Article Explores History of Constitution Party And Connections With Rand Paul, Sharron Angle

The Constitution Party has attracted a lot of attention lately, especially amongst liberal blogs who have, right or wrongly, connected the party with Rand Paul and Sharron Angle, the GOP nominees for Senate in Kentucky and Nevada respectively.

One of the most popular articles concerning these connections is this one at Alternet by Adele Stan, which was published Tuesday.

It could be the most important political party you’ve barely heard of — the Constitution Party, a far-right party that combines the sort of quasi-libertarian ideology spouted by Ron Paul with a Christian Reconstructionist bent for the biblical law of the Book of Leviticus (you know, the law that mandates death by stoning for practitioners of gay sex and adultery).

But when it comes to Constitution Party street cred, Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee for Nevada’s U.S. Senate seat, seems to have Paul, and his son, Rand (the GOP’s nominee for Kentucky’s Senate seat) beat. Angle, reports TPM’s Justin Elliott, spent six years as a member of Nevada’s Independent American Party, the state’s Constitution Party affiliate.

The article is in error when it says:

If the name of the Constitution Party sounds vaguely familiar, perhaps you recall the dust kicked up when, during the presidential campaign Todd Palin was revealed to have belonged, for seven years, to the Alaska Independence Party, that state’s Constitution Party affiliate.

The Alaskan Independence Party is actually not the state affiliate of the Constitution Party in Alaska, though the parties have cooperated at times–including the Alaskan Independence Party placing Constitution Party Presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin on their ballot in 2008.

Another article at Religion Dispatches, by Julie Ingersoll, discusses the same topic.

The Constitution Party is not merely a political party that supports the Constitution, but rather a party that promotes a very specific interpretation of the Constitution: based on founder Howard Phillips’ Christian Reconstruction. No conspiracy theory here; Phillips has explicitly embraced R.J. Rushdoony as a mentor and publicly noted the influence of the “Father” of the movement on his own views and the views of his son Doug Phillips, the founder of Vision Forum, an organization which claims “a zeal for the restoration of Biblical patriarchy.”

In her book, Quiverfull, RD contributor Kathryn Joyce reported that the younger Phillips pressured members of the church in which he is an elder to support the Constitution Party. A significant division resulted when a female member of the congregation questioned him and was disciplined by the church leaders.

The elder Phillips was one of the founders of the new Christian Right in the 1980s and is still chairman of the Conservative Caucus. In 1992 he founded the U.S. Taxpayer’s Party which in 1999 changed its name to the Constitution Party. Phillips ran three times as the party’s candidate for President (with the endorsement of Ron Paul). The Constitution Party’s platform advocates “returning” American law to its “foundations” in “Biblical Law.” The notion that the First Amendment’s religion clauses provide for a separation of church and state is rejected, based on the argument that the founders envisioned an institutional separation of church and state at the federal level in order to protect religion from an overreaching federal government. They contend that the founders always understood the U.S. to be a Christian nation founded on biblical law.

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25 thoughts on “Article Explores History of Constitution Party And Connections With Rand Paul, Sharron Angle

  1. Andy

    “Phillips ran three times as the party’s candidate for President (with the endorsement of Ron Paul).”

    I know that Ron Paul endorsed Chuck Baldwin in 2008 (mostly due to Bob Barr being a butthead), but I’ve never heard of him having endorsed Howard Phillips. I remember him as having endorsed Harry Browne in ’96 and 2000 and Michael Badnarik in 2004.

    Here’s Ron Paul’s tribute to Harry Browne after he passed away in 2006.

  2. Trent Hill Post author


    I was similarly skeptical of that. I can’t find anything to prove it.

  3. ........ Thank You from Don Lake

    And lets see how the Trent Hills, Cody Quirks, and the Donald Grundmanns spin the following. Liars, liars, liars:

    The Alaskan Independence Party is actually not the state affiliate of the Constitution Party in Alaska, though the parties have cooperated at times–including the Alaskan Independence Party placing Constitution Party Presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin on their ballot in 2008.

  4. Vaughn

    AKIP is to the Constitution Party as Liberty Union is to SPUSA?

    What does the Constitution Party of Kentucky think about Rand?

  5. Gay4Guns

    California’s recent approval of Prop 14 is a good start at trying to get rid of Political Parties. I’m all for it. Critics say it leaves politics to the Rich and the Corporations, like that’s anything new. But Ron Paul and others since have proven that if the public likes you, and moreover your message; there’s plenty of money to be made over the internet. Viva the Internet. Adios Political Parties!

  6. Mark Seidenberg

    To Gay4Guns

    I voted for Dr. Ron Paul in 1988 for President. You are wrong about Prop. 14 it is a very bad
    for the American Independent Party and the
    people of California. I call it the Tweedle Dem
    Tweedle Dumb (sic.) election process.

