This I Believe

  1. All men are created equal
  2. All men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights
  3. Among those rights are: 
    1. Life
    2. Liberty, and
    3. Property
  4. To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men
  5. Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed
  6. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it 
  7. When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a desire to reduce them under absolute despotism, it not only is their right, it is the people’s duty, to throw off such government
  8. It is the right of the people to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness
  9. The Constitution of the United States, as amended, was drafted, submitted for ratification, ratified, and implemented, for the sole purpose of guaranteeing to the people the protection of their right to life, liberty, and property
  10. The federal government was intentionally designed by the Founders to create a government not only with checks and balances among the three branches of that government, but also with checks and balances between the federal government and the states which comprise the federal union
  11. The powers of the federal government are those, and ONLY those, specifically granted to it by the Constitution as ratified and amended
  12. The powers of the federal government are to be exercised and administered uniformly between and among the states, the people, and the states and the people, either individually or collectively as the facts and circumstances require
  13. The federal government is intended and designed to a) resolve disputes between and among the states, b) resolve disputes between and among the citizens of different states, c) ensure free and open commerce between and among the states and the citizens of each and all, d) be the sole representative of the states and their citizens in all matters of foreign affairs, and e) provide for the common defense.
  14. ALL other rights, powers, and privileges are reserved to the states or to the people, and the federal government may not intrude upon, abridge, exercise, or deny, such rights, powers, or privileges