CAP Mission & Objectives
The mission of the Christian American Patriots is to develop informed, active and effective US Christian citizens of character, integrity, conviction, and knowledge, informed of the great current issues, the US Constitution, and America's true Christian heritage.
Specifically, to educate and inform members about:
a. government structure, function, role, & limitations
b. citizen function, role & limitations
c. the US Constitution, laws, and precedents
d. Americas true Christian heritage
e. current political, economic, educational and social issues
f. Biblical bases of democracy and capitalism
g. Major political parties
h. truth, lies, hyperbole, relativism, exaggeration, division, deception, and media bias
i. economics, finance, and financial responsibilities
1. CAP has no agenda to transform America into a theocracy.
2. CAP does not financially support any political campaigns, candidates, parties, or political action committees (PACS).
3. CAP will not exclusively endorse any one particular political candidate, but will endorse any and all candidates of any party who strictly adhere to constitutionally and biblically-based conservative principles.
The objective of the Christian American Patriots is to prepare American citizens, to actively make informed, responsible governmental, familial, financial, educational and moral decisions by instilling in them the knowledge and values of the Bible, US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Americas Christian heritage, and their inherent relationship.
1. To become informed of the greatest issues of our times from fact-based, historical, Biblical, and constitutional perspectives.
2. To understand, appreciate, defend and promote the US Constitution.
3. To understand the proper role of government.
4. To understand to role of the private sector.
5. To understand the responsibilities of the citizen.
6. To understand basic economic principles.
7. To become an informed, active, and effective citizen
8. To recognize violations of the Constitution
9. To defend, promote and maintain the traditional family as the most fundamental unit of society
10. To defend, promote truth, regardless of current socio-cultural trends or fads.
11. To promote the diffusion of the CAP organization in chapters across the US.
12. To develop citizens possessing character of integrity, morality, conviction, responsibility, and knowledge.
CAP Program Attributes:
b. Open to all Christian American citizens
c. Non-profit, non-fund-raising
e. Introductory to government and civics
f. Gender and race neutral
g. Age-neutral and age-appropriate
h. Grassroots- Local chapters nation-wide
m. Law abiding
CAP Principles and Values:
CAP is dedicated to the development, promotion and preservation of Christian American character, heritage, principles and values. Special awards are presented to CAP members for remarkable demonstration of any one of these:
1. Activism- We are committed to being active, proactive and reactive in voting, expressing our views to our representatives, forming solutions, and improving America.
2. America’s heritage- We are committed to understanding, preserving and teaching America’s true Christian heritage and directing its future.
3. Commitment- We believe in making and keeping commitments in all areas of life, including committing to causes greater than ourselves, including family, church, education, employer and nation.
4. Conservation – We are committed to conservative economic, social, environmental principles, including a balanced budget, sustainable family, and sustainable environment, while also valuing a balanced view of the environment as a resources to be used wisely to sustain human life.
5. Constitutional law and justice- We believe in understanding, defending, and preserving the principles, original spirit and intent of the constitution as it was written, and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of America.
6. Conviction- We are committed to developing strong, coherent, sustainable, justifiable, and articulate positions on public and private issues that will withstand the tests of time, challenges, trials, conflicts, persuasion and temptations.
7. Encouragement- We are committed to encouraging others to develop their talents, improve their lives, and the lives of others, as well as the future of the nation. We also encourage others to express their views productively to those who have the power to change things.
8. Family - We define the family is the most fundamental social unit, being a legal and spiritual union between one mature adult man and one mature adult woman, and a committed union for life. As individuals, we are committed to remaining faithful our own family.
9. Inquisitive- We are committed to developing an inquisitive, critical, independent mind that will ask why things are as they are and how they can be improved.
10. Integrity- We are committed to doing the right thing in all areas of public and private life, including when no one may notice.
11. Leadership- We are committed to developing and actively applying leadership character, skills and knowledge.
12. Learning- We are committed to learning truths, formally and informally. We are committed to self-education of truth, regardless of political correctness.
13. Liberty- We are committed to promoting and defending liberty to the extent that it does not harm ourselves or others, and accept all resulting responsibilities.
14. Life-We believe that life begins at conception and respect the lives of all others, including the unborn and those who believe differently than ourselves.
15. Morality - We understand that the original source of American morals is derived from the Bible. We are committed to confining sexual relations to within the marital union.
16. Patriotism- We are committed to maintaining and preserving the traditional values that originally made America the greatest nation on earth.
17. Prosperity- We are committed to maintaining an economy, government and society that is not just sustainable, but improving, so that our children will enjoy a better quality and freer standard of life than we did.
18. Resourcefulness- We are judicious consumers of money, time, material things, education, news and information sources. We are committed to using our time, resources and talents wisely and constructively toward predefined goals. We are committed to defining worthy, realistic, achievable goals and striving to achieve them. We are dedicated to working hard to achieve our goals, and to maintaining financial independence and prosperity.
19. Respect- We respect all people, regardless of their different appearance, culture, heritage, nationality, religion, race, sexual orientation, income, appearance, age, gender, opinion, or talent.
20. Responsibility- We believe that liberty cannot be sustained without responsibilities, and are therefore committed to developing responsible Americans.
21. Salvation & relationship with Jesus Christ- We believe that the Bible is Gods inerrant word of God, in his promise that whoever believes in him and follows him will have eternal life. We are committed to daily prayer for America, its leaders, our acquaintances, friends, neighbors, relatives, and ourselves. We are committed to daily Bible reading of at least 10 minutes.
