02 April 2006

Alternative Idiots

Instapundit linked to another site that is pushing the "Constitution Party" as a tough-on-immigration alternative to the open-borders policies of the Republicans and Democrats.

Apparently the Constitution Party is dedicated to literal interpretations of whichever parts of the United States Constitution they agree with that week.

In Article I, Section 9, the original document made clear that "no Capitation, or other direct Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census of Enumeration herein before directed to be taken." It is moreover established that "No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State."

Since 1913, our Constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property have been abridged and diminished by the imposition on each of us of Federal income, payroll, and estate taxes. This is an unconstitutional Federal assumption of direct taxing authority.

- Constitution Party platform on taxation

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

- Amendment XVI

Hmm, Amendment XVI, approved by both houses of congress and two thirds of the states, gives the Federal government precisely the powers the Constitution Party believes the feds shouldn't have. Do we get to pick and choose which existing amendments are valid and/or count?

The Constitution Party was also against going to war against Afghanistan. They wanted to take a 'no harm, no foul' approach to the W.T.C. attacks. They may be tougher on illegal immigration, but illegal immigrants aren't the only source of danger.

Goe, tired of spineless politicians.

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