of the Constitution Party of Oregon
gratefully acknowledge the past blessings of Almighty
God, poured out upon us through Jesus Christ our Lord. We
appeal to Him for mercy, aid, comfort, guidance, and protection. We
call on all Oregonians to join us in our efforts to return American
jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit government to
its constitutional boundaries, as we promote candidates for public
is the Creator of life. Human life is sacred because it is created
in the image of God. It begins at conception in a state of innocence
regardless of the circumstances of conception. The protection of
innocent life is the first duty of civil government. Each person,
born or unborn, is innocent until proven guilty to the satisfaction
of a jury of his peers. Abortion is a crime against God, humanity,
and the unborn child. Medical treatment to preserve the life of the
mother must always attempt to preserve the unborn as well.
call on our public servants in all branches and at all levels of
government to repudiate the contrary decision in Roe vs. Wade and to
resist any attempts to recognize or enforce the
"legalization" of abortion, infanticide, or euthanasia. We
commit ourselves to the elevation of individuals to elected and
appointed public offices that support this position without
and bearing arms is essential to providing for both personal and
common defense from criminal elements, foreign invasion, and
tyrannical government. This is why it is a personal, uninfringeable
citizens not conscientiously opposed to it should be encouraged to
be armed for the public safety, thereby facilitating the calling up
the militia and the posse
& National Defense
hold that the existence of the Militia of the State of Oregon is
required both by the Constitution of the United States and the
Constitution of the State of Oregon, that it is primarily for the
defense of our State and secondarily for the assistance of the other
States in their defense, and that there is no authorization for its
replacement in name or function by the national guard. We repudiate
the concept that it is an extension of the army of the United States
to be used for the purpose of invading foreign jurisdictions or
enforcing United Nations mandates, a concept that is doubly
repugnant when no constitutionally declared war exists.
demand that the national government make stemming the invasion of
illegal aliens across our borders a top priority. We stand against
the current practice of rewarding the offspring of such invaders
with United States citizenship and the extension of tax payer funded
benefits to such invaders and their families.
Is Our National Language
declare that nationhood involves a common culture and language, and
we decry the subversion of our nation by multicultural and
multilingual programs forced upon us at our expense. We call for the
recognition of English as our official national language and the
requirement that all government documents, including ballots, be
printed in English only.
call for a return to voting
at the polls with
the ballots counted at the individual polling places by local
election boards, not by electronic means. We seek to
prevent the opportunity for widespread corruption and to make the
county and municipal elections officers subject to checks and
Representation in Congress
practice of elected officials determining their own compensation
must be stopped. The compensation of our congressmen and senators in
Washington, D.C. should be determined by our state legislature. All
compensation should be per diem and expense allowances during term
of service with no pensions or other perks. We call for a
constitutional amendment to achieve this.
Behavior of Judges
service of judges should be periodically reviewed by the congress at
the national level and by independent grand juries at the state and
local level, to determine if they qualify for 'good behavior'
continuance in office. The appellate jurisdiction of the national
judiciary must be severely curtailed. We call for judges to return
to the principle of 'original
intent' when determining the application of constitutional
and statutory law.
nation exists as a compact between 'we the people' and is born out
of our Declaration
of Independence. Our national government legitimately
those powers enumerated in
the Constitution of the United States, as stated in the Tenth
Amendment thereof. We condemn, therefore, all legislative,
executive, and judicial action that departs from the texts and
intent of the Charter and the Constitution. We oppose any attempt to
call for a Constitutional convention, for any purpose whatsoever,
because it cannot be limited to any single issue, and the likelihood
is great that much damage would be done to our Republic.
