Constitution Party of West Virginia will hold it’s next meeting at the Western Steer Family Steakhouse in Elkins on April 8, 2017, Saturday, from 12-5pm. Members and all who are registered to vote as Constitution Party are encouraged to attend. The general public and those interested in learning more about the Party are welcome.
The Western Steer Family Steakhouse is located on the South Side of Elkins on Rt. 219/250 on Beverly Pike.
We hope to see you there.
The Constitution Party of West Virginia has approved a resolution in support of a balanced budget with no tax increases.
Whereas, the State of West Virginia has created the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program allowing selected cities to replace all or part of their B &O tax with a sales tax of no more than 1%,
Whereas, this new tax is currently being imposed on consumers in 28 municipalities in W.Va.,
Whereas, the Legislature is currently considering a bill, S.B. 441, to expand the program to all municipalities in W.Va.,
Whereas, H.B. 4009 of 2016, the Letting Our Counties Act Locally Act, permits counties, with the approval of voters, to impose a 1% sales tax for road construction,
Whereas, these recently created sales taxes combined with the current 6% sales tax total a potential tax of 8% in some areas of the State,
Whereas, the Legislature is currently considering S.B. 477 which would dramatically increase DMV fees,
And, whereas, the people of West Virginia are among the poorest of any state in the Nation,
The Constitution Party of West Virginia demands that the Legislature and Governor produce a balanced budget for the next fiscal year that includes no tax increases. We oppose any attempt by subterfuge to increase taxes under the guise of fee increases or any attempt to allow local governments to further increase taxes. Furthermore, we oppose any effort to place the people of West Virginia under debt bondage in order to maintain current spending levels which should be cut to match expected revenues.
The Government of West Virginia should conduct itself in the same way that the citizens of this state are forced to do when confronted with reduced income – cut spending.
Also under this same agenda, there was no room for the repeal of Common Core standards which were shoved down the throats of West Virginians by the unelected State Board of Education. The House passed the bill 75-19, but it was gutted in the Senate on an unrecorded 18-16 floor vote and replaced with a bill that calls for a study. State Board of Education Superintendent Michael Martirano threatened the Legislature with a preposterous $128 million cost to repeal the standards, but when the Board passed Common Core several years ago, costs were not an impediment. According to an article in www.truthinamericaneducation.com, six Senate Republicans contributed to the defeat.
And the “economic agenda” struck us again when the practice of forced vaccination of school students was allowed to continue. Health-Nazis succeeded in gutting the Medical and Religious Exemption bill for vaccinations (S.B. 286) in the Senate Health and Human Resources committee. The religious exemption was removed and a provision that is supposed to prevent delays in the approval of medical exemptions retained. GOP Senators Mike Hall, Mike Maynard, and Chris Walters chickened out and dropped their sponsorship of the bill shortly after introduction while the Health-Nazis were having a fit over vaccination exemptions during an out-of-state measles outbreak. Had enough, yet?
On a positive note, the session marked the rise of the Liberty Caucus, a group of delegates who are committed to limited government and Constitutional fidelity Their influence was felt in the defeat of the Forced Pooling bill which was supported by almost all of the rest of the Republicans and so we commend these statesmen for their courage to put principle over politics—the motto of our Party.
Keep your eyes and ears open, folks, and your brains in gear! We are hearing more and more about an Article V constitutional convention (Con-Con) with several groups advocating for it, for several different reasons – from balancing the budget, to term limits, to campaign finance reform and limiting “constitutional rights” of corporations. Many of the groups work together, including sharing board members and belonging to a coalition named Call A Convention.
Call A Convention, whose goal is “a truly open and constructive” (i.e. unlimited) Article V convention, was formed in 2013 by Lawrence Lessig, a leftist, a blasphemer and friend and associate of both George Soros and Barack Obama. Lessig is also on the boards of Compact For America (CFA), ConventionUSA, and Rootstrikers and works closely with leftist Wolf-Pac as well as Mark Meckler’s Convention of States (COS). In West Virginia, it is mostly COS that has been wooing our legislators but recently CFA has been actively seeking supporters.
The COS website has a petition that calls for “an Article V convention to propose only amendments that would impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials and members of Congress.” Such a convention could easily become the “runaway” convention that sensible people fear would either radically alter our Constitution or even replace it with one of the socialist constitutions already written and waiting in the wings.
Compact for America calls for the creation of a compact of 38 states to petition Congress to call an Article V convention for proposing a balanced budget amendment (BBA) only. The application contains all the rules for governing the convention AND a pre-written BBA that would be “pre-ratified” within the initial applications. This appears to be the completely safe answer to all the fears previously expressed by critics.
But, please don’t believe in fairy tales. Not only is this Con-Con vulnerable to becoming a “runaway,” constitutional scholar Publius Huldah warns that it is “actually a tricky device for imposing a national sales tax or value added tax on the American People – on top of the income tax – and does nothing to limit federal spending.” Publius Huldah has also explained that – unlike the states, which require budgets – the federal government is limited by the Constitution to spending only for the few enumerated powers and obligations that it authorizes. A BBA would substitute a “budget” for the enumerated powers and authorize the national government to spend money on whatever it puts in the budget. “To add insult to injury,” Huldah alleges, “while all versions of a BBA pretend to limit spending, they actually permit increases in spending
and increases in debt whenever a majority votes to do so.”
