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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Gary Emineth: 50th Anniversary of The Sharon Statement


Voices of Freedom

What began as a chance encounter and question became a learning experience about a key aspect of the modern conservative movement in America.

I just happened to be in the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC on September 11 and noticed a registration table for an event at the hotel with a sign which read, "The Sharon Statement".

Out of curiosity and ignorance as it turned out, I asked the young woman at the table, "Is this another liberal Washington DC group?"

"Sir," she answered, "The Sharon Statement is a group of conservatives and we are meeting this week to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the signing on September 11, 1960 at the Buckley estate in Sharon, Connecticut."

As we chatted I learned that the authors of the Sharon Statement had been instrumental in defining the modern day conservative movement.   Out of this came the YAF (Young America's Foundation), who were sponsoring the event at the Mayflower.

As the framers of the new conservative movement this meeting gave birth to Human Events and National Review lead by none other than William F. Buckley Jr.

This new conservatism brought together free-market economics, traditional family values and personal responsibility.

I felt I needed to share the Sharon Statement - As a Voice of Freedom...it is as appropriate today as it was 50 years ago!

The Sharon Statement is as follows:

"Adopted in Conference, at Sharon, Connecticut, on September 11, 1960." 

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 purpose of government is to protect those 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 that 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 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 United 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?

To learn more about this dynamic group please visit the YAF web site. 


By the way, the YAF is also leading the charge for the restoration of the Reagan Ranch, as most of you know he is my favorite President.

You might want to visit this web site and support a great American legacy... I did!


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