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Judeo-Christian Foundation: We believe in the guiding force of moral law as expressed by the Judeo- Christian ethic and contained in the Holy Scriptures of these historic faiths. That the Constitution was written by wise men granted such privilege by God and that the original intent of the Founders is as valid and binding today as it was in their day.

Inalienable Rights: We believe that all human rights are granted by God, not government and that government exists primarily to protect the God-given rights of all of its citizens. That the rights and freedoms of all Americans are best served and protected when the Constitution and its original intent are upheld.

Church and state: We believe that the founders never intended to separate God from government as stated in the first amendment saying, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” but did intend to prevent government from establishing a single denomination state religion or inhibiting the citizen's right to the free exercise of religion in any setting, public or private.

Self-Government: We believe in the power of the individual over the power of the state. That all political power and influence should flow from the grass roots upward. That the Constitution was written to govern a moral and religious people and it is being destroyed by those who are neither. The only solution to the current moral decline in our nation is a return to the beliefs and standards of morality which our founding fathers placed into the Constitution. We believe, with the framers of that document and with President Adams, who stated, "This Constitution will not work except with a religious people." We understand that the concept of self-government begins with governing one’s self first, then family, community, state, and nation.”

Decentralized government: We believe that government is a necessary evil and therefore that the best government is less government. That the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness is best achieved when the balance of State’s rights and the federal system of government is maintained as the founders intended in the provisions of the constitution stated by the 10th amendment.

National Sovereignty: We believe in an America first program in which Government’s first concern is the welfare and protection of the American people. We do not believe in trade protectionism but support political leaders who support policies that create fair and competitive trade.

Free Enterprise: We believe that the free enterprise system is the best means whereby men and women can fulfill their economic hopes and dreams. The free market is the most efficient and the least costly system to deliver the highest quality goods and services at the lowest price to the consumer. We support those who support the free enterprise system through legislation to reduce or eliminate intrusive government intervention in the marketplace.

Taxes: We believe that the federal tax system is abusive to the American people while discouraging investment and growth. We believe that government revenue is increased as growth-oriented tax policies are implemented.

Sanctity of Life: We believe that the pre-born child is a human being deserving the full protection of the law; that the pre-born child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. That sacred right extends to all persons regardless of age or infirmity and also does not allow for euthanasia, assisted suicide, or public funding for any of these practices.

Family: We believe that the traditional American family, defined as any persons related by blood, marriage of a man and a woman and/or adoption, is the cornerstone of our American society, and that the government is duty bound to protect the integrity of the family unit through legislation and taxation policies. We oppose any attempt to undermine or redefine the family unit.

Education: We believe in the rights of parents to choose quality education for their children. We support parental choice to create competition among the schools. We must insure that no school or teachers’ union can compromise the education of our children or advance a particular political agenda at the expense of our future generation’s educations.

Victims’ Rights: We believe in the concept of victims’ rights over the rights of any criminal. We support a system of restitution as a deterrent to crime and recidivism.

Right to Bear Arms: We believe in the unqualified right of our citizens to keep and bear arms without the intrusive hand of government.

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