Northeast Pennsylvania Spirit Of 1776

   Statement Of Principles and Beliefs

(Developed, in part, from the SHARON STATEMENT, September 11, 1960)

We are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the “greatest generation,” who fought in foreign lands to defeat Fascism, Nazism and Communism.  

We believe that our government has forgotten its responsibilities , as stated in the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the 

"Let our object be, our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country"
Daniel Webster. . .
Address at Bunker Hill
"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."  Edmund Burke, 1729-1797 
general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity...”  

We believe that our elected officials have abandoned the concept of Separation of Powers of the Three Branches of Government as stated in Article I of the Constitution. Government has become an ever-growing Leviathan, consuming private wealth and property, destroying Liberty and Freedom and abandoning adherence to the Constitution.

We believe that Oaths of Office have become empty, meaningless rituals for too many elected officeholders.

We believe that The Rule of Law has been replaced by the Rule of Man.  

WE also believe: 

“THAT foremost among the transcendent values is the individual’s use of his God-given free will, whence derives his right to be free from the restrictions of arbitrary force;

THAT liberty is indivisible, and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom;

THAT the purpose of government is to protect those freedoms through the preservation of internal order, the provision of national defense, and the administration of justice;

THAT when government ventures beyond these rightful functions, it accumulates power, which tends to diminish order and liberty; 
THAT the Constitution of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering government to fulfill its proper role, while restraining it from the concentration and abuse of power; 

THAT the genius of the Constitution - the division of powers - is summed up in the clause that reserves primacy to the several states, or to the people in those spheres not specifically delegated to the Federal government;

THAT the market economy, allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the single economic system compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government, and that it is at the same time the most productive supplier of human needs; 

THAT when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation, that when it takes from one to bestow on another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both; AND

THAT we will be free only so long as the national sovereignty of the United States is secure; that history shows periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies. “

Our guiding principles are contained in three documents: 

★ The Declaration of Independence

★ The Constitution of the United States of America 

★ The Bill of Rights