Morgan Philpot’s Words of Wisdom

 

As many of you know, Morgan Philpot resigned as Vice-Chairman of the Utah Republican Party.  He is currently running for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District and if chosen by the Republican party delegates will face incumbent Jim Mattheson.  I ran across words from him that I think we should all consider.  This was taken from the Utah GOP Blog at http://utahgop.wordpress.com/   To find out more about becoming a delegate on March 23 in Utah, please contact us.

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Vice-chair’s Message:

These days I see and hear a great deal of political discontent. It is not simply a product of Democrat control of Congress and the White House – many members of our own party are not happy with the Republican message and agenda on a local and national scale. The State Party leadership team is aware of this, and we are doing something about it by focusing on principles and returning to our roots.

Believe it or not, I can empathize with this discontent and believe it may even be merited. Let me explain:

Hugh Nibley, speaking on the Second Law of Thermodynamics (the law of entropy) stated, “Everything runs down.” Similarly, biologist Lyall Watson said, “[l]eft to itself everything tends to become more and more disorderly.”

I believe that our party and especially our government should be critically analyzed for the same inevitable trend. As systemic integrity and order decreases, aggregation of power and patronage increases. Systemic integrity is vital to the proper check and balance of power, especially in a constitutional and free society where sovereignty rests in people.

Today we are charged as individuals and party members with a responsibility to rein in partisan and governmental processes where almost every person, faction, and politician seems to be “walking in their own path,” or seeking their own power. I believe all should strive to maintain the maxim of power, with its requisite agency and accountability, in the lowest common denominator – the people.

If left for too long, compromise and decay in systemic integrity – without proper renewal and attention – can lead to critical failure. Long term and systemic compromise and decay in our political systems at home in Utah and abroad in America is one big reason why we are seeing turbulence and political discontent today. Many feel that with this systemic corruption has come aggregation of power and influence. This reality gives rise to the great responsibility that is laid at our feet as free men and women; to renew the system.

How then do we renew the system? I believe the answer lies in active political participation at a local level wherein we seek to maintain our party and governmental systems in a manner that is rooted in a loyalty and devotion to the Providentially designed Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

The Constitution is our great guide; it was the pattern upon which our own party’s governing documents were created. Within its words are systems and patterns of government that – if followed – prevent the second law of thermodynamics from taking effect.

As Vice-chair I invite you to join with me in seeking to critically analyze and review our party structure and integrity. Review the party bylaws and constitution. Examine them with the Constitution as your light and guide. Find out who your local partisan leaders are. Find out who represents you on your county or state central committee. Find out who your legislative district leaders are. These are the individuals charged with governing our party and maintaining our governing documents. They are accountable to you. Lend them your assistance and advice, your research and admonitions. Together we can renew the American system of government starting right here at home. By doing so, others will join us in our cause, which has been and should always be the great cause of Liberty.

Morgan Philpot

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Oh Say, Will You See?

by Phillip Leonard

The Stars and Stripes flying over Ft. McHenry near Baltimore, MD.  It was here Francis Scott Key penned the words to our National Anthem in 1814.

       Francis Scott Key, the author of the words to our National Anthem witnessed the battle for Fort McHenry, at the entrance to Baltimore Harbor.  It was during the War of 1812 and he was trying to rescue a man held prisoner by our enemy.  As the evening of September 13, 1814 turned into night, he knew his life and that of his fellow Americans was in doubt.

       As the morning light brightened in the east, it became apparent the opposition had not succeeded in taking control of the fort because he could see the American flag still flying atop the fort’s flagpole just inside the entrance.  He understood that Americans had resisted the attack of a foreign tyrant.  This inspired him to write the words of The Star-Spangled Banner.

     Perhaps the struggle for Fort McHenry is a metaphor for the struggle we face today as we try to preserve our liberties.  The fourth verse of our great anthem is less known than the first.  I wonder if we will be able to sing it with the same joy and meaning with which it was written on the day after this November’s election.

