Our Core Values
In 2011 Faith & Freedom Coalition Delaware (FFCD) was formed. Since our creation we have been involved in:
Today FFCD is a growing to serve God and defend Liberty and are working to keep the promise of our Founding Fathers—to give all glory to God, to be a true light of freedom, and preserve the Constitution of the United States and the liberties expressed in the Bill of Rights.
Faith & Freedom Coalition Delaware was formed by, lives under, and is loyal to the core values that built and made this nation the living hope for world. These core values are:
Faithfulness Give all glory to God, be loyal to our Constitution, and serve our community. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. Philippians 4:8
Courage Stand and fight where others would run, fear no one but the Lord. Do not surrender to bullies, tyranny or evil. Never surrender your principles. “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
Commitment Stay focused on the mission until it is completed. There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. Unknown
FFCD Mission Serve God, defend liberty, and protect our families and community.
FFCD Twelve Principles
- God laws takes precedence over man’s laws
- We must conduct ourselves away from church as we would in our church
- We are Christian Citizens who live our faith in all aspects of our lives including the public discourse of ideas
- There is no separation of our faith and our public life
- We respect the sanctity of life, family, and traditional marriage (one man-one woman) as the foundation of our culture and a faithful free society
- We support education reform, curriculum, and schools that sets aside political solutions and places children first; creates a strong, safe, classical education system operated and overseen at the local level.
- Help the poor and those in need
- Uphold a strong moral compass based on faith, family values and love of God and country
- The Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution must be honored by all government and protected by all citizens and elected officials
- The Constitution is not a living document but the law, strength, and structure of our country
- The bond between parents and their children is scared; and must be protected by an amendment to our Constitution
- Businesses are the cornerstone of economic growth and they must be protected from government overreach
Five Issues That Are Having a Major Impact on The Lives of Every Delawarean
1) K thru 16 education
2) Crime and Criminal Justice Reform
3) Religious Liberty
4) Community alliances to create jobs
5) Developing strong leaders to serve our state and nation
6) Turning out the vote
It’s your voice and your future
These six issues greatly affect our families, especially our children, and are stopping companies from creating jobs here in Delaware. There are always two ways to solve problems: Compromising to lessor political standards; or building far reaching non-political faith solutions supported by voters that serve our communities.
When politicians stop serving the people and start serving special interests it is always we the voters that lose. The only way for the voters to use their control over their government is to vote and to vote kingdom. We must hold all those in office to the same high standards we have in our faith.
AFFORDABLE POWER FOR OUR HOMES
Electricity and heating costs have risen dramatically in Delaware making these two almost a second mortgage for many. Combined with the price of gasoline, a lot of Delawareans are working just to pay for these three basic needs.
How Did This Happen:
Delaware government has been very aggressive in making renewable energy 25% of our energy. Right now we are at 6% renewable and our electric bills are out of sight high. To reach the legislature and Governors 25% will cost us about $500 million. Delaware has a carbon tax and new carbon rules which also increase cost. While special interest and political donors are making a great profit off these rules, the Delaware tax payer must bear the cost of higher and higher energy rates.
We’ve all seen the increase in our rates and so have businesses that are leaving Delaware as fast as they can find another state for their business.
What can be done:
1) Repeal the Carbon Tax.
2) Repeal the alternative energy requirement
3) Develop a new energy strategy that makes sense for Delaware and protects the consumer from these every increasing costs and bad alternative energy ideas.
4) Start electing politicians who care more about us than they do the special interest. Our electric bills should not be decided over lunch or in a back room. Our energy supply must make sense for Delaware, its citizens, businesses who would look to move here.
5) Look at investment in a major natural gas pipeline to southern Delaware for electrical power generation and to provide natural gas for residential and commercial users. This would also lower the burden of energy use in Northern Delaware and help to reduce cost.
JOBS FOR OUR FAMILIES
Delaware is losing jobs at an alarming rate. We have lost thousands of jobs in the last 8 years and new businesses are reluctant to move here.
How Did This Happen:
Our schools under Common Core are failing on every level. Our state’s energy strategy has doubled the electric rates. Our legislature and governor keeps raising taxes on companies and small businesses. Our crime rate has risen to be one of the worst in the country. To put it simply, Delaware has become a state where our kids can’t get a good education, companies can’t afford to operate here, and our families are not safe. This election is all about family; education, the ability to live comfortably, and to be safe in our homes and on our streets.
What can be done:
1) We need to reduce personal and corporate tax rates to reflect those of the most job competitive states.
2) We must have a right to work law. States with that law far outpace other states in building manufacturing jobs. Delaware needs both non-union and union jobs and can be a blend of both. But workers should have the right to decide which they prefer.
3) Delaware business regulations must not only protect the people and our environment; they must be designed so companies can trust that Delaware wants them here. Companies must know they will pay only their fair share in Delaware. We want them as part of our community and involved in community projects. This will provide a stable business/community relationship.
4) We need to make our streets safer and our schools better so companies will want to move here.
5) We need a community/business partnership to build a mutual respect and provide jobs that fit into the community. This alliance can stop the misunderstandings and build jobs compatible with community needs.
EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN
Problem (Delaware Rankings) :
1) Last in SAT scores
2) 32nd in early childhood education
3) 50th in talent pipeline
4) 20% of students fail to graduate
5) 0nly 30% of Delaware 9th graders will enroll in a
second year of college
Dropout rates in poorer communities are increasing and could double under the new Common Core Standards and testing.
How did it happen: The Governor ushered in Common Core without consulting the people or the Legislature. They accepted Common Core before the Common Core standards were written. Our state accepted the weaker standards and questionable curriculum because our government gave them millions to do so.
Why Common Core and Delaware education is bad:
1) Common Core is based on making money for private companies.
2) Standards are based on a political view not educational excellence.
3) The state controls a child’s job choices
4) State collects over 400 data points on child’s personal habits and those of their family.
5) Removes parents, teachers, and school boards from education decisions.
6) Our children can be told to leave school in the 10th grade if their test are not good enough.
What can be Done:
1) The first thing we must do is help pass laws to stop this attack on our children’s future. There is a bill waiting on hold in the Delaware Senate SB 269, we call it the Protection of Children’s Education, and we need to call our legislators and tell them to pass this bill. It will stop Common Core and protect our children.
2) Find out if you child’s school is teaching the Common Core Curriculum and pull them out of that school.
3) Ask every politician did you vote for HB334 and do you support Common Core. If they did and will not vote for Protection of Children’s Education Bill, vote them out of office. Tell them our kids are too important to wait! Hold a special session and public hearings now. By September we will lose another group of our children to bad education practices.
4) Support Empowerment Scholarship Accounts legislation that will be presented in January 2015. This will allow you and your children to pick the school they will attend. School excellence and not school location will determine where your children are educated.
Reference Resources: Commonwealth Foundation, US Department of Education, Economic Modeling Specialist International, National Institute for Early Education Research-Rutgers University.
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
Martin Luther King Jr