My belief that murderers deserve to die didn’t mean I had to support the death penalty. In fact, if I was committed to the American principles of liberty, responsibility, due process, and justice, I should vehemently oppose it.
Why are we worried about the slippage of our country? Because we believe in our ideals. This is neither blind patriotism nor arrogance. The principles our nation was founded upon, embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, make the world a better, safer, and more prosperous place.