The 28 Principles Our Nation Was Founded On
||The only reliable basis for sound government and just human
relations is Natural Law.
|| A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution
unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.
|| The most promising method of securing a virtuous and morally
stable people is to elect virtuous leaders.
|| Without religion the government of a free people cannot be
|| All things were created by God, therefore upon Him all mankind
are equally dependent, and to Him they are equally responsible.
||All men are created equal.
||The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not
provide equal things.
||Men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
|| To protect man's rights, God has revealed certain principles of
||The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign
authority of the whole people.
||The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government
which has become tyrannical.
||The United States of America shall be a republic.
||A constitution should be structured to permanently protect the
people from the human frailties of their rulers.
||Life and liberty are secure only so long as the right to
property is secure.
||The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a
free-market economy and a minimum of government regulations.
||The government should be separated into three branches --
legislative, executive, and judicial.
|| - A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent
the abuse of power.
||The unalienable rights of the people are most likely to be
preserved if the principles of government are set forth in a written
||Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated
to government, all others being retained in the people.
||Efficiency and dispatch require government to operate according
to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to
protect the rights of the minority.
||Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving
||A free people should be governed by law and not by the whims of
||A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad
program of general education.
||A free people will not survive unless they stay strong.
||"Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations --
entangling alliances with none."
||The core unit which determines the strength of any society is
the family; therefore, the government should foster and protect its integrity.
||The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation
||The United States has a manifest destiny to be an example and a
blessing to the entire human race.
And there you have it... the 28 Principles this great nation was founded on.
Taken from "The 5000 Year Leap" by Dr. W. Cleon Skousen