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28 fundamental beliefs of the Founding Fathers or as they are sometimes called 
the 28 principles of Liberty:

Principle 1 - The only reliable basis for sound government and just human 
relations is Natural Law. Natural law is God's law.

Principle 2 - A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless 
they remain virtuous and morally strong.

Principle 3 - The most promising method of securing a virtuous people is to 
elect virtuous leaders.

Principle 4 - Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.

Principle 5 - All things were created by God, therefore upon him all mankind are equally dependent, and to him they are equally responsible.

Principle 6 - All mankind were created equal.

Principle 7 - The proper role of government is to protect 
equal rights, not provide equal things.

Principle 8 - Mankind are endowed by God with certain 
unalienable rights.

Principle 9 - To protect human rights, God has revealed 
a code of divine law.

Principle 10 - The God-given right to govern is vested in 
the sovereign authority of the whole people.

Principle 11 - The majority of the people may alter or 
abolish a government which has become tyrannical.

Principle 12 - The United States of America shall 
be a republic.

Principle 13 - A Constitution should protect the people from the frailties of their rulers.

Principle 14 - Life and liberty are secure only so long as the rights of property are secure.

Principle 15 - The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy and a minimum of government regulations.

Principle 16 - The government should be separated into three branches.

Principle 17 - A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power by the different branches of government.

Principle 18 - The unalienable rights of the people are most likely to be preserved if the principles of government are set forth in a written Constitution.

Principle 19 - Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained by the people.

Principle 20 - Efficiency and dispatch require that the government operate according to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to protect the rights of the minority.

Principle 21 - Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom.

Principle 22 - A free people should be governed by law and not by the whims of men.

Principle 23 - A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.

Principle 24 - A free people will not survive unless they stay strong.

Principle 25 - "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations -- entangling alliances with none."- Thomas Jefferson, given in his first inaugural address.

Principle 26 - The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore the government should foster and protect its integrity.

Principle 27 - The burden of debt is as destructive to human freedom as subjugation by conquest.

Principle 28 - The United States has a manifest destiny to eventually become a glorious example of God's law under a restored Constitution that will inspire the entire human race.

-National Center for Constitutional Studies

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