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The purpose of the U.S. Government, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, is to secure the rights of its citizens. Nothing is more important to the safety of the people than a prudent foreign policy.
In November of 2009, I was elated to be a delegate to the Continental Congress 2009, which met in St. Charles, IL and created the Articles of Freedom, a document detailing how the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of government have overstepped their authority. Each of 16 Articles that we created instructs those branches to refrain from their unauthorized activity.
I was on the committee which wrote Article 9, dealing with foreign policy. In part, it states:
A foreign policy which seeks to meddle in the internal affairs of foreign countries, including the act of choosing sides, is clearly detrimental to this cause. The 9-11 Report documents that this policy of meddling has caused foreign nationals to turn their hostilities toward Americans. These hostilities have given rise to domestic policies such as the so-called war on terror, which have resulted in the enactment of statutes such as the USA PATRIOT ACT that are inconsistent with the so-called Privacy Clause of the 4th Amendment.
There can be no doubt that this policy has endangered the security of the American people and has restricted their Natural Rights. This approach to relations with those beyond our borders clearly does not serve the General Welfare and does not serve the national interest.
I advocate that we should follow the direction of the Articles of Freedom, which states that we should follow the Constitution for the United States by doing the following:
- Discontinue funding for any foreign aid or other funding that is not necessary for the defense against invasion of the United States.
- Treaties that are inconsistent with or that violate the Constitution that have been ratified shall be nullified; and any further treaties that would infringe upon individual rights, liberties and freedoms, or that are otherwise repugnant to the Constitution shall not be ratified;
- Repeal the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, REAL ID, and any other statute repugnant to the 4th Amendment of the Constitution.
Our policy should be to promote liberty, while avoiding the creation of vulnerability for the people. Thomas Jefferson's admonish suits this goal the best: "Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations--entangling alliances with none."
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