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 Three: Upholding the Traditional Family is Paramount—
“…laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” ~ Declaration of Independence
“The most important consequence of marriage is, that the husband and the wife become in law only one person” (James Wilson, Natural Rights [Higher Authority Common Law] of Marriage, 1792).
Protecting the traditional family as a distinct institution is among the highest priorities for a nation’s laws. This historic arrangement has proven overwhelmingly to be the best setting for raising children to live healthy, responsible lives (Genesis 2:23–24).
American Principle Four: All Men Are Equal in the Sight of God and the Law—
“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 . . .” ~ Declaration of Independence
Any concept of authoritarianism that presumes to override the sovereignty of man under God over government is a violation “. . . of the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them . . .” ~ Declaration of Independence
People of different faiths, with different racial and cultural backgrounds, and people who are gifted in different ways are created equal and deserve to be treated equally by the civil and criminal justice systems. Any concept of authoritarianism that presumes to override the sovereignty of man under God over government is a violation of “equal in the sight of God and the law.”
“The multitude I am speaking of is the body of people–no contemptible multitude–for whose sake government is instituted; or rather, who have themselves erected it, solely for their own good–to whom even kings and all in subordination to them, are strictly speaking, servants and not masters” (Samuel Adams, essay in the Boston Gazette, 1771).
~ David Norris
A full discussion of these vital American Principles can be found in my book, Restoring Education Central to American Greatness.