There is a definite, unique, American belief that translates into specific principles for the establishment and workings of our government. This completes 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 Thirteen: Government Power and Taxes Limited for Liberty’s Sake
“. . . imposing Taxes on us without our Consent . . .” Declaration of Independence
“Liberty and security in government depend not on the limits, which the rulers may please to assign to the exercise their own powers, but on the boundaries, within which their powers are circumscribed by the Constitution,” James Wilson Lectures, p. 179. James Madison condemned taxing the thrifty and financially independent citizens for purposes of leveling. He condemned this practice, advanced by old European secular philosophy, as “improper” and “wicked” (The Federalist No. 10).
American Principle Fourteen: Life Liberty and Happiness, Humanity’s Goal
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed . . .” Declaration of Independence
American Principle Fifteen: Benevolent Provision and Heart of God for Man Recognized
“Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the [Creator-based Declaration of] Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth In witness where of We have hereunto subscribed our Names . . .” Constitution of the United States
The Declaration of Independence—“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor.”
~ D. Norris