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To act according to your own values is the cornerstone of liberty. America began as an ideal to provide each with that opportunity. How far have we fallen? What can be more important than personal conviction? The edict of a political body or the command of a commander in chief cannot…was never meant to supercede the individual’s view of right action.
The individual is granted extraordinary power under the protection of the United States Constitution. The individual rights are the purpose of the establishment of our republic. Why does our current system seek to emulate the monarchies of the past? What convinces the modern American that each person’s liberty should be dependent on a committee’s assessment? What about elected servants’ decisions holds more weight than the conscience of one?
If a Christian were to adhere to every tenet of their faith, they would go to jail? That is the concern of those who understand why our nation was founded and the individual freedoms that remained in jeopardy from the “old world.” Is Christianity necessary in America? No. But…I will contend that America was established to grant a protection for men to exercise their faith as Christians without reprisal. As Christianity has waned in popularity, it still remains a cohesive religion and cannot be discarded despite its opposition to cultural norms.
When popular society has poured out its disdain on people of faith, it has placed the ball squarely in the government’s court. Does government play ball with mainstream society or does it preserve the intent of its foundation? If it errs on the side of the popular view it has ceased to possess its lawful morrings. If it condemns those who declare righteousness to be of an independent source, it has ceased to place its authority in God and seeks rather to appease men. No greater weakness can exist than to place firm reliance on the ever shifting positions of men. No fortitude can exist when public sentiment guides the dictates of men. When mortal men are the source of authority, untethered to the acknowledgment of a higher than themselves, their basest instinct will be the root of their desire.
When a mortal man believes his cause is noble, no source beyond himself can counter his ideals. Yet, when a mortal man recognizes that temporal ambition drives him, he can defer to a source of authority higher than himself, he may be apt to concede to that archaic law established long before men. It remains an independent confirmation standing in judgment of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Once upon a time in America, those who stood firm in their reliance upon conscience were showered with adoration. Their were granted due respect. Weakness (toward which man has always been predisposed) placed conscience on the second or third tier when it came to their motivations. Expedience often wins the day in the lives of ordinary men. Then again, possessing the boldness to act on personal conviction and that rooted in a conscience, set men apart…made them figures to be wondered at, admired.
Then a shift occurred. It became arrogance to set standards so high, to place conscience before cause. Expedience took precedent of right action. Those once revered found themselves in a position akin to the enemy for adhering to values, principles that hindered movement or cause. Nobility was cast aside in favor of its savage cousin: victory. Chivalry is dead indeed. In its place, stands the conquering hero, foreign in motive and deed to the cause which propelled him to triumph.
Without conscience to guide a man to right action, he is bound by nothing. He will ride the popular tide even if it means that he adopts many of the savage traits of the vanquished.
To delegate conscience to a place of refuse should be considered the greatest of American travesties and, I would contend, it provides the punctuation mark to our decline. If we continue to sear our consciences like a doctor burning nerves meant to alert us of the damage being done there will be no recovering.
Take inventory of the following items. Right action is demonstrated through integrity, honor, loyalty, truth and selflessness. Venerate these qualities and restoration is near at hand. Those who currently act upon those qualities are playing by rules long established. Those who condemn them in favor of winning have relinquished victory, cheering as they are defeated.
We May Not Be Winning But We Cannot Lose
Is it a mark of our culture that I want to kick the dust from my heels everytime I go out into the world? Be in the world but not of it. The time will come when we are no longer able to turn the tide of evil but are rather called to resist it…to not succumb to its pressure…to hold fast that which we have been given.
Reagan called America the shining city on a hill. It was meant to gleam in the midst of a dark world and to demonstrate a better way to those huddled masses yearning to be free. With that beacon of preservation, people the world over knew a place, a refuge existed. It was a guide post for the righteous, a place where their aspirations were still cherished among the kingdoms of men. Then something happened.
Cracks formed in our foundations. Weakness and cowardice took root in the hearts of the American citizen. We hid from our duty. It was not for pride that we dwelled on such a lofty purch, not arrogance that maintained our status. It was a firm knowledge in our hearts that we were preserving the lighthouse so that others may find their way home. We remained above the rest to maintain that fire of liberty. We knew that if we should let the light falter or the hope dim that no one would take our place. No one would guide others out of the shadows. And no one has.
Since Reagan had his time in the spotlight and held up a mirror to show us the light was really in us, the American people, no one has amplified the American ideal. No one has dared challenge us to rise to our full potential. No one has thought to remind us that there exists a light that must be tended to. Quite the opposite. Our “leaders” have hidden that glow, begged us to suppress it so as not to offend and even attempted to extinguish it.
Spotlights shine forth from the halls of power in DC. They are vigilant in detecting those still hopeful, those willing to light the fire once more. At some point in the last 29 years, America forgot its purpose and shied from its responsibility to preserve the light and hope. Our nation ceased to be a godly majority, giving glory to the One who poured out His blessing from sea to shining sea in abundance. We rescinded our pledge of societal obedience and He, in turn, revoked His mercy. Now, in isolation from God’s will, we grope for solutions like the blind at midnight.
As the darkness that has enveloped the rest of the world settles in our land, there are still some, a remnant, who have the profound knowledge of what has befallen us. Being too few, we are merely tasked with a simple instruction. Hold fast to that which you have recieved, that no man may take thy crown. We are no longer in a position of keeping the light shining for those abroad. We are simply trying to keep the light shining for those nearby. In absence of those nearby seeking hope, we keep our lamps burning if only to keep us warm.
If this is that time, the commandment remains. Hold fast. If it is not that time, our perserverence has meaning and will shape our nation’s future for generations to come. Your knowledge of eschatology is insignificant when it comes to the Author’s will. What really matters, and always has, is our desire for obedience, no matter what generation we find ourselves a part of. Jesus dwelled in a wicked and rebellious generation. Take up your cross and follow Him.
The Destruction Of The Conservative Brand
“Think not that I have come to bring peace, but a sword.”
It appears that this is the end of the line, that the devil has been loosed a little season. This is where I commit blasphemy against our sitting president. The First Amendment, at the time of this writing, still grants me that right. Donald Trump is the conductor of this apocalyptic orchestra. Too harsh? Too bad. From my position of political rogue, rebel, reprobate and relic I consider it my duty to speak with a voice of dissent, to give the minority report against our nation’s decline.
Prior to the 2016 primary, we were still battling Obama’s Barakalypse and the dismantling of our country. Our representives demonstrated themselves to be incapable of conducting any meaningful resistance to his agenda. Under his tenure, we lost our economy, our jobs, our security, our national dignity, our improving race relations, our ability to identify our enemies, our Constitutional limits on government, our civic responsibility and our sense of common decency. The only thing we had not lost was conservative solidarity.
Enter Donald J. Trump. He swept aside an entire field of better and worse candidates to become the new front man of the GOP. No better candidate existed to eliminate conservatives from the lineup, than (self-proclaimed best at everything he does) Donald Trump. He certainly proved he could shoot a man on 5th Avenue without losing any of his supporters…providing it was a conservative that took the bullet.
How someone with so little character can be this adept at destroying reputations is the question of our age. The Republican Party demonstrated its willingness to play ball or obstruct. Sadly, the majority of Republicans who oppose him are not doing so for the lofty cause of preserving our Constitutional republic but because he is cutting in on their action. Hannity never really had a reputation to lose. Rush feigned neutrality while simultaneously dedicating at least an hour of every program to explain why Trump was succeeding. His veil of objectivity was practically translucent. Bill (my good friend John Boehner) Cunningham got a tingle up his leg every time Trump spoke. Allen West laid down his reputation at the altar. Breitbart and Drudge went all in for the cause. FOX donated millions in free publicity to Trump’s campaign. The real shocker, of late, has been Mark Levin’s transition from reluctant Trump voter to a sycophantic mouthpiece for the president’s ever elusive agenda. According to Levin, Trump is the most Conservative president since Reagan.
Before this election cycle, we knew what Conservative meant. We knew abortion was wrong. We knew any significant reduction in taxes needed to be accompanied by an equally significant cut in spending. We knew limited government was the real solution. We knew that many of America’s institutions were being assailed and cast down. We knew who our ideological enemies were and fought against the progressive agenda as a united front. We knew the foundation of American values was the bible and the Constitution. Those values were independently verifiable. We were not ruled by our emotions or governed by feelings but by things higher than ourselves. The rule of law and scripture were our anchors. That WAS our common ground. It is lamentable that this is no longer the case.
Now those who claim the conservative title are fighting against each other about whether our Constitutional rights should be dialed back a little or preserved according to the founders’ intentions. Who do have to thank for bringing this discussion, once debated strictly with those on the left, into our camp? Who has advocated on behalf of universal healthcare? Who lauded Planned Parenthood for the great work they do to benefit women? Who now calls DACA a good idea? Who has endorsed and lavished praise on every progressive, not-quite-as-bad-as-the-Democrats, bill that this GOP dominated DC has offered up?
