The following story was written by a 15-year-old. Our children are watching.
by Jamisyn Smith
How do you get a penny across the room without anyone noticing? You do it slowly. You distract. And the people who notice, just call them “crazy.” You don’t do it all at once. You do it an inch at a time, and you distract them while you are moving it.
You tell them that there is some crazy disease, or there was a shooting, and then you move it while they are caught up in all the media around it. You tell them that Donald Trump is winning the presidential race, or you tell them Kylie Jenner has had plastic surgery.
Nobody cares about the penny as long as you don’t let them see it move. They are too focused on the things that you let them see. And the people who do see the penny move, just call them crazy, because then people can sit and make fun of them while you move the penny a little more.
How do you stop the penny from moving all together? You don’t. There will always be someone who is going to move this penny, so you can either buy the lies that are being sold or you can separate yourself from the media and everyone who is caught up in it.
Who cares that “Love wins,” when we are brutally murdering people in another country? Who cares that Bruce changed his name to Caitlyn? Someone is moving that penny while we bicker about “morals” and “equality.” Love wins, when we stop invading countries and killing people over money and greed.
That’s how you move a penny across the room without people noticing.
If you didn’t get what I was trying to say then you are the person who is more worried about Kylie Jenner than the important penny I call America.
One side of the room is free and the other side is a confined cell that is so tight you almost can’t breathe, but when it slowly gets smaller you don’t notice, until it’s too late to go back.
We need to wake up before we are confined in that small cell, and we need to stop worrying about who is winning the Oscars and worry more about who is winning the war on freedom.
Jamisyn Smith was born in 2000. She has been homeschooled her entire life and takes a few classes at the high school. She has four siblings and lives with her parents in Summit County Utah. Jamisyn has won awards in photography, and writing at the county level. She has participated in 4-H since 2010. She loves architecture, fashion design and philosophy.
I may have changed my mind on the catalyst of “The Fourth Turning.” For years I have been teaching this cycle in history. It has fascinated me more than any other cycle I have studied. I am a believer in patterns.
Recently Glenn Beck talked about this cycle in history again on his radio show. I have heard it mentioned in blogs, and I had the opportunity to teach this cycle in a very condensed version at the Limitless Tribe Night that was broadcast. (My portion begins at 1:32:00) I have been meaning to write this blog post for almost six months. It’s time to share my thoughts especially since the attacks in Paris are fresh on our minds, and after today’s shootings in San Bernardino.
The book “The Fourth Turning” by Strauss & Howe is an amazing look at this 80-120 year cycle. You can read more about the specific of this cycle, HERE!
Originally, when the book was written in 1997, it was looking forward to the day the Fourth Turning would begin. It gave a number of possible scenarios for possibilities of a catalyst from the Third Turning to the Fourth Turning.
“A Fourth Turning does not require economic depression or civil war, but it does require public sacrifice and political upheaval.”
Here is a quick look at times from end of Unraveling (3rd Turning) to Crisis (4th Turning):
Wars of the Roses (1459-1487, Late Medieval Saeculum
Armada Crisis (1569-1594), Reformation Saeculum
Glorious Revolution (1675-1704), New World Saeculum
American Revolution (1773 – 1794), Revolutionary Saeculum
Civil War (1860-1865), Civil War Saeculum
Great Depression and World War II (1929-1946), Great Power Saeculum
Millennial Crisis, (2005?-2029?), Millennial Saeculum
We are in the crisis. There is no doubt about it, and it will be interesting to see what the next few years bring. I have taught that the catalyst was likely 9-11-01. And that still may prove to be the case. I have waited for 2015 to roll around, because if history is an indicator of the future, the climax of the Fourth Turning will hit this year. It’s December. These cycles are never exact, and cannot be predicted with exact dates, but we are starting to see things really begin to heat up around the world.
If we see a big climax occur, it will likely affect most of the population in America and much worldwide. This is the first time in history that this cycle has played out where so many of the nations great countries are on the cycle at the same time with each other. That makes this cycle just a bit different. It isn’t happening any faster, but it is happening more globally. For a closer look just at the Fourth Turning, CLICK HERE!
