What do you consider to be the basis or roots of your political philosophy and opinions? Is it Plato, the plight a certain group like the Palestinians, a cause such as environmentalism, national loyalty and basic patriotism, a greater concept or ideal such as world peace, an economic ideal, or a simple "what's best for me" perspective? In my case, as most here probably know, it's the U.S. Constitution. I believe when honored and enforced, this document, and esp the Bill of Rights, thus far sets the standard for enlightened government. However I must say that I was quite impressed with the Canadian Constitution. In particular I found the right to conscience intriguing.