Bob Haran is the secretary for the Constitution Party of Arizona. The following was published as an IPR comment on March 6th:
There are many significant differences between the Constitution Party and the Republican Party.
The biggest difference between the parties is where the power is centered within each. In the Republican Party power is centered at the top with the Republican National Committee and Republican elected members of congress who are strongly influenced by the business community who finances their campaigns and keep them in power. Money rules in the GOP and the grassroots of the party have very little say in policy decisions. What the grassroots of the Republican Party want is not always what the party leaders want, therefore, there is a great disconnect between the grassroots of the party and the party leadership. With the Constitution Party power comes from the grassroots up and it is therefore more reflective of the will of the American middle class, which in turn brings about important differences on issues between the two parties.
On the issue of immigration the Republican Party tells their grassroots what they want to hear about enforcement and securing the border, however, once in power they are very reluctant to do anything except maybe propose a guest worker program to provide cheap labor for the business interest they represent or solving the illegal immigration problem by putting those in our country illegally on a path toward citizenship or legal residency in the United States.
The Constitution Party on the other hand demands a secure border, employing the military if necessary and aggressive enforcement of all our immigration laws with no amnesty under any circumstance.
On foreign trade there is a significant difference between the Constitution and Republican parties. The Republicans, being under the influence of the business community, are for free trade regardless of the impact it might have on American labor. The Constitution Party believes that free trade with low labor cost countries is detrimental to the American middle class because it exports American manufacturing and jobs and is therefore not fair trade. The Constitution Party has been called protectionist on trade but believes that open trade with less developed countries with lower labor costs and less regulation has been a major factor in causing the huge trade deficit, of about $700 billion a year, that the United States is now suffering. When we import more products from foreign countries then we export we are in fact exporting our wealth for goods such as electronics that eventually become obsolete and turn to junk and clothing that turns into rags, therefore, free trade has become a story of riches to rags for the American middle class.
On social issues the Republican Party is reluctant to take a strong stand on abortion and same sex marriage because they feel it is divisive, thou they quietly say they are pro-life and traditional marriage, whereas, the Constitution Party has no real division within its ranks on these issues and strongly believes that the unborn child has a God given right to life and that gay marriage is contrary to the meaning of marriage and harmful to the American family and society. Where the GOP steers clear of the controversy surrounding abortion and gay marriage because of their acceptance by the larger society, the Constitution Party has loudly denounced both abortion and gay marriage.
The greatest difference between the Constitution and the Republican Party comes down to whom each party represents, where the Republican Party represents Wall Street and big business, the Constitution Party represents Main Street and the American middle class.
For God and country,
Constitution Party of Arizona.