Supporting initiatives to encourage a better understanding of the Founding Principles upon which our government is based.
We are dedicated to helping you develop a deeper understanding of America‘s founding, the actual principles upon which our government is based, and how authority should be allocated within it.
Judeo-Christian doctrines played an important role in shaping our Founders thinking insofar as they embraced the ancients commitment to justice, truth, and virtue and added a coherent sense of morality.
In the 17th century, the English political philosopher John Locke integrated another ‘thread’ into the Western tradition: the idea of representative, limited government.
Scottish moral philosopher Adam Smith described the miracle of free markets and the ‘invisible hand’ of the marketplace that combines men’s natural self-interests with their equally natural ‘fellow-feeling’ for others.
Edmund Burke articulated the need to avoid simplistic ideologies that ignore the ever changing complexities of life and to build civilization using a synthesis of ancient prescriptions in conjunction with reason, prudence, tradition, and experience.
“The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution may be the cornerstones of our form of government, but they, in turn, owe a great deal to the principles expressed in some of our earliest political writings.”ANONYMOUS
“The best of our traditions provide the additional knowledge that things which have had a good reputation over the course of time are more trustworthy than untried and untested theories.”Larry P Arnn
“Put another way, most of the documents at the center of American political theory – and the values, concerns, and preferences they embody – emerge out of the experiences and circumstances of the American people at different times and places. As such, these documents are integral to coherently explicating the American political tradition; indeed, they constitute its essence.”George W Carey
“America is great because she is good, and if America ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”Alexis de Tocqueville
“I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.”Ronald Reagan, Epitaph