The Committee for First Principles believes that government cannot and must not act on its own or without the consent of the governed. Government must be limited to enumerated powers and charged with certain specific responsibilities. The Constitution was written as a document for all time and provides guidance and a framework of basic government. It defines and guarantees fundamental rights and liberties. As citizens we are required to understand and uphold these words as a principle doctrine of our existence as a nation. We believe that we are responsible for assuring compliance and adherence by all elected members of government with our Constitution and commit ourselves to the preservation of the first principles that are reflected in the Constitution.
The Committee for First Principles has organized to engage in an activist effort to bring government back into compliance and adherence with the Constitution. We will recruit, educate, organize, and mobilize our fellow citizens and civic groups to monitor the actions, the legislation, and the regulations which are enacted on behalf of the American people. We will act to secure public policy consistent with our core values. We will confront office holders and political figures to challenge those policies which do not reflect the best principles of the public trust and where necessary seek redress of grievances within the Judicial system.
• The Hand of Providence
• The Founding Documents
• Enumerated Powers
• Personal Responsibility
• Separation of Powers
The Hand of Providence: The Founding Fathers acknowledged first and foremost, the God who they felt had been the source of and endowed them with all the blessings of liberty and freedom. We accept that all blessings bestowed upon a free people, and their desire and determination to govern themselves, is built upon the relationship between God and man and that the burden upon man of liberty, justice, and freedom in equal proportion for all people, is the fundamental article of faith. Ours is a society based upon that faith in a God almighty and upon the laws which have guided that faith for millennium.
The Founding Documents: The founding documents represent the sum of a knowledge and philosophy of the greatest thinkers throughout time, and since the creation of man. The founders were heavily influenced by the concept of “public virtue,” and the most perfect ideals of self determining society that can exist in a government that was created of, by, and for the people. The founders set a very high bar, but one that hoped would lift the hearts and minds of the people throughout the land and unite them as a great people and a greater nation that would be an inspiration to the world and an example of what free men can aspire to.
Enumerated Powers: The government may exercise the powers which it is specifically granted by the Constitution, and subject to explicit restrictions in the Bill of Rights and other protections found in the Constitutional text. All prerogatives not vested in the federal government nor prohibited of the states are reserved to the states and to the people, which means that the only prerogatives of the Congress (as well as the Executive Branch and the Judicial Branch) are limited to those explicitly stated in the Constitution.
Personal Responsibility: Personal responsibility is the freedom to create and act upon the principles of our own lives. It is accepting the responsibility for choices we make, for the way we think, the way we act, and the way we feel. It is a blessing equated with the greatest endowment of freedom and power because it is a transformational edifice providing us with the power of self determination. Our actions therefore spring not from our thoughts, but from the readiness that comes with the acceptance of responsibility.
Separation of Powers: Government is divided into three distinct parts; The Legislative Branch deliberates over and makes the Law. It Lays and Collects Taxes, and has the power to declare war, among other specific powers. No other branch shares these duties. The Judiciary branch holds trials and decides cases under the nation’s laws. No other branch of government has this right. The Executive branch has sole authority and responsibility for daily administration of the nations bureaucracy. This power is exclusive to them. Therefore, each is responsible for exercising the checks and balances that assure the proper function of the government as a whole, and none may act in the capacity of another.