Political Values (#15-21)

15) God Grants Liberty

Rights such as freedom of speech and religion are God-given.

The people are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.

Opposing Secular View:   Rights are allowed and denied by government which is esteemed as a god.

16) We are Created Equal

Success should be determined by the effort and performance of individuals in fair competition.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

Opposing Secular View: The goal supposedly is “social justice” or equal outcomes regardless of individual effort and performance.

17) Limited Government

The poor historical performance of political elites drives a desire for a nationalistic, fiscally conservative and constitutionally limited government.

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. -Abraham Lincoln

Opposing Secular View:  Elites’ overconfidence and lust for power drives progressivism, socialism and globalism.

18) The Engine of Progress

Individuals unencumbered by excessive government control create the progress that benefits the whole nation.

Opposing Secular View:  Government elites use high taxes, regulation and corruption to pick winners and losers and force their self-serving policies on the nation.

19) Individual Opportunity

Individuals who follow the rules should keep most of the fruits of their hard work and creativity.

Opposing Secular View:  Government enforcement of the so-called “collective good” is favored over individual opportunity.

20) Stewardship of the Environment

God’s creation is resilient but government plays a role in preventing the careless pollution of water and air.

Opposing Secular View:  Nature is worshiped. Radical environmentalism is used as a pretext to grow government and undermine capitalism.

21) Support the Nation of Israel

Respect for the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (the Jewish people) and their right to their homeland.

Opposing Secular View:  Tends to be anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian.