mlknchz: (Joe)
I believe in the Constitution of the United States. ALL of it, not just the parts I like.
I believe the Bill of Rights is actually a Bill of Prohibitions; it sets forth what the government MAY NOT do, not what the people are allowed to do.
I believe the Constitution means what it says; it wasn't written in such a way that we need lawyers to tell us what it means.
I believe rights are for EVERYONE, EQUALLY; if they're not, they're privileges. We have no room for privileges here.
I believe we have four branches of Government in the US, not three. The Executive, the Judicial, the Legislative, and the People.
I believe the PEOPLE, not the government, is the final arbiter.
I believe that the protection of individual rights is the PARAMOUNT concern of government.
I believe government isn't our friend; government is a chainsaw, it's useful, but it'll rip your arm off if you're not paying attention.
I believe that individuals make better decisions about their own lives than any government ever could; and even if they DON'T, it's still their decision to make.
I believe in the social contract; whenever we get anything from government, government expects something from us. That "something" is almost always a diminution of our rights.
I believe that "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness" with my heart and my soul, with every last breath in my body.

*and why most people who call themselves conservatives really aren't


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