While The Federalist Coalition is a grassroots movement designed for public education, we cannot ignore the world around us. Years of mismanagement have left our Union in an unstable condition. Since the Constitution of the United States is the blueprint of our nation, It is helpful to compare the issues of today against the Constitution to see where we have gone wrong and determine which steps we must take to restrengthen our Union and preserve the American way of life.
These are an example of the types of policies we would prefer to see embraced by our nation’s leadership. While details or paths may vary, there is one constant that will always remain: our views are deeply rooted in the Constitution of the United States.
We, the members of the Federalist Coalition, believe that the American Experiment has proven to be one of the greatest successes of mankind. We know, as our Founders did, that men and women are endowed with unalienable rights not, by our government, but by our Creator, however one interprets the origination of nature and natural law. That among these rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We believe that the recognition of these inherent rights fueled an engine of prosperity and freedom unparalleled in history. It is the goal of the Federalist Coalition to return to the principles articulated in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The core principle is individual liberty which requires a limited government. Nowhere has the government become more oppressive than at the Federal level, where:
- 90% of government regulations and requirements are enforced on the people without House or Senate vote or presidential signature,
- Federal judges usurp the legislature prerogative by exercising what Hamilton called their “will instead of their judgment,” and
- The executive branch has developed a pattern of exceeding its scope of power.
Our goal is to limit the role and scope of the federal government by returning the constitutionally-defined authority and decision-making to local and state governments; the constitutional system checks and balances between the three branches of government must be re-established. We believe that by returning government back to the people, we can reignite the powerful flame of liberty and bring back the prosperity and hope that has so long been the American Way.
The Constitution: The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution guarantees every citizen the right to keep and bear arms.
The Coalition: We believe that the right to bear arms is immutable for law abiding citizens. This is a right that is not only essential to liberty and safety but is clearly defined in the Constitution.
The Constitution: Of all of the powers granted to Congress in Article 1, Section 8, six of them deal specifically with national defense. Article 2 confirms the President as the CEO and grants authority to command the military.
The Coalition: A strong national defense is essential to the defense of liberty. Toward that end, given the massive manpower and technological requirements, it is our belief that the US military is the primary fiscal expenditure for the US Government.
The Constitution: The Constitution does not grant the federal government the responsibility of providing healthcare to its citizenry.
The Coalition: There was an understanding, during the founding of our nation, that health was the responsibility of the individual. As years passed and the population increased, the false expectation grew that society would cover the costs of healthcare for those who could not. In reality, any assistance with healthcare falls squarely on the shoulders of the states. Many steps must be taken to transition this responsibility back to the states in an effective and humanitarian manner.
The Constitution: Article I, section 8, clause 4 of the United States Constitution expressly gives the United States Congress the power to “establish a uniform rule of naturalization.”
The Coalition: Immigration is a complex issue. Our country was built by immigrants who worked hard to realize the American Dream. Legal immigration is one way that we enrich our nation, but immigration must be in a controlled fashion, respecting the rule of law, the rights and welfare of current citizens. We want immigrants to participate and fully engage in our “melting pot” culture as contributors to our nation.
The Constitution: The 14th Amendment to the Constitution provides equal protection under the law and guarantees no citizen may be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.
The Coalition: The United States was born out of a desire for liberty. Among the liberties enumerated in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is the right to life. The tenth amendment also gives the States the responsibility of governing its citizens in all matters other than those authorities expressly granted to the Federal government.
The Constitution: Article 1, Section 8, Clause 5 of the Constitution grants the Federal Government the power to coin money and set the value while Section 10 expressly prohibits the States from making their own currencies.
The Coalition: Rampant corruption of government overreach has polluted our monetary and banking systems and we must reexamine how we view our banking industry and reduce the role of our Federal Government to bring it more in line with our Constitution.
The Constitution: The 1st Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right of a citizen to follow any religion, or no religion, of their choice.
The Coalition: The United States was founded in part due to a desire for religious liberty. The concept was so important to the founding fathers that they enumerated it in the Bill of Rights in the 1st amendment
The Constitution: The Constitution does not grant the federal government the responsibility of reallocating wealth to secure the personal well being of its citizenry.
The Coalition: Rugged individualism is an inherent American ideal. It has been a bedrock of this nation since its beginning. As such, the Federalist Coalition supports public efforts that promote individual hard work, self-reliance, and economic contribution.
The Federalist Coalition Platform is how we articulate policies that we believe forward our vision of liberty. The planks posted here have been ratified by the Council and Board of Directors. Other planks are still in the ratification process. As a new organization, we welcome your comments and suggestions for new planks or to improve our current positions.