As Americans we stand squarely on the historic pathway of human liberty. We are the inheritors of this constitutional republic for which untold thousands have paid the ultimate sacrifice to establish and maintain.
In recent generations we have lost much of the common understanding of our history and the core principles that are the foundation of our society. We have lived mostly free from the suffering of war. We have forgotten that our current prosperity is built upon the sacrifices of generations who came before.
The fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War provided us the luxury of assuming America was safe. Unfortunately we failed to focus on the deep-seated hostilities emanating from countries and cultures with world-views much different from America. Nations with leaders who disregard personal liberty and the historic principle of government of the people, by the people and for the people. Cultures that have little respect for the value of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And we failed to realize that our continued prosperity could lure us to believe we are free from the danger and horror of war.
On September 11th, 2001 our national perception of reality changed forever. This infamous day serves as a constant reminder that we, the people of the United States still carry the burden and responsibility of preserving and protecting each other, this nation, and the principles upon which this Republic and our prosperity stand. In light of the tragic lessons of that day and the sorrows that followed The Common Defense has been founded.
Our objective is to fulfill the responsibilities of Liberty and encourage each other to overcome evil in our day by doing good. We clearly understand that a full respect for human life is not possible to attain without an equally balanced commitment to the defense of life. Therefore we propose to support the core principles of the American Republic and with equal fervor defend those principles and each other against all enemies foreign or domestic.
We further recognize that this work is a task for every single citizen, rich and poor, young and old, regardless of race, religion, or color. Our government is only as strong as the commitment of each individual, neighborhood, community and state.
On December 7th, 1941 our nation experienced the attack at Pearl Harbor. The response that followed produced what we now recognize as America's greatest generation - a people who liberated the world of treacherous evil and in the process kept Liberty alive here at home.
Now it is our turn to respond to the call of duty.
With a full recognition of our total dependence upon the loving God of our Fathers we humbly commit ourselves to this mission for the preservation of Liberty and our common defense.