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Thursday, October 28, 2010

What I believe...

     I believe in God. I believe that God is the source of my joy and my strength, and deserves my consideration and my praise. I owe my life back to God, and I must live like it.
     I believe that in the fullness of time, God humbled Himself, and took the form of a Man here on earth, to reveal God's new covenant to the world. He suffered and died on the cross as a sacrifice to atone for our sins, and He conquered death through His Resurrection. I believe that following Jesus is the way to salvation, but that God is merciful, and He decides whom to save. My salvation is personal, and does not depend on everyone else's collective salvation, nor on my willingness to be part of a global collective that does not understand that common good refers to what is good for each and every individual, not simply for most of the group.
     I believe in the strength of the family. I believe that to undermine the family undermines our society. I believe that after God, parents are the first authority. I believe that children are in all cases a gift from God. I believe that children should respect their parents, and parents should likewise respect their children, and look for the best in them. I believe that the home is the domestic church, and is the first and most important place of learning.
     I believe in the rule of law. I believe that we are a country ruled by laws, not by men or special interests. I believe in the Declaration Principles and Natural Law... That we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights... among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (property). America is a representative republic, not a democracy, and certainly not an oligarchy.
     I believe our Founders were divinely inspired. I believe the Constitution is perfect, just the way the Founders wrote it. I do not believe it is a living, breathing document, that must change and expand with time. I do not believe the Founders were purposely vague because they could not foresee how life would be today. In fact, as you can read in The Federalist Papers, the Framers were not vague at all. I believe they rightly intended to place strict limits on government, because they knew exactly how man's nature can be, and feared power and corruption in government.
     I believe in American exceptionalism. I believe in freedom. Honor. Individual liberty. Personal responsibility. Merit. I believe in the goodness of the American we, the people.
     I believe our elected leaders should represent us and serve us. They work for us... we do not work for them. I believe that if they run for office because they claim to have ideas and solutions that will improve America, and they fail, they ought to take responsibility, and not spend their entire tenure blaming their predecessors.
     I believe in subsidiarity, whereby power rests with the most local able problem solver. I believe it is foolish, impractical, and arrogant for anyone to think he can centrally plan the lives of three hundred million Americans... or seven billion people worldwide, for that matter.
     I believe it is immoral for the government to spend more than it possesses... passing on insurmountable debt to us... and to unsuspecting generations to come.
     I believe it is immoral for the government to seize and redistribute wealth. I believe that we should share our talents and blessings, because we are called to, and because we choose to, not because the government forces us. I believe that we should be able to keep most of what we earn, no matter how much that is, and that we should decide how to use it. I believe that we should be able to pass our savings on to our children, without the government stepping in to confiscate it. Theft is not justice.
      I believe in the free market and private enterprise, not Marxism, Communism, Socialism, or State Capitalism, where the government controls the market. No bailouts. No special favors.
     I believe we should be good stewards of God's creation, including His unborn creation. God said, "Be fruitful and multiply." I do not believe that overpopulation is threatening our planet, any more than I think that God, in his infinite wisdom, would allow the very breath we exhale to be a poisonous gas. I do not believe man is causing the earth's climate to change. I believe the same people who claim to want to protect the planet look the other way at, and in many cases promote, the destruction of human life here. I believe that we serve God, not the earth. I do not believe we should forfeit our sovereignty to the United Nations as part of a global, transnational, new world order in the name of sustainability (social justice, environmental justice and economic justice).
     I believe that life begins at conception and ends with natural death, and should be protected. I believe that God alone decides who lives and who does not. I believe that without the right to life, all other rights are worthless. I believe that abortion is the greatest evil of our day, and humans should not be destroyed for material comfort, or in the name of "mercy."
     I believe that non-Americans who wish to live here should come through the front door, and abide by the immigration process established by law. I believe that all Americans should obey our immigration laws, as well. Non-Americans are not allowed to vote in American elections.
     I believe the wall of separation between church and state is a twisted, manufactured excuse to eliminate God from all public discourse. The Constitution established Freedom of Religion, not freedom from religion. Our Founders were guarding against an establishment of a national religion, the reason they left their homeland to begin with. They were trying to ensure religious freedom of expression, not restrict it.
     I believe progressives have been working to destroy America for more than a century. I believe they are in our government, our churches, and our schools. I believe that my children should be able to go to school and not be indoctrinated with environmental justice or revisionist history.
     I believe the Tea Party movement has exposed the progressives, and has changed politics as usual in America... and I say, it's about time. I believe the Democratic party has been fundamentally transformed into the Democratic Socialists. The Republicans have been undergoing a transformation of their own, albeit slower, and would do well to pay attention, before they become irrelevant as well.
     I am proudly part of the Tea Party movement. I believe in Constitutional originalism, the rule of law, limited government, low taxes, the free market, a guarantee of equal opportunity, not necessarily equal results, personal responsibility, personal charity, a deep reliance on God's Providence, peacefulness, a strong family, love of country, and the right to life and liberty.
     Because of my beliefs, I have been labeled a danger, a racist, a homophobe, a hater, a bigot, unstable, crazy, not thinking clearly, clinging to my guns and my religion, stupid, a hillbilly, an extremist, and an enemy.
     More and more, there is a clear choice for America. Please choose her leaders wisely.
     And please pray for God's protection.

"Look upon me, and be merciful unto me, as you always do to those who love your name." ~ Psalm 119:132 

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