America’s First Principles

Foundation of American freedom and liberty

Rejecting the oppression of the past, America’s Founding Fathers established the American republic on our First Principles to secure our freedom and liberty.

We are the first, perhaps the only nation that holds as self-evident truths that all men and women are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; and that governments are instituted to protect those rights and derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. Stated differently, America was founded on certain First Principles:

  • The rule of law is a First Principle that mandates that the law governs everyone
  • The First Principle of unalienable rights recognizes that everyone is naturally endowed by their Creator with certain rights
  • Equality is a First Principle that recognizes that all persons are created equal
  • The First Principle of the Social Compact recognizes that governments are instituted by the people and derive their just powers from the consent of the governed
  • The First Principle of limited government means that the protection of unalienable rights is the legitimate purpose and limit of government requires the government to be strong enough to fulfill its purpose yet limited to that purpose

A final First Principle is the right to declare revolution when the other First Principles are being infringed by the government.

Our Declaration of Independence explains that these foundational ideas were the philosophical underpinning of the American Revolution. Once independence was secured, the Founding Fathers labored to ensure that the Constitution became the living embodiment of a government based on these First Principles.

For more about Quiet Crisis gripping America, buy a copy of America’s Survival Guide..



More Praise for America's Survival Guide

"America's Survival Guide is a bold and insightful work that should be taken seriously by those concerned with the future of America. We ignore it at our peril."
Congressman Joe Knollenberg

“Our democracy’s survival rests upon our transmitting to each new generation the political vision of liberty and equality that unites us as Americans. Jefferson stated it best when he said, ‘If we expect in a state of civilization to be ignorant and free, we expect what never was and never will be.’ Michael Warren is a true modern patriot whose efforts in education are one way to build a strong democracy for our future.” – J. KELLI SWEET, MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

“Finally!  Someone addresses the concerns many of us Americans have and approaches them from an apolitical point of view.  Michael Warren speaks from a position of reasoned authority and examines the U.S. landscape from politics, to the courts, to the schools, to the media.  This expert on law and education, does not leave the reader in a state of depression but rather offers potential solutions that all can embrace.  This is a book for all who hope for a better future in our country, and that should include all of us.”  Frank Beckmann, WJR 760 AM


"America's Survival Guide describes with detail and passion the dangers that come from abandoning the "First Principles" upon which this nation was founded. But this important book offers more than a diagnosis and despair, it presents a reasoned program for restoring the U.S. Constitution its proper place at the center of American society and government. The book draws on history, politics and education to make a powerful case for freedom and fighting for it."

--John Engler, former Governor of Michigan

Read more praise for America's Survival Guide