Am I setting too high a standard for our president? No, my expectation was that “conservatives” would maintain a higher standard when selecting a president to restore that which was lost or destroyed under Obama. Trump has proven who the real Conservatives are and who are his supporters (they are not exclusive). One year in office and all Trump has accomplished is a body count count of reptutations stacked up on 5th Avenue.
Before you accuse me of sabotaging our cause, do 2 things:
1. Define what the cause is.
2. Go back to your anti-Obama posts from 2 years ago, substitute Trump for Obama and repost them on Facebook or Twitter.
Nothing budgetary or legislatively has changed since Obama was in office. The budget is the same. Healthcare is the same. Planned Parenthood still has spending money.
The president signs laws and enforces them. Stop investing all of your confidence in the office of the president. All positive activity since Trump took office has been accomplished by the people. The power has and always should reside with the people. Real Conservatives understood that once upon a time. Then again, Conservatives are right where we are supposed to be but no one else is
The Constitution Serves Everyone
I’m going to ask you to do something…many somethings that may cause you to cringe. You may well walk away, having no desire to entertain the notion. You may become angry that I would ask it of you in the first place. Nonetheless, here’s the pitch. I have to ask you to defend the Constitution.
‘Oh, is that all,’ you may be saying. First, consider the implications that this simple request entails. Let me ask a question here. Does the Constitution protect only those who protect, defend and admire it? No. If you are, by naturalization or birth, a citizen of the United States, you are afforded all of its protections.
It is and always has been accepted that there will be defiant dissidents in every generation. Protests, marches, rallies and disruptions, are woven into the fabric of our nation but there have been times when those integrated patches of material have been all that held this country together. As distasteful as dissent is, as ridiculous as the premise of the minority view and as vilified as the cause for which the raging voice is echoed, the rights must be afforded them to express it. To use moral outrage as the means by which it should be suppressed is to ignore the lessons of history and the message that is recorded in the blood of those who landed foul of tyrannical regimes beyond number.
With eloquent words conveying profound and fundamental truths, our founders, men like Jefferson, Hancock, Washington, Madison and Franklin drew up documents the likes of which the world had never seen. The enlightened minds of that time, delivered into the world, a preservation of man’s inherent right to defy tyranny. It established the means by which he could depose tyrants. It granted the individual superiority over his government. With collective vigilance, the people were meant to discern the signs that tyranny was attempting to gain a foothold in America and declare their suspicions openly.
Our republic has, from its very foundation, revealed a fundamental paradox. Discord and disagreement is as old as the Declaration of Independence, so it should be no surprise that the same lines of disagreement have lived to this very day. Some are inclined toward centralized governance while others seek to minimize government’s significance in our lives. The Constitution provides the confines and the rules of engagement to the combatants on both sides of this ideological conflict.
Yet, so fierce has this battle become that the Constitution can no longer contain it. Each side continues to stray further from its legal constraints. Back and forth, the pendulum swings, with each side attempting, not to bring focus back to the Constitution but merely to obtain the greater revenge against their opposition.
It can’t go on like this. This course leads to the dissolution of the Constitution and the republic it defines. The extremes of both sides will never yield. Socialism and Anarchy are waiting in the wings’ tips. They are the fringe elements and we outnumber them. If we refuse to concede to either side’s extreme elements then WE need to meet at the table to restore our defense of the Constitution. We need to stand up for the rights of our political opponents. We may absolutely stand diametrically opposed to their views but it is imperative that they have their right to express them. When another shift in power occurs, we will stand in need of them as well.
If you are willing to stand on the Constitution, you may find yourself standing side by side with liberals, Libertarians, Democrats, Republicans, conservatives, gays, straights, atheists, Christians, Muslims, gnostics and know-it-alls. If they are willing to stand on the Constitution, are you willing to stand with them?
America needs its patriots to #HoldTheLine. To defend your opponent’s rights is not to defend their beliefs but to defend the Constitution that protects their beliefs. That is what may be required should you decide to defend the Constitution.
The desire for freedom lies deep in the heart of all men and they are willing to do a great deal to achieve it. What makes America’s system unique, apart from acknowledging that undeniable truth, is the desire to help others experience it. In the overarching history of human experience, no cave scribbling, no papyrus, no scroll, no doctrine or document written ever secured more freedom for the individual than the United States Constitution.
How is it that this cornerstone, this foundation of liberty is such a strange occurrence on the world stage among governments past and present? All other nations have been established for the express purpose of controlling their subjects to a greater or lesser extent. Freedom was always reserved for the powers that be to exercise with relative impunity. While, with that of the people governed, it was issued at the discretion of government.
Only the government was free to choose how men were to be controlled. They were free to limit the freedom of their subjects, to parcel its measure equally or, as was more often the case, distribute it unequally in exchange for favors for personal gain. They could allow men to handle their own affairs and move about freely in their daily lives. Yet, it was always in the power of the state to give or take at its leisure. If the people took too great an advantage of the liberty they were allowed, oppressive reprisal was sure to follow. They were restricted in travel, prevented the means to protect life or property. They were prevented from gathering to discuss matters of their own treatment. Government has always been keen on rounding up and disposing of those who can articulate the sentiment of the people effectively. The power of words can topple the most entrenched regimes. History is replete with such examples.
That history has demonstrated through a multitude of insurrections, uprisings, coups, rebellions, revolutions, territorial disputes, civil wars and wars in general (both great and small), that at no time have the whole of any people been content with their station in life. Equally disparaging on the masses was social strata. There existed caste systems, priesthood/clergy/worshippers, nobility/merchants/peasantry, aristocracy/proletariat, emperors/warriors/servants, slaves/masters, oligarchy/workers, or haves/have nots. Power was always possessed by the former at the expense of the latter. For most human beings, since man’s inception, the place of their birth and to whom they were born determined their fate from cradle to grave. It was the rare exception to the rule that one was able to break free from the bonds of their birth. That is until America.
You see, America dissolved all preconceived notions of superiority based on a person’s original condition. One born to a blacksmith could become prominent in real estate. One born to a criminal could become a judge. One born to a minister could find himself in prison. It was not prestige of name or monetary worth that established the value of the individual. It was his actions alone that determined his success or failure. America no longer observed traditional or legal barriers to stand in the individual’s way.
In America, limitations on freedom were put to paper as a declaratory decree. Our government, unlike many of its predecessors, would not be free to take the substance of the people for its own benefit. It was not free to determine those who would succeed or who would fail. It was not free to prevent people from forming opinions even if those opinions were adverse to its own existence. It was not free to take people off of the street without justification. It was not free to pass arbitrary edicts on the people without their consent. In fact, it is not free to do much of anything without the people’s permission and then only by our elected servants making those decisions on the people’s behalf.
This is to ilustrate the shift that has occurred in America, to demonstrate how skewed our vision has become and the original intent for our limited government vs the criminal intent with which it currently operates. Our government is no longer distancing itself from previous or even contemporary examples but rather is becoming an amalgamation of the very worst of them all. Left unchecked, it stands on the precipice of achieving the greatest consolidation of power that man can attain in this world. With all of the tools at its disposal it would, indeed, prove FREE to do whatever it desires and with whomever it pleases.
Every interaction between a man and his government results in an exchange of freedom.
The Time Has Come to Defeat the Left
Let’s put an optimistic spin on things.
Hollywood, the Rivendell of the liberal kingdom, has been exposed as a haven of wickedness that makes even the LGBTQ…community turn away in disdain. Feminists are playing damage control for their silence on matters of predatory behavior from their donor class. They are blushing that such things are occurring on their side of the aisle and for once they must adopt utter hypocrisy or acknowledge that the target of their animosity is no longer a stuffy conservative in the GOP (though, I’m sure it has its share).
That brings me to my next point, Democrat voters are disenfranchised, again, not by some stuffy conservative in the GOP (though, I’m sure it has its share), but by the upper eschalons of the DNC apparatus. For reasons as diverse as its adopted victim groups, the Democrat voters are turning on their own power base. The overthrow of Bernie Sanders in the Democrat primary to honor their commitment to the Clinton crime family has soured liberal fervor in the Ass’s camp.
– Of course, I would be remiss should I fail to mention this could turn out to be a negative. Much like the toppling of the Qaddafi regime destabilized Libya, the DNC dictator is no longer in power. This gives rise to the radical elements…factions once kept at bay by the establishment using them only so far as Democrats kept getting elected. Having been repeatedly poked with sticks of socio-economic and racial strife, the left’s attack dogs are now off the leash and they are pissed. Rhetoric is no longer effective to control them or to bring them to bear on specific targets. As determined as the are cunning, BLM and Antifa are ready to burn down the house and they could care less whether there are Democrats left inside.
