In a quest for a viable third party as an alternative to the Republican and Democratic Parties I have come across one interesting group with an very rational (for the most part) sounding platform. The platform sounds rather common sense and conservative and I will summarize and paraphrase most points rather than detail the entire text.
On the issue of taxation the party calls for and end to the IRS and the implementation of a 23 per cent sales tax for federal funding with states limited to a 5 percent sales tax. Additionally they call for a 30 percent tariff on goods produced outside the United States regardless of ownership.
On the issue of immigration the party believes that there should be a limit below 250,000 person per year.
A 2,000 mile double fence on our southern border patrolled by permanently station troops.
An end to all social welfare benefits with the exception of emergency medical services for illegal aliens.
A crackdown on employers that knowingly hire illegal alien workers.
Ending dual citizenship. In other words when one becomes an American they must renounce citizenship with another nation.
A deportation for illegal aliens beginning with convicted criminals and gang members and extended population wide.
An end to work visas when unemployment reaches 5 percent and a cancellation of existing visas when national unemployment reaches 10 percent
On the issue of citizenship the rather odd requirement that the right to vote only to those who complete four years of military or "home guard" service. Further at the end of military or national service all persons would be members of the national standing militia. Free university scholarships would be available to those who completed their national service. This plank is a bit odd I believe.
On the issue of affirmative action - well they would end it.
On the issue of marriage only traditional marriage would be recognized as legal.
On monetary policy this party believes in the gold standard. Institutions that practice usurious lending would be subject to criminal penalties.
On the issue of crime in the nation, this party believes in corporal punishment for some offenses, death penalty, and would list violent street gangs as terrorist organizations. There are also some changes this party would like to make involving levels of guilt that is a bit hard to follow.
On the issue of veteran relations this party advocates a full range of benefits for those so entitled.
On this issue of healthcare in America this party advocates an eight point program that would ensure all citizens with coverage.
On foreign policy this party would abolish all secret treaties, oppose membership in any organization that infringes on nation sovereignty, restrict foreign aid, maintain invincible armed forces, and a restriction of military intervention on foreign soil without a declaration of war.
The party advocates a free press and right to assemble for protest.
The party advocates a strict adherence to the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The party further advocates that political figures who tamper with such are subject to removal.
These are the major planks in the party platform. There are other lesser (in my opinion) points that deal with copyrights, online piracy and other issues.
For the most part this platform sounds reasonable right? With a couple of exceptions this appears to be nothing more than common sense and something that perhaps the majority of the population could get on board with. There is one rub however. This is the platform of the Nationalist Party of America. "Is that a problem?" you may ask. Well that depends I suppose on your moral belief system. If you are a "white separatist" you may not have a problem with this, but if you are an American you just might have some issues. You see this party's platform is described as "well reasoned plank positions on every major concern to White Citizens." This is disturbing in the fact that it is not a platform on every major concern of American Citizens, but for "White Citizens" only. That fact alone completely discounts the otherwise "well reasoned plank positions" stance. It is wrong, It is morally bankrupt and it is frankly, Un American. It places this party on the same level as the odious New Black Panther Party or La Raza.
Suppose one, as a student of abhorrent behavior, chose to investigate the Nationalist Party of America further - rather interesting facts would be revealed or so I would imagine. As one who is indeed a "student of abhorrent behavior" (according to my old friend the "Ragun Cajun" one G. Douget), I believe further investigation is warranted. Read on.
Now before we go on, a disclaimer if you will. Some of the positions of this party are indeed based on mainstream conservative principles and there is nothing wrong with being in agreement with some of the planks of the platform. Also considering yourself a Nationalist is nothing to be ashamed of, on the contrary. It is my belief that such groups as the Nationalist Party of America have absconded with and bastardized the concept of Nationalism to the point that even admitting that one is a Nationalist will make one suspect in the eyes of many. Pity. Ok let us move forward.
Billy Roper appears to be the "leader" of the Nationalist Party of America or at least hold a leadership position. He appears to look more like an insurance salesman than one who holds office in a "white supremacist" organization. If you remember Heinrich Himmler looked much like a mild mannered accountant. No I am certainly not comparing Mr. Roper to Der Reich Fuhrer, but you must understand that looks can certainly be deceiving. At any rate, Mr. Roper is the Party candidate for President in 2012. Ok any political party can certainly field a candidate for office, even extremist parties. Now according to the ADL, Mr. Roper holds leadership position in a group known as "White Revolution" which has known ties to other extreme racial groups. The ADL (I almost typed JDL) has a picture on their site showing Mr. Roper addressing the "Aryan Nations Congress" in 2003. There is the obligatory NAZI banner hanging in the background to Mr. Roper's left. That alone utterly destroys this man's credibility. It is easy to dismiss these type folk as silly, but that is unwise. It is more prudent to consider them not buffoons but dangerous. Roper and associates are also apparently savvy marketers and use the internet extensively to spread their message. The Southern Poverty Law Center has an extensive report in the "intelligence files" on Mr. Roper also including some "alleged" quotes that are odious. Now a word on the SPLC. They are a left wing organization and one does, at times, have to view their "reports" with a jaded eye. There is perhaps a political agenda that does not behoove an organization thats purpose is to keep watch and sound the alarm on dangerous segments of society. If one is to research the Nation of Islam within the SPLC website there is, to their credit, a report in their intelligence files and they do consider the NOI organization to be a hate group. Of course there is a disclaimer (of course there is). The SPLC statement that "Although the racism of a group like the Nation may be relatively easy to understand, if we seek to expose white hate groups, we can not be in the business of explaining away the black ones." This "disclaimer" is telling. They are giving the Nation of Islam somewhat of a pass, while not giving them a pass. Be that as it may, their report on Mr. Roper is complete and appears to be credible.
Now the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees that Mr. Roper, his alliances and affiliates, similar groups, the Nationalist Party of America, etc. etc. have a right to voice their opinion and political agenda. This is one of the great things about our nation. However, the Nationalist Party of America's leadership will continue to recruit members and the organization (and those similar) may perhaps (or perhaps not) grow stronger. It is undeniable that many in the white community are becoming weary of the upsurge in "reverse" racist dialogue that is bandied about on a regular basis or more accurately perhaps becoming weary of charges or "racism" brought forth if there is a disagreement with some issues of policy or some societal problem. This is detrimental to national cohesion. In the words of that great American Rodney King - "Can't we all just get along." American politics is a rough and tumble affair but resorting to affiliating oneself with such groups as the Nationalist Party of America (or the New Black Panther Party for that matter) is not the answer and is indeed morally wrong.