PRINCIPLES which Guide our Decision Making
PRINCIPLE: That all individuals are created equal is not only enshrined in our founding documents, it also follows that the right to freedom should be safeguarded equally for all through the structure of civil governance.
- We believe that every person is endowed by our Creator with equal rights, as delineated in our founding documents, but each also bears equal responsibility to uphold those rights for others.
- We believe in “equality of opportunity” as the underlying meaning of created equal.
- We celebrate and revere the individual, and the individual’s right to freedom in its broadest interpretation within the context of a civil society.
- Through the lens of our founding documents, We believe in the individual right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (property).
- We belief in equality promotes the dignity of mankind, the maximum enhancement of natural abilities, along with the attendant responsibilities to preserve and protect it against abuse.
PRINCIPLE: Sovereignty is essential to the maintenance of freedom and self-determination.
- At all levels (individual/self, family, community, state, and nation) sovereignty is elemental to making decisions regarding well-being, the alternative being subjugation.
- The social and financial stability provided by the institutions of marriage and family creates the ideal environment to raise children to become productive citizens and contributors to the “general welfare” of our community, state, and nation.
- National sovereignty is the natural form of political organization.
One person, one vote. Only citizens should vote.
- One person, one vote. Only citizens should vote.
PRINCIPLE: A Constitutionally limited government strikes the proper balance between the freedom of the individual and the need for order within a society.
- Government that is closest to those who are governed will be more responsive to their needs.
- Decentralized government tends to be more effective and responsive.
- Government that governs best (prosperity for the greater economy) governs least (by simple principles).
- Common sense regulation opens up (frees) individual initiative (life, liberty, pursuit of happiness) to positive (Pro-) contribution to society.
PRINCIPLE: Free markets work best for all.
- Historically, free markets have provided the greatest opportunity for prosperity for the greatest number of people. This is true in the overall sense, but also locally here in Kalamazoo County.
- Free enterprise, within free markets, enhances the opportunity to match talent with need (i.e. job creation).
- Individuals make decisions in their own self-interest (sovereignty), and a free market maximizes the opportunity to grow the pie for more to share.
- Pursuit of individual self-interest in the free market leads to a greater diversity of approach from which innovation and advancement of technology benefits the larger economy.
- Over-regulation constrains innovation, reduces output/supply, and increases prices to the detriment of the overall economy.
PRINCIPLE: Fiscal responsibility maximizes resources to be put to use for the benefit of all.
- The fundamental economic rule that the individual should not spend more than they have should also apply to government. Saving is not only a virtue, it is a necessity to prevent catastrophic collapse in the face of natural cycles of good times and bad.
- We believe that fiscal responsibility is a canon of good government.
- A frugal government results in a wealthier people (by virtue of resources remaining in the hands of those most able to produce wealth for the greatest number of beneficiaries through free markets).
- When individuals prosper, so too does government, through advances in innovation and technology, enhanced tax revenues, which combined with charitable giving helps to convey the benefits of prosperity to those who may be unable to otherwise achieve it.
- Printing money does not produce prosperity, only the illusion thereof.