February 24, 2010
When, in the course of twenty-first century events, it becomes necessary for the American people to re-affirm the political bonds which have maintained a great nation and connected them to one another; humbly assuming among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them. A decent respect to the opinions of those who would dismantle our constitutional republic requires that we should declare and defend the principles which guide us as one nation under God and indivisible.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of property to ensure happiness and define morality. That to secure these rights, our national governance derives it’s just powers from the consent of the governed. That if our republic ventures beyond its rightful functions, so order and liberty is diminished or destroyed, then it is the right of the American people to alter it, and to re-institute fundamental constitutional ideals, laying their foundation on such principles and re-organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect change in promoting their safety, happiness, and civility.
Natural law dictates that governments long established will invariably be weakened by the human condition, and thus the bell of liberty must ring often, re-establishing representation to the people. This is not done for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown that peaceful Americans are more disposed to suffer, than to right themselves by standing up and abolishing the very seeds of their destruction to which they have grown accustomed.
We have warned our elected leaders from time to time of the attempts by the legislature, executive and judiciary to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us, but they have been deaf to the voice of reason, common sense and justice. Now, when a long train of abuses and encroachments, pursuing invariably the same abuse of power evinces a design that is leading to tyranny, it is our right and duty to remove the affliction and to provide new guards for our future security.
Let these fundamental principles be submitted to a candid American electorate who believe and demand the following in our system of governance:
A nation that understands that our rights come from God, not government, that liberty is indivisible, and political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom, free will, and personal responsibility for the costs of choices freely acted upon.
A nation consistent with the words of our founders where individuals derive the right to be free from the restrictions of arbitrary force, while protecting the defenseless and securing the blessings of freedom and liberty to ourselves, our children, and our posterity.
A nation of limited government based on the rule of law and ordered liberty for the preservation of internal order, the provision of national defense to defend our rights against all enemies foreign or domestic, and the administration of justice, free speech, religious liberty, and right to arm in defense of tyranny.
A nation built on representative self government where sovereignty rests in the consent of the governed, refining popular will trough a series of checks, balances, and division of powers through the several branches of government under a federal system that reserves primacy to the states, or to the people, in those spheres not specifically delegated to the Federal government by the strict interpretation of the Constitution.
A nation that supports and defends free enterprise, the individual entrepreneur’s productive ingenuity, equality of opportunity, and fiscal policy grounded in free market capitalism where incentives reward accomplishment and hold failures accountable.
A nation that identifies the market economy as the only economic system compatible with both the requirements of personal freedom and moving scarce resources productively for the efficient meeting of human needs.
A nation that understands when government interferes with voluntary exchange, based on property rights to ourselves and our efforts, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation; and that when government takes from one man to bestow on another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both.
A nation that takes a firm defense of traditional family, neighborhood, community, and faith, embracing personal responsibility and autonomy enforced by self-restraint and community standards. Where education is focused on reason and purpose guided by parents, and where peace and safety are achieved through preparation and strength based on the principle that evil exists in the world and must be defeated.
A nation that welcomes newcomers of all nationalities, languages, religions, and beliefs who assimilate legally and who cherish and are willing to defend against all enemies the ideals of ordered liberty, as expressed in the Constitution of the United States, where American exceptionalism and enlightened self-interest serves the greater cause of humanity.
A nation that understands that although as imperfect as man, The Constitution of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering government to fulfill its proper role, while restraining it from the concentration and abuse of power.
We are now engaged in a great political and cultural battle, testing whether our nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We must remember those who gave their lives so that our nation might live. It is time for us to be dedicated to the unfinished work which others who fought have thus far so nobly advanced. The great task remaining before us is to take increased devotion to that cause for which patriots gave the last full measure of devotion, so that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
We therefore, the people of the United States of America, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority God’s natural law, solemnly publish and declare, that the United States of America and its Constitutional principles will guide this great nation, and support this declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, and in honor to those who have served and died to maintain these principles, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
Sources: The Declaration of Independence; The Sharon Statement; The Thurmont Statement; The Mount Vernon Statement; The Gettysburg Address.