The fourth verse goes like this:

Oh thus be it ever when freemen shall stand

    Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation;

Bless’d with victory and peace, may our Heaven-rescued land

    Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just–

    And this be our motto–”In God is our trust!”

And the Star-spangled Banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

                                         — Francis Scott Key

The Time Bombs ….. The Best Chalkboard Beck Yet

I found this episode of Beck to be one of the best ever.  This may seem harder to follow than many of his shows, but what it should do is cause you to ask questions.  If you don’t know what he’s talking about … go study.  This is only a portion of his show from February 10, 2010, but it was great.   Remember, we must be educated in freedom principles to win.  We must also be financially, physically, and spiritually prepared.  Glenn Beck has interviewed the writer of  The Survivors Club, Ben Sherwood,

 and he tells us that the people who survive look at all of their options before catastrophe strikes in their life, and they have a great deal of faith.   Enjoy!

Who is On Our Side…Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul?

As someone who teaches regularly the Cycles of  History, I am familiar with Alvin Toffler’s The Third Wave.  I do not believe Mr. Toffler has the right idea on our government policy, but he is correct in his teaching of the Information Age.  In political thinking, we part ways.  However, we need to look at the different ideologies and recognize that claiming to be a Republican, or a Conservative will not be enough.   These first videos are lengthy, but I ask that you take the time to watch them all.  We must become an informed society, not one that listens to just sound bites and makes decisions.

This is from the John Birch Society.  They’ve had it right for a long time, but they began in 1958, after a global institutional founding (Spring) had occurred in our country.  This time in the cycles makes it difficult to change society.  But now that we are in a Fourth Turning, change comes quickly.  People will gravitate to societies such as these, and unite under common goals. 

Learn who one of the “leaders” of the conservative movement is, and why he is not really a conservative at all.

These recordings are not as good as the original, but I could post them here.  If you would like to watch the entire clip uninterrupted, and with the sound matching the video, please visit http://vimeo.com/6445068 

Do not be fooled by people who hold up the Founding Fathers in speeches and vote against our founding principles.  Do not let the words pull you into their political dichotomy.  Watch them.  Watch how they vote.  Newt Gingrich is a party guy.  He threw his support to a Republican in the New York race, who then threw her support to the Democrat over the independent, when she dropped out of the race. 

Newt Gingrich supports Bob Bennett in the Senate race for Utah.  Look at his voting record.  Bennett voted against the health care bill, but has one of his own he’d like to put forward.  It’s not his right as a Senator to promote health care programs on a federal level.  This is a state right.

It will be important to truly “get to know” candidates on every level.  Choose good people right from the beginning.  Do you have any say over the people who run for Senate on the Republican ticket?  Maybe.  That depends on your role.  We are a Republic.  We choose individuals to represent us.  It starts right in your neighborhood.  On March 23, 2010, for Utahns, your duty as a citizen begins.  Attend your local caucus and vote in the representatives from your area that are the most informed, the most willing to serve, and the most willing to elect candidates that will adhere to the Constitution of the United States, and the principles found in The 5,000 Year Leap.  If you would like help connecting with other like-minded individuals, go to www.utahrising.com and find a group near you.  If you are in a very rural area, we can help you set up your own STAR Forum group as well.  Just contact us and we’ll get you started.

Now watch the next video.  It’s very short.  Only 5 minutes, and you will understand what we are looking for in statesmen.  Ron Paul has consistently voted according to the Constitution, not party lines.   This video describes likely events that have been predicted by The Fourth Turning, and many economists.  Special thanks to Andy Whitehead, a member of our group, for sending this in.  Educate yourself, help educate others, prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.  We are a great nation that will overcome it’s challenges when we continually stick to our principles.

Understanding the Spending Freeze

This video is a great way to understand the spending freeze.  If you would like to understand the budget cuts Obama proposed earlier this year, please scroll down to the VODPod box on the right hand side.  It’s the video entitled “Our Spending in Perspective.”