The Jesus and Constitution Party
So I was watching whoever the Constitution Party nominated to run for President on CSPAN today. It was kind of fun, kind of painful. It’s just really silly. They have a real aversion to social welfare, saying it’s illegal and such. Well, in their platform it’s bad because Jesus says so:
The message of Christian charity is fundamentally at odds with the concept of welfare maintenance as a right. In many cases, welfare provisions by the Federal government are not only misdirected, but morally destructive. It is the intended purpose of civil government to safeguard life, liberty and property � not to redistribute wealth. Such redistribution is contrary to the Biblical command against theft.
And of course, the 16th Amendment is evil:
Since 1913, our Constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property have been abridged and diminished by the assumption of direct taxing authority on each of us by the federal government.
They come so close to saying it’s unconstitutional. Which would be false, obviously. I’m not sure my life has been threatened by not having a flat tax, but hey, that’s just me.
This AIDS statement made me kind of curious:
The first duty of civil government is to protect innocent human life. AIDS and HIV is a contagious disease which is dangerous to public health. It should not be treated as a civil rights issue. Under no circumstances should the federal government continue to subsidize activities which have the effect of encouraging perverted or promiscuous sexual conduct. Criminal penalties should apply to those whose willful acts of omission or commission place members of the public at risk of contracting AIDS or HIV.
So if you have unprotected sex and you have HIV, you should be punished? How does AIDS treatment subsidize “perverted or promiscuous sexual conduct”? Honestly, I’m kind of confused about this passage.
Anyway, I was bored, and these people are entertaining.