Articles of Truth

Articles of Truth

By Concerned Citizens for Truth
plus an edited version suggested by Harlan Brown, May 22, 2010

This web page reproduces "Articles of Truth" by Concerned Citizens for Truth and proposes an edited version of that document. The original version is as follows:

Articles of Truth (original version)

We believe:

I. We affirm that we will be free as long as this nation maintains its subordination under Divine Authority as attested to by the exhaustive documentation penned by our founding fathers, and the patriots that succeeded them. We further maintain that historical documents germane to our basic liberties should be studied, and diligently taught to our posterity. We resist historical revisionism, and deny that outside entities have the right to usurp our three-branch system of government via any form that attempts to circumvent their inherent authority and/or impedes due process as established by the U.S. Constitution;

II. With the witness of exhaustive documentation to support the same, we affirm that the United States of America was founded by men and women who believed that the creation of this nation involved Divine providence, rather than solely attributable to human effort devoid of Divine guidance. We further affirm that foremost among the transcendent values is the individual's use of his or her God-given free will, from whence is derived such person’s right to be free from the restrictions of arbitrary force, unreasonable constraints, or unlawful outside intervention to restrict individual freedom that is not allowed at the expense of another’s;

III. We affirm that liberty and freedom are indivisible, and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom. We further attest that true economic and sociological freedom must be supported by sound, factual, unbiased and well-rounded education;

IV. We affirm that our three branches of government are ultimately servants of the citizens they represent, and are their conduct must be above reproach in light of the established articles of the U.S. Constitution;

V. We affirm that government’s purpose is to protect its citizens’ unalienable rights and freedoms through the establishment and preservation of internal order, the provision of national defense, and the administration of justice objectively in accordance with the spirit and intent of the U.S. Constitution-- without bias or a predisposed position;

VI. We affirm that the Supreme Court is the only Constitutionally-prescribed and protected judicial entity. We further affirm and appreciate it and other courts subordinate to it, for their vital role of fairly and equitably determining the spirit and intent of the law (in light of the U.S. Constitution). This appreciation for the judiciary will remain steadfast for any and all who operate as strict constructionists (i.e.: those who strictly interpret the law, not make the law). We deny that the judiciary should operate beyond their delegated scope of jurisprudence;

VII. We affirm that our Legislative branch has the responsibility to craft and clearly articulate laws exclusive to and consistent with the spirit and intent of the U.S. Constitution. We further affirm that the Legislature should disestablish wayward judiciary at their pleasure. We adamantly affirm that any decision to exercise proactive measures (judicial disestablishment, censure or impeachment) must be entered into with great deliberation and commensurate to the level of concern from the constituents represented, and to the level of offense exhibited by any wayward member of the three branches of government. We also strongly affirm that it is irresponsible for the Legislative branch to remain passive to avoid unpopularity, for political gain or expedience, or to avoid any necessary proactive measure when any legislative, executive, or judicial member or official (when borne out through Constitutional due process) clearly betrays the public trust by abusing the power and/or authority vested in them;

VIII. We affirm that the Constitution of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering government to fulfill its proper role, while restraining it from the concentration and abuse of power. We further affirm and welcome any entity that desires to invoke its rights under the U.S. Constitution if same entity is desirous of abiding by the final determination of the same constitutional process once the appellate process is exhausted;

IX. We affirm that the market economy, equitably allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the single economic system compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government, and that it is at the same time the most productive supplier of human needs. We further affirm that when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation. We deny that government should operate on the tenant of taking from one person to bestow on another, for this diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both;

X. We affirm that the national sovereignty of the United States is to be maintained without compromise; that history shows periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies: foreign and domestic. We further affirm that United States foreign policy must be judged solely by the following criterion: “Does this policy serve the just interests of the United States?” We deny that the United States of America should engage in any dialogue that considers the Global opinion at the expense of our nation’s best interests (or our economic and/or physical security).

