The principles that we, the Lynchburg Tea Party, adhere to are:
1. Limited government,
2. Fiscal responsibility,
3. Individual liberty with personal responsibility,
4. Free and fair markets,
5. Constitutional governance
The Five Points of Freedom’s Star…Liberty Uprising
“It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” — Daniel Webster
“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.” — Thomas Jefferson
Individual Liberty with Personal Responsibility
“No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles” — Patrick Henry
Free and Fair Markets
“Harmony, liberal intercourse with all Nations, are recommended by policy, humanity and interest. But even our Commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither seeking nor granting exclusive favours or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of Commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing with Powers so disposed; in order to give trade a stable course.” — George Washington
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” — Patrick Henry
We are Americans. We are blessed to have been born, or to have come, to the greatest nation to have ever been divinely conceived in mind of human genius. In my lifetime I have seen this Republic triumph over the tyranny of communist world domination, and to set the universal standard of freedom. I have witnessed those who survived and escaped the subjugation of all manner of tyranny come to this nation dreaming, then turning human efforts and ingenuity into reality, and pursue the happiness of peace, prosperity, and liberty.
Tyrants have always been present, and come in so many forms. Not just tyrants of flesh and bone, but the tyranny of poverty, disease, ignorance, apathy, and idleness, all oppressive, although often misidentified. The founders of this Republic knew these tyrants well and gave to us a form of government that would protect us from these thieves of our God-given freedoms. But, only if we as active and engaged citizens, would elect representatives who would strictly adhere to the founding principles; the five points of Freedom’s Star.
These founding principles; limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual liberty with personal responsibility, free and fair markets, and constitutional governance have seemingly become lost to our society in general, and to our government specifically. It is difficult to identify the point at which our government began to lose it’s way. The time-line is blurred. Governments, like men, each have their own personalities, and make decisions on what they perceive to be the needs of the moment. Seldom, it seems, do men, or governments, look into the future and contemplate the consequences of their actions on future generations. Most will make decisions only regarding that which is expedient in the moment. Understanding this fact should make the miracle of America more precious to those of us who have reaped the rewards of the founders foresight.
Why does this glorious vision now become at least ignored, and at worse, hidden? Why do so many feel entitled to the bounty produced by the labor of others? Why does a government designed to allow all people to pursue happiness, to achieve, to enjoy the fruits of their personal and united labors, so long as they do not not infringe on the rights and abilities of others to do the same, sabotage the creativity and commerce of the individual? Why does a government founded with the understanding of the equality of the human soul go to such extremes to grant favors and and assign extra value to the opinions of certain groups based on skin pigmentation, lifestyle choices, or arbitrary group affiliation?
The answers to these questions may vex and perplex those who do not seek to understand the vision of the founders. However, viewed through the mind’s eye of the founders, the answer is not as illusive as one may imagine. When one has an understanding of human nature unchecked by any morality other than ego and lust for power, the understanding possessed by our founders, which was used to establish the law. With their understanding they erected our defensive bulwark against such tyrants; The Constitution of The United States.
Tyrants have learned to divide us into small groups of single interests, and focus us on these single issues, and against one another; thereby isolating us from the issues that do bind us together, and place government, and the tyrants in chains and allow WE THE PEOPLE to possess the keys. Tyrants have chosen to blind, or at least distract, us from the light of freedom, and obscure the view of the vision and foresight of our founders.
However, with the bold and brazen attempts of the tyrants now in power, WE THE PEOPLE have come to the conclusion that there is light, although dim to some, in the vision on our founders contained in the Constitution. This light and understanding is being restored, and this restoration strikes fear into the heart of the tyrants. We are coming to see clearly the five points of freedom’s star, there is upon us a new great awakening.
We are once again witnessing . . . Liberty Uprising!