    On July 6, 2010 when the Secretary of State
    completes the convass of this election, Prop.
    14 will be retroactive to Midnight on June 8 – 9,

    Since there will not be direct primary elections
    under Prop. 14, there will not be “Nominee Delegates” to the AIP State Conventions. That
    will make a shift on who controls the AIP in the

    Sincerely, Mark Seidenberg, Vice Chairman,
    American Independent Party.

    P.S. The American Independent Party will have
    its 2010 Convention on June 26, 2010 at 5501
    Sky Pky, Sacramento, CA starting at 10 a.m.

  7. Trent Hill Post author

    “On the Web site of the Constitution Party, the Alaska Independence Party is clearly listed as one of the Constitution Party’s “state parties”:

    Hi Adele–yes, I know. However, this is merely to point CP members in Alaska towards the AKIP. They have never formally become a state affiliate. They can’t be said to be the affiliate until they do so formally–something which a party itching for secession is unlikely to do. Only someone who has covered the CP extensively would know this, obviously.

  8. Trent Hill Post author

    “What does the Constitution Party of Kentucky think about Rand?”

    I believe the CP of KY is EXTREMELY supportive.

  9. Adele M. Stan


    Thanks for the clarification. Gotta say, though, I don’t understand, then, why the AIP allows CP to claim them as a “state affiliate.” On the landing page for state parties, which features a map of the U.S., the text reads: “Here you’ll find contact information for the state party affiliates of the Constitution Party. Find out how to get in touch with your state party contact person, and information on candidates and events by clicking on the state you want to view information for.” If you click on Alaska, the info for the AIP comes up.

    I was simply quoting the CP’s Web site.

  10. Trent Hill Post author


    I understand. I’m aware what the CP national website says and I think your inference is not only a logical one–it’s the only logical one. Feel free to shoot the AKIP chairman, Lynette Clark, an email if you wish–or the CP, I’d be happy to supply an email for either.

  11. Northern Exposure

    To ALL in the lower 48 & elsewhere-

    The Alaskan Independence Party (AIP) IS NOT AND NEVER HAS BEEN AN AFFILIATE OF ANY NATIONAL PARTY. Yes, we have cooperated with the CP, and we have many members who hold dual party memberships. There has generally been a mutual recognition of the benefits of this arrangement. It is realized by most that the creation of additonal organized political parties would only serve to further dilute our opposition vote. THEREFORE, THERE IS NO ORGANIZED CP IN ALASKA.

    The AIP differs from the CP in that we allow our members/candidates to exercise their own consciences regarding so called social issues. Therefore we take no OFFICIAL stance on such things as gay rights or abortion. We have members on both sides of these issues. That said, the AIP convention did pass a resolution in support of a pending Alaskan initiative regarding the parential right of notification in the event a minor child seeks an abortion. We have also encouraged Governor Parnell to support this measure, which he is now doing. This was done in support of constitutional parental rights, as opposed to government encroachment upon the family unit.
    Also, it has brought to light that the state healthcare program for children, called Denali Kid Care, has been paying for abortions with public funds, unknown to parents, which is unacceptable to most Alaskans. The AIP is a dynamic political party with many diverse constituents among its’ 14,000+ members. It has been in existence for over a quarter century, and is only one of two parties in Alaska (the other being the AK LP) which has shown membership growth recently.
    We are best understood as an Alaskan Sovereignty/Constitutionalist movement.
    For more information see our website at

  12. Gene Berkman

    In 1992, Ron Paul endorsed Pat Buchanan in the Republican primary, but he also wrote a plug for Howard Phillips when Phillips formed the US Taxpayers Party. Then, according to Andre Marrou, he finally in the week before the election endorsed Marrou.

    In 1996, he was running for Congress in ther Republican primary, and I don’t think he openly endorsed anyone for President, although he got both Pat Buchanan and Steve Forbes to speak at rallies for his campaign.

  13. ........ Don Lake has knowledge that

    Trent Hill // Jun 17, 2010:

    [Lake: what he COULD have said to Don Lake],

    “I understand. I’m aware what the CP national website says and I think your inference is not only a logical one–it’s the only logical one ……..”

  14. Don Grundmann

    Cody – You do not understand that Mark Seidenberg is lying again. Mark Robinson spoke at a press conference against 14 but then rejoiced after it passed. He claimed that it freed the party ( i.e.; him ) from control by the Election Code. Yet again the criminal Keyes gang says one thing – that they oppose 14 – and does another – secretly works to get it passed. Another illustration of why they are traitors.

    Don J. Grundmann, D,C, Vice-Chairman American Independent Party, California branch of the Constitution Party

  15. Mark Seidenberg

    Don Grundmann,

    The American Indendent Party opposed Prop. 14. You have never been a Vice Chairman of the AIP. The AIP is not a branch and never has been of the Constitution Party. On June 27, 2008, the American Independent Party State Central Committee affiliated the AIP with the
    America’s Independent Party of Fenton, Michigan.