If we do not see a big climax occur, then 9-11-01 was not the catalyst. Many people, including one of the authors of The Fourth Turning believe the catalyst was likely the stock market and housing crash of 2008. This could also be right, and if that is the case, we should all be thankful because it likely means we have a little more time to prepare for the climax.
The climax usually comes about halfway through the Fourth Turning. Each turning lasts about 20-30 years. So this would be between NOW and next year if the cycle lasts 30 years and it began in 2001. Or it could be in about 2023 if the cycle lasts about 30 years and the catalyst was in 2008. Or it could just be tomorrow. This is a big wait and see game. No one really knows where or when the big climax of the turning will hit. Remember it has been a plague, a famine, a war, or depression historically.
So what do we do with this information? I really believe there is only one answer. PREPARE! And I’m not talking about survival skills, although that will help. I’m not talking about food storage, although that will be extremely helpful. I’m not talking about disconnecting from the internet, although we could all do that more often and see better results in our lives. What I’m talking about is preparing your heart. Prepare your spirit, prepare your soul.
If we are ever to truly make a difference in this world, it will be by listening to the spirit that is within us, and getting the answers we need for ourselves, our lives, and our families. It is learning to love our neighbors, even though they are really, really annoying. It is learning to put up with other people’s garbage, and mistakes, and shortcomings. It is learning to love and serve when there is nothing that can come from doing it. You are just doing it. No reward, no payback, not even acknowledgement. That is what this life is really about. Preparing for the future, is preparing your heart to create a world that is better than the one we have now.
What comes after the crisis … a founding. And that usually creates something through that saeculum. About 100 years. What are you going to create? What kind of founding do you want? Are you educating yourself and your children in a way to understand how powerful your minds are? Do you understand what real liberty and freedom looks like? Do you understand that real freedom comes between the ears? Can you visualize a future that is bright, and glorious? Who is leading your thoughts? Is it you, the media, inspiration, or darkness? DECIDE now what direction you want for your life.
I am happy to say that in the last 4 months I have stopped focusing on what is wrong with the world and life, and I am focusing on what is good and beautiful. I see more beauty, I see more good, and I see people as people, instead of annoyances.
You may wonder how I did that. A few things actually. I will list them here:
I started the year on a phone call. I did it every single weekday. We read a few books together, and discussed them. It was a good group of people. My mind was expanding again.
I began implementing the idea of connecting to source. (My source is God the Father, His Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. Probably a few guardian angels, too.)
I began following the promptings that I knew came from God.
I attended a class in September that sent me on a fast course. (CLICK HERE FOR THIS CLASS. Also, shoot me an email and I will get you a discount of $69 for two people to attend.)
I began a mentoring program.
I have continued to follow inspiration to guide me to other mentors, and to other books that I should read.
The answers are different for every single person. But the answers are out there. This is THE GREATEST TIME TO BE ALIVE! This is the time when we can change lives for the better. This is the one chance in our lifetime to set things for the next 100 years. And I believe that what we do today, will create things for ourselves and our posterity that will hang in the balance of eternity.
This song plays over and over in my head, because the words are so true. We can create amazing things together.
Find your purpose. Find your passion. Fulfill your life.
There is an amazing change happening all across America. We are learning our real history. I remember watching The Glenn Beck Program as he stumbled across a thing called “TJed.” That is the short version of A Thomas Jefferson Education. This type of education is becoming popular, even if it is not called by that name. Some call in Student Directed Learning, others Agency Based Education, others Classical Education.
This type of education takes you away from rote work and gives history and literature life. TJed is getting back to the classics. It’s experiencing mentors, and real thinking begins to take place no matter how old or young you may be.
I saw a young lady mention this education on The Glenn Beck program a while back. I could not remember her name, but I remembered she was from New York and was heading up the 9.12 movement in that state.
I have been using TJed in my own personal life, as well as in the lives of my children for the past ten years. I love learning, and I love the idea of TJed. I continue to educate myself on a regular basis, so I signed up for a course at a college over the summer, that would enhance and rejuvenate myself about that learning process. This college is in Monticello, Utah, and is rightly named Monticello College.
