Individual freedoms and rights are not grants from government but gifts from God, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell tells Newsmax.TV.
And constitutional conservatism to protect those gifts will be a centerpiece to his campaign if he decides to run for the U.S. Senate, Blackwell said during an interview at the Faith and Freedom Conference last weekend in Washington, D.C.
Blackwell cited the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, which states, in part, that “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
“So, if you put those things in perspective, you begin to understand why it’s important to limit government in its reach, its power, its intrusiveness, and we now are faced with a president that has been determined to grow government.”
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“So it’s a classic confrontation from the Atlantic to the Pacific, so we are meeting the president and the forces on the left on the fault line.”
Blackwell, co-author of the recent book, “Resurgent: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America,”
said he hasn’t decided whether to seek the GOP nomination to challenge Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, whose term is up in 2012.
If he runs, he said, he would bring 35 years of experience in making government smaller and less intrusive.
The national debt poses national security threat because of the amount of debt China holds and poses a moral crisis because of “intergenerational theft” the country is participating in against children and grandchildren, Blackwell said.
“The family and church, these have been the basic institutions that have uplifted human liberty, human freedom and allowed us to put restraint on government,” he said. “You can’t talk about controlling spending and intrusiveness of government if you are not talking about being the champion for the family. And you can’t talk about the responsibility of the individual if in fact you snatch out from under individuals the moral foundation of the church.”
Although a recent poll showed that Blackwell leads a potential GOP field, he tracks behind Brown.
“Satchel Paige used to say don’t look back, somebody might be gaining on you,” Blackwell said, referring to the baseball great. “That’s the only thing I’d say to Sherrod Brown, don’t look back, ’cause I’m gaining on you, buddy.”
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