Peroutka For President: Wasting A Vote—Or Sending A Message?
If you`d like to cast a ballot for
a conservative this year, forget
George W. Bush and don`t even blink an eye at the
liberal drip from Massachusetts who`s the hero of
the week. Ralph Nader, believe it or not, actually has
interesting (not necessarily good or right) things
to say, but it would be preposterous to claim he`s a
The only conservative in the
presidential race this year I know of is a gentleman
Michael Peroutka. Take a look at him.
Mr. Peroutka is the nominee of a
small "third party" called the Constitution
Party. I put the name in quotation marks because there
are now probably about 50
"third parties" on the ballots in this country,
at least in those areas where they are
allowed to be on ballots. The Constitution Party is
not on all of them but you can always write it in.
The party was founded in 1992 as
the U.S. Taxpayers Party and fielded its first
presidential candidate in that year—Howard Phillips, a
veteran and principled conservative activist and
founder of the
Conservative Caucus. After running again in 1996 and
2000, Mr. Phillips decided to take a break.
That`s when Mr. Peroutka rose to
I am not going to try to persuade
you that Mr. Peroutka and his party will win the
election, and expecting to win has nothing to do with
why you might want to vote for him.
As long as you think that, you
cannot expect to be able to vote for any candidate other
than those approved by the
One Party that now dominates American government and
The point of voting for Mr.
Peroutka is not to win but to help create an alternative
to the One Party.
Of course you could do that by
voting for Mr. Nader, but that would not be a
conservative alternative. Mr. Peroutka is. The party`s
platform (available on its web page at http://www.constitutionparty.com)
spells out exactly what it`s for, much more explicitly
than anything that will come out of the GOP convention.
The party defines itself as an
explicitly Christian party, dedicated to preserving the
Christian and biblical foundations on which the
American republic and the U.S. Constitution
were based. Hence, many of its positions—on
"gay marriage," morality in general—are fairly
But it also supports a strong
nationalist position. It`s opposed to the mass
immigration that today is probably the greatest single
threat to the nation and the survival of its people and
civilization. It favors what is fair to call a policy of
"economic nationalism," and it strongly supports
protecting national sovereignty.
On immigration, its platform
explicitly endorses a
moratorium on legal immigration and opposes amnesty
for illegal aliens and the H-1B and L-1 visa programs
that allow foreign workers to take jobs from Americans.
illegal aliens and
U.S. citizenship for children of
illegal aliens born in this country.
If I had written the plank myself,
it couldn`t be better.
On foreign policy, the platform
World War II, the United States has been involved in
tragic, unconstitutional, undeclared wars which cost our
country the lives of many thousands of young Americans.
These wars were the direct and foreseeable result of the
bi-partisan interventionist policy of both Democrat and
Constitution Party is opposed to the continuation of the
interventionist policy, with that policy`s capacity
to involve our country in repeated wars."
The platform doesn`t mention the
Iraq war specifically, but the foreign policy plank
as well as what Mr. Peroutka said in a meeting I
attended in June make his position clear: He thinks it
was a blunder to go to war there and that we should get
out as soon as possible.
It was obvious to me and everyone
else in the meeting that Mr. Peroutka is a charming and
decent man of deep conviction and principle, and unlike
presidents I know, he can express himself in
English. He has a ready grasp of the principles he
supports and knows how to explain them.
If he has a flaw, it is that he
tends to talk a bit too much about principles and not
enough about the actual issues.
the flaws of the presidential wanna-bes, that`s not
a problem, but he might do better to talk more about
what most voters are worrying about.
Should you waste your vote on
Michael Peroutka? No, you shouldn`t, as I just told you.
But if you consider the
alternatives, voting for him will not be a waste.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Sam Francis [email
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America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture, is now available
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