More than two centuries ago, a profound idea was born.
- A group of brave individuals joined together to proclaim that all people are fundamentally equal—equally endowed with the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- They dared to decree that government exists to secure these God-given rights, deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed, not a central power.
But now that idea—America—is under siege by big-government radicals whose mission it is to slowly and deliberately dismantle our nation’s foundational principles. With over-reaching regulation, out-of-control spending, high deficits, and a weakened national defense, America is looking less and less like the America of our Founding Fathers.
This must be stopped!
As we face an election like no other in our nation’s history, conservatives must come together to stand for the principles on which our nation was founded and proclaim in unison our commitment to the ideals that our Founders proclaimed more than two centuries ago.
We believe in the spirit of our Founding Fathers and come together from across the nation to sign the following Declaration, reaffirming our belief in the principles on which our nation was founded. We sign as individual citizens, united in our belief that our nation was established as a constitutional republic in which the power of government is limited under the rule of law, securing liberty and justice for all.
We believe this nation is uniquely dedicated to the universal principles of human liberty: that all are fundamentally equal and equally endowed with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Americans are necessarily equal and self-governing citizens, and the U.S. government is established to secure those fundamental rights. With a government of limited ends, we have the liberty and opportunity to live our lives, control our fates, and pursue our own happiness.
However, over-reaching government dictates and a growing disregard for the role of faith in public life have led to increasing erosions of religious liberty. Together we stand in defiance of any edict that compels our institutions to participate in any act that impedes our ability to freely worship or to act in accordance with a particular faith without fear of government reprisal.
Although government must perform its proper responsibilities effectively and energetically through the three distinct branches of federal government and through all 50 states and thousands of counties and local municipalities, we demand that the government recognize the clear constitutional limits to its powers.