- 17 may 2009 -

Reagan Conservative Principles


i agree with these principles, which i found here. i don't know if they are actually "reagan conservative principles" as labeled, but i agree with what is stated.

--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.

--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.

--Strong Military--
A strong military is a deterrent. 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.

--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.

--Individual Rights--
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.

--Limited Government--
Thomas Jefferson was correct when he wrote: "That government is best which governs least." 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.

--Low Taxes and Fiscal Constraint--
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. Free market solutions improve the economy while upholding individual freedoms.

--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.

--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.

here are the reagan principles stated another way from http://www.pro-pac.org/pages/reaganprinciples.html.

Reagan Principles

Ronald Reagan was guided by principle from his days as governor of California through his time as President of the United States. Despite achieving fame, fortune, and power, President Reagan never lost sight of the things that were truly important, including his commitment to conservative ideas. PRO-PAC seeks to carry on President Reagan’s legacy by advancing these Reaganesque principles:

Limited Government

Ronald Reagan famously quipped that “Man is not free unless government is limited.” He realized that the more power the government takes upon itself, the less effective it becomes, and the less free its citizens become. Reagan stated that when government does step in, “it tends not to solve problems, but only rearrange them.” The American people are creative and industrious and we must embrace market-based solutions for the issues facing our nation instead of looking to the government to meet all our needs.

Low Taxes

Just as our Founding Fathers understood there is a limit to the government’s authority to tax the citizens, so too did President Reagan. In the face of the tax and spend Democrat-controlled Congress, Ronald Reagan argued that “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.” Americans work hard for the money they earn and the government should not be in the business of taking more and more out of the people’s paychecks in order to fund unnecessary pork-barrel programs and pet projects. For the economy to truly thrive, citizens must be allowed to keep the money they earn and use it as they see fit.

Secure Borders

The first and primary role of government is to protect its citizens, and that means the border must be secured. In a day and age when many around the world seek to destroy America, we must have the ability to know who is coming into the United States. The words of President Reagan are perhaps no more true than today: “The simple truth is that we've lost control of our own borders, and no nation can do that and survive. We ignore America's lost sovereignty at our peril.” Our inability to secure the borders has allowed millions of people to cross unlawfully, contributing to crime and increasing the demand for and cost of social service programs. We must end illegal crossings into the United States.

National Security

Ronald Reagan is perhaps most noted for being a president who understood the need to protect us from harm at home and abroad. When many thought the best solution was appease our Cold War enemies, President Reagan confronted the Soviet threat head-on and gave hope to millions living behind the Iron Curtain. Today America must be willing to defend itself and protect its interests and its allies. As President Reagan affirmed, “Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act.” Like President Reagan, we must be willing to identify the nations and terrorist organizations and ideologies that threaten us, and confront them here and around the world.

Life

The fundamental role of government is to preserve the life of its citizens. Believing like the founding fathers that we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, including the right to life, we must be a voice for those who cannot yet speak. In a day when many consider babies to be expendable for convenience’s sake, we must work to restore protection for the most vulnerable in our society. More than 20 years ago, as Americans were increasingly accepting the tragedy of abortion, President Reagan was a solid voice for life: “We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.”

Marriage

President Reagan demonstrated his understanding that the family unit is central to the development of a civilization when he declared, “The family has always been the cornerstone of American society. Our families nurture, preserve, and pass on to each succeeding generation the values we share and cherish, values that are the foundation of our freedoms.” Today we must work to preserve the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Law and Order

President Reagan once said, “One legislator accused me of having a nineteenth-century attitude on law and order. That is a totally false charge. I have an eighteenth-century attitude. That is when the Founding Fathers made it clear that the safety of law-abiding citizens should be one of the government's primary concerns.” As the Declaration of Independence affirms, government was instituted for the very purpose of protecting the rights of the people, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A strong response to crime will protect our communities and serve the interest of justice.

Gun Rights

Our Founding Fathers understood that the right to bear arms is central to truly being a free people. The Second Amendment not only guards the right to bear arms as a means of protection, but also extends to those who use firearms recreationally and for hunting. President Reagan rightly argued that “You won't get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens. There's only one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up, and if you don't actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time.... It's a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun controllers. I happen to know this from personal experience."

Educational Choice

Ronald Reagan was the first president to champion the right of parents to determine how to educate their children. In fact, he advocated for the Tuition Tax Credit Bill, an attempt to offer a tax credit to low and middle-income families who wanted to send their children to private schools. “Diversity in educational opportunity,” stated Reagan “has been one of the great strengths of our Nation. It is a foundation of our pluralistic society and essential to a Nation which places a high value on individual freedom.”

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- 2 may 2009 -

Miscellaneous


from andrew jackson's veto message regarding the recharter bill of the second bank of the united states:

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society -- the farmers, mechanics, and laborers--who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their Government. There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing.

deepak chopra, on the nightline face-off "does satan exist?" in march 2009:

i want to seek the company of those who are looking for the truth, but i want to run away from those who have found it.

as chris rosebrough from www.fightingforthefaith.com stated, this is the sentiment of the emergent church. too bad that God HAS told us the truth and we can KNOW IT...

and from www.bizzyblog.com

”globaloney” is my term for the ludicrous notion that earth is warming dangerously, that it’s our fault, and that only drastic reductions in energy consumption, reductions in worldwide living standards, and the perpetuation of third-world poverty will prevent armageddon
i concur...

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