Principles of Freedom
per National Center for Constitutional Studies
· The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation by conquest.
· Life and liberty, are secure only so long as the right of property is secure.
· The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things.
· The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free market economy and a minimum of government regulation.
· Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom.
· Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained in the people.
80%-90% of voters you contact as part of the Neighborhood / Precinct Organizingblock-walking or volunteer phone calling will be like-minded and will be receptive to voting for candidates aligned with our principles. Some will even want to join your patriot organization and the Neighborhood / Precinct Organizingefforts. All you need to do to start the conversation with potential voters is ask if they too are concerned about career politicians bankrupting our country. Experience to date is proving that’s all it takes to determine if the voter is like-mined! Even un-informed voters, once they are made aware of what is at stake, quickly align around the patriot organization principles as a basis for selecting political candidates!
Polling continues to show a growing voter support for the Tea Party and its message. The following two polls affirm that the Tea Party movement is gaining strength which must be channeled to have political and election impacts. A mid-January, 2011 Gallup poll showed that 7 in 10 national adults, covering Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, say it is important that leaders in Congress take the Tea Party movement’s position and objectives into account as they address the nation’s problems. Among Republicans this number is 88%, even though only half are self-identified Tea Party supporters. A February, 2011 Rasmussen Poll indicates that 68% of likely-voters believe big-government and big-business work together against the interests of consumers and investors. This view is shared across partisan, demographic, and ideological lines. Rasmussen states that: “As a result, the gap today between Americans who want to govern themselves and politicians who want to rule over them may be as big as the gap between the colonies and England during the 18th century. And that’s true whether Republicans or Democrats are in charge.”
We must also be able to more effectively articulate specific, common-sense economic principles to engage and recruit voters, rather than just rely on slogans such as “limited government”, “free-markets”, and “fiscal responsibility”. THE CHURCH AND THE MARKETby Thomas Woods, Jr., is one of the best books to explain these economic principles, many of which we share on the “Economic Principles” tab on our website. Discussed topics include: Wealth Creation & Standard of Living, Prices/ Profits/ Wages, The Socialist Nanny State, and Social Justice.
Importantly, in contrast to partisan persuasive messaging which is only relevant for one campaign and have no long term effect once the candidates move on or issues are resolved, using non-partisan Constitutional principles of limited government, free markets, and individual liberties as a basis for selecting candidates has lasting relevance!