The effect of this Democratic Diaspora is a mixed bag. We will see them turn on their own. Each victim group will seek to increase their status and standing. As the Democrat Party, once priding itself on keeping its secrets under lock and key by its rank and file, proves it can no longer pour out favors as abundantly as it once did, there will be no incentive for angry dems to keep their mouths shut or eyes closed. I foresee an end to the establishment Democrats not dissimilar to the fate of Jezebel.
How can we facilitate this collapse? We know the enemy of my enemy is not my friend. We could stand back and watch the fire burn, waiting for the rats that escape the barn. I prefer rather that we strike while the iron is hot. Give no quarter. Take the fight to them. Attack at their weakest point. If we take rest while they recover, when the fight commences, we will still be in our trench defending our own existence. For so long, we have failed to breakout. We have merely endured as they gain ground. They have chose the weapons, the terrain and fought only when it benefitted them. We have sat back, awaiting the next shelling and our only point of honor is an unyielding commitment to our “position.” We have to get up, clear the open ground and rout them completely.
Why haven’t we done it before now? Simple. We have lacked leadership. Waiting for cowaring officer politicians to galvanize their collective resolve and begin an offensive has accomplished only two things.
1. We keep losing more of ours to the enemy, whether by desertion or slander.
2. We are fighting each other over whether the cowards are right to wait or if we should charge.
We are not waiting anymore. The Democrats are at the weakest they have ever been. They have lost the media through its own irrelevance (communications). They have now lost Hollywood (recruitment). They have wasted most of the lies on Trump (ammunition). They have lost sight of their plans (objectives). We guarantee our own loss if we cannot or will not exploit the ineffectiveness of the left. To continue to wait on failed leadership to guide us will result in our utter defeat. We need to act now!
“Grab your gear…we roll out in 5. No, you won’t be needing a rifle but don’t forget your Constitution.”
I decided to take a fight to the atheists. I’m directing this at the militant, anti-religious, atheists.
Between these two court cases it was determined school-sponsored prayer was no longer “legal.”
Engle Vs. Vitale (06.25.1962)
Abington School District Vs Schempp (06.17.1963)
The interpretation is flawed in that the First Amendment makes no reference to institutions of learning. It only references the prohibition of “CONGRESS” to make laws respecting organized religion. Read it with me now in its entirety.
1st Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“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.”
In 1962-3 the United States House of Representatives had no influence or justification in the manner of teaching children were exposed to. Nixon’s establishment of the National Institute of Education was not to come about for another decade. This was the pre-cursor to the Department of Education that was officially created under President Jimmy Carter on 10.17.1979. How was prayer in school a matter for the Federal Courts to decide? This would be a great case study on Federalism but I will leave that for another time. I digress, the Supreme Court found in the atheists’ favor on this matter.
With the Supreme Court in lock step with their judgment against God in the schools, the court of public opinion was quick to follow. Let us consecrate humanism in the public square. Let us cast down the monuments of God’s commandments, shedding the pretense that there is any greater than ourselves to which we must answer. In doing so, we ease the burden of conscience that has weighed man down for generations.
Let’s introduce the “Evolution” revolution. Let us claim that our God is merely a monkey who grew wise and left residual memories of our higher self (the one that descended from the tree tops) in our genetic code.
Let’s create a cultural revolution where what was once declared freedom is now deemed slavery, where what has been determined as up is really down and what was considered moral justification is merely viewed as bondage. We can go it on our own.
Let’s embark in a sexual revolution where whatever appeals to our flesh is true because it is felt. Let’s bestow new definitions on terms like fornication and rather delve into subjects of bondage. Let us declare children concieved in such liberating experiences to be an inconvenience and let them be dealt with accordingly. Eliminating tissue (whatever helps you sleep at night) is for expedience and nothing more.
Let us do what is right in our own eyes. Let us generate new contexts in which evil is justified. Let us declare righteousness as a selective name given to irrelevant societal moorings. Those moorings put boundaries on our human potential for peace and harmony anyway. Let’s dispell with such archaic limitations.
4. And they said, “Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”
There is nothing you can propose that has not been tried. It would never have to be considered enlightenment if the previous civilizations that adopted your pattern where still around today. They are no longer around for a reason. You cast out God and you are left with only yourselves to blame.
Look at the unsettling circumstance you find yourself in. You dwell in a savage world that seeks to elevate carnage to godhood. You resort to make laws to replace those commandments you once cast down. You ridicule Leviticus and Deuteronomy yet, establish more laws and regulations than God ever ordained. Why is that? Is man so much greater than his Creator? Do we not need to be controlled for your Godless society to shed the shackles of rule that God set forth? You fail to realize what we have warned you all along. God has told us how it will end should we turn our back on Him. Your defiance of Him has only proved Him correct. That has to be frustrating to you, but it’s accurate none-the-less.
In absence of God, you must put those equal to yourselves over you. You have to submit to the depravity that is man with power. Man wanted a king to rule over him and for his sins God gave him one.
We’ve tried your way, admittedly against our will. We are disgusted by what it has brought about. For the duration, the demand will be that you sit down, shut up and let those of us who know God return Him to His rightful place in our society.
You have had your way. It leads to death. It is our time now. Either get out of the way or kneel down and pray that Christ receives you, forgives you your guilt and sees fit to heal our land.
The Real Assault on Our American Heritage
Before everyone gets distracted by arguing about how great or sinister Heffner was, I’d like to put a last “Kap” on the “Kneelers” controversy.
During the 2016 football season, Colin Kaepernick QB for the San Francisco 49ers, decided to kneel rather than stand for the National Anthem. This was to demonstrate solidarity with blacks oppressed by police brutality, a message similar to that of the #BlackLivesMatter movement which originated in Ferguson, Missouri…or did it?
#BlackLivesMatter originated with the self-defense shooting death of Treyvon Martin during an assault on George Zimmerman. Activist Alicia Garza posted on Facebook following the Zimmerman acquittal:
“Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter, Black Lives Matter”
After which, Patrisse Cullors shared it with the, now famous, #BlackLivesMatter. It did not begin with the police shooting of Michael Brown (what has become synonymous with white police killings of African American youth). It began when a hispanic-American (Zimmerman) shot a black youth (Treyvon).
Where does taking a knee fit in? After Colin Keapernick made his stand by sitting, Nate Boyer (former Green Beret and player for the Seattle Seahawks) contacted Colin to discuss a middle ground that would be more respectful, that being to kneel beside his fellow teammates. Colin agreed. Nate stood beside him which drew the ire of both sides of the issue.
Though, Kaepernick has never openly endorsed #BlackLivesMatter, his stand (or lack thereof) has been taken up by their movement. Now, #TakeAKnee has many BLM sympathizers among NFL players following suit. President Donald Trump has further exacerbated the situation, amplified the protest’s exposure and appealed to the patriotic sentiments of millions of Americans by calling for the SOBs to be fired at a rally ahead of last weekend’s NFL games.
It would not be necessary to bring Trump into the discussion but for one thing. He has failed to adequately study the history of dissenting movements through the ages. When any leader has openly sought to suppress protest it tends to solidify the resolve of the protesters. Those who protest are joined by those who do not necessarily hold the cause as their own, but none-the-less stand in solidarity with those who do. The effect is much like pouring water on a gas fire.
Now that the fire is spreading and more groups are co-opting the cause as their own, what will be the end game? What is the final resolution to this situation? All we have to do is look at the stated motivations of groups like BLM. They went after the Confederate Flag as a symbol of racist oppression. Solidifying resistance against the demand that they publically be removed was difficult because to many Americans, the Confederate flag did represent racism. That concession was granted. Next came the removal of Confederate statues. This was a hill patriots, again, were unwilling to die on. So statues fell, flags were banned and a portion of our population’s heritage was erased from the landscape.
“Who controls the past, controls the future.
Who controls the present, controls the past.”
~ Orwell ‘1984’
I stood in opposition to the banning of the stars and bars as well as the casting down of monuments because I perceived a bigger game in play. Progressive groups are always focused on the longterm. In dividing us over each of the aforementioned issues, the progressive victories have been easily attained. This fire will continue to burn until the desired goal is obtained, that of eliminating the National Anthem from pregame ceremony. We have allowed this issue to become so divisive that to solve it, the NFL (which as an organization seems to passively condone #TakeAKnee) could reach the conclusion that the National Anthem not being played at all would be the simplest solution.
Make no mistake, our American heritage is the target. Elimination of symbols is the method. How many stories have you read, in recent years, where the American flag was determined to be offensive and removed by demand of certain elements of our population? How many letters have been added to the sexual orientation list (LGBTQ….)? All of these have been accomplished “progressively.” Are we getting the picture in HD yet?
This culture war is not to be fought with bullets but offenses. It is not being waged for blood but feelings. The wounds are emotional. It has the potential to bring about America’s capitulation without a shot fired. When a Hispanic-American civilian shooting an African-American in self defense can be manipulated into a movement of African-Americans against white cops then the insidious and effective nature of the threat can never be underestimated. Hold the Constitutional line, check your emotions and keep your wits about you.
