Party pooper

Tancredo's opportunism leaves politicos unhappy

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The benefit of being a major political party is that it is easier to get candidates on the ballot. Look for the positive!

When you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas.

Charles Ashby’s report – “Party pooper” – in Monday’s Sentinel should remind readers why the vitality of the American Constitution Party (“ACP”) is critical to the integrity of Colorado elections.

Albeit disorganized and under-funded, the ACP’s status as a “major political party” entitles it to designate members of County Canvass Boards (charged with certifying election results) and to appoint “poll watchers” to monitor polling places.

Moreover, the stated principles of the ACP – drawn from the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights—have profound public policy implications.

Indeed, the ACP offers both solace and refuge to those who despair at the current state of American politics, but revere the Bible as the chronicle of man’s moral evolution in the Old Testament – reaching its pinnacle in Jesus’s New Testament teachings.

“The Golden Rule” in Luke 6:31 suggests that undocumented immigrants, “Dreamers”, and women facing unwanted pregnancies deserve the same “equal protection under law” that we each would expect for ourselves.

Matthew 25:40,45 suggest that Food Stamps and Medicaid have greater moral merit than gratuitous subsidies to profitable oil companies and/or corporate farmers (Matthew 19:24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25) and/or a tax system that under-taxes polluters and Wall Street (Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17; Luke 20:25). 

The Declaration of Independence eloquently affirms a litany of reasons for armed revolt by pre-Constitutional Colonials – and successfully recruited patriots to the Revolution.

Our Constitution’s Preamble prioritizes the purposes of a more potent government than that which proved ineffectual under the Articles of Confederation, and its own Articles deliberately convey “delegated powers” from the States to that federal government.

The Bill of Rights protects individual liberties from encroachment by both federal and over-reaching State governments – as do the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.

Thus, the ACP offers Coloradans—religiously-minded or not—a principled alternative to the mindless extremism and hypocritical dishonesty of “Tea Party” Republicans.

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