Original Constitution Party of Vermont, Guiding Principles & Platform

13 May 2002 – 6 Jan 2010


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Where We Stand :
Constitution Party of Vermont Guiding Principles

WE AFFIRM THE PRINCIPLES OF inherent individual rights upon which these United States of America were founded:

That each individual is endowed by God with certain inalienable rights; that among these are the rights to Life, Liberty, Property and the Pursuit of the individual’s personal interest,

That the freedoms to own, use, exchange, control, protect, and freely dispose of Property is a natural, necessary and inseparable extension of the individual’s inalienable rights,

That the legitimate function of government is to secure these rights through the preservation of domestic tranquility, the maintenance of a strong national defense, and the promotion of equal justice for all,

That history makes clear that left unchecked, it is the nature of government to usurp the liberty of its citizens and eventually become a major violator of the people’s rights,

Therefore, it is essential to bind government with the chains of the Constitution and carefully divide and jealously limit government powers to those assigned by the consent of the governed.

The Constitution Party of Vermont regards the family to be the basic unit of society and we agree with G. K. Chesterton that “This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it”.

We are strongly opposed to Vermont’s latest redefinition of the family via “Civil Unions” and agree with the simple eloquence of Dr. Keyes when he says “you propose madness”. We will seek to repeal the existing law.The Constitution Party of Vermont is 100% pro life. The tragedy of an unwanted child should not be compounded by the greater tragedy of abortion. We fully support full legal protection for the right to life of the unborn.

The Constitution Party of Vermont, in observance of the second amendment of the United States constitution and the 16th article of the Vermont constitution, supports the continuing right of all Vermonters to keep and bear arms, including concealed arms, while at the same time holding all Vermonters responsible for ensuring that their use of such arms not infringe upon the rights of others. The Vermont Constitution Party strongly opposes any attempts, federal or local, to institute gun registration or control in any form in our state.

The Constitution Party of Vermont seeks to address the problem of usurping legislative bodies by returning governing power to local Towns, individuals, and to the private sector. In doing so, we envision a government that is limited to its constitutional mandates, and is an extension of our sovereign citizenship. In short, if something can be more principally handled at a “less governmental level”, it ought to occur. All government should be brought back to its minimal functional regulatory level.

The Constitution Party of Vermont recognizes the crucial role that education plays in the development of free and responsible individuals. We would like to point out that, as an integral part of raising children, education is the primary responsibility of the parents. Because education is the responsibility of the parents rather than the state, the authority over issues regarding education should come from the parents first and foremost. Our 98% literacy rate as a nation in our formative years was done with almost no public schooling and very strong parental involvement. Even as late as 1910 only 10% of schools were “Public”. Parent’s rights to determine how their children are educated should not be impeded by government.

The Constitution Party of Vermont strongly supports the notion of the Rule of Law as a bulwark against tyranny. Law presumes a moral code. Our founding documents were built upon common law, which were rooted in Biblical law. We also maintain that all positive law must conform to the principle of a Higher law in order for that law to have moral justification. We support, in strictest terms all the protections guaranteed to our citizens in the Bill of Rights. We view crime as an infringement upon the rights of individuals, but in deterring or punishing crime we unhesitatingly uphold the presumption of innocence, the right to due process of law, and other safeguards guaranteed in the supreme laws of the United States and the state of Vermont. The Party will steadfastly oppose all efforts to circumvent these safeguards.

The Constitution Party of Vermont recognizes the inherent right of a landowner to use his property for his purposes. Taxation, regulation, expropriation and usurpation are the constant tendency of the State as they seek to lay claim to the legitimate property of others. We oppose any and all laws that give Federal, State or Local government the power to expropriate private property or to interfere with the rights of its owners to control and benefit from private property unless such practices directly harm another or substantially violate the rights of others to pursue their rightful endeavors.

The Constitution Party of Vermont supports the biblical notion of stewardship over the environment. We strongly affirm the sacred duty to preserve a pure and clean environment for future generations and ourselves. While we strongly support an individual’s right to use and enjoy his personal property as he pleases, the Party also advocates the protection of resources through more clearly defined and more effectively enforced individual accountability for encroachments upon the land, air and water of others. We believe that a greater application of current legal principles of strict liability regarding the use of the land and the environment as interpreted, applied and enforced by the courts in civil actions, will be more effective and less damaging to our freedoms than ongoing government regulation.
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