This morning, I was asked to explain my philosophy and how it shapes my view of public policy in 150-250 words. It seemed like a good idea for a post.
I am a fiscal, social, and foreign policy conservative because I believe in truth. Truth can be known because God has given us minds able to perceive reality, including moral truth, through the senses, reason, and revelation. Biblical Christianity is true given that it corresponds with reality. The Bible says that people were originally created perfect but are fallen and tend to sin, causing the vast majority of our problems.
Original sin, as G.K. Chesterton put it, is a fact “as practical as potatoes.” Because of man’s fallen nature, we can’t produce utopias. Our utopias inevitably become killing fields and gulags where we see the violent deaths of millions and the enslavement of millions more. The French Revolution, the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Communist China, Cuba, and Cambodia prove this.
Because of man’s fallen nature, power concentrated in the hands of too few is dangerous. As Lord Acton said, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Hence, I believe in limited government with the power delegated to as many people as possible with the private citizens having as much freedom as we can stand.
I am a fiscal conservative because it is wrong to spend the money of people not yet born. I am a social conservative because Judeo-Christian morality prevents social problems that require big government and that make many citizens miserable. I am a foreign policy conservative because terrorists and other bullies respect only strength and relentless determination.