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Recently, we were blessed and honored to conduct an interview with Dr. Chuck Baldwin – radio broadcaster, syndicated columnist, pastor, and former Constitution Party candidate. He is dedicated to preserving the principles of liberty in our country and we are excited to share this interview with you now!
(YPL) What inspired you to get into politics?
(Dr. Baldwin) One cannot engage the salient issues affecting our liberties without entering the political arena. I actually despise politics, but, unfortunately, the people who influence politics also influence liberty principles—either positively or negatively—hence the need to be politically involved. But, specifically, the election of Bill Clinton in 1992 inspired me to begin my radio talk show “Chuck Baldwin Live.” Virtually every door that opened for my political involvement from that time forward was the result of that radio talk show.
(YPL) What caused you to affiliate yourself with a third-party group as opposed to the Republican Party?
(Dr. Baldwin) The short answer is G.H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, G.W. Bush and their ilk. I came to realize that the establishment neocon Republicans were actually working in concert with the Big-Government globalist agenda (just like establishment Democrats) and after realizing that, I could no longer, in good conscience, blindly support them. Now I judge political candidates on their individual merits, not their political affiliation. Over the years, I have endorsed and voted for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.
(YPL) In your opinion, what is the future of the Constitution Party?
(Dr. Baldwin) All third parties have a very difficult time growing into a formidable political force simply because the two major parties and the media lock them out of the process. There is no such thing as free and fair elections in America. The system is rigged so that the only players who can competitively participate are those from the two establishment parties. They control the rules, and the rules make it next to impossible for a third party to build enough momentum to succeed. (The closest that anyone in recent memory came to upsetting the two-party applecart was the independent billionaire Ross Perot.) I found that out up close and personal when I ran for President on the Constitution Party ticket in 2008. The media locked me out of their news shows, talk shows, etc., and in spite of being on enough State ballots to theoretically be able to win the presidency, I was also locked out of the presidential debates. Without equal access to news shows, talk shows, TV debates, etc., the vast majority of the American people remain ignorant of third-party candidates, and if they are aware of them, they hold the notion that independent candidates cannot win and, therefore, they are dismissed out of hand. It is a steep uphill battle for the Constitution Party—and for every third party.
(YPL) In your opinion, what is one of the best ways to interest young people in learning about the Constitution?
(Dr. Baldwin) Again, the entire establishment (media, education, political, etc.) denies constitutionalists and freedomists a public platform from which to articulate their views. The only way independents like us are able to reach people with the message of peace, limited government, liberty, sound money principles, etc., is to develop our own methods of outreach that are outside of the establishment media—which is what many of us have done. This means that, for the most part, we are an underground movement. Only very occasionally will the establishment media, education, and political systems allow people like us to have access to the bulk of their audiences. I’ve often said, the problem in our country is NOT that young people have rejected the principles of liberty and constitutional government; it is that they have never heard those principles. But every time I have an opportunity to be heard by young people, the message is almost always received enthusiastically by many of them.
(YPL) What do you see as one of the most common and detrimental misunderstandings of the Constitution?
(Dr. Baldwin) The so-called separation of church and state is a big one. This deception has all but silenced pastors and Christians and—along with the 501c3 non-profit tax exempt status for churches—made them virtually irrelevant to the freedom fight. There is no such “separation of church and state” doctrine in the Constitution. That phrase doesn’t even appear in the Constitution. It is found in a personal letter written by Thomas Jefferson to a group of Baptist folks in Danbury, Connecticut. And Jefferson’s letter was simply an assurance to the Baptists that the Constitution protected their religious liberty. The idea that the First Amendment meant that religious folks were forbidden from being politically involved is ludicrous. Colonial pastors were as engaged in the politics of early America as any other group of Americans—maybe more so. A Baptist pastor name John Leland had as much to do with the inclusion of the First Amendment in our Constitution as James Madison. A pastor’s signature is affixed to the U.S. Declaration of Independence: John Witherspoon from New Jersey. The First Amendment was written to ensure that America would recognize every citizen’s right of religious liberty, NOT to prevent citizens from exercising their religious liberties.
(YPL) How would you answer the question “What Makes America Great”?
(Dr. Baldwin) Adherence to the Natural Laws of God, a reverential fear of God, fidelity to the principles contained in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, and the requirement that both citizen and civil magistrate are people of honesty and humility who hate bribes and are not motivated by blind ambition, greed, or the lust for power. It is not wealth that makes America great; it is personal character. “America is great because America is good,” Alexis De Tocqueville is quoted as saying. He is further quoted as saying, “If America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” I say “Amen” to that.
(YPL) In your opinion, what are a couple issues that our generation will have to overcome?
(Dr. Baldwin) I’ll give you three:
- The American economic system is corrupt, unsustainable, and could come crashing down at any time. The Federal Reserve system is designed to keep the international bankers rich at the expense of the common person. America cannot abide unbridled deficit spending by our corrupt politicians (of both parties) in Washington, D.C., and the repudiation of sound money principles on Wall Street and inside the Beltway forever. Sooner or later, accounts will come due.
- Both parties in Washington, D.C. are, in reality, ONE party: the War Party. Every presidential administration and Congress—Republican or Democrat—increases America’s Warfare State exponentially. We have never been closer to global nuclear war than we are right now, and neither political party has any intention of stopping it. Politicians are puppets for war profiteers, and there is nothing that reaps profits for the military/industrial/security/surveillance industries like war. General Smedley Butler (USMC) was right: War is a racket!
- Millennials are being overtaken by secularism, atheism, and, in some cases, the occult. Anything that opposes Christianity. I truly understand some of the reasons why this is happening. My generation of Christian leaders stopped preaching the uncompromising truth of the Gospel—truth that when properly preached, gives young people (and everyone else) peace and purpose. Instead, preachers have focused on prosperity theology, recreation evangelism, and turning churches into little more than glorified social clubs. And they have lost a generation of young people in the process. Regardless, if Millennials continue down the road of paganism, they are going to reap the bitter consequences of oppression and servitude. True Christianity is a bulwark of freedom; paganism intrinsically leads to tyranny.
(YPL) What is your advice to those young people who may not see the importance of staying informed about the issues or being politically active?
(Dr. Baldwin) Young people have more to lose than anyone else by being uninformed or indifferent. Their entire future is at stake. The kind of jobs they are able to have, the kind of homes they are able to buy, the kind of families they are able to raise, the kind of freedoms they are able to enjoy, all depend on them being eternally vigilant to safeguard the principles of liberty upon which our country was built.
(YPL) What is your encouragement to young people who love America and want to make a difference in our nation?
(Dr. Baldwin) Despite all of the ground freedom has lost in this country, America still affords young people a greater opportunity to change things for the better than anywhere else in the world. The power of America still resides with We the People. Should a generation of young people truly awaken to the principles of liberty enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, they still have the opportunity to re-establish those principles for their posterity.
Once again, we want to thank Dr. Baldwin for his time. We trust you were blessed by the interview as we were! Please be sure to visit Dr. Baldwin’s site at: http://chuckbaldwinlive.com
Also, Dr. Baldwin gave some more great advice and suggestions for extra study at the end of his post of the interview here: http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/3669/My-Answers-To-The-Young-Patriots-For-Liberty.aspx