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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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