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July 3, 2009

1776 Project

by Jason Pye

A friend has started an organization called the 1776 Project, which he’s kicking off today “hoping to inform and educate voters by promoting the values and principles of a Constitutional government.” Here’s press release explaining the motivation:

The 1776 Project stresses that our Constitution is the single most important civic document in governing our nation. Its provisions, protections and prescriptions are all that is necessary and sufficient to the operation of a good, just and efficient government.

Organizers of the 1776 Project reject the notion that rights are given by government, instead believing the Bill of Rights protects the basic, individual liberties that are derived from natural rights that promote the pursuit of happiness.

Further rejecting the idea that the Constitution can be interpreted and changed however any political party wants to suit their needs, the organizers of the 1776 Project believe the document that created this Republic can only be changed by the process specifically laid out in Article V of the Constitution.

“Government cannot provide happiness, that is not its purpose,” says Jorge Gonzalez, founder of the organization. “It is up to each one of us, as individuals, to pursue our own desires and versions of happiness. This is the only way that we can really be a country united in one purpose.”

The 1776 Project will be announcing more events and providing information, resources and offering solutions on how Americans can take back their government through peaceful revolution and community outreach. Organizers welcome anyone who agrees with these values, regardless of political party, to join the 1776 Project to bring back a Constitutional government.

Check out the organization’s website and get involved on Facebook and Twitter.

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8 Comments

  1. 1776 = Constitution? Sigh.

    Comment by Jeff Molby — July 3, 2009 @ 4:06 pm
  2. No, more in context of the founding.

    Comment by Jason Pye — July 3, 2009 @ 4:09 pm
  3. Sounds like a creation of a secular religion.

    Comment by VRB — July 3, 2009 @ 6:27 pm
  4. Given the deep misunderstanding of what happened in Honduras, where the rule of law actually *worked* to keep a dictator out of power, this is needed now more than ever.

    Comment by Quincy — July 3, 2009 @ 9:58 pm
  5. A secular religion? Who is our god? The Constitution? If asking people of power to adhere to a set of principles that protects the rights of free people – people who are free to practice whatever religion, secular or otherwise – makes us a secular religion, then we are guilty as charged. If attempting to reform and recapture the ideals of the founders, who themselves were religious in varying degrees, makes us a secular religion, then we are guilty as charged. If we want to be free and independent and refuse to bear the yoke “progressive” enslavement makes us a secular religion, then we call all of those faithful to our ideals to worship at the alter liberty.

    Seriously, give me a break. A secular religion? If you find areas where we agree, then join us and fight with us. Otherwise, you can remain in the throws of complacency and inaction. Join us. http://www.the1776project.com

    Comment by Jorge Gonzalez — July 5, 2009 @ 4:48 pm
  6. A secular religion? Really?

    Comment by Jorge Gonzalez — July 5, 2009 @ 4:57 pm
  7. 1776 = Independence Constitution = the embodiment of government protecting independence

    Comment by Jorge Gonzalez — July 5, 2009 @ 4:58 pm
  8. Jorge Gonzalez,
    I hear that Constitution thumping already.

    Comment by VRB — July 7, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

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