I hope to move on to other issues soon but the future of our country is at stake and I am compelled in my spirit to speak out about the presidential race.
I have staked out a position for nearly 40 years with two key ideas. Character matters. Constitutional principles matter.
If people like me support Donald Trump then we forfeit the right to ever again claim to speak for these ideas.
Supporting Trump means that being a Republican is more important than a Christian worldview on character and a constitutional worldview on government.
If I forfeit my convictions then I am no longer the person I have claimed to be.
A presidential election is very important. But it is not sufficiently important to forfeit our ability to speak the truth about character and conviction.
Here I stand. I can do no other.
I don’t need to tell you the kind of heated blow-back taking this kind of stand creates. You’ve no doubt seen it across social media.
The bile, doom-and-gloom, apocalyptic rhetoric can be boiled down to some basics:
- A vote for anyone other than Trump, means Hillary in the White House.
- If you don’t cave to your idiot religious convictions and vote for Trump, then Hillary will get in and THEN your religious liberties will be TOTALLY gone. (Can you feel the irony there?)
- If you don’t cave on your convictions… then ALL OF AMERICA will be hurt. (Translation: “Life will suck for me, so get off your religious high horse and do what I tell you to do. *sniff* I’m scared.”)
- Etc., etc., etc.
Taking a principled stand is tough.
Why yes… yes it is! Forgoing expedience and taking a stand for something because it’s right, sometimes can get you hurt. Allowing a culture to destroy itself by not going along with the culture that’s destroying itself, ultimately hurts the culture. Then they blame their problems on the principled ones… so they hurt them. It’s history. It always happens. Get used to it.
In case you haven’t noticed, our culture has already started circling the toilet bowl. As we all swirl into the vortex together, people without conviction (let alone an oar to help paddle out of this mess) will be honestly perplexed! Why would someone take a stand on an issue that could not only get themselves hurt, but the rest of America too?
“We’re all in the crapper together… without a paddle! What are you doing with a paddle? Don’t you see that the rest of us have democratically voted to not use paddles? Quit paddling! You’ll get us all hurt!”
Let’s face it, the “hurting others” thing is why Trump supporters are most worried. See, Trump supporters are more worried about themselves than those who might be making the hardest principled stand of their lives.
“Sure Trump is a dirt bag. Everyone knows that. BUT if you don’t vote for Trump then America will go to hell–and take me with it.”
Well maybe you should have thought about that during the primaries, and voted for the person who had at LEAST a little more integrity and class than the Orange Man. I assure you… they were (and still are) out there.
Look around you Trumpers. Democratic Socialists, Liberals and Progressives are voting for Socialism and Vice, Treason and Tyranny. The Republican GOP, RINOs and (establishment) Progressives are voting for a Strongman King. And the Constitutionalists? They vote for anyone who will admit they have a clue what the Constitution stands for. And you say THEY are ruining the country? Surely… you jest.
All of America is marching away from something we used to call a Republic, and heading directly towards something they’ve heard, called ‘democracy’. The only people standing in their way, are those principled patriots. If they would only cave on those stupid principles, then we’d all be saved.
Frankly, if history holds any clues to our future, then no matter who ends up in the White House, those of us who stood our ground will be the first to feel the pain. Both the Trumpers and the Socialists will see to that.
Stand by your convictions, ladies and gentlemen. They’re all you’ve got that has any meaning in this world. Make the things on which you stand, worth your Life, your Fortune, and Your Sacred Honor. Our Founding Fathers did, and we still remember them today. History’s dust bin is full of those who chose expedience over principles.
BbBennett – IWS
This is huge.
Why? Because a mild mannered man, a public servant for most of his life, is humbly and NON-VIOLENTLY announcing where, when and how, he will draw a line in the sand.
Chris Briels, Harney County Fire Chief Resigns.
FBI Caught Posing As Militia At Local Armory
Who will stand with people like this? People who will be called “armed militia” types, to be sure. Harney County fire chief resigns, sides with armed protesters (Do you see the “armed protesters?” Neither do I.)
This is why it is vitally important for every individual to know where they stand, and WHO they stand with. If you don’t personally know your local representatives, especially those in law enforcement, now is the time to get to know them.
If you don’t know your neighbors, and where they stand on issues as fundamental as freedom and liberty, now is the time to get to know them.
Men like Mr. Briels are going to begin coming to the front, locally. Will you know them well enough to stand with them?
Change begins by first looking in the mirror and saying, “I will stand, I will speak and I will act.”
