Where does the person in the mirror stand?

Indignation Meeting under Liberty Tree, Boston

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.

BbBennett IWS

What Does IWS Mean?

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?”

Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor.

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?

But If Not…You, Then Who?

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.

You can listen to the audio on YouTube, here: http://youtu.be/pOjpaIO2seY
Or you can find the MP3 recording here.

What a Peaceful Revolution Looks Like

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.

This “imagery” (I’m not sure what to call it myself) came to me over a year ago, probably around January of 2009. I’ve been mulling over it ever since.

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.)

Boston+MassacreI believe that a true cultural revolution can be affected by millions of individuals coming to the understanding of what is right and what is wrong. We need to relearn the meanings of  freedom and liberty as well as the definition of evil and tyranny. Individuals need to feel confident in taking a stand and calling a thing what it is. For example: if an idea is an idea born out of the theories of Karl Marx, then it is Marxism.
Individuals need to stand up among their peers and express confidently and boldly their ideas of what freedom means. If you are called names or shouted down, so be it. Be sure, others who agree with you will see your bravery and wish they had done the same. Possibly they will standing with you next time.
A peaceful revolution starts locally; at school board meetings, local community and civic boards and even on the editorial pages of your local paper. They start with people TAKING A STAND on an issues and ideas, then communicating those ideas to others, then gathering with more and more people who agree with the ideas.
Some Want a Revolution NOW

Believe me, I understand that sentiment. However, no matter how tyrannical things get, the answer to that statement must always be NO, we can NOT have a (violent) revolution right now. Take a look at history! Violence from the dissidents is what Tyrants want. The Boston Tea Party wasn’t that big of a deal, but it was a good enough reason for King George to tighten the screws.
health care voteBefore Health Care passed, the Congressional Jesters did their own version of a pre-victory perp walk through protesters. DUH! They WANTED people to spit on them, call them names, possibly shove them around that day. And since no one did, they lied about it anyway. “Those Tea Baggers called us names! Waaaah!”
Babies.
But what would have happened if something DID go violently wrong? Imagine the media frenzy if just one damning video got out!! Tea Party/9.12ers/etc. are already pretty much on the domestic terrorist watch list. So… what one thing do most terrorists NOT do? Quietly standing up for what they believe? There you go!

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.

God bless.

BbB

 

When Healthcare Passes, Ignore the State

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.

You First Must Stand

One Stands Then Others

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….

How Will It Work?

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.