If you have read my blog over the years, you know I love history, especially the cycles of history, and most importantly, how they affect us today. This retreat was going to be a camping retreat all about the cycles of history, so I said to my husband, “We’re going.” He was thrilled, because I’m not really much of a camper and he loves it, and he’s not into the education side as much as I am, so this was a complete win / win.
While I was on this summer retreat, I ran into two 9.12ers from New York, who flew all the way to Utah to go camping and learning in the mountains of Monticello. And sure enough, the girl on Glenn
Cleve Smith, Jacqueline Smith, Megan Daniel, Eli Schultz, Jeremy Near (Utah and New York 9.12ers)
Beck, Eli Schultz, was one of them.
Many people in the 9.12 movement have made this movement just about politics, and that is a sad mistake. This movement goes deep into the heart of why our country is in this situation in the first place. We are here, because we have allowed ourselves to get here. We have been too obsessed with attainment, and/or entertainment. We have allowed ourselves to become “the stupid people” that need to be governed, rather than governing ourselves. Many 9.12 movements (including mine) have weighed-in heavily in the political environment, and while I don’t think that is going to go away, I am seeing a shift into the education side of the movement. It will not be enough to just read a few popular books, or even a few old ones. It is time to dig deep. It is time to become a new American founder. After all, what comes after a Fourth Turning? A founding. We must change our thinking.
I will be spending the next 12 days in New York travelling with Dr. Shanon Brooks, and his daughter around the New York area. The first two days will be spent on some intense training called The Foundations of Liberty series. These classes require a deep commitment to education, and while the readings are tough, the results are spectacular.
After these two classes we will be making a tour here in the New York area called RVA or Re-Value America. We will also have a special Cycles of History class available for those that ready for a more in-depth study into the broader perspective of the events of our day. We will be studying the Tytler Cycle, the Toffler Cycle, and of course The Fourth Turning also known as the Kondratiev Wave. I
Cover of The Fourth Turning
was honored that Dr. Brooks asked me to join him on this tour and teach some wonderful leadership principles to the people of New York through the cycles.
This is a great opportunity to really heal your perspective and get ideas on how YOU can really make a difference not just in this country, but in your own community, in your own family, and in your own life.
If you do not live in the New York area, please feel free to contact Dr. Shanon Brooks at his college website www.monticellocollege.org to schedule an RVA tour for your area, and then get the FOL classes in your neck of the woods.
Until we are an educated electorate that understands not only the nuances of government, but also has a deep understanding of human nature and the principles of liberty, we will remain “ruled over.”
“Hope” and “change” don’t come from the top down, but from the bottom up. We are the hope and the change that the world is waiting to see. “Be the change.”
If you see a book in these blog posts, just click on it, and it will take you to our STAR store, and your purchase will help promote liberty.
COALVILLE, Utah — Jacqueline Smith fits no one’s stereotype of a political kingmaker. A home-schooling Mormon mother of five, Ms. Smith lives in a modest ranch-style house here in the mountains outside Salt Lake City with her husband, Cleve, a plumbing contractor.
Djamila Grossman for The New York Times
Jacqueline Smith, in her Coalville, Utah, home on March 1, doubts Senator Orrin G. Hatch.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Senator Hatch, shown Wednesday in Washington, is trying to win over Tea Party supporters.
But in the muscular arena of Tea Party and so-called Sept. 12 groups that have surged into dominance in Utah over the last year, places like Coalville and the Smith house have become unlikely stations for politicians to come kiss the ring.
(For the rest of the article, click the link below)
Dr. Shanon Brooks is giving us the chance to attend ReValue America right here in Utah. His free class was a few weeks ago, and then the real study begins. Our first class can be attended on Friday, July 30 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. For more details, contact us here. Don’t wait. This is an excellent opportunity to be mentored in the classics.
Once you have attended the free class it is time to get busy and start the real work of changing our country. This 18 month course, called The Foundations of Liberty, will take you step by step through classics, we have discussions, and even simulations. This is the best way for a busy adult to get in the kind of education that will make a difference in our country.
and A Thomas Jefferson Education. Next we dive head first into The Roots of American Order. We can only put 50 people in these classes, so please sign up now. You will be expected to read and participate in class, but this will be one of the best educational settings you’ve ever encountered.
