the worst rate of the Great Depression. The median income after Federal Income Tax and adjusted for inflation, has plummeted 10.5% from 1966 to the present. This means that the standard of living of the average hardworking American taxpayer has fallen and continues to fall.
Taxpayers have reached the conclusion that government taxation, government expansion, government spending, government control, the government-controlled monetary system, and excessive government regulation impedes economic growth; and this is a primary cause for recessions, joblessness, and foreclosures on our homes and businesses. Big government is the principle cause of a reduced standard of living. Expanding government does not solve problems. It institutionalizes them. Government has grown far too big, too burdensome, and too expensive.
Taxation must be limited to 10% of the Gross National Income. God very specifically defines a tyranny as a government that forces more than 10% taxation of the people's income.
"And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants...And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day." (I Samuel 8:15-18)
Our government today spends 47.3% of what we make (the Gross National Income). A very interesting note is that from 1789 through 1913, the American governments kept this percentage under 10% (except during the Civil War). Our people have come under increasing bondage to government. Inheritance taxation and confiscatory taxation is only enforced by evil leaders like King Ahab in the Bible (I Kings 21:3).
We assert that government taxation can not be reduced until government spending is reduced. Nevertheless, government should leave hundreds of billions of dollars with the hard-working taxpayers to invest and capitalize productive resources in our economy. This will lead to more working, productive citizens; more economical food, clothing, and shelter, and more wealth for the hardworking, investing taxpayer. The American colonists went to war over 75 cents of annual taxation, and created a country free of government tyranny. With hard work, innovation, and freedom from government regulation and taxation, our forefathers built the greatest economic force the world has ever known.
The American people today are taxed by inheritance tax, capital gains tax, fuel tax, luxury tax, income tax, property tax, corporate tax, and through government-sponsored inflation, the most insidious tax of all.
We are not simply against tax increases. We insist on lower taxes. All levels of government taxation combined should not exceed 10% of the Gross National Income.
Based on the United States Constitution, the federal income tax and its attendant IRS is an illegitimate function and institution. The 16th amendment was not ratified in a constitutional manner, with two-thirds of the states ratifying it. It was declared "enforced" by the then Secretary of State.
Tariffs should be imposed uniformly on all foreign goods for the purpose of supporting a constitutional federal government.
To the degree that tariffs on foreign products are insufficient to cover the legitimate constitutional functions of the Federal Government, we support a "state rate tax" in which the responsibility for covering the cost of unmet obligations will be divided among the several states in accordance with their proportion of the total population of the entire country. The effect of this "state rate tax" will be to encourage politicians to argue for less rather than more Federal Spending.
Eliminate business taxation. Business and corporate taxes are costs which must be passed on in the form of high prices to the consumer, with the intended purpose of hiding this taxation from the voting populace. Only individuals pay taxes. When the government takes our money for whatever purpose, they should take it from us directly with our full knowledge of how much it is taking. (Ex. 30:12-14, Ps. 10:7, Jer. 27:28, Job 24:16, 17, John 10:10a)
Eliminate property taxation. A hardworking taxpayer who worked and saved many years to buy and improve real property, should never be forced to sell or forfeit his property because of governmental taxation on that property. The battle cry of our American forefathers during the War for Independence was "Life, Liberty, and Property". Property rights are still basic to freedom and should never be forfeited to the interests of government. When a government taxes a persons property it is stealing ownership of the property, and then charging a rent on that property. "The Bible commands: 'Thou Shalt Not Steal.' Theft is wrong - even when it is achieved in elegant surroundings, during broad daylight, and by majority vote." (Howard Phillips)
Implement flat rate taxation. Even when those with higher earnings pay an equal percentage in taxes, they are still paying more money in taxes than do the poor. We support an equal taxation for the rich and poor alike. That percentage should never exceed 10% of the G.N.I. for all levels of government taxation combined. We do not support class envy, created when one class (or group) tries to raise the taxes of the other class. Class envy is a classical Marxist strategy used to overturn a free state. The Bible, with regard to taxation states, "the rich shall not give more and the poor shall not give less." Graduated taxation is institutionalized envy. Moreover, the Bible tells us to neither thwart nor favor any person simply because of his or her economic status. Ex. 23:2,6, Ex. 30:14,15
We prefer forms of taxation that minimize the regulation and invasion of the financial privacy of the taxpayers.
