Our Mission


Shining City Upon a Hill, Inc (“Shining City”) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit social welfare organization whose primary purpose is the promotion and advancement of American values and ideas such as freedom, integrity in government, the Rule of Law, economic prosperity, and a sensible and limited government.  Shining City supports and promotes common sense public policies that are consistent with these core values. 


Extremists are polarizing our current politics and public policy debate; often our political parties are merely repeating and amplifying these polarizing and divisive messages.  In this environment, nothing is getting done, good public policies and practical solutions are not being pursued.  America can do better.  And, if we are to do better, we the people must lead the way rather than sitting back and waiting for government to fix itself or letting extremists shape America’s future.  We believe that ideas matter, and Shining City intends to fight in the battlefield of ideas, in the public policy arena and at the ballot box.

We believe that America—at its best-- is exceptional; an optimistic country, where hard work and success is rewarded, rules are applied fairly, and everyone is free to pursue their dreams.  We are a country of laws, where everyone, even those who make and enforce the laws, are bound by the law.  We believe in free markets, robust free speech, democracy and limited government.  We share a common pride in our liberty, our free elections, our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, and our hope for a better future.  As President Ronald Reagan recognized though:  “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” 

Shining City will promote and advance public policies consistent with this mission, and provide civic and community education. Shining City will also provide support in selected federal and state races for political candidates who share these core values and pursue policies and solutions consistent with them.

Ed Tobin