Many people familiar with The STAR Forum know that I am a huge fan of the Cycles of History. Here is a quick look at the Tytler Cycle in a video.
COME JOIN US, and help Save The American Republic, by starting with ourselves, our families, and our community. FREEDOM CAN WIN!
Two weeks ago a group of 9.12 organizers, tea party organizers, and various campaign volunteers, most of which are also State and County delegates for the Republican Party met with Senator Orrin Hatch over lunch. (The opinions expressed in this article are mine, and are not necessarily the opinions of the other people invited to the luncheon.)
Jacqueline Smith, State Delegate and Founder of The STAR Forum, the Summit County 9.12 group, part of Utah Rising, and homeschool mom
There were others there as well, and I apologize if you were not included in the list.
This lunch was organized by Hatch as a way to reach out to the 9.12 groups and tea party movement. After the unseating of Senator Bennett, I think that Hatch is smart to reach out. He bought us lunch, and that was very nice. He didn’t have a chance to eat much because we were pretty excited about hearing his answers and had a lot of questions.
We had three main questions. Larry Jensen presented the first question regarding our caucus system. We asked him,
“Each of us here today spent hours, days and weeks of study and civic involvement to become elected representatives of our neighborhoods in Utah’s Republican caucus/convention system. We are here again today representing our neighbors who elected us. Senator Hatch, do you favor this traditional form of representative system of choosing candidates for the Republican party or do you favor a direct primary?”
Hatch responded that it has served him well so far, and the reason we have it is so that a relative unknown without a lot of money can actually win the seat for the party. He said that is the system we have and that he is willing to live with it.
The next question was asked by me,
“I applaud your thoughtful and well-reasoned opposition opinion to general Elena Kagan’s nomination for the Supreme Court. It represents the near unanimous conclusion of everyone I have discussed this with during the last two weeks. Beyond the reasons you cited, there is significant evidence that Ms. Kagan has a history of association with people tied to three interrelated organizations, the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee/Democratic Socialists of America and the far left Washington DC “think tank” Institute for Policy Studies. We cannot allow a person with her documented background of associations to serve on the court. What actions do you plan to take to prevent Kagan’s confirmation?”
Hatch feels that a filibuster is unconstitutional and shouldn’t be used. He has come out publicly with his reasons for opposing Kagan. He doesn’t want filibuster used by Republicans or Democrats.
This answer troubled me, because even though I know he is a seasoned politician and well entrenched in the ways of Washington, I believe he is mistaken about the gravity of the current situation we face. We are facing a near coup d’état of the Democrat Party by the Communists and Socialists in this country. Has he been there so long and the transition been so slow, that he is unaware of the changes? Not that he needs to be disagreeable or combative, but is Hatch really willing to call it as it is, instead of hiding behind friendships of the highest aristocracy created in our American system?
While I don’t think filibuster is necessarily the answer, what else can be done? Can he get his face and voice out on the radio waves and television enough to send a strong message to the conservatives in other states so they are contacting their liberal Senators and swaying the vote? Is he willing to bring enough attention to the matter? Would he sacrifice his position and make some serious enemies to help our country block poor nominees, and put in Supreme Court Justices that will uphold the highest and first law of the U.S., the Constitution?
The third question was asked by MarcPelissie about auditing the Fed.
“What has to happen for you to champion a comprehensive audit of the Federal Reserve?” and as a follow-up “What can we do to ensure that happens?” or “What can we do to support you in making the audit happen?”
This answer came as a surprise, and a disappointment. Hatch told us the Federal Reserve does get audited. I realize it has some type of audit to be in business, because it is a private business remember, but it has not been audited in a way that gives the American people a good look at who is pulling the strings of this country. Hatch also responded by saying in his 34 years in the Senate they have never had a fiscal majority. I was 11 years old when Hatch went into office. Through the Reagan years, through the majority in the Senate when Clinton was in office we’ve never had a fiscal majority? Since Hatch has been in office the Republicans have held the Senate Majority over the 97, 98, 99, 104, 105, 106, 108, and 109th sessions of Congress. He told us to get fiscal conservatives into the Senate with him. He spoke of his seniority there on different committees and how we need to send “him” back to Washington.
