A rich history of fighting for the Republic and all it stands for.
In the final days of George Washington’s presidential administration support began growing for the creation of a monument to enshrine the founding tenets of liberty and to honor the pilgrims who founded a nation. Several wars and a civil war later, the National Monument to the Forefathers was dedicated on August 1st, 1889. The 81 foot statue that towers over Plymouth, Massachusetts, taps into the soul of our nation and lays out the prerequisites for a prosperous nation of liberty. Faith, morality, law, education, and liberty are identified as the pillars that stood up our nation.
On October 21st, 1968 former Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson gave an impassioned speech at Brigham Young University where he pointed out that government is a creation of the people and ought to be subservient to we the people. The Honorable E.T. Benson stated that “It is generally agreed that the most important single function of government is to secure the rights and freedoms of individual citizens.” Benson further went on to discuss the role of Church and State, and the role of We the People before going into Natural Rights.
This enlightened speech continued on to the proper role of government and culminated in E.T. Bensons presentation of Fifteen Principles Which Make for Good and Proper Government.
“As an Independent American for constitutional government, I declare that:
I believe that no people can maintain freedom unless their political institutions are founded upon faith in God and belief in the existence of moral law.
I believe that God has endowed men with certain unalienable rights as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and that no legislature and no majority, however great, may morally limit or destroy these; that the sole function of government is to protect life, liberty, and property and anything more than this is usurpation and oppression.
I believe that the Constitution of the United States was prepared and adopted by men acting under inspiration from Almighty God; that it is a solemn compact between the peoples of the States of this nation which all officers of government are under duty to obey; that the eternal moral laws expressed therein must be adhered to or individual liberty will perish.
I believe it a violation of the Constitution for government to deprive the individual of either life, liberty, or property except for these purposes:
(a) Punish crime and provide for the administration of justice;
(b) Protect the right and control of private property;
(c) Wage defensive war and provide for the nation’s defense;
(d) Compel each one who enjoys the protection of government to bear his fair share of the burden of performing the above functions.
I hold that the Constitution denies government the power to take from the individual either his life, liberty, or property except in accordance with moral law; that the same moral law which governs the actions of men when acting alone is also applicable when they act in concert with others; that no citizen or group of citizens has any right to direct their agent, the government, to perform any act which would be evil or offensive to the conscience if that citizen were performing the act himself outside the framework of government.
I am hereby resolved that under no circumstances shall the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights be infringed. In particular I am opposed to any attempt on the part of the Federal Government to deny the people their right to bear arms, to worship and pray when and where they choose, or to own and control private property.
I consider ourselves at war with international Communism which is committed to the destruction of our government, our right of property, and our freedom; that it is treason as defined by the Constitution to give aid and comfort to this implacable enemy.
I am unalterably opposed to Socialism, either in whole or in part, and regard it as an unconstitutional usurpation of power and a denial of the right of private property for government to own or operate the means of producing and distributing goods and services in competition with private enterprise, or to regiment owners in the legitimate use of private property.
I maintain that every person who enjoys the protection of his life, liberty, and property should bear his fair share of the cost of government in providing that protection; that the elementary principles of justice set forth in the Constitution demand that all taxes imposed be uniform and that each person’s property or income be taxed at the same rate.
I believe in honest money, the gold and silver coinage of the Constitution, and a circulation medium convertible into such money without loss. I regard it as a flagrant violation of the explicit provisions of the Constitution for the Federal Government to make it a criminal offense to use gold or silver coin as legal tender or to use irredeemable paper money.
I believe that each State is sovereign in performing those functions reserved to it by the Constitution and it is destructive of our federal system and the right of self-government guaranteed under the Constitution for the Federal Government to regulate or control the States in performing their functions or to engage in performing such functions itself.
I consider it a violation of the Constitution for the Federal Government to levy taxes for the support of state or local government; that no State or local government can accept funds from the Federal and remain independent in performing its functions, nor can the citizens exercise their rights of self-government under such conditions.
I deem it a violation of the right of private property guaranteed under the Constitution for the Federal Government to forcibly deprive the citizens of this nation of their property through taxation or otherwise, and make a gift thereof to foreign governments or their citizens.
I believe that no treaty or agreement with other countries should deprive our citizens of rights guaranteed them by the Constitution.
I consider it a direct violation of the obligation imposed upon it by the Constitution for the Federal Government to dismantle or weaken our military establishment below that point required for the protection of the States against invasion, or to surrender or commit our men, arms, or money to the control of foreign or world organizations or governments.
These things I believe to be the proper role of government.”
That impassioned speech would inspire Will Christensen and several impassioned individuals to create a political organization that would promote the return to the land of liberty that our Founding Fathers fought for. To do this they adopted the speech of E.T. Benson as the core philosophy of a new state political party. The party quickly grew into a national movement and in 1998 the Independent American Party was recognized as a national party.
The Independent American Party grew and changed over the years. In 2021 the party suffered a huge loss when Will Christensen suddenly passed away. The Executive Committee operated the party through its designated line of succession until elections were held with the remaining members on February 18th in 2023.
New leadership and new direction were sought, and Washington State Coordinator Lonny Ray Williams was elected as the new National Chair. Under a mandate to reorganize and rebuild the organization into one that was truly capable of preserving the principles of liberty Lonny has reintroduced the Matrix of Liberty inscribed on the National Monument to the Forefathers as inspiration for the future of our organization.
The Executive Committee and National Committee have worked hand in hand to determine the best course of action and have consulted the wisdom of George Washingtons farewell address to seek a solution to the current state of affairs within our nation. We concluded that the best course of action for all liberty minded people is to take on the approach of our Founding Fathers and walk away from the political party system. We have voted to leave the “party” behind and become an organization that not only focuses on electing principled independent Americans but takes an active role in rebuilding our local fractured communities.
We are reorganizing under the 1st Amendment right to freely associate and speak of the tyranny of today while focusing on definitive action to provide a refuge for the liberty minded people who have a calling for standing up for liberty. We are pioneering a new way forward for everyone who is disgusted by politics and politicians. We are patriots and lovers of liberty that recognize that our Constitution hangs by a thread and that the Civil War between the Republicans and the Democrats has decimated our land of liberty at the hands of corrupt Pharmacrats of the two-party system. Our members now have a direct role to play in standing up for the future of Independent Americans across the nation.