Sovereignty -- Get
has ordained sovereign nations as spheres of influence on this
earth. He has assigned their administrations to civil governments
for the defense of their peoples and cultures. Entangling alliances
between nations interfere with that assignment and must be avoided.
sovereignty is a safeguard to the continued sovereignty of the
individual States, as the Constitution of the United States
guarantees each State a republican form of government, provides for
the common defense, and assists in putting down insurrections
against constituted authority.
repudiate all attempts to subordinate our nation to any union or
alliance of nations, either regional or global, and call for our
nation's withdrawal from the United Nations, NAFTA, and all other
supranational entities. We call for the repeal of the War Powers
Act, the National Security Act, and the Patriot Act, which are
blueprints for national tyranny.
a member of the national union, our state government is restricted
in part by provisions of the Constitution of the United States, by
the voice of Oregon's citizens as expressed in the Constitution of
the State of Oregon, and by the moral authority of the Ten
closer civil government is to the people, the more responsible,
responsive, and accountable it is likely to be. We stand opposed to
regionalization or grouping of state governments in any manner which
results in removal of decision-making powers from the scrutiny of
the people or violates the spirit of Article IV, Section 3, of the
stated in Article
X of the
Bill of Rights, all governing
powers not delegated to the national government belong to the State
of Oregon, unless specifically prohibited by the constitution of the
United States or by the constitution of the State of Oregon, in
which case they are reserved
by the People of
the State of Oregon. We pledge to be faithful to these
constitutional requirements and to work methodically to restore to
the States and to the People their rightful control over
legislative, judicial, executive, and regulatory functions which are
not Constitutionally delegated to the national government.
call for a return to the States and to the People all lands which
are held by the national government without authorization by the
Autonomy & Parental Rights
Creator defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman.
The marriage covenant is the foundation of the family. He
established the family as the primary unit of society, giving it the
duty of rearing of children. The government of the family is
autonomous from any other institution of society. Civil government
exists in part to protect the family's autonomy in many areas,
including education, medicine, and religion.
affirm, therefore, that no
authorize or define marriage or family relations contrary to what
God has instituted. Parents
have the fundamental right and responsibility to
nurture, medicate, educate, and discipline their children.
Assumption of any of these responsibilities by any governmental
agency usurps the role of the parents and is a hallmark of tyranny.
Removal of children by any officer of the state, from parents who
have not been convicted of a crime, amounts to kidnapping and should
be severely prosecuted.
support the unimpeded right of parents to provide for the education
of their children in the manner they deem best, including home
schooling and private or religious institutions of learning. We call
for the repeal of compulsory education statutes so that no parents
need defy the law by refusing to send their children to
government-run schools of which they disapprove.
teaching is related to basic assumptions about God and man.
Education as a whole, therefore, cannot be separated from religious
faith. The Creator assigns the authority and responsibility of
educating children to their parents. We call for a return to
traditional educational methods and systems of evaluation in our
government-run schools, with the control and funding of those
schools exercised at the local level, while seeking an end to
government funding and control of education at any level of
education should be private, funded by parents and charities formed
for such purposes. We refuse to accept any and all national
government education subsidies for the State of Oregon of any kind
whatsoever, with their accompanying controls, and we stand against
the intrusion of any national control into the education process of
Health & Safety
those who are infected with life-threatening contagious diseases is
a legitimate tool of civil government for the protection of human
life. Under no circumstances should government institutions
subsidize or encourage perverted or promiscuous sexual conduct which
have the effect of spreading such diseases. Criminal penalties
should apply to those whose willful acts of omission or commission
place members of the public at risk of contracting AIDS, HIV, or any
other life-threatening contagious disease.
behavior resulting from the use of drugs and alcohol must be
vigorously prosecuted, rather than criminalizing and prosecuting
their use by adults. We affirm that the underage and otherwise
immature must be protected from malevolent cultivation by adults.
Attempts to saddle those who are children in body or mind with
addictive substances are and should remain criminal behavior.
promotes an increase in crime, destruction of family values, and a
decline in the moral fiber of our country. We are opposed to
government sponsorship, involvement in, or promotion of gambling,
such as lotteries, or subsidization of native American casinos in
the name of economic development. We call for the repeal of national
legislation that usurps state and local authority regarding
authorization and regulation of tribal casinos in the states.
declare that pornography is not protected speech.
Freedom of Choice
is better than cure. Government should not discourage natural
healing that seeks to remedy the underlying cause rather than
treating or masking the symptoms. Government regulation of medical
practice commonly prevents advancements in science. We call for
freedom of choice in the medical market place.
something always increases it. Socialized medicine tends to produce
more and more sickness and less efficient treatment of sickness. We
oppose government medical insurance scams of all varieties. It is
the role of the private sector to respond to free market demand for
goods and services, and of private charity to underwrite those needs
that are under-funded.
