Our Inspired Founders We believe the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Framers of the Constitution were inspired of God to establish our free government. We believe these men set forward God's preferred pattern for successful government. Wilford Woodruff "I am going to bear my testimony to this assembly... that those men who laid the foundation of this American government and signed the Declaration of Independence were the best spirits the God of heaven could find on the face of the earth. They were choice spirits, not wicked men." This Nation Shall Endure We believe the United States will endure as prophesied by Joseph Smith. The Constitution will be saved and America will prove successful. We believe the Restoration Generation will play a role in leading the movement to save our Constitution. Joseph Smith "Even this nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground, and when the Constitution is upon the brink of ruin, this people will be the staff upon which the nation shall lean, and they shall bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction." Our Manifest Destiny We believe it is America's manifest destiny to export freedom to the rest of the world. As we learn how to successfully practice the Constitution as given to us by the Lord, all other nations will eventually choose to follow our example. J. Reuben Clark "For American has a destiny – a destiny to conquer the world... by unselfish effort... a conquest that shall bring, through the workings of our own example, the blessings of freedom and liberty to every people, without restraint or imposition or compulsion from us..." Millennial Government We believe that free government, as ensured by constitutional government, will be the foundation and pattern of theocratic government during the Millennium. We believe the restored Constitution will be the foundation of the political Kingdom of God. Harold B. Lee "The question is now whether or not we can make a Republican form of government work, not merely for America but for the world, as all other nations under Heaven may be persuaded... to adopt similar governmental systems, thus fulfilling the ancient prophecy of Isaiah 'that out of Zion might go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.'" Prophetic Authority We believe prophets speak on behalf of God in all things, including politics. Although we welcome members of all faiths, the Restoration Generation will never take a political position that contradicts prophetic declarations of any era. Ezra Taft Benson "We encourage earthly knowledge in many areas, but remember, if there is ever a conflict between earthly knowledge and the words of the prophet, you stand with the prophet, and you’ll be blessed and time will vindicate you." W. Cleon Skousen We endorse Cleon Skousen as the preeminent scholar on the Constitution and the Founders' original intent. We recognize The Making of America as the standard for constitutional interpretation and the only analysis on the Constitution endorsed by the prophets. Thomas S. Monson "His fierce loyalty to our country and his attempts to protect our freedoms are well-recognized. As he lifted his voice, both in the books he authored and the speeches he delivered, he was a powerful influence for good… His vision and achievements will remain a lasting legacy and blueprint for others to follow…" Religious Freedom We believe that religious freedom, or freedom of conscience, is a fundamental right that makes the rest of our freedoms possible. America was established on the basis of protecting the freedom to believe, express, and practice our beliefs freely. Dallin H. Oaks “In our nation‘s founding and in our constitutional order, religious freedom and its associated First Amendment freedoms of speech and press are the motivating and dominating civil liberties and civil rights... [O]nly those principles in the hearts of a majority of our diverse population can sustain [our] Constitution today." A Priesthood Duty We believe that it is a responsibility of all priesthood holders to defend and perpetuate the principles of the Constitution. The Constitution is the primary weapon of defense every father must uphold to protect his family and their rights. David O. McKay "If members of the Melchizedek Priesthood allow the U.S. Constitution to be destroyed, they not only forfeit their rights to the Priesthood, but to a place in this highest degree of glory as well." Justifying Intervention We believe that our nation has experienced great political, moral, and social decay, and that it will take divine intervention to heal our nation. We believe a small number of us can justify heaven's intervention by following the four steps outlined by President Benson. Ezra Taft Benson "How do we prepare ourselves so God will intervene in our behalf...? 1) We must... look to God... as the source of our freedoms... 2) make the creation of quality family life a high priority... 