Principles are those governing precepts and practices when applied produce predictable results. Principles are not theoretical or subject to popular opinion. They work because they are founded on natural law superseding finite human perspective and are applicable, similar to the universal laws of physics.
For example the charters of freedom, upon which this great nation was built were founded on principles designed to produce a certain outcome as wisely drawn up in the Preamble of the Constitution of the united States. The system of government established for that purpose has succeeded in direct correlation with the principles that produce the desired outcome. If the outcome desired is true freedom we are bound to apply the principles that produce those results and I, without reservation, fully embrace both the rights and responsibilities associated with limited, responsive general government as well as self government.
The model of government created as Washington noted was, “not laid in the gloomy age of ignorance and superstition, but at an Epoch when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former period…the United States came into existence as a Nation, and if their Citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own.”
The laws established were generally beautiful in their simplicity they were designed to protect innocent citizens against criminal acts perpetrated by both individual criminals, but more importantly, against organized criminals they referred to as Tyrants, whose political acts, in the name of law legalized fraud, abuses and otherwise criminal acts against individuals and institutions. Prevention against, and protection from this type of encroachment upon certain unalienable rights through the mask of public opinion, public good, or simply in the name of the public in general was the primary feature found in the Constitution of the United States of America.
The model of government in America has been looked to as a light in a world of feuding nations and aggressions against the rights of humanity.
And now we stand at a crossroads, will we, the beneficiaries of a noble birthright dismiss it for the proverbial mess of pottage? Will we permit the fabric of this nation, woven by the fibers of the integrity of individuals, to disintegrate? Will we permit ourselves to become subjects, treated like insensitive objects to fulfill the schemes of others; blindly loyal to whatever political purpose the public pundits push? The category of principles focused on here are those that apply to our individual responsibilities in society and the related role of government.
Society and government are related but it is vitally important to understand that there are fundamental differences for citizens who wish to be free to prosper and free from bondage in its many forms. The basics of the principles of society are produced by our wants and the basics of why society forms government results from our wickedness.
The mutual respect we hold for the unalienable rights of individuals forms the basis of society and any disregard of the rights of individuals forms the basis of government.Supreme Court Justice Sutherland said “The individual has three rights, equally sacred from arbitrary interference [from government]: the right to his life, the right to his liberty, the right to his property. These three rights are so bound together as to be essentially one right. To give a man his life, but to deny him his liberty, is to take from him all that makes his life worth living. To give him his liberty, but to take from him the property which is the fruit and badge of his liberty, is to still leave him a slave.”
The following tenets are the platform of the Utah Republican Party and these principles are consistent with the limited, responsive role of government. Thomas Jefferson also referred to “essential principles” in his first inaugural address.
And to sum up why I embrace the concept of fundamental principles here are two quotes the first by George Mason out of the “Virginia declaration of rights”“That no free government, or the blessing of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.” The second out of the Utah State Constitution “Article I section 27″ “Frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is essential to the security of individual rights and the perpetuity of free government.”
EducationEducation is such an important part of our civilization. Parents, teachers and communities share a common responsibility in the process of education. Education is a journey, a lifelong journey that accompanies life itself. It begins in the home where life’s journey in addition to institutions of elementary education, secondary and higher education provide environments to advance education. Ultimately education resides within each individual. Maybe the most critical part of education is to instill a love of learning. Education, to reference its epistemological root, comes from the Latin word meaning “to lead forth”. This connotes a value laden term begging the question which way is forth? There is no reservation in my mind that education is a fundamental part of being a free people. But education of the mind is not all. In light of ever changing fashions, societal values and technological advances it is becoming more evident that education in terms of morals are vital. Theodore Roosevelt said it well, “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” So the question to ask is where are we, first individually and then as a society, going with education?
Almost 2/3 of every dollar paid in the form of our property taxes in Iron County goes into the school system. Ironically Utah spends LESS per pupil that any state in the United States including the some US territories like Puerto Rico and yet we spend in the top 10 of all States as a percent of the entire budget. What does this mean? and Why is this the case? These are important questions but in Utah we do much with relatively little. The successes we have can be rightfully contributed to outstanding teachers, administrators and parents but the students and our culture deserve a fair share of the credit. That doesn’t mean we can’t do better but to be clear education does not just take place in the schoolroom it is the entire composition of knowledge and choices that directs the individual. Education is about individuals becoming their best, not for Governments to take credit or to treat individuals as products for society but rather because as a society we care about what is best for the individual. This is a 24/7/365 process. As one of my favorite sources Thomas Jefferson noted, “The qualifications for self-government in society are not innate. They are the result of habit and long training.” I love the adage that says, “It ain’t what a man don’t know that makes him a fool…It’s all the things he does know…that just ain’t so.” Finally, on education I have deep gratitude for those teachers and associates who have influenced me and continue to contribute to the furthering of education.
Individual Rights and ResponsibilitiesLife is the fundamental right upon which all other unalienable rights, endowed by our Creator, are predicated. Those measures to protect life reside first with parents commencing life thereby creating a family unit-the elemental institution of society. Under the US Constitution, the bill of rights, the first ten amendments, were added to remind us and protect us from the creature the people created. It is not only the right but the duty for the people to reign in usurpation or abuse of the authority we have granted to government. Our responsibilities are simple: Do all you have agreed to do. Do not encroach on other persons or their property.
Family ValuesThe family holds supreme authority in promoting virtues, values and best practices for the protection of life and respect for individual rights. It is in the family unit where the primary responsibility for the creation and protection of children exists. The family serves as the training grounds for children and is the vital link to a healthy society.
Limited, Responsive GovernmentPeople form government and through the consent of the people government may function for the purpose of acting on their behalf. Government cannot receive authorization from people or rightfully function in any capacity which people individually themselves cannot rightfully function. The role of government, under the direction of society which is the aggregate of families and individuals and institutions, when it promotes those virtues, values and best practices for the overall promotion of justice and the protection of individual rights exemplifies limited government. Yet when those who infringe upon the rights of others and are found guilty of criminal acts we, through government, establish laws and enforce laws to hold accountable unjust acts against our fellow citizens. Therefore, the quintessential responsibility of civilized society is to champion individual rights, the role of family and of those institutions that promote a self governing culture. Because of the limited nature of that rightful authorization the size of government exists directly in proportion to the degree that society will not or does not self govern.
Institutions and other organizationsInstitutions and organizations of any type that promote self government and individual responsibility and supports individual virtues and family values form a vital component to a civilized society thereby minimizing the need for government intervention. Therefore, institutions that promote virtues, values and best practices for supporting education, a culture of individual responsibility and liberty, justice, economic prosperity, natural resource stewardship and private property are vital to a free nation.
Private PropertyPrivate property consists of any and all items owned for private or non-government purposes. Whether personal items or land, the right to be secure in ones private property comprises the hallmark of civilized society and as John Adams said “the moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God … anarchy and tyranny commence. PROPERTY MUST BE SECURED OR LIBERTY CANNOT EXIST”
Fiscal DisciplinePrivate as well as public wealth is destroyed by not only mismanagement but more precisely debt
- Magna Carta
- Habeus Corpus
- Declaration of Independence
- Utah Constitution
- US Constitution
- Iron County General Plan
- History of Iron County
- The Federalist Papers
- The Anti-Federalist Papers
- Common Sense by Thomas Paine
- The Law by Frederic Bastiat