Diary

The Liberty Test - Part 4

The final phrase of the Preamble to the Constitution gets to the heart of what motivates the liberty candidate. This should be their motto.

Ensure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.

The most eloquent statement of American liberty is found in the Bill of Rights. Sadly, many people do not know the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution. Can you name the five rights guaranteed in the First Amendment? Perhaps we’ve already lost them if we don’t know what they are.

Here is the link to the Bill of Rights. It starts a bit down the page.
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

Read them. Along with the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, these are also gifts from God that the government was established to protect. They include things like freedom of conscience, expression, association, self-protection, personal property, privacy, due process…and our right to limit the federal government’s powers to those granted to it by the people. How does your candidate seek to promote or diminish these rights?

Which candidate will defend our right to practice our faiths and speak our minds? The secularists among us want to purge any mention of God from the public square. The liberty-loving candidate will encourage the secular and the faithful to engage in public discourse and purge political correctness from our midst. We must be able to talk freely with each other – even when it hurts – if we are going to remain a free nation.

Which candidate will defend our right to protect ourselves and our loved ones? This is a particularly hot issue right now. The liberty-loving candidate will not let the right to bear arms guaranteed in the Second Amendment be infringed. Reducing gun violence is the goal. How do we identify and reduce the incidents of violence and improve the ability of citizens to protect themselves? Once again, the president must lead the way to find common ground and common sense solutions to this problem.

Who will protect our rights to private property and keep us free from government interference and surveillance? Who will ensure that all are equal in the eyes of the courts and ensure our right to due process under the law? Who will protect all our rights?

Who is the liberty candidate?

Conclusion

The future of America’s liberty depends on the people electing representatives, including the president, who love liberty and understand what it takes to preserve it.

Thomas Jefferson said, “And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever . . . .”

Abraham Lincoln said, “What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? ….Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.”

Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

The next president needs to govern based on the truth that our liberty is a gift from God. It is in each human heart. It must be fought for and protected.

Unlike any other nation on the earth, the government of the United States of America was created to safeguard this liberty for us and for future generations. America must have a president whose primary responsibility is preserving, protecting and defending the God-given liberty of all Americans. If we settle for less, our liberty will be lost. We will have no one else to blame because we will have voted our liberty away. That is what is at stake in this election.

Here is a summary of The Liberty Test:

Our liberty will only be preserved if the people do the hard work of identifying – and voting for – the candidate who:

  •  Is a man or woman of unquestionable moral character.
  •  Embraces the fundamental values of America described in the Declaration of Independence.
  •  Supports America’s mission found in the Preamble to the Constitution.
  •  Agrees to follow the U.S. Constitution, especially regarding the rightful exercise and limits of executive power.
  •  Develops policies that preserve, protect and defend the liberty of all Americans.

Is your candidate the liberty candidate?

Mine is.

His name is Ben Carson.