On July 23, 2015, by unanimous vote of a quorum of its State Central Committee officers, the CPWVa adopted an important resolution in support of the Confederate flag and historical monuments. The four part resolution resolved to recognize the Confederate flag and other symbols and monuments to American history and heroes, including those of the former Confederate States, as positive symbols of America’s heritage, culture, and reverence. It further resolved that, since there is no Constitutionally protected freedom to not be offended, these symbols and historical monuments be re-installed and protected in their places of honor, and called upon all Americans to unite together in peace and racial harmony. Finally, invoking the charge of the Party’s 2008 presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin from his recent article, the resolution called for the increased display of the Confederate flag as a symbol of resistance to federal and local tyranny to boldly awaken the original independent American spirit. Mr. Baldwin’s article can be found at http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/3336/The-Confederate-Flag-Needs-To-Be-Raised-Not-Lowered.aspx. As philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” America’s current direction towards a dystopic Orwellian future must be reversed. The adopted resolution was sent back to committee for final work on writing its supporting statements (based on the Baldwin article), and the completed document is expected to be placed on our website before the end of August.
Original Intent Definition of Natural Born Citizen and Presidential Eligibility Resolution Introduced
At its March 26, 2015 weekly Executive Committee meeting, the CPWVa adopted the following important resolution on the original intent definition of a natural born citizen:
Whereas, Article II, Section, 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution states “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or
a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of
Whereas, no person alive today or in the future was a citizen in the year 1788 (at the time of the adoption of
the Constitution), and thus the Constitution makes a clear distinction between a natural born citizen and a
citizen who is not natural born; and
Whereas, Section 1 of the 14th Amendment only defines citizenship in general without making any distinction
between natural or non-natural born; and
Whereas, Article I, Section 8, Clause 10 of the Constitution states “The Congress shall have Power…To define
and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations,” The
Law of Nations being a set of books authored by the Swiss writer Emmerich de Vattel and is thus incorporated
into the framework of the Constitution; and
Whereas, The Law of Nations was originally published (in the French language) in 1758, predating the drafting
of the Constitution by twenty-nine years. This important work was studied by our founders, particularly as
evidenced by George Washington’s two-hundred and twelve year overdue copy from the New York Society
Library (replaced by the Mount Vernon Estate, May 19, 2010), and defines the principles of the law of nature
applied to the conduct and affairs of nations and sovereigns. Its clear reference in the United States
Constitution is proof positive of our Framers’ desire that it be a primary source of understanding; and
Whereas, Book I of The Law of Nations, Chapter XIX, § 212 (Joseph Chitty numbering) – “Citizens and natives”
reads: ‘The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to
its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in
the country, of parents who are citizens. As the society cannot exist and perpetuate itself otherwise than by
the children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all
their rights. The society is supposed to desire this, in consequence of what it owes to its own preservation; and
it is presumed, as matter of course, that each citizen, on entering into society, reserves to his children the right
of becoming members of it. The country of the fathers is therefore that of the children; and these become
true citizens merely by their tacit consent. We shall soon see whether, on their coming to the years of
discretion, they may renounce their right, and what they owe to the society in which they were born. I say,
that, in order to be of the country, it is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; for, if he is
born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country;’ and
Whereas, Vattel’s definition of a natural born citizen makes it clear that he or she is one whose parents were
citizens at the time of birth, and especially whose father was a citizen. § 213 and § 215 of this work reiterate
that “children follow the condition of their fathers;” and
Whereas, U.S. Senate Resolution 511 of April 30, 2008 declared Panamanian-born presidential candidate John
McCain to be a natural born citizen based upon the U.S. citizenship of his father and thus confirms Vattel’s
definition in modern times; and
Whereas, in human genetics, as designed by our Creator, only the male carries the y-chromosome thus
determining the gender of his offspring and exactly matching the natural law of heredity as defined by Vattel; and
Whereas, the Constitution for the United States of America is a legal document, the definitions of all words therein must be held as those that its authors understood at the time of its writing. Only the mechanisms outlined in Article V of that document can be used to legally alter or change its meaning; new dictionaries, opinions of legal scholars, and court decisions notwithstanding; therefore be it
Resolved, that it is the Constitution Party’s position that the original intent definition of natural born citizenship is thus the citizenship of a person’s father, and
Therefore Be It Further Resolved, that to be eligible for the office of United States President, a candidate’s father must have been an American citizen at the time of his or her birth.
