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Time to Power Up a Good Party

Constitutionalists get ballot access from the Republican Party but also get marginalized. To really represent us, they must run candidates in all races in general elections.

James Anthony
January 19, 2024

On the McCarthy/McConnell/Biden spending plan, Republicans who voted no, or who didn’t vote or voted yes but have earned Liberty Scores of 80% or more [1], are relatively constitutionalist. The proportions of relative constitutionalists in the current house and senate are respectively 19% and 32%.

The proportions needed to pass bills are respectively 50.1% and 50% or 51% [2].

The current proportions hint at how strongly voters support constitutionalists, but also reflect that with the current party system, marginalization isn’t a bug, it’s a feature. The Republican Party favor Progressives using a slew of funding and selection mechanisms [3].

It’s time to get real.

Under the Constitution, the debt limit is zero

Seniors paid others’ Social Security and Medicare and are owed theirs now [4].

Creditors enabled unconstitutional past spending to be paid by future taxpayers [5]. This tyranny should be ended by repudiating this debt [6]. But until that reckoning, these creditors are next in line to be paid back their money [7].

Navy, Air Force, and Space Force equipment spending prepares us to defend against enemy governments’ comparable spending.

Criminal justice for treason [8], counterfeiting, and violating the natural laws that bind national governments are limited [9] national-government enumerated powers [10].

The remaining spending that’s constitutional is minuscule.

Total constitutional spending is more than covered by revenues [11]. The actions the Constitution requires in this case are to satisfy the real obligations above, end the debt, and stop unduly depriving persons of property [12].

Drastically-cutting taxes is exceedingly popular.

Majorities have told pollsters they support increasing the debt limit, but those polls have been deceptive alchemy. Some people have admittedly started out uninformed. Some have gone along with increases just because they gave normally-exemplary politicians and media [13] the benefit of the doubt. All have been misinformed by polling questions [14] that falsely asserted that not increasing the debt limit would cause default [15].

All debt-limit resolutions so far have been spending plans

A real debt limit is a boundary that doesn’t get increased but instead gets upheld by cutting spending. When a debt “limit” instead just gets increased when it’s reached, then it isn’t a boundary, it’s a spending plan.

Under the previous spending-plan resolution, spending increased until the debt reached the plan’s target of $31.4 trillion [16]. The debt now equals all the value that all USA people add in a full year, plus another 20% [17].

Under the spending-plan bill of the current house Republicans, planned spending would have further increased the debt to $32.9 trillion [18].

Under the McCarthy/McConnell/Biden spending plan, planned spending will be unlimited.

In the next election, further election-process violations [19] may again substantially suppress the will of voters. If any remaining will of voters does power through that suppression, this surviving will of voters will be overpowered as forcefully as possible by the lame-duck politicians.

Most powerfully, since the debt will have been unlimited for a year and a half, these lame-duck politicians’ logical next step will be to keep the debt unlimited and simply make the duration unlimited.

Like the preceding spending plans, the McCarthy/McConnell/Biden spending plan will unduly deprive persons of property.

Like the preceding spending plans have created the current Great Inflation II [20], the new spending plan will deepen and lengthen this great inflation.

That should be political suicide. If only we the people had an alternative major party.

Start limiting governments

If the new spending-plan bill had been defeated, this would have been spun by Progressives as disaster and chaos. Actually, for we the people it would have been a blessing [21]. The still-existing spending-plan resolution would have required spending cuts, which would have finally started real relief from increased future inflation.

Say that now, McCarthy would be eliminated as speaker, that there would subsequently be a stalemate that would leave the current house without a leader, and the current house would start creating and following spontaneous rules of order. This would be an improvement. Even so, Republican Progressives—the key Progressives [22]—would still already have forced their will and their cronies’ will on we the people.

Constitutionalists are the only elected representatives to whom we the people can turn to possibly get helpful action.

It’s time for the real constitutionalists to power up.

All those who calculated that raising the debt limit would still provide progress have been handed an unmistakable clear signal that that course can’t work.

They also have been handed ample time to take the necessary corrective actions.

Relatively-constitutionalist presidential candidate Ron DeSantis [23] is still in contention.

It’s still early enough to field full slates of candidates to replace the Republican Progressives across the board in the next election. It’s time now to move rapidly to nominate and elect majorities of legislators who follow the recommendations of a new constitutionalist president, pass bills that follow the Constitution, and get them signed into law by the new president [24].

It’s time to follow up by instituting a party constitution and party laws [25] that will use the Constitution’s design—the best design that’s available for political organizations—to make at least one major party’s politicians stop combining the separated powers [26] and start using their offsetting powers against others in government to limit governments [27], and in the process end inflation.

The best time to stop further depriving people of property and start living in a freer future is always immediately [28].


