***God calls sodomy an abomination. Apparently, the Republican Party doesn’t think so. Not even Governor Scott Walker. There is only one party who stands against sodomy; that is the Constitution Party.***
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Steve Peoples and Erik Schelzig, Associated Press 11:06 p.m. CDT July 12, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Deep in the nation’s Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided American families and politics for years.
While the Republican Party’s religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be backing off their opposition— in their rhetoric, at least.
For some, the shift may be more a matter of tone than substance as the GOP tries to attract new voters ahead of the midterm elections. Nonetheless, it is dramatic turn for a party that has long been defined by social conservative values.
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“I don’t think the Republican Party is fighting it,” Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker said of gay marriage. He spoke with The Associated Press during an interview this weekend at the National Governors Association in Nashville.
“I’m not saying it’s not important,” continued Walker, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid should he survive his re-election test this fall. “But Republicans haven’t been talking about this. We’ve been talking about economic and fiscal issues. It’s those on the left that are pushing it.”
Walker, like other ambitious Republican governors, is trying to strike a delicate balance.
His comments come just days after he formally appealed a federal judge’s ruling striking down Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriages, a ban he supported. But after his party’s disastrous 2012 election, the Republican National Committee commissioned a report calling for more “inclusive and welcoming” tones on divisive social issues — particularly those “involving the treatment and the rights of gays.”
Walker explained his court appeal simply as his obligation as governor to defend the state’s constitution.
Other Republican governors, however, including New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie, opted against appealing a similar ruling in his state, clearing the way for gay marriage to become legal there. But his decision came only after he vetoed his state legislature’s initial effort to legalize the practice.
Christie said that same-sex marriage “is a settled issue” in New Jersey, but that the rest of the country would resolve it in time.
“Do I think it’s resolved now? No,” Christie said. “The overwhelming majority of states in the country still ban same-sex marriage, so I don’t think it’s time to stop having a discussion.”
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, suggested that Republicans are better served by focusing on economic issues.
“I’m a religious conservative, I’m a Catholic, I’m pro-life,” he said. “(But) I think the people of Iowa look to me to provide leadership in bringing good jobs and growing the Iowa economy.”
A Gallup poll found in May that national support for same-sex marriage reached an all-time high of 55 percent. That includes 30 percent of Republicans and nearly 8 in 10 young adults from both parties.
Courts across the nation repeatedly have struck down gay marriage bans in recent months. The latest such ruling came Wednesday in Colorado, but it’s on hold pending an appeal. At least 20 states now allow gay marriage, although the issue may be headed for the Supreme Court.
The high court’s landmark ruling last summer allowed married same-sex couples to receive the same federal benefits as other married people but did not specifically address whether gay marriage is a constitutional right.
Democratic governors serving in Republican-leaning states that have banned gay marriage also appear to have softened their stands on the issue. Many said they were looking to the Supreme Court to resolve the issue once and for all.
Like Walker, Kentucky’s Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear is appealing a recent court ruling that struck down his state’s gay marriage ban.
“My goal is to get that issue to the United States Supreme Court and get a final decision that will tell us all what the law is going to be in the future, and then Kentucky will abide by it,” Beshear said.
Walker, too, said that Republican governors would be “legally obligated” to support gay marriage should the Supreme Court rule in its favor.
For now, the Republican Party’s official platform, as adopted in 2012, calls for a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as “the union of one man and one woman,” while formally supporting Republican-led campaigns to make the same change in state constitutions.
And despite the softening rhetoric, several states are continuing to fight.
Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky are scheduled to present arguments against recent gay marriage rulings in their states before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Aug. 6.
“The Republican Party has been on the wrong side of history on marriage equality,” said Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, who leads the Democratic Governors Association. “Whether it’s women’s rights, voters’ rights, workers’ rights or marriage rights, this is not the most creative group of people that are open-minded to being inclusive.”
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JULY 2, 2014
Constitution Party of Wisconsin fields two candidates for statewide office
MADISON-Two candidates from the Constitution Party of Wisconsin (CPoW), Wisconsin’s fastest growing political party, will appear on the November ballot in Wisconsin: Andrew Zuelke for State Treasurer and Jerry Broitzman for Secretary of State.
Over 5,000 Wisconsin voters signed the petitions to nominate the CPoW candidates for office, which were submitted to the Government Accountability Board (GAB) in Madison, WI by the June 2nd deadline. CPoW officially endorsed Andrew Zuelke and Jerry Broitzman at their annual state convention in March 2014.
Both candidates support the idea of restoring the duties to the offices as they were originally intended when they were first created under the Wisconsin State Constitution.
“The duties of these two offices have not gone away. Instead, they have been re-assigned to unelected bureaucrats who don’t answer to the voters,” said Zuelke. “This has not created smaller government; it has instead created a bigger government with fewer checks and balances. How does that benefit the electorate?”