CPWVa U.S. Senate Candidate Phil Hudok has had the honor of just being named to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s summer list of the twelve most extreme political candidates. Their stated basis for this nomination is his history of “Christian-based activism,” and the article goes on to list three of Phil’s recent religious freedom legal victories. The article profiles Phil next to Victoria Jackson of Saturday Night Live fame, and also includes 2004 Constitution Party presidential nominee, Michael Peroutka, among others. The entire article can be read on Phil’s website at http://hudok.com/index.php/southern-poverty-law-center/
Three months ago, the FBI dumped the SPLC as a legitimate resource of “hate crime” information largely because of their unbalanced targeting of Christian groups. SOURCE: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/26/FBI-Dumps-Southern-Poverty-Law-Center
Based on the attendance of our previous meetings, we are expecting a good crowd. The tentative agenda is as follows:
* Candidate presentations
* The 7-foot tall Mr. Obama Head float: https://www.facebook.com/Mr.ObamaHead
* Petitioning for ballot access and how you can help
* Pending state legislation and Liberty bills that need your activism
* Nullification discussion
* Update on the Elk River water spill situation, Truth and activism
* The importance of the Glass-Steagall Act to reigning in the Banksters
* Convention of States Article V Con – What you should know about who is behind it
* Social Networking: facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc.
* News about a CPWVa special project of Historical Significance (news media research of it)
* Shirt sales and our other promotional materials
* Appleseed Project & other pro 2nd Amendment activities
* AND MORE!!
SEE YOU THERE!
On Friday, November 8, U.S. Senate candidate Phil Hudok gave an informative PowerPoint presentation to the Hampshire County TEA Party in Romney. The presentation outlining the signs of the times included audio/video of the float which he designed that features a 7 and 1/2 foot high smoke-ring blowing Obama head. He explained how Article 2, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution was not being followed and how a return to the “Rule of Law” could undo the recent damage inflicted on the “Republic” by Mr. Obama and his globalist handlers.
In response to today’s misguided Supreme Court decision, the Executive Committee of the Constitution Party of West Virginia, in meeting duly assembled, has made the following revisions (as indicated below in bold text) to its platform position on “Community Decency.”
The US Supreme Court was wrong in 1857 in the Dred Scott Case. The same court was wrong in 1893 in Plessy v. Fergusson. And they were wrong in 1973 with Roe v. Wade. They are wrong today. Their word is not the last word, God’s Word is: “Because a sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” – Ecclesiastes 8:11
Community Decency – revised
John Adams said “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” To which his cousin Sam added, “While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader,” and “if we are universally vicious and debauched in our manners, though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves.” These sentiments echo those of over a century earlier when John Milton, in his classic novel, Paradise Lost, narrated man’s fall from Grace and subsequent need to be obedient to Gods laws of Holy Scripture. “So many and so various laws are giv’n; So many laws argue so many sins,” said Milton.
What, then, is public virtue? It is clear from the writings of our founders that they intended temperance within the bounds of natural law in the establishment of a republican form of government rather than a theocracy. The most promising method of securing a virtuous and morally stable people is to elect virtuous leaders. As such, the CPWVa maintains that the State and local governments have the right and legitimate authority to restrict and prohibit obscenity and obscene material in any format and local establishments in accordance with community standards of morality and decency. To wit, we specifically address community decency in the areas of pornography, homosexuality, and gambling.
Pornography and homosexuality are a distortion of the true nature of sex created by God for the procreative union between one man and one woman in the holy bonds of matrimony. They are destructive elements of society resulting in significant and real emotional, physical, spiritual and financial costs to individuals, families and communities. Until 1973, the American Psychiatric Association correctly regarded homosexuality as a mental disorder, and thus schools and the military have every right to prohibit persons with this condition from their ranks. The same is true for the gender confused. It is abominable that homosexual radicals, aided and abetted by the corporate media, promote this sinful behavior as normal and harmless through the perversion of our language by calling it “gay” and using the rainbow as their symbol. This is nothing more than deceptive trickery to corrupt the innocent.
We reject the notion that sodomites and sexual offenders are deserving of legal favor or special protection, and affirm the rights of states and localities to proscribe offensive sexual behavior. We oppose all efforts to impose a new sexual legal order through the federal court system. We stand against so-called “sexual orientation” and “hate crime” statutes that attempt to legitimize inappropriate sexual behavior and to stifle public resistance to its expression. We oppose government funding of “partner” benefits for unmarried individuals. We oppose any legal recognition of homosexual unions and seek to prohibit homosexuals from adopting children. Legal marriage is between one man and one woman.
While we fully respect the constitutionally protected right to privacy of consenting adults, all sexually suggestive material must be kept as far away and out of reach from children as possible. This includes the location of men’s clubs, library and store books, and the content of public airwaves. Likewise, while we fully respect the constitutionally protected right to freedom of speech, consideration must be given to undesired exposure to racy public advertising and offensive or suggestive attire and behavior. This includes the appearance of road signs, promiscuous clothing styles and slogans, vehicle decorations, profanity, graffiti, and general blight.
Gambling promotes an increase in crime, destruction of family values, and a decline in the moral fiber of our country. We are opposed to government sponsorship, involvement in, or promotion of gambling in the name of economic development or for any other purpose.