XI. We affirm that the genius of the Constitution, the division of powers, is summed up in the clause that reserves primacy to the several states, or to the people, in those spheres not specifically delegated to the Federal government, and that government officials are to be held to a high standard of accountability because they are expected to never betray the public trust. We further affirm that it is essential for our citizens to adamantly protect the essence of our liberties as articulated in the Preamble to the United States Constitution;

XII. Finally, we, as Concerned Citizens for Truth (CCFT), affirm that this grass roots organization will be strictly non-partisan. As such, we will endeavor to objectively enlighten our nation’s citizens on any person, group, doctrine, law, organization, entity or entities who promote, distort or suppress the historical and/or contemporary objectives established and maintained in the United States Constitution. Outside endorsement of our organization will not be sought. Any official position of CCFT (subsequent to this initial charter) will be made by the National Chairman, under the advisement of a governing board of five members in concert with recommendations from our Board of Directors of twelve independent, not-for-profit organizations whose governing ethos is compatible with the basic CCFT charter statement. CCFT will make such assessments via fair, unbiased and objective review processes. We welcome and support all who wholeheartedly subscribe to CCFT fundamental tenants of affirmation without guile or hypocrisy.

Proposed reorganization

Following is a proposed reorganization that compares the proposed organization with corresponding sections in the original:

We believe in:
1. Truth
   a. Source of truth
   b. Divine authority      I. Divine authority
   c. Divine providence     II. Divine providence
   d. Unalienable rights
2. Moral virtue
3. Individual liberty       V. Government's purpose
4. Limited government       IV. Branches of government; VIII. U.S. Constitution
   a. Legislative branch    VII. Legislative branch
   b. Executive branch
   c. Judicial branch       VI. Judicial branch
   d. States' powers        XI. States' powers
5. Free enterprise          III. Economic freedom; IX. Market economy
6. National sovereignty     X. National sovereignty
7. Nonpartisan organization XII. Nonpartisan organization

Articles of Truth (proposed version)

We believe in:

