In celebration of this Fourth of July, 2013, I am issuing an “Action Checklist” for any American citizen. Something is only oppressive to you to the degree that you are ignorant and inactive concerning that subject. When you become educated about your rights, as well as proactive in practicing them, you are flexing your muscle as a free American. Rights that are lost are much harder to gain back. These rights are primarily lost through ignorance, misunderstanding and disuse.
Over the last few years we have seen an aggressive assault upon our natural rights, rights solely granted by God; rights clearly articulated in the Declaration of Independence. These rights are also detailed well as in the US Constitution, The Anti-Federalist Papers, the Federalist Papers and other correspondence from our Forefathers. Although granted by the Almighty and written on paper, there is no assurance that our God-given rights will stay intact, respected and upheld by your own local and national leaders.
In recent months, it has become clearly evident to myself and many others that our personal privacy, our rights to self-defense and other Constitutional rights are under attack in the form of complex and secretive government laws. Moreover, insidious propaganda has been consistently instigated by the media, government bodies and Academia to play upon our fears, as well as create deeper divisions amongst peaceful Americans. “No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.” – John F. Kennedy
We Do Not Need A Second Revolution
But let me make this crystal clear from the onset: I do not advocate, covertly infer or in any way support violent revolution or anarchy. The chances of some form of improved government emerging as a result of such violence is only a hallucinatory dream of madmen, such as a Lenin or Hitler. Those who promote the glories of revolution have no idea how bad it can rapidly devolve for themselves, their family and their nation. It is easy to talk tough, but it is quite another challenge to live through a revolution or a situation like Bosnia. There is a point of no return when one then sadly discovers the true horrors and inhumanity that historically attends any bloody revolution or overthrow. “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy
In the spirit of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., I only advocate
peaceful resistance and non-violent disobedience to unconstitutional
laws and mandates as our best chance of survival as a great nation. Our
Constitution derives from the concept, “Of the people, for the people and by the people.”
But this is only a living reality to the degree that the people, you
and I, take action. Watching the downfall or demise of a nation on
reality TV is not an action. Freedom is not a spectator sport. Freedom is as alive as it is understood and fought for, legally and publicly. “I
became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral
obligation as is cooperation with good.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Not Many Are Needed To Prevail
Do not worry or concern yourself with the need for a “mass uprising” to positively change the course of our history or to rectify a government intoxicated with taxation and paranoia. This has never occurred in the tens of thousands of years of human history. Change has occurred when a small band of committed individuals were banded together and forged in a common spirit. Despite hell and high water, it is this small band of individuals that created a better, more enlightened state of affairs for the rest. I cannot decide for you if you belong to this strata of personnel. This is something that you know deep within you or you do not. And if you do know that this is where you belong, then you have the moral obligation to your own integrity, as well as eyes of the future that are upon you, to take action immediately. “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” – Samuel Adams
An Action Checklist For Every American Citizen
While our government spins out of control, deepening our national debt and committing our troops to more brush wars around the world, those in the “shadow government” (as referred to by author and propagandist Edward Bernays) resort to well-funded and coordinated PR messages to define and mold our minds.
Through well-crafted PR techniques, commonly referred to as disinformation or “Psyops” in military circles, the government employs high-tech means to reshape our thoughts and feelings as to what is rational behavior and what we should expect as the new normal in society. During the days of Soviet Russia, the majority of the KGB’s efforts was involved in this type of operation, which they referred to as Active Measures. In the classic book, 1984, “Newspeak” was the deceptive language of a government who controlled and manipulated every aspect of human life, behavior and thought.
Here now are the 7 actions that you can take as an American citizen to become a vibrant part of that, “…tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”
Action No. 1
Become educated in your own rights. I strongly urge you to purchase and and read your own copy of, “The People’s Guide To The United States Constitution” by Dave Kluge. As well, read the Declaration of Independence. These are your first and most basic actions. If you feel so inclined, continuing reading the Federalist Papers and Anti-Federalist Papers, which were written by our Forefathers and give additional data and clarification as to the intent and meaning of the Constitution and the type of government that they envisioned. I also highly recommend, “The Destiny of Freedom” by Leacox & Seyfried. Although it has been out of print for some years it is an amazing read and insight into American rights and how they have became destroyed.