So… is Hatch a fiscal conservative? Well, he voted for Bush’s tarp, and I haven’t forgotten that. Is it fiscally conservative to side with a President that says he is “abandoning free-market principles in order to save the free-market?” The day AIG received it’s bailout, I told my husband we may have just witnessed “Black Wednesday,” instead of Black Tuesday, for our generation.
He also made a really big deal out of the BCS when the health care debate should have been the sole priority.
Hatch asked us to make sure in November we elected more fiscal conservatives to the Senate. I have a strong feeling that November will bring a great number of new conservatives in every respect to the Senate. As sung by Krista Branch in her video “I Am America:”
“You stuff your pockets while Rome is burning,
I’ve got a feeling that the tide is turning.”
This could go two ways for Hatch that are completely positive. One, he has two years to prove he’s really fighting for the very threads that bind our country together. He will need to lead out in ways he never has in the past. We will be watching him, and we will back him, if he puts himself out there and puts his own personal “career” aside, and has instead public virtue. Two, he steps down without a fight in two years, and gets behind a freshman and mentors him, as our founders did not want career politicians. The aristocracy of the Republicans and Democrats must come to an end. A great book to read on aristocracy is “The Coming Aristocracy” by Oliver DeMille.
Some of the things we heard him say were also heard on the Glenn Beck program last Thursday. Here are the clips for you to hear. Much of the same speech was given to us at the luncheon.
Hatch invited three of my 9.12 friends to the fundraising event on Friday before Glenn Beck’s Salt Lake City show to have dinner with Glenn. At $2,500 a plate, that is quite a gift. Becky Pirente, Darcy VanOrden, and Brian Halladay all attended this very exclusive event. All three are 9.12 organizers or activists in the more populated areas of Utah. It was generous, and for a good cause. Again, he is reaching out hard to the people who are currently now the Republican Party of Utah with the most say.
It’s the delegates that will be in charge, and Hatch will work much harder than Bennett to ensure he has his delegates in place in 2012. Based on the cycles of history we will probably be in even more serious political upheaval by then, but time will tell. In the end the people will decide, and Hatch’s seniority isn’t going to be the thing on which their decision hangs. Those tactics will not work in this political environment.
Jason Chaffetz is a great example of what attention a freshman can create, and the waves that can be made when you stand for what you believe. Is he getting anything done? We don’t care, because we would actually like to see a Washington where nothing gets done and we, the people, are left alone. Chaffetz is a watchdog, and workhorse for our rights, and he’s not afraid of digging up the dirt.
Jason received a great amount of applause at the Glenn Beck American Revival in Salt Lake City compared to Hatch. Hatch should read the writing on the wall, and do the right thing, instead of the thing that keeps him in power. Chaffetz is well-known, and well-liked by the liberty-loving crowd in Utah. Rumor is that in 2012, Chaffetz may well be the one to challenge the, by then, 36-year incumbent. Until then, we can only hope that Hatch pushes hard for the truth, the law, and the correct principles that Save The American Republic.
AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.
We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.
We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.
With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.
When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”
On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”
Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.
As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!
This poem is found in Glenn Beck’s new book. I hadn’t read this poem before, and I thought it was quite telling.
Many of my followers are not necessarily Glenn Beck fans, but recently Glenn Beck said something on his radio show that I would like to share with you. His words represent the direction I have wanted this 9.12 project The STAR Forum to turn. We must be educated to win. We must change our very lives and decide we are willing to make sacrifices so that our children and grandchildren can live under freedom. We must receive a liberal arts education.
Those that know me are aware that this has always been my goal. While the politics of this movement can be exciting and interesting, and important, we must not forget the things that will change our society from the bottom up. We must begin educating ourselves and our families, changing the way schools teach, and how they prepare our children for the world we live in. Skills will never be enough. We must have amazing young men and women of real character. We have been raised ourselves in a society that has not taught us to think sensus plenior, we have not learned to look to the great minds of the past that our founders studied. We are in a 4th Turning, and honestly time is running out. What an exciting and important time to live in. We will only make a difference if we are educated. This education can come many ways, but I have one solution, that although costs money, will not break the bank. I have invited Dr. Shanon Brooks, who holds a PhD in Constitutional Law to begin to mentor us through a series of lectures beginning on June 26, 2010. We only have room for 50 students. This first of 5 lectures will open our minds and begin the process of all of us thinking on a different level.