  1. Truth
    We believe in the existence of absolute truth even though we as limited, mortal human beings may not be able to attain a full and complete understanding of truth in this life. Truth is whatever corresponds to reality. The view that no person's ideas are any better or truer than those of another is irrational and absurd.
    1. Source of truth
      We believe in a Creator who is the source of absolute truth.
    2. Divine authority
      We affirm that we will be free as long as this nation maintains its subordination under divine authority as attested to by the extensive documentation penned by our founding fathers and the patriots that succeeded them. We further maintain that historical documents germane to our basic liberties should be studied and diligently taught to our posterity. We resist historical revisionism and uphold our right to maintain our constitutionial republic as one nation under God.
    3. Divine providence
      With the witness of extensive documentation, we affirm that the United States of America was founded by men and women who believed that the creation of this nation involved divine providence rather than being solely attributable to human effort devoid of divine guidance.
    4. Unalienable rights
      We assert the truth acknowledged in the Declaration of Independence that all human beings are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Additional rights include but are not limited to the right to private property.
  2. Moral virtue
    With rights come responsibility. We affirm the importance of moral virtue as essential to the survival of our constitutional republic. While government has the duty to defend the unalienable rights of its citizens, in cases not involving unalienable rights or the commands of the Creator, moral virtue must be voluntary and not coerced by government.
  3. Individual liberty
    We affirm that government’s purpose is to protect its citizens’ unalienable rights and freedoms through the establishment and preservation of internal order, the provision of national defense, and the administration of justice objectively in accordance with the spirit and intent of the U.S. Constitution—without bias or a predisposed position. We further affirm the Constitution's provision that no person be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.
  4. Limited government
    We affirm that our three branches of government are ultimately servants of the citizens they represent and are their conduct must be above reproach in light of the established articles of the U.S. Constitution. We affirm that the Constitution of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering government to fulfill its proper role, while restraining it from the concentration and abuse of power. We further affirm and welcome any entity that desires to invoke its rights under the U.S. Constitution if same entity is desirous of abiding by the final determination of the same constitutional process once the appellate process is exhausted.
    1. Legislative branch
      We affirm that the legislative branch has the responsibility to craft and clearly articulate laws exclusive to and consistent with the spirit and intent of the U.S. Constitution. We further affirm that the Congress and state legislatures should disestablish wayward judiciary at their pleasure. We adamantly affirm that any decision to exercise proactive measures (judicial disestablishment, censure, or impeachment) must be entered into with great deliberation and commensurate to the level of concern from the constituents represented and to the level of offense exhibited by any wayward member of the three branches of government. We also strongly affirm that it is irresponsible for the legislative branch to remain passive to avoid unpopularity for political gain or expedience or to avoid any necessary proactive measure when any legislative, executive or judicial member or official (when borne out through constitutional due process) clearly betrays the public trust by abusing the power or authority vested in them.
    2. Executive branch
      We affirm that the executive branch has authority to issue executive orders and take actions only when they are consistent with the Constitution and with laws passed by the legislative branch. If the legislative branch or the judicial branch passes a law or issues a decision that clearly violates the Constitution, it is the duty of the executive to act in accord with what the Constitution says.
    3. Judicial branch
      We affirm that the Supreme Court is the only constitutionally prescribed and protected judicial entity. We further affirm and appreciate it and other courts subordinate to it for their vital role of fairly and equitably determining the spirit and intent of the law (in light of the U.S. Constitution). This appreciation for the judiciary will remain steadfast for any and all who operate as strict constructionists (that is, those who strictly interpret the law not make the law). We deny that the judiciary should operate beyond their delegated scope of jurisprudence.
    4. States' powers
      We affirm that the genius of the Constitution, the division of powers, is summed up in the clause that reserves primacy to the several states, or to the people, in those spheres not specifically delegated to the federal government, and that government officials are to be held to a high standard of accountability because they are expected to never betray the public trust. We further affirm that while we uphold the values and purposes of the Preamble to the United States Constitution, the Preamble does not grant the federal government authority to do anything it wants to in the name of "general welfare." The authority to legislate is limited to those powers either enumerated in Article I, Section 8 or explicitly stated in amendments to the Constitution.
  5. Free enterprise
    We affirm that liberty and freedom are indivisible and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom. We further attest that true economic and sociological freedom must be supported by sound, factual, unbiased, and well-rounded education. We affirm that the market economy, equitably allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the single economic system compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government and that it is at the same time the most productive supplier of human needs. We further affirm that when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation. We deny that government should operate on the tenant of taking from one person to bestow on another, for this diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both.
  6. National sovereignty
    We affirm that the national sovereignty of the United States is to be maintained without compromise; that history shows periods of freedom are rare and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies foreign and domestic. We further affirm that United States foreign policy must be judged solely by the following criterion: “Does this policy serve the just interests of the United States?” We deny that the United States of America should engage in any dialogue that considers the global opinion at the expense of our nation’s best interests (or our economic or physical security).
  7. Nonpartisan organization
    Finally, we, as Concerned Citizens for Truth (CCFT), affirm that this grass roots organization will be strictly nonpartisan. As such, we will endeavor to objectively enlighten our nation’s citizens on any person, group, doctrine, law, organization, entity, or entities who promote, distort, or suppress the historical or contemporary objectives established and maintained in the United States Constitution. Outside endorsement of our organization will not be sought. Any official position of CCFT (subsequent to this initial charter) will be made by the national chairman under the advisement of a governing board of five members in concert with recommendations from our board of directors of 12 independent, not-for-profit organizations whose governing ethos is compatible with the basic CCFT charter statement. CCFT will make such assessments via fair, unbiased, and objective review processes. We welcome and support all who wholeheartedly subscribe to CCFT fundamental tenants of affirmation without guile or hypocrisy.
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