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?
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 over 50, 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 generation that buried 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; Communism under Soviet Russia and Communist China. We grew up during the Cold War. We learned the price of totalitarianism on those who stand against tyranny and defend ourselves and our allies, was an expensive military industrial complex. For those who couldn’t defend themselves or dissolve the governments that oppressed them… death was typically the price they paid.
I thought our generation learned these things. I suppose learning and knowing are two different things. It’s sort of like the difference between schooling and education.
Nevertheless, our generation has no excuse for being as blind as we are.
We saw the film clips; and yet…. We saw the documentaries about the horrors of totalitarianism in all its forms; and yet…. We wrote the reports and research papers in high school; and yet…. Many of us said, “Never Again!!” (admittedly with less enthusiasm than the generation before us) and yet… here we are, turning our heads.
Open Your Eyes!
We are staring into the face of evil in our time…
AND DOING NOTHING.
Ask yourself: Why does being confronted with a young man happily holding someone’s head in his hand, make me mad at this blog and not mad at the reason a young man is happily praising his god while holding a human head?
Hundreds and 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 or sold into sex slavery for hundreds of reasons… and no reason.
Why can’t we declare these acts evil?
From the president on down… we are failing. America is failing to do the one thing we have always had the courage to do in the past; take a stand against evil.
Today it seems we can’t be bothered with taking a stand against evil. And who can blame us? We’ve been taught from the 1970s that life isn’t black and white, evil doesn’t exist, truth is subjective, meaning is whatever you want it to mean. We were groomed to be blind at this time in history.
We are leaving a mess for our children to clean up, just like the generation that raised the children who would eventually fight Naziism during World War II. Our only hope (ironically) is this: because of our inability to take action against evil in our lifetimes, we will accidentally end up raising the “Next Greatest Generation.” Our children will be the next Davids, Daniels, and Gideons. Our children will look at evil and stand against it.
They… our children… will hopefully be known as, the Next Greatest Generation. That is if we allow them to prevail against the evil that is sweeping the globe. We will think we must have taught them something worthwhile, but we will be wrong. Our children will look back at 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 among other things, 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 our children. Raise up a generation of Daniels, Davids and Gideons. Give our children strength, power, courage, and wisdom. Heavenly Father, raise up our Next Greatest Generation.
I say to you, this morning, that if you have never found something so dear and precious to you that you will die for it, then you aren’t fit to live.
I can’t think of anything more to add to this. Dr. King really just said it all. It’s worth listening to the entire sermon where the quote below was taken. Links follow.
You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be, and one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid.
You refuse to do it because you want to live longer. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab or shoot or bomb your house. So you refuse to take a stand.
Well, you may go on and live until you are ninety, but you are just as dead at 38 as you would be at ninety.
And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.
You died when you refused to stand up for right.
You died when you refused to stand up for truth.
You died when you refused to stand up for justice.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
From the sermon “But, If Not” delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church on November 5, 1967.
GOD BLESS THE FAMILIES OF THOSE INJURED AND KILLED IN THE STAGE COLLAPSE INDIANA STATE FAIR. AND GOD BLESS THOSE CAME TO THEIR AID.
I go back to this scene from Evan Almighty all the time.
I went back to it again, with the tragic event at the Indiana State Fair this past weekend.
We are once again confronted with the question: “If God is so great, why does He let people get hurt, killed? Shouldn’t He make life wonderful for us and protect us?”
The answer to this question is deceptively simple. (Like many of God’s concepts, simplicity causes those who believe themselves wise to be confounded.)
To answer this question, one need only look at how you, as a loving father (or parent) show love to YOUR children. Do you hover over them and protect them from every possible inconvenience that might befall them? Or do you love them so much, that you will allow them to make their own mistakes, sometimes IN SPITE OF THE FACT YOU TOLD THEM “DON’T TOUCH THAT! IT’S HOT!” not two seconds earlier?
Does your heart ache every time your children lash out and say things like, “I hate you!” — even though down deep you believe (hope) they don’t mean it? Is it possible God feels the same things when you curse him for every bad thing YOU think shouldn’t be bad?
Instead of blaming God for tragic human events, or even for man-made tragic human events, pain, suffering, war, etc., maybe we should take a moment and wonder to ourselves: “Could this be the opportunity I have been praying for? Could this be the ‘opportunity to learn patience, be courageous, love my family, take a stand, that I have been praying for?”
And if that still, small voice in your heart answers yes (or even maybe) then NOW is the time to act. Don’t worry what others think. Don’t worry what others believe.
I believe God gave HUNDREDS of people in Indianapolis an opportunity to think beyond themselves for a moment, and risk their safety, comfort, even their lives in order to save or serve another person.
Want proof? Are you amazed, proud, choked up, humbled, whenever you see those pictures of hundreds of arms reaching up to lift the tons of rigging off the stage? Do you want to cry, you’re so proud of our fellow Hoosiers? You KNOW INSTINCTIVELY that God uses opportunities like this to bless the caregivers and those in need, all at once. YOU KNOW IT! Even if you don’t believe in God… you know it.
God is answering our prayers every single day; patiently waiting for us to hear, understand His reasons and act — to see the wisdom in the way He chooses to show us how to glorify Him and serve others.
It will take three words to put His will for you into action: “I Will Stand.”
Yes… It’s just that simple.
I believe that the real revolution to re-found America will begin, not with violence, but with thousands — perhaps millions — of people taking a stand for principles, values and the Constitutional rule of law. How will they take a stand? Call me a loon, but I believe it will be LITERALLY, People standing. Everywhere. Many praying for sure, but not all. Some of them will be simply standing up to the evil that is tyranny and collectivism wherever it rears its head. There will be video, there will be sound, and there will be lots of opportunities to see angry people, mostly politicians, yelling at quiet, prayerful individuals, who have finally decided to stand up and be counted. Quietly.