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information.” – Thomas Jefferson
Action No. 2
Teach others in turn. Leave a legacy of of more enlightened people around you, particularly your children. Word-of-mouth is the single most powerful form of marketing. Without a grass roots movement rolling, where one individual takes the time to share with another, no movement ever takes root. Now with our access to social media, this becomes even easier and more relevant as an important and proactive means of spreading constructive ideas, plans and policies. Share these 7 actions with others and encourage them to do the same.
“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” – John Adams
Action No. 3
Network with other like minded people. You need to build your network and thus surround yourself with like minded people. This can be at your church, the neighborhood, local political groups as well as with your online communities. Attend meetings, share with others online and generate some muscle by having a group. Only 56 men signed on the Declaration of Independence. Any group that is active, coordinated can always find other like-minded groups to form an even larger network of educated, freedom-loving Americans.“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin
Action No. 4
Engage in peaceful actions and activities. These can be rallies, political campaigns, town hall meetings, your church and other vital organizations, which promote, protect and advocate strict adherence to the US Constitution. Under the First Amendment of the US Constitution, as well as Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, you have the right to peaceful assembly.
“The right of the people peaceably to assemble for the purpose of petitioning Congress for a redress of grievances, or for anything else connected with the powers or duties of the National Government, is an attribute of national citizenship, and, as such, under protection of, and guaranteed by, the United States. The very idea of a government, republican in form, implies a right on the part of its citizens to meet peaceably for consultation in respect to public affairs and to petition for a redress of grievances.” – US Supreme Court: United States v. Cruikshank (1875)
Action No. 5
Speak up and engage with your elected officials. Go out of your way to make your presence felt with your elected representatives. As you build a large network in Action No. 4, you must now include now those representatives in local, state and national government. You will find that these representatives are on Twitter, public emails, as well as have phone numbers. These officials are VERY concerned with their public image and being re-elected. If your representative supports a program you like, send them a tweet or call. If they support something you disagree with, as well, send them a tweet, an email and call. Find your Senator’s here at Senate.gov, as well as your representatives on Twitter here at TweetCongress.org.
In addition to this point of being heard, you must VOTE. If you are not registered to vote, find out how to at USA.gov. You must make your voice heard. This is democracy in action. Believe me, If a Senator received thousands of tweets and calls in one day, it would impinge and make him or her think twice, potentially changing the course of history. Inaction is admitting you are apathetic and this is un-American.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Action No. 6
Become and remain a prepared, ever vigilant citizen. This is not a apocalyptic warning. Even if only for a natural disaster, you should have extra food, water and supplies. You should have a plan in place for your family should such a disaster, natural or man made, ever occur. Security, shelter, food, clean water, communication, first aid, hygiene and economics should all be included in your plan. If you live in a tight knit community, extend this plan even further to ensure that you are not the adverse effect of a tornado, earthquake, flood, fire or social upheaval. Even multiple national, state, county and local agencies offer similar advice regarding the importance of preparedness. Here is a great ebook from the LA Fire Department on the many and exact steps to becoming prepared.
“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” – George Washington
Action No. 7
Become a better and stronger individual by seeking spiritual growth. The ultimate battle is against our morale, our ideals. Agitators, the Psych industry, the media and “do gooders” are always attacking our morale and values. They are attempting to demoralize us into a state of shock, or minimally into accepting and adjusting to a new, more depressed reality and view of ourselves and Mankind. A small percentage of sociopaths openly mock personal pride, mental strength, morality and patriotism.
Personal and national weakness cannot occur when you are spiritually and mentally strong. For those that are strong in their faith, remain so. For those who seek a non-religious answer to common sense values, I recommend that you read The Way To Happiness.
“We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power.” – Calvin Coolidge
“Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
Freedom has a price, and it is not inaction or complaining. In the Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln laid out in simple words as to what that price is:“It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain…”
“Increased devotion.” That’s our price.
There are a few who are paying that price. Our fine young men in uniform are paying it, but America was built not by a military force, but with active citizens. They were farmers, merchants, business people and lawyers. Regardless of their financial circumstances, religious affiliation or education level, they banded together and did what they could. And they created a Great Nation. They increased their devotion and it is solely because of their increased devotion that you and I now enjoy the freedoms, but are slowly losing through inaction.
So here is my question to you: Are you ready to take action, to increase your devotion?