Love of Country
The Founding Fathers were made up of a wide spectrum of educational backgrounds and careers. Their perspectives were all important to create the document which is the basis of our government, the Constitution. From this one document have come beliefs that have changed the world. It is my belief that Americans are people willing to give of themselves to others. We sacrifice for others, we reward hard work and we believe that government’s role is not to command but to support. I hate that our political divides continue to put us at odds against one another but, like we have done in the past, we will overcome this because in our hearts our vision is the same and we are bound by our common beliefs of freedom.
Basis of Political Beliefs
My story is no different than many others as we are all products of our experiences. I was blessed with two loving parents that both had deep ties to our U.S. military service and instilled in me the basic values of you get what you earn. They pushed and influenced our desire to respect education and continuously seek knowledge. This environment encouraged my brothers and I to think freely and debate which allowed us to challenge and refine our beliefs. While my wife has lived in one state her whole life, I've had the opportunity to live in many wonderful rural, suburban and urban places in this Country which has allowed me to see the majesty that even today leaves me in awe. It also allowed me to experience government, both local and federal, in wildly different environments and supporting very different needs. I believe that our Founding Fathers created a set of laws that were based on sound principles of respect, compassion, and freedom. These principles are the basis of my political beliefs and their simplicity allow for civil discourse, something sadly missing in our society.
Pride in our Military
I am deeply proud of my family’s rich military history. My paternal grandfather, George Alexander, Sr., was a Naval officer and served on the USS Anderson in the Pacific during World War II. My maternal grandfather, Larry L. Davis, was a decorated Coast Guard Academy graduate and career officer. He followed in the history of his ancestors, who have been serving in the Coast Guard for as long as it has been in existence. My father, George Alexander, Jr., served three tours as a Naval helicopter pilot during the Vietnam war. I am equally proud of my older brother, Greg, and his desire to serve our country in the US Marine Corps. Only 2% of living Americans have served in our military. For me, military service is the greatest thing we can do for our country by putting your country ahead of your own safety and security.
Not everyone can pursue military service and it is not the only way one can serve our country, but it is something I deeply respect. Our veterans deserve our respect and admiration. Reagan once said, “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.” While not every man or woman will or can take up arms to protect it, respecting those that do it for us is the least we can do because freedom is not free.
Debt is destructive
Government needs to solvent. To bring on debt and pass it from generation to generation is a selfish act that hurts our children. Such behavior was considered immoral by both Jefferson and Franklin. As Jefferson wrote, "I place economy among the first and most important of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared."
Our government understood that it needed to be able to take on debt as a matter of dealing with crisis or war. Since then our debt level continues to rise and has ballooned because of our inability to make difficult decisions. I view this as a failure of leadership. We must begin to become relaxed with the uncomfortable discussions that allow us to take on difficult problems head on that might upset part of their demographics.
I believe government should embrace the virtues of the private sector and the efficiency and innovation that is created there. In order for such a government to work, it requires its officials to be selfless in their dedication to public service, and not to view their positions as life-time careers or opportunities for self-enrichment. Those who use government positions to achieve financial reward for themselves or their family and friends undermine public faith and corrupt the value system on which government depends.
In simplicity there exists truth
The Constitution defined the basic principles that govern the way our government can rule as well as how we can change it. Our country has grown and changed, but in general the principles have remained constant. As Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Strong Local Self-Government
Political power has a tendency to centralize. The Constitution was written to provide some structure to the manner by which our States were connected in a way that differed from The Articles of Confederation which failed on many levels. Establishing a federalizing document that stipulated how we pay for necessary governmental services (taxation), supported interstate commerce with a unified monetary system and provided a centralized military to protect us from invasion were vitally important to secure the future of our Country. The Constitution sought to strike a balance between our State and Federal governments. It is believed that decision-making should always remain as local as possible as localities are more aware of the issues that it is governing and are more accountable to the people that they represent. This is key to preserving freedom at every level. As Thomas Jefferson stated, "The theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best, that the states are independent as to everything within themselves, and united as to everything respecting foreign nations." In essence the Federal government, as viewed by the Founding Fathers, was to focus only on issues relating to relationships with foreign governments and to assist in interstate commerce. It was his belief that the Federal government would remain simple and inexpensive. I believe we have lost our way and need to correct our course back to the path our Founders envisioned.