To find out more about the Foundations of Liberty Seminar #1 , click here.
Here is the message from Glenn Beck:
May 10, 2010 – 15:29 ET
GLENN: I’m going to say some things here that are not going to be for everybody, and that’s fine. And if it means that I shake some listeners loose, that’s fine. I’m charting my own course and I am trying to, I’m trying my hardest to preserve the voice of — or a voice of man a’s freedom, individual freedom for as long as possible. And I’m also trying to create other voices that understand the difference between individual freedom, individual rights and human rights. There are two kinds of rights and they are both important. But I’m going to chart a different course than others. Others are going to say get involved in politics and everything else. And while I think that I don’t have any problem with that, not a lot of people have been doing as much research as I have for the last five years. And a lot of people, I mean, everybody has gotten this wrong every step of the way. They’ve had pieces of it here and there but I don’t know anybody that has had the majority of pieces. We have.
This, I don’t even know what you would call it. This plan, this hijacking of our country. It didn’t start with Obama. It’s not about Obama. It’s not. This started a long, long time ago. And you are much farther behind than you think you are. I know. The only thing that gives me peace and comfort is I know what this land is. I know whose rights these are. No sword formed against thee shall prosper. He will destroy the devourer, not you. Not me. For our sake those who want to devour man’s individual rights will be destroyed. My guess is they will destroy themselves. It’s the way it always happens. These people are radicals. They are not rulers. However, I will tell you this, Cass Sunstein is the man that is wildly important. Because I see his fingerprints on almost everything now. So here’s my recommendation. The 9/12 project started a year and a half ago. I haven’t talked much about it because I don’t do anything with it myself. I mean, I’m not — I’m a proud 9/12er but I’m not involved in running it or anything else. This was yours. I will advise the 9/12 group, double your efforts. Get more people into the 9/12 project. Tea parties, while you play a valuable role, be very careful because you are not rooted in values and principles. What are your charting values and principles? 9/12 members, if you are not studying the values and principles and the founding fathers, it was set up as something different. It wasn’t a tea party. It wasn’t a political action committee. It was a preservation committee. As I saw it, it was a way for people to get together and learn and teach each other what values and principles were important. This is important because just like any kind of rights movement, there will be others just like with Martin Luther King, there was Malcolm X, there was William Ayers. Only one succeeded. People are going to be going through — when Europe begins to fall and you are seeing the very beginnings of it now, when Europe falls, the thing will come down, crashing down quickly and people are going to be herded into one direction. And it’s going to be a global direction. You need to be values and principles. You need to teach your children. You must see yourself — how many years have I said this? Wives, mothers, you must see yourself as Sarah Connor. You must. As Ronald Reagan said, if this country falls, where does the rest of the world go for freedom? But he also said this: This is the last stand. On the globe this is the last stand. And if this generation loses man’s freedom, this generation will not see it again.
I just read a letter from Thomas Jefferson, between Thomas Jefferson and James — or John Adams, 1823. I read it this morning. In it Thomas Jefferson said, if they lose freedom — speaking of us, future generations, if they lose freedom, there will be rivers of blood back and forth, back and forth. There will be a first attempt and a second attempt and a third attempt. And maybe after the third attempt they will win it back again. You must see yourself as a guardian, as someone who will preserve what is true and pass it on and not be a guardian — not be a militant but a guardian. A leader. Where are the — there are plenty of minutemen. Where are the Washingtons? Where are the Franklins? Where is Sam Adams? Where is John Adams? That is what the 9/12 project is. Not to create a warrior but to create great minds that understand it. To be able to create the next George Washington. That is your role. It may not be you. Find them. Teach them. Guide them. Shape them. Live principles and values. Almost no one in this country is.
