Since both candidates are Big Government types and there isn’t anyone remotely Constitutional Conservative in this race (except maybe Pence), there is little I can say positive about either candidate. So, I thought (in the spirit of your question I’d share what I do Support)
(NOTE: I’ve Frankenstein’d most of this from others mainly, Edward Daley, as a base of ideas and will be adding to it continually making it more my own.)
My Faith is NOT in Government.
Under the New Covenant, Jesus offers us freedom in Him, freedom from sin, and the freedom to produce good fruit. He did not use His power to force our allegiance and or good behavior. Jesus allows people to follow His ways and allows people to reject His ways. I believe a governmental system that supplies us the greatest freedoms is ideal. Systems like Communism, Dictatorships, Socialism, and all other forms of Government that take an abundance of authority over its citizenry is in contrast to the Creator’s gift of freedom.
Social programs often sound good on paper, but rarely are they tested to see if they work, and even more rarely do they go away when they don’t. Taking money from person A and giving it to Person B does not make Person C Charitable. Charity comes from the heart, not at the end of a gun via a government program.
Governmental control over our lives should be limited to the few impediments which are 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.
I believe every human being has great potential. The “opportunity” to pursue that potential should be fair, meaning we all have the same rules. Each individual comes to the game with their own set of variables (smart, tall, attractive, first-generation, tenth generation, fast, rich, poor, male, old) these should not be considered by a governing body any more than an NFL referee moves a player to the other team to create an equal result. I do not believe in a micromanaged government-enforced equality-of-outcome.
Our nation was founded upon the principle of God-given (unalienable) rights, regardless of the conflicting opinion of the Left and politicians who do not believe in the concept of God.
The preservation of innocent human lives is of paramount importance to all moral people, and those who wish to destroy a fetus in the womb gratuitously 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 (vouchers), healthcare, and a host of other systems, which have of late been thrust into the socialistic downward spiral of governmental intervention and over-regulation.
Loans and grants go to the student, not the University. If a student chooses a Christian school like Evangel, this should NOT count as Evangel’s acceptance of Government money nor include the Government’s secular strings.)
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.
Melting Pot means Assimilation, not Multiculturalism:
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. Diversity isn’t good simply because it’s Diversity. A Diversity of skills, talents, and ideas focused on a shared goal leads to great success. A Diversity of goals leads to fighting and chaos.
Our Federal Government’s duty is to pursue the best interest of our country internationally, and in doing so, we should not cheat, bully, or conspire. We should help nations who “want” to evolve into a government that frees its people.
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.
I believe in the collective wisdom of the people who came before me.
Thomas Sowell said, “Out of every hundred new ideas ninety-nine or more will probably be inferior to the traditional responses which they propose to replace. No one man, however brilliant or well-informed, can come in one lifetime to such fullness of understanding as to safely judge and dismiss the customs or institutions of his society, for those are the wisdom of generations after centuries of experiment in the laboratory of history.”
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. This is why a compulsory social order doesn’t work, or would only work if everyone behaved like the leader demands.
All human beings crave liberty. We must not deny or sacrifice the law-abiding individual for a perceived or predetermined good of society.
This is the opposite of Marxism.1
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