The American republic was founded as a government by, for, and of the people — but sadly that aspiration too can at times seems like a distant dream. Policymakers empower unelected bureaucracies that rule huge swaths of American life. Legislative, judicial, and executive power has become concentrated within the regulatory agencies themselves. As a result, regulatory agencies effect massive shifts in policy that elected representatives never voted on. Various protections empower the career bureaucrats to pursue their own preferred policies with little regard to the views of elected officials. What began two-and-a-half centuries ago as man’s greatest experiment in self-governance looks now like rule without consent of the governed. The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) will conduct research and generate policies that cut the red tape of burdensome regulations and restore American governance as originally intended.
Center for 1776
America’s Founding Fathers recognized that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights …” Sadly today, academic elites and demagogues challenge this self-evident proposition, choosing instead to embrace identity politics, division, and submission. The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) will work to affirm and celebrate America — not as an aesthetic act, but as a moral statement. Our work aims to promulgate American values in our educational institutions and through our Nation’s citizens — not as a look back at the past, but as the foundation of our future.
The core of American government is, as the Declaration of Independence states, “to secure these rights” — namely, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Today, a dizzying array of ideas and influences threaten these inalienable rights and our system of government. The forms they take are myriad. The American First Policy Institute’s (AFPI) Center for American Values will research and develop policies that respect life, uphold God-given liberties, preserve freedom of expression, and restore basic humanity.
Law & Justice
The rule of law is indispensable to our Nation. However, it is impossible for our Nation’s citizens to be secure if crime plagues our streets and lawlessness dominates our communities. The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) will research and develop policies that support the American people’s right to live and prosper in free and secure communities. Respect for legitimate law enforcement, reverence for the law, and smart-on-crime reforms are essential to American life and liberty.
The American Founders recognized that a free press was essential to the preservation of our liberties, and therefore our Republic. Even the Founding Founders had a complicated relationship with the press, however, a backbone of our Nation rests on freedom of speech. The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) will explore the effects media imbalances and current practices have on the American people and our system of government.
Constitutional Litigation Partnership
America is under threat from ideologies that are eroding our founding principles. The American way of life, including federalism, free speech, and the rule of law, are being undermined and distorted in our courts. The America First Policy Institute is establishing the Constitutional Litigation Partnership to restore the most fundamental rights of all Americans. The Partnership will fight to restore government that is of the people, for the people, and by the people.