ARLINGTON, VA — Success in eliminating abortion from American
life will require a degree of political sophistication not heretofore
witnessed among the leaders of the pro-life movement.
One of the most effective charges against pro-lifers is that they
are single-issue voters. Indeed, I argued in Part II that such a single-issue
focus would be necessary to “get the ball rolling” toward
the creation of a new party firmly grounded in pro-life principles.
That new party, however, must quickly blossom beyond that focus and
develop a comprehensive political program if it hopes to achieve majority
Such a program can be built around a renewed understanding of America’s
providential and historical mission. That mission must be in harmony
with the virtues that made America one of the most successful nations
in human history, namely, our steady commitment to self-reliance, constitutional
government, and political, religious, and economic liberty.
Taking into account as well some of the things that have begun to
drag us down (the breakdown of the family, the debasement of popular
culture, rampant hedonism), we might also see a cultural and moral
restoration as a necessary precondition of recovery.
In short, the mission of America must be to give the world a sterling
example of economic dynamism, political stability, and cultural sanity.
Our new pro-life party must build its program around these ideals.
Specifically, the new party must dedicate itself to the principles
of limited government, the lowest possible rates of taxation, local
and parental control of education, constitutional government at all
levels and in all branches, and steadfast protection, both legal and
cultural, of that unit essential to the survival of all human societies:
the traditional family.
Members of this new party must promise, not to create new burdens
with new legislation, but rather to begin repealing the vast corpus
of unnecessary and burdensome laws already on the books. They must
promise to repeal the federal personal income tax in its entirety,
gradually shifting the onus to corporations. They must promise to begin
deconstructing the military-industrial complex about which Eisenhower
warned us. They must promise to reverse — using Article III Section
2 powers if necessary — the baleful constitutional interpretations
of the past century, such as restrictions on religious liberty in the
name of church-state separation; Kelo v. New London’s absurd
construction of “public use” for the Fifth Amendment’s
takings clause; the First Amendment’s protective mantle over
obscenity, blasphemy, and commercial pornography; and many, many others.
The new party’s platform can include these issues, add to them,
or subtract from them. The point is that the party must develop a comprehensive
program appealing to broad swaths of the American population. Although
tens of millions of Americans are cool, even hostile, to the pro-life
perspective, many do not place the issue atop their list of priorities.
These voters might be persuaded to support the new party if they think
their tax burden will be less, or their jobs will be restored, or their
children will be better educated.
Let me further develop, however, two points touched on above.
My suggestion to eliminate the federal personal income tax might
at first appear naïve or counterproductive. Wouldn’t such
an elimination hobble businesses, which would then shoulder the entire
burden? Wouldn’t it drive corporations overseas?
First, our corporations are already being driven overseas by the
fact that America is among the few industrialized countries without
a border-adjusted value-added tax (VAT). The VAT simultaneously adds
to the cost of our exports and subsidizes imports into our market.
The advantage, considered legal under the World Trade Organization
rules, amounts to almost 20 percent of the value of the good.
David Hartman has advocated for many years what he calls a business
transfer tax (BTT), introduced at a low level and gradually replacing
the existing tax structure until it reaches approximately 20 percent.
This would satisfy the needs of government. Even a lower percentage
would suffice if our new party gained power and delivered on its promise
to shrink government. Finally, the BTT would be border adjustable,
protecting our businesses from unfair competition.
No, it would not be naïve to do this. It would help us, rather,
to keep our manufacturers, and the jobs they provide, in this country.
In the present economic downturn especially, a new party able to tell
voters that it is serious about the total elimination of federal taxation
and the restoration of the nation’s manufacturing base would
send a powerful, almost irresistible, message to tens of millions of
I have saved the most important for last: The new party must reject
the siren call of imperialism, the temptation to assure our security
with a far-flung military establishment capable of asserting global
dominance. Succumbing to that temptation, even on a non-global scale,
has been the ruin of the Persian, Roman, Ottoman, British, Japanese,
and Russian empires, not to mention the Nazi Third Reich. There is
no reason on this blue planet to assume our fate would be different.
Economic dynamism. Political stability. Cultural sanity. And peace—beginning
in the wombs of our young mothers.
The Unrepentant Traditionalist is copyright © 2010
by Frank Creel and the Fitzgerald
All rights reserved.
Frank Creel, Ph.D., a columnist and author, was an English teacher
in the Peace Corps in Turkey. He is fluent in the Turkish language
and in Arabic script.
See a complete biographical sketch.
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