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Next Step Training

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Joel Foster

on 18 February 2015

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Rediscovering Our National Identity
Our Declaration of Independence is the theory of and philosophy of our Republic form of government. The Form or Mechanics is our United States Constitution.
Who are we? Why are we different? How did we become who we are?
WHAT did we declare and WHY did we declare it?
We Defined Acceptable Terms for Liberty...
100% Tyranny
100% Anarchy
People's LAW
Political Parties
Right vs Left
Power Degrees
Anarchy vs Tyranny

Authority through force, violence, conquestPeople are not equal but divided by classGovernment power is top/downBased on ruler’s interpretive standards rather than rule of lawProblems solved through increased government power via regulation, taxation
Freedom is NEVER a viable solution
People's LAW

A commonwealth of free men and womenDecisions and leadership selection is with the consent of the MAJORITY of peoplePower is NOT CONSOLIDATED into any one group or personProblems addressed LOCALLY firstIndividual rights are unalienable
The “WHAT” that our Declaration of Independence Declared
A Belief in Natural Law
"the laws of nature..."
Definition – Natural Law deals with absolute reality. “True law is…unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions…it is impossible to abolish it entirely.”
- Cicero
Political philosopher in Rome (106-43 BC)
Nature abhors a vacuum (consolidation of control)
Nature finds a balance (reacts violently to a lack of equilibrium)
A Belief in Divine Providence
"...and of Nature's God."
“…with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge…”
– Thomas Jefferson Declaration of Independence
America was the first modern form of government where a sovereign, self-governing people formed a government and placed themselves voluntarily under the ultimate authority of a metaphysical sovereign.
A Belief in Divine Providence
Why did they
consider it essential
that the ULTIMATE
authority be
Man cannot own anything but man can be owned by anything. The one who sets ownership of something as his ultimate goal will inevitably become consumed by that which he seeks to consume. – Author Unknown
Can't be manipulated
Principle of Physics
A Nation of Laws
Based on Natural Law
and Laws of Human Nature
“…No man will contend that a nation can be free that is not governed by fixed laws. All other government than that of permanent known laws is the government of mere will and pleasure.” (John Adams, American Founder)
“The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings, capable of laws, where there is no law there is no freedom.” (John Locke, English political philosopher, author)
“…upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation, depend all human laws…” – William Blackstone (Author and legal scholar)
The "WHAT"
That We
What was meant
by equality?
All Men Are
Created Equal
Equal opportunity,
not necessarily
equal results
Reinforce by the 13th,
14th, 15th and 19th
Slavery in
“…It [is] a great point gained in favor of humanity that a period of twenty years may terminate forever, within these States [slavery]…[in that period] it will receive a considerable discouragement from the federal government and may be totally abolished by a concurrence of the few States…” James Madison (Federalist Papers)
The first draft of the Declaration of Independence presented on July 1st included a denouncement of slavery both in the States and by King George III
The direct indictments were removed
in a compromise to gain support from northern and southern slave holding
delegates to present a unified front against British.
A Sovereign People
Must Have Personal
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Founding Father
“…If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence
in the community, it will be exercised in the
selection of these men; so that we do not
depend upon their virtue, or put confidence in
our rulers, but in the people who are to choose
them.” – James Madison
The "WHY" of Our

