The FreedomMaker Principles encompass both unchanging principles of the U.S. Constitution and more fluid issues of our time which require direct attention. The fluid issues are either areas the government has no constitutional authority or constitutional abuses are being perpetrated by the government.
This is not an exhaustive list, nor will there ever be 100% agreement by all on the contents. This is an agreed upon list by the national FreedomMaker steering committee and will never satisfy all, but comes miles closer than the actions the government is actively traveling. If you agree with 80% of the listed principles, the question you are challenged to ask is: how does that compare with your approval of the current government?
Each FreedomMaker Chapter is to use this as a guide when requesting a candidate to commit to a Freedom Pledge. Together the candidate and the local, state or federal steering committee will work toward an acceptable language.
1) INSTILL THE CONCEPT OF PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY INTO ALL DECISIONS AND EXPECT THE SAME FROM OTHERS.
a) Empower success, allow failure.
2) FREEDOM OF SPEECH, NOT EQUALITY OF SPEECH
a) Oppose any government, agency, entity or individuals whom seek to restrict our 1st. First Amendment Rights of speech or attempt to apply quotas on free speech.
3) GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
a) Support legislation which brings accountability to elected officals, government bureaucrats and agencies who abuse and overstep the power they are entrusted.
b) Equality of law. Congress shall not pass laws or programs that they exempt themselves from.
4) EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY NOT OUTCOME
a) All U.S. citizens should have equal opportunity regardless of race, age, sex and religion. Quotas and special ethnic programs divide and create prejudices and should be terminated.
5) RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
a) Support legislation which advances and protects our Second Amendment right to bear arms.
b) Seek to abolish current laws which restrict the right to bear arms.
c) Provide active oversight of regulatory agencies to assure the right to bear arms.
6) RIGHT OF PERSONAL PROPERTY
a) Eminent domain is not allowed for economic development projects. If eminent domain is deemed necessary for a public project then the government should pay a premium, i.e. 150% of appraised market value.
7) FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND EQUALITY OF RELIGIONS
a) Citizens should be free to worship without prejudice.
8) STATES RIGHTS
a) Support legislation which shrinks the size of Federal government.
b) Support legislation which transfer rights back to the states.
9) PROTECT THE ELECTION PROCESS TO ELIMINATE VOTER FRAUD
a) Actively assure our voting process remains uncorrupted.
b) Eliminate early voting, no voting should occur any sooner than two weeks prior to an election.
c) Institute identification requirements and assure a one person one vote process.
10) REDUCE GOVERNMENTS’ FOOTPRINT AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT
a) Reduce Taxation. Control Spending. Balance the Budget. End deficit spending.
b) Support legislation which combines, eliminates or reduces Federal bureaucracies.
c) Review all regulations at all levels of government, eliminate as many as possible and simplify the remaining.
11) PROTECT NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY
a) Do not relinquish control to the UN or any other Global Agency
b) Remove funding for Multi-Nationalism.
c) Ban the Implementation of International Law in U.S. Court Decisions.
d) Support a constitutional amendment that treaties cannot supersede or conflict with the U.S. Constitution.
12) MAKE ENGLISH THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE
a) Support a constitutional amendment stating English is the national language. Eliminate the inefficiencies, and expense of dual-languages. Use these resources instead for states to teach the English language.
13) PROTECT OUR BORDERS
a) Close and protect the borders. No Amnesty for Illegal aliens. Only emergency care for illegal aliens. Deport illegal aliens when captured.
b) End “Catch and Release” policies; when requested to confirm legal status, secure adequate proof of legal residence or incarcerate for deportation hearings.
c) Enforce immigration law at all levels of government.
14) REDUCE AND REFORM TAXATION LAW
a) Do not support legislation which increases taxation.
b) Reform and simplify the tax code.
c) Abolish property and income tax.
d) Significantly diminish the IRS