-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, 1816
"To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father's has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, 1816
"Self-evident" means "completely obvious to absolutely everyone," or, to use the modern vernacular, "as-plain-as-the-nose-on-your-face." It's self-evident that all men are CREATED equal, endowed by their Creator with the intrinsic individual right to live. If someone tells you that a baby isn't a person, they're being dishonest, to God and to themselves first and foremost. They know quite well that the child in the womb is a human being, made in the image and likeness of the One Who made us. I don't argue the point with them any more. I simply do what America's founders did: Clearly assert the equal rights of each and every one of these precious little people, and the absolute imperative sworn duty of every officer of government to protect them.
I pray every day that I, and millions of others, will be given the boldness and courage to show the people the absolute injustice of the barbaric, heinous practice of human abortion, and to stop it forever in this country.
"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. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men..."
-- The Declaration of Independence
"No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law."
"No State shall deprive any person of life without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
-- The U.S. Constitution
"Today we need a nation of minute men; citizens who are not only prepared to take up arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as a basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom. The cause of liberty, the cause of America, cannot succeed with any lesser effort."
-- President John F. Kennedy
The Branstad era in Iowa is coming to an end soon. There is little doubt about that. The only real question is where we will choose to go from there.
Will our longest-serving Governor be followed by a decade or more of liberal Democrat rule like the last time he left the executive office? Or, will he succeed at replacing himself with someone who represents the Republican status quo?
I don't think either outcome is acceptable. I believe the people of Iowa deserve a principled, practical alternative.
Please sign up today so that I can let you know when and where we can meet - either by phone or in person - to talk this critically important question through.
Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government which impartially secures to every man whatever is his own."
-- James Madison, Essay on Property, 1792
“With respect to the two words ‘general welfare’, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” “If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined . . . to be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce." "I cannot undertake 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."
-- James Madison, the father of the U.S. Constitution, fourth U.S. President
“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.”
-- Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President
“Mr. Speaker: I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the suffering of the living, if there be, as any man in this House, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has not the power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member on this floor knows it. We have the right as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.”
-- Congressman Davy Crockett
“I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity.”
-- President Franklin Pierce
"If we're ever going to restore America, one of the things we're going to have to restore is the American work ethic."
-- Tom Hoefling
"Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?"
-- Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, 1801
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"Just as 'good fences make for good neighbors,' good government is mainly about knowing where the legitimate boundaries are, and having the courage to defend those borders forcefully. This is true in terms of the defense of our territory, our security, and our national sovereignty, but it also applies to the sworn duty of all of those in government to equally protect the God-given, unalienable rights of each individual person, from their creation onward, their sacred obligation to stay well within the enumerated powers of our constitutions, and of the role legitimate government must play in balancing the competing rights and interests of the people, in order to establish justice."