What do I believe in?

( A humble small tribute to Pres. Ronald Reagan)

Manuel Cereijo

I believe in the individual, in less government so as to allow that individual maximum freedom to create and achieve. That societies which are founded on restraining the government rather than the individual are optimum. That the individual is smart enough to solve his own problems and does not need to depend on big government for resolution of all his problems.

My believe in individuality and limited government does not preclude me from advocating the requisite amount of governmental authority to ensure law and order in our society. That our ability to enjoy peace is directly related to our military strength. The best we can hope is to achieve maximum economic and political freedoms, and not by socialistic redistribution of wealth. I believe that compassion is defined not by how many people are on government dole but by how many people no longer need governmental assistance.

Capitalism is the social system based upon private ownership of the means of production. However, the primary premise of capitalism, the one that I consider most important, is that is based on individual rights. It is the only politico-economic system based on the doctrine of individual rights.

This means that capitalism recognizes that each person is the owner of his own life, and has the right to live his life in any manner he chooses as long as he does not violate the rights of others.

I believe that political and economic freedom are inextricably intertwined. That society has to provide equal opportunity to all its citizens, but cannot guarantee equality of outcome. I believe that strong family values are at the very core of a productive, prosperous, and peaceful society. These values cannot be instilled by government but can be sucked dry and eliminated by destructive governmental programs.

Subsidized supply destroys demand. When government gives welfare, unemployment payments, and public-service jobs in quantities that deter productive work, and when it raises taxes on profitable enterprise to pay for them, demand declines. By altering the pattern of rewards to favor work over leisure, investment over consumption, the sources of production over the sumps of wealth, taxable over untaxable activity, government can directly and powerfully foster the expansion of real demand and income.

Human life is sacred and God placed man in a position of having dominion over nature. Environmental awareness is healthy, but apocalyptic environmentalism based in disinformation is destructive to society.

Sociology does not recapitulate biology. Human needs and numbers annually increase. Science and technology provide their continuing surprises. The exigency, complexity, and multiplicity of life on earth become yearly more unfathomable to any tyrant or planner.

God is the foundation of all living knowledge, and the human mind, to the extent it can know anything beyond its own meager reach, partakes of the mind of God.

A country's wealth is a more slippery sum than the spending power of its citizens or the reservoir of its resources. Wealth consists in assets that promise a future stream of income. This is a very important concept that unfortunately many nations do not practice. The flows of oil money, for example, do not become an enduring asset of a nation until they can be converted into a sock of remunerative capital-industries, ports, roads, airports, schools, and working skills-that can offer a future. A wealthy nation must be able to save as well as to consume.

This is not a world anymore in which the gain of one nation can only come at the expense of another. All the world will benefit from the increase impotence of statism and socialism. This is the age of democracy, freedom, capitalism, individual and family.


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