|Principles of San Juan County Democrats
We, the Democrats of San Juan County, believe in the
principles enshrined in the Declaration of
Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of
Rights. These fundamental democratic principles to
which we subscribe: Liberty, Equality, Community,
Justice, Cooperation, Security, and Open Society,
provide the foundation of our work as a local
political party. In promoting these principles, we
place enduring value on the individual qualities of
honesty, integrity, fortitude, ethics, forward vision,
and open communication essential to sound democratic
"What has distinguished our ancestors?--That they would not admit of tortures, or cruel and barbarous punishment."
"But Congress may introduce the practice of the civil law, in preference to that of the common law...they will tell you that there is such a necessity of strengthening the arm of government, that they must have a criminal equity, and extort confession by torture, in order to punish with still more relentless severity. We are then lost and undone."
Patrick Henry, June 16, 1778
Virginia Ratifying Convention