SEVEN CORE PRINCIPLES OF CONSERVATISM
THE RULE OF LAW
Ours is “a government of laws and not of men,” and the rule of law is our foundation. To maintain ordered liberty and a civilized society, public and private virtue should be encouraged and justice must be administered equally and impartially to all. Each branch of government must adhere to the Constitution, and the judicial branch must not be allowed to assume or exercise legislative or executive powers. Transparency and accountability are keys to good government, and Congress must faithfully perform its constitutional responsibility of oversight.
PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH
The first obligation of the federal government is to provide for the “common defense” of the United States by protecting our homeland and our strategic interests abroad. Because America serves in a natural role of moral leadership in an increasingly dangerous world, and weakness invites aggression, we must remain the strongest military power on earth—fully prepared and capable of defeating any adversaries, tyrants or terrorists, under any circumstances, at any time. Adequate investment is necessary to maintain the air, land, sea, nuclear and cyber warfare superiority of our Armed Forces, and to properly train, equip and support our troops and their families. Among the essential superiority of our Armed Forces, and to properly train, equip and support our troops and their families. Among the essential responsibilities and first priorities of the federal government must be the honor and proper care of our veterans and wounded warriors, the security of our national borders, and the faithful enforcement of our immigration laws.