What I am asking of all Americans.
The following excerpt is from John F. McManus’ article “A Republic, if You Can Keep It” published November 6th, 2000.
[The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
This exchange was recorded by Constitution signer James McHenry in a diary entry that was later reproduced in the 1906 American Historical Review. Yet in more recent years, Franklin has occasionally been misquoted as having said, “A democracy, if you can keep it.” The NRA’s Charleton Heston quoted Franklin this way, for example, in a CBS 60 Minutes interview with Mike Wallace that was aired on December 20, 1998.
This misquote is a serious one, since the difference between a democracy and a republic is not merely a question of semantics but is fundamental. The word “republic” comes from the Latin res publica — which means simply “the public thing(s),” or more simply “the law(s).” “Democracy,” on the other hand, is derived from the Greek words demos and kratein, which translates to “the people to rule.” Democracy, therefore, has always been synonymous with majority rule. The Founding Fathers supported the view that (in the words of the Declaration of Independence) “Men … are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” They recognized that such rights should not be violated by an unrestrained majority any more than they should be violated by an unrestrained king or monarch. In fact, they recognized that majority rule would quickly degenerate into mobocracy and then into tyranny. They had studied the history of both the Greek democracies and the Roman republic. They had a clear understanding of the relative freedom and stability that had characterized the latter, and of the strife and turmoil — quickly followed by despotism — that had characterized the former. In drafting the Constitution, they created a government of law and not of men, a republic and not a democracy.]
The founding fathers designed the flow of political power in the American political structure to go from “We the People” up through our elected officials to the president. It is not the other way around as they have hoodwinked you to believe. Our entire government operates at our discretion, not theirs. We elected them, they work for us. We do not work for them. The government does not earn its own money, it takes it from us. It is our money they are abusing and throwing down the drain, not theirs. We the people are the brake on this runaway train we call the U.S. government. We just need to apply that brake.
With that in mind, I will begin to wrap this up with another set of questions. Why do you willingly accept the government’s version of our history and the truth without question? What’s on the flip side of that coin you were forced to buy from the state? Why do you willingly recite a socialist pledge designed to indoctrinate you into believing the government is sovereign over you and to push socialism onto Americans under the guise of “Patriotism”? Why are you doing Francis Bellamy’s socialist work for him? Why do you send your loved ones to be human cannon fodder for a government that only desires power over you and cares nothing for the cost of human capital to get it? Why are you allowing out of control politicians to get away with making the ultimate sacrifice by your loved ones to be in vain?
Why? How can you remotely justify that what America has become, is what it means to be an American?
Politicians have a simple tool to nullify a policy they don’t like; they simply do not allocate any funds for it. We the people can do the same thing to the entire government. Simply stop allocating human capital to the government. Stop voting for any of them. Imagine what would happen if every single voter wrote in “No Confidence” at election time. (I know, that’s a pipe dream, but if you’re going to dream, dream big.) Stop working for the government. Don’t look for a government job. Don’t join the military. Our planes and tanks and ships cannot murder people in faraway lands and destroy their countries infrastructure if there are no people to run them. There is a great difference between defending ourselves with our military and using that military as a force of oppression around the world. Having approximately 800 military bases around the world isn’t defending our freedom, its empire building. Simply google this subject and start reading, it should open your eyes just a bit. As The Forgotten Men say, “DC will not fix DC”.
I get it, we as Americans want to serve our country. We want to feel like we are defending our freedoms and liberties. The lure of patriotism, especially for the lofty ideals that the United States was founded on, is very hard to resist. There is a great difference though in pledging patriotism to what this country was founded on and what it has become today. True American Patriotism belongs solely to the principles set forth by the founding fathers, not to the progressive socialist monstrosity America has become.
If you really want to “make America great again”, then stop sending your loved ones to be slaughtered for morally bankrupted ideals. Stop funding the deceiver’s agenda’s in DC with the human capital they need. Stop throwing away your very lives to feed a bunch of megalomaniac’s addiction to power. You can start to reverse the damage done and begin to bring back the founding principles by rejecting Bellamy’s socialist pledge and the false patriotism that it represents. I took the liberty of re-writing Bellamy’s pledge of allegiance to remove the glaring hypocrisy and restore the ideals that the founding fathers put forth. I call it “The American Pledge”. Understand that the founding fathers were not in favor of pledges and oaths, but if you feel that you must, then say this in place of Bellamy’s socialist propaganda.
“I pledge allegiance to the American ideal of self-determination, and to the inalienable rights for which it stands, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, with opportunity and freedom for all.”
You will be pledging to the founding principles without the hypocrisy. You will also avoid the controversy that not saying it causes among the vast majority of Americans who are still plugged into the matrix. Be patriotic for the right reasons. The founding fathers sacrificed everything so that we may be free. It is every generation’s duty to that sacrifice to be the keepers and stewards of their founding ideals. It is also our duty to pass it on to our children so that future Americans can also be free.
“But freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well-thought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.” ~ Ronald Reagan March 30th, 1961.
True freedom and liberty require a great deal of personal responsibility, a lifelong commitment to self-education, a copious amount of critical thinking, and a willingness to participate far more in the sociopolitical/economic process than just voting.
The greater the freedom and liberty, the greater mankind can become. It is only through the freedom and liberty to act that innovation, invention, and creativity can survive and thrive.
Second, only to our very lives, freedom and liberty is the most precious and costly gift we will ever have the great fortune to possess.
Something this valuable requires continuous hard work and sacrifice, because freedom has never been free. If you truly want it, you have to work hard for it.
Every single day.
Stop being distracted by the woman in the red dress and unplug yourself from the matrix with the following works.
Thomas Woods “The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History”
Thomas Woods show.
James Ostrowski’s “Progressivism: A Primer on the Idea Destroying America”
Mike Maloney’s YouTube series “The Hidden Secrets of Money”
Scott Strzelczyk’s article on getting rights, right. (Hands down the best break down on rights I have ever read.)
Joshua Lyons “Restoration” Speech on 7/4/09
The Abbeville Institute. (One of the best places to see and understand the flip side of the coin concerning the Civil War and the South.)
Foundation for Economic Education. (Especially Jeffery Tucker’s works.)
The Cato Institute.
The Mises Institute.
The works of Murray N. Rothbard. Specifically “For a New Liberty”
Listen to any or all of the following radio programs on the Veritas Radio Network.
The Mike Church Show
The Mark Kreslins Show
The Suzanne Option
The Constitution Hour
My story of America
The Tenth Amendment Center (They have been fighting for years to restore political power back to the people where the founding fathers intended it. It is precisely what the Tenth Amendment is all about.)
Three great articles specifically calling out Bellamy’s pledge of allegiance for its glaring hypocrisies:
“Why I Don’t Say the Pledge of Allegiance” by A.J.Ellis
“What’s Conservative about the Pledge of Allegiance?” by Gene Healy at the Cato Institute.
“Bellamy’s Pledge” by James Rutledge Roesch at the Abbeville Institute.