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.

Vibrant Economy Informed Electorate Secure from Attack Free Country

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.
Sustaining The Republic Providing for Prosperity and Liberty
Providing for Prosperity and Liberty

Vibrant Economy

The economy is the wealth generation engine for the republic. It is the source of jobs and prosperity for citizens and resources for the government. Without a vibrant economy, a republic will be in serious difficulty as economic distress can engender the conditions creating instability, citizen unrest or, at the most extreme, revolution.

Informed Electorate

Simply put, the electorate makes decisions on critical issues put directly to voters (mostly at the state and local level) and elects representatives. If the electorate is not informed and capable it will make poor decisions.

Secure from Attack

If the republic is not secure from attack, it creates potential instability, pressure to compromise liberty for security, and the state must expend critical resources to address the security problems.

Free Country

There are degrees of freedom. Not all "free" states are the same or even have the same degree of individual liberty granted to the citizens. No state is completely free. Every state reserves the right to use force to uphold its laws and to protect its sovereignty. Therefore, the real question is how much latitude does the state have to use force against its citizens and how effective is the rule of law--and what system is the law based upon?

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