We oppose withholding taxes as anti-Biblical at its very root. The first fruits of our labor must go to the Lord, not the government. (Ex. 22:29,30, Rom. 11:6, Ex. 23:16-19, 34:26, Num. 18:8-13, Dt. 18:3-4)
We oppose any form of inheritance taxation (I Kings 21:3, Pr. 13:22).
We will support all efforts to reduce taxes by allowing tax credits for education (including home-schooling & private schooling) and for charitable contributions.
We oppose the use of homes and real property as security for governmental taxation.
We oppose any requirement placed on corporations and businesses to withhold any form of taxes from each paycheck under penalty of law. Corporations and businesses should not be held accountable for the taxes of others. This is the height of tyranny and is only used to anesthetize the populace to government expansion in taxation. Businesses should not be forced into a position of involuntary servitude, acting as tax collecting agents of the government.
Reduce government spending. All levels of government spending should never exceed 10% of the Gross National Income. Reducing government spending will leave billions of dollars with the citizens to invest as they choose. This allows capital, jobs, wealth creation, and real liberty for our people.
The state and local governments should not seek ownership of any land for state reserves or monuments without a state-wide or local referendum vote and approval by the majority of the taxpayers. In any other case, the state and local governments should divest themselves of all real property and materials except those required for their proper and necessary operations. If at all possible, the governments should rent properties for use from private concerns.
The Federal Government should divest itself of all land under Federal ownership and control which have nothing to do with the nation's defense or seat of government.
All government-financed construction for highway and building improvements should be contracted to private construction firms, based upon objective standards of work quality and cost.
Remove from government ownership and management all services and production of goods that can be owned and managed by private organizations. The competitive free market provides motivation to work which will inevitably improve a nation's productivity. These goods and services that we believe can be owned and managed by private people include but are not limited to trash collection, landfills, education, energy resource development, canals, postal services, and transportation services. In the future, this may extend to road systems, water supplies, sewer systems, and space development. We do not question the abilities of free people released to prosper in a free market. But rather, we will question the gross inefficiency of bureaucratic governance.
We call for this country's Federal Government to divest itself of the millions of acres of lands and natural resources in all the states by selling such properties and using the income from such sales only and entirely to reduce the Federal debt.
Government deficit spending means increased taxes in a future year and should not be tolerated. The taxpayers may not feel the immediate effect of the deficit spending, but through inflation and future increased taxes, we all pay. We repudiate politicians who buckle to pressure from special interest groups and the bureaucracy, and support unbalanced budgets. The Bible says "Owe no man anything" (Rom. 13:8) and "the debtor is servant to the lender" (Proverbs 22:7). This is a principle we believe extends to governments and individuals today.
"For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged." (Proverbs 28:2) There are plenty of bureaucrats regulating and controlling every area of life. We recognize that this proliferation of regulations comes because of sin, but this does not excuse the tyranny. The American people are trained to expect welfare, education, jobs, medicine, food, and security from the government. The socialists want people to worship the government as God. But God says, "Every good gift and every perfect gift cometh from above." Also the first commandment reads "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
Since 1988 the number of pages of federal regulations in the United States has soared from 53,376 pages to 67,716 in 1992. The number of Federal employees devoted to issuing and enforcing regulations has increased from 104,360 in 1988 to an all-time high of 124,994 in 1992.
It is now estimated that these federal regulations are costing the American people between $881 billion and $1.65 trillion a year.
These regulations form a complex labrynth of federal laws and serve only to form a chaotic and self-contradicting tyranny.
