“It is not in virtue of its liberty that the human will attains grace, it is much rather by grace that it attains to liberty.”
At Wyoming Liberty Group, we believe there are eight fundamental rights that must be protected and championed. Our fundamental principles are rooted deeply in our founding documents and in the Wyoming Declaration of Rights.
|Respect for Individual Dignity & Sovereignty||Every human person is a unique being capable of reason and action based in moral agency. No society can maintain its sovereignty for very long if it disrespects personal liberty. Therefore, we are alert to government’s tendency to do things to us in the name of doing things for us.|
|Appreciation of Moral & Religious Freedom||While we greatly value the individual, we also recognize that as citizens we are social beings who can affect one another for better or for worse. Fortunately America’s founding documents embody a rich cultural/moral inheritance that deserves to be applied to current challenges. We do believe that, “We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights,” and, thus, we are clear that these same rights are not something given to us by any level of government.|
|Respect for Property Rights||Freedom and private property are like two ends of a line when one disappears so does the other. That is why aspiring totalitarians always target individual ownership, and even well-meaning governments tend to encroach at both ends. That is where we draw the line.|
|Faith in Independent Voluntary Associations||The United States of America would never have come to exist without independent voluntary associations such as the Sons of Liberty or, for that matter, the Constitutional Convention itself. Such associations are part of what Frederick Hayek called ‘spontaneous order’ that serve as a counterpoise to the almost inevitable insensibility of governments to vital local concerns. The Wyoming Liberty Group, through its educational efforts, is proud to be part of this American tradition of freedom loving associations.|
|Emphasis on Government Transparency||We believe that transparency in government bears a relationship to human freedom parallel to that of wetness to water – they cannot be separated. We assume that often well-meaning government officials may not be fully aware of all consequences of their decisions (especially regarding fiscal matters) and that is why we place such emphasis on solid, disinterested research coupled with open-minded, civil communication between private citizens and public servants.|
|Belief in Limited Government that Serves the People||Almost 100 years ago a political sociologist named Robert Michels wrote about “The Iron Law of Oligarchy” which declared that it was inevitable for political elites to take over and control the people. At Wyoming Liberty Group we do not share this sense of inevitability because we appreciate the genius for limited government embodied in both the Wyoming and U.S. Constitutions, and because of our faith that we the people can make informed, vital decisions to preserve freedom for ourselves and our posterity. We are not naive about a variety of trends countervailing liberty, so that is why the only requirement for membership in our association is a willingness to see oneself as a free citizen, not as a dependent subject.|
|Support of Informed Citizens Who Stand Their Ground||James Madison wrote, “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” This insight is what we are about because we want to literally encourage with accurate information. When individuals, armed with the facts, meet with fair-minded others it can fortify their confidence to act reasonably and effectively in consonance with our remarkable inheritance as a brave and free people.|
|Economic & Political Freedoms are Indivisible||Abundance and liberty are as intimately linked as are poverty and statism. Thus our trust is in free markets, in the spirit of entrepreneurship and in the sacred desire of the individual to be left well enough alone to pursue happiness unencumbered by over-taxation, over-regulation or debilitating government handouts. Being at liberty to create and provide within a context of open competition does three good things: it fosters a healthy separation between the economic and political bases of power; it protects the endowed rights of private citizens who benefit from the separation of these bases; it generates broad-ranging affluence and ample opportunities for self-betterment throughout civil society.|
THE TENTH AMENDMENT
of the U.S. Constitution
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution,
nor prohibited by it to the States,are reserved to the
States respectively, or to the people.
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS
of The Wyoming Constitution
All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments
are founded on their authority, and instituted for
their peace, safety and happiness; for the advancement of
these ends they have at all times an unalienable right to alter,
reform or abolish the government in such manner as
they may think proper.