Our rights are grounded in God

You will recognize the following sentence from the Declaration of Independence:

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.

This language acknowledges that the origin of our rights is in our Creator, i.e. our rights are given to us by God.  Also, this language indicates that our rights are unalienable, i.e. our rights cannot be taken from us.  Moreover, the inherent logic contained in this statement is that the only reason our rights cannot be taken from us is that they find their origin in God.  This means that our rights are objective facts, not subjective human opinions. Because our rights are not given to us by men, they cannot be taken from us by men.

If our rights find their origin in God and not merely in the opinions of men, it necessarily follows that we can only know what our rights are through divine revelation, i.e. through scripture (the Bible) or through God’s general revelation, nature. The Declaration acknowledges this in its reference elsewhere to “the laws of nature and nature’s God”.

Accordingly, any action which God expressly prohibits cannot be a right and the Pennsylvania legislature cannot make any such action a right by expressing its opinion on the subject, e.g. homosexual practice.

Will the Republican Party live up to its platform? – Part 2

Here’s a quote from the National Republican Party Platform from 2016:

Reducing the Federal Debt
Our national debt is a burden on our economy
and families. The huge increase in the national
debt demanded by and incurred during the current
Administration has placed a significant burden on
future generations. We must impose firm caps on
future debt, accelerate the repayment of the trillions
we now owe in order to reaffirm our principles of
responsible and limited government, and remove
the burdens we are placing on future generations.
A strong economy is one key to debt reduction,
but spending restraint is a necessary component
that must be vigorously pursued.

Here’s the reality when a Republican President heads the executive branch of the government and the Republican Party hold’s majorities in both the House and the Senate:

Senate Leaders Reach Budget Deal to Raise Spending Over Two Years

So much for spending restraint.

Will the Republican Party live up to its platform? – Part 1

Here’s a quote from the National Republican Party Platform from 2016. We may soon find out whether it is worth the paper it is printed on:

We oppose ill-conceived laws that would restrict magazine capacity or ban the sale of the most common and popular rifle. We also oppose any effort to deprive individuals of their right to keep and bear arms without due process of law.

Why I am running

I am running for the position of Member of the Republican State Committee in order to advocate Biblical Values and Limited Government in the Pennsylvania Republican Party at the state level. I also support term limits and will urge candidates to commit themselves to term limits. In addition, I will seek to have the party refrain from endorsing candidates in advance of the primary elections. I trust the voters to make informed decisions in the primary and will seek to facilitate means by which all the primary candidates will be able to effectively communicate their policy positions and personal qualifications to Republican voters. I seek to create an environment in which individual voters will be able to make intelligent choices and not be expected to simply confirm those candidates who have already been chosen as party favorites by party officials months before the primary election.