Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States, where men were free.”
But how do we fight for, protect and pass along freedom to our children?
- Pray for our leaders and the citizens who vote them into office every election cycle.
- Register to vote, if you haven’t already!
- Read the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution (including the Bill of Rights), and “The 5000 Year Leap” by W. Cleon Skousen.
- Vote wisely, based on the following 28 principles (see below), as the Founders instructed us to. Click here to read what they had to say.
America’s Founding Principles
America’s Founders created this nation on the basis of 28 timeless, self-evident principles, guaranteeing us lasting peace, prosperity, and freedom:
- The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural Law.
- A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.
- The most promising method of securing a virtuous and morally stable people is to elect virtuous leaders.
- Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.
- All things were created by God, therefore upon Him all mankind are equally dependent, and to Him they are equally responsible.
- All men are created equal.
- The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things.
- Men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.
- To protect man’s rights, God has revealed certain principles of divine law.
- The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people through representative government.
- The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.
- The United States of America shall be a republic.
- A constitution should be structured to permanently protect the people from the human frailties of their rulers.
- Life and liberty are secure only so long as the right of property is secure.
- The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy and a minimum of government regulations.
- The government should be separated into three branches – legislative, executive, and judicial.
- A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power.
- The unalienable rights of the people are most likely to be preserved if the principles of government are set forth in a written constitution.
- Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained in the people.
- Efficiency and dispatch require government to operate according to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to protect the rights of the minority.
- Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom.
- A free people should be governed by law and not by the whims of men.
- A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.
- A free people will not survive unless they stay strong.
- “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.”
- The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore, the government should foster and protect its integrity.
- The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation by conquest.
- The United States has a manifest destiny to be an example and a blessing to the entire human race.
For a deeper understanding of these principles, read The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen.
Here are some other things you can do:
- Find, track and contact your U.S. Congressional leadership — Visit http://congress.freedomworks.org to find your Senator and/or Representative, their voting scorecard and their contact information.
- Find and contact your N.C. Senator and Representative and see how they’ve been voting on various bills by visiting CivitasAction.org.
- Attend local government meetings using the information below…
Wilson City Council (Contact #: 252-399-2302)
Monthly meeting schedule: Every 3rd Thurs @ 7 pm @ City Hall (2nd Thurs in Dec) – Full schedule @ www.wilsonnc.org/government/agendas/citycouncil.
Aired live on Channel 8 (Greenlight & Time Warner Cable). Replay schedule & view on-line @ www.wilsonnc.org/government/broadcastschedule.
Wilson Planning Board
Monthly meeting schedule: Every 1st Tues @ 7 pm @ City Hall – Full schedule @ www.wilsonnc.org/government/agendas/planningboard.
Wilson Co. Commissioners (Website: http://www.wilson-co.com/index.aspx?nid=114)
Streaming video and past recorded mtgs/minutes are available @ www.wilson-co.com/media.
Wilson Co. School Board (Contact # 252.399.7700; Website: www.wilsonschoolsnc.net/pages/Wilson_County_Schools/Departments/Board_of_Education)