How Federalism Provides the Way Out
When I was younger a slogan made its rounds.
“Buy American, the job you save may be your own.”
Shift that a bit. “Build communities, the one you have is yours alone.”
We’ve hit our plateau of national level politics. 2016 was the most divisive time in American history since Grant and Lee went toe to toe. We are still splitting over it almost 9 months later. Whether you were with Trump, Cruz, Sanders or Clinton you have been caught up in a system that has failed you. Forget chess, politics is more akin to euchre. If you have the highest card, you better have all of them to play or you will lose “Big League.”
This is the first time a vast majority of Americans did not get what they wanted in an election. We ended up with the refuse to choose from, the lowest card. That is not all bad. We are coming to a realization, collectively, that we cannot agree on where we are going as a nation. We the People want to rebel. We want to cast off the choices we were forced into by 2 parties that would rather make deals with each other than deal with US. There is a solution. Decentralize!
In most projects, people are broken down into small groups. Each group is tasked with providing a solution to a particular problem. When the groups get together to discuss their results, progress is made. Group A solved this problem. Group B tried this and it failed. Group C found some flaws in Group A’s solution and offered corrections. Each state is one of those groups. Forget party lines and a Federal Government that spends too much time trying to solve the problems of 324 million people (if only their motives were so pure). Focus on 50 states and let each decide their own fate.
The greatest solution at hand in the political arena is Federalism. The liberals can do with their states as they see fit. The conservatives can do with theirs as they see fit. If Indiana decides to adopt Constitutional Carry, it has no effect on Illinois’ gun regulations. If California decides to tax the highest income earners at 45 percent and Texas chooses to refrain from taxing income at all, so be it. It is the will of the people that dictates the direction of the country. The only point that should be graven in stone is whatever policies your state adopts will not effect the other states. Texans should not have the wealth of their prosperity confiscated to solve the problems created by failed California policies. There will be no federal government bailout for the costs accrued by those failed policies. Idaho can learn from Maine and Maine can learn from Virginia. Arizona can learn from Arkansas and Arkansas can learn from Utah.
If state representatives are focused on the good of their own citizens, then the people they meet at the gas station and grocery stores will greet them with a nod and a smile. If their policies are detrimental to their constituents, then the people they see everyday will know those who have enacted laws against their will. They will treat their representatives accordingly.
Washington, DC has proven its unwillingness to be held accountable. Accountability is most easily cultivated where we live (communities, towns, counties and states). Each of our states is provided a naturally acknowledged check against Washington’s interference in the lives of state citizens. I believe firmly in each state reasserting its authority in matters pertaining to its own internal affairs. The states need to start defending their people.
In truth, local, county and state governance does not have the celebrity status or glamor of national politics but politics is very real. It should not be what it has become, a sport, an entertainment industry, a coliseum event. It is serious and has the potential to destroy our heritage, one that was purchased by the lives of our forbears. This is the part where you, as the citizen of your state, recognize the power of your state’s role and its impact on your life. This is where you come to the knowledge that your state can protect you from Federal overreach, that is if they realize the power they possess in the statehouse. It is time to remind them what Federalism is and how to apply it.
Your Congressmen are decided by the people of your state. Your Senators are decided by the people of your state. You judges are decided by the people of your county. Your mayors are decided by the people in your neighborhood. The GOP and the Democrat parties are national institutions. It is time to discard them as they have you. It is the local office that needs your attention. It is the school board that needs to be populated with Federalist candidates. The judgeships, mayor’s office, state senate positions all need to provide representation for the forgotten element of society… We The People.
I’m going to do “Hoosier” and you can do “Sooner.” You can do “Yooper” and they can do “Show Me.” You be your state and I’ll be mine. California cannot be Texas. Connecticut cannot be Alabama. South Dakota cannot be Louisiana. If your state does it well, mine should follow your example. If your state fails mine will not bail you out. #Federalism…problem solved. You do you, I’ll do me. What better way to unite than to decide, ‘you go your way and I’ll go mine,’ collectively?
What does liberty, limited government and independence look like? Few who live now can remember what our founders saw for our future.
Being a member of Generation X, I can honestly say I have only Reagan to refer to when it comes to any semblance of American values. He spent much of his time in office simply telling the people there can be a better way. He provided great analogies and gave remarkable speeches. Yet, for all of his vision, he could not change the nation on his own. All he could hope to achieve in eight years was to knock down the thick brush that had obscured our better path. He told us to follow our hearts and pursue our dreams. He could not dream for us. He remains to my generation, a marker, a tethering ledge on our decent into madness.
Reagan was not among our founders. He was merely a reflection of their highest aspirations, a lantern in the dismal swamp that has darkened our ambitious pursuits. In our linear measure of history he was a landmark or maybe a memorial to all we have discarded along the way. To return to his brief respite in the midst of our decline would be to concede defeat. It would not do justice to the American vision. It would be nothing more than a concession that good enough would be the pinnacle of the American experiment. We would need to climb still further, strive for the peak of our destiny and at the top of that mountain would be the founders and their guiding documents.
Each passing generation continues the downward march. Fewer in each even look back at the origin of our journey, now obscured by clouds. Liberty has become a myth, a legend, a wives tale as it fades into our collective memory.
To secure liberty for our children we must retrace our steps, to follow the flagstones back up the forgotten path. Look to Reagan and regain his optimism. Look back, still further, to Coolidge and cling to his humble, principled and quiet fortitude. Don’t stop there, rather find Lincoln with the burden and sacrifice of unity. Now gaze afar off to the first generation. We see Madison, the architect of government’s containment. Before him we see Jefferson, the physician that attended the birth of the United States of America. Then there, in distant memory is Washington, the first shining example of a statesman, in all of his humble reluctance, taking the newly generated title of president, and setting the standard of a God-fearing leader.
In all of their words, there lies a healthy store consisting of equal parts wisdom and admonition. Our founders did not invent but instead discovered eternal truths that transcend generational circumstance. They refined governing principles and retained, for the people, a cage in which to restrict its expansion. It is the pet of the people to be nurtured but never to be given dominion over them.
I am as guilty as most of speaking in platitudes, but there have been those in every generation that eloquently demonstrated what America was intended to be. Listen to them and gather those within our own generation who can carry the dimming torch of liberty. Restoring America to its original condition is not an inconvenience that has fallen upon us. It is the greatest calling on all of us and our time. America stands now in greater jeopardy of being forgotten than at any other point in our history.
Some of my favorite books have, at their center, a conflicted protagonist. The character is faced with a moral dilemma in which he has to fight the instinct for revenge and rise to the occasion or to be the better form of himself. In each of these stories is the older and much wiser character that speaks from experience, guiding the hero to the right path. This wise man has been immortalized in numerous films as well. Do the Right Thing, Boyz in the Hood, American History X, Kingdom of Heaven, Gran Torino, The Karate Kid, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Lion King and so on.
In real life, going back to the grandfather of Native America tribes (likely even to the origin of man), the elders were sought for advice on conduct. They were pursued for their understanding in navigation of difficult decisions. I like to idealize that this wise man exists in every community, that he sits waiting for the straying child to ask him what he knows, to point the deliniquint in the right direction and to shine the light through the darkness of confused actions.
My greatest concern is that this relationship is failing to be established. The community elder sits on his porch cursing the collapse of society. The delinquent child pours contempt on or curses the man’s condemning stare. The past generation and that forthcoming have nothing but enmity toward one another. Each generation loses more of its elders who, for lack of example, connection or desire to reach out create a deficit of wisdom in the next.
The result of this broken chain is a rapid decline in social responsibility, absence of respect and a collapse of community. The youth have always needed mentors. This generation fails to seek them and the last fails to offer them. The consequence is social tantrums that destroy the home of the young and old alike.
There is no shortage of those who wish to co-opt the roiling angst of our youth. The rapacious community organizer, the progressive organizations (Move On, Media Matters, PETA, Green Peace, Occupy Wall Street etc), Antifa, BLM, KKK, White Nationalists, gangs, cartels, dealers and demonstrators all vie for the affections of the youngest and most impressionable among us. No one is sitting on the porch asking the kid where he is heading in such a hurry. No one is offering an enlightened perspective. No one is providing an alternative. No one is explaining the dangers that lie ahead or the destruction they are speeding toward.
There is a deficit of wisdom and desire to share it. There are few that acknowledge a need for it. The only ones who benefit are those with political motivations that have nothing to do with the communities that are burned out in their wake. National agendas are able to harness the confusion of adolescence and through it our homes, the places we live are being consumed for the “Greater Good.”
An Inventory of our Domestic Enemies
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
~ Thomas Paine
We all know the Progressives are the root of many entangled branches growing rapidly to blot out the sun. They are America’s Lucifer, appearing to some as an angel of light to deceive and destroy.
