One of the major factors that separates Conservatives from their detractors is a core set of ideas. Ideas about the nature of the relationship between humanity and government are vital to our core beliefs. They provide a litmus test to determine if we are being true to the pursuit of human freedom. They allow us to form realistic and practical expectations for policies, and they frankly keep us honest.
One of the core beliefs that separate us from the regressives is Natural Rights. Simply put, we believe that rights are not derived from government, but predate institutions of power, and are derived directly from God. For a great description of Natural Rights, here is a video from Bill Whittle. It is nine minutes long, but is well worth the time.
We must always take care to be mindful of Natural Rights. Governments of all types are jealous of rights that they cannot abridge. Government is an agent of force, and they do not take readily to being restricted. If we do not heed natural rights, we cannot live up to the government left for us by the founders.
NOTE: Our friend, Cmblake6, has a collection of Bill Whittle videos. Here are the links…
Get over to Cmblake6′s place, and check them out.