The words of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution establish that
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The most fundamental foundations of our freedom as American people lie in the respect of the rights of others to worship as they please, speak what they wish, engage in political journalism, and peacefully protest. 2ndVote is inspired by these words and believes that private organizations should also abide by them and support these basic freedoms. In addition, we believe these freedoms encompass the words of the Declaration of Independence that say
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
In the same vein, “life, liberty and property” are such important personal rights that they are also mentioned in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.
The respect for these rights, while not required by law for private organizations, is fundamental to our free society. When corporations, particularly Big Tech with its virtual monopoly power — and in some cases, addictive products — support or act in ways in which these freedoms are abridged, the foundations of the greatest society in human history are weakened.
2ndVote holds companies accountable for their support of these basic freedoms. Actions like censorship or “cancellation” of individuals, whether public or private, forced indoctrination of views inconsistent with religious beliefs, censorship of free speech by social media or the press, support for violent protests, and attitudes against the foundational importance of property rights to our society, are just some of the issues on which corporations are scored. In addition we believe that forced training that presumes any particular demographic of American citizens are racist, homophobic or biased runs counter to our basic freedoms and history as a “melting pot” nation and is scored accordingly.