Mauricio Angelito

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I haven’t always been a Republican. I was raised in City that is majority Democrat, a school that is majority liberal. In my elementary school and middle school days, my family was poor, and I bought into the need for many of the so-called government giveaway programs. As my situation got better and I began to grow as a person, my views changed.

Starting  high school and I taking church more seriously, I recognized a large bureaucratic government was not the answer to every problem. I learned that people who hold a higher personal responsibility and a government with a more intimate relationship with its people is far better for businesses and individuals than a federal government that is intrusive and leads to personal dependency through welfare programs. And for the following reasons I am republican.

First and foremost, I believe it is people — not government — who are granted power by God to make a difference in the world.  And as such we should seek as a country to maximize the role of people and minimize the role of government. As it states in the Declaration of Independence, “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just power from the consent of the governed.”  Or as our Constitution begins, “We, the people of the United States…”

Second, I believe in defending our freedoms and property, personally and nationally.  Thomas Jefferson said it well, “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.”  From the right to bear arms to our military forces, we should seek to defend what we establish and possess.”

Third, I believe in free market to create the basis for the expansion of capitalism, which produces jobs, goods, competition and income.  Government should promote, not restrict or control these economic freedoms. We should encourage financial independence from, not financial dependency upon, governmental aid.

Fourth, I believe in protecting the right to life. Going back to the Declaration of Independence, it states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  I believe those rights extend to the unborn, represented in the traditional pro-life stand of the Republican Party.

Finally, Republicans best maintain the balance of power between the three branches of government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. Conservative Presidents and Governors nominate, and conservative Senators confirm, good, honest judges who interpret the laws and who do not act like super-legislators from the sidelines.

Compassionate conservatism works in the best interests for those struggling in America.

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