Why did we declare it?
The Wall of
King George’s Laundry List of Bad Behavior

Created insurmountable beaucracy

Has not governed by the laws established

Silenced opposition to his trampling of people’s rights

Thrown up road blocks to population growth and development

Obstructed the Administration of Justice

Disturbed the peace through standing armies, confiscations

Cutting off trade with outside world

Taxation without representation

Micromanaging government from abroad

Plundered ships, torched cities, attacked coasts

Transported armies to wage war against the colonists

Stirred up domestic quarrels and violence

Ignored We The People…and We the People don’t like to be ignored.
Founders had an excellent
understanding of history
“We have gone back to ancient history for models of government, and examined the different forms of those republics…And we have viewed modern states all round Europe.” - Benjamin Franklin
“What is government but the greatest of reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In a government to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this...” - James Madison Federalist #51
The FORM or MECHANICS to implement the philosophy of Republican Government is found in our Constitution
Why are you here?
Did you come as a response to my agenda or did you have an agenda for me?
If you have an agenda for me, what is the worst possible thing I could do with this time?
The TRUTH about why you're here...
The Truth of the matter is...
Why is this true?
What is at issue with our interest in civic engagement?
Who represents
us in the government?

The History
The Constitutional Convention
was formed to resolve problems
with the Articles of Confederation.
Problems to be addressedNo JudiciaryNo Power of TaxationNo Executive BranchNo Power of Enforcement
The Big Question for the Founders:Could a Constitution be designed with a form of government that has no power other than that given it by its member states and still have a central government strong enough to support a stable union?
Why We Created It
What We Created
What just happened here?

The individual states united to form a government limited to taking care of matters they could not handle individually
that held bearing on the whole.
The Constitution
What We Constituted...
What We Constituted...
A 3 Branch System of Government
Legislative - Creates Law(House, Senate)Executive - Enforces Law(Cabinet, Federal Depts.)Judicial - Applies Law (Independent Judiciary of 9 Supreme Court Justices)
The 3 co-equal branches come in order of
levels of authority within the system. That
is determined by the level of direct
connection of the people to the given branch
and its level of direct impact on the people.
What We Constituted...
Separation of Powers (Distinct)
What Inspired the System Design?
3 Primary Sources1) Polybius (Greek historian 204-122 BC)2) Charles de Montesquieu (French scholar)3) Hebraic Prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah
What We Constituted...
Checks and Balances - Connected
How does the design function?
“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” - James Madison (Federalist #47)
What We Constituted...
Limts on the Federal Government

How do we emphasize LOCAL control?
“Let the national government be entrusted with the defense of the nation, and its foreign and federal relations; the State governments with the civil rights, laws, police, and administration of what concerns the State generally; the counties with the local concerns of the counties, and each ward [township] direct the interests within itself.” - Thomas Jefferson Writings of Thomas Jefferson
Article 5 - The States can get in on the amendment process “The 2/3 - 3/4 Rule”Amendment 10 - When in doubt, choose State!
The Role of
We The People

Franklin's Challenge
"...a Republic mad'am, if you can keep it."
The Dirty Little Secret...
YOU can't keep it.
Answer: Law of Team Based Community
AFP Mision
Educate citizens about economic policy...
mobilize citizens to achieve fiscal and regulatory restraint by state governments...
and return the federal government to its Constitutional limits.
AFP Vision
Greater economic growth, opportunity, and prosperity for all citizens...
through strong ethical foundations, government restraint, and private sector productivity and competition
Why AFP Georgia?
Local Issues
state legislation
Federal Overspending and Overregulation
What AFP Georgia Does
Communicating with elected officials
and targeted media messages
Train grassroots activists to affect fiscal policy...
Join AFP
Sign up at... americansforprosperity.org and get regular updates,Free membership, Special events
How NOT to Communicate
with Elected Leaders
Don't Shake...
Or Roll!
Communicating Effectively
Letters & Email
Phone Calls
Working with the Media
Letters to the Editor
Writing an Article
Working with Reporters
Talk Radio
Engaging Social Media
Rules of the Road for Getting Attention
Be active
Use Keywords
Provide links
Cater to viral word of mouth mktg
Action Items
Collect data
FREE content
start/end time,
location, parking,
directions, cost
Imbed "Share This"
PR Web
How to Start or Join an
AFP County Chapter

Get on the Field!
Board of Directors
County Commission
County School Board
State Representatives
Congressional Representatives
Monthly Action Items
Education at Events
Engage at the Local Level
The Preamble of the Constitution
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
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