The next step, you must know ten people. You must know ten people out of your circle of friends in your area that think like you do. Know them. This Internet nonsense of a public utility and this speech that the president gave over the weekend is positively chilling, especially if you couple it with the knowledge that we have been trying to impart to you for the last year and a half about what they are doing with the Internet and control of language and control of — I’ll show you tonight at 5:00. It is positively horrifying. You say it can’t happen in America. I hope to God it can’t. But it might. It could. All they need is an emergency. Know ten people because those ten people know other ten people. There’s got to be lines of information. If they control everything, you must have lines of communication. But God, I can’t believe I’m saying this stuff. This is the territory of the insane. But you better prepare and then hope for the best. You must prepare a freedom library. You must have the books on paper, have them on paper. You must have the books that are essential. You must have the Federalist Papers, the Constitution, original intent. The 5,000 Year Leap, please, if you haven’t gotten that yet, please get that. You must know, if you are working on the Internet and you see something, don’t just e mail it. Screen shot it. Pull it off. Put it onto a DVD. Save it. I can’t tell you the number of things that we have gone back and they have scrubbed. Things are disappearing like you would not believe. Learn the truth. Live the life of our founders. Be a decent, righteous, forthright honest man or woman in all of your business dealings. Demand it of yourself. Demand a higher standard for your children and do it now. Your children need to know. Your children must be prepared. Your children need to know what is true, what is not, how to work, what merit is. And here’s the part that is going to seem so simple and everybody’s going to say no, it’s better to organize, it’s better to, you know, get behind a candidate. Look, you’ve got to do that, too. When Moses was out in the wilderness, my gosh did the Israelites just, they were constantly complaining, “It’s hot, I’m cold, are we there yet,” over and over and over again. And Moses got to the point to where he was like, okay, you know, God, just kill me, just kill me, I can’t do it anymore with these people. When are you going to do it? Because just kill me, I can’t take it anymore. God didn’t. At some point God was like, I’m sending snakes or scorpions, I’m sending fiery, fiery snakes, man, just kill you all; I can’t take it anymore. He told Moses, put one, put a symbol of one up on a stick and tell everybody to look at it. They will be fine if they just look at it. A lot of them died because they didn’t look at it. It’s too easy, doesn’t make sense. What is the message? The message is look to God and live. Look to God and live. Please, please. It’s not you and me. It’s our children. It’s man’s freedom. Look to God to live.
Our education system in America must change. We continue to tax the people to school our children in a broken, progressive, socialistic system. I love education, and I love all the children in this great country, but an unsustainable system that is not producing the results we need in our country must end, and a new system emerge, or more accurately re-emerge.
I recently attended a wonderful event called ReValue America. This class was taught by Dr. Shanon Brooks of Face to Face with Greatness, and hosted by Chad & Christy Watterson. Because I have known Dr. Brooks for some time, the information was not unfamiliar but reminded me of the path I must take in order to put the values, the culture, the Americanism back into the heart of our country. And it begins with a different type of education for the whole family.
We school our children in literacy and skills. We want them to have good jobs. But we have killed their creativity. We have thwarted the genius that all children have within, by saying they must have these skills, or those skills, without any core values, without a sense of the virtues that keep our country headed the right direction. Throwing good money after a bad system will not fix our problems. (School Equalization is just a bad bandage to a bleeding artery, that pulls at the heart-strings, but is not the solution.) Money does not make children’s test scores increase. It has been proven that our rate of return for our dollar is not very high, especially in areas like Detroit, but even in Utah we are only seeing about a 67% ROI. (67 out of 100 children graduate) So what happened? Are the teachers that horrible, are the classes that under-funded? No. We have lost our culture over the last 80 years in America, and we must get our culture back. Attending this class and implementing a new way of thinking and a new lifestyle of education will be the greatest impact on liberty. I call upon 9.12 groups, tea party groups, and all other liberty-loving groups to schedule this event. If we are going to be the ones that bring liberty back to our country, we better understand more than just the founders writings, but what the founders were reading for a decade before they became founders. We will need an understanding much richer than anything we have received to date.