    Sincerely, Mark Seidenberg, Vice Chairman,
    American Independent Party

  16. Don Grundmann

    Mark The SeidenRAT – I demonstrate that, yet again, you are lying –

    The following letter was sent in reference to a ” tweet ” by Mark Robinson, the current ” Chairman ” of the American Independent Party. It shows that Robinson ( ” BraveLad ” !! ) , while attending a recent Sacramento press conference of parties fighting against Proposition 14, was actually working in total support of 14. This is because his own personal gain from the passage of 14 in being able to arbitrarily write party rules to exclude any possible opposition to his ” Kingdom ” was far more important than any harm which the passage of 14 would produce on the rest of the state or other political parties and expressions. It is a classic example ( saying one thing on the surface while supporting the other side ) of how treasonous elements within our nation can work to deny the political rights of others both for their own personal aggrandizement and in support of those who work in the shadows to control them to achieve their cancerous goals of the suppression of their political enemies. Although this cancer is currently attacking the American Independent Party and the conservative movement these same forces can be unleashed against any person or group, political or not, that is considered to be a potential force for true change; i.e.; truly able to challenge the corruption in high places within our nation. Although I strongly oppose many policies of parties such as the Greens, Libertarians, and Socialists I fully support their right to express their ideas fully and openly in our national political forums and culture. Such parties should be defended against agents of governmental or non-governmental agencies which conspire to crush their political expression and that of their supporting voters. I hope that this example of internal attack upon a party by forces hostile to the principles of our Republic serves as a warning to all other parties that they may heed in order to avoid their own destruction at the hands of the enemies of our Republic. The name of the writer has been deleted by myself. I am told that it would be impossible for someone to falsely place this comment in Robinsons account since it is password protected. It is indeed from the very person who publicly claimed to oppose 14 and is a perfect example of the forces which have been attacking the AIP openly since June of 2008.

    Richard and Christina—
    I wanted you to see a “tweet” (below) from Markham Robinson who ‘represented’ the AIP at a No on 14 News Conference. This is why we were and are so angry, though not personally angry at you. These people are lying, dupicitous slimebuckets. It is why so many of us continue to work so hard to rid our party of these rats.
    Their sole intent is to destroy the AIP or to control it and neutralize it. He duped you, I am sorry to say.


    Free at last! Great God Almighty-We’re free at last! Why? Prop 14 passed in CA. It frees the AIP from the chains of the Election Code!#TCOT

    Don J. Grundmann, D,C, Vice-Chairman American Independent Party, California branch of the Constitution Party

  17. ........ More 'I don't like Don Lake club'

    don’t blame me if and when Grundmann starts that long journey to Kansas. Either to Leavenworth or some church in the Wichita area —– or both!

    AOK, blame me, like federal felons Puke Cunningham and Kiddie Porn King Wade Sanders ——– I will wear the label with pride.

  18. Don Grundmann

    to ” The Fool ” – If you are to blame for anything it is for being a total disgrace to humanity by your non-stop lying, your galactic stupidity, and, especially, your defense of attacks upon children. Of course as a new member of the corrupt AIP central committee, a party you know nothing about and are dedicated to destroying, you can be right at home with ultra corrupt lying cowards. The party used to be a defender of morality and hence of children but Robinson, Seidenberg, and Noonan are now openly reconstructing it to reflect the values of their controllers; the total reverse of its entire history. The criminals have promoted an open supporter of the sickest perversions to the parties governing body. This is EXACTLY what the ADL and the SPLC have wanted – to have the AIP support homosexuality with all of its associated pathologies. The AIP is no longer a last defender of morality. With your fake ” appointment ” it is now, except for Chelene Nightingale and other REAL AIP candidates, a party at war with the family unit and with children; just as the ADL and SPLC are. This is the victory that evil has long wanted; a victory that can only be achieved through evil sub-humans like you and your fellow traitor coward liars.

    Don J. Grundmann, D,C, Vice-Chairman American Independent Party, California branch of the Constitution Party

  19. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]


    “The proper response would have been, ‘American Muslims are citizens like anyone else. They are free to practice their faith,’ not seeming to agree that Muslims are somehow seeking to take over.”

    Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly called [Sharron] Angle’s comments “shameful.” He said tea party groups inaccurately spread the word that his Detroit suburb was ruled by Islamic law after members of an anti-Islam group were arrested at an Arab cultural festival in June because a Christian volunteer complained of harassment.

    “She took it as face value and maligned the city of Dearborn and I consider that totally irresponsible,” he said. “If she wants to come here, I will take her on a tour. I will show her we follow the Constitution just as well as anyone else.”

    Angle, a Southern Baptist, has called herself a faith-based politician. Among her positions, she opposes abortion in all circumstances, including rape and incest and doesn’t believe the Constitution requires the separation of church and state.

    *eyes wide open*

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