Evergreen: A Sustainable Republic
The republic must be able to successfully navigate changing situations to survive and thrive. The modern era is marked by the highest rate of change humanity has ever experienced. To properly navigate the changes, the republic must have a bedrock set of core values that do not change and guide its response to the dynamic conditions in the external environment. It must have the key systems in place that help leaders and the electorate to understand issue and make informed, rational decisions.
The two core values as Greenman House sees them are clearly stated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
The Declaration sets out a bold view of humanity: "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, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
The Constitution clearly lays out the purpose of government: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
These two core values: liberty and a government dedicated to securing it for the People must be supported by an informed electorate, a vibrant economy, and national security. The diagrams below shows these key dynamics and their relationships.