This afternoon, while cleaning out my car, under a carpet mat in the back seat, I ran across a tattered magnet. Affixed to this magnet is an ad for Bob McDonnell as well as the Republican Creed of Virginia. Even though I’ve been involved in politics for well over a decade, I have rarely seen the creed. Therefore, I thought it best to type it out and share it with you here. Please note that these words are not my own, but copyrighted by the RPV.
That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice
That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society
That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government
That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing constitutional limitations
That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense
That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers, is essential to the moral fibre of the Nation”
After reading through the list again, I ask you, what’s not to like? It reminds me of the guiding principles that drove me to become involved back in high school…fiscal restraint, limited government, social responsibility, and freedom. These are critical concepts and I believe that we must struggle everyday to promote these ideals. Unfortunately, as you know, there are politicians among us who despise these tenets and not all of them are Democrats. Lamentably, wolves exist among the Republicans, there are those who seek to destroy these very same principles, liberals who long for more power and glory for themselves, for Richmond, or for Washington. In addition, I’m sorry to say that a number of Republicans in other states do not hold to the same set of values as we do here in Virginia. As stated in my earlier piece, “Brand Loyalty”, it is always important to verify, verify, verify!
So now that you’ve read the Republican Creed of Virginia, I have to ask, what is your creed? What moves you politically?