Where We Stand
Here at the B.S. Report we offer our opinions on a variety of subjects but, unlike the mainstream media, we won’t pretend to be fair, objective and even-handed. The fact is–we are biased. However, also unlike the mainstream media, we believe we have a moral obligation to our readers to explain our core beliefs. So, in the interest of full disclosure the following is our basic philosophy…
The B.S. Report is a place for us to comment–or even to vent. It didn’t originate as a “political” site, yet we readily acknowledge that, for the most part, it has become one. The reason for our change in direction is simple: We could no longer sit idly by and ignore the fact that the United States, as it was founded, is teetering on the brink of collapse. Frankly, to use this site for any other purpose struck us as remarkably trivial.
Look around, our economy is in shambles with trillions in debt piled high on innocent future generations; our government’s thirst for power is out of control and “unquenchable”; private property and individual liberty are under assault; and our Constitution is on life-support. We love this country and its founding traditions and we feel we have a duty to do our part, however small, to beat back the forces that wish to permanently transform our nation.
First, a little bit about our politics: We are absolutely not Democrats; but nor are we Republicans as they exist today. To put it in a “nutshell” as they say, we believe in the America of the Founders, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. We proudly refer to ourselves as “Constitutional Conservatives.” But it’s a conservatism that doesn’t reject change–but does reject change for “change’s sake.” We believe there must be compelling deficiencies before a society willfully abandons the wisdom and time-honored traditions that have served as its bulwark for centuries.
We believe in the power of the private citizen, largely unfettered by government intrusion. We believe in the concepts of “Natural Law,” “American Exceptionalism,” and the sanctity of private property; we believe in the quaint notion that “a man’s home is his castle.” We believe in “rugged individualism” and the “pioneer spirit” that not only built this country, but also allowed it to thrive and develop into the greatest nation in the history of the civilized world.
We regard it as our mission (and the duty of like-minded citizens) to help restore our fellow Americans’ belief in individual freedom–balanced by the inherent responsibilities that come with that freedom. We believe that, at present, there is an organized effort to destroy the principles this country was founded upon. We will fight against that effort.
The United States is a nation of laws. We are not a Democracy–at least that’s not what the Founders intended. Our law is not based on majority rule. We were founded as a Representative Republic and our rulebook is/was the Constitution.
We believe in the “originalist” perspective of the Constitution and steadfastly maintain that limited government and increased liberty can only be promoted by adhering to the true meaning and intent of the text.
Furthermore, the Constitution was written in the plain English of the day and in most instances we know its meaning precisely. For those occasions where its dictates are less clear, we rely on judges to discern the original intent of the Framers. This responsibility, however, does not grant judges the power to engineer society by substituting their personal agendas–-disguised as Constitutional interpretation, in order to reach a predetermined judicial “opinion.”
We reject the idea of a “living and breathing” Constitution as merely a tactic used by politicians and judges whose goal is not to thoughtfully interpret the Constitution–but to circumvent it. Their aim is to create a malleable document that can be altered according to their whims. But for our Constitution to have any force or meaning at all, its values must be “fixed.”
The Framers understood that the Constitution would frequently come under attack; to combat it they devised a deliberately cumbersome amendment process that would allow for any necessary changes, but would also make it difficult for corrupt leaders to transform the Constitution for selfish, light and transient causes.
We are committed to keeping as much (non-Constitutional) power as possible out of governmental control and within the purview of the private citizen. We abhor tyrants and tyranny and find Socialism repugnant, as it inevitably leads down the path towards its evil siblings, Marxism and Communism. We hold the distinctly American view that government derives its powers through the “consent of the governed” and we thoroughly reject any “Government-Over-Man” philosophy.
We believe that America’s survival as a free nation with its focus on individual liberty is imperiled because we’ve abandoned our Founders’ noble attempt at limited government. As citizens, we have failed in our central obligation to reign in our elected leaders, many of whom view our Constitution as an obstacle to their grand schemes rather than the protector of our liberties. Nonetheless, we will never surrender our freedom so we continue the fight in the hope that there are better days ahead.
We believe that government, even at its best, can never be trusted and is not our “friend.” Tyranny is always lurking and can only be resisted by an informed, virtuous citizenry determined to hold their public officials accountable to their oaths of office. The theft of liberty is most likely to be achieved by one’s own government and not by some foreign adversary.
We believe the popular adage “the government that governs least, governs best.” We are strident in our call for “federalism” and the “separation of powers.” Our view is that government is always better, more efficient and more responsive, the more local it remains. For that reason, we assert that power that has been unjustly commandeered by the Federal Government should be reclaimed by the separate states. We will actively support such efforts.
We believe in a free-market open economy with limited regulation. We believe in Adam Smith’s economic theory of the “invisible hand.” And while some government regulation is necessary, we largely believe in the laissez-faire policies of the nineteenth century. It’s our belief that in almost any situation private solutions are superior to governmental “remedies.”
We believe in a unique American culture that must be transmitted from one generation to the next for it is vital to the survival of our nation. Unfortunately, this transmission is not taking place because our educational system, up to and including our elite universities, is actively leading an organized resistance against our founding ideals. These forces must be confronted and defeated.
We believe in a colorblind society with a legal and orderly immigration system. As a sovereign nation it’s our right to determine whom and how many we will allow into our country. And once admitted, it is the immigrant who owes his allegiance to his newly adopted homeland and bears the responsibility to assimilate. It is they that must bend towards the ways of our country; we mustn’t change our ways to accommodate them. Our society has prospered because of our founding principles–-they cannot be sacrificed merely to make immigrants feel more comfortable.
We believe in tolerance but we also believe in standards. We believe it’s more important to stand for what’s right, and to do what’s right, in spite of the fact that you’re likely to hurt some people’s feelings. We believe that people’s feelings get hurt far more easily today than in days past.
We believe in peace through strength. Our freedom is not ensured by media talking heads, mealy-mouthed journalists, or big-mouthed bloggers like us.
We are keenly aware that the world is a dangerous place and we will always have enemies who wish to destroy us. It’s only through military power and our willingness to use force that prevents those who yearn to harm us from succeeding. It’s that simple. When we lower our guard and forget this basic truth we place our nation’s survival and our own individual welfare at risk.
We believe that the United States of America, with all her faults, is a lighthouse of freedom and a force for good in an often dark world. We hold dear the grand “American Experiment” where a free people delegate certain powers to government to achieve certain ends, while always retaining the right to withdraw that power when it’s being abused.
We recognize that no society is guaranteed perpetual survival. Many of our fellow citizens have forgotten that freedom is not the default condition of mankind. Freedom is always the exception–it is an extraordinarily rare and precious commodity that must be treasured and fought for continuously or it erodes over time, or is stolen away by temporary politicians.
There comes a time when us “average citizens” must do our part to preserve and restore the legacy of freedom that we inherited, so that we may pass freedom down to future generations. Now is that time. We must make it clear to those politicians who threaten our liberty that Americans are a free people–not subservient peasants to be lorded over by an all-powerful government elite.
Finally, it is to those men and women in all branches of our armed forces that are America’s true heroes. They are the guardians of liberty who have volunteered to protect us and serve as our first line of defense. In the end, they are the individuals responsible for our comfortable lifestyles and for the preservation and continuation of our great way of life. It is to them that we owe our thanks, our allegiance, and our never-ending gratitude.