Expression & Freedom of Association
is the Author of liberty. The protection of right of conscience and
self-determination is the second duty of civil government.
Exercising our right to self-determination is limited by that same
right possessed by others and by our ultimate accountability to God.
We resist any infringement on the right to contract where the
agreement does not contemplate unlawful or immoral achievements.
state and national constitutions prohibit government from granting
or denying the religious expressions of the people in any place,
either private or public. We call upon all branches of government to
cease their attacks on the religious liberties of the people. We
assert that any form of taxation on churches and other religious
organizations is a direct and dangerous step toward state control of
the church. Such intrusion is constitutionally prohibited and must
affirm that all private organizations - from a local church, to the
Boy Scouts of America, to a labor union, to a producer or
distributor of goods or services - can determine their own
membership, volunteers, and employment based on their own adopted
policies and creeds, and we deny that civil government has the
authority to set wages and prices or enforce affirmative action
hiring quotas; as they violate the right to contract and are
inconsistent with the principles of liberty and the free market.
keeping with the constitutional restriction upon state governments
accepting or enforcing anything but gold or silver coin in payment
of debt, we call for taxes and fees levied in Oregon to be paid in
pre 1965 U.S. coinage, privately minted silver coins, or
certificates of deposit denominated in silver, with the fee amounts
being collected expressed in ounces of fine silver.
call upon our congressional representation to introduce and support
legislation that would repeal the federal reserve banking system and
return us to a currency fully backed by, and redeemable in, precious
support privacy legislation that prohibits private parties from
discriminating against individuals who refuse to disclose or obtain
a Social Security number. We also call for legislation prohibiting
all governmental entities from requiring the use of the Social
Security number except for Social Security transactions.
Additionally, we call for the repeal of all laws, regulations, and
statutes that require the use of the Social Security number for any
purpose other than Social Security transactions.
the national level we endorse ratification of the Liberty Amendment,
which would repeal the Sixteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,
returning us to apportioned levies on the states and import duties
as the primary sources of national revenue.
the state level we encourage limiting property tax to the funding of
capital improvements, such as public buildings and the lands on
which they sit, rather than funding administration and maintenance
therewith. With that limitation in place we would seek to replace
all other sources of state and local revenue, including state
personal income tax, with user fees and targeted sales taxes (such
as application fees, toll fees, and gasoline tax) for public
services, where practical, and business income tax on all retailing
of commodities and provision of services to make up the difference,
thinking of the business income tax as a sales tax included in the
of the Jury
recognize the power of the jury to judge
both the law and the facts, and call for a return to the
requirement of unanimous decisions of guilt by juries in criminal
cases. We declare the grand jury to be independent of supervision by
judges and district attorneys in its inquiries and decisions to
bring indictments and to be equally qualified to initiate
investigations of public officials or common citizens.
recognize the county sheriff as the highest law enforcement officer
and declare that all other executive branch agencies are subordinate
to him within the boundaries of his jurisdiction.
affirm without reservation that all are to be presumed innocent
until proven guilty to the satisfaction of a jury of one's peers.
Punishment for crimes should be appropriate to the crime, provide
restitution to the victim, and serve as an adequate deterrent to
recidivism. Civil judgments should be limited to actual provable
damages. We call for jury trials for all cases both civil and
criminal, unless waived by the defendant or in cases where the
monetary damage is less than twenty dollars in lawful money, as
defined by the Mint Act of 1792.
the defendant is found innocent by a jury of his peers, appellate
jurisdiction of the higher courts must be restricted to the
discovery of new evidence with subsequent new indictments. The
practice of plea bargaining should be minimized when felonies have
been alleged. The use of executive branch judicial processes, i.e.
determinations of guilt by administrative courts, must be stopped.
