Writing for his own Libertarian Intelligence, Libertarian Reform leader Brian Holtz says, “some fans of Paul’s Campaign For Liberty are reportedly considering voting for the Constitution Party nominee instead of the Libertarian nominee … but many Ron Paul fans may not have read the lengthy CP Platform in its entirety.”
Holtz singles out the following passages from the CP platform:
- This great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. […] The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations […] The U.S. Constitution established a Republic rooted in Biblical law […] All teaching is related to basic assumptions about God and man. Education as a whole, therefore, cannot be separated from religious faith. […] We would remove from Federal appellate review jurisdiction matters involving acknowledgement of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government. We commend Former Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court for his defense of the display of the Ten Commandments
- The law of our Creator defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. […]. No government may legitimately authorize or define marriage or family relations contrary to what God has instituted. […] We oppose any legal recognition of homosexual unions […] We oppose efforts to legalize adoption of children by homosexual singles or couples. […] We stand against so-called “sexual orientation” and “hate crime” statutes that attempt to legitimize inappropriate sexual behavior and to stifle public resistance to its expression.
- The pre-born child, whose life begins at fertilization, is a human being created in God’s image. The first duty of the law is to prevent the shedding of innocent blood. It is, therefore, the duty of all civil governments to secure and to safeguard the lives of the pre-born.
- We reject the policies and practices that permit women to train for or participate in combat.
- We also oppose all government “legalization” of suicide
- The Constitution Party will uphold the right of states and localities to restrict access to drugs and to enforce such restrictions. We support legislation to stop the flow of illegal drugs into these United States from foreign sources. As a matter of self-defense, retaliatory policies including embargoes, sanctions, and tariffs, should be considered.
- We call on our local, state and federal governments to uphold our cherished First Amendment right to free speech by vigorously enforcing our laws against obscenity to maintain a degree of separation between that which is truly speech and that which only seeks to distort and destroy. […] Our collective representative body we call government plays a vital role in establishing and maintaining the highest level of decency in our community standards.
- In no event will the U.S. tariff on any foreign import be less than the difference between the foreign item’s cost of production and the cost of production of a similar item produced in these United States.
- It is necessary that these United States prohibit fractional reserve banking.
- We favor a moratorium on immigration to these United States, except in extreme hardship cases or in other individual special circumstances, until the availability of all federal subsidies and assistance be discontinued
- We propose that the government of these United States restore and protect its sovereign right and exclusive jurisdiction of the Canal Zone in perpetuity, and renegotiate the treaties with Panama by which the ownership of the canal was surrendered to Panama. […] Congress and the President should take advantage of Panama Canal treaty provisions to negotiate the return of a U.S. military presence at the Isthmus of Panama.
- We support the principle of the Monroe Doctrine, which expresses U.S. opposition to European adventurism in the Western Hemisphere.
By contrast, Holtz says the LP platform “is a lean and clean statement of Libertarian principles,” which presidential candidate Bob Barr has “publicly embraced.”