My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
~ It Is Well With My Soul by Horatio G. Spafford
And yes, I believe our Republic and liberty is in danger. Not in a "doomsday tomorrow! run for your lives!" sort of way. The danger lies, rather, in giving up our birthright for a pot of stew and some bread.
Conservative: Kept within sensible limits, not excessive, discreet, heedful of consequences, reasonable, and restrained.
American Exceptionalism: The United States is an exceptional nation. No other country in the history of the world has done more to secure liberty and honor God-given rights of individuals. Our government is uniquely of, by, and for the people, not the other way around.
We Are One People: All of America's citizens can enjoy the rights and freedoms of our country without diminishing the rights of others. There can be honest differences of opinion and such differences result in opponents, not enemies.
Limited Government and Personal Freedom: Thomas Jefferson was correct when he wrote: "That government is best which governs least." Public servants must be held accountable to the highest standards of ethical conduct. Government should be limited to the powers delegated it by the Constitution. Beyond these powers, as government grows, individual freedom shrinks and the economy suffers. High taxes, runaway government spending, and over-regulation of business and farming punish initiative and stifle economic growth. Your property is yours and you have the basic right to make use of it without unreasonable government restrictions.
Reassertion of 10th Amendment Sovereignty: The 10th amendment to the United States constitution guarantees to the states and their people all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States. The United States constitution defines the total scope of federal power as being that specifically granted by the United States constitution and no more. The Federal government was created by the states and their people specifically to be an agent of the states and their people. The federal government, as our agent, should be discouraged from imposing certain restrictive mandates or exercising powers that are beyond the scope of those constitutionally delegated.
Family is the Foundation of the Republic: Family and the values it fosters are the foundation of American society and their preservation is essential to our Nation's continued success.
The Supreme Court: The purpose of the Supreme Court is to determine whether laws are in keeping with the Constitutionally limited powers delegated the government. The Supreme Court is not to rule based on any other standard than that of a strict interpretation of the United States Constitution.
Individual Rights: The United States were founded on the fundamental principle that individuals have certain rights and freedoms which cannot be infringed upon and may be restricted only to the degree necessary to preserve the rights of others. The subjugation of individual rights in favor of groups rights is unconstitutional and has always lead to the trampling of individual freedom.
Individual Responsibility: Individuals are responsible for their actions and the consequences. It is not government's place to save individuals from their mistakes. This kind of government intervention only encourages irresponsible behavior and impinges on others' rights. With freedom comes responsibility and that individuals must take personal responsibility for their own actions and our criminal justice system must be based on this idea.
Religious Freedom: Americans should be free to practice religion how they please. Christianity has been a positive force in our society. Government should not overreach its powers to discriminate against any religious group. Government has no right to suppress prayers nor expressions of faith in public schools.
Respect for Life: Life is sacred and is to be defended. This includes the most vulnerable among us, the unborn. Ronald Reagan was correct when he wrote: "Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution. We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life -- the unborn -- without diminishing the value of all human life."
Right to Bear Arms: The right to own a gun is recognized specifically in the Constitution, yet it is constantly under attack legislatively and legally. The right to own firearms is important to the safety and security of individuals and a nation.
Strong Military and National Defense: A strong military is a necessary deterrent in dangerous world. The U.S. must maintain military superiority to ensure our security. The American military is made up of dedicated and patriotic individuals who deserve this nation's full support. The preservation of our rights and freedoms necessitates a strong national defense and the ability of the United States to negotiate with other nations from a position of strength.
Secure Borders: Legal immigrants have enriched this country. Illegal immigration undermines American sovereignty and weakens national security. The U.S. has a right and obligation to secure it's borders.
Energy Independence: For national security and economic reasons it is time that we as a nation become energy independent by exploiting all our natural resources responsibly while at the same time encouraging energy innovation.
Educational Choice: Parents have the right to determine the values with which their children will be raised and to have the widest possible choice among public, private and religious schools and that competition will improve public education.
Low Taxes, Free Markets, and Fiscal Constraint: The the money you earn is yours and government in a free society should be given only as much as is needed to perform those limited duties which are delegated to it. Government redistribution of income through taxation is not Constitutional. Individuals have a right to their income and are far better managers of their money than is the government. The free enterprise system is the most effective engine of economic progress and free market solutions improve the economy while upholding individual freedoms.
This is written partly by me and compiled partly from here and here.
This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. ~ Winston Churchill
Only in the Western world can a gay man live a free life as himself. Hence, the health and strength of the West is fundamental to my survival. ~ USMale
When my country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir. ~ Thomas Paine
It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. ~ Samuel Adams
There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. ~ Ayn Rand
I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.
~ by William Tyler Page
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