Statement of Beliefs and Principles

Conservative Convention 2007 John Adams once wrote, “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were... the general principles of Christianity in which all the sects were united. And the General Principles of English and American liberty. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature.”

While all modern Americans are at liberty to disagree with the former President's assertions, none of us can logically conclude that he was not a Christian himself, nor can we reasonably argue that the other "fathers" to which he referred, and knew personally, embraced something other than the Judeo-Christian ethic.

Indeed, you may be a Jew, a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Hindu, or espouse any number of other religious faiths, but to dismiss the common belief system of the founding fathers, is to ignore the very underpinning of the American cultural ideal.

John Adams and his comrades in arms recognized that man is a creature of both good and evil, and that he is easily corruptible. With that in mind, they ingeniously structured three separate branches of government and then distributed power equally among them.

While Government was to be strictly limited in scope and size, and tightly bound by the Constitution, man's ego - the primary source of evil on earth - was to be constrained by the Great Lawmaker’s universal moral laws, known in traditional Christian America as the Ten Commandments.

The theory held by the men who formed our great nation was that within these boundaries would flourish an atmosphere of justice and maximum freedom, and there is no reason to believe that this theory is any less valid today than it was on July the 4th, 1776.

Prior to that date, in every organized society throughout the world, common people typically dwelt in submission to their government, and were usually referred to as subjects. Whoever controlled the source of power told everyone else what freedoms and privileges they could and could not enjoy. America’s Constitutional Republic was unique in that its citizens declared from the start that they were empowered by God to dictate the terms by which each and everyone of them would be governed.

For the first time in human history, a system of government was instituted “of the people, by the people and for the people,” and the brilliance of that system has not been overshadowed by any other since its inception.

Daniel Webster’s excellent advice to the colonists of his day was to: “Hold on my friends to the Constitution and the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold onto the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”

We at the Conservative Convention 2007 Project see the incontrovertible truth in Mr. Webster's words, and embrace the vision of our Founding Fathers and the Constitution to which they were committed. We recognize the brittle nature of our Republic and, furthermore, seek to promote the ideals of modern American conservatism throughout the land, because that particular philosophy is distinguished, in part, by the following Constitutionally sound precepts.

 

  • Governmental control over our lives should be limited to those few trammels which are absolutely necessary to the survival of an otherwise free nation. In the words of Thomas Paine, "Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one." 
  • Taxation should only occur when necessary to provide for the common defense, civilian police agencies, firefighting organizations, roadways, railways and other essential aspects of our nation's infrastructure. If we are to have income taxes, everyone but the destitute should pay a proportional amount of those taxes (the same percentage of taxes regardless of their income), and those who pay no income taxes should be thankful to those who do. 
  • Our nation was founded upon the principle of God-given rights, regardless of the conflicting opinion of a small minority of American citizens who do not believe in the concept of a higher power. After all, not every American believes in the viability of the capitalist system either, but our system is still based upon capitalism no matter what some people choose to believe. 
  • The preservation of innocent human lives is of paramount importance to all moral people, and those who wish to gratuitously destroy a fetus in the womb have an obligation to prove beyond all reasonable doubt that an unborn child is not a human life, worthy of the same legal protections that all other individuals enjoy, before committing abortion. 
  • Free market principles should be applied to public education, health care and a host of other systems, which have of late been thrust into the socialistic downward spiral of governmental intervention and over-regulation. 
  • We, the people, have an expectation of public accountability and private responsibility. With every individual right claimed, there is an equally important responsibility attached to it, and for every ounce of power claimed by some people over everyone else, there should be a pound of accountability awaiting those claimants at the end of the day. 
  • Every adult in this country is guaranteed the right to keep and bear arms under our Constitution, and those who seek to deny any law abiding U.S. citizen that right, are either fascists or fools. Moreover, to suggest that guns should be banned because doing so will reduce crime, is about as rational as asserting that banning forks would be an effective means of combating obesity. 
  • People who wish to immigrate to our country need to do so legally. They should be willing to learn our language, respect our culture and obey our laws once they're here. Those who refuse to do so should be deported immediately. 
  • Our federal government should have autonomy in determining what is in the best interest of our country internationally, as opposed to relying on organizations such as the United Nations to make our decisions for us. 
  • You can't bargain with bullies, tyrants or terrorists, and to even try is not only naive but potentially suicidal. Sometimes violence is the only means by which one can defend one's liberties. Those who refuse to resort to violent acts under any circumstances are destined for slavery. 
  • Affirmative action is racism, no different than those forms of racism practiced by the Nazis of W.W.II Germany or former President Charles Taylor's regime in modern-day Liberia. 
  • People are not basically good, nor are they basically bad. They're both, that's why a moral code is necessary to the sustainability of a free society. 
  • Most human beings crave liberty and felicity, and to deny even one person who chooses to live a virtuous life the opportunity to pursue happiness and experience individual freedom, is a crime against humanity.We, the members of the Conservative Convention 2007 Project, believe that the Republican party leadership in recent times has turned its back on the principles expressed above, and feel strongly that nothing short of a complete reversion from atop the slippery slope (called liberalism) upon which America now teeters, will prevent our Nation's "Freedom Train" from ending in a train-wreck.

    To this end, we commit ourselves to the arduous task of recapturing the Republican Party and ridding its ranks of the irresolute, the dissolute, the faithless, and the faint of heart.

    Because we firmly believe that good character is all-important, we will work to elect morally virtuous men and women of honor, loyalty, courage, and integrity to offices of authority who will faithfully work to preserve the America that our Founders envisioned, and defend the God-given rights and liberties we hold so dear.

    Together we dedicate ourselves to the restoration of our democratic Republic, so that liberty and justice for all may once again be the order of the day. We devote our time to the rebuilding of Ronald Reagan's “shining city on the hill”, where the joys of freedom abound, opportunity beckons, and the dreams of our children flourish, because to fail in that enterprise is to condemn humanity to a fate worse than extinction.

    May God bless America, and may He guide us in our committed endeavor.

    Written by Linda Kimball and Edward L. Daley for the Conservative Convention 2007 Project