"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself."
- Thomas Paine
I believe that all humans are created equal.
I believe that all humans have inalienable rights regardless of their race, gender, religion, age or sexual orientation.
I believe in effective government.
Smaller government for the sake of smaller government is ineffective government.
I believe that man is essentially good and that government is created to help man achieve his fullest potential.
I believe in Democracy.
I believe in the ability of educated people to govern themselves using reason and conscience.
I know that an educated citizenry is necessary to a functioning Democracy.
I believe that one purpose of government is to do for the people what they cannot do for themselves. That means building the things necessary for civilized society, such as infrastructure, schools, roads, power lines, courts and the institutions to maintain them. That means protecting the people from military attack, crime and from exploitation by their fellow man. It means helping the people after natural disasters. It means enforcing laws and setting standards for our society. It means maintaining a floor below which we do not allow our fellow citizens to fall. It means inspecting our food and it means maintaining the quality of our air and our water.
I believe in regulated capitalism. I believe that a free market can only exist with the regulation and oversight of government. A market without government regulation is a black market.
I believe in the Commons. I believe that there is such a thing as public property and the common good.
I believe that there are advances that private industry would never make on their own and therefore only the government can build, such as the Interstate Highway System and the Internet.
I believe that taxes are the dues we pay to live in a civilized society.
I think that cutting taxes without cutting spending is reckless and foolish.
I believe that conservative "borrow and spend" economic policies are suicidal.
I believe that true freedom of religion means allowing people to worship any god they choose and no god if they so choose. I believe that if the government were to give any one religion favor over others it sets a precedent that is dangerous to all religious liberty.