“Equip” is the “E” in R.E.C.I.P.E.
“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…”– Declaration of Independence
Unlike any other nation in world, The United States was built upon the realization that our rights come to us directly from God. The purpose of government is also clearly stated in the Declaration of Independence, “to secure these rights…”. So, according to the first official document we produced as an independent nation, the purpose of government is to secure rights given directly to the people by God. The Declaration goes on to let us know that governments derive their just powers “from the consent of the governed”. Since people received rights directly from God, we the people delegate specific, limited authority to governments at local, state, and federal levels, as appropriate. But this alignment is important to remember – We give jurisdiction and power to government – not the other way around.
“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of [a] society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education…”– Thomas Jefferson
This is the goal of Patriot’s Hope. We hope to inform the discretion of Americans, or equip them, by education in our form of government. As we regain and share this knowledge, we will have Americans everywhere who are better prepared to exercise this control with a wholesome discretion. Then we will all be better prepared to hold our elected officials accountable to the Constitution they are sworn to support.
John Jay, one of the authors of the Federalist Papers, and the First Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, said,
“Every member of the State ought diligently to read and to study the constitution of his country, and teach the rising generation to be free. By knowing their rights, they will sooner perceive when they are violated, and be the better prepared to defend and assert them.”-John Jay
It is our goal at Patriot’s Hope to be a teacher of these great truths. We hope Americans will know their rights, and will be able to perceive when those rights are violated, and be prepared to defend and assert them.