A Letter to a Republican Friend
We both revere our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Accordingly, we believe that "to secure these rights" to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, "governments are instituted among men."
Along with the founders of our republic, we share a suspicion of "big government" and thus endorse the protection of our "inalienable rights" as articulated in the Bill of Rights.
We both believe that our elected leaders have a bond of honor to the citizens which requires that these leaders deal candidly, openly and honestly with the people.
We both prize freedom, though you are more inclined to interpret freedom in economic terms, while my attention is directed to freedom of inquiry and expression.
With Jefferson, we both believe that a free press and the open competition of ideas is the life blood of a democracy.
With Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Monroe, we eschew "foreign entanglements" and disavow any imperial ambitions for our country.
Despite our religious differences, we both endorse the "traditional values" that are taught by all the great world religions: tolerance, mercy, charity, compassion, moderation, peacemaking.
We both reject sudden social change through violence or the radical imposition of alien ideologies.
These are all, let us note, "conservative" values, which we learned together from the outstanding public school teachers that taught us history and civics. These values have stood the test of time, and may serve us well today. Neither of us are at all inclined to abolish these principles.