THE AMERICAN LEGACY

America became great because its citizens possessed vigorous virtues: self-reliance, personal responsibility, industriousness, and a passion for freedom. Uncompromising integrity seemed to have been the hallmark. We are a society who thrive on a culture of opportunity; we are not satisfied with a culture of dependency.

Every person, regardless of birth, social, or financial standing, should have the shinning opportunity for success and happiness, and to feel safe and secure from enemies both foreign and domestic. Each person deserves the right to live, to be one's self, and to become all for which she or he is capable. Each individual deserves to reside and work in an environment where there is confidence in our economic and monetary system. And, to live where our economy is garnered and supported by a vibrant free market system with free market solutions to meet the economic and social challenges of the day.

In the United States' Declaration of Independence, our founding fathers stated: "...we hold these truths to be self-evident, 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 in a harmony of interest, as Adam Smith put it, and rules of cooperation that have developed through generations of human experience and collective reasoning. These rules promote the betterment of the individual and society. And thus, each individual through one's own pursuit should have an equal opportunity to achieve the fruits of the American dream.

It is true, the American Legacy may mean something different to everyone. Throughout history, great accomplishments have always started with the vision of an individual or individuals who mustered the courage to overcome the fear of failing. We believe that each achiever has a dream which is so much the key to their vitality and which so clearly defines one's character. And at the same time, the achiever finds the excitement of limitless possibility which tends to inspire one to endeavor and strive to achieve even beyond minimal expectations. And it is this zest and imagination which overrides fears with the emergence of hopeful possibilities.

As part of our American legacy, private property and liberty are inseparable. The individual's right to live freely and safely and pursue happiness includes the right to acquire and possess property, which represents the fruits of one's own intellectual and/or physical labors. The denial or diminution of one's private property or the collectivization of that property by government denies that person the right to liberty and thereby seriously encroaches on one's freedom.

With the fast moving events of our times, willful ignorance of realty is no virtue. True wisdom suggests that when driving in the wrong direction, you don't step on the pedal and go faster, but you turn around and get back on track. And liberty carries with it the moral imperative that all in our society must have the opportunity to live and work in a society where there is security at home and where our national interests are protected abroad. It is imperative there be an end to the war waged against profit and prosperity and that we stabilize our bleeding economy, reduce our egregious debt, put an end to generational theft, balance and cut the federal budget, limit the size and scope of government, and utilize free market principles to gain energy independence from tyrannical nations.

These matters weigh heavily on the minds of most Americans. The reality of the American legacy is that we live in a land in which life is better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to their ability and achievement. It is spurred on by hope, faith and charity, with a vision for the future, resilience for the now, and appreciation for the past. This dream is guided by moral virtue, transmitted by a determined zeal, under girded by a noble work ethic, and valued by a sense of accomplishment for the better and encouragement for the many. That is how we see it FROM THIS PERSPECTIVE.