Are in Your hands.
They can only be
For you and your posterity
As long as You are willing
To Take a Stand and shed Your Blood
To preserve them.
No One saved a life, without first acknowledging (consciously or unconsciously) that they were willing to forfeit their own lives for the sake of another.
No One created a substantial fortune, without first risking, and in many cases, sacrificing all of it. And as hard as it is to fathom, most fortunes are made in the service of others; providing goods and services to those who might not be able to provide that product or service for themselves.
No One has gained true honor, without first exhibiting great humility. If you do not know what it is like to be the lowest of the low, while still humbly serving and honoring others, including those in authority over you, then you will never know the great responsibility carried by those who are worthy of true honor.
None of these virtues can be bought.
None of these values can be given.
ALL of these values must be earned by putting them into practice now… for the benefit of our posterity.
The Founders knew what was at stake when they signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution: They knew they were going to sacrifice their Lives, their Fortunes, their Sacred Honor. They didn’t sacrifice everything for their own benefit. Nothing they did was for themselves….
They sacrificed everything for us… for NOW.
For now. We are their posterity.
While you’re pondering that idea, think about how we as a nation, are showing our appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who gave it all so that you and I can live free.
How are we vigilantly guarding, protecting and honoring our freedoms and liberties? Are you willing to sacrifice your life, fortune and sacred honor for future generations you will never know? What will you do? Where will you stand in your lifetime, that will give future generations pause to remember and honor… you?
Where would YOU have stood if you were them? Where do you stand now? What will the generations that come say about you, after you are dead and gone?
Will they say anything at all?
Or will they share the sentiment of Sam Adams?
If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace.
We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.
~ Samuel Adams
When hasn’t tyranny during the the worst of times, brought out the best among men of honor?
The question is: When our country appears to be at its darkest, will you stand with patriots and be the the beacon that leads to liberty? Upon what authority will you cling, for principles that have stood the test of time?
Will you be a part of a ‘French’ revolution or an ‘American Revolution?’ Are you wise enough to know the difference?
The founders pledged their lives, fortunes and honor for an idea… THE Idea. Not a government. Never a person.
I WILL STAND… Alone if God wills. I will rely on divine providence. Will others stand with me? God knows. Only YOU know. If you can look in the mirror and make a covenant between you and God, to defend the IDEA that is America… Then we are brothers. Compatriots.
For those who still believe that “we” need to do something and “someone” needs to organize… may your chains be light on you as you go on your way.
Change begins in the heart. Change never comes from the ‘we’ … Change begins with “I Will.” Change becomes real with “I Will Stand.”
“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.
When people ask me what IWS means, I say it means “I Will Stand.” This of course begs the question, “What am I taking a stand on?”
It’s actually simple: I read the words of our founders and the writers of the Constitution, and they all believed in one idea; Liberty for all, by seating the power of self-governance in the hands of THE PEOPLE, not in the hands of rulers.
To that end our Founding Fathers pledged their LIVES, their FORTUNES and their SACRED HONOR. They took a principled stand, so that their posterity (us) could live free.
I admire people like that. How about you? I have made the decision to live by, the simple principles that were the philosophical building blocks — the foundation — of the Constitution. These ideas were so important, a small percentage of the then population of America (around 30% or so) decided that it was worth standing up and defending, promoting, discussing and most importantly, worth fighting for. As for me… I Will Stand with those guys.
In my opinion, it would be dishonorable to be someone who stands against the principles that founded this nation. However, you are free to do so. You are free to do and say whatever you want. You can have principles based on the ideas of others, or you can make up your own. Really. I’m okay with that.
All I ask, is that you be honest with yourself, and others. Be truthful about what you stand for. What are your core principles? Where do YOU stand? And if you stand firmly against the principles that founded this nation (thus against the principles I hold dear) then KNOW THIS: Based on history, I know that I will not be the one who demands that YOU be denied your freedom, liberty or even your LIFE, because of what you believe. I’m pretty sure it will be the other way around. Just like it was for the founders.
I can live with that. Can you?
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.
Ignoring the state, in other words, standing up for yourself and doing without government intrusion in every aspect of your life, is something that Tolstoy dealt with a long, long, time ago.
Check out Tolstoy’s Letter to Liberals where he answers the question: What then to do?
I posted this to my SkippingSchool.us site to illustrate how people might skip government schooling and reclaim their lives, but it applies to all things, including the health-care debate.
Individuals… taking individual stands on small, local issues. Finding people who agree with you, one person at a time, and discussing principles and what it means to be an American. This is what we need.
Joining groups, plotting ideas on web sites, blogs and social networks and even writing our representatives will never work as effectively as finally getting up the nerve to venture out in the non-virtual world, meeting and getting to know five of your neighbors.
If/when something drastic happens, and the internet is shut down, and the riots begin and martial law is considered… what are you and your family going to do? Do you have a plan? Do you know your neighbors? Are they friends or foes?
If you live in the country, do you know that your neighbors hold similar beliefs and ideas to you, or are they going to turn you in because they know you have guns in the house and call yourself a patriot? (You see… this puts you on the Domestic Terrorist list and if your neighbor is a member of the new ACORN national defense corpse… they’ll have no choice but to report you.)
And if you live in the city…. God bless you. You’re on your own not matter what I say here.
But what if you KNOW FOR A FACT that five of your neighbors are on the same page as you? What if you KNOW that you are all looking out for each other? Not just home defense… but cooperative political and economic survival. What if each of those five neighbors, knows five other neighbors? And so on.
America is coming to a point where one national disaster will tear us at the seams. So many people today are addicted to the virtual friend world and absolutely ignorant of their physical reality. The advantage will go to those who are grounded in reality, not in virtual relationships and networks.
The advantage will go to those who know who among them are friends and foes.
And NO ONE will know anything, until he or she, as an individual, takes a stand… and finds that someone else will stand with them. And then another, and another….
There will have to be a web site that appears un-sponsored and unlabeled. There will have to be posts, similar to the posts of the Federalist Papers, published that make the case (again!) for freedom, liberty, life, property, happiness, values and principles.
People will be encouraged to either approve or not approve the posts. In other words, if you agree with the concept, check off on the post. Each post will be assigned to one principle, value, concept.
If you agree with a post on the principle of the Second Amendment, then what you agree with is the fundamental concept of the Constitution.
Principles, values, and other major philosophical and political concepts will be represented. Networking (LOCAL NETWORKING) will be encouraged. People who set up small social networks will be given opportunities to be found by other like-minded people.
The only way that America can be turned around from walking down a path towards tyranny, is by informing and arming the majority with facts. People are afraid to stand up, because they don’t believe there are enough people who will stand with them.
When you know where your neighbor stands on the issues that are most important to us as a nation, and you know where your community stands on the issues that are most important to us as a nation, then your state… the chances are greater, that people will begin standing up for themselves.
Small issues first, then as they become publicised, the larger issues will follow.
It starts by standing up at your city council meetings and saying, “No, this is wrong. I will stand here until someone begins speaking the truth.”
More will follow.