Individual Liberty & Fidelity
- Laws restrict the free exercise of liberty and property. Consequently, no law should be passed unless there is a compelling reason to do so. The proponents of any bill should have the burden of proof that passage is necessary.
- The rights of an individual should include, but not be limited to, those rights guaranteed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights of the United States. They should also include those God-given rights of freedom, not specified in any written document, which necessarily exist in a nation where the individual is more important than the state.
- Conversely, these rights should not negate the responsibility of the individual’s obligation to conduct himself as a responsible and productive member of society. No civilization can succeed and thrive for any duration unless “free people” act with fidelity to a core set of values and principles. Each one of us must be accountable for our own actions; and endeavor to build a better society, which improves our own life, and the lives of others.
- All citizens are entitled to security for their person and personal property. Government’s primary task is the maintenance of law and order to ensure these rights are protected. Accordingly, the system of justice must afford each person access to competent representation and a level playing field to provide the imperatives of justice can be met.
The preamble to R.I.S.E.
Individual liberty & fidelity