Foundational American Values

You who are on the road must have a code that you can live by. Teach your children well.  – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (restating the words of Moses).

“Virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. There is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists . . . an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness. Human rights can only be assured among a virtuous people. The general government . . . can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any despotic or oppressive form so long as there is any virtue in the body of the people.” – President George Washington

Virtue is defined as conformity of one’s life and conduct to moral and ethical principles.   In America that meant the principles (not the diverse rituals) of the Jewish and Christian religions.  A virtuous society controls the government, not the people.  
Why Society and Government?
Individual Human Beings form a group and a society to protect themselves, their happiness, liberty and property and to magnify what they can accomplish as individuals.  This grouping has taken the form of family and clan, tribe, religion, city, state and nation.   Government is formed to direct society, judge disputes and control those who endanger society.   In most forms of government of these societies, throughout history, direction of society has been by the will of the governing body, not the people.   Liberty and property was protected only for the few or for the group controlled by the few.  
The purpose of the American society, which was formed and is solely sustained based on its unique founding values, is to:
  • Protect individual liberty, a self-evident, inalienable right, granted by nature and/or nature’s creator (whatever you believe that to be).
  • Preserve and protect the right to ownership and stewardship of property, for those who have earned Title to that property. A right to property is not a right to entitlement of that property. 
  • Maximize the amount of freedom for each individual while maintaining their safety and security through
    • a common defense (via  Constitutionally limited, military and legal power, which includes control of national borders, immigration and naturalization.  
    • Promoting the General Welfare via support of communications, keeping trade going smoothly and negotiating and upholding  treaties with foreign governments.  
    • Limited power to levy taxes on states and protective tariffs on incoming foreign trade to pay for the above.  
 For the American society to function and be sustained and in order to support the highest quality of life, for it’s citizens/members, there must be an agreement between it’s individuals to observe a common foundation of individual rights, responsibilities/duties, principles, morality and a code of ethics. 
American Federal and State Government, consists of individuals given power by individuals to do what they as individuals or smaller groups are insufficient to do. It is constrained in it’s power and it’s decisions informed, by this common foundation.  
This common foundation outlines the boundaries which shape our American society.  
Why do we need boundaries?  Without the boundary of our skin, we couldn’t live. Without the boundaries of time and space, we could not exist.  Without the boundaries of common foundational values, society can not function.