By Jerry Broitzman, Vice Chairman – CPoW (Milwaukee County Affiliate)
What is CPoW? Simply put, we are a recognized political party that promotes the Biblical principles referred to in the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution. We promote these principles by guiding our members into various government positions. As a political party, we have only one goal: To put CPoW members into appointed, non-partisan or partisan government offices.
The preamble of our platform openly states:
The Constitution Party of Wisconsin gratefully acknowledges the blessing of the Lord God as Creator, Preserver, and Ruler of the Universe and of this Nation. It recognizes Jesus Christ as transcendent King over all nations and hereby appeals to Him for aid, comfort, guidance and the protection of His Divine Providence as we work to restore and preserve this nation as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
There is no other political party that openly recognizes The Lord Jesus Christ as our true source of knowledge and inspiration. We are the only Christ-centered political party in existence. As such, we believe the moral order is Job #1. This makes us unique. That is why one chooses to become a paid member of CPoW.
Many of our current members came to CPoW because they were tired of the Republican Party selling them short. The republicans talk a good game about the moral order, but never deliver. When these folks discovered the Constitution Party, they thought CPoW was the answer to the tired party duopoly that currently exists. This is actually correct. However, most people who joined never read the entire platform, if any of it, and never cut their ties with the Grand Old Party (GOP). In other words, they joined CPoW out of protest. To make matters worse, our members spend more time, money and energy on republican matters than they do with CPoW. This means they are really republicans masquerading as Constitution Party members. This is proven when they get angry because CPoW does not support republican candidates whom they like. This is double-mindedness.
The Republican Party is corrupt. They do not stand by the very principles in their own platform. They have become issue-oriented rather than principle-oriented. This means they will change with the prevailing wind, rather than sticking to constitutional principles. If the party leadership is corrupt, it does not matter what individual politicians or members may think or believe, because the party (and their donors) will not support them. They will fund and support only those who go along with the “flavor of the day.” The others will be marginalized and ignored. I will show some examples of individuals later. For now, let us look at how the Republican Party has handled some major issues. This view is from both the federal and state level.
When I talk with republican leaders and elected officials, they have one goal; to win elected office. Frankly, that is what they are there to do. However, in order to accomplish this, they want to avoid certain issues because they are too divisive or unpopular. There are several that come to the top of the list. These are abortion, sodomy, constitutional carry, eliminating (not just reforming) government agencies, illegal immigration enforcement and anything specific to the United States Constitution.
So, what is it that they will defend? Their answer is “jobs.” In other words, money. To that I ask: “How is that bank bail-out coming along? What government programs does the republican-party leadership want to completely eliminate? What are your plans to stem the flow of illegal immigrants? When can we expect a proposal to eliminate the state income tax?” Of course, I get no answer. The republican politicians have to tow the party line, or the leadership (big donors) will find someone who will. This is because they no longer stand on principle. The Republican Party is corrupt.
Yes, but what about US Representative Ron Paul (R)? Hasn’t he been a stalwart defender of the US Constitution? Whether he has or not is irrelevant. What is relevant is that he is a member of the Republican Party, which is corrupt. Regardless of what he thinks or believes as an individual, he must tow the party line or they will find someone else to support (i.e. Mitt Romney). The republican leadership never had any intention of allowing Ron Paul to become the nominee for president. Had he sought the Constitution Party nomination for president, he would have most likely received it and would be a presidential contender in November of 2012. Instead, he chose to remain with the Republican Party, which is corrupt.
What about Governor Scott Walker (R)? Hasn’t he done some great things for Wisconsin? There are issues where the CP has agreement with the governor and republicans in the assembly and senate. However, now that momentum is on their side, will the governor and his allies aggressively promote Biblical and constitutional standards? Will they vigorously defend the rights of the pre-born? Will they take a definitive stand against sodomy? Will they push for Constitutional Carry so that we do not have to ask permission to exercise our 2nd Amendment right? Will they propose the wholesale elimination of unconstitutional government agencies? The answer is “no”, because the Republican Party is corrupt. The republican politicians will stick to the issue of jobs (money), because that is what the party leadership (big donors) demands of them. If they don’t stick to the party line, they will lose the support (money) of the party. There is nothing wrong with jobs and money. However, they do not take priority over Biblical and constitutional issues.
What about US Representative Paul Ryan (R)? Doesn’t he have a plan to radically reduce and reform the federal government? The answer is “Yes.” It is called The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal. Have you heard of it? If not, you probably won’t. The plan came under heavy criticism for being too extreme. As such, the Republican Party leadership (big donors) marginalized and ignored the plan, while distancing themselves from Mr. Ryan. Again, the opinions, views and plans of an individual politician do not matter. If the individual politician does not fall in line, they will be marginalized and ignored. They must take their marching orders from the party leadership. In this case, Mr. Ryan has to fall in line with the wishes of the Republican Party, which is corrupt.
As you can see from these examples, party affiliation is critically important. It is the job of the elected partisans to do the bidding of the party that put them there. This is neither good nor bad; it is simply how the game is played. However, if the leadership is corrupt, then those within the party become corrupted, simply by association. To illustrate this, consider the following: Both Governor Scott Walker and Representative Paul Ryan have endorsed Mitt Romney for President of the United States. Even by republican standards, Mitt Romney is a poor choice. It is likely that neither Governor Walker nor Representative Ryan have much in common with Mr. Romney’s personal political views nor his past policies as Governor of Massachusetts. So, why did they endorse him? Because the Republican Party leadership demands it. If Mr. Walker and Mr. Ryan do not fall in line, the leadership will find someone who will.
In contrast, the Constitution Party of Wisconsin offers itself as a clean alternative to the status quo. We exist for one reason; to get CPoW candidates into government office. We do not exist to support corrupted parties. We do not seek endorsements from those who are members of corrupted parties. We do not support candidates who are members of corrupted parties. We do not invite them to be speakers at our meetings. Our job is to support CPoW candidates and promote the CPoW platform.
When you sign the CPoW membership form, you are making a serious decision. It is an outward sign that you have cut ties to any other political party. It means that you are willing to support and vote for CPoW candidates, regardless of the outcome. If you are simply trying to vote for the candidate who may “win,” then you have already lost.