Declaration of American Values for the 21st Century

  1. eyetheconstitution12913We are a nation created under God.
  2. We believe in the principle of separation of Church and State.
  3. We believe in each of the principles set forth in our Declaration of Independence, including the inalienable right of every American to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
  4. We believe that all American citizens shall be treated as equals and they shall not be discriminated against based on sex, color, creed, or age.
  5. We believe in our Constitution, including each of the Bill of Rights and the constitutionally limited role of the central Federal Government in the day to day lives of American citizens.
  6. We believe in State’s rights.
  7. We believe the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches of government require the placement of new constitutional safeguards to maintain their independence from the influence of special interests to avoid oppression by the central government.
  8. We believe that the government works for the people, and all elected officials and civil servants must be held accountable for their performance, including respect for these values and the people they are supposed to be serving, not themselves or the special interests they are aligned with.
  9. We believe that elected office should be a temporary civic duty, not rewarded by the long term assignment of political positions of power that over time become subject to the influence of special interests.
  10. We believe in the national security of the United States of America, and the ability of the nation to protect American citizens from foreign and domestic enemies.
  11. We believe that those American citizens, veterans and civilians alike, who place the good of the nation ahead of their own well-being through personal sacrifice shall be recognized and afforded the nation’s highest respect and admiration in both word and deed.
  12. We believe that the power of the Federal Government to oppress the people in the new age of information technology means that we must continue to restrain the power of government through the continued use of warrants as set forth in the Constitution.
  13. We believe that all Americans must bear the burden of taxation equally or not at all; corporations operating in the United States must pay fair and equitable taxes to the United States Treasury.
  14. We believe in the philosophy of laisse faire where the government does not compete with the private sector or otherwise improperly infringe on the proper role of free enterprise in commerce.
  15. We believe in the principle of public investment in basic and applied research for the benefit of the United States.
  16. We believe in the principle that all able bodied Americans should have the opportunity to work; welfare should be limited to those who are unable to work.
  17. We believe that for the laws of the land to be effective they must be fairly enforced through a system of justice upon which all American citizens can rely to receive justice, regardless of their color, creed, or economic status.
  18. We believe that the unchecked power of Wall Street and large banking houses threatens the well-being of all American citizens; our system of justice demands the application of swift and commensurate punishment for those who willfully violate the laws of the United States of America, including bankers and members of the securities markets.
  19. We believe in the Jeffersonian principle that education is critical to the good governance of the nation; the good governing of the nation depends on well-educated citizens who understand the workings of a republican democracy and the issues of the day.
  20. We believe in a balanced budget and the reallocation of surpluses directly to the people for the betterment of society.
  21. We believe that it is the responsibility of each American citizen to assure that the lives of future generations of Americans are better than the lives which now we lead.
  22. We believe in an environment that is safe for each American citizen and allows for the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for future generations of Americans yet to come.
  23. We believe that freedom depends on an inquisitive and objective media committed to reporting the news free from the influence of government, corporate, or other special interests
  24. We believe that longer life-spans, the growing number of elderly citizens in America, their low incomes and ill-preparedness for retirement, represents a new challenge for the 21st century that will require changes in the way we assure the dignity and respect for America’s oldest citizens.
  25. We believe in the principle that Constitutional Conventions must be held from time to time, as foreseen by our Founders, to address the rapid changes taking place in our society.

5 thoughts on “Declaration of American Values for the 21st Century”

  1. I think #13 is a problem. If corporations are making their money selling a product to the American people, then it is the PEOPLE who purchase the product who are paying the tax. I have no issue with corporations paying a tax on the income derived from overseas sales. I’d like to note, however, that this is the ONLY quibble I have with the above Declaration. For 25 statements about how the US should be run, that is in itself extraordinary.

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