Editor’s note: This commentary is by Lawrence Zupan, a resident of Manchester and the 2018 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.
Liberty is not, or at least shouldn’t be, a political issue. It’s an American issue. Those who have enlarged the size of government at the expense of liberty have fooled themselves into thinking that there is something morally superior about redistributing other people’s money while padlocking their own wallet.
I like what congressman Davy Crockett did in the 1830s. A destitute widow petitioned Congress for financial aid. Crockett voted it down based on his inability, as James Madison famously said: “To lay my finger on that Article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”
Rather than reach into the people’s pockets, he offered a week’s worth of his own pay to the widow and challenged his colleagues to do the same.
How far we have fallen from Crockett’s ideals. We have the anti-Crockett in the form of socialist Bernie Sanders enriching himself while proposing to impoverish the middle class. Regrettably, all of the Democratic presidential candidates are knocking each other over in the rush to the left of the latest socialist fantasy giveaway.
Now ideas always produce consequences, don’t they? So what are the policy ideas which we ought to espouse, birthed from the fertile roots of the American Constitution and consistent with individual liberty and personal responsibility ?
1. Innocent life – we don’t kill it
2. Property rights – we don’t steal them
3. Taxes – we don’t bow to, worship or raise them
4. Guns – we don’t seize them
5. Business growth – we don’t smother it
6. Health care – we don’t commandeer it
7. Education – we don’t monopolize it
8. Illegal immigration – we don’t allow and glorify it
9. Marijuana – we don’t smoke it and give it to children
10. Capital gains – we don’t tax it ( much)
11. Our veterans- we don’t ignore them
12. Our history – we don’t re-write it.
So what do we do? We promote policies that emanate directly from the platform both legal and necessary for any and all proposed governmental action: the U.S. Constitution. We observe the rule of law, not the rule of foreign economic political systems, philosophical trends or self aggrandizing moralizing turned into law.
Our unprecedentedly successful blueprint of national success, the Constitution, could only be trampled and transformed by the real “haters” — the haters of the United States of America.
We the people will not allow it.