Sen. Barry Goldwater, in his book The Conscience of a Conservative, wrote that the framers of our government were not visionaries. "They knew that rules of government, however brilliantly calculated to cope with the imperfect nature of man, however carefully designed to avoid the pitfall of power, would be no match for men who were determined to disregard them."
The "rules of government" today are in a state of disarray because of the expanse of their disregard. The shame of their condition does not fall upon their abusers, but upon "We the People" who have permitted the abuse to occur. "We the People" have lost sight of the fundamental statement of the United States Constitution which expressly states that all "powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
When there were infractions to the "rules of government" in our more distant past, it was possible to reverse the infractions. Political parties introduced "planks" to void the infraction and convinced the voters on the plank's merit. Simply stated, fewer infractions engaged fewer planks. Not so today, 2013. The number of infractions to our "rules of government" has become so great in scope that initiating political planks has become so complicated a subject that "We the People" are bewildered. We have lost the compass that our Founding Fathers used as their guide.
As of today, January 2013, there are probably some twenty-five various political party planks on education, one of which is (Democrat), "Reduce class size, modernize facilities, hire new teachers." And another (Republican) is "Promote school choice and home-schooling." It would be counter to the principles of the Conservative Party to add education planks to the mix when Congress is granted NO authority to maintain a system of education. For Congress to debate an education issue is a farce because the debate is the wrong forum since this is an issue "reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Likewise is any action of Congress to attempt regulation of marriage and divorce, an issue current today.
For the Conservative Party to consume its energies creating political plank correcting individual present-day infractions of the "rules of government" would be an exercise in futility since all infractions in debate are unconstitutional. A more sensible use of energy would be to "Re-establish the limits and boundaries of Government as framed by the Founding Fathers of the United States of America", thus addressing all these issues in one stroke.
This platform, the Conservative Party platform, is the most important national plank needed today!