Written by The ACP
The Creed of the ACP is a belief system of how we feel a just government and its citizens should interact.
The ACP Creed
- Unalienable rights to life and liberty are given to us by our Creator; these rights exist separate from, and are superior to, government.
- Individuals are responsible for securing the blessings of liberty through the exercise of their rights.
- The individual is sovereign over one's person; their labors constitute a foundation for private property that is not subject to the demands of others.
- Governments are formed by the will of the people to secure and defend human liberty.
- Law exists to support liberty and mediate disputes where conduct of one infringes upon the rights of another.
- The armed forces and law enforcement exist to bolster private defense, not to supplant it.
- The American Experiment was born out of these beliefs and it has resulted in a bountiful gain for the human condition.
From this Foundation, all principles flow:
- The individual is sovereign
- 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.
- Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just limited powers from the consent of the governed
- "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity do ordain and establish the Constitution for the United States of America." What does this mean? Simply put, that the formation of a legitimate government can only occur when the citizens themselves choose to surrender a portion of their inherent authority. The citizens may chose to give, but the government cannot chose to take (or keep) authority against the wishes of its citizenry.
Principles of the American Conservative Party
From our Principles, our Policy Issues will be derived:
Federalism and Social Issues
- We reject the practice of using Government powers for any purpose of social engineering, and we uphold the principle that the individual is sovereign; where social conduct involves personal choices, the People are best served when those choices are embraced and defended at the family and community level.
Authority of Government
- The citizens of the United States are the sole source of power and life of the United States Government. All powers and authority not explicitly given by the citizens to their representatives remain with the states or the people thereof.
- The United States Government has the authority and obligation to protect its citizens and their liberties from all actual and perceived threats regardless of the source, location or scope.
Limitations on Government
- The federal legislature may make no law that abridges or limits the Constitutional rights of an individual.
- No state may abridge a citizen's right to life, liberty, or property without due process of law.
- Property currently owned or controlled by the Government is held in Trust for the citizens
- Regardless of compensation, no property shall be forcibly taken by government for private use or profit.
- Any child, born of a citizen, shall have all the legal rights of a citizen born or naturalized into the United States.
- Persons who are not citizens or resident aliens of the United States have no right to petition or benefit from any agency of the government except for petition of entry or asylum.
- A child born in the United States to non-citizens is not a citizen.
- Each adult citizen is responsible for the health, education and welfare of himself or herself and their family.
- No adult citizen may call on the resources of another citizen or group of citizens without their explicit, expressed consent.
- No citizen or group of citizens, by expression of any character or physical trait, may call upon the resources, nor abridge the rights, of another citizen or group of citizens without their explicit, expressed consent.
- It is the responsibility of every citizen to participate in the political process.