END THE HYPHENATED AMERICAN
It is time to bring an end to the hyphenated American. We have balkanized ourselves into islands of ethnocentrism: Italian-Americans, Irish-Americans, Jewish-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans. We understand the desire of people to maintain a connection to their history and ancestry. That desire is legitimate, but not at the expense of our national unity. We are Americans with different ethnic backgrounds, but we are first and foremost Americans. Some of our forefathers came from Europe, some from Asia, India, the African continent and a host of nations around the world. If we restrict ourselves to our ethnic enclaves and ethnic identities, we deprive ourselves of the great benefits of the American experiment. It is about uniting a diverse group of people with a common love for freedom, democracy and the ideals of our nation. We are a family. We unite under one Constitution, one flag, and one common destiny. Without a single language, that ideal will become farther and farther from reality.
CREATE AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH
We propose that a month be set aside for the celebration of American history, the Founding Fathers, our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. This should ultimately be sanctioned by the Federal and State governments of the country, but it begins with the people. We have lost our sense of identity and history as Americans. We have been made to feel ashamed and to deny the nobility of our Republic. It is time to reclaim and restore that nobility. It is time to end the historical revisionism that academe and other extremist and anti-American political forces have pressed upon the American people and our institutions. We have Black History Month and Gay Pride Month, but these only serve to further balkanize us. It is a sad commentary on our culture that many find it appropriate to celebrate sexual orientation, but not our common heritage and culture.
PROTECT PRE-BORN CHILDREN
Pre-born children have a right to live. STAND will work by every legal, peaceful and persuasive means available to fight for an end to all abortions in keeping with our nation’s promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all Americans, especially the innocents who cannot fight for themselves. We cannot turn a blind eye to the mass slaughter of unborn children and allow de facto infanticide to be the accepted norm in our culture.
To kill babies for our convenience is the equivalent of an idolatrous offering to the god of “sexual license”. It is no different than in times past when pagans offered their babies on an altar of fire to assure their own good fortune. Our fortunes as a nation lie in accepting responsibility for our actions, not running from them or destroying unborn children to avoid them. We do not hate or judge women who have had abortions or men who have encouraged them to do so, but we are calling the American people to higher standard of personal conscience. Nor are we calling for the criminalization of abortion or the punishment of women who succumb to the temptation. These women are often confused, misinformed and uninformed about the implications and consequences of their actions.
A different and harsher legal response may be appropriate for the medical professionals who knowingly perform horrendous procedures to bring about the death of children in the uterus. This monstrous activity has become socially acceptable in some circles, but it must be stopped. It is evil and we must help people see it for what it is, the taking of innocent human life.
LOW TAXES AND SMALLER GOVERNMENT
We believe the Jeffersonian principle, “That government is best which governs least.” Low taxes, minimal regulations and smaller government are not merely a matter of being left alone. It is a necessary protection against creeping socialism and totalitarianism in which government seeks by increment to gain complete control over the lives of the people. We must limit the scope of government in order to maximize our freedom. It is up to each able bodied American to take personal responsibility for our own lives and the well being of our families. The support of family, church, friends and faith in God are the answers to the trials we all face in life. We must cease to cultivate dependence on government, for such dependence only serves to rob us of our autonomy and freedom.