We are not united today as equally indistinct cogs in a political machine. We will not ask one another to abandon principles and convictions for sake of a supposed “common good”. Each of us work together on some issues and have the freedom to disagree on other issues. We do not assume or require agreement when it comes to specific policy proposals or the election of particular candidates, which are decisions best left to each individual either to support or not as seems prudent to them.
That being said, we do not take either the name Conservative or Patriot without sound reason. We are proud in saying that Conservative is not a vague or fuzzy concept, despite the attempts of some to make it so. It is not an amorphous idea meant to cast a net wide enough to include nearly everyone, despite fundamental disagreements on the proper role of government in these United States. In the words of Frederick Douglass:
“What, then, is the Constitution? I will tell you. It is no vague, indefinite, floating, unsubstantial, ideal something, colored according to any man’s fancy, now a weasel, now a whale, and now nothing. . . . The American Constitution is a written instrument full and complete in itself. No Court in America, no Congress, no President, can add a single word thereto, or take a single word therefrom. It is a great national enactment done by the people, and can only be altered, amended, or added to by the people.”—Frederick Douglass, Glasgow, Scotland, March 26, 1860
As our Constitution is a tangible document, attesting to the legitimate actions of both common citizens and their fellow citizens temporarily serving as representatives in the halls of government, it is something we can and will defend. So, too, we offer the following tangible statement of core principles we hold in common. As these reflect principles and values that are fundamental to our way of life, we will defend these, both at the ballot box and in our daily lives.
Ten Principles of Conservatism
Being Conservative is a way of understanding life, society, and governance:
1. Conservatives believe in the written Rule of Law as expressed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights by the founding fathers and reject the idea of a living Constitution.
2. Conservatives believe that government is best which governs least.
3. Conservatives believe in the individual right to life, liberty, and property.
4. Conservatives believe in the sanctity of the individual from conception, that families are the basic units of society, and that anti-family policies should be ended.
5. Conservatives believe our freedoms and rights are God-given natural rights, not given by the government.
6. Conservatives have compassion for the poor and oppose policies, such as socialism, that cause or extend poverty.
7. Conservatives believe in free and fair trade of goods and services.
8. Conservatives believe in a strong military and have a great respect for those who have put their lives in peril to protect others.
9. Conservatives believe in public policy that encourages advancement based solely on ability and achievement.
10. Conservatives believe English should be the common language for the United States.
Source: Thanks to Alaska Conservative Patriots Group for publishing these as core principles that both their members and the members of other groups may rally around.