Dave Griffith and Mark Baker: Conservative Foundations Revealed

By now folk have noticed that I support Mark Baker for County Commissioner and Dave Griffith for Sheriff.  There will be more endorsements to come.  I have been unapologetic in my support for these men and bold in my analysis of their competitors.  Both of these fine men, by reputation and example, epitomize the conservative standard known as “The Four Pillars of Conservatism.”  I encourage all Forsyth County voters to evaluate their candidate choices against this criteria.   

Before I reveal my litmus test, I need to make something clear.  I am unapologetically Christian.  Becoming a Christian did not change me into a dormat.   Until my dying day I will maintain that God belongs in our government and our nation was founded on Christian principles.  The moral turpitude and revisionist tendencies of the 21st century church has not released me or anyone else from our obligation to stand firm on God’s sufficient Word.  I believe God calls me (and you) to be involved in our government.   In fact, he calls on us to do so in Deuteronomy 17:15,

You shall surely set him king over you, whom the LORD your God shall
: one from among your brethren shall you set king over you: you
may not set a stranger over you, who is not your brother.

With that being said, allow me to introduce the litmus test I used to evaluate the political philosophy of both Mark and Dave.  The following excerpt can be found at the American Intellectual Conservatism 1st Principles Web Journal.  

The first pillar of conservatism is liberty, or freedom.
Conservatives believe that individuals possess the right to life,
liberty, and property, and freedom from the restrictions of arbitrary
force. They exercise these rights through the use of their natural free
will. That means the ability to follow your own dreams, to do what you
want to (so long as you don’t harm others) and reap the rewards (or face
the penalties). Above all, it means freedom from oppression by
government—and the protection of government against oppression. It means
political liberty, the freedom to speak your mind on matters of public
policy. It means religious liberty—to worship as you please, or not to
worship at all. It also means economic liberty, the freedom to own
property and to allocate your own resources in a free market.

Conservatism is based on the idea that the pursuit of virtue is the
purpose of our existence and that liberty is an essential component of
the pursuit of virtue. Adherence to virtue is also a necessary condition
of the pursuit of freedom. In other words, freedom must be pursued for
the common good, and when it is abused for the benefit of one group at
the expense of others, such abuse must be checked. Still, confronted
with a choice of more security or more liberty, conservatives will
usually opt for more liberty.

The second pillar of conservative philosophy is tradition and order.
Conservatism is also about conserving the values that have been
established over centuries and that have led to an orderly society.
Conservatives believe in human nature; they believe in the ability of
man to build a society that respects rights and that has the capacity to
repel the forces of evil. Order means a systematic and harmonious
arrangement, both within one’s own character and within the
commonwealth. It signifies the performance of certain duties and the
enjoyment of certain rights within a community.

Order is perhaps more easily understood by looking at its opposite: disorder.
A disordered existence is a confused and miserable existence. If a
society falls into general disorder, many of its members will cease to
exist at all. And if the members of a society are disordered in spirit,
the outward order of society cannot long endure. Disorder describes well
everything that conservatism is not. 

The third pillar is the rule of law. Conservatism is based
on the belief that it is crucial to have a legal system that is
predictable, that allows people to know what the rules are and enforce
those rules equally for all. This means that both governors and the
governed are subject to the law. The rule of law promotes prosperity and
protects liberty. Put simply, a government of laws and not of men is
the only way to secure justice. 

The fourth pillar is belief in God. Belief in God means
adherence to the broad concepts of religious faith—such things as
justice, virtue, fairness, charity, community, and duty. These are the
concepts on which conservatives base their philosophy.

It is my personal conclusion that both Mark Baker and Dave Griffith share my understanding of  the four principles of conservatism.   I have no doubt they will use the authority of their offices to check the abuse of an over-reaching government and promote these principles while acting in the best interests of the citizens of Forsyth County.

Please join me in support of my brothers in Christ,
Dave Griffith for Forsyth County Sheriff and
Mark Baker for District B Forsyth County Commissioner.

More articles on Dave Griffith here, here here, here, here, here, here, and here.

More articles on Mark Baker here, here, here and here.

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