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CCV Action has two non-negotiable issues: life and marriage. If a candidate for public office is wrong on either of these issues, he or she is deemed “Unacceptable” to hold public office.

The logic here is straightforward: it is absurd to believe that someone can properly govern and represent a free people without an appreciation of basic morality.

America’s founders, who went to great lengths to define and outline proper governance, put it this way:

  • Ben Franklin: “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.”
  • James Madison: “To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical [imaginary] idea.”
  • John Adams:  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Morality and virtue are essential to proper and good governance.

This is why CCV Action holds that a candidate who is wrong on either life or marriage is unfit to lead and hold public office.

On Life:
CCV Action, like America’s founders, understands that government does not give us our human rights. These “inalienable” self-evident rights are given by God, not government. The first and most proper end of government is to protect these rights. The most fundamental and essential of all rights is that of life. All other rights are secondary to and build upon the right to life. If a candidate does not understand or believe this, he or she is unfit to hold public office.

On Marriage:
Marriage between one man and one woman has been the most basic and defining social institution in human history. No institution has been more necessary to human flourishing than the design of the family. It is no coincidence that society, throughout the history of Western Civilization, has been organized around marriage, the most elementary and vital of human institutions. Whether it be divorce, infidelity, absentee fathers, or now the un-definition of marriage, the breakdown of society follows the breakdown of the family. If a candidate does not understand or believe this, he or she is unfit to hold public office.