Thursday, August 05, 2010

Interview with Thom Holmes

Mr. Thom Holmes is the Chairman of Oklahoma Constitution Party, which of course is the Oklahoma State version of the The Constitution Party.

I conducted an interview with him recently and here is a transcript of that interview:

How would you say that the Constitution Party differs from the Republican Party?

Comparing the officially adopted Platforms of the Constitution Party and the Republican Party, there are only a few differences in their stated beliefs and how each party claims they would run the government. A primary difference, however, is that the people in the leadership roles of the Republican Party, especially at the national level, do NOT agree with or adhere to their own party’s platform. Likewise, the Republican Party does NOT hold its candidates to the standards set out in their party platform.

In contrast, the Constitution Party’s leadership and candidates are required to support and uphold the party’s platform positions, and they do so. If they will not, they are not supported by the party.

One important issue where the Constitution Party and the GOP have significant differences is the U.S. military’s involvement in foreign wars around the globe. The CP holds to the same position as President John Quincy Adams in believing that
“America should be the friend of freedom everywhere but the guarantor of only its own.”

How would you say that the Constitution Party differs from the Democrat Party?

There are significant differences in many areas, in fact, too numerous to mention. Overall, the Democrats act as if government can take care of everyone from cradle to grave, however the Constitution Party believes in freedom for everyone and that we should be responsible for our own decisions and actions.

What is the Party's stance on term limits and congressional salary caps?

The party’s platform does not mention either of these topics but I personally favor both of them. Term limits have had a positive effect on the Oklahoma legislature the past several years so applying a similar restriction to the US Congress would certainly help to change the ruinous statistic that over 95% of US Senators and US Congressmen win re-election every two years. Salaries for members of Congress are so high that they are in the top 5% of U.S. wage earners. Public service should be a sacrifice, not a means of increasing one’s net worth.

Does the Constitution Party support any legislation that would make English the official language of the United States? Why or Why Not?

Yes. To be divided in any aspect, including language, weakens our country. Here is how the “Immigration” plank of the CP Platform addresses English as our only language:
“We insist that those who wish to take part in the electoral process and governance of this nation be required to read and comprehend basic English as a precondition of citizenship. We support English as the official language for all governmental business by these United States.”

The CP agrees with President Theodore Roosevelt’s comment on Immigrants:
"There can be no divided allegiance here ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ..."

Does the Constitution Party support legislation that would define when life begins?

Yes, and it is the CP’s position that the Supreme Law of the land already contains everything needed to protect all innocent life. What we lack is constitutionally minded leaders who will live up to their Oath of Office. The “Sanctity of Life” plank of the CP Platform states:
“We declare the unalienable right of Life to be secured by our Constitution ‘to ourselves and our Posterity’. Our posterity includes children born and future generations yet unborn. Any legalization of the termination of innocent life of the born or unborn is a direct violation of our unalienable right to life. 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.”

Are you at all concerned with the percentage of the federal budget that is allocated to military spending? Do you think that the percentage is too high or too low?

Yes, but it is hard to say what the appropriate percentage should be because the majority of the federal budget is unconstitutional. One of the primary purposes of our federal government is to defend our country from invasion and attack, so a good percentage of the budget should be spent on defense. However, as stated in response to a previous question, our military should not be stationed all across the globe and involved in so many conflicts in foreign countries.

Do you feel like a third party, such as the Constitution Party, would ever have a viable chance at getting one of its candidates elected to a major political office?

Yes, in fact both History and Voters confirm this positive response. In 2006, Constitution Party candidate for State Representative, Rick Jore won a seat in the Montana Legislature.

History says YES: Lincoln became the first president elected by the Republican Party which was a “third party” founded only 6 years earlier in 1854. The 1860 presidential election was a four-way race when the two major political parties of the day were the Whigs and the Democrats. Lincoln won with only 38% of the popular vote even though his name did not even appear on the ballot in 9 states, one of which was Texas.

Voters say YES: Surveys show a steady increase in the public’s desire for a third party. A May 8, 2007 Rasmussen survey found that 58% of Americans say it would be good for the U.S. to have a truly competitive third political party. Likewise, a Feb 17, 2010 CNN poll indicated 64% of Americans like the idea of a third party. In a race with more than 3 candidates, one-third of the vote can mean victory.

Does the Oklahoma chapter of the Constitution Party have any candidates running for any state offices in 2010?

No, and it is because Oklahoma’s election laws are some of the most restrictive in the nation. In the past 10 years no “third party” has been able to overcome our state’s ballot access requirements to have its candidates listed on the Oklahoma ballot. In fact, in the past two presidential elections, Oklahoma was the only state in these 50 united States where voters had only two choices on the November ballot. I encourage all Oklahomans to help us change the state election laws to enable voters to have more choices on Election Day. You can learn more about the difficulty of ballot access by reading this article on the national party's website:

How do you feel about the Tea Party movement?

The CP is very supportive of and our members are involved in the Tea Party movement. We hope voters will continue becoming energized about the issues of the day and letting their elected public servants hear their collective voices.

What "causes" or issues does the Constitution Party champion that the "major" parties ignore completely?

1. Sealing the border and stopping the flow of Illegals into the U.S. We defend the borders of Afghanistan better than we protect our own border. The Constitution Party National Committee on May 1st was the first, and still the only, political party to speak out in support of the Arizona law enforcing the federal laws to protect the U.S. border. The CP resolution is on the National party website here:

2. States Rights. Our federal republic was created by joint action of the several States. It has been gradually perverted into a socialist machine for federal control in the domestic affairs of the States by both major political parties. The federal government has no authority to mandate policies relating to State issues such as education, natural resources, transportation, private business, housing, and health care, ad infinitum. Preservation of constitutional government requires a restoration of the balance of authority between the federal government and the States as provided in the Constitution itself, and as intended and construed by those who framed and ratified that document.

3. Smaller government with less spending and lower taxes. Both of the major political parties spend as if the money supply is unlimited. The main difference to their big spending ways is that the Democrats Tax and Spend whereas the Republicans Borrow and Spend. The largest spending president in the history of our country by far was George W. Bush and now President Obama has even topped that.

What makes the Constitution Party different than another third party such as, say, the Libertarian Party?

The Constitution Party differs with the Libertarian Party on a number of significant issues, such as open borders and legalizing drugs - - we oppose both but the LP supports both.
Additionally, the Constitution Party is the only true pro-life political party in the United States, whereas the LP does not believe the federal government should protect the lives of the

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