Vision? Prophesy? Don’t know. But I do know… something like this is going to happen all across the country, in many, many ways and under varying conditions. Think Tienanmen Square only on the internet. Viral.
What Do Millions of Americans Taking a Stand Look/Sound Like?
No wild signs. No screaming. No chanting. Imagine thousands and thousands of average Americans, gathering for one reason — to take a stand on the principles, the ideas the bedrock foundational purpose of the original document that founded this country. Maybe they’ll start to look like Katy Abrams.:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
Thousands of people — some at local school board meetings, some at the White House, some at local government meetings, some just gathering together to pray or to discuss what real freedom and liberty looks like; what it feels like — just standing up, letting people know where they stand on these foundational principles and issues, and telling their neighbors.
Here’s what’s going to happen (I believe): Tens of Thousands of people will simply decide to just stand up for the Constitution… as individuals! Groups with names and leaders? There will be several, but one unified group, like the Tea Party Movement won’t work. It will be one of many… all with the same overall goal: The Resetting of America. Signs and slogans, charismatic leaders and big names will do nothing but give the Quisling Media Complex something with which to make fun of and marginalize. But thousands or even millions of Americans that are acting independently on the local level and semi-corporately on the national level? The media and the political elites won’t know what to do!
You! Yes, YOU! Stand up!
Find out where your neighbors stand on that old piece of paper called the Constitution. Talk A LOT with people about where they stand. What are their principles and values? They all don’t have to be exactly in line with your beliefs, but wouldn’t it be nice to know if your neighbor believes people who think like you, should be put in jail? To me, that’s good info to know.
Go to public meetings. If public representatives begin acting like they are powerless to represent you because there are those higher up that make the rules… remind them that WE THE PEOPLE make the rules, and according to the Constitution, all powers not expressly granted to the Federal government are given to the states and the people. END OF STORY.
STAND ON IT! Don’t take crap for answers. Stand there quietly and wait for an answer that makes sense. When the police lead you away for … for what? … disrupting a public meeting? How? — You will have taken the high (and non violent) road, and your political foes will look like fools.
What’s the plus side of getting carried out of a public meeting for standing peacefully for our founding principles? Others might come out with you and you can all discuss what the Constitution means. You’ll make new friends because you’ll know that THEY also believe in the truth and power of our Founding Documents.
Who Loses Here?
Progressive, Type-A, Community Organizing (of the proletariat) Control Freaks will, of course, be outraged and shocked! They will look for names to call you. There will be plenty, but none of them will be true. They will look for leaders to snoop on and crucify in the media. They will find none. They will take quotes (of our Founding Fathers) out of context and try to prove that all of those Americans out there, standing up for the Constitution are racists and even terrorists.
This is why a peaceful revolution must be carried out by simply standing up for what we know is right. Standing up for what we know has worked for centuries.
So what happens when this “vision” happens in real life, and thousands of people are in the streets, simply gathering, talking about the Constitution and some just praying together at various locations across the country?
That’s probably with the violence will start.
We (those who are beginning to participate on the myriad number of patriot-themed networking sites) are starting to read the occasional call for some kind of ‘revolution’ to begin. I can’t emphasize enough, that for everyone concerned about the liberties and freedoms this country has stood for over the centuries, a violent revolution MUST NOT HAPPEN. (Not that we could do anything about it if it did start, but it must not start as a result of a patriot and lover of liberty making the first move.)
The answer, I believe, is in millions of people, taking INDEPENDENT action by standing up for whatever is right, wherever they are, and being vocal (but not violent) about it. Get to know your neighbors. Find out where they stand on things. IF they don’t agree with you on some very important principles, make a note to not rely on them in an emergency or in a time of crisis… whatever that might be. The neighbors you DO agree with, start going to public meetings together, hold ad hoc public gatherings just to talk about local politics. DO THINGS AND TALK WITH THE PEOPLE WHO SHARE YOUR PRINCIPLES AND VALUES. GROW FROM THERE.
Network in Real Life, not Virtually
If you network with five of your neighbors, and they network with five more and so on, then when tyrannical laws DO go into effect, there will be more people predisposed to NOT COMPLY than who do. And you’ll know this because you’ve actually networked with real, local people, not 1,000 virtual people who contributed to a FaceBook page from all over the country.
YOU can ONLY make a difference if YOU encourage people to make real life contact with like-minded individuals, and then encourage all THOSE individuals to take a stand on the singular, foundational principles and values that drive the issues of the day. Defend liberty by promising yourself, then your neighbors that you will take a stand. Convince them to take a stand with you, then do it again, and again.
This, my friends, is what a peaceful revolution will look like.
Our nation is being subjected to “Fundamental Change” from within. When you change something from the foundation up, you must first destroy the foundation. This is what we are seeing before our very eyes.
Liberties, Freedoms, Property (rights) are being whittled away bit by bit, by the very people whom we expect to protect and defend those rights.
My friend, Bruno explained it well via his Extreme Wisdom Blog by asking, “Are we an Army of Davids, or Sheep?”. We recently had another terrorist attack (this one an attempt that failed) on Christmas day. There was at least one person on board the fated plane that stood up and took action.
Jasper Schuringa is our “David of the Day.” He didn’t think… or ponder the implications of tackling someone who was of a politically correct protected class. This hero, saw that another human with evil intent was in the process of trying to kill everyone on that plane.
The story is still being written, but the important part is history: Someone stood up. Someone took a stand and did what was right, and people’s lives were saved. Let’s hope he doesn’t get punished for pointing out, yet another terrorist attack has happened on American soil since Barack Obama entered the White House.
[Read some more thoughts here.]