Constitution Party Ideology: Paeloconservatism
Constitution Party Website: www.constitutionparty.com
The Constitution Party, previously known as the US Taxpayers’ Party, is a national political party in the United States based on Paleoconservatism, which is defined on Wikipedia as “an American conservative political philosophy which stresses traditionalism, limited government, Christian ethics, regionalism and nationalism.” The idea that the principles and intents of the US Constitution remain relevant in human relations was the origin of the party’s 1991 founding. Founding members included 2016 presidential candidate Darrell Castle and former acting Office of Economic Opportunity Director Howard Phillips. The party platform is based on originalist interpretations of the Constitution and shaped by principles it finds set forth in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bible.
There are “7 Guiding Principles” for Constitution Party candidates and platforms. Throughout these principles and accompanying platform items are direct quotes from early US founders and political figures, the US Constitution, the Federalist Papers, the US Declaration of Independence, and other sources. Members of the party apply these quotes as evidence of their views of the Constitution and how the US is founded on Christian principles, while maintaining their support of the No Religious Test Clause.
While, in terms of affiliated voters, the Constitution Party ranks fifth among national parties in the United States, the party currently has no members in the Congress, state legislatures, or governorships.