Virginia C. Armstrong, Ph.D., National Chairman
The Constitutionalist Manifesto: A Summary
"An idea, adopted by a court, is in a superior position to influence conduct and opinion in the
community; judges, after all, are rulers" (Edward H. Levi, 1949). Levi's description of the federal judiciary
was made before the advent of the Warren Court, generally identified as the beginning of the liberal/activist
judicial revolution in America. Levi's assessment of more than fifty years is far truer today. America is
engulfed in the fires of a Culture War and federal judges have been whipping the flames to a white-hot
heat. Their objective? "The crusading and coercing roles of the Supreme Court and the federal
judiciary, [are] a model for all those whose primary aim is the wholesale reconstruction of
American society." (Robert Nisbet, 1982). These Reconstructionists must be repelled. And the
responsibility for an effective counter-attack falls on us Constitutionalists, who revere the Constitution
and its foundations. The "Constitutionalist Manifesto" draws our line in the sand and is a Twenty-First
Century Magna Charta for our constitutional republic. The most embattled principles of the "Manifesto"
include the following.
- The Constitution is, and must be, by definition, the "supreme, fundamental, paramount,
permanent" law of the land. No court decision, statutory law, or other form of "law" is either equal
to, or superior to, the Constitution.
- The Constitution provides America with the legal anchor necessary to give our nation stability and
direction--qualities without which no nation can survive.
- The provisions of our Constitution have a fixed meaning. This meaning can, and must, be
determined by careful, objective study of the express language of the text, the context of the provision
being interpreted and of the entire document, the intent of the Framers, and the world view in which
the Constitution was embedded by its Framers.
- The Constitution, properly interpreted, can express the values of only one world view. It cannot
reflect a "pluralism" or "diversity" of world views.
- The world view in which the Constitution is embedded is the Judeo-Christian world view. The
Constitution's principles and purposes are defined and prioritized by the Judeo-Christian value system.
The Constitution cannot survive if it is ripped from its Judeo-Christian moorings.
- Federal judges have neither the authority nor the competence to rewrite the Constitution by
altering its basic meaning. Federal judges are governed by the Constitution. They are required to respect
their boundaries and give full application to the consent of the governed, to other branches of the
national government, to state governments, and to other societal institutions.
We, America's Twenty-First Century Constitutionalists, affirm these principles as both our
foundation and the objects for which we are fighting in America's Culture War. We call upon all
Americans who love our constitutional republic to understand clearly, and support completely, these
principles. Thus may we fight together to reclaim our culture, our Constitution, and our courts!
[The entire Constitutionalist Manifesto can be accessed here
Help Us Fight for These Principles!
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media outlets, especially radio talk shows;
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action items during this critically important Congressional session and the
campaigns of 2004.