- Written by Floyd Whitley
- Category: CANDIDATES
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December 11, 2019. At close of business today, the presidential candidacy declaration window closes, and the 90 day pre-primary window opens.
During the pre-primary period, a hive of activity will take place, not the least of which will be preparations for the "Boise Debate" on February 29, 2020. This debate will be our 2nd public debate of Constitution Party of Idaho candidates. Already, we are in a bigger league.
By way of background, in 2016, our state party took a different, far more difficult path, than did the national party. We believed then, as we believe now, that proxy balloting based on national convention delegates supposedly "voting their conscious" is an anathema to liberty, a grotesque mutation of representative democratic process and a surefire route to the imposition of theocracy.
CP-Idaho stood against this dangerous proxy ballot scheme. Again, without demonstrable proof of direct preference ballots from the electorate, those "conscious voting" individual delegates have no evidence that they are representative. Proxy ballots for election purposes are expressly forbidden under parliamentary rules, and therefore, because the national party felt that it too (like its counterpart duopoly) could ignore those rules meant that CP-Idaho could not longer travel with them, not unless we too would abide hypocrisy.
In 2020, CP-Idaho is an unaffiliated ballot qualified state political party. What we find encouraging is that, for all the rancor shown to us, several national CP candidates have also parted with the national party and are seeking our sovereign state party's primary nomination. We take that as a tacit admission that CP-idaho was absolutely correct in 2016 to refuse to disfranchise our Idaho voters in what we considered then (and still do) to be a corrupt process of semblance over factual substance.
Regardless, CP-Idaho wishes to extend our gratitude to our presidential candidates who are standing in the 2020 primary. Our citizen candidates' determination to provide a voice and an alternative to the many unheard and unrepresented merits our thanks. For this is what our nation's founders had in mind all along...the true check and balance of a competitive political process over our government.
At this point, midday December 11, 2019, we have four presidential primary candidates. CP-Idaho appeals to all of our presidential candidate campaigns to establish and keep contact with CP-Idaho. With only a mere 90 days remaining until the statewide primary poll, much work is required so as to insure that CP-Idaho stands well-versed and well-reasoned candidates before our Gem State electorate. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the true prize.
We also appeal to our registered CP-Idaho voters. Please lend a hand by your generous donations and by volunteering your precious time. We, CP-Idaho, cannot easily do our work without your support. Lastly, may God preserve and keep our republic. Esto perpetua.
- Written by FWW
- Category: CANDIDATES
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CP-Idaho is preparing to host the 2020 Boise Debate for our declared presidential candidates. The element of time now enters the strategic planning in earnest.
Concurrently, our webmaster Dr. Scott Henry of Coeur d'Alene, has been busy at work on our website remodel--moving to a entirely different platform, local server provider and, as you can see, to a new design. It is work in process.
Once done, however, we will be in better shape to accept the increased website traffic that is always associated with a General Election year. Thus, Dr. Henry's ongoing revamp of www.cpidaho.org is crucial to be able to bring a working and loadable political website into the 2020 fight.
For the bulk of the present year, we have somewhat necessarily relied upon our facebook page for posting our state party's new content and commentaries--https://www.facebook.com/ConstitutionPartyofIdaho As most who use the facebook service know by now, it can be an unreliable forum. Apparently at whim, the facebook folks can censure material and even lock out the page itself should content be declared politically incorrect enough. Fairness dictates that we add that CP-Idaho has yet to experience censorship on facebook, but others have, and for a variety of reasons.
Priority will be given to questions from CP-Idaho registered voters, and to Idaho Unaffiliated voters. Registration information should be l more or less be confirmable from the Voter List supplied by the Secretary of State. That said, we will definitely include salient questions from our fellow citizen voters across this great nation should their submitted questions fit into the debate format. In general, our debate questions are divided into two major components--Domestic Policy and International Relations. Obviously within these two broad topics, a host of specific subjects exist. For example, federal deficit spending and the need to downsize the federal estate would fall under Domestic Policy. Bilateral trade with the United Kingdom which is expected to exit the E.U. would be International Relations.
We at CP-Idaho would like to see what questions our fellow citizens have that are most important to them. Sometimes we find issues that we did not expect to be high on the list of concerns. For example, in the subject of Energy in our 2016 Boise Debate, the question of the security of an aging and inadequate electricity grid came up. For those who have followed the news, that issue which CP-Idaho addressed in 2016 is very much at the forefront today, in California's sparked wildfires.
Anyhow, hit us with your questions and issues of concern. We are shaping the debate format, redesigning our state party's official website, and moving forward with development of a viable and strong third party alternative in Idaho, the Gem State as we enter the 21st centuries quarter mark. If not us, then who? If not now, then when? If not here, when where? Rise! Stand Up! Stand Together! FWW. Out.
- Written by Floyd Whitley
- Category: NEWS
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CP-Idaho takes this opportunity to inform our readers that the www.cpidaho.org website is undergoing renovation.and migration to a new server. The work in process will likely require several weeks more, and a steep "learning curve" of new tricks by the old dog who's been responsible for posting and upkeep during the past half decade.
Age of the site architecture more or less forced the renovations. At the end of the work, we trust the new cpidaho.org website will be better functioning. Perhaps this upgrade work could not come at a more inopportune time--we are fast approaching statutory deadlines on presidential primary candidate declarations. And that will precipitate a host of other items of business that must be completed ere we get to the March 10, 2020 primary ballot.
We ask for our readers' temporary indulgence as we kick the tires, turn it over and eye the frame, clean the filters and get this jalopy hot rod safely back on the road.
CP-Idaho will shortly be asking our public for a questions set to be asked of our primary candidates by a table of moderators at the pending presidential debate. We title the event the "Boise Debate" in keeping with the design of the 2016 presidential debate held at Boise Library Auditorium prior to the primary ballot. In truth, this 2020 election year, CP-Idaho is working upon a venue just west of the Canyon-Ada county line.
We realize that this is not strictly "Boise"--and perhaps by styling it so, it will be much to the chagrin of residents that a'way. No harm intended, but the truth is most of the rest of Idaho refers to the entire Metro Area as being "Boise". To be sure, the people up in Sandpoint get it. After all, they're known as "Coeur d'Alene". If it would appease delicate local sensitivities, perhaps we could place an asterisk on the debate venue title, or not.
In any case, be on the lookout for information regarding this upcoming event. Once we firm up the details a tad more (replace pencil with ink), we will post the public information here on our website under construction. Until then, we ask our readers to consider policy questions that they wish to be answered by presidential candidates.
The major dichotomy in the final question set will be Domestic Policy and International Affairs. To demonstrate, Domestic Policy questions could range from public land use management to security and upgrades to the national electricity grid (both subjects of interest in 2016's debate). International Affairs could take in the alphabet list of international trade deals (so-called) to immigration across our borders. And all points between.
Again, please bear with us as we juggle a number of mechanical items in our overhaul of the website. We don't pretend to NASCAR qualifications. But with enough creative welding, maybe we can make a heck of a run at the Demolition Derby.
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