U. S. Constitution - 5000 Year Leap Principles of Liberty

The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen 26 Principles of Liberty memorization

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Principle 1
The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural 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 and morally stable 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 men are created equal
Principle 7
The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things.
Principle 8
Men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.
Principle 9
To protect man's rights, God has revealed certain principles 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 be structured to permanently protect the people from the human frailties of their rulers.
Principle 14
Life and liberty are secure only so long as the right of property is 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: legislative, executive and judicial.
Principle 17
A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power.
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 in the people.
Principle 20
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
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."
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 freedom as subjugation by conquest
Principle 28
The United States has a manifest destiny to be an example and a blessing to the entire human race.