As our Declaration of Independence in 1776 cried out against tyranny, we also contend that the federal and state governments have "erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance."
We must restore to the states those powers, programs and sources of revenues which the Federal Government has usurped and rightfully belong to the states.
We support punishment of wrong-doers (those who have actually wronged others), rather than preemptive fines and regulations that only serve to feed the bureaucracy and choke the life out of the economy.
The revenue-producing, regulative system today should be superseded by court procedures for real crimes (where people have been hurt by others), which award damages to those private individuals who have been injured.
We encourage industry standards for manufacturing and construction which can be used to strengthen negligence cases in the situation that a failure and breach-of-contract occurs.
We oppose government-sponsored monopolies of any kind. Government monopolies discourage innovation, competition, productivity, and better products and services for the consumer. We demand that government give freedom a chance.
We call for the abolition of any Civil Service system which confers a "property right" in their jobs for government employees. The elected president should be able to determine who will carry out---free from subversion or opposition from the tax-paid personnel---those programs which he has promised the voters he will inaugurate and implement.
The United States Federal Reserve System is entirely corrupt, with the value of money changing constantly to benefit the government and a few others at the expense of the American people. "Divers weights and divers measures, both of them are alike an abomination to The Lord." (Proverbs 20:10) R.J. Rushdoony writes "God shortens the life of the nation that condones short-changing and defrauding by fraudulent money, scales or other measures."
Eliminate any national bank monopoly or a Federal Reserve System. The Founding Fathers established a system of sound honest money to prohibit "improper and wicked" manipulation of the medium of exchange. This intent was reversed in the United States with the establishment of a Federal Reserve System, which controls the value of money. This has resulted in a decrease of the American median family income since 1974, adjusted for inflation. The Federal Reserve System is hurting the average American taxpayer.
Re-establish the quality of money which the international market recognizes as pre-eminent----silver and gold exclusively as the standard of the money. Adopt as the unit of money, the sound dollar of 371-1/4 grains (troy) of fine silver. Leave determination of the ultimate supply of money up to the free market system of free coinage embodied in Anglo-American common law.
Terminate the status of unbacked currency as obligations of the United States and as legal tender for all debts.
Restore to the constitutional monetary system any gold which was seized from the people by cruel dictators, and now held in Federal treasuries.
Revalue in constitutional (silver) dollars all outstanding contracts now payable in unbacked currency.
Resume the "free coinage" of constitutional (silver) dollars and appropriate gold coins.
Adopt all monetarily viable foreign silver and gold coins as money in the country.
Prohibit all fraudulent "fractional reserve" banking schemes and related commercial practices.
Free trade is a worthwhile objective. We support free trade with those who trade freely and fairly.
We join with other Americans to steadfastly oppose the surrender of American liberty and autonomy to any form of world government or any organization which works toward that end. "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely."
While we agree that free trade is an important national objective, we will not surrender advantage to those countries who do not trade freely and fairly themselves. As we oppose government subsidization of private industry, we will fully expect other nations to reciprocate. We oppose international trade agreements which have the effect of diminishing America's economic self-sufficiency and of exporting jobs, the loss of which will impoverish American families, undermine American communities, and diminish America's capacity for economic self-reliance.
We oppose the unconstitutional transfer of authority over the country's trade policy from the legislature to agencies, domestic and foreign, which improperly exercise policy setting functions with respect to the country's trade policy.
We oppose any efforts by the Federal or State governments to borrow money from foreign countries or foreign interests.
We will terminate all programs of foreign aid whether military or non-military to any nation of the world.
We will prevent any dollar of the taxpayers' money from being given or lent to countries governed by communist, socialist, or fascist rule.
We call upon all political representatives of this country to terminate the country's membership in the United Nations and its subsidiary and affiliated organizations.
We reject the concept of Most-Favored-Nation status, especially insofar as it has been used to curry favor with regimes whose domestic and international policies are abhorrent to decent people everywhere and are in fundamental conflict with the vital interests of the free countries.
