Questions for Michael Peroutka, Constitution Party:
Where do you stand on the following issues?
· Same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage is really not a federal issue. I am not in favor of a constitutional amendment regarding the definition of marriage; it is not a federal issue. However, I do not wan to be misquoted or misunderstood, I am not in favor of sodomy-based anything. But I don’t believe that the federal amendment with regards to same-sex marriage does not raise itself to a federal level. That is a local and state issue. Marriage, by the way, has been defined by god and doesn’t need to be redefined by man. If we had a constitutional amendment I believe it would lead to more confusion.
Immigration is a something that has brought, probably, more people to our party than anything else. We oppose amnesty for illegals. We would strengthen our borders. And we would seek to deport those that are here illegally. Pat Buchanan (search) called President Bush’s proposal for amnesty a “massive reward for illegality” and I would agree.
· Separation of Church and State
The separation of church and state, as it’s understood currently in the culture, is one of the biggest lies that has been perpetrated on the culture. Thomas Jefferson (search) coined the term in a letter to the Danbury Baptists about 14 years after the Constitution was adopted. Separation of church and state is not in the First Amendment; it’s not a part of the Constitution or any relevant document. It was part of a letter that Jefferson wrote years later. It has been misinterpreted since the early 1960’s by the Supreme Court to take God out of government. That is a misunderstanding and a misinterpretation. And it’s probably the greatest lie that’s been perpetrated on the American people.
Our country and our nation are based on the belief in a creator God.
Taxes are out of control because federal spending is out of control. We would seek to repeal the 16th Amendment and abolish the IRS. In the first 120 years of our country, the federal government was financed by a tariff based revenue system. We believe that if we return to constitutional spending we can return to a constitutional finance system like that.
· Job Creation/The economy
There has never been any president that created one job. Jobs are created in the economy by the marketplace. When we hear that jobs are created by the federal government it is a misnomer, and it’s really nonsense. The federal government cannot create jobs; the best thing the federal government can do is stay out of the way and allow businesses to create jobs.
Abortion is probably the biggest disgrace that exists in America today. If I were president of the United States I would seek to end abortion immediately. This would be the proper subject of an executive order, by declaring for the executive branch of government that the unborn is a person. For purposes of the Fifth Amendment, which declares no person shall be deprived of life, or liberty or property, without due process of law. And these infants in their mother’s wombs have never faced their accusers, or been indicted by a grand jury, or faced their witnesses. So they’ve been deprived of due process. We would end abortion immediately in a Peroutka presidency.
· Freedom of Speech
Free speech is something that is protected in the constitution by the First Amendment. The real problem in the culture, I believe, is we have had a horrendous cultural decline in what is accepted and normal in our culture. So we fight this issue in the margins because we are in a situation where our culture has begun to accept ungodly speech and ungodly, unrighteous behavior on a massive scale. I think this is connected to the anti-Christian movement and the removal of a sense of morality, the removal of the basis of morality – the Ten Commandments and God’s law from the public sector