Liberty Needs More Doers and Fewer Watchers

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My father always told me there are two types of people in this world; doers and watchers.  Even the revolutionary war had its share of doers and watchers.  The doers were the Patriots and Tories.  These people encompassed colonists who kicked in by fighting either for independence or for the King.  Some of the most brutal and bloodiest battles of the war were fought between Patriots and Tories.  They made up roughly 2/3 of the colonial population.  The final 1/3 was made up people who either didn’t care which side won or who desired independence but really didn’t want to invest in the overall effort to achieve it.  They offered up plenty of verbal noise but beyond that they were looking for the doers on the Patriot side to get the job done.  Lately I have been seeing this same watcher attitude in regards to local politics when it comes to getting involved and investing in the time it takes to make a difference.

These last few weeks I’ve been light in my posting because I’ve been investing a considerable amount of time towards local politics and the gun rights issue.  I’ve been talking to people about the issue.  I’ve been contacting my local representatives and expressing my concerns about federal regulations in regards to gun rights.  And I’ve been trying to prompt my fellow neighbors to do the same.  The problem is even though a large number of them are for gun rights and staunchly support the 2nd amendment they just don’t want to invest the time and energy it takes to shake the pillars of the republic.  They want me to do it and then keep them informed.  And this is a problem.

I don’t believe this is an apathy problem.  I believe that some people are just more comfortable watching the game then actually suiting up and getting into the game, even if the outcome of the game has dire consequences.  Even when their liberties are on the line, they choose to let the doers pick up the cause and run with it for them.  It’s irresponsible as a citizen and further erodes a system that relies on the consent of the people to work.  When people say or do nothing when the government wrongs them or takes away their liberties then the people are giving their consent to allow it to happen.  Bill O’Reilly touches on this watcher mindset in America in our featured video of the week.  Please take a few moments to check it out.

I don’t normally say this but Mr. O’Reilly hit it out of the park in his talking points.  We get the government we deserve and right now America deserves Barack Obama and his radical left agenda.  Jim over at Asylum Watch states the following in his article Conservatives on Fire has Evolved; “After the devastating results of the 2012 elections, many conservative bloggers went silent and others began posting less frequently.”  That is absolutely a true statement.  I know that after we lost the election I myself was not only stunned by the results, but I was forced to reevaluate my own purpose and strategy.  But a shift in purpose and strategy doesn’t mean we give up the fight for the cause of liberty and freedom.  It only means we rethink how we do it.  My path led me to getting more involved at the local level and that’s what I’ve done.  But it will all be for not if we can’t transform more watchers into doers.  Because a few is simply not enough to have a major impact.  As misguided as their policies are, the left has been so successful these last few years because they have a large number of doers getting it done for them.

When I look back on the 2012 election in North Dakota, I now see how Republican Rick Berg lost in a very red state to Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.  My door was knocked on twice asking me if I would support Heidi Heitkamp.  Not once did I see anyone pounding the ground for Rick Berg.  Heidi Heitkamp had no business winning the state.  She openly supported Obamacare in a state that overwhelmingly rejected it.  She was a second rate candidate who hid her liberal beliefs by running as a moderate.  Additionally she was one of those candidates who always seemed like she was running for something but could never win.  When I heard she was running for the open seat being vacated by Kent Conrad, I joked here comes Heidi again.  The difference maker this time around was she had more doers pushing for a win than Rick Berg and that’s why this is an important issue.

The left has figured out the formula to win elections.  It’s not complex.  Get the doers to carry the load and the candidates across the finish line.  And this is exactly what they did in 2012 and it worked.  This is what the Tea Party movement did in 2010 and it worked.  If we hope to advance the cause of liberty we need more doers and fewer watchers.  If this means we need to shame the watchers into action then so be it.  If a liberal like Heidi Heitkamp can win in a deeply red state like North Dakota, then surely we can find a way to advance the conservative agenda in Red/Purple states.  It just takes more doers and fewer watchers.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal

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While we were distracted did we lose free speech? (H.R. 347)

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While we were being distracted by the Sandra Fluke-Rush Limbaugh debacle last week somehow we lost some more of our liberties; liberties that are protected by OUR constitution. This time the target is free speech. Yes you heard right we may have lost our ability to express ourselves through the act of protesting the government and it sneaked in right under our radar.  Yesterday morning while I was getting ready for work I caught Judge Napolitano on Fox and Friends talking about how last week President Obama had signed into law H.R. 347. Below is the Fox and Friends clip of this interview.

