Americans love to speak of Freedom and Liberty. It defines who we are as a People. Yet as a modern society, we sometimes lose hold of what it means to be truly free.
Far too many of our countrymen have grown accustomed to governmental overlords. They have become complacent with corruption, tolerant of Tyranny and the systematic erosion of our Natural Rights.
We understand well enough the basic tenets of Individual Liberty through our Bill of Rights. We acknowledge our God-given Rights of free speech and a free press; to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for redress; to peacefully worship as we see fit, and to keep and bear arms in the defense of these collective Rights.
But what does it mean to be Sovereign today in these United States and the great State of New York? The same as it always has been:
God created the People.
The People created the States.
The States created the Federal Government.
This is the Order of Things, in nature and governance. It is the essence of Sovereignty. You were born into this world a free person. You owe not anything to anyone, and no one reigns above you but God.
Thomas Jefferson captured this thought brilliantly with the iconic phrase:
“… 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…”
This site and these New York Sovereignty Resolutions are your declaration, and reaffirmation of our Natural Rights. The intention here is to Educate, Inform, and Empower the People to Act.
From John Locke and the Enlightenment thinkers, to the founding principles of Franklin, Jefferson, and Madison, there is a rich and precious heritage of Liberty. And so it must continue here with you, the Patriots of today.
For Liberty is an eternal struggle. We must never take our Rights for granted—nor take lightly those who would take them away. Sovereignty is indeed our birthright, but it is also our Civic Duty to defend it, at all costs. The battle in which we are now engaged has been waged since before the founders’ time, and shall be for all time. Such is the obligation of all People in a free society.
This is the moment. This is the legacy we will leave for our children.
Come be a part of history.
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