22. Self-Discipline- We are committed to living a disciplined life in all domains, including the use of our time, money, material resource, and talents.
23. Selflessness- We understand that a major reason for Americas decline is selfishness. Although we are committed to developing the talents of each individual, we are also committed to applying our talents to helping others in need and for the improvement of America.
24. Self-reliance- We are committed as individuals to doing things for ourselves what we are capable of doing and learning how to do more things for ourselves, rather than expecting and needing others to do things for us. We understand and appreciate that self-reliance increases our confidence and self esteem, and makes us less dependent on others and the government.
25. Sustainability- We are committed to establishing and maintaining a sustainable, balanced budget for the nation, state, locality, family and individuals. Although most CAP members appreciate and value the environment for its beauty, stress relieving capability, and its resources, the goal of achieving a sustainable environment is not a CAP objective for pragmatic reasons.
26. Voluntary Assistance – We are committed to promoting voluntary assistance to other individuals, organizations, and to society at large, as it helps not only those being served, but also those who serve, as well as society. We appreciate the benefits of this in improving the lives of others, reducing the burden on government, and increasing the independence and self-esteem of its volunteers.
“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.”
"A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins"
‘We need you [government] to leave us alone! Let us alone altogether! Let us stand upon our own legs, work with our own hands, and eat bread in the sweat of our own brows.’”
- Frederick Douglas
“If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre (public) educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. . . . We have, in effect, been committing an act of unthinking, unilateral educational disarmament.”
-A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform. A Report to the Nation and the Secretary of Education, United States Department of Education, by The National Commission on Excellence in Education (1983)
“Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness . . . “Let not that man claim the title of Patriot who labors to undermine those pillars. . . . And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passion unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God?”
"To the distinguished Character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to add the more distinguished Character of Christian."
“We have staked the whole future of America’s civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
Chief Architect of the US Constitution
“Let me read the laws of any country, and I’ll tell you their religion.”
-Dr. Francis Schaeffer
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first - - the most basic - - expression of Americanism. Thus the founding fathers of America saw it, thus with god’s help, it will continue to be.
“The philosophy of the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.”
"The ultimate determinate in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas - a trial of spiritual resolve; the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideas to which we are dedicated."
“We are engaged in a struggle for the hearts and minds of our people. Children are the prize to the winners of the second great civil war. It is a war over ideas. . . . Those who control what young people are taught and what they experience-what they see, hear, think and believe-will determine the future course for the nation. Given that influence, the predominant value system of an entire culture can be overhauled in one generation, or certainly in two, by those with unlimited access to children.”
-Dr. James Dobson, Former Presidential Adviser & Founder of Focus on the Family & Family Talk.
“When you educate a man in mind and not in morals, you educate a menace to society.”
“Whatever makes men good Christians makes them good citizens.”
“The highest glory of the American Revolution was that it united in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with those of Christianity.”
-John Quincy Adams
“These [citizen rights] may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.”
“It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties.”
"The power under the Constitution will always be in the people".
"We owe every other sacrifice to ourselves, to our federal brethren, and to the world at large to pursue with temper and perseverance the great experiment which shall prove that man is capable of living in a society governing itself by laws self-imposed, and securing to its members the enjoyment of life, liberty, property, and peace; and further, to show that even when the government of its choice shall manifest a tendency to degeneracy, we are not at once to despair, but that the will and the watchfulness of its sounder parts will reform its aberrations, recall it to original and legitimate principles, and restrain it with the rightful limits of self-government".
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be".
"Every government ought to contain in itself the means of its own preservation".
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until [a majority of] the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse [gifts] from the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy [taxing and spending], always followed by a dictatorship. The average life of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years".
- Historian Alexander Tyler
"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence - it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master".
"If the Federal Government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, who creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed [the Constitution], and take such measures to redress the injury to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify".
"In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life if secured against all liability to account".
"If ever this vast country is brought under a single government, it will be one of the most extensive corruption, indifferent and incapable of a wholesome care over so wide a spread of surface. This will not be borne, and you will have to choose between reformation and revolution. If I know the spirit of this country, the one or the other is inevitable".
"Government consists of nothing more than a conglomerate of human beings who have within their basic nature the instinct to continuously expand whatever power is placed in their hands".
-Author, W. Cleon Skousen
"The utopian schemes of leveling [wealth] and a community of [centralized ownership] goods are as visionary and impracticable as those which vest all property in the Crown. [These ideas] are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government, unconstitutional".
The United States is “the lasting Concord between men and nations, founded on the principles of Christianity.”
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“It is no more possible for man to build a political state without the help of God than it was for the builders of Babel.”
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have need of masters.”
“It is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
First Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court
“Let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God . . . if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted.”
“If we will not be governed by God, we will be ruled by tyrants.”
“If I have could have entertained the slightest apprehension, that the Constitution framed in the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical Society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it.”
"The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become."
"I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts."
"The most important social welfare program in America is a job."
“But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to government, neither external or internal controls on government would be necessary. In forming a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”
"We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions."
"If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth."
"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
“Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?”
"A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both."
"I do not believe that Washington should do for the people what they can do for themselves through local and private effort."
-President John F. Kennedy
"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."
-President John F. Kennedy
"Nobody spends somebody else's money as carefully as he spends his own. "
-Economist Milton Friedman
"We’ll all be on a reservation soon if the socialists keep subsidizing groups like them with our tax money.”
- John Wayne
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”