My beliefs and the Founders' beliefs:
My belief is very simple... that it's our right to think, act, worship, and live our lives however we want as Americans. That's what makes this country so great. We can be as moral or as immoral as we want just as long as we don't break any laws provided by the United States of America. God will judge us in the end and that is his job in this whole argument.
The beliefs of the right:
The difference in the way of thinking though comes from "the right" where people believe that it's their duty to somehow protect the entire country from what they believe is immoral based on their individual views, religion and ideology. They believe it is their right as Americans to stand up for what they believe in and try to mold the country into a society that conforms to what they believe is moral and just.
I believe there is a very fine line between these two ways of thinking and people often are confused or uneducated about which way is correct.
My belief is that the progressives protect OUR freedoms, the conservatives protect their beliefs. It's that simple.
For example, I believe gay men and women should be able to have a legal union or marriage if the church allows it. Marriage has only been associated with love very recently in our history and even more recently with the church. Originally, it was a simple transaction between the bride's father and the husband. It had nothing to do with the union of only a man and a woman. This way of thinking comes from recent Christian and other religious ideology.
My point in giving this example is that I believe it is more important to stand up for the rights of the individual making the choice, not for my own beliefs. I believe that protecting the ideas this country was founded upon is more important than my own beliefs. For example, I would probably be pretty disappointed if one of my boys came to me and said that he was gay and getting married. But that doesn't make me want to support a law that says that they can't get married or that my neighbor can't. They are free adults and there is nothing that should limit their desire to commit to each other with a legal union. Of course, the people have spoken on that issue. Anyway...