The Alliance’s governing philosophy can be summed up in just three words: unity, community, and responsibility.
Unity: We are all Americans first, and members of political parties second. We have more in common with each other than we have differences with each other. E. Pluribus Unum
Unity means that we will never deliberately divide Americans and sow fear by stigmatizing people who look different, worship differently, have a differing opinion from ours, or any group, or for any other reason. It means we will never indulge in identity politics and blame-game victimization ploys. We reject all forms of bigotry and exclusion, and we affirm the primacy of conscience and free speech as integral to basic human dignity.
Community: We believe in the primacy of local politics. We believe that we must return as appropriate resources and decision authority to our states and localities in order to foster levels of democratic participation that can fulfill the Founders’ vision of genuine self-government. We believe that all politics is indeed ultimately local, and that democratic politics must be embedded in the social realities of face-to-face human relationships.
Our communities are under tremendous stress at a time of massive and rapid change at home and in the world. We are in the midst of a technological tsunami no less powerful than the technological shift from a predominately agricultural to an industrial society some century and a half ago. These epic transitions affect our culture and social order, and of course, our politics with them.
We have a choice: We can join together to make the passage safely to the next American future, or we can squabble our way to national collapse, as tragically occurred once in our past, in a civil war. It is the Alliance’s mission to support, strengthen, and, as necessary, help build our communities anew.
Responsibility: Citizens of a democracy have a civic duty to participate in maintaining a decent social and political order. Many Americans have come to assume that the government grants people rights as it grants them certain benefits. But the premise of the Constitution is that sovereignty resides with the people; it is the people who grant rights to the government, and not the other way around.
This core American principle of democracy requires citizens to act responsibly in participatory self-government. It requires that they educate themselves about the issues of the day, and that they organize to make representation for their interests both inside the political system and in society generally. A passive citizenry deserves whatever government it gets, a tragedy we now see playing out before our eyes.