We are embroiled in an increasingly bitter battle to expose them in the light of truth. They dwell in the shadows and proselytize the uninformed. To what end do they aim? They simply want to surround the shining city on a hill with the gates of hell, to extinguish the hope that it has instilled in people around the world and in its own citizenry. As the torch of liberty burns in the hearts of all men, they realize that it cannot be put out; so they intend to set its bearer on fire with it, redefine its meaning and through ignorance suppress it. At its core is the desire to subjugate the hearts and minds of the people.
The weapon of choice in defeating this enemy is education, to inform and convert the people to the Constitutional cause.
Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way.
Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!
~ Muslim Brotherhood Motto
The Muslim Brotherhood and its chained attack dogs; CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram etc…operate with one goal in mind. Through cohersion, fear, violence and political manipulation they intend to subvert national sovereignty and establish a global theocratic calpihate with all people brought into submission under Allah.
The 4 stages to this end are as follows:
1. Infiltrate – Muslim migration to non-muslim nations.
2. Consolidate Power – establish regional pockets of radicalized culture (Shari’a communities or no go zones). Disregard for local and national laws believing their own to be supreme.
3. Open Hostility – regional conquest and acquisition of new territory (expanding the boundaries of their influence and Shari’a Law).
4. Islamic Theocracy – all people living in this territory are forced to convert, be forced to pay a tax to exist there or are killed for their opposition to Allah’s will.
Weapon of choice in defeating this enemy is local candidates who are willing to refuse building permits for multimillion dollar mosques in areas of little to no Muslim population. Set up a defensive perimeter through immigration policy that limits (not increase as has been recently done) Muslims from coming to America. Disregard the popular narrative that Islam is a religion of peace. The refugees are not fleeing peaceful nations. They are simply leaving one conquered region to create another.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny…
~ Thomas Jefferson
While it is difficult to make a distinction between Progressives and politicians, the line does exist. Whereas Progressives exist outside of politics, the vehicle that drives their ambitions is the crooked politician.
Washington, DC has become a resurrected version of aristocracy and therefore stands in opposition to all that our republic was established to escape. We have the Bush family, firmly ensconced on the political scene since at least the 70s. Bush Sr. narrowly lost to Reagan in the 1980 primary, only to rekindle his political aspirations by taking the title of VP under Reagan, followed by his own 4 year term as president. Then the Clinton family took the stage by ousting Bush 41. After 8 years of the corruption Clinton offered us, Bush 43 reclaimed the family mantle of president. The Obama bloodline is too fresh to determine its staying power. Then comes Jeb with his effort to secure the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, only to be thwarted by Trump. We came so close to a royal challenge between King Bush III and Clinton II, a story right out the pages of feudal europe.
How many of our politicians are second generation lords and ladies of DC? How much power has been consolidated in DC by the two above mentioned families alone? Progressives simply have to make the choice between Ford and Chevy to get them where they want to go. With one party, it is a pickup truck, with the other it’s a sports car.
Weapon of choice to defeat the aristocracy of willing politicians offering themselves to the highest bidder is to destroy the parties that maintain their hold on power. We are not limited to Ford and Chevy. Chrysler exists, as does Harley Davidson. I’d opt for the Harley brand, myself. It represents the free spirit of individualism and a rugged rebellious nature. In addition to bringing down the parties, there is the Convention of States project, intent on shackling politicians with term limits to reduce their influence on the body politic. Last but not least, the 10th Amendment grants states the right to block unconstitutional regulations against their own citizens and to refuse federal funding that always comes with strings attached.
Make no mistake, this is a war for the survival of our Constitutional republic. We need to view it as such. It has to be decided now. In what way we will conduct it going forward? Defending our position is no longer enough. We need to march into enemy territory and take something back. Now pick up these weapons and let’s take a few trophy pelts to mark the occasion when the hunted became the hunters!
My former Americans in the Democrat Party,
I am putting forth my best effort to unite Americans on the common ground of the United States Constitution. The framework of our government, political system, rule of law and nobility of the American individual are all found in its pages. What cannot be found in it is you.
You represent Evil in America by advocating for all of its manifestations. You are the enemy domestic mentioned in the oath recited by servicemen and women upon entering their particular service. You are not the left wing of the American eagle, you are its poacher. The deceptive means by which you package your message only confirms the accusations I level at you.
You claim your causes to be for the children, the ones who escape the womb without being aborted anyway. On that point alone you represent the darkest ambitions of humanity. You have orchestrated the systematic elimination of millions of unlived lives. You can have no more disdain for human life than to advocate on behalf of this 3 decade long Postericide. Not only do you advocate for it but you protest for and defend the slaughter of the innocents, untested by life. You are not pro-choice but pro-death.
I digress. If the causes were really for the children then why do you initiate programs, increase national debt to pay for those programs and extort by taxation the money those children have yet to earn? More deception by those who statistical give less to real people to ease their burdens. Let me ask my children if they want their children to be saddled with paying for my generation’s debts. Your intentions for the children are purely self-serving. That is Evil.
I recognize being Christian is not necessary to be an American. In fact, right now it is fairly unpopular in large part due to Democratic influences over culture and societal trends. I can’t blame you entirely for that since we have shied away from your persecution to ease the pressure rather than speaking boldly on behalf of what we believe.
Regardless, I afford you your right to choose your beliefs. Why would I, your political enemy, afford you your right to choose your belief system? My God…who established the natural order of things and inherent in that natural order are natural rights afforded all mankind to choose to deny His existence. Another reason, I’m not a hypocrite. When it comes to the topic of religion, you are most certainly no strangers to hypocrisy. In recent years, you have not only increased your animosity toward Christianity, you have become partial to an opposing religion which has in its texts an animosity equal to your own toward my faith.
I will not stir up a religious debate between Islam and Christianity here. This is about my fury toward you and all that you represent. One thing you certainly choose to represent is the Muslim Brotherhood. The symbiotic relationship that has developed between the Democrat Party and the Muslim Brotherhood is easily verifiable. From Hillary Clinton’s personal aide of 20 years, Huma Abedin to Obama’s policy adviser, Valerie Jarrett, the link is obvious. The Democrat party has resurrected the Janissaries in their protection of the Muslim Brotherhood whose charter declares as its motto:
“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!”
To embrace the Arab Spring in 2011 was a solid endorsement of the Muslim Brotherhood’s designs for the middle east. The founder of the MB had known ties to the Nazi regime in Egypt. Fitting that Egypt would be the nation to, if only briefly, establish a Muslim Brotherhood reign under Hosni Mubarak. So, what’s up with that? Allahu Akbar, indeed.
I really have to ask at this point, are you, like Iran, trying to induce the end times? Jesus did say nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. The word nation was translated from the Greek word Ethnos which is the root of the word ethnicity.
In the last 100 years there has been a concerted effort to create strife between ethnic groups, to encourage segregation along racial lines. Jim Crow laws were established to divide the blacks from the rest of the population. Now, it seems, blacks have been convinced that they should separate themselves from whites for the purpose of racial pride not realizing the origins of such a concept.
Woodrow Wilson, after having convinced large numbers of blacks to vote for him proceeded to segregate the federal government. Separate but equal was institutionalized by Wilson, a Democrat president. He was a progressive contemporary of Margaret Sanger. You might recognize her name as she was the founder of Planned Parenthood. Her stated intentions were to eliminate the undesirables from society, ie; blacks, Chinese. imbeciles etc.
What was the story I read last week regarding the removal of a child from parents with low IQs? Of course, selective breeding could be a positive for society if you determine the criteria by which quality of life can be a measured according to government statistics. Take a racist 100 year old idea and re-brand it to initiate those 100 year old policies. Sell it back to the people in the name of reparations and you can convince them that it was their idea.
What influence do you have over the average citizen?
Earth – Bureau of Land Management, Department of Natural Resources
Air – Environmental Protection Agency
Water – National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency.
Food or Medicine – Food and Drug Administration, Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT: Welfare Program), Department of Agriculture
Knowledge – Department of Education
Economics – Internal Revenue Service, The Federal Reserve, Social Security
Media – Federal Communications Commission
Healthcare – Surgeon General, Affordable Health Care Act, Medicare
Property/Land – Bureau of Land Management, Department of Natural Resources, Internal Revenue Service
Essentially, your policies, programs and intrusions can be felt by every citizen who exists from the cradle to the grave. Liberty has been eroded and dissolved by your progressive agenda for far too long. Through subtle manipulation in conjunction with an apathetic populace, your designs have been carried out with little opposition. That relatively easy path is going to end in a brick wall. We are no longer sleeping. We are aware and active. There have been, in every generation, patriots who know the founding principles, documents and vision of our Republic’s birth. Never have so many been aroused to confront the EVIL your party represents. You are about to see all of your ambitions shattered on the granite resolve that is the Will of We The People.