The Fourth Turning is upon us, and our time is limited. In order to have the type of impact on our society that great leaders of the past have had on their time, we must be educated in human nature, forms of government, family and society. We must have public virtue being exemplified in our society again, and being taught to our children. We must understand what it takes and begin getting a liberal arts education. (Don’t worry, that will not make you a liberal in political terms.) I discussed this on capitol hill at the Tax Day Tea Party Rally.
I don’t have the answers, but I know that together we can find the answers, if we are educated. We have an amazing group of people who have created a strong coalition with Utah Rising, but our efforts must not be lost by focusing only in the political arena. Glenn Beck has it right when he discusses the 9 Principles and 12 Values. We must focus on bringing that type of thinking back into the forefront of our country.
If you live in the Utah area, and you are interested in attending one of these classes, I ask that you send us an email, so we can keep you on a list until our class is put on the schedule.
I have had this video for a while, but I thought it appropriate with this article. Enjoy.
The following is a condensed version of the message I shared at our STAR Forum of Phoenix meeting March 26th:
I’ve had a fairly emotional week. Hearing on Sunday night that Obamacare passed in the house in spite of a complete lack of bipartisan participation and a strong vocal resistance from the people made me lose faith in the legislative process. It further tarnished my opinion of our president and other federal leaders who seem to have forgotten or just refuse to accept that they are our representatives and our servants. It sickens me.
As I was looking more into this I found out that the bill actually includes articles providing for the formation of Obama’s “civil army” that will be appointed by him, take their orders from him, report to him, operate on their own ranking and pay scale independent from the one established by congress for our current military. I wonder just how devious and dark President Obama’s true designs are.
I also know that to get too caught up in the negative points will become destructive to me and my goals. I have been critical of Glenn Beck at times because I felt that he got too angry and didn’t offer a plan of action to deal with all of the problems he was identifying. I don’t know how correct this assessment of mine was. Lately I have appreciated his efforts to educate people. I also appreciate something I heard him say this week.
He explained that a lot of people were surprised that he wasn’t crying and frothing at the mouth about the Obamacare vote. He said that the reason why is that he appreciated that those in our government who hate freedom and have a complete disregard for the constitution and for the people they were elected to serve have clearly identified themselves. Then he reminded us of a powerful lesson from our history.
December of 1776 was a bleak time in the colonies. General Washington and his armies had lost every battle so far in the war. They were starving and freezing. I believe that the states were not sending supplies, reinforcements, or the pay that the army needed. They were disheartened. Many soldiers were leaving and choosing to not continue on with the army. It was a dangerous time during which we could have easily lost our ability to continue fighting for our independence. It was at this time that Thomas Paine penned his famous words, “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.”
His words inspired the troops. They inspired the people. The colonies continued their fight, and eventually we were victorious over the oppressive English.
This story reminds me to never give up. We have lost battles. We have lost freedoms. We have strayed too far from the government designed by our founding fathers to protect our liberties and freedom to prosper. But the war is not yet over.
I don’t know what will happen from here. I have an idea how it ends, but I’m not certain what route will carry us from point a to point b. All I know is that I do not want to be counted among the summer soldiers. I am not a sunshine patriot! I will continue to educate myself and act on opportunities that present themselves to help others learn and act as well. I will share the message of liberty. I will support others who will stand with integrity for the constitution and the principles on which it was designed.
“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered…” but it will be conquered. Tyrants will fall, and Freedom will ring, and I choose to fight on her side so that I can stand tall and proud when that day comes!
I want to thank Jeffrey, Ed, Jason, Jim, and the wonderfully beautiful Ashlee for your attendance and participation. I’m especially glad for the example of Ed becoming a GOP Precinct Committeeman and for Jeffrey pointing out that more of us should follow suit. My email has been sent to our district chair to inform of my intent to become a committeeman myself.
I invite all within my “voice” to educate yourselves. Read a book about history or government. Get involved. Come to a meeting or start your own.
If you live in the Phoenix area you can find our contact information on the tab above or visit www.thestarforumphoenix.wordpress.com. We have monthly meetings scheduled for the last Friday of each month.
Finally, good job to my fellow liberty lovers in Utah for your participation in the Caucus. I’ve heard great things about your efforts and results!