We oppose entangling foreign alliances. We should never station troops in other countries unless it is during times of declared war. Our troops will defend our borders, and will do it effectively.
We must not enter into agreements which would have an adverse impact on the security and safety of this nation. We should immediately halt all economic sanctions and embargoes against any free and principled countries.
It is a primary obligation of the Federal Government to defend the borders of the country from its enemies. The real purpose of national defense is to protect the life, liberty, and property of the citizens.
We oppose the unilateral disarmament and dismemberment of our defense infrastructure. That which is hastily torn down will not be easily rebuilt.
Under no circumstances would we commit this country's forces to serve under any flag but that of its own. We are opposed to any New World Order and we flatly reject participation in any New World Army.
We should be the friend of liberty everywhere, but the guarantor and provisioner of ours alone.
We support the maintenance of a strong, state-of-the-art military on land, sea, and in the air, as well as a strong space defense system to protect the citizens from nuclear missiles. This system could be to the future of this nation what the air and naval power are now.
This country must not participate in military conflict without constitutional declaration of war on the part of the Congress.
We urge the Executive and Legislative Branches to continue to provide for the modernization of our Armed Forces in keeping with advancing technologies and a constantly changing world situation.
We support the maintenance of a strong and ready, and well-equipped Reserve and National Guard.
We oppose entangling foreign alliances. We must withdraw from NATO and bring our armed forces home from Europe as well as from Africa and Asia. Foreign alliances are only acceptable in times of declared war.
Federal armies and agencies must not be used to quell domestic quarrels or interfere with state and local law enforcement agencies. All law enforcement activities must be controlled and performed by domestic state and local agencies.
It is the purpose of the state militias to assist in the protection of the borders and to restore peace during domestic insurrections. We oppose all attempts to establish Federal control over local and state police.
Today, crime pays in America. Our judicial system has become perverted and has failed to accomplish its chief purpose: to vindicate the victims of criminal acts and to adequately punish the perpetrators of such actions. There has been created a myriad of complex procedures that prevent all but the most adamant from venturing into a court of law without the assistance of a lawyer. Those that are convicted of crimes and sentenced, are treated to free housing, health care, food, and educational programs, and then frequently released before they serve their entire sentences. All of this occurs at taxpayer expense.
Coupled with the breakdown of justice for true criminals is a rising tyranny of injustice over law-abiding citizens. This injustice takes the form of unconstitutional search and seizures, arbitrary legal definitions, expanding regulations that impinge on our freedoms, skyrocketing bureaucratic regulations and fines, and forced confiscations of property without due process of law.
The primary function of government is to punish criminals and protect the citizens from criminal plunder of life, liberty and property.16 This is the Biblical role. Those innocent taxpayers who work hard and are productive elements of our society, should never be victimized by government intrusion or by criminal elements.
The most basic civil law God gave Noah when human civilization was allowed to restructure after the flood was capital punishment for murder. Genesis 9:6. This is the most basic civil law to maintaining civil order. Later in the Bible, God defines murder as that killing which was performed with "lying in wait" and "hate in the heart" (malice and forethought).
We must restore credibility to our judicial system. Criminals must receive punishments that are appropriate for the crimes committed. The courts should be the advocate for the victim. Those found guilty of capital offenses should be executed. Those guilty of lesser crimes should be required to compensate their victims appropriately. Government agencies should not be permitted to receive punitive fines, as this creates a vested interest for the courts to provide additional revenues for these agencies. If harm can be proven in a court of law, the person harmed should be the sole recipient of damages. Once convicted, the criminal should not have the right to endless appeals. The lawful citizen should not be unduly burdened to provide for a system of incarceration that has failed to rehabilitate criminals.
We support legislation to stop the sale of addictive drugs for recreational purposes within the state.
