“This country has moved away from the ideals that made it great. I am concerned for the country’s future. The economy is failing, and the federal government is stifling business growth through higher taxes, excessive regulation, and a foreign trade policy that creates additional obstacles for success of American businesses.”
“I want us to go back to being the country that once again leads the world.”
About Joe Wilmoth
Joe Wilmoth is an American patriot. A native of Tennessee, Joe is committed to preserving the American dream, and strengthening the future of the United States of America.
Joe has a strong commitment to his God, his family, his country, and to his fellow man. Over the past several years, Joe has become more and more concerned as the economic climate has rapidly diminished. Our young people do not have the opportunities for success that were part of the “American Dream” when he was a young man.
Joe has watched the decay of the moral fabric of our country; he has seen the education system discourage or prohibit both prayer and patriotism.
The partisan bickering in Washington has made our government ineffective. Both major political parties are under the control of partisan extremists, with political agendas trumping both common sense and the needs of the American people. Those we have trusted to be our leaders have deceived us all too often.
Joe speaks with an independent voice. He is sick of political leaders and candidates who are required to follow the party’s platform and stick to its talking points, whether they agree or not.
Joe presented his ideas and ideals to the Constitution Party of Tennessee in 2014, and was honored to have been selected as their nominee in the US Senate race.
Joe speaks with an Independent voice, expressing common sense reasoning, and standing up for the United States of America. He will not be muzzled.
Joe supports the Constitution Party’s belief that the United States has always drawn its strength and greatness from its adherence to the practices and principles enumerated in the Constitution. The same can be said for the State of Tennessee and its Constitution.
Joe wants to help restore the America that was the leader of the world for its first 200 years. Here are some things you should know about him:
• Christian. He believes strongly that the founding fathers of this great nation were inspired by the Christian ideals they were taught in their homes and as they sought an education. He has lived his life as a Christian, and has done his best to demonstrate the principles as taught in the Bible in his personal and professional dealings. “I am very concerned that our churches did not put up enough of a battle when our government outlawed prayers in our schools,” Joe says. “The churches were much more influential in American life just a few years ago. It is easy to see how much influence and respect the church has lost through its inaction as bit by bit the church’s teachings and traditions are being taken out of our daily lives.”
• Family man. Joe was widowed in 2014, after 61 years of marriage to the woman he considered both his wife and best friend. His family remains close to him in all aspects of his personal, social and business life. They work together, as a team, and he considers himself blessed to be surrounded by them daily.
• Businessman. His business interests have included restaurants, gas stations, a motel, radio stations, office buildings, rental properties and a business offering Internet access and web creation services. Joe understands that a vibrant business climate will create jobs, provide economic opportunities for the American worker to provide for his family, and create economic resources that will enable America to balance its budget and to become fiscally responsible.
• Author of the book Corrupted Freedom, Our Nation’s Journey. Some have asked why he wrote this book. He replies: “I have overcome much pain and adversity in my life. I had a close encounter with death in an automobile accident, yet God has blessed me with an excellent recovery and a healthy body (although the doctors that were treating me were gravely concerned that I would not survive my injuries). God has given me more time on this earth. I believe that it was so that I can do something to benefit his people. I hope this book serves as a reminder that we need God in all aspects of our lives.”
Joe is concerned for the country’s future. The economy is failing, and the federal government is stifling business growth through taxes, excessive regulation, and a foreign trade policy that creates additional obstacles for success of American businesses.
“The young people of today do not have the opportunity for success that I had when I was a young man,” Joe said in a recent interview. “I want us to go back to being the country that leads the world.”
The Constitution opens with the phrase “We the people.” Joe believes that it’s time for “We the people” to take back control of the federal government, and put it on a stable course that will enable this Republic to stand for another 200 years.
Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution states: “The Congress shall have the Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States…”
The federal government did not have the right to tax the income of individual workers until the 16th Amendment was ratified in 1913. Prior to 1913, customs duties (tariffs) and excise taxes were the primary sources of federal revenue, with the states providing any additional funds that may have been required.
I believe we should repeal the 16th Amendment, abolish the IRS, and restructure the tax system to work as it did for the first 125 years of our country’s existence.
Government Budget And Spending
We must slash spending and balance the federal budget within the next three years. No organization can survive if it is unable to find a way to be financially self-sustaining.
The three-year timetable provides a sufficient window for responsible leaders to develop a level-headed approach to cutting spending without eliminating essential services as authorized by the constitution.