Any prosecution of crimes and misdemeanors without a specific victim
must be clearly based on a threat to public safety.
demand government's obedience to the Fourth Amendment right of the
people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects
against unreasonable searches and seizures, including general and
unwarranted electronic surveillance, national computer databases,
and national identification cards. We declare that civil governments
must be strictly limited in their powers to intrude upon the persons
and private property of individual citizens, in particular, that no
place be searched and no thing be seized, except upon proof of
probable cause that a crime has been committed and the proper
judicial warrant issued. We reaffirm the common-law rule that
protects the people from any search or seizure whatsoever, when that
search or seizure violates the Fifth Amendment right against
should not profit from the apprehension of criminals, as the profit
motive can lead to corruption in government. The proceeds from
criminal prosecution should go to restitution
for the victim. We deplore, and oppose vigorously,
legislation and executive action expanding asset forfeiture laws
enabling the confiscation of the private property of citizens not
convicted of crimes.
is the Creator of property. He assigns us the stewardship of
creation, and we are responsible to Him individually for its use. In
that stewardship He assigns us temporary ownership of all that we
acquire by honest means. The protection of privately owned property
is the third duty of civil government.
wholeheartedly support realistic efforts to preserve the environment
and reduce pollution in the air, water, and land. We reject,
however, the argument that this objective ought to be pursued by
costly state and national governmental interference, accompanied by
multitudes of regulations and the heavy hand of arrogant bureaucrats
spurred on by irresponsible pressure groups.
is our responsibility to be prudent, productive, and efficient
stewards of God's natural resources. In that role, we are commanded
to be fruitful and multiply, and to replenish the earth and develop
it (e.g., 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, which an
educated conscience is better able to achieve when held accountable
to the Creator rather than to its peers.
welfare crisis is a government-induced crisis. Government's 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 create jobs or obtain work. In many
cases, welfare provisions of government are not only misdirected,
but morally destructive. The
U.S. Constitution does not authorize government to do acts of
to make provision for the material welfare of individuals in need.
Under no circumstances should any citizen be forced, through
taxation, to assume the cost of providing welfare either for our
citizens or for illegal aliens in the United States.
is the Divinely instituted purpose of civil government to safeguard
life, liberty and property -- not to redistribute wealth. Such
redistribution is contrary to the Biblical command against theft.
The message of Christian charity is fundamentally at odds with the
concept of welfare maintenance as a right. God, who endows us with
life, liberty, property, and the right to pursue happiness, also
exhorts individuals to care for the needy, the sick, the homeless,
the aged, and those who are otherwise unable to care for themselves.
encourage individuals and families to fulfill their personal
responsibility to help those in need through tithes, offerings, and
other acts of charity, including (but not limited to) provision for
gleaning. The nationís religious organizations should manifest
their faith by operating effective programs (unregulated by the
state) to assist those who are in need.
Back Intrusive Government
government is best which governs least, since power corrupts and
absolute power corrupts absolutely when placed in the hands of
call for the repeal of all state laws that enable and enforce
nationally mandated, constitutionally unauthorized programs,
including (but not limited to) speed limits, occupational health
& safety, environmentally based regulation, dietary
restrictions, and educational standards. We oppose adoption of a
national id card.
also call for the repeal of all state laws that undermine our
personal rights, including (but not limited to) statewide goals and
guidelines for the development or use of any land not under
government ownership, uniform state mandated building codes, seat
belts and helmets, and compulsory education statutes.
call for an end to the practice of state mandates being forced on
the cities and counties at the local tax payers' expense.
call for an end to the practice of government employee union
contracts that allow strikes against the public. No contract that so
provides should be renewed.
call for an end to the practice of providing retirement benefits to
elected officials or public employees, or any other fringe benefits
that extend beyond the period of their services. Wages should be
reasonable and adequate, with the person receiving them responsible
for future planning and investment of their proceeds.
call for the abolition of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, with
its regulatory function turned over to city councils and county
commissions in their ordinance making capacity, by amendment or
repeal of Article I, Section 39 of the Oregon Constitution.
call for the abolition of the Land Conservation and Development
Commission, with its regulatory function turned over to county
commissions in their ordinance making capacity.
call for review of the endless commissions established and funded by
state government - which then lobby state government for special
interest groups - with a view to their termination.
call for the state to divest itself from enterprises and activities
that place it in direct competition with private enterprise,
including (but not limited to) mass transit.