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America First Party
1630 A 30th Street #111
Boulder, Colorado 80301
Wednesday, April 2, 2003
We Stand with the Troops, Bush Misuses Them
Boulder, CO - At a meeting held Tuesday evening, the America First National
Committee adopted a resolution entitled "Resolution in Support of the Troops
and in Opposition to the Policy that Endangers both Them and the Peace".
After opening the meeting with a stirring prayer for the safe return of our
troops with as limited loss of innocent life as possible, the members
debated and passed the resolution.
"Since its founding nearly one year ago, the America First Party has been
the leading voice against this war, on the Right. We have held to a
consistent and principled position. By passing this resolution, the
National Committee has reaffirmed the Party's strong stand that this war
against Iraq is not in the best interests of the United States. We have
reaffirmed our commitment to ensure that the Constitution is followed. We
have reaffirmed our commitment to the sovereignty and security of our
beloved nation. We have reaffirmed our love, support, and respect for our
brave sons and daughters who are being misused by President Bush to fight a
war that violates our Constitution and the principles so many have fought
and died to protect," said National Chairman Dan Charles.
Platform Committee Chairman Michael O'Brian said, "Our platform and the
Constitution are clear--only Congress can declare war. This power cannot be
transferred, except by constitutional amendment. This was not done. As a
veteran and as a citizen, I am disgusted that the President is using our
troops to 'liberate' the Iraqi people and secure Iraq's borders, while
attacking our freedoms at home and leaving our ports and borders unsecured."
National Vice Chair and Vietnam veteran Gene Lovell added, "Saddam Hussein
is a brutal and murderous dictator. He is a threat to his own people and
may be to some of his neighbors. But, he is not a threat to the United
States or the American people and there is no evidence he had any part in
the 9/11 attack. He has never given weapons of mass destruction to anyone;
he keeps them for his own use. Terrorists who may attack us with WMDs will
more likely follow the lead of Aum Shinri Kyo. Terrorists will produce WMDs
themselves, in a kitchen, using components easily available at any local
market. Or, they will sneak them in through our porous borders. To protect
our nation, we should focus on known threats, not 'what if' scenarios with
little basis in fact. Instead, this war is producing recruiting videos for
Islamic extremists and putting our troops in harm's way. Our founders did
not want us to be the world's policeman. It is time we started listening to
Washington, Jefferson, and Madison again."
The Resolution is available on the Party's web site.
Dan Charles, National Chairman, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 4
Romelle Winters, Press Secretary, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 2