The Preamble to the Constitution, quoted in the introduction to this Platform, clearly limits the size and scope of the federal government to the following: “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”
Any activity that is outside this scope of authority is NOT the responsibility of the federal government. Those functions should be returned to the states and their federal bureaucracies dismantled.
The first, and primary purpose of the federal government is to provide for the common defense.
And, the phrase “promote the general Welfare” refers to commerce and trade, not food stamps and EBT cards.
By shrinking the federal government to its constitutionally authorized functions, its financial requirements will be dramatically reduced.
We, as a nation, need to become self-sufficient. This country has the natural and human resources to supply our own food, energy and essential needs, without the need for importing our basic necessities.
A concerted effort to become “self-sufficient” will renew our economy by providing additional jobs for our workers, keeping our dollars at work domestically, providing additional resources with which we can “promote the general welfare” and make us less dependent on nations that do not share the American dream.
The government must stop spending more than it brings in. Deficit spending is not sustainable, and it’s imperative that we stop it NOW.
The United States Government must balance its budget immediately No business could survive if it used the United States government as its financial model.
The US Government currently owes more than $19.5-trillion dollars. That works out to just more than $55-thousand dollars for every man, woman and child in this country.
The federal government must prioritize its spending to fulfill the objectives set forth in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. We must eliminate all projects and programs that go beyond the founding fathers’ original intent.
I favor getting rid of:
- Department of Homeland Security. This department has 240,000 employees and a budget of slightly more than $60-billion for the 2014 fiscal year.
- US Department of Education. The jobs performed by Education’s 5,000 employees could be better performed at the state and local level. The $67-million budget could be redirected toward paying off the national debt.
- Social programs, other than Social Security and Medicare, should be defunded from the federal budget and handled as described in the “Welfare and Entitlements” section of this platform.
- Social Security and Medicare should be reformed to completely honor its current commitments, but to be abolished over time, to comply with the dictates of the Constitution.
This is a partial list, and every department of government should be closely scrutinized and eliminated unless they play a critical role in fulfilling the mandates of the Constitution.
The State of Tennessee has a “Sunset Law” which is designed to ensure that agencies of state government do not exist indefinitely. At its creation, the agency is given a “sunset” date. At the end of its term, the agency must show compelling reason for its continued existence, or it shall cease to exist on the date specified. The US government should do the same, with public hearings prior to renewal or extensionof any department.
Education And Common Core
Common Core is a part of the federal takeover of our education system and should be repealed immediately.
Further, the US Department of Education should be abolished immediately and all power to regulate education returned to the state and local governments and to the families of our children.
The Constitution provides no authority whatsoever for the federal government to be involved in education. The dismantling of the US Department of Education would be a step toward moving the federal government back into compliance with the enumerated powers as stated in Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution.
The US Department of Education is a 5,000 employee bureaucracy. It has a $67-million annual budget and distributes $89-billion in grants annually. The department should be abolished. These funds, left unspent, could be applied toward eliminating deficit spending.
The CATO Institute, in a 2003 report to Congress, pointed out that: “Former secretaries of education Lamar Alexander and William Bennett have stated that the department has “an irresistible and uncontrollable impulse to stick its nose into areas where it has no proper business.”
The CATO Institute also cites “waste and abuse” reporting that the Education Department “lost track” of $450-million that was awarded as grants during three GAO audit periods.
All federally supported “education” programs such as Common Core, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and others should be repealed.
The United States needs to return to the day of the “citizen-statesman.” The members of Congress should be limited to two terms. That’s a total of four years for representatives and 12 years for Senators. After serving the limits of their terms in the house or senate, there shall be a mandatory hiatus of seven (7) years before the individual becomes eligible to again seek election to the Legislative branch of government and five (5) years before the officeholder becomes eligible for government employment.
Our public servants should be public servants. We have too many political careerists who have adapted themselves to the Washington lifestyle. They seem to have forgotten our needs, and to be focused solely on getting re-elected.
The Congressional Research Service reported in 2008 that the average member of the House of Representatives has been elected once, then reelected to five more two-year terms.2 That’s an average of more than 10 years in office.
That same report states that the average tenure in the US Senate, where the term is six years, was 12.82 years. That means that the average senator will serve at least 18 years.
It is not unusual to find Senators and Representatives who have been in office 30, 40 and even 50 years. They have forgotten the people back home, and are totally oblivious to their needs. This must be changed.
Congressional Pensions And Healthcare
There is much misunderstanding of the perks associated with being elected or employed in the Legislative or Executive branches of government.
The simplest solution is to remove all special exemptions. Every regulation and provision of law that applies to us, as citizens, must apply equally to our government officials and employees.