We will take care to prevent violations of the constitutional and civil rights of the citizens. Arbitrary searches and seizures must be prohibited and the presumption of innocence must be preserved. Confiscation of the property of relatives or friends of the guilty party by the police or the courts is a terrible injustice and a shame to a free country.
Science has proven that a baby in its mother's womb feels pain, has a beating heart, and responds to its mother's moods. To purposefully cut the baby in pieces, soak the baby in a saline solution, or force the baby out of the womb prematurely, in order to cease the baby's life is murder. This is especially so, when it is premeditated, and originates out of selfish hatred of the child.
We understand that over 30 million Americans have been aborted by decisions of parents and immediate families. This accounts for a large percentage of Americans who have shared in these murders, and so a change in law may have to be gradual.
Any physician or nurse who assists in the extinguishment of life is not worthy to be a member of the healing arts profession which is one of the noblest of all callings.
We oppose any assignment of government funds to organizations, domestic or foreign, which advocate, encourage, or participate in the practice of abortion.
We oppose the harvesting of unborn babies for the use of fetal tissue for experimentation or for any other use.
We support enactment of laws to reverse those statues and judicial decisions which now provide for abortion on demand.
We oppose government-sponsored gambling such as state lotteries.
Deuteronomy 6:7 "And thou shalt teach my words diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
There is no example of government-financed education in the Bible. It is the responsibility of parents to train their "children up in the way they should go." Thomas Jefferson correctly warned that "to compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." Education is the role of families and churches, not the state.
All education is inherently religious, in the sense that all teaching is related to basic assumptions about the nature of God and man. Government should not teach people what to believe about government, science, religion, art, history, or any subject, by paying for education or public media programs.
Government education has become the most important tool of the socialists to force slavery, taxation, bureaucracy, statism, humanism, and immorality on the people.
The government bureaucracy is terribly inefficient and ineffective at education. In the 1991-92 school year in the United States, it cost the taxpayers $5578 to educate the average student in government school (up from $3889 in 1977-78, adjusted for inflation). Since 1967, average SAT scores have fallen from 958 to 896 in 1991.
Private schools charge about a third of that which government schools use for one academic year.
We encourage families to exercise their freedom of choice to educate their children using the schools, the methods, and the curriculum they consider best for their children.
We encourage free-market alternatives to government schools.
We support legislation which would allow state tax credits for parents whose children are not educated in government schools. It is wrong to force families to pay twice for their children's education.
We oppose all legislation which would force private schools, churches, or families to use state-approved educational materials, propaganda, or curriculum.
We oppose all tax increases to fund any state propagandizing effort including state schools and mass media.
We oppose the use of lottery funds for any state propagandizing effort, including state schools and mass media.
We support standardized tests only as administered by private organizations, used only to judge the effectiveness of private and government schools. Just as the SAT and ACT tests are optional, so all other standardized tests should be optional for all primary and high school students.
The right to bear (own and carry) arms is inherent in the right of self defense conferred on the individual by his Creator and guaranteed by the United States constitution, to safeguard his own life, liberty and property and that of his family, as well as to help preserve the independence of the nation.
We oppose attempts to prohibit the ownership of guns by law-abiding citizens, and stand against all laws which would require any registration of guns or ammunition.
We strongly support the imposition of stiffer penalties for the brandishment or discharge of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and for bodily harm caused by any such discharge.
We oppose quotas imposed by or applied in any government or public institution. Each and every citizen should be free to choose his friends and associates, to offer, seek or refuse employment, and to rent or sell his property to whom he wishes.
Our government was never commissioned by the Constitution or by Biblical mandate to fund welfare programs of any kind. The Bible instructs the individual person (not the government) to help the stranger, the poor, the handicapped, elderly folk, and the unemployed. We commend the efforts of "Good Samaritans", Goodwill, Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army, and churches that are faithful in this very important area of charity.
