Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Constitution Party of Idaho: 'Sacrifices we are unwilling to make'

Published on the Constitution Party of Idaho website on 08/09/18
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In response to those who question the 2018 CP-Idaho State Convention’s vote to disaffiliate from the national party as “not wise,” we would note the words of the Patriot Thomas Paine (which were subsequently taken up by Barry Goldwater):“Moderation in principle is always a vice.”
Those who question CP-Idaho should first answer President Abraham Lincoln’s question:“I should like to know if, taking this old Declaration of Independence, which declares all men are equal upon principle, you begin making exceptions to it, where will you stop?”

Proponents of the cliquish national party certainly set aside many “exceptions”. They asked (or rather demanded) that CP-Idaho ignore the principle of self governance…and instead base our state political party upon something other than equitable voting rights and a verifiable direct ballot.

CP-Idaho rejects that. As DeForrest Soaries put it: “Voting is the foundational act that breathes life into the principle of the consent of the governed.” Without it, there is no life.

Consent of the governed…and that consent cannot be determined by a party insider proxy process. The very nature of proxies supersedes direct citizen attached ballots. It institutionalizes elitism, favoritism, privilege and entitlement.

CP-Idaho stood its ground against incursions upon the principle of a representative direct nomination ballot distributed to the individual affiliated voters in the respective states for a decision by the People. We acted upon it…deeds not words.

Sadly, as the writer W. Somerset Maugham noted: “The most useful thing about principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.”

It is regrettable that the national party continues to choose to make that expedient sacrifice. Apparently it believes that by doing so, by opening the throats of real citizen voters and bleeding out the lifeblood of direct self determination that sacrifice will buy itself electoral victory…and keep power confined within the party clique.

Their ritual is grotesque, almost pagan in its brutal denial of the fundamental right to ballot. Even more grotesque is the altar of personal ego upon which they base their incantations. Nothing good will ever come from a bloodletting of direct citizen ballots by the national party’s “priests”. Nor will liberty.

We have heard many promises and requests for “more time”…after years upon years of ongoing sacrifices of individual ballot rights. We even heard it said that many of CP-Idaho’s conditions are agreeable…but only “on principle”. Unfortunately, it is our experience that German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck spoke correctly:
“When a man says he approves of something on principle, it means he hasn’t the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.”

The national party has no intention of basing its national nomination upon the will of its respective states’ affiliated voter bases. Those voters merely serve the purpose of sacrifice.

CP-Idaho refuses to disfranchise (which is to say: sacrifice) our citizen voters. According to Susan B. Anthony, “The principle of self government cannot be violated with impunity. The individual’s right to it is sacred.” What the national party considers sacred any longer is anybody’s guess.

There is little in evidence of a purpose beyond the existence of a national clique that is metastasizing into the worship of a personality cult and making whatever sacrifices of principle necessary to obtain it. Nothing down that road is worth the risk of its travel. Indeed, considerable evil lies in wait like highwaymen intent on waylaying the very liberty they loudly proclaim afterwards in the marketplace.
To conclude, for those who question our State Convention’s decision, we cite Orson F. Whitney: “What has history said of eminence without honor, power and possessions without principle?”

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