The Constitution Party was started in 1992 as the US. Taxpayers Party by a man named Howard Phillips. Mr. Phillips died April 20, 2013. [Howard Phillips] According to Ballotpedia “The founders organized the party in response to a perceived growth of government, a dismissal of constitutional limitations and a shift away from ‘limited and government, and very broad and significant individual freedoms.'” The party was officially recognized in 1996 by the Federal Elections Commission. Then in 1996 they officially changed their name to the Constitution Party.
While everyone keeps shouting about how third parties never win elections the Constitution Party has indeed won elections. It took awhile but in 2006, they had their first elected official who assumed office in Montana. His name was Rick Jore. In 2008, four were elected to office in Nevada. Currently, there have been 15 positions held by members of the Constitution Party. The truth is third parties are gaining more recognition given the dissatisfaction with both the Democratic and Republican parties.
The Constitution Party has Seven Principles it goes by:
Life for all human beings: from conception to natural death. SANCTITY OF LIFE
One husband and one wife with their children,as divinely instituted. FAMILY
Each individual’s right to own and steward personal property without government burden. PERSONAL AND PRIVATE PROPERTY SECURITY
The Founding Documents interpreted according to the Actual Intent of the Founding Fathers. CONSTITUTION PARTY PLATFORM
Everything not specifically delegated by the Constitution to the federal government, nor prohibited by the Constitution to the states, is reserved to the states or to the people. STATE SOVEREIGNTY
American government committed to the protection of the borders, trade, and common defense of Americans, with no entanglement in foreign alliances. FOREIGN POLICY
Running for the Presidency for the Constitution Party is Darrell Castle and Scott Bradley.
This is not Darrell Castle’s first attempt to run for the Presidency on the Constitution Party ticket. He did so in 2012 as well. In 2008, he was the Vice President candidate for Chuck Baldwin on the Constitution Party ticket. Darrell is a lawyer and former Marine. He is also a deacon in his Church.
According to his site: Darrell Castle was born in 1948, in Kingsport, Tennessee, graduating from Ketron High School in 1966. He attended East Tennessee State University (ETSU), earning a Bachelor of Science degree in both Political Science and History in 1970, and a Juris Doctorate from Memphis State University in 1979. He currently resides in Germantown, Tennessee. He is married and has one daughter with his wife of 38 years.
He lists his political activism as the following:
- Two terms as the Constitution Party of Tennessee State Chairman
- Three terms as the Vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Constitution Party
- Two terms as the Platform Chairman of the National Convention of the Constitution Party
- Instructor of the Institute on the Constitution course
- Author of numerous articles and commentaries addressing national issues and analysis of current events
- Board member of the Conservative Caucus since 2005
- 2007 Chairman of the National Veterans Coalition, an outreach of the National Constitution Party
- 2008 Constitution Party Vice-presidential Candidate, running mate of Chuck Baldwin.
- Creator and author of the Castle Report
There is not a lot written about Scott Bradley but there is the above video. There is also this interesting fact about Scott: “In 2010, Bradley was the party’s nominee for U.S. Senate from Utah, and he polled 5.67%, the second-best showing ever for the Constitution Party for U.S. Senate in a race with both major parties also running.” [Scott Bradley Senate Race] “Bradley has a bachelor of arts from Westminster College, masters of public administration from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in constitutional law from George Wythe University. ” Scott Bradley
There in a nutshell is the Constitution Party. While it is only a brief synopsis, it is enough to give you some information about them and then it is up to you to check the rest of it out.