“We need to do something,” will guarantee that nothing will get done, and tyranny will prevail. Quit searching for leaders to save us. Unless that one person you are looking for, is looking in the mirror and committing his or her Life, Fortune and Sacred Honor to the cause of freedom, you will never find that leader.
We see these words every day. We write these words every day. And… We proclaim ourselves cowards every time WE proclaim with appropriate indignant self-righteousness:
“Americans need to do ‘this-and-such’ to turn this country around.”
“If we don’t stop illegal immigrants…”
Until you and I are willing to personally stand up, as the founders did, on our founding, God ordained principles and pledge our “Lives, our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor” there is little we can hope for in our representatives doing anything differently than they are doing now.
Our future is in YOUR hands… and MINE.
Memes, rants and quotes by anonymous people, even dead patriots, accomplish nothing; other than to comfort the enemies of Freedom. Sharing a particular meme, no matter the good intention, does nothing to counter an enemy who DOES in real life.
The person in YOUR mirror must be willing to physically stand at the Liberty Tree and publicly pledge YOUR Life, YOUR Fortune and YOUR Sacred Honor for the cause of Liberty. Only then will you find the Leaders and heroes you are looking for… in the mirror.
Calling for others to take a stand for your country’s soul, is a coward’s journey.
Guest blog post by Monica Boyer
Read her full essay here: http://www.monicaboyer.com/so-you-moved-to-babylon/
Monica gets it. She knows that we are coming closer and closer to our personal “Daniel” moments. Are we, as Patriots, as Christians, as Americans, going to take a stand on the principles we believe in? Or are we going to compromise, try to conform, fit in and get along? Only YOU can answer that question.
I suggest we all take a moment to look in the mirror and figure out where, when and how we will stand when the time comes. Don’t be taken by surprise. And most important: Don’t hope that someone else will take the lead for us.
From Monica’s essay:
Friends we have a choice. Our country has turned its face from God. We feel the first pricks of persecution. They hurt, but we have a choice. We can hide, we can conform, or we can obey God. I choose obedience.
I want a Daniel Spirit. I want the courage of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Things are going to get rough. I’ve spoken many times about what is coming to this nation. Your jobs will be impacted, your churches, your families. Nothing will be left untouched by this new Babylon. Through all of it, choose to live in freedom of obedience.
Don’t twist the Scripture to fit the culture. Live beyond the culture. Don’t hide your life. Shine your light. Live loudly. Live boldly, Live courageously. Live Faithfully.
I am sickened. I am physically ill. Anyone who looks at that picture, and doesn’t see the evil that is about to repeat itself across the globe, makes me sick.
Now that I am 53-ish, I think I am old enough to safely look back at history with a properly jaundiced and cynical eye. I’m still young enough to be clear-headed. I’m told that I’ve got a few years before dementia sinks in. So I better get to writing.
Did I mention I’m sickened? My heart aches at the realization that I am probably part of the generation that will be known as the ones who had their heads in the sand. We are the generation who thought we knew what “Never Again” meant. We were the last generation to actually see and study the horror that was, Democratic Socialism under Hitler… Nazism. We grew up during the Cold War, and we knew the price of totalitarianism in all its forms… Death. At least I thought we did.
We have no excuse; and yet…. We saw the film clips; and yet…. We saw the documentaries, wrote the reports and research papers in school, about the horrors of totalitarianism in all its forms; and yet…. Many of us said, “Never Again…” )though certainly with less enthusiasm than the generation before us;) and yet… here we are, turning our heads.
NO! We are actually staring into the face of evil in our time AND DOING NOTHING.
Open your eyes!
Hundreds if not thousands of Christian men, women and children are being killed every day because of their faith. Gays are being killed because they are infidels. Muslim women are being killed and sold into sex slavery for hundreds of reasons… and no reason.
From the president on down… we are failing. America is failing. All it seems we are doing, is leaving a mess for our children to clean up; just like the generation before World War II, we are (hopefully) going to raise another “Greatest Generation.”
They… our children… will hopefully be known as, the Greatest Generation. We will think we must have taught them something worthwhile, but we will be wrong. Our children will look back on our generation and say:
“We stood up and did what had to be done, in SPITE of what your generation taught us. You didn’t stand for good over evil. You equivocated. You stared at your navels and you sued people who offended you, while millions died in the name of a “religion” YOU called peaceful. Your generation sickens me.”
God, please forgive our blindness and lack of courage. And bless the our children. Raise up a generation of Davids and Gideons. Give our children strength, power, courage and wisdom. Heavenly Father, raise up our Next Greatest Generation.