The following is part of an email written by Constitution Party National Chairman Frank Fluckiger in response to Joshua Fauver about several Facebook posts and conversations involving Illinois Constitution Party activist Don Stone, a friend of CP National Vice-Chairman Randy Stufflebeam who was going to serve as the latter’s campaign manager had Stufflebeam run for the U.S. Senate in 2014, which after forming an exploratory committee he ultimately decided not to. These conversations were published on the Independent American & Constitutional Review (IA&CR) here and here.
I have no idea who Don Stone even is. I looked over both the state chairman list as well as over the national committee listing (and unless I simply over looked it) his name was not there.
I concur with you that God gave us our agency to choose between good or evil. I think that is a key element. Forcing people to be moral has never worked nor will it ever. Wanting to be good has got to come from within and it should be the roll of government to foster such an environment, but men should still be left to make choices of their own free will. God gave to man his agency that he might choose between good and evil, but that man should then have to face the consequences of his actions. That is wny our Constitution was written for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of anyone else. The Founding Fathers fully understood this. Morality and self discipline has to come from within each of us. Most people never come to understand that. The power of the spoken word from the pulpit has until the last 50 years been a major force in helping Americans understand the proper role between government and religion. De Toqueville said it well, when he stated that “America is great because American is good and when she ceases to be good she will cease to be great” He recognized that it was from the pulpit that people were inspired to become better people. We are witnessing today the truth of his statement.
I am afraid I would have discontinued the conversation long before you did. Sustaining man in his God given gift of agency while still upholding the rule of law is a challenge that I have struggled with and continue to struggle with. Hopefully some day I will come to a greater understanding or that.
I have found it wisest to not even argue with people who hold to the concepts that you delt with with this person. I am reminded of the truism that a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still. No matter what you say, you are not going to change his opinion. You are simply better off to go on to other more productive activities.
Those are my thoughts on the matter.