If you, as a member of the Democrat Party, take offense to these accusations, it has been my pleasure to level them. If you do not align yourself with their progressive schemes then stop supporting them. Abandon those who have defiled our nation, who have established the religions of humanism and statism over the God you have always served and who have arbitrarily asserted themselves as a neo-priesthood at the Temple of DC. Ignorance is no longer an excuse. You will remain in the company of EVIL as long as you identify as a liberal progressive under the Democrat Party banner.
The Demise of Conservatism
Going into the 2016 election cycle, we knew the damage done to this country by Obama. We saw our GOP public servants serving themselves and granting a wink and a nod to the Socialist Agenda imposed on the people. We recognized the success of the 100 year progressive agenda just about the time it had locked all of the prison doors from the outside. In a panic we clawed our way around trying to find an exit, an escape from the trap that had been sprung.
A fire was burning through the grassroots, a fire of anger, a fire of passion and a fire of desperation. Now, being trapped in this burning room, that fire is not devouring our enemies outside the walls but is consuming us from within. Still we cannot see the wisdom of rational thought. We are still panicking and clambering our way over one another to get out.
America chose Trump, not by any sense of moral conviction but in panic. God did not pick Trump to become the nemesis of the left, to fight our battle for us or to reverse the trend of societal decay. If anything, God allowed Trump to become the president to illustrate how far we have fallen. That message is lost if the people who are called by His name do not use their eyes to see and ears to hear. It is lost as long as they continue to justify his corrupt actions, self aggrandizement and spiteful rhetoric. The message is lost as long as His people play the role only Christ, Himself, was meant to play in covering Trump’s multitude of sins. Christians and Conservatives need to stop performing the role of Devil’s advocate simply for the sake of damage control.
“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”
There is a contingent who cannot bring themselves to celebrate Trump’s triumph over Hillary, who cannot rejoice in his victory over the left. It is not because these people would rather have Hillary as president. It is that those who oppose Hillary were resigned to the fact that she was going to be president and our plan was to establish a united front to oppose her every step of the way. We would have stood shoulder to shoulder with all of you in our opposition to her. Now, feigning resignation to the chosen one, those who stood against expanding government have committed their security to the Republican who has taken control of the white house. In that knowledge, they are able to sleep at night. Still believing that the platform of the GOP is what it has always been, they take comfort.
Unable to fathom disent from the right against a GOP president, those who support Trump in his fight for America fail to realize the America they envision him fighting for no longer exists. He is in the white house for one purpose. He is a place holder. He is keeping the seat warm for the next smooth talking progressive Democrat to take his place at the next opportune moment. Ideally, Democrats are determining who their candidate will be. As Trump has illustrated by text, Tweet and press conference he is not capable of governing. With every rally he holds, every message he conveys and every attack he launches he is proving to the people that he is not worthy of his office.
There will rise a Democrat who will appear as the adult in the room, who will convey a hope of unity and who will resonate with a progressive message to sweep victory away from Donald Trump. They will be able to reach the undecided with a message that contradicts all of Trump’s “honesty.” This is the person Trump is keeping the seat warm for. While the GOP stands for nothing but taking over a residence, there will be one who can package the progressive message in such a way that it will be palatable to the people.
Not only will Trump, with his current 33% approval rating, single handedly deliver victory to his political rival but he will have effectively destroyed the unity of the conservative movement. This will have paved the way for the Left’s next golden child to walk right into DC having faced no real difficult opposition from divided Right. We will have handed over the moral high ground. We will have conceded that victory is tantamount to principle. We will have conceded every point of protest we laid claim to prior to Trump gaining the most prominent position in the GOP, that of president of the United States of America.
It is not defeat that Conservatives fear. It is the sacrifice of every position Conservatives have championed thus far in order to secure victory. It is to offer up as our mascot, the antithesis of our stand on every position. If relinquishing all positions of the Conservative agenda (limited government, preservation of Life and the preservation of the individual to pursue their own definition of contentment) requires we declare Trump the figurehead of what we stand for, then we, like Trump have openly declared, “We stand for nothing.”
The result will be a landslide defeat of conservativism. Christians will have predicated their political savvy on a man who has never encountered the salvation Christ provided. The Conservative will have negotiated away any semblance of moral high ground. The people, once again, will vote with little knowledge that the only real resolution to America’s dilemas lies not in a man occupying a position of prominence but in the people themselves.
What we needed was a president that realized the damage done to America over the last 8 years, who understood how far we had drifted from liberty and had the political wherewithal to begin to unravel it; one who recognized the greatness inherent in the people of this blessed nation. What we received was a pause in socialism. We received the answer to a leftist prayer on the Right. We received a placeholder for the next eloquent progressive candidate who is capable of selling the substance of the people back to them in the form of redistributed charity.
Open Letter to DC!
There are 545 of you, constituting 3 branches of OUR American government. There are roughly 324 million of us. With that in mind, I am here to warn you. You have provoked a majority of us to anger and a righteous indignation not felt since these words were so eloquently penned 241 years ago:
“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
That you have stirred the ire of so many, should give you pause. It should cause you to consider why so many have turned their attention to the nation’s capitol and government as the focus of blame….but it won’t. It has become apparent that you really don’t care what our feelings, opinions or motives are. You don’t bother to ask. It’s not for our lack of effort to be heard.
Your indifference to the needs of your constituents is rooted in a lack of consequences for your actions. You feel no impact from your decisions. So insulated are you from the people and their struggles that you have, in your own minds, established a separation of powers. To you, that separation does not exist between your several branches and agencies, but between you and your rightful masters, We The People.
Your policies and edicts wound but you do not bleed. They strip us, yet you remain clothed. They steal but you suffer no loss. They destroy while you continue to build. They violate but you give no account. They consume but you remain full. They deprive but you are increased.
How long can this façade be maintained? How long before even the most uninformed among the citizenry come to the realization that you, claiming to serve us, have been serving us indeed? You are serving us to each other and dividing our substance among yourselves.
You, members of the ruling class, are in violation. You are in violation of the trust of the people you govern. You are in violation of the oath you took to obtain your office, seat or bench. You are in violation of the very Constitution you were elected to safeguard and maintain…but you could care less.
There is a well of frustration rippling just under the surface. The American people, those who recognize your naked, blatant indifference to what our nation is and for what it was established, will restore you to accountability. If there is one thing I am certain of, it is that the American people have a way of overcoming obstacles, even if said obstacles are corrupt government officials. The innovation that is a hallmark of American ingenuity, will drive solutions. Even now, parties are forming/organizing, groups are coalescing, citizens are informing/educating, networks are being established and resources are being brought to bear. All of these things have one purpose in mind…to unseat you from your fragile makeshift thrones. It will happen. That is a promise!
History and natural law have long established that the longer a people are oppressed the more savage the recourse. I recommend you listen now, that you remember who serves who in our republic and that you heed this warning. Our tolerance has reached its end and our patience has met its limits. It is in your best interest to renew your commitment to the Constitutional confines clearly establishing the narrow scope of your activities with relation to the people. Your wrongs against We The People are being construed as a breech of trust and of the Constitution that binds the people.
In summary, control yourselves or you will have to be controlled.
Paradigms are dangerous. They facilitate stagnation, resignation and apathy toward systemic hypocrisy. They stifle creativity and restrict solutions. They trap visionaries in a loop. Paradigms are the box that we are born into.
That isn’t to say that we are bound by the paradigm. It simply requires a great deal of energy or a profound level of inspiration to break the chains of cultural norms. Generations have been born, raised and died seeing no different path than the one prescribed.
To define our modern paradigm:
We are born, raised, go to school (learning to recite and memorize other’s knowledge), split into factions (higher education or enter the workforce), consume, marry, have children and recycle the paradigm.
The concepts of our current paradigm are based on the patterns set forth generations ago. Any major attempt to shift the paradigm or broaden the horizons of potential are met with resistance by those too timid or not sufficiently motivated to escape it. History is full of individuals who were willing, profoundly inspired and able to reveal to others that there was hope beyond the veil.
Galileo – shifted the paradigm by discovering that the earth was not the center of the Universe.
Plato – proposed reason to address the character and motivations of men and suggested more effective means of governance.
DaVinci – was the first real innovative mechanical engineer.
Luther – proposed his own religious declaration of independence from the church of Rome which destabilized the power structure in Europe for centuries.
Columbus – determining the earth was round, set out to generate new trade routes for the world.
Newton – came to the knowledge of gravity, making the study of physics more accurate.
Jefferson – declared independence from the throne of England giving birth to a government of, by and for the people, a concept unique in the world.
Not all paradigm shifts are to our benefit.
The Left – Right paradigm has proven to be a false premise. Currently the idea is that the more Right you go, the closer to the Constitution. The more Left you go, the more fascist. When in fact, the fascism is at both ends of the current spectrum. Regardless of the direction you shift, facism will be there to greet you. Hear me out.
