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We, the members of the California Republican Assembly, in pledging our allegiance to the United States of America and to the "American Way of Life" which it has fostered and protected, do hereby affirm our belief in these fundamental principles:

1. That the foremost among the transcendant values is the individual's use of his God-given free will, whence derives his right to be free from the restrictions of arbitrary force.

2. That liberty is indivisible, and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom.

3. That the purposes of government are to protect these freedoms through the preservation of internal order, the provision of national defense, and the administration of justice.

4. That when government ventures beyond these functions, it accumulates power which tends to diminish order and individual freedom.

5. That the Constitution of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering government to fulfill its proper role.

6. That the genius of the Constitution is in its clause which serves to divide the governing body to grant more power to each state.

7. That the market economy, based upon capitalism and free enterprise, allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the greatest system for creating personal freedom, a strong constitutional government, and is the most productive supplier of human need.

8. That when government interferes with the free enterprise system or attempts to control the economy by taking from one individual to bestow upon another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both.

9. That periods of freedom are rare in history, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies and that the security of the United States cannot be bargained or diluted away.

10. That the forces of socialism and international communism are at present, and continue to be, the greatest threats to our freedom.

11. That the Unites States should stress victory over, rather than co-existence with, or containment of, communism; and its citizens should feel and express the will to win.

12. That United States foreign policy must be judged by this criterion; does it serve the interests of the United States.

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