  1. Anthony, James. “Voters’ Dilemma.” us, 17 June 2022, rconstitution.us/voters-dilemma/. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  2. Anthony, James. “Who Will Benefit Long-Term from Ending the Filibuster.” American Greatness, 26 June 2021, amgreatness.com/2021/06/26/who-will-benefit-long-term-from-ending-the-filibuster/. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  3. Anthony, James. “Term Limits Won’t Fix the Problem in Washington, but These Solutions Might.” American Thinker, 14 Feb. 2023, www.americanthinker.com/blog/2023/02/term_limits_wont_fix_the_problem_in_washington_but_these_solutions_might.html. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  4. Anthony, James. “Outgrow Entitlements: Stop Losses, Cover Debts, and Help More.” Mises Institute Power & Market Blog, 22 Apr. 2022, mises.org/power-market/outgrow-entitlements-stop-losses-cover-debts-and-help-more. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  5. Anthony, James. “Your Future Earnings Are Quickly Becoming Other People’s Money.” The Federalist, 8 Sep. 2020, thefederalist.com/2020/09/08/your-future-earnings-are-quickly-becoming-other-peoples-money/. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  6. Anthony, James. “Repudiate Progressive-Government Debt in Quick, Certain Steps.” rConstitution.us, 12 Nov. 2021, rconstitution.us/repudiate-progressive-government-debt-in-quick-certain-steps/. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  7. Graham, Benjamin, and David L. Dodd. Security Analysis: Principles and Technique. 2nd ed., McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1940, pp. 69-76.
  8. Anthony, James. “Treason Remedies.” rConstitution.us, 6 Aug. 2021, rconstitution.us/treason-remedies/. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  9. Anthony, James. “Inward-Facing Standing Army Must Be Closed and Repealed.” rConstitution.us, 19 Nov. 2021, rconstitution.us/inward-facing-standing-army-must-be-closed-and-repealed/. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  10. Natelson, Robert. “The Enumerated Powers of States.” Nevada Law Journal, vol. 3, no. 3, Spring 2003, pp. 469-94.
  11. Horowitz, Daniel. “Both Parties Must Stop Lying about Debt Default. There Is No Default Cliff.” Blaze Media, 25 May 2023, www.theblaze.com/column/opinion/horowitz-both-parties-must-stop-lying-about-debt-default-there-is-no-default-cliff. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  12. USA Constitution, amend. V.
  13. Horowitz, Daniel. “House Debt Limit Bill Is Worth Supporting if McCarthy Promises to Stand behind It at All Costs.” Blaze Media, 20 Apr. 2023, www.theblaze.com/column/opinion/horowitz-house-debt-limit-bill-is-worth-supporting-if-mccarthy-promises-to-stand-behind-it-at-all-costs. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  14. “CNN Poll: 60% Say Debt Ceiling Increase Should Come with Spending Cuts: Internals.” CNN, 23 May 2023, s3.documentcloud.org/documents/23822858/cnn-poll-debt-ceiling-biden-border-security.pdf#page=11. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  15. Wright, Robert E. “Don’t Buy Into Bureaucrats’ Debt Ceiling Handwringing. There’s a Path Forward.” Daily Caller, 9 May 2023, dailycaller.com/2023/05/09/opinion-dont-buy-into-bureaucrats-debt-ceiling-handwringing-theres-a-path-forward-robert-wright/. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  16. Smith, Tim. “U.S. Debt Ceiling: Definition, History, Pros, Cons, and Clashes.” Investopedia, 28 Sep. 2023, www.investopedia.com/terms/d/debt-ceiling.asp. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  17. U.S. Office of Management and Budget and Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. “Federal Debt: Total Public Debt as Percent of Gross Domestic Product [GFDEGDQ188S].” FRED, fred.stlouisfed.org/series/GFDEGDQ188S, 18 Jan. 2024. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  18. “H.R.2811 – Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023.” Congress, 4 May 2023, www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/2811. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  19. Anthony, James. “Zero Tolerance for Election-Manner Violations.” rConstitution.us, 11 Dec. 2020, rconstitution.us/zero-tolerance-for-election-manner-violations/. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  20. Anthony, James. “Money Inflation Is Baked In. Savers Need to Preserve Assets.” Mises Institute Power & Market Blog, 10 Mar. 2023, mises.org/power-market/money-inflation-baked-savers-need-preserve-assets. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  21. Thornton, Mark. “Lower the Debt Ceiling.” Mises Daily Articles, 15 July 2011, mises.org/library/lower-debt-ceiling. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  22. Anthony, James. “Republicans: The Key Progressives.” rConstitution.us, 21 Aug. 2020, rconstitution.us/republicans-the-key-progressives/. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  23. Anthony, James. “Why DeSantis Matters.” rConstitution.us, 30 July 2021, rconstitution.us/why-desantis-matters/. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  24. Anthony, James. “Triage and Repeal.” rConstitution.us, 8 Apr. 2022, rconstitution.us/triage-and-repeal/. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  25. Anthony, James. The Constitution Needs a Good Party: Good Government Comes from Good Boundaries. Neuwoehner Press, 2018.
  26. Anthony, James. “Vote for Candidates Who Will Shrink the D.C. Bureaucracy, Not Compromise with It.” Daily Caller, 7 Nov. 2022, dailycaller.com/2022/11/07/anthony-vote-for-candidates-who-will-shrink-the-d-c-bureaucracy-not-compromise-with-it/. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  27. Anthony, James. “Offsetting Powers.” rConstitution.us, rconstitution.us/boundaries/#off-bound. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.
  28. Anthony, James. “Changing Government by Stepping, Phasing, or Doing.” rConstitution.us, 23 Apr. 2021, rconstitution.us/changing-government-by-stepping-phasing-or-doing/. Accessed 19 Jan. 2024.

James Anthony is an experienced chemical engineer who applies process design, dynamics, and control to government processes. He is the author of The Constitution Needs a Good Party and rConstitution Papers, the publisher of rConstitution.us, and an author in Western Journal, Daily Caller, The Federalist, American Thinker, Lew Rockwell, American Greatness, Mises Institute, Foundation for Economic Education, and Free the People. For more information, see his about, media, and overview pages.


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