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The American regime is based on the belief, expressed in the Declaration, that all mankind have natural rights given to them by their Creator and that government’s only legitimate role is the protection of those rights.
The Constitution must be restored as the nation’s preeminent political authority as a means of protecting those rights by limiting the power of government, enumerating the people’s rights, and instituting a system of federalism by which all decisions, except those for which responsibility was specifically given to the federal government, were to be made by the unit of government closest to the people.
The formation of good citizens is essential to the survival and prosperity of self-government. American citizenship in particular, requires the cultivation of personal responsibility and civic virtue.
The American regime is unique in human history. It is, in a word, exceptional, having done more good for more people than any regime ever before. Every generation must be taught the American story afresh. It is vital to the maintenance of a free, just, and prosperous nation.
The nation-state remains the best vehicle for securing the natural rights of man.