Jesus Christ exhorted us to apply personal charity, not relegating our parents to socialist programs. (Mark 7:11-13). In the parable of the Good Samaritan, the good man did not call up the welfare office for stranded travellers. Rather, he attended to the case personally and used his own money for him. The only case of governmental charity in the Bible is localized and voluntary; where the people would bring donations to the gates of the city for the elders to distribute. There wasn't the evil confiscatory taxation that prevails today. The Biblical model of charity is best. Today's graduated income tax system is institutionalized envy. Large government bureaucracies are inefficient and ineffective in distributing funds to the poor. There is almost a total lack of moral accountability on the part of the receiver. Today's bureaucratic programs tend to reward the evil tendencies of human nature. Those who would kill their babies, homosexuals, prostitutes, adulterers, fornicators, and those who will not work are all recipients of welfare. There is no encouragement to better their lives spiritually while they are tended to physically. Paul writes "Those who will not work shall not eat," hard words for a soft generation!
Until the 1960's, it was understood and well recognized that bureaucrats in the nation's capital are unable to make proper decisions concerning welfare policy in communities far distant from them. The more remote the source of charity, the less effective and appropriate the action and the smaller the portion which reaches the needy. In many cases, the delivery of welfare by government is not only misdirected, but morally destructive.
To a very great degree, America's welfare crisis is a government-induced crisis. Government social and cultural policies have undermined the work ethic, even as the government's economic and regulatory policies have undermined the ability of our citizens to obtain work.
Under no circumstances should the taxpayers be obliged, under penalty of law and through forced taxation, to assume the cost of providing welfare to able-bodied individuals.
The nation's churches and synagogues should manifest their faith by supporting effective programs to assist those among them who are in need.
The nation's families should be given every incentive to provide for their own; parents nurturing children and children caring for elderly parents.
We support all efforts to reduce taxes, by allowing tax credits for all charitable donations on tax forms, which will encourage private citizens to contribute to the more efficient and more effective private charities. We deplore the United States Federal Government's transferal of the charitable deduction from the 1040 form to Attachment A.
We insist that IF our tax money is to be applied to welfare, disaster relief, or any form of public assistance, that the monies be given directly to private relief organizations, such as Red Cross, Salvation Army, or Goodwill, without any bureaucratic middle-man handling the funds.
We oppose the establishment or existence of any Public Office of Welfare, Health and Human Services, or any office to handle welfare concerns.
We oppose the governmentalization and bureaucratization of American medicine. Government regulation and subsidy constitutes a threat to both the quality and the availability of patient-oriented health care and treatment. If the supply of medical care is controlled by the Federal Government, then officers of that government will determine which demand is satisfied. The result will be rationing of services, higher costs, poorer results---and the power of life and death transferred from caring physicians to unaccountable political overseers.
Medicine must be governed by the free market, otherwise the decisions of life and death will fall into the hands of petty bureaucrats. The individual must be accountable to establish the level of health care he receives, determined by the financial priorities he has set for his own life, and commensurate with his own level of initiative and achievement in the free market.
Private solutions must be preferred to partisan posture.
We affirm freedom of choice of practitioner and treatment for all citizens with any health problem.
The Social Security trust should not be a rainy-day fund which politicians can pirate or from which they can borrow to cover their errors and pay for their excesses.
The debt owed to the Social Security trust has been estimated to be in excess of 6 trillion dollars.
We support legislation to require that the Federal Government meet its obligations and protect Social Security funds as a trust which can only be used to fulfill its obligations to those who have contributed to the system.
To protect and enhance the return on payments made by Social Security taxpayers and prevent future defaults, we call for the transfer of all Social Security funds to accounts beyond the reach of politicians who improperly transfer funds from Social Security to help pay the price of other Federal programs.
Individuals entering the work force should have the right to choose whether they will sign up for Social Security deductions and benefits, or instead opt for private retirement and pension programs, either at their place of employment or independently.
We call for the removal of earning limitations on persons aged 62 and over so that they may earn any amount of additional income they choose, without placing their Social Security benefits at risk.
