Mission of the Pacific Freedom Party
Establish an Autonomous Federal Region empowered to govern the Pacific States of America under the authority of the Amended United States Constitution.
Amend the U.S. Constitution to allow groups of states the right to demand and receive full devolution of all powers currently vested in the Federal Government in Washington D.C.
Pioneer a new Constitutional solution that undermines the sham of democracy perpetrated by elites of both major parties, who govern in the interest of the wealthy and well connected and not Americans as a whole.
The Presidential election of 2016 marked a turning point in the history of the United States of America. The two major parties put forward the two most divisive and unpopular candidates of modern times, resulting in a split between the outcome in the electoral college and popular vote for the second time in sixteen years. This was accompanied by one candidate openly calling into question his willingness to accept an unfavorable outcome, and subsequently calling into question the legitimacy of millions of votes. Revelations of attempted foreign interference in the electoral process, as well as claims of collusion between the electoral college winner and this same foreign power, have dramatically eroded Americans' confidence in the strength of our most fundamental institutions.
This breakdown in our democratic system of government is made worse by the longstanding efforts by both major parties to reduce competition in the House of Representatives and Senate through gerrymandering and suppression of minority voting. In the 2018 legislative elections, only a fraction of 435 seats in the House of Representatives are actually subject to open competition, with most districts effectively owned by one party or the other. This reduction in democratic competition catastrophically intersects with the lack of meaningful campaign finance rules to produce a federal government that represents the interests of elites and not the people at large.
There is no longer hope of meaningful reform at the federal level. But the Constitution of the United States, under Article 5, allows for the States to collectively redefine American federalism by holding a Constitutional Convention. Provided that a supermajority of states can develop a binding, formal agreement, this Constitutional mechanism allows for reform to be imposed on the D.C. system.
The Pacific Freedom Party has two basic goals: First, unite the majority of Americans living in the states that adjoin the Pacific Ocean in formally demanding an Article 5 Convention to reform the United States federal government. Second, to promote reforms that take into account the simple fact that different geographic regions within the USA hold very different visions of the kind of federal government that they want.
While the elites of the two major parties, Democrat and Republican alike, are united in their desire to deliver financial benefits to their allies, they are only able to sustain their rule by fomenting fear among their supporters of what will happen if the other party takes complete control in D.C. After decades of this dynamic, Americans are deeply divided when it comes to their beliefs about the role of government in their lives. But these divisions do not fall neatly along right/left, conservative/liberal lines. Geography and regional culture are also deeply relevant.
We in the Pacific States share a common culture as a result of our unique history and geographic realities. The vast majority of us are relatively recent immigrants, our families having only arrived on these Pacific shores since the end of the Second World War. We are more diverse than the United States as a whole, our population is younger, our politics (whether liberal or conservative) more libertarian. Our foreign policy and economic interests are oriented towards Asia rather than Europe, our natural environment is shaped by the currents of the Pacific Ocean and the tectonic hazards of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Like the Intermountain West, Great Plains, Upper Midwest, South, and Northeast, we form a distinct social, economic, and political region within the United States.
We, like all Americans have both the need for and right to a working federal government capable of addressing our citizens' concerns. As fundamental reform is impossible given the perpetual dysfunction and corruption that characterizes the present-day state of affairs in Washington D.C., we have no choice but to seek an alternative solution under the Constitution.
Therefore, we advocate for an Article 5 Convention organized with a clear, coherent, limited purpose: to enact a Constitutional Amendment allowing groups of consenting states to establish a common federal government answerable only to their citizens. These groups of states will operate as Autonomous Federal Regions, united under the authority of new federal capitols that inherit all existing federal responsibilities as well as the right to Interpret and Amend the Constitution to apply within their jurisdiction, save for those few matters that all AFRs agree should remain in the hands of the supra-national capitol in Washington D.C.
Achieving reform will be a difficult task, requiring focused and consistent effort across space and time. While we fight for a Constitutional solution that can benefit all Americans, we recognize that the basic difficulties of organizing radical collective action of this nature requires a high degree of pragmatic adaptability. To accomplish the broader mission, we must accomplish several fundamental tasks:
1. Force frank public discussion about the pressing need for fundamental Constitutional reform in America.
2. Establish a party platform that adequately addresses the major concerns of the majority of citizens in the Pacific States.
3. Recruit support and contributions sufficient to sustain visible actions that demonstrate our capabilities as a political party.
4. Contest local, state, and federal elections to undermine the power of the Democratic and Republican party establishments.
5. Foster the development of allied parties in other regions, uniting in the post-partisan pursuit of a better solution for America.