“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. --
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...”
-- T. Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence, 1776
Geoffrey’s vision for the United States is to see our national Government restored to its original
foundation, that of “securing” the unalienable rights of the People, rather than slowly, steadily and stealthily
infringing on them. His vision is to see biblical values restored to the deliberative process in our national legislature,
and by that, see unjust laws repealed, individual liberties enhanced, personal responsibility encouraged and rewarded, and the scope of
civil government in the lives of every American reduced or removed.
Life begins at conception and continues through natural death.
Each person is unique and precious.
Life, in our current context is not just about the condition of a pre-born child, which civil
government at all levels MUST protect, but also through the entire span of each American’s life.
The civil government must also ensure the means for each American to protect themselves and their
families, and to be protected, are guaranteed. The Founders believed the quality of one’s life was
the responsibility of each American; our civil governments were not established to guarantee an equal
condition or standard of life, only that the opportunity for each American to have the life they wanted
was not unduly restricted by civil government.
Liberty is properly defined as “freedom from external restraint.” Understood in the deeply biblical
moral context of our Founders it was understood that to live in a society with others it was essential
that each member of that society self-govern themselves by adhering to a commonly held and appreciated
moral code, the Ten Commandments, or, as Jesus Christ articulated the Commandments, “love God, and love your
neighbor as yourself.”
When every person does that, there is little to no need for external, civil government.
Therefore, as Americans are less and less willing to self-govern, there will be a need for more external government.
The failure, in this instance, is not with civil government. Rather, the failure is with each American who chooses to
do what is right in his own eyes without regard to the impact of his or her actions or words on others.
The failure of the Church and of Education in general to train up children with a subordination to a common moral
code is the principal cause of the failure of individual self-government.
High taxes and restrictions on the economy by government prevent Americans from living the
lives they desire to live.
In the original draft of the
Declaration of Independence
used the term “Property” instead of “Happiness.” He agreed to the edit that was recommended by
the committee because, to them, “happiness” and the freedom to exercise their property rights
as each person saw fit, to include their intellectual property, their personal possessions,
their real estate and capital, were equal; they were the same thing. Their intent was to
ensure that civil government gave every American the opportunity to find their own happiness
using their own talents, consciences and possessions.