Unlocking Courageous Community: The Founders' Plan to Save America

There is hope.

Do you believe our country is at a crossroads?  Do you see the fabric of American community fraying?  Do you see liberty slowly slipping away?  You're not alone.

We the People need to face the hard truth: we have become too dependent on big government and big corporations.  This dependency has made our society fragile and apathetic.  Our resiliency to weather natural, economic, and cultural storms has been depleted.  Worse, our capacity to resist violation of the Constitution has been largely undermined.

There's no quick fix.  That's the point.  But there is a solution if we will use it.

The Founders of our country gave us a key to open the door of liberty for our posterity.  That key was virtue, originating not in Washington, D.C., but among the American people.  And, they gave us a set of steps to apply virtue they laid out in the Bill of Rights.  If we will take action on them, these steps build on themselves to reignite personal character and responsibility through local relationships, restoring the fabric of America.   Learn more now!

The plan the Founders gave us is bottom-up, not top-down.  It changes families, churches, and neighborhoods, not government structure.  Despite its necessarily uncomfortable qualities, we believe this vision provides the only way to effectively change the course of the country.  It's time to implement this plan to renew our freedom.  

Virtue makes principled change possible

Whether your goal is to abolish abortion, to reduce the $20 trillion national debt, to rein in government back to its Constitutional boundaries, or even to protect yourself against hard times, the key is to inspire We the People to love our neighbors in practical ways so that we regain the capacity to be free.  When we replace reliance on government with reliance on our families, churches, and neighborhoods, we renew the backbone needed for the enforcement of just laws.  Then, moral leadership cultivated at the local level blossoms into moral leadership taken in all areas of society.

This kind of leadership - this moral courage and character - was what the American Founders called "virtue."  It is indispensable to the survival of liberty.

The answer that provides real hope is to use virtue to pursue a principled cultural change toward courage, self-sufficiency, and love for God and others, in a context of mentorship and practical action that will reestablish the community backbone on which America was built.  The Virtue Solution Project aims to get you out of your comfort zone to stand up and rightly care for your neighbors, to help Americans restore our rightful dependence on God and each other.

The "micro-hub" community engine

A practical venue to reignite virtue can be termed a "micro-hub."  A micro-hub is a community center established specifically to promote a Christian conservative viewpoint.  It could be found in a church, a business, or even a home.  It exists not only to educate on issues but to meet physical needs in its locale.  It uses an integrated, holistic approach to energize community-building.

The micro-hub provides a neutral space that can successfully shine light in a local neighborhood to cultivate virtue.  The three basic parts of a micro-hub will be a meeting area (such as a coffee cafe or library), a work space (such as a garden), and a resource area (such as a food pantry).  The idea of the micro-hub stems from the writings of the Founders, and has been used commonly across America in the past.  

As a micro-hub develops, one vital theme will be mentorship.  This center will act as a place where people can meet, fellowship, and learn across racial, political, and generational lines.  Community members will be able to train and acquire critical skills that are needed for the long-term success of American society.  Examples include farming, gun handling, canning, first aid, and more.  In the process, traditional values will be passed on, and the community will come together to take action on shared obstacles.

Because the goal is to renew local strength and self-sufficiency, micro-hubs will place a special emphasis on emergency preparedness.  These centers will be places that the community feels secure and welcome.  There are five main areas of local strength that a micro-hub should address: Spiritual Leadership, Physical Protection, Engineered Resources, Food Resources, and Medicine.  Learn more now!

We encourage families, churches, businesses, and civic associations to consider establishing a Virtue Solution micro-hub to nourish people in body, mind, and spirit.

A fresh beginning for our country

The Founders never believed words written on paper could keep America free.  They clearly indicated that it is only as the people possess virtue – that is, moral courage – to enforce them, and to resist their violation, that the Founding documents such as the Constitution are meaningful.  But if the people will take action to use the tools provided, those documents are very meaningful.  As James Madison put it, the "guards for liberty" in the Bill of Rights are "more useful than essential."

We believe the Founders designed the Bill of Rights in such a way that its exercise in the face of rising tyranny would result in the construction of strong self-sufficient communities where people cared for one another.  Thomas Jefferson in particular set forward this vision, in a plan now known as "Jefferson's Hundreds."  Within these communities, virtue would be again multiplied as people regained understanding and skill in areas of personal responsibility.  The islands of refuge would become lighthouses to others.  As virtue was freshly cultivated, new life would be given to our liberty, and the American people would be provided with the capacity to weather any economic or political storm. 

The foundation for this design is a spiritual awakening of God’s people.  The church and family must again fulfill their God-given roles and responsibilities in the culture before we can teach others to do so.  There must be a new reformation – a “revolution in the hearts and minds of the people” as John Adams put it – in which Christ is placed in His rightful position as the authority over all of life, and His law of liberty is made our rule of conduct.

The steps to restore America based on such an awakening are specific and practical.  These steps do not produce a sweeping immediate change in government.  However, steps of virtue are exercises that build a framework for retaking liberty at a community, county, and state level by creating an engaged, righteous people who will cease their dependency, resist the practice of evil, and ultimately replace a tyrannical system from the ground up.

There is hope.  It is not in a great leader, new Constitutional provisions, a more conservative Supreme Court, or even education.  It is in you and me practicing courageous moral responsibility through God's power.

How should we get started?  See the plan here.

What the Founders told us

Virtue is to liberty what the soul is to the body.

John Adams

Is there no virtue among us?  If there be not, we are in a wretched situation.  No theoretical checks -- no form of government -- can render us secure. 

To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.  If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them.

James Madison

Bad men cannot make good citizens.  It is impossible that a nation of infidels or idolaters should be a nation of freemen.  It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.

A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. 

Patrick Henry

No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people, but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.

George Mason

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.  As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.

Benjamin Franklin

It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people.

Richard Henry Lee

No government can continue good but under the control of the people; and... their minds are to be informed by education what is right and what wrong; to be encouraged in habits of virtue and to be deterred from those of vice....  These are the inculcations necessary to render the people a sure basis for the structure and order of government.

...It is in the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigour....  Degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats into the heart of its laws and constitution.

Thomas Jefferson

Virtue and morality is a necessary spring of popular government.

George Washington

Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.  He therefore is the truest friend of the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen onto any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.

Samuel Adams

It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt - when they degenerate into a populace - that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty.  Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and a usurper soon found.  The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin.

James Monroe

Civil liberty cannot be long preserved without virtue.

Rev. John Witherspoon

Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of their citizens.  They fall when the wise are banished from the public councils because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded because they flatter the people in order to betray them.

Joseph Story