Effective immediately, this self-perceived “ruling class” should be required to live by the same mandates as they have established for “we the people.”
Welfare And Entitlements
Remove the federal and state governments from administering welfare benefits. The social security and Medicare programs have clearly demonstrated the federal government’s inability to manage these programs. They are filled with fraud, waste, and political cronyism.
The US Department of Agriculture Budget Summary for Fiscal Year 2014 reveals that 72 percent of the Farm Budget is dedicated to “Nutrition Programs” including WIC, food stamps, the SNAP Program and other assistance programs.
As a Christian I believe we have a responsibility to help those in need. But, that help should be a hand up, not the beginning of a long and lucrative career of living off the labor of the American taxpayer.
I propose that the public assistance programs be:
- Short term, helping those in need in the time of need, with an objective of getting the individual/family back on his/her feet and able to support themselves.
- Funded by the local, state and federal governments through the dedicated use of ten (10) percent of government revenues, with funds to be:
- Administered in adherence to Biblical principles by a co-op of churches and/or faith-based organizations in the local communities.
- Limited to those who perform some productive work, if they are physically and mentally able.
The definition for entitlement shown below is taken from the “Glossary” page of the US Senate web site:
“Entitlement – A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans’ compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.”
Law Enforcement And Justice
The United States is a nation of laws. The founding fathers established a constitutional framework for creating new laws.
For enactment of new law, the bill must be approved by both the House and the Senate and then submitted to the President for his signature or veto.
The Legislative Branch of government (the House of Representatives and the US Senate) can override a presidential veto by a two-thirds vote in each house.
Once legislation becomes law, it is the sworn duty of our government officials to support, uphold and enforce the law, so long as the law remains on the books.
No branch of government has the right to modify or deliberately choose to ignore any law they don’t agree with. Our elected officials have taken an oath to “faithfully execute” their office. That means every office-holder has sworn a vow to follow the law. We should hold them to their sworn word and take strong and appropriate action when they violate their oath of office.
Punishment For Criminal Acts
The punishment for criminal acts should be enhanced. The Eighth Amendment, part of the Bill of Rights, prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.” However, the Bill of Rights does not say that inmates in penal facilities should not work. The constitution does not state that inmates should enjoy cable TV, Internet access, cell phones and telephones, well-stocked libraries, fitness centers with well-equipped gyms, and conjugal visits.
Prisoners should be required to perform some kind of productive work to help defer the cost of their confinement. It could be tending a vegetable garden, preserving the produce from gardens, or any number of other productive works as determined by the local authorities.
Prison time can and should be sufficiently unpleasant so as to act as a deterrent to future criminal activities without exceeding the mandates of the Eighth Amendment.
The legal system currently has lawyers arguing against lawyers in a courtroom where yet another lawyer is presiding as judge.
Both the United States Constitution and the Tennessee Constitution are silent on the qualification for judges. The Nation’s founding fathers and the pioneers who established the State of Tennessee did not deem it necessary that our judges be licensed to practice law. Those requirements were added later by the legislature. As late as 1990 in the case of General Sessions judges in Tennessee.
I propose that our judges NOT be required to be lawyers.
Our laws should be written in language that is clear enough for the average 20-year old person to understand.
Common sense and good character should be the primary pre-requisites for becoming a judge.
- Before becoming a judge, a person should be required to:
- Be an honorable man or woman of good reputation;
- Be knowledgeable of the law;
- Have an understanding of Biblical law; and
- Have a thorough understanding of the US Constitution.
The oath of office for new judges should require them to make a commitment to uphold the Unites States Constitution, as it is written, without interpreting its meaning to suit any particular political agenda.
I am pro-life. Almost 4,000 abortions are performed every day in the United States. We should take immediate steps to restrict abortions to those that are medically necessary to protect the life of the mother.
Freedom Of Religion
As a Christian, I see my rights being trampled and trimmed away a little more each day. People who stand up for traditional marriage, speak out against abortion, or believe in traditional morals, are accused of being bigots and spewing hate.
The first settlers came to the American continent seeking religious freedom. The founding fathers used the Bible as a foundation for our set of laws.
Thomas Jefferson wrote about a “wall of separation” between church and state. Jefferson was not espousing a government that prevented Christians from being able to worship. He was stating that the government has no right to establish a religion or require its citizens to worship in a particular way.
We, as Christians, must be allowed the freedom to practice our faith in the way we choose.
Further, we as Christians must be allowed to discuss the teachings of the Bible without fear of government recrimination.
