Never before has the role of government been such a prominent element of public commentary than since President Obama took office in 2009.
Whether Edward Snowden and the NSA, Bradley Manning and Wikileaks, Obamacare or the IRS, there has been, rightfully, discussion on the constitutionality of each.
America is truly blessed and unique in that it had such an extraordinary founding, the answers to any of its problems or ailments do not require great search. They can be found in the Constitution, in the Declaration of Independence, and in the early writings of Americans that reveal the principles upon which America was truly built.
Fortunately, we have great men still today who are authorities on, and have dedicated their lives to, America’s founding, like my great friend, young gun Joshua Charles, the co-author of The Original Argument with Glenn Beck. And so, in the spirit of these public discussions concerning the Founders, the following are the principles upon which the American experiment and polity were based:
- The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural Law.
- A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.
- The most promising method of securing a virtuous people is to elect virtuous leaders.
- Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.
- All things were created by God, therefore upon him all mankind are equally dependent, and to him they are equally responsible.
- All mankind were created equal.
- The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things.
- Mankind are endowed by God with certain unalienable rights.
- To protect human rights, God has revealed a code of divine law.
- The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.
- The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.
- The United States of America shall be a republic.
- A Constitution should protect the people from the frailties of their rulers.
- Life and liberty are secure only so long as the rights of property are secure.
- The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy and a minimum of government regulations.
- The government should be separated into three branches.
- A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power by the different branches of government.
- The unalienable rights of the people are most likely to be preserved if the principles of government are set forth in a written Constitution.
- Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained by the people.
- Efficiency and dispatch require that the government operate according to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to protect the rights of the minority.
- Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom.
- A free people should be governed by law and not by the whims of men.
- A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.
- A free people will not survive unless they stay strong.
- “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.” (Thomas Jefferson)
- The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore the government should foster and protect its integrity.
- The burden of debt is as destructive to human freedom as subjugation by conquest.
- The United States has a manifest destiny to eventually become a glorious example of God’s law under a restored Constitution that will inspire the entire human race.
Remember them. Live them. Read them. Learn them. And never forget them. The Founders were so prescient, even in the world of today which is on some levels entirely different, they have the solutions to America’s problems.