The pendulum swinging back and forth in the sway of the parties illustrates the trap we have fallen into. Right now, in the year 2017, we see that all of the power accumulated by one side has been shifted to the other side. Neither side, while in power, is willing to relinquish it. Rather, they solidify it and bring it to bear against the other side.
The model is flawed in that it does not place liberty on the spectrum. As such, the usurpation of the terminology has shifted the definitions without informing the people. Identifying with the right is not what it was a generation ago. It is simply to align with the side that bore the title we have clutched on to. The banner is the same but the strategy and goal has shifted its loyalty. As such, I am no longer able to identify with the faction I so long adhered to. I am in the middle of the two factions as they fight each other over things I do not want using methods that I detest.
A point of observation: Trump took 1/3 or the GOP (these numbers are figurative) with him when he threw in for the presidency. Another 1/3 used him to stop Hillary in the election, even if reluctantly. The original 1/3 have never waivered. The second group continues to to justify their decision by pointing out what he is trying to accomplish and some of the “good” things he has.
It should be noted that the paradigm shifted before our very eyes. It was not a gradual or gentle slope. It was a monumental shift to positions that, only 9 months ago were abhorrent to 80% of Republicans. 1/3 of the GOP followed Trump wherever he led them. 1/3 of the GOP followed him in hopes of bringing him back to the fold. No matter how you view it, 2/3 of the GOP have ended up with Trump in places they never imagined being before this election cycle.
This paradigm shift is a paradox that runs contrary to the GOP’s platform. Rather than openly opposing the shift or repudiating it, 2/3 are just getting comfortable with the idea. The rest of us are just shaking our heads and face palming with one question on our collective conservative lips. “What just happened?”
For this reason, I warned in the primary and again in the general election, he will do more damage to conservatism than the left ever has.
A point of concern: What if the politicians we respect begin to enter into that 2/3 to try to bring him back? Will a portion of the remaining 1/3 follow, not Trump, but their chosen politicians, into his detestable positions? It seems to be a pattern. More people are crossing their own boundaries and sacrificing their principles to remain on the “winning team.”
The Constitution is my tether in the chaos. It is the political grounding that has maintained my moral compass. When the paradigm shifted in this election cycle, it was to the detriment of our American heritage. As such, it is imperative that we, as conservatives, hold onto what we believe, maintain solid foundations and most of all be ready to tear down the paradigm that has suppressed our God given rights as Americans for far too long.
I loved Glenn Beck’s monolog this morning. That representatives were emailing him afterward to say that it is a lose lose situation, that they dont know what to do, warmed my soul a bit in the midst of these chilly political winds. To those who are lost, I provide this candle of wisdom to dissipate the darkness with which they are surrounded.
To the remnant of conservatives in the Senate and the House;
I recommend you vote your conscience. If it is a moral dilemma for you then you still have one. Stop calculating, stop strategizing, stop playing the game. If the anguish is there, then the option to abandon DC and their ever swiftening decent into a souless abyss should be the clear decision.
Forget about money. Forget about tribes. Forget about elections. Remember the fundamentals of the Constitution, the principles and the moral compass that guided you to make a difference in DC in the first place. This is the moment you can make that difference. Remember the people that sent you.
Social trends are fleeting and popularity shifts with the tides. Emotions change daily. Don’t fall prey to those who would use you now to further an agenda and toss you aside after you have served them. Most assuredly, you will be in the same crisis of conscience in a week, two weeks a month or even fifteen years down the line (assuming your conscience has not been seared).
For the people, for the memory of the Constitution and for those messengers who died to deliver it to us, stand in honor. The Capitol is a hill worth dying on. The opposition you display is the minority report to all that Washington has laid upon the people. You may not win the battle but it will be remembered what you stood for and it will be defensible under the scrutiny of posterity.
Placing your fingerprints and approval upon something you personally hold in disdain is to relinquish all you have promised to represent. Hold the line! Don’t settle or negotiate. Don’t succumb to hopelessness. Don’t trust the beast that has bitten us time and again. Be steadfast in your conviction and commitment.
There are worse fates than losing, namely to become your own enemy in order to win.
Dissolution has happened! I can’t tell you all how infuriating it is to see the division occuring so completely among US. WE ARE THE LAST STAND FOR THE CONSTITUTION! All I see is a group of people sitting down and refusing the cause because of ONE MAN!
First of all, Ted Cruz made a fundamental commitment to a Full Repeal of Obamacare. He is now negotiating to make it the best deal possible. How many of you refused the lesser of 2 evils because evil is evil? How many of you believe socialized medicine is evil? How many have watched the “conservative” Party succumb to progressive pressure? What does progressive mean? It means to gradually implement policies that assert communist values on an unwitting populace.
I have trust issues with anyone who dwells in DC. In my estimation, DC is the root of the problem. We have watched the Freedom Caucus hemorrhage membership, seen politicians we trusted bow to this administration to be a part of it (many we held above reproach until they ascended to prominence in various positions of the cabinet or administrative roles) and seen family and friends go all in for what DC was cooking as the new sheriff came to town.
A one year biography of Cruz’s activities should illustrate the gradual slide, that if not checked, could draw many of his staunchest supporters to follow suit.
1. Free the Delegates were brushed aside in the rules committee. Did Senator Cruz denounce the actions of the RNC on behalf of the state delegations that were openly suppressed? After all, Free the delegates was initiated to give the people a voice in the Republican Party. He never asked for this move (though his leadership did inspire many to take up the cause) so…OK…shake that one off.
2. The speech at the convention which drew the ire of the Washington Cartel (aka: who’s who among those Cruz stood up to), was finished with a call to “Vote Your Conscience.” Many’s consciences were to write in Cruz. Those who could not, for fear of nullifying their down ballot, were forced to look to other parties for their conscience vote. Cruz disavowed the write in campaigns. We can let that slide. He couldn’t win by write in anyway so we can’t blame him….
3. Ted Cruz announced his support for the GOP presidential nominee. Amid mounting pressure from the Republican National Committee, headed by Reince Priebus, and threats that his funding would be pulled for his next senate bid in 2018, he conceded. This was a much bigger hurdle for all of us. For many it was too much of a shift to follow. He lost credibility with some (nearly me). I justified his actions because of his oath to support the nominee. “it is better not to make an oath than to make it and later break it”. I let that one go (admittedly it took some time).
4. Ted Cruz took the opportunity to praise Trump’s cabinet picks. I remember thinking that he seemed to be lavishing praise on a cabinet comprised of heavy hitters from Wall St. and the banking industry to demonstrate his willingness to make peace with the administration. So how has that cabinet list played out? Sessions wants to reduce restriction on confiscation of property without due process. Tillerson’s state department released their assessment of Israel’s role as aggressor in the West Bank settlements. Communications Director Sean Spicer shut down live feed of daily press briefings, insulating himself and the official statements from public scrutiny. Suspicious, but he had to play the game to get conservative things accomplished. So, again…move along.
5. The coffin nail for me took place after the visceral battle that happened in the House. You remember the one in which Freedom Caucus members were named and publicly threatened as targets to be primaried. We lost a few members of the Freedom Caucus to the DC Care bill. By the time the vote came through, not as a full repeal but a mildly modified and reworded version of the original Obamacare bill, what did Ted Cruz do? He praised the House, in general, and specifically the HFC for getting the bill passed so it could be gutted in the senate. It was not gutted. It was, again, modified and re-released. It wasn’t a full repeal. It wasn’t a repeal with a more palatable replacement. It was a crutch to keep the healthcare bill viable for the next administration to reconfigure to suit their needs. Socialized medicine is on the books, care of DC and their glorious bipartisanship that has spanned 2 administrations and parties. There was the Cruz/Lee Amendment, an attempt to soften the blow when the bill was passed, a consolation prize if you will, that the establishment used to tie Cruz to the bill and then summarily scrapped, having served its purpose. That was in spite of Cruz’s attempt to make it more appealing to the establishment with his last minute, independent modifications.
Now here we are. Half are calling Cruz out for his progressive shift from Rebellious Conservative firebrand to GOP uniter. The other half are condemning those for having so little faith in the man who has stood for so much and fought so hard.
I don’t care where you stand on the subject of Cruz past, present or future. I care about keeping the battle alive. I care about the future of my four children. If Cruz is weary of the fight, he should step aside and we should send new blood to man the line. If he is going to remain in the battle; settling, negotiating with evil (which socialized medicine most certainly is) and conceding Constitutional territory will no longer cut it.
