November 16, 2009
A Statement of the Board of Directors, Founders, and Corporate Officers of DownsizeDC.org, Inc
We at the Downsize DC Foundation do not believe in, advocate, or employ the use of coercive or destructive force or fraud, to achieve our goals.
We abhor spam, and it is our policy to assist, promptly, all of those who wish to be unsubscribed from our list, and/or be removed from our databases. Therefore, only users who have properly registered can utilize our systems.
At Downsize DC Foundation, we serve a purely First Amendment function — the right to petition for redress of grievances, and, in so doing to educate the powerful, as well as the right to speak freely and to publish our political opinions and, in so doing, to educate citizens. On both First Amendment and Creator-endowed/Natural Rights grounds, we will strongly defend our right to continue in this peaceful activity.
We do not advocate violent revolution or overthrow of the government, even though we believe the government is presently guilty of gross abuse of the Constitution. While the politicians have not played by the rules, we shall make all efforts to act in a manner that is consistent with the American spirit of open debate.
Nor do we recommend to individuals that they cease paying taxes, drive without licenses, etc. Capable adults must make their own decision in these matters, based on their own philosophy, moral compass, and counsel of friends, family, and experts. But as methods of combating the injustice and harm done by Monopoly Government, suffice it to say, they are not part of the Downsize DC Foundation plan.
As for those individuals who do take such actions and/or others . . . so long as they are doing so on principle, are aware of the consequences, and are non-violent, then it is likely we would respect their stand. However, we believe that there is an industry of hucksters designed to lead people into financial bondage and even prison by providing seminars, books, and other materials designed to show people how they can avoid paying taxes — and that we firmly oppose. We certainly do not want to see well-meaning DC Downsizers end up penniless and in jail.
It should be recognized, by any reasonable person, that it is impossible to predict the future. Therefore, all the attempts in the world to detect and prevent malicious actions cannot absolutely guarantee that individuals or groups — even agent provocateurs and government agents — will use our name and values in a malicious fashion, sometimes in an attempt to discredit us. What can be guaranteed is that we at Downsize DC Foundation would abhor such use and would do what was in our power to prevent it, speak out against it, or stop it once underway.
April 5, 2010
A Statement of the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers of Downsize DC Foundation
We at Downsize DC Foundation believe in the value of, and advocate for the rights of the human individual. We also believe that individuals should be "judged by the content of their character, and not the color of their skin," nor for their ethnicity.
The philosophy of the State is collectivism. It is the government that seeks to categorize us, and then to utilize these categories to extend special privileges based on demographics.
All of God's creatures should be equal before the law — free to live their life, enjoy their freedom, and pursue their bliss. That was the vision of the Founders. And that is the lofty goal for which we should (and do) strive. In a word, we stand for liberty.
Liberty is a social bargain of mutual respect that honors the individual. To have liberty, one must permit others to have it.
Racism and anti-Semitism are ugly forms of collectivism. In addition to being wrong-headed, those who espouse such views are judging others by their demographic group, and not as unique, inviolable individuals. As long as one judges others in this fashion, they cannot truly be for liberty.
It may seem trite to say that such thinking comes from ignorance.
Yet many sincerely believe they are justified when they advocate that something more than the content of an individual's character must be judged. Special privileges and racial profiling represent two opposite examples rooted in the same error.
Downsize DC Foundation does NOT believe that the challenges we're facing in this country today can be dropped at the feet of any race or nationality, be they Hispanic immigrants, Jews, African-Americans, etc.
Each individual — everyone reading this — belongs to a race and nationality. Each of us wants to be judged individually.
We know, both in our hearts and from experience, that most people are hardworking, love their country, and care about their families. Some individuals seek a better life. America is a wonderful land of opportunity. At Downsize DC Foundation, we presume human beings to be innocent and well-intentioned until they, individually, provide evidence to the contrary.
Can groups ever be judged? Well, ideas matter. Wrong ideas can do a great deal of damage. Therefore, to the extent that any INDIVIDUAL or voluntary political union or party espouses a damaging philosophy, they are to blame for the harms their policies do to our country. We will criticize their ideas and offer up a better way.
...and that better way is the opposite of collectivism. It is to "Downsize DC" and thereby expand Individual Liberty and speed Human Progress.