"I’m a former civics teacher, I love debating the meaning of the Constitution and Bill of Rights because the ideals contain both liberal and conservative principles. The aim, I believe, is to create, not settle, a debate. Fundamentally though, the purpose of our system is to restrict government and prevent it from taking rights away from the people. And, as best it can perfectly balance individual rights with majority rule. When we get the process right -- our government works. I have Jeffersonian trust grassroots democracy -- and people to make wise decisions. I distrust large organization, centralized and professionalized power. I'm governed by tradition and the promise that our system permits change. The government has basic responsibilities to be the collective instrument of the community -- serving the broad (simple and complex) needs that can't exclusvievly be met by individuals. The notion of commonwealth comes to mind. Increasingly government must demand make wise investments that will benefit both individuals and society."
Source: Citizens Count Issue Survey 2012