But I digress, Washington, DC is the enemy and it is with DC that we are at war. Their power grows as ours is diminished. We must listen to them while they ignore us. They consolidate our prosperity and the substance of our labor, confiscating our inheritance. They break the will of our representatives and pressure them to conform to their image. They reduce liberty to a package of words to be handed out at every election. They consume land and life for their own gain. They erect regulatory fences to insulate themselves from consequence. They dwell in towers of their own making and exclude all but their own from visiting. They break every siege engine that We the People raise against them. From their lofty walls, they pour out disdain on the peasantry. They capture, destroy or subvert any who dare resist their designs both within and without the Halls of Power.
By all means, let’s make it about a man. Let’s see the sun rise and set on his actions. Let’s put our entire arsenal in his hands and let him fight on our behalf. Our success was his ability to get into the castle at all. We watched him fight on the parapets, heard the clashing of steel. He disappeared from view after wounded.
He is now inside the walls. He is negotiating on behalf of the army that sent him. He is trying to accomplish the best terms possible. Will it be a #Truce or is he negotiating surrender? He is most certainly not obtaining victory. We watch and wait from outside the gates. If it is a Truce, will we honor it, or will we continue to fight the resistance?
If it is surrender, will we stoically don our shackles and enter the dungeons of socialism? Do we send in a volley of arrows, knowing that he may be wounded in the attack?
Cruz is a POW. He may be establishing a resistance from within. He may be informing DC on the best way to secure our trust. He may be trying to work with his captors for his own good or appealing for leniency on our behalf. The man who charged into DC with a sword and Gadsden banner held aloft is in no position to obtain victory. Does he negotiate terms or does he stand proudly to the death (political terms)? What action is most likely to unite the majority of us?
Are you willing to surrender in order to win? America is in need of warriors to obtain victory. Ballot nor bullet can save us. So, what can?
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
17) “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18) If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
“Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”
Are you willing?
My fascination with military history and strategy has led me to search for tactics and ways to fight the war we are currently waging for the soul of our nation. I have studied all of the Crusades, the Revolution, the Civil War, WWI and how it led to WWII. I have studied radical Islam’s evolution from Al Bana in the 30s to ISIS 2016. I have studied the progressive’s war on our culture. I have seen the fruition of their goals in today’s society.
Having literally just finished the book, Art of War by Sun Tsu Friday, I have to admit his methods, tactics and wisdom display profound knowledge for fighting on diverse terrain with formidable foes. He takes into account all facets of the battlefield to obtain complete and utter victory. No doubt, his art is still employed to this day. Though he declares the necessity to know heaven and earth before engaging in a war, there is one thing all of his skills failed to factor in.
This war is not to be fought on a field of battle. It is not a war that can be won through hearts and minds. It is not a war of attrition (if we have resigned to that we have already lost). It is not a war of aggression at all. It is a war of resistance.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
While some are ready to employ all the tactics consolidated into Sun Tsu’s scroll, remember one excerpt from the Word of God,
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
5) “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6) In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
If you are truly willing, if you desire victory in the battle at hand, hold fast!
While it is apparent to all who stand, arms at the ready, that there is
1) No Unity
2) No Strategy
3) No Tactical Advantage
it must equally be apparent that something has to be done to uproot this tree that has filled the earth, giving shelter to every fowl thing, every unclean and hateful bird.
There will be no call to arms. The demand that we wake or rise up is useless. We have eyes to see and ears to hear. We are utterly aware of the haven of corruption DC’s Halls of Power have become. We have stood outside the gates of Washington and with grievances well rehearsed, shouted at the top of collective our voices.
We can not reach them in their gated community. We cannot be heard over their mutual praise of one another for the cleverness with which they believe us to be deceived. We cannot, nor should we, storm the walls of our elected representatives. Such fruitless efforts will deprive America of its greatest potential patriots.
Rather, I’m going to ask that you do something so foolish, so base and so worthy of ridicule that you may well laugh at yourselves. I’m going to ask that you lay down your arms and lift up your hands. Rather than rising up, I’m going to ask you to kneel down. Just as we view it foolish that God commanded the Israelites to march around the walls of Jericho to bring the giants down, so too will this instruction confound us…as it should.
1 Corinthians 1:26-27
26) “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;”
It is for this time we were born. It was to this purpose that we are called. We can waiver and balk with indecision, struggling with our faith (in bondage of doubt) and purpose or we can be the very concentrated essence of who His people were called to be.
Are you willing?
Or have you so little faith that God can use the least of you to perform His mighty work?
The Constitution, if properly applied, provides solutions to many of our society’s most pressing problems.
Let’s start with civil unrest. We have Black Lives Matter and Antifa. What’s in the Constitution for these aggrieved groups? Per the 1st Amendment: They can speak their minds, assemble in protest of perceived wrongs and express their pent up rage at a system they believe has wronged them. When that form of protest begins to physically impact the life, liberty or property of another, it ceases to be the grievance of BLM or Antifa. At that point it becomes an infringement on another individual’s liberty. That is the line between civil and criminal activity.
“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
~ Evelyn Beatrice Hall
What does the Constitution provide to those who take offense by hate speech? Nothing! The 1st Amendment safeguards dissent, unpopular theories and beliefs that run contrary to the societal norms of the time. Liberty is a sloppy affair all around but by it peace can be preserved between diametrically opposed factions.
To suppress ideas, theories or dogmas based on their acceptability within the confines of contemporary culture is to revoke the God (yes, I said God because the Founders based the Constitution on Nature’s Law established by Nature’s God) given right of every individual to remain true to their understanding of the world about them.
I take offense to those too sensitive to withstand mere words. The 1st Amendment protects your right to complain. It also prevents me from infringing on your right to complain. I cannot shut you up unless I am willing to deprive you of your liberty to think and believe as you wish. At that point, I become the criminal and you become the victim. I choose, rather to inform you.
What does the Constitution offer to those who wish to take guns off the streets and regulate how, when or where one can purchase them? While the two paragraphs above demonstrate the benefits of the 1st Amendment, the 2nd Amendment prevents (at least should prevent) over-regulation of a right that was never meant to be infringed upon. You do not have the authority to demand that my guaranteed right be restricted or that right should be registered for your protection.
The only safeguard against people with guns is to be one of them. If you are armed and trained to use that arm, you have chosen to apply the 2nd Amendment for the purpose of your own protection. Two armed citizens who find themselves in heated disagreement are less likely to throw down. The more likely scenario is that they will angrily walk away. One armed citizen, in heated disagreement with an unarmed one, may be inclined to impose their will on the other through threat of force (depriving the other of Life, Liberty or Property).
This is why the neutrality established in the Constitution is so important. It puts citizens on equal terms. You have the right to life and your have a right to protect it. It is your liberty to make a choice to utilize that right.
“You can judge a society by how it treats its criminals.”
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky
Who looks out for the criminals? They have rights too despite what the media talking heads would have you believe. It is not a settled matter when the “News” breaks it down for us. When one finds themselves on the wrong side of the law, they are afford the respect of the law. They must be judged fairly. No matter how serious the charge or the mountain of evidence against them, they are offered equality. They are assumed not to be guilty.
They are possessed of the Constitutional right not to incriminate themselves. They cannot (by law) be compelled to confess. The case will be pleaded in all ways as if the person is innocent. In fact, the legal representative of the victim or victim class (People of the state vs.), the prosecutor has the burden placed on him to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person is guilty. When a criminal is determined to be guilty, they forfeit their right to life (in some states cases of murder carry the death penalty), Liberty (ability to move about freely in society) or Property (asset forfeiture, restitution, fines, settlements and other forms of financial compensation) as a penalty for their crime.
For those who want to pass federal laws to prevent or force others to conform to their will, here is something to consider. National laws, laws passed by the Federal Government, were meant to be restricted to very specific tasks: International treaties and tariffs, National security (common defense), Interstate Interactions (maintain domestic tranquility). Except for those points, the states were to determine what extent they would restrict the activities of the people. The provision of the Constitution that allows for that is the 10th Amendment.
In essence, the 10th Amendment tells us that the States will make up the bulk of their own laws that do not interfere with the Federal government in accomplishing its Constitutional mandates. If the Federal government sees fit to infringe on state sovereignty with burdensome laws, the states have the right to nullify the laws. Those most involved with the governing of the people should always be those closest to home.
Unfortunately, generations of We the People have been waging a tit-for-tat war to gain the upper hand on their opponents. They have weaponized DC with the power to suppress dissenting views. Granting the Federal Government the authority to impose your beliefs on another is anathema to what our country was founded upon.
In keeping the spirit of the United States of America alive, you simply have to accept that some are not like you but that they have a right exist. That existence is granted its quality by three points: Life, Liberty, and Property. All three are preserved for every individual in the Constitution.
Rather than destroying the enemy through government mandates, which work to your advantage now but could be brought against you should your opposition gain the “throne,” how about declaring a #Truce? How about refusing to weaponize the government against any faction of the American people? In standing on the Constitution and defending its purpose, you are standing with We the People, Americans diverse in endeavors but united in peace to carry on their lives without fear of oppression.