The Sharon Statement

The Sharon Statement

Founding Principles of Young Americans for Freedom

IN THIS TIME of moral and political crises, it is the responsibility of the youth of America
to affirm certain eternal truths:

WE, as young conservatives, believe:

THAT foremost among the transcendent values is the individual’s use of his God-given free will, whence derives his right to be free from the restrictions of arbitrary force;

THAT liberty is indivisible, and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom;

THAT the purposes of government are to protect these freedoms through the preservation of internal order, the provision of national defense, and the administration of justice;

THAT when government ventures beyond these rightful functions, it accumulates power which
tends to diminish order and liberty;

THAT the Constitution of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering
government to fulfill its proper role, while restraining it from the concentration and abuse
of power;

THAT the genius of the Constitution – the division of powers – is summed up in the clause which reserves primacy to the several states, or to the people, in those spheres not specifically
delegated to the Federal Government;

THAT the market economy, allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the
single economic system compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government, and that it is at the same time the most productive supplier of human needs;

THAT when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the
moral and physical strength of the nation; that when it takes from one man to bestow on another,
it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy
of both;

THAT we will be free only so long as the national sovereignty of the United States is secure; that history shows periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies;

THAT the forces of international Communism are, at present, the greatest single threat to these liberties;

THAT the Unites States should stress victory over, rather than coexistence with this menace;
and ;

THAT American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?

Written by M. Stanton Evans with William F. Buckley, Jr., Frank Meyer,Howard Phillips and 90 of the best and brightest conservative minds in 1960.

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