28 PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY
Founding Principles of America
- Natural law is the basis of a just and free society.
- A free society cannot exist without moral and virtuous people.
- A free society cannot exist without moral and virtuous leaders.
- The role of religion is foundational.
- Role of the Creator.
- All men are created equal in their unalienable rights.
- Government protects equal rights, does not provide equal things.
- Unalienable rights are endowed by their Creator.
- To protect rights God revealed certain divine laws.
- Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed; sovereignty remains with the people.
- Oppressive government may be altered or abolished by the people.
- The United States shall be a Republic.
- The best protection from human frailties is written law.
- Property rights secure people’s liberties.
- Free market and minimal government best supports prosperity.
- Government should be separated into three branches: Legislative, Executive and Judicial.
- A system of checks and balances help to prevent abuse of power.
- A written Constitution protects unalienable rights.
- Governments should have limited and defined powers.
- Majority rules, law protects the minority rights.
- Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom.
- A free people are governed by law and not by whims of their leaders.
- Good education keeps people free.
- A free people cannot survive unless they stay strong.
- “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”
- Family is the basic unit of society and should be fostered and protected.
- Avoid debt.
- The United States has a manifest destiny to be an example and a blessing in sharing and promoting the principles of liberty.
Principles of Liberty Source:
Over 150 volumes of the Founding Fathers’ original writings, minutes, letters, biographies, etc. distilled into “The Five Thousand Year Leap” by W. Cleon Skousen. Published by the National Center for Constitutional Studies, 1981.