How I missed this, I don’t know.  What I do know is that since the turn of the year our President has violated the constitution three times.  First back in January when he bypassed congress and made four appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board while congress was still in proforma session. We did not hear a peep from the left and those illegal appointments still stand.  The second violation came when he signed into law the NDAA which has a provision in it that authorizes the government to detain American citizens indefinitely if suspected of ties to terrorist organizations.  And now we have H.R. 347 the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act.  Below is the congressional summary of the law.

2/6/2012–Passed Senate amended. (This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the Senate on November 17, 2011. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 – Amends the federal criminal code to revise the prohibition against entering restricted federal buildings or grounds to impose criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly enters any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. Defines “restricted buildings or grounds” as a posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area of: (1) the White House or its grounds or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds, (2) a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting, or (3) a building or grounds so restricted due to a special event of national significance.

I’m not a fan of the progressive group called The Young Turks; however in the below video they even seem a bit concerned that an environment has been created to limit free speech. Just skip the ad.

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This is not good folks and what’s worse yet is 224 House Republicans supported this unconstitutional act.Michele Bachmann who claims to be a staunch supporter of the constitution voted yes along with Allen West.  I’m sure their intentions were to diminish the ability of the disorderly and loud OWS protestors to disrupt the workings of government; however this is a net that has the power to snare all types of potential protests to include the orderly and patriotic tea party protests. Folks this is wrong on so many levels I don’t even know where to begin.  And my guess is our elected representatives know in their hearts this is wrong.  This is why they quietly passed this terrible bill.  You can see how your representative voted here>>

Three times since the turn of the year our constitution has clearly been violated and there has been zero consequences for these actions. I wrote my elected representative (Rick Berg) when the President made his proforma appointments and all I got was lip service.  This is the same guy who wants me to vote for him as a candidate for the Senate.  Why should I?  He also supported H.R. 347 and voted yes.  This tells me I have an elected representative who really doesn’t care about or takes the constitution very seriously.  The only time we get overwhelming bi-partisan support on bills these days is when they somehow curb our liberties.  Funny how that works.  Based on my readings about the type of men the founders were, I believe I know what they would do about these bills and acts.  First off, bills like the NDAA and H.R. 347 would never had made it through the Senate or House. Red flags would have went up all over the place and these bills would have been easily defeated.  So what does this tell about the men and women who represent us.  It tells me just how much they’re missing the mark in regards to our founding fathers.  They’re 180 degrees out.  Secondly our founders would have immediately began impeachment proceedings against any President for signing these bills into law.  The President is required to act in a manner that does not violate the law of the land and in these instances he has failed.

How many more liberties do we need to lose before we finally wake up and realize that the men and women who are supposed to serve us believe they are our masters with a blank check to do whatever they want?  How much longer are we going to stand by and watch our constitution shredded with each bill/act signed into law.  How much more can America take before we lose her?  I say again how much more…

You can read more about this topic at Bunkerville.

Liberty forever, freedom for all.

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal

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Ten Buck Fridays Poll: August 8-12

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As you read this, the new Ten Bucks Friday Poll is up on the sidebar.

Here are some details from Right Klik.

The TBF poll in a nutshell: This is a poll designed to promote rising conservative stars. At the end of the week, the winner will be promoted by a network of over 70conservative blogs and will receive a flurry of contributions from patriots across the country.

Learn about the candidates…

Rick Berg (ND-AL)

Charlotte Bergmann (TN-09)

Ken Buck (CO-Sen)

Joel Demos (MN-05)

Mike Grimm (NY-13)

Dr. Andy Harris (MD-01)

Ed Martin (MO-03)

David McKinley (WV-01)

Rob Merkle (CT-04)

Pat Toomey (PA-Sen)

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