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A mission statement from a CO liberty group. Good read.


Founding Principles

As our economy and culture reaps the effects of decades of the destructive policies of the political class, the timeless ideas of Liberty and Freedom are currently experiencing their greatest resurgence since perhaps the founding of this great nation. The Mesa County Patriots are men and women joined together by the shared dedication to the goals of:

Rule of Law
No one is above the law. Including Government. A paramount respect for Justice, natural rights, and a higher moral law must be adhered to if any society expects to retain the blessing of God and prevent gradual decay into tyranny, fascism, poverty and slavery.

We are currently witnessing the results of decade’s long violations of rule of law and constitutionally limited government, including executive excesses, judicial disregard for natural law and violation of natural rights, and legislative corporatism and excess.

When those in government step beyond their rightful scope, it is they who become the “outlaws” and our responsibility to be vigilant in defense of justice. Bona Fide Laws vs. pseudo-laws. “The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.” ― Thomas Paine
Decline of the Rule of Law

Personal freedoms are vital to a free society. They ensure checks and balances against tyranny. They allow the current of human potential to flourish. A free people enjoy rights including the right to self-ownership, self-defense, free speech, the right to a fair jury trial before incarceration, to not be subject to unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom of religion, freedom of association and the right to contract.

A free man derives his rights from God, not from government. Many of these rights are enumerated in the founding documents and laws of our nation. But men, lawmakers, and judges are imperfect. Only personal education and vigilant activism in defense of Justice will stay our nation’s gradual and incremental slide towards the stagnation and dehumanization of socialism.

“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” -Ayn Rand

See also Freedom vs. Tyranny

See also Key Concepts of Libertarianism

Free Markets
Coupled with protections of personal Liberty, fluid, spontaneous free market principles allow the current of human potential and genius to flow. History shows that central planning schemes of regulatory bureaucrats (though often well-intentioned) can never adequately predict or control the power of human beings working together and voluntarily as they deem mutually beneficial to meet mutual needs, hopes and dreams. Over-regulation squelches the current of human productivity, results in a concentration of power and wealth to a select few, and ultimately leads to the complete economic stagnation witnessed in every socialist country throughout history. Ironically, central planning concentration of regulatory power creates the same poverty and decay of a society it declares that only it has the power to stop. Cronyism, or corporatism, where insiders dominate the legislature and even the judiciary, and legislate their own theft and illegal monopolies, squeeze out competition and destroy capital. The fact that the “free market” gets the blame for America’s economic woes is a sad commentary on the lack of economic understanding by most Americans, and the success of the main stream media in convincing a large percentage of people that giving big government more regulatory power will somehow clean up the theft, sloth and fraud perpetrated by an invisible enemy.

What We Believe
What is Crony Capitalism
Government For Sale

Free-market environmentalism is the philosophy of using the free market and property rights to care for our land, air and water. This philosophy does not use the force of government to dictate how lands will be used. Environmentally destructive lobbyists are almost always the biggest beneficiary of government force.

Property Rights
A man has the right to the fruits of his labor and the land and material resources he struggles with for his survival. Under collectivism, “for the good of society”, the political class and its insiders inevitably rob material and human capital. “…If a man has the right to self-ownership, to the control of his life, then in the real world he must also have the right to sustain his life by grappling with and transforming resources; he must be able to own the ground and the resources on which he stands and which he must use. In short, to sustain his “human right ” -or his property rights in his own person -he must also have the property right the material world, in the objects which he produces. Property rights are human rights.” -Murray Rothbard. As a State, Colorado must also assert her claim to the “solemn compact” of the land that her Citizens were promised by the federal government at her foundation.

Sound Money
The framers of the Constitution clearly understood the dangers of giving private banks control of a nation’s money supply. From its creation, the Federal Reserve egregiously and dangerously violated the clear guidelines for the creation of sound money as laid out in Article1 Section 10 of the Constitution. Instead of interest rates and control of the money supply being dictated by the self-correcting laws of supply and demand, a small group of banking elite and their propagandists have convinced the American people that central bank manipulation and creation of trillions of dollars in fiat (unbacked by assets) dollars prevent the hidden tax of inflation and tragic boom-bust cycles it directly causes and profits from. Due to loose fiscal policy and massive inflationary printing, the U.S. Dollar has lost 97% of its purchasing power since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913. With trillions of dollars of debt slavery being passed on to future generations, how much longer will the American people allow central bank manipulators and their apologists to trade promises for real capital? The veil of mystery surrounding economics is being lifted. Millions of Americans are waking up to the theft perpetrated under the guise of a “Federal reserve.” Exposing the fraud and failures of the central banks, repealing legal tender laws, bartering, a new look at a return to sound (asset backed) money and restoring competition to the unconstitutional federal reserve system are vital strategies to uncouple free men and women from the albatross that the political class has created.

Before he became Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan wrote the following short, eloquent and powerful explanation of economics and the clear and present dangers of central bank manipulation. Click Here.

An abundance of wisdom on Austrian economics can be found at Mises.org

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered…I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies… The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” -Thomas Jefferson

Constitutionally Limited Government
Beyond producing market stagnation and insider cronyism, using the power of government to attempt to force the behaviors we would wish to see in others is not only dangerous and doomed to failure but is illegal when it transgresses the natural rights of free men and women. Authoritarian central planning never produces the progress that only Liberty promises. “Only in a free society do individuals have the best chance to seek virtue, strive for excellence, improve their economic well-being, and achieve personal happiness… The worthy goals of civilization can only be achieved by freedom loving individuals. When government uses force, liberty is sacrificed and the goals are lost. It is freedom that is the source of all creative energy.” – Ron Paul

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I am the treasurer of this group so the full script is posted with my permission.

As treasurer,

do you permit me to reproduce this [print it out] so that I can present it at our next meeting?

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul


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