Political Policy will also opine on how American society at large has greatly benefited from America’s grand conservative traditions. Russell Kirk represents these traditions in his essay What Are American Traditions,
“…we may take for examples of American traditions such received opinions as the following: belief in a spiritual order which in some fashion governs our mundane order; belief in political self government; belief in the importance to human persons of certain natural private rights; belief in the value of marriage and the family.”
- a respect for the rule of law.
- the recognition that all persons are created equal and are naturally endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these being life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
- that governments are instituted by the people and derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.
- the principle of limited government, which means that the legitimate purpose of government is the protection of unalienable rights and the government is to be strong enough to fulfill that purpose, yet limited solely to that purpose.
The Declaration also empowers the people to the extent that if ever "any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government."
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