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My humble opinion on current events

November 5, 2001

What I Believe

Thought we'd do something a little different with the Weekly Muse this week. I've been writing this column for about two months now, and while I mentioned in the first one that I write from a conservative/libertarian perspective, I've yet to expand on my own personal philosophy. So, here goes. This is what I think and why I think it. Let me know what you think.

  • I believe the Bible is the true and inspired Word of God. I believe the Scriptures should be interpreted literally, except in the many and obvious cases where the language and prose are symbolic. I believe Jesus Christ is my personal Savior and the one and only path to salvation. I believe God created the world in six days, not six hundred million years. I believe there was a worldwide flood. I believe that Christianity is the one true religion and all others are false. I believe that all people are sinners and in need of repentance. I believe that all people are children of God and deserve fair, equal, and respectful treatment, regardless of race or creed. I believe in the Golden Rule and loving thy neighbor as thyself. I believe that while I strive to live in such a manner, I will inevitably fail because I am an imperfect human being, thus underscoring a true need for a Savior.
  • I believe that people are endowed with basic human rights, such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I believe all people are entitled to life and liberty but not happiness - that is up to each individual to discover, as he or she chooses. I believe governments must protect life and liberty but should leave citizens free to pursue happiness. I believe government cannot provide happiness, merely the proper framework in which citizens may pursue it. 
  • I believe taxation is theft. I believe government should be small, limited, but strong. I believe the United States Government should be limited to the duties and responsibilities laid out for it in the Constitution. I believe the Constitution, as written and amended, is the best system ever devised by man to establish a government. I believe many government programs, from Social Security to corporate welfare to the Department of Education to farm subsidies to the National Endowment for the Arts are unconstitutional. I believe the private sector and local governments can provide all of these services at a lower cost with higher benefits. I believe it is immoral to forcibly take money from one citizen and give it to another. I believe free people should not be forced to give the fruits of their labor to someone else. I believe in private charity and charitable institutions, free from government regulation and control. I believe the income tax should be repealed and replaced with nothing. I believe government should live within its means and return any and all surpluses to the taxpayer, because it is not the government's money. 
  • I believe the right to life extends to the unborn, who did not ask to be conceived and have done nothing to deserve death. I believe abortion is the taking of a human life. I believe Roe vs. Wade should be repealed. I believe the federal government, consistent with its constitutional duty  to protect life and liberty, should make abortion illegal, except when the woman's life is in danger, and rape and incest. I believe abortion provides irresponsible people (men and women) a way to duck the consequences of their own wrong choices. I believe an unborn child should not pay for those choices with his or her life. 
  • I believe all people should be treated equally. I do not believe in race-based discrimination or preferential treatment. I believe affirmative action is merely a pleasant-sounding euphemism for discrimination. I believe that those who support racial preferences and quotas support discrimination, as long as their own favorite segment of society benefits. I believe this is hypocritical and harmful to race relations and racial justice. I believe reparations for slavery are misguided and poisonous. I believe that those alive today are in no way responsible for the activities of billions of people in all countries that engaged in the slave trade, and thus should not be forced to pay for them. 
  • I believe the Second Amendment protects the God-given right of people to defend themselves and their families. I believe gun control laws violate that right and lead to more violent societies. 
  • I believe Stephen King is the greatest American writer in history.
  • I believe Anne Robinson, the hostess of NBC's The Weakest Link, is good for America. Tune in next week to find out why.
  • I believe I am very, very happy that the Arizona Diamondbacks won the World Series.

I believe I am not done explaining what I believe and will reveal more next week. 

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