There is a definite, unique, American belief that translates into specific principles for the establishment and workings of our government. This continues a discussion of immortal principles central to liberty and American greatness as found in the Declaration of Independence. Compromise of any of the following principles leads to harmful consequences.
American Principle Ten: Government Must Be Decentralized
“The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them” (George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796).
American Principle Eleven: The Plain Reading and Intent of the First Amendment Can Not Be Legitimately Compromised By Judgments from Subsequent Amendments
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States).
The main weapons used short of brute force by the enemies of government by and for the people are violations of First and Tenth Amendment citizen protections from tyranny of the mind. Universal justice lives eternally. Consequently, when a handful of lawyers on the Supreme Court reversed the Constitutional First and Tenth Amendment protections, they caused distrust of the law and judiciary. With a nationwide grassroots review of history, this tragic reversal of what was a living justice-protecting Constitution can be restored.
American Principle Twelve: Vital to American Work Ethic, Property Ownership Must Be Secure
The people “. . . are entitled to life, liberty and property . . .” (Declaration of Independence, First Continental Congress, 1774)
“Our wish is that . . . [there be maintained] . . . the state of property, equal or unequal, which results to every man from his own industry, or that of his fathers” (President Thomas Jefferson, Second Inaugural Address, 1805).
~ D. Norris