3) become informed and knowledgeable citizens... [and] 4) become actively involved in supporting good, wise and honest people..." Classical Liberalism We believe classical liberalism is an essential element of a strong nation. Classical liberalism promotes freedom, compassion, service, and strong relationships, and when moderated by true conservatism, brings out the best side of our great nation. Classical Conservatism We believe classical conservatism provides an essential check on the passions and emotions of the people. Classical conservatism provides the wisdom and foresight needed to ensure rights and resources remain secure. Social Conservatism We believe that it is the responsibility of each citizen to support moral legislation, and to use laws to defend true principles. We believe that defending traditional conservatism and social standards that promote life, fidelity, traditional marriage, and a strong nuclear family. The Nature of Rights We believe our rights come from God, are unalienable, and are always associated with a commandment. We do not believe we have any right to do something that is not right. All true rights are based in religious principle and can be found in scripture. Defending the Family We believe the family is the central unit of all of society. We believe the decay of the family unit is the primary source of America's greatest problems, and we believe the healing of the family unit will yield many of our greatest solutions. True Education We believe that the aim and end of all true education should be to teach students how to serve God, family, and country. All other objectives of education ultimately miss the mark and fail to prepare us to achieve true prosperity. 28 Principles We believe a constitutional government can only be successful when operating within the 28 principles of successful government, as outlined in The 5,000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen. We believe any other pattern for government will eventually fail. Genders & Roles We believe gender is an essential characteristic of our eternal identity and purpose. We believe that God, in His wisdom, has plans and roles for men and women that are unique and complimentary and designed to maximize our happiness. First Presidency "ALL HUMAN BEINGS—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose." Private Property We believe the right to private property is essential to the preservation of all other rights. It is through the use of private property that the rest of our rights become realized. We believe government has a responsibility to respect and defend our right to property. Amendments We believe that as the Constitution was inspired by God and that anything "more or less" would produce evil, all constitutional amendments passed should "improve and perpetuate" the 28 principles of successful government. James Madison Happily for America, happily, we trust, for the whole human race, [the founders] ... accomplished a revolution which has no parallel in the annals of human society. ... They formed the design of a great Confederacy, which it is incumbent on their successors to improve and perpetuate. 3 Unequal Branches We believe that the three branches of government are not equal in powers or responsibilities. We believe the Constitution established the legislative as the most important branch and intended the judicial to have the least power. Balanced Center We believe the Founding Fathers intended for the Constitution to place our government in the balanced center, avoiding the dangers of either too much or too little government. Any deviation from this balanced center leads us to tyranny or anarchy. Role of Religion We believe the influence of religion in America cannot be over-appreciated or adequately emphasized. We believe that religion provides the moral standards that makes a nation good and strong, and we oppose efforts to minimize the good influence of religion in America. Alexis de Tocqueville "[D]espotism may be able to do without faith, but freedom cannot. ... How could society escape destruction if, when political ties are relaxed, moral ties are not tightened? And what can be done with a people master of itself if it is not subject to God?" Temple Prayers We believe temple dedicatory prayers change the prophecy of the land and should be used as we seek to understand our national destiny. We believe that we can learn much about God's plan for specific regions of America and the world by studying these prophecies. The Jonah Principle We believe that prophecies can be either absolute or conditional. We believe while many prophecies are absolute and will happen exactly as described, other prophecies are provided just to influence our behavior and are used primarily to encourage our repentance. Immigration We believe immigrants are the life-blood of America. We believe those immigrating legally should be embraced and recognized as the Americans who often have the greatest appreciation for the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution. Ezra Taft Benson "What kind of logic assumes that loving one’s country means jealousy, suspicion and hatred of all others? Why can’t we be proud of America ... and also have a feeling of brotherhood and respect for other peoples around the world? ... Are we now to believe that love of our own country will suddenly cause us to hate the peoples of other lands?" Middle East Conflict We believe Arabs and Jews are cousins in the wonderful family of Shem, and that both families are entitled to the blessings promised by God to their father Abraham. We work to reunite these families and encourage them to live together in peace. Muhammad We believe the prophet Muhammad was a great man who was called by God to preach repentance to his people. We believe Muhammad fulfilled his calling to lead his people in worshipping the one true God of our common father, Abraham. LDS First Presidency "The great religious leaders of the world such as Mohammed, ... and others, received a portion of God's light. Moral truths were given to them by God to enlighten whole nations and to bring a higher level of understanding to individuals." Nullification We believe the nullification of unconstitutional laws by the states is based on good principles but is unsustainable in practice and neglects to permanently solve serious problems regarding vertical separation of powers and our failing system