As a Conservative I believe…
… in LIFE. Life for all. Not just the healthy and wealthy. I believe in life for everyone. Young, old, sick, healthy, wealthy, poor, unborn, or aged we are all human beings and we all have the right to Life. Human life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death. Protection for the unborn and elderly, and compassion for the sick and infirm, are essential elements of a culture of life; and necessary for the health of civil society.
… in INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY. Liberty to live my life in the manner I choose to live. So long as my life choices do not interfere with the liberty of another no one, including the government, has the right to dictate how I should live. Laws restrict free exercise of liberty and property. Consequently, no law should be passed unless there is a compelling reason to do so. The proponents of any law should have the burden of proof that passage is necessary.
… in the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Every individual is more important than the state and, thus, every individual is endowed with the inalienable right to pursue happiness. This is not a guarantee of success. Conversely, these rights do not negate the responsibility of the individual’s obligation to conduct himself as a responsible and productive member of society.
… in FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. Waste, fraud and duplication in government must be eliminated. Public debt, except for infrastructure, should be avoided. Government budgets should fit within existing revenues. Spending reductions, not tax increases, are the preferred solutions to revenue shortfalls.
… in LIMITED TAXATION. Taxation should be restricted to the most minimal levels, and the burden of taxation should be spread as equally as possible among all citizens. Taxation should never be employed for the purposes of redistributing wealth or restrict productivity, economic growth, or savings.
… in being SELF-SUFFICIENT. Government policy should encourage self-sufficiency and promote the work ethic among everyone. Public funds should not be used to support persons who are CAPABLE, albeit unwilling, to provide for their own needs. Government programs for the needy and disabled should strive to enforce the dignity of the individual, strengthen the family unit, and encourage the individual’s potential for self-sufficiency.
… in LAW AND ORDER. All citizens are entitled to security of their persons and property. Government’s primary task is the maintenance of law and order to ensure these rights are protected. Accordingly, the system of justice must afford each person access to competent representation and a level playing field to ensure the imperatives of justice can be met.
… in FREE ENTERPRISE. Through free markets, individuals and groups form relationships and exercise selfgovernment. The state should only intervene to establish MINIMUM health and safety standards, and encourage competition. When the government does choose to use its power to regulate free people, it should be EXCEEDINGLY CAUTIOUS to use the least burdensome method possible.
… in FREEDOM TO UNIONIZE. As individuals have the right to choose in free market systems, they are vested with the responsibility to inform themselves and make choices that best suit their needs. While government should actively enforce fraud statutes, it should not attempt to protect the public from what it perceives as poor choices by eliminating those possibilities from the market. People must be free to demand, FOR THEMSELVES, better conditions, better pay, etc… However, people must also be free to choose their association or no association at all.
… in PRIVATE PROPERTY. Private property is the cornerstone of a free nation. Therefore, communal needs should override private property rights only in the MOST CONVINCING circumstances – not merely for the sake of convenience. In those instances when a compelling need does exist, property owners should be justly compensated for their whole loss.
… in the SECOND AMMENDMENT. The problem is not the gun. The problem is the person behind the gun. As long as there are people there will be violence. Taking and regulating guns will not change this sad fact. The only long-term solution to the problem of violence is to cultivate a culture of Life that holds all life to be sacred from conception to natural death.
… in LEGAL IMMIGRATION. I believe we, as a nation, should be open to new people coming to America. I believe anyone who is willing to follow the rules of immigration, pay taxes, participate as productive members of society, and obey the law should be welcomed as neighbors. Those who can not follow the rules should be made to leave the country so more LEGAL immigrants can find their piece of the American dream.