Action and effectiveness…
Our principles are based upon our mission statement:
Our mission is to actively promote a return to Constitutional government according to its original meaning, as the most effective avenue to encourage public policy that promotes personal responsibility, protects individual liberty and property, and guarantees limited government, sovereignty, and free markets.
On this page we have laid out a brief articulation of those principles. Note that each principle, below, is linked to a growing archive of articles which are somehow related to it for those who wish to find out in more detail where we stand on issues related to our principles. The links are recognizable by their different text color.
In addition to our principles, it is also important we highlight the following….
Our philosophy and actions are not based on party politics – both have strayed from the Constitution.
Since the federal government’s powers were limited and definite and the remaining rights were reserved to the States and to the people, our efforts will be focused on the State and local levels.
(To read GiN articles related to any principle, simply click on the linked heading for each)
Since the Constitution as originally written limits and enumerates the powers of the federal government, and all other powers are reserved to the States and to the people, state and local governments are free to enact various laws, policies and controls, based on the will of the body politic, that would be both improper and unconstitutional were the federal government to attempt to impose those same laws, policies, and controls on all the states.
The Constitution is an enduring document, not a living, evolving one. Consequently, a proper interpretation of the Constitution can only be achieved by reference to the original meaning of the words it contains.
An understanding of original meaning requires consideration of the words themselves and their context, as well as history, tradition, and legal precedent, the latter grounded in American jurisprudence as opposed to that of foreign jurisdictions. A judge’s consideration of “values” and of consequences evaluated in light of those values is inconsistent with the rule of law and outside the proper role of a judge.
Limited government is only feasible in a civil society wherein people regulate themselves. A civil society requires a well-informed, actively-engaged citizenry that takes pride in hard work, self-reliance, and that exerts self-control. Although each individual is ultimately responsible for the consequences of his or her own behavior, in a civil society there is an affirmative moral obligation for private citizens to assist those who are unable to fend for themselves (also protection of property rights, below). The core unit which determines the strength of a civil society is the traditional family; therefore, the government should foster and protect its integrity.
The Bill of Rights is a charter of negative liberties. It declares what the government cannot do. Implicit are the notions that rights belong to the individual; that those rights come from a source other than government; and that the effect of government action is necessarily to impair, rather than to advance, individual liberty.
Consequently, the government which governs best, in that it promotes individual liberty to the greatest extent within the confines of a civil society, is that government which governs the least. There can be no liberty without life.
Just as there can be no liberty without life,life and liberty are secure only so long as the right to property is secure.
Our principles regarding property rights are likely best summarized in the following quote from President Grover Cleveland:
“No man would become a member of a community in which he could not enjoy the fruits of his honest labor and industry. The preservation of property, then, is a primary object of government. Government, therefore, has no authority to take from any man any part of his property for the benefit of another without his consent and, even then, not without first paying just compensation therefor. Moreover, though the people support the government, the government should not support the people. The charity of individual Americans should be relied upon to relieve fellow citizens in misfortune.”
Recognizing the primary purpose of government is to protect an individual’s rights to life, liberty, and property, and history has exampled that the larger government becomes the more likely these rights are to be violated, it is clear that government must necessarily be limited.
A separation and balance of powers in our system requires a dual sovereignty. The federal and state governments are sovereign, each within their appropriate spheres.
Federal government was intended to maintain the sovereignty of the nation as a whole and that is why its powers were enumerated to deal only with matters affecting all of the States and the people, on relations with foreign entities, and among or between the States. It was never intended that we be governed through a central or national government.
Federal government’s powers are limited and enumerated; all the rest are reserved to the States and to the people. State governments, through their own Constitutions, laws, and the will of the people, are the appropriate determiners of the affairs within each state. Just as it was not intended for the federal government to encroach upon the States’ sovereignty, it was not intended for the States to engage in activities reserved to the federal sphere.
The Constitution, if followed as written should ensure that a free market can flourish. A free market is one in which individuals are able to freely exercise a fundamental right to acquire, use, buy, sell, or trade property. In order to have a truly thriving free market, there must be a stable and reliable measure of market value – a sound currency. Congress should not delegate its Constitutional authority to coin money and regulate the value thereof to any private entity.
Updated September 23, 2014