Sunday, January 13, 2008

Michigan's Republican (GOP) Primary Offers Opportunity to Apply First Principles

Two days from now, Michigan voters will be going to the polls to cast their vote in the presidential primary. Because of the timing of the primary, all of the leading Democrats are boycotting the election. The Republican primary, on the other hand, is a spirited contest drawing major GOP candidates Mitt Romney, John McCain, and Mike Huckabee to the state over the last few days. The primary offers voters - many whom are just focusing on the election - an excellent opportunity to evaluate the candidates in light of our First Principles and History.

When evaluating the 2008 presidential candidates, consider whether they understand that too many of our students and voters do not adequately understand our First Principles and History.

Ask whether the candidates understand our First Principles. Do the presidential candidates understand the rule of law, equality, unalienable rights, the Social Compact, and limited government? How will they approach public policy issues in light of those First Principles?

Ask whether the candidates understand the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Gettysburg Address, and the great civil rights movements.

Do the candidates respect key components of American government, such as federalism, enumerated powers, judicial review, separation of powers, and checks and balances?

Do the presidential candidates have a comprehensive understanding of American history, and will they draw upon our rich history when they confront the issues of the day?

Will they support the education, media, holiday, legal, nonprofit, and political reforms America needs to survive?

To help you better evaluate the candidates, review my website's more elaborate review of whether the Next President Will Save America at

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