The Dillard Doctrine

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The Dillard Doctrine

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In terms of foreign policy, I am heavy handed. To pull from both Reagan and Bush’s doctrines, the best way to make peace is through showing strength; the best way to keep that peace is by preventing your strength from being challenged.

I believe that we must use every tool in our arsenal to keep our country’s enemies from our shores. I support electronic screening of calls and other forms of communication that originate/terminate in this country, so long as that tool is not used illegally on our own citizens.

To quote a good friend, “I believe that no one owes me anything just because I live and breathe.” I don’t support any system, program, or entitlement that gives preference to one over another. People should succeed-and experience failure-on their own. I believe the government has provided me what they’re required to: protection of my life, liberty, and right to pursue happiness. They should provide nothing more.

I do not consider myself a staunch social conservative. I think abortion is terrible, but understand and could support it under a very few circumstances (namely, rape, incest and the inability to care for a child with extreme defects). I do not support it as a method of birth control or as a way to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Believing all this, though, I also acknowledge the political reality that-for now-makes the right of choice the law of the land. With that, I choose to focus my efforts on increasing awareness of alternatives to abortion.

I believe that parents know where their child can get the best education, and should be allowed to choose the best school for their child. I believe that our children should be taught in the language of our country-English-and that they should be taught the concepts of citizenship, patriotism, and service to country. I support testing in schools to ensure that they perform up to government standards, and support the firing of substandard teachers/school administrators if their schools fail to meet those standards.

Legal immigrants to our country provide a boost to our workforce, and bolster our economy as well as that of their home country. I do not support any sort of amnesty for those here illegally, nor do I support the practice of establishing “sanctuary cities” for illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants who wish to gain legal status should be allowed to do so, but with severe penalties (partial payment of unpaid taxes, and an extension to the time on their citizenship process). I do not support the wholesale deportation of all illegal immigrants, as is it-from a fiscal and logistical standpoint-impossible.

I believe in the individual right to bear arms for self-defense, in line with the restrictions placed on the mentally ill and felons that bar them from owning weapons. I do not support any efforts to force gun owners to register their firearms or ammunition.

I believe that our country is a Christian nation, as evidenced by the religion of its founders. While I respect the heritage, principles, and traditions of other religious, I do not believe that, as a Christian, I should have to subordinate my beliefs to that of anyone in the name of political correctness. If there is space to mention God on our currency, then it is proper to acknowledge that our country was founded under Him.

I believe that marriage is an act between a man and a woman, as set forth in most of the religious texts that I’ve read. I do not see a problem with states that choose to recognize unions between homosexuals, but would not lend myself to support those efforts. I believe the question of whether to recognize such a union is not a federal matter.

I believe the best way to encourage economic growth is through free enterprise. I support minimal regulation of financial markets and institutions, in order to protect the individual and the financial health of the nation. I am adamantly opposed to bailouts of companies with failed leadership or failed business models, or to continue to fund a lavish life for the irresponsible.


As far as my political identification…I’m torn between identifying as a Republican, Libertarian, or remaining independent. I have-and continue to-work with Republican and conservative-leaning causes and candidates. However, I do not follow in blind allegiance; where conservatives/Republicans have erred, I will say so publicly. Where liberals/Democrats have an idea that I feel may be in the best interest of the nation to pursue, I will also say so publicly. I engage in-and enjoy-respectful discussions with all areas of the political spectrum.


Written by Coby Dillard

September 23, 2008 at 4:30 pm

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  1. I am a African-American conservative who shares your viewpoints on the fiscal and social issues. I am not asame to admit, nor standup for my conservative views and positions. So in essence, stay loyal to your viewpoints and I look forward to reading your future posts and comments.


    December 7, 2008 at 4:53 pm

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