The Principles of Governance

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  • The legitimacy of government is affirmed by the citizens:
    • Agreeing on a social contract/compact/constitution,
    • Shared values, E Pluribus Unum (e.g. Natural Law, Judeo-Christian values),
    • Never relinquishing their unalienable rights (equality, life, liberty, property), and
    • Consent to be governed (power derived from the people).
  • The nation must remain united as mutual military security is its prime purpose. A house divided cannot stand,
  • With the citizens retaining the right to secession/rebellion if the government becomes negligent, corrupt or untrustworthy,
  • The recognition of certain universal timeless moral values, Natural Law, and man’s true human nature: truth, love, goodness, work and creativity,
  • The family is the basic building block of the nation,
  • The government that governs least, governs best,
  • The Law is the king (Rule-of-Law),
  • A republican form of government (not a democracy),
  • The limitation of the powers of government,
    • Separation of powers (three branches),
    • Specific limitation of Federal powers,
    • All other powers are vested in the States (States’ rights),
    • Multiple layers of governance (federal, states, local…),
    • Favoring proximity to the people,
    • Minimal regulation, as regulations destroy freedoms and raise prices.
    • Mixed modes of authority (fixed terms, life-terms, …),
  • Taxation based on principles, not politics,
  • Fiscal responsibility (not immoral debt),
  • The peaceful transition of power,
  • Rule of the majority (with respect for the minority),
  • The process of amending, and
  • No one is exempt from the law.

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