“The democrats do not want smaller government; they are quite clear about that. The republicans say they want smaller government, but in truth, are simply too cowardly to fight for it,” said Broitzman. “Instead, they chose to reassign the duties to bureaucrats, hiding their actions from the public, and then claiming ‘smaller government.’ This is absurd and it needs to stop.”
CPoW urges all voters to declare their independence from Big Politics by voting for Andrew Zuelke and Jerry Broitzman this November. The CPoW will appear on the ballot under the word “Constitution”.
Through the centuries is has been acknowledged that God established three institutions: the Family, Government, and the Church. In Part I, we wrote, “Since God is involved in government, should not Christians similarly be involved?”
Can Christians be awakened? Napoleon said about China: “There lies a sleeping giant, and let him sleep, because if he awakens, he will shake the world?” An unknown author wrote: “And I believe the church is just that: a sleeping giant. We’re asleep because we have been chloroformed by the spirit of this age.”
Why should Christians feel exempt from the workings of their own government? We have even heard it said by Christians that, since they didn’t know how to vote, they didn’t vote—even that there are only two political parties noted in the Constitution (there are none!)
We had a friend, now deceased, who had a doctorate and had run for Congress as a conservative at one time. He made a profound statement that has stayed with me. He was not a Christian but considered that he was doing alright. Paraphrasing him, “Christians do not understand our government. We are not a monarchy as referenced in the Bible. We are a Republic, a government of laws, formed ‘of the people, by the people, and for the people.’ Thus we are to participate in our government and not bow down to its every whim.”
This statement should speak volumes to those Christians who seemingly believe that when corrupt lawmakers make corrupt laws, somehow we are to just accept such laws, unlawful presidential orders, and bureaucratic rulings and thereby obey. These rulings often reject our rights as citizens under a Constitution and Bill of Rights, even affecting our freedom of religion and speech. Abraham Lincoln and others stated unconstitutional rulings even as a cause for the establishment of new government.
I’m reminded of Peter and John who “talked back’ to the religious leaders who commanded them not to speak again about Jesus. They replied, “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:18-20).
Thomas Jefferson reminded us: “We in America do not have government by the majority—we have government by the majority who participate… All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
There are those today who have been indoctrinated to believe that God never had a part in the writing of our Constitution. History and the Constitution itself prove otherwise. History records that the early weeks of the Constitutional Convention were marked by much disagreement and debate among the delegates, accomplishing nothing. Benjamin Franklin was very concerned and delivered his now famous speech concerning the need for prayer saying, “God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?” When prayer began to be practiced, the writing of the Constitution commenced with success.
The Constitution itself provides this proof of its basis and trust in God: “Article VII… Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth in Witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names,”
Further, the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence refers to “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” and the second paragraph reads,: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident. that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,”
In a chapter concerning conspiracies in America, in his book, Valley of Decision, Dr. Sterling Lacy wrote: “God isn’t weak that He can’t stamp out evil whenever He chooses. But have you noticed that God usually chooses to move ahead only when He has a human agent through whom He can work?” Bible illustrations of this fact abound—God used His prophets and His people in accomplishing His purposes.
Twenty-eight Principles of Liberty have been identified by the National Center for Constitutional Studies (from over 150 volumes of the Founding Fathers writings). I quote three of these:
“Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.”
“All things were created by God, therefore upon Him all mankind are equally dependent, and to Him they are equally responsible.”
“A free people should be governed by law and not by the whims of men.”
We are sometimes asked about the differences in political parties. “Both major political parties legislate as if government is omnipotent and can solve all problems,” with many Americans becoming dependent on government. “Libertarians and various other parties think man is sovereign and has all the answers…History has shown that cultures which have no absolutes end in anarchy.” “The Constitution Party is the only party that acknowledges the sovereignty of God and believes that our rights come from God not government. We are committed to returning our country to government under the Constitution which is based on Biblical principles.” (Constitution Party literature).
Difficult for us to accept is the fact that many Christians do not recognize these differences in political parties and have not accepted the basic fact that the Constitution Party is the only national political party that, for over 21 years, has stood steadfast in our forefather’s belief that our rights come, not from man, but from God alone. Christians must someday answer for following the crowd rather than seeking the truth. Our founder, the late Howard Phillips stated, “If you don’t vote for what you believe in you’ll never get what you want.”
“God allows evil men to have their way for a while in order to see what we will do. Will we blindly join them or will we have seeing eyes and hearing ears? Will we fret because of evil men?…Will we be slowly drawn into their ways without even checking to see if God’s principles are being violated?…Will we serve Him in all areas of our lives? Or, will we continue to retreat from the political arena and let America’s last best hope for God’s renewed favor slip through our fingers forever?…It’s our ‘valley of decision,’ America. Let us choose wisely.” (Dr. Sterling Lacy, Valley of Decision, Dayspring Productions, Inc, Texarkana, TX).
Constitution Party of Florida
June 23, 2014