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America First Party (2002)

America First Party
Chairman Jonathan M. Hill
Senate leader None
House leader None
Founded April 15, 2002
Headquarters 1630 A 30th Street #111 Boulder, CO 80301
Ideology Paleoconservatism
Economic nationalism
Non-interventionism
Political position Fiscal: Right-wing
Social: Right-wing
International affiliation None
Colors Red, white, blue
Seats in the Senate 0
Seats in the House 0
Website
http://www.americafirstparty.org/
Politics of the United States
Political parties
Elections

The America First Party is a paleoconservative third party in the United States.

The party was formed on April 15, 2002 when a group of

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ America First Party Store
  2. ^ http://www.americafirstparty.org/docs/platform.shtml
  3. ^ "NJ District 3: House of Representatives Results". 2002. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  4. ^ "Political Parties". Florida Division of Elections. 2010-03-09. Archived from the original on 16 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  5. ^ Winger, Richard. "2006 Petitioning For Statewide Office". Ballot Access News. Archived from the original on 18 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  6. ^ http://www.adl.org/learn/extremism_in_america_updates/individuals/bo_gritz/gritz_update_040201.htm
  7. ^ http://www.americafirstparty.org/inthenews/2003/talon-07-25-2003.htm

References

See also

For the 2008 Presidential election, the AFP encouraged voters to make up their mind between either Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr or Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin. The party also ran Mike Eller for Ypsilanti City Council - District 3 in Michigan. He came in second out of three candidates with 27% of the vote.

The only AFP candidate that was running in the 2006 general election was Martin Scott McClellan for Brevard County School Board - District 1 in Florida. He lost with 24% of the vote, running second in a three-way race.

The party's 2003 convention was canceled due to infighting. Alleged white supremacist Bo Gritz was scheduled to speak, much to the dismay of many party members. Ultimately, the party released a press release condemning Bo Gritz saying: "anyone who supports theories that we hoped had died with Adolph Hitler is not welcome in the America First Party."[6][7] On October 12, 2004, the America First Party endorsed Constitution Party candidate Michael A. Peroutka for President of the United States.

The America First Party ran 11 candidates for public office in the U.S. general elections of 2002.

Recent candidates and conventions

  • Florida[4]
  • Mississippi[5]
2006
  • New Jersey[3]
2002

List of states for which The America First Party achieved ballot access by year of first appearance on ballot:

Ballot access

Size and scope of the party

The party believes that the 16th Amendment was never properly ratified and must be repealed. The income tax would then be replaced by half of Federal revenue coming from excise taxes and tariffs, and the other half coming from usage fees and a National Retail Sales Tax. (They oppose having both an income tax and a sales tax simultaneously.[2])

Tax reform

The party opposes the idea that the Constitution bars expressions of religious faith in the public square. It supports allowing mandated organized prayer in public places, especially in public schools, as well as allowing displays of religious icons (such as tablets of the Ten Commandments) by the government on public property.

Church/State issues

The party seeks to eliminate several Cabinet departments within the Executive branch of the U.S. federal government, such as the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Education. The party also seeks to eliminate all federal funding for schools, believing that federal government money has led to more federal control over schools—control, the party believes, that should rest in the hands of local governments.

Smaller federal government

Issues

The party supports transferring more resources to United States National Guard personnel to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.

The party believes that the federal government's role should be quite limited in domestic matters, limited in foreign affairs in the Washingtonian sense, and they hold that these positions are required by the Constitution. They support enforcement of laws against illegal immigration, and on constitutional and economic grounds, they seek to end U.S. involvement with the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq, and refers to the Iraq war as unconstitutional. On constitutional grounds, the party calls for an end to all foreign aid, without exception.

Party composition

  • Party composition 1
  • Issues 2
    • Smaller federal government 2.1
    • Church/State issues 2.2
    • Tax reform 2.3
  • Size and scope of the party 3
    • Ballot access 3.1
    • Recent candidates and conventions 3.2
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

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