Personal Responsibility and Rights

Preserving what is valued from the past and promoting and investing wisely for the future is a core belief of Common Sense Conservatives.

I am a passionate believer in the First Amendment. Freedom of speech is a pillar of democracy. It is not the responsibility of government to pressure corporations like Facebook and Twitter to restrict the speech of those whose views they do not approve.

If speech is inflammatory, slanderous or does harm to others, there are laws that address those situations.

The first step on the road to totalitarianism is placing limits on freedom of speech.

Similarly, I believe that government has no right to tell restaurants and other businesses how they should designate their public bathroom for customers. Nor, as the Supreme Court ruled, does a business have to perform services if it runs counter to their religious beliefs.

Everett Stern for U.S. Senate