I am opposed to “immigration reform.” We have excellent immigration laws on the books. Let’s use them!
To change our immigration laws to grant amnesty is the equivalent of changing our criminal code so that we do not inconvenience the criminal.
Those who have entered our country without authorization are here illegally. We are a nation of immigrants. But, we must restore order to the immigration system.
• We must seal our borders with Mexico and Canada as a matter of national security.
• We must remove non-citizens who are here illegally, and place them at the back of the line for those who may apply for legal entry to this country. They have already shown a disregard for our laws and customs.
• Non-citizens (even those who are here legally) must be permanently deported upon conviction for committing a felony in the United States.
The United States should continue to welcome immigrants. However, those potential immigrants should properly apply for admission to the United States, should show financial responsibility, and should be sponsored by an American citizen who is willing to sign an “enforceable affidavit of support” as described in item six below.
The “enforceable affidavit of support” assures that the sponsor will have a personal and financial stake in helping the newcomer to America become a productive member of our society.
I have developed a six point plan that I believe will bring a quick end to today’s border crisis:
First: Eliminate all financial assistance, housing assistance, or other aid programs for non-citizens.
Second: Place an immediate hold on all US Foreign Assistance to Mexico and Central America’s Northern Triangle countries — Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Don’t give them another penny until they take decisive and measurable action to enforce their borders to stop this massive influx of illegals to the United States border.
Third: Establish a timetable for the Mexican government to gain control of the crime cartels, using whatever means necessary, to make US border region safe. There must be no more Mexican criminals’ bullets crossing the border into the United States. Hold them to it. We hear gunshots, we keep our money!!!
Fourth: Double fence the 1,950 miles of the US/Mexican border (two fences 100 yards apart) from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. The United States must monitor and patrol the border and take appropriate measures to assure that the fence remains intact and secure and that nobody crosses it without the proper authorization.
Fifth: Deport all undocumented immigrants (illegal aliens), and place the deportees at the back of the line for readmission to the United States. They have already demonstrated a clear disregard for the rule of law in the United States of America.
Sixth: Enforce the immigration laws that are currently on the books. Require potential immigrants to demonstrate unique and essential knowledge and expertise in a profession or discipline where their expertise is needed in the United States, or we must require them to show financial responsibility and/or have a sponsor who will provide financial, language and cultural assistance to ensure that the immigrant becomes a productive and contributing member of the US society.
Gun Control And The Second Amendment
The Second Amendment clearly states: “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment, was drafted by men who had risked their lives and their fortunes to give birth of this nation. They were active participants as a well armed citizenry removed a tyrannical and oppressive government, replacing it with what we now know as the United States of America. They knew, from their own personal experience, that a strong Second Amendment would be essential to the preservation of our freedom and liberty.
All Americans should be opposed to the passage of laws or government actions that restrict ownership of weapons or that limit access to ammunition.
Such laws merely disarm law-abiding citizens, leaving them unable to defend themselves from criminals who have no regard for the law.
Jobs And The Economy
The economy will never recover until there are jobs available for all Americans and the vast majority of those who are able to work have rejoined the workforce.
Manufacturing is the lifeblood of the American economy as well as the global economy. Until recently, middle-Tennessee factories made shoes, boots, shirts, dress slacks, blue jeans, air conditioners, and a wide variety of other products. It is imperative that we rebuild the manufacturing infrastructure and bring these jobs back to the United States.
Jobs have been steadily leaving the United States as manufacturing is relocated to areas with lower wages and fewer safety and environmental regulations. CBS reports that the individual cities and provinces in China each set their local minimum wage. The highest is $293.00 per month.
We must modify our tax structure and curtail the regulatory excesses and needless government intervention that have restricted the ability of industry to thrive in this country.
I propose that we provide incentives to American companies to build factories in the United States, hire US Citizens to work in them, and pay those workers a fair wage. I would urge these companies to set aside at least ten (10) percent of the corporate profits to be used as bonuses to be fairly divided among the workers who make the factory a success.
Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
This act is unconstitutional and should be repealed!
Every member of congress, both House and Senate, should vow to vote NO on any bill that is presented for a vote or amended so quickly that I have not been given sufficient time to read, understand, and evaluate the impact the legislation may have on the American people.
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a prime example of the social and economic havoc that comes from voting without reading the legislation. The ACA, consisting of more than 2,000 pages, was revised, amended and passed within a matter of hours. Members of the House of Representatives were famously told by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, “We’ll have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it…”
You see the problems that has caused.
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