Constitution Party member Joyce Collins of Lovell has filed for the position of State Representative for the Wyoming House of Representatives for District 26. The position is currently held by Rep. Elaine Harvey, who announced that she will not be running for reelection this year. Collins ran for the position previously in 2014.
Collins has been an active member of the Constitution Party since its inception and played a large role in developing its current platform.
“I have been instrumental in organizing the party in the state and have been fairly instrumental in organizing its platform,” said Collins. “I have been on the platform committee or have been chairman of the committee every time. I helped write the party’s platform at its inception.”
According to party literature, the Constitution Party was founded in 1992 and was officially organized in Wyoming on July 10, 2010, the official birth date of the state. It became nationally recognized in November of 2010.
According to the party’s website, its members stand against gun control, the common core system in education, Obamacare, amnesty and illegal immigration and “Agenda 21,” a system its members believe promotes environmentalism, social engineering and global political control.
The party’s platform is for the sanctity of life, religious freedom and personal liberty, the concept of a divine family (one husband, one wife and their children), individual property rights, state rights and American sovereignty. Its aim is to follow the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights according to the intent of the founding fathers.
Collins said she believes many in Wyoming share a similar belief system to the party, which she said has a strong membership base in the state. She said she believes that many politicians with a “liberal agenda” have “infiltrated” the Republican Party and that the Constitution Party holds true to what the Republican Party represented before this phenomenon occurred.
“I think a lot of people here have the same beliefs as the Constitution Party, because the Constitution Party has a lot of the beliefs the old Republican Party had, before it went astray,” she explained. “It’s basically the belief in small government and fewer taxes. It’s the belief that the government’s only true function is to protect your rights. We believe this is the only legitimate role of government. The individual has those rights in themselves and the government is merely an extension of those rights.”
Collins explained that she feels the Republican Party has strayed from its true principals of liberty.
“If you look at the bills, if you follow the money, they (politicians) go with whoever buys them,” said Collins. “They’re tied in with the establishment, all the way to Wall Street, and they just don’t stand for principals anymore.”
In keeping with these principals, Collins vows to vote against tax increases in the state, in particular against increased property tax, tax on groceries and any type of state income tax. She said she feels strongly about the platform of the Constitution Party and will vote against any state legislation that is not in keeping with the party’s principals.
She said those interested in more information about the Constitution Party can go to the party’s website at www.wyomingconstitutionparty.com. She added that the party also holds a monthly meeting on the third Thursday of the month at the Annex in Lovell. She said a presentation about the party, lasting approximately 30 minutes, is generally held following regular party business.
By Patti Carpenter