"For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us." —John Winthrop, 1630 (Pilgrim & First Governor of Massachusetts)
The Patriot Post is part of an ongoing revolution inspired by Ronald Reagan and waged by the American people against the prospect of a tyrannical government that threatens the very liberty that gave it rise. The Patriot Post is an instrument for the dissemination of current and historical conservative thought for the plurality of Americans who uphold the most basic tenet of our Republic: "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
We believe that individual liberty, the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and the promotion of free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values can be secured only through the exercise of individual rights and responsibilities as ordained by God and established by our nation's Founders in our Declaration of Independence and its subordinate exposition, our Republic's Constitution.
As finite guidance for understanding the plain language of our Constitution, we rely, first and foremost, on the writings of our Founders, including its most comprehensive explication, The Federalist Papers, a defense of our Constitution by its author, James Madison, and Founders Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.
Like our Founders, we believe that the role for our central government, as defined by the Constitution and outlined in The Federalist Papers in 1787, was, and remains the correct role. To this end, we also believe that the constitutional federalism envisioned by our Founders and outlined by our Constitution's Bill of Rights was grossly violated by our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. What was left of federalism in the 20th century was largely dismantled by the administrations of Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, in combination with extra-constitutional judicial diktats, the result of judicial activism beginning in the 1950s and continuing, largely unabated, to the present day.
The Constitution's 10th Amendment states, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." This language is very specific about the limitations the Constitution places upon the central government and those responsibilities reserved by the several states. But for decades, the Left, the judicial activists that do their bidding, and the mainstream media that provide their cover, have evaded the plain language of our Constitution — to the point that this venerable document has been essentially mothballed.
Indeed, many of the Constitution's faults, as outlined in The Anti-Federalist Papers, have been borne out. Though the Federalists provided a mechanism to alter our Constitution for redress of those issues, few leaders today have the vision and courage of our Founders. As a result, the "central government" prescribed by our Constitution as ratified in 1787 (and affirmed by Ronald Reagan's Executive Order on Federalism) bears little resemblance to the "federal government" today.
Under such conditions, we become a nation no longer governed by law, but one governed by men — the latter being wholly antithetical and hostile to the immeasurable sacrifice of millions of Patriots since the battles of Lexington and Concord.
We believe that dissemination of The Patriot's timeless message of liberty, limited government and free enterprise is critical to the furtherance of our Founders' vision. As Thomas Paine once said, "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it."
Throughout history, the burden of keeping the flame of liberty bright has fallen on the shoulders of a few men and women. As Founding Patriot Samuel Adams once noted, "It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
Our mission objective is to restore our nation's Constitution to its proper legal status by providing our readers each week with a conservative synopsis of a wide spectrum of reliable information from reputable research, advocacy and media organizations; by providing them with a brief, timely, informative and entertaining survey and analysis of the week's most significant news, policy and opinion as anecdotal rebuttal to political, social and media Leftists.
Our mission purpose is to challenge the Left's virtual media monopoly on public opinion by providing superior constitutional context for critical issues and policy matters through the world's most cost-effective and widely used medium.
Our vital mission in support of national defense, includes our mission of service to the men and women in our Armed Forces -- today's uniformed Patriots who stand ready to defend our nation with their blood and life. It is for that reason that we request no financial support from our military readers around the world, opting instead to provide our publications and resources to them as a small token of our gratitude for their service.
Resolved by the Board of Directors that we, and the National Advisory Committee, Editors and Staff of The Patriot Post, willingly and of our own free will, affirm our belief in, reliance upon and commitment to the God of Christendom, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We further Resolve, that the Board of Directors, National Advisory Committee, Editors and Staff of The Patriot Post, affirm our commitment to advocate the Credo outlined in The Patriot's statement of First Principles, including the advocacy of standards of righteousness that honor God and His precepts for living, and adherence to a standard of truth, based on God's Word.
ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ACTING IN THEIR OWN BEHALF, AND ON THAT OF THE NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, EDITORS AND STAFF OF THE PATRIOT POST, UPON ITS INCEPTION, AND RENEWED EVERY YEAR THEREAFTER.
We believe that individual liberty and personal responsibility, together with limited government, free enterprise and a stalwart national defense, are essential to sustain the legacy of our national heritage.
Individual liberty rapidly decays into corruption and anarchy without a meaningful commitment to personal responsibility based on our nation's Judeo-Christian heritage. Traditional beliefs and values must therefore continue to serve as our touchstone and compass.
The Cycle of Democracy follows this sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty (rule of law);
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage (rule of men).
As for the gap between dependence and bondage, philosopher and Author of Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, wrote, "The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time." Are we irrevocably locked into the Cycle of Democracy where rule of men is inevitable, or will Republican Rule of Law prevail?
Our Founders established a republican form of government in order to enfeeble this cycle, however, the advent of a national means of shaping public opinion (mass media) has, in effect, rendered the protections of republicanism futile. Politicians, who promise redistribution of wealth, can depend on a majority of their indoctrinated constituencies to vote themselves benefits from the public treasury. Thus, the Republic is at high risk of following the same cycle as democracies, unless there is intervention by Patriot leadership — those committed to a higher calling than their own self interests.
We believe a government that is strong but limited secures liberty best. The letter of the Constitution defines these limitations, and when our government oversteps them, it becomes tyrannical — regardless of the party in power. This notion of limited government — Lex Rex and not Rex Lex — guided our Founders as they composed the Declaration of Independence. This established a nation guided by the rule of law, not the rule of men.
We believe the fundamental duty of the federal government is to secure the rights of its citizens. This is accomplished through a fair and robust justice system, a strong national defense, and a foreign policy that always puts America's interests first.
We believe that the Constitution of the United States is supreme law of the land, and the best instrument yet instituted by man for protecting personal liberty by establishing a limited and defined role for government. Its genius lies in its clear separation of powers at the federal level and its recognition that other non-enumerated powers reside with the states and their citizens.
We believe that the only economic philosophy congruent with these commitments to individual liberty and limited government is free market capitalism. Individuals contribute to this system through personal industry and initiative; government contributes by confining its regulatory activity within constitutional limits and by employing a system of taxation that is fair and comprehensible for all citizens. Entitlements and welfare schemes destroy not only personal initiative and responsibility, but also liberty and prosperity. Political freedom is inseparable from economic freedom. Thus, when the government stays within its constitutional role, America prospers.
In 1916 an outspoken advocate for Liberty, William J. H. Boetcker, published a tract entitled "The Ten Cannots." It fittingly contrasts the competing political and economic agendas of the right and left in this era:
However, now the Democrat Party is replete with western apologists for socialist political and economic agendas advocating, essentially, Marxist-Leninist-Maoist collectivism.
Nineteenth-century historian Alexis de Tocqueville once observed, "Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."
Tocqueville was commenting on liberty and free enterprise, American style, versus socialism as envisioned by emerging protagonists of centralized state governments. And he saw on the horizon a looming threat — a threat that would challenge the freedoms writ in the blood and toil of our nation's Founders and generations since who have honored their oaths "to support and defend" our Constitution.
Unfortunately, few in the Executive, Legislative or Judicial branches of government abide by their solemn oaths.
We envision an America where the primacy of constitutional authority, especially constraints on the legislature and judiciary, will be restored in order to ensure liberty, opportunity, prosperity and civil society; where the primacy of traditional families and timeless values are the foundation of culture; where the primacy of religious liberty restores religious expression in the public square; and where we can rest assured that our nation is fully capably of defending our national security and national interests.
Let there be no doubt, then, that The Patriot's allegiance to our Constitution and the authority of our Declaration of Independence far exceeds loyalty to any individual, organization or political party. Indeed, it is this selfsame allegiance that brought The Patriot Post into being.