of checks and balances. Federal Taxation We believe the direct, federal income tax as provided by the 16th amendment to be unconstitutional and view no methods of structuring direct federal taxes as wise or constitutional. Taxes should be collected by the states. H. Verlan Anderson "[T]he power to destroy.... [The Founders provided] restrictions upon the power of the Federal Government to impose direct taxes. ... When this nation adopted the 16th amendment to the Constitution in 1913, it abandoned this safeguard to human rights provided by the Lord’s form of government and substituted therefor Satan’s proposal for their destruction." School Choice We regard education as a local/state issue and believe the federal government should not intervene. We do not believe vouchers are a solution to this problem as federal money always has strings attached and can be used to dictate the operations of private schools. Ezra Taft Benson "Think of the impact for good we could have if we all united behind the prophets in preserving our Constitution. Yet witness the sorry spectacle of those presently of our number who have repudiated the inspired counsel of our prophet when he has opposed federal aid to education..." Socialism & Communism We believe socialism and communism are satanic counterfeits to God's plan which seek to effectively eliminate agency, the role of families, and the influence of religion, replace voluntary charity, degrade moral standards, and eliminate private property. David O. McKay "The position of this church on the subject of communism has never changed. We consider it the greatest satanical threat to peace, prosperity and the spread of God’s work among men that exists on the face of this earth.” Limited Government We believe the freedom of the people is best preserved when the powers of the government at any level is significantly limited and carefully enumerated. Government should be very strong in its few areas of delegated responsibility. Ezra Taft Benson "The powers the people granted to the three branches of government were specifically limited. The Founding Fathers well understood human nature and its tendency to exercise unrighteous dominion when given authority. A constitution was therefore designed to limit government to certain enumerated functions, beyond which was tyranny." Democracy We believe the Founding Fathers considered democracies to be extremely dangerous and fueled by violent passions and emotionalism. As democracy requires the direct involvement of all the people, it is not scalable and cannot be considered a viable for of government. John Adams "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide." Republicanism We believe governments are best executed by true representatives of the people who are sensitive to their needs and emotions but also have the wisdom and foresight to protect the people against the dangers of both tyrannical and anarchistic extremes. Jon Meacham "Democracy is easy; republicanism is hard. Democracy is fueled by passion; republicanism is founded on moderation. Democracy is loud, raucous, disorderly; republicanism is quiet, cool, judicious – and that we still live in its light is the Founders' most wondrous deed." Political Party Loyalty We believe it is extremely dangerous to place unconditional trust in political parties. We believe Americans should base their engagement in politics on principle and avoid loyalty to politicians and guard their rights from infringements by any parties or persons. George Washington "However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely... to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will ... subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion." Secret Combinations We believe there is ample evidence of individuals and organizations who seek to destroy our freedoms and undermine the Constitution. We believe extensive research can help us recognize these organizations who seek power, gain, and glory. Ezra Taft Benson "Secret combinations lusting for power, gain, and glory are flourishing. A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and control over America and the entire world." Alliances We believe the Founding Fathers were wise to call formal, entangling alliances a danger to our national security. As alliances inherently categorize other nations as enemies, we believe America should proactively work to build peaceful relations with all countries. George Washington "It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world." Church & State We endorse the institutional separation of church and state insomuch as it prevents the federal government from intermeddling with religious affairs. We also endorse religious belief influencing our individual morals and hence our state and national policies. Ezra Taft Benson "I support the doctrine of separation of church and state as traditionally interpreted to prohibit the establishment of an official national religion. But this does not mean that we should divorce government from any formal recognition of God." Electoral College We believe the electoral college was an inspired system for choosing our president. We also believe the system has been corrupted by party politics and would need to be restored before it can ever provide the kind of president our nation deserves and needs. W. Cleon Skousen "[The Founders] felt that if responsible, experienced and politically astute persons were selected by each State to survey the candidates, we would be likely to get higher quality leaders. In other words, the selection would be based on the principle of “witnesses” rather than having the people vote blindly on the basis of campaign propaganda."