There is a heightened awareness in society that something has gone horribly wrong with out country, yet solutions continue to evade us. Even though we actively teach our children the importance of being principled, there's something about human nature that causes we adults to abandon our principles. Especially when it comes to politics.
Principle: a fundamental, primary, or general law or truth from which others are derived.
Principled: based on or manifesting objectively defined standards of rightness or morality; arising from a sense of right and wrong.
A moral understanding of good (habits of the mind), a desire for good (habits of the heart), and the practice thereof (habits of conduct and behavior), are the traits that define good character and moral maturity.
When we choose to ignore our principles - in the name of expediency, pragmatism, or emotion - the organizing principles of our society degenerate down to battles over man-made paradigms with unanswerable questions, or worse, into the "win/lose" dichotomy of sports rivalries, leading to a willingness "to dismiss evidence, even that which is right in front of our eyes, if it conflicts with what we already want to believe."
It is vital that we grasp the importance of principles, because it's our principles which provide us an understanding of how the world works while serving as guides to keep us from being dominated by opinion, personality, or ego. Timeless principles in fact, are the only things that represent "truth" in any significant way, for without them, we'd be left drifting in the wind.
The great thing about men and women of character is that, you can trust them even if you don't see eye to eye. Because the strength of their character assures you that they won't sell you out. When is the last time you voted for a politician of undoubtedly principled character? No, seriously. It's only you and me here, and the lamppost. Let's talk.
If you want a person of principled character in the White House: Vote for Ron Paul!
Principled Ron Paul challenges GOP orthodoxy
Even analysts who disagree with Texas Congressman Ron Paul on the issues recognized last week that the principled libertarian turned in the ablest performance at the first Republican presidential debate.
In 2012, Paul runs as an increasingly iconic Republican with a good many more allies inside the party and a claim to fame that most of his fellow contenders for the GOP nod lack: a job as a congressman that places him in the thick of national debates. Perhaps most significantly, he uses his position in Congress to embrace positions that, while at odds with Republican leaders, raise the concerns of millions of Americans from across the ideological spectrum.
One need not support the man or his overall platform — which deviates from classic libertarianism on some vital social issues and which features an antipathy toward entitlement programs that makes Paul Ryan sound like a liberal — to recognize the value added to the Republican presidential debates, and the broader discourse ...
America's Founding Principles
The Founding Fathers had very little faith in the beneficence of government. George Washington declared, "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force." Echoing this sentiment, Thomas Paine wrote, "Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one." And of course, Patrick Henry famously proclaimed, "Give me liberty or give me death!"
Of politics and power, John Adams wrote, "There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty." Thomas Jefferson declared that, "Free government is founded in jealousy, not confidence ... In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in men, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitutions." And not mincing words, James Madison warned: "The nation which reposes on the pillow of political confidence will sooner or later end its political existence in a deadly lethargy."
Ron Paul is clearly the only person in Washington who agrees with our Founders these days.
Nothing will change in Washington until it’s recognized that the ultimate driving force behind most politicians is obtaining and holding power. And money from special interests drives the political process. Money and power are important only because the government wields power not granted by the Constitution. A limited, constitutional government would not tempt special interests to buy the politicians who wield power. The whole process feeds on itself. Everyone is rewarded by ignoring constitutional restraints, while expanding and complicating the entire bureaucratic state. -- Ron Paul
Liberty is not only our American heritage, but it's the spirit that made America exceptional! As our Declaration of Independence unequivocally states: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Liberty is at best a talking-point in Washington these days, but not something anyone takes seriously. For that matter, I doubt that they even know what liberty means! As our rightful heritage, we should cherish and protect liberty. Especially when snake oil politicians try selling us the opposite by calling it freedom.
Thomas Jefferson defined liberty:
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
Ron Paul defines liberty:
Liberty means to exercise human rights in any manner a person chooses so long as it does not interfere with the exercise of the rights of others. This means, above all else, keeping government out of our lives. Only this path leads to the unleashing of human energies that build civilization, provide security, generate wealth, and protect the people from systematic rights violations. In this sense, only liberty can truly ward off tyranny, the great and eternal foe of mankind.
To believe in liberty is not to believe in any particular social and economic outcome. It is to trust in the spontaneous order that emerges when the state does not intervene in human volition and human cooperation. It permits people to work out their problems for themselves, build lives for themselves, take risks and accept responsibility for the results, and make their own decisions.
Ho does your favorite politician define liberty? Have they even bothered to try?
If not, why?
Ron Paul has been married to the same woman, his wife Carol since February 1, 1957. They've been blessed with five children and 17 grandchildren. A man of faith, Paul's children were raised on the Christian values he practices in his daily life. Two of Ron's brothers are Christian ministers: One Lutheran, and the other Presbyterian.
I have never been one who is comfortable talking about my faith in the political arena. In fact, the pandering that typically occurs in the election season I find to be distasteful. But for those who have asked, I freely confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, and that I seek His guidance in all that I do. I know, as you do, that our freedoms come not from man, but from God. My record of public service reflects my reverence for the Natural Rights with which we have been endowed by a loving Creator. -- Ron Paul
A specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, Ron Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies. He is staunchly pro-life. Paul is also the only politician that I'm aware of with a workable strategy to overturn Roe v. Wade. See also: Pro-Life Action Must Originate from Principle, and Federalizing Social Policy.
Separation of church and state doctrine is a myth: "The mythical separation of church and state doctrine has no historical or constitutional basis," says Paul. "Neither the language of the Constitution itself nor the legislative history reveals any mention of such separation."
Although he doesn't want to take away anyone's civil rights, Ron Paul is opposed to same-sex marriage.
Ron Paul is a military veteran who served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1967.
Because he believes that true citizenship requires cultural connections and an allegiance to the United States, Paul wants to end birthright citizenship and also opposes unrestricted immigration.
A strict constitutionalist, Paul opposes all gun control. Paul has even introduced legislation to repeal waiting periods and instant background checks.
Ron Paul is opposed to the United Nations, and has introduced legislation to withdraw the United States from the corrupt UN too.
Last but not least, Ron Paul has consistently proven to be the only guy in politics who understands economics and finance. We literally can't afford anyone else!
You know, I've been listening to people claim "Ron Paul is not a conservative," for as long as I can remember. Maybe that's true ... But certainly, I've never seen a more consistent American conservative than Ron Paul at any point in my lifetime.