This party is on record as recognizing and putting first the sanctity of human life.
Just as we oppose abortion---the taking of an innocent, preborn life, so we adamantly oppose assisted murder. The concept of euthanasia is a dangerous move toward legalized termination of the non-productive, the unwanted, and the unprotected. A nation which has become inured to the slaughter of some 30 million innocent babies can all to easily slide into the Hitlerian-Sangerite goal of eliminating those it considers misfits, undesirables, and non-productives.
Any physician or nurse who assists in the extinguishment of life is not worthy to be a member of the healing arts profession which is one of the noblest of all callings.
We oppose any laws which condone or would legalize euthanasia, the so-called "mercy killing" of the aged, the ailing, and the infirmed.
We also oppose any effort by doctors or hospitals to force a person to stay in the hospital if they cannot afford it or wish to be at home with their family. The doctors may issue warnings to the family and patient, but it is the person's decision whether to stay in the hospital or not.
It is a prime responsibility of man to be a prudent, productive and efficient steward of God's natural resources. In that role, man is commanded to be fruitful, to multiply, to replenish the earth, and develop it --- to turn deserts into farms and wastelands into groves. This requires a proper and continuing dynamic balance between development and conservation, between use and preservation.
The progress and well being of society requires that the best interests of human beings must be accorded preference to so-called animal rights.
We wholeheartedly support realistic efforts to preserve the environment and reduce pollution---air, water and land.
We reject the argument that environmental objectives ought to be pursued by costly governmental interference, accompanied by multitudes of regulations and the heavy hand of arrogant bureaucrats spurred on by irresponsible pressure groups.
We oppose environmentally-related preemptive punishments, fines and regulations imposed on corporations, groups, or individuals who have done nothing to injure the property or person of others (and so proven by due process of law).
We call for the return to the states and to the people all lands which are held by the Federal Government without authorization by the constitution.
Private property rights should be respected and government should not interfere with the development of potential energy sources, including hydroelectric power, solar energy, wind generators, and nuclear energy. We also encourage the use of coal, shale, and oil sands for the production of power and the conversion of coal, shale and agricultural products to synthetic fuels.
We seek the restoration of an electoral process which is controlled at the state and local level and is beyond manipulation by Federal judges and bureaucrats. The Federal Government has unconstitutionally and unwisely preempted control in matters of district boundaries, electoral procedures, and campaign activities.
Each citizen should have the right to seek public office in accordance with the qualifications set forth in the Federal and state Constitutions. Additional restrictions and obligations governing candidate eligibility and campaign procedures unduly burden the fairness and accountability of our political system.
We urge an end to electronic or mechanical voting processes and a return to the manual counting process overseen by and accountable to voters resident in each precinct where the votes are cast.
Support a party based on principles that are based on the Bible.
The Republican administrations compromised and compromised and compromised some more until the budgets to Planned Parenthood doubled and then tripled during the 1980's. Funding to the National Endowment of the Arts went to a cross in a glass of urine. Funding went to scores of homosexual organizations, prostitutes, education in new age and socialist ideologies, hundreds of millions of condoms and reprehensible programs that would cause decent and good people to blush. The funding made the plight of the black family worse and worse, increased welfare dependency in the inner cities, increased divorce rates, discouraged marriage, and encouraged child abuse and instability in the American home.
The Republican administrations defied all principles in fiscal policy, increasing debt with the support of Republican and Democrat congressmen. The debt grew from 800 billion to 4 trillion dollars in just 12 years of Republican presidents. Never was a budget vetoed. Always, compromise, compromise, and compromise. More spending. More taxing. More reprehensible programs doubling and tripling in size, growing at rates far higher than ever before.
Government policy today is not based on principle. But, we are the voters and we Christians are part of the reason for the government that is in power. If we do not base our vote and our perspectives on principle then how can we expect blessings from God? If we abandon principles, we will lose our freedoms as sure as the night follows the day.