Wednesday, November 09, 2005

We Need A Statement Of Principles

The Republicans were routed last night…

Do Any Of You Remember The Sharon Statement?

The Republicans are losing because they don't preach a conservative message any more. They have become the party of "everybody"...

It's pretty bad... they preached a strong conservative message to get in power, then abandoned that when they got the power.

Here's the Sharon Statement.

This proceeded Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, etc.... The Republicans need to get back to their roots:

"Adopted in Conference, at Sharon, Connecticut, on September 11, 1960."

IN THIS TIME of moral and political crises, it is the responsibility of the youth of America to affirm certain eternal truths.

WE, as young conservatives believe:

THAT foremost among the transcendent values is the individual's use of his God-given free will, whence derives his right to be free from the restrictions of arbitrary force;

THAT liberty is indivisible, and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom;

THAT the purpose of government is to protect those freedoms through the preservation of internal order, the provision of national defense, and the administration of justice;

THAT when government ventures beyond these rightful functions, it accumulates power, which tends to diminish order and liberty;

THAT the Constitution of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering government to fulfill its proper role, while restraining it from the concentration and abuse of power;

THAT the genius of the Constitution - the division of powers - is summed up in the clause that reserves primacy to the several states, or to the people in those spheres not specifically delegated to the Federal government;

THAT the market economy, allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the single economic system compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government, and that it is at the same time the most productive supplier of human needs;

THAT when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation, that when it takes from one to bestow on another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both;

THAT we will be free only so long as the national sovereignty of the United States is secure; that history shows periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies…

THAT the forces of international Communism are, at present, the greatest single threat to these liberties;

THAT the United States should stress victory over, rather than coexistence with this menace; and

THAT American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?

It was the Sharon Statement which summed up the principles which led the Republicans to power.

Pro-dog activists need to come up with their own Sharon Statement of principles. We are all running around doing separate activities, without a clear and consistent vision of what we want. So our energies are disbursed and wasted.

What is it that we believe in?

What is reasonable dog ownership?

What does a fair dog bite law say?

What underlying philosophical principles do we believe in?

Without defining these issues, we don’t have a cause that we can get our supporters, and the public, to sympathize with and support.

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