"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." - Thomas Jefferson
"Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric." - Thomas Sowell
"Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong" - Calvin Coolidge
" A people afraid of of their Government is called tyranny, a Government that is afraid of it's people is called freedom." - Thomas Jefferson
"Hold on my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, here will be anarchy throughout the world." Daniel Webster "The Great Debator" (1851).
"Too many Americans depend on government money under programs the Constitution does not authorize, and money talks with an eloquence Shakespeare could only envy. Ignorant people do not understand The Federalist Papers, but they understand government checks with their names on them." Joseph Sobran
"On the distinctive principles of the Government of the United States, the best guides are to be found in the Declaration of Independence, as the fundamental Act of Union of these States." James Madison (1825).
"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." - Margaret Thatcher
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." - Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem." - Ronald Reagan
questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man,
but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
Constitution is premised on the fact that humans are flawed, that
leaders lust for power and that power corrupts. Rather than hoping
those in government exercise restraint, the Constitution counts on
the self-interest of different sovereigns and divisions within
government to obstruct the general government. For this reason, the
general government was separated into three branches of government.
Congress was subdivided into two houses (the House representing the
sovereign people, the Senate representing the sovereign States). And
the social contract granted only limited powers to the general
Constitution contained one last, infallible, “chain” to bind
politicians from the mischief of ambition and lust for power. This
“chain” was found in Article I, Section 2(3), and Article I,
delegates to the Constitutional Convention were in agreement that the
general government needed the power to tax. But there were two
problems. First, the delegates knew that the power to tax was the
power to enslave the People and lead to a ruling political class. So, if the general government was going to be given the power to tax, it
needed to be done in a way least likely to enslave. Second, there
needed to be a method of taxing that was more just than the system
under the Article of Confederation. The Constitution solved both
example, under the Articles of Confederation, each State had one vote
in Congress. To protect the people from the general government,
Congress could not tax the people directly. Instead, each State was
taxed based on the value of land in each respective State. As a
result, larger states paid more in taxes to the general government
than did smaller states. This aspect seemed patently unfair to the
States paying more since they still only had one vote in Congress.
the Articles of Confederation, the original Constitution only allowed
the general government to tax the States, and not the people. Thus
it preserved the function of the States as a wall of protection from
enslavement by the general government. But it changed the way it
taxed the States that was not only more just, but also built in
another layer of protection from the growth of, and concentration of
power in, the general government.
taxing the States based on the State’s land value, the Constitution, as originally adopted, taxed each State based on how many seats each
State held in the House of Representatives. This was genius. For
every spending bill Congress passed, the States knew they would get
the bill. And the States with more votes in Congress knew their
State would get a larger tax bill. And since the State legislatures
would have to figure out how to tax the residents of their respective
states to raise the taxes to cover Congressional spending, those
legislatures would make certain the U.S. Senator they appointed was
keenly aware of the dilemma.
Constitutional wall that protected the People from direct taxation,
and thus prevented the growth and concentration of power in
Washington, was destroyed in 1913 by the adoption of the 16th
I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.
I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.
I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.
I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.
I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations, and that the best government is that which governs least.
I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.
I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.
I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.
FINALLY, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.