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Inspiration and hope. There is still hope for America. Ronald Reagan was an active Democrat until 1962. (source: Reagan Library). If the Hollywood icon and Army Captain-turned politician could make the switch, maybe conservatives can sway enough independents and moderate Democrat voters to take back the Senate and likely the House in 2022. Enough impediments to future one party legislation can result until a strong Republican candidate can run in 2024. Today, let’s draw inspiration from President Reagan’s First Inaugural Address.

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Speech text: Reagan Inaugural Address -1981 (Click to expand)

Senator Hatfield, Mr. Chief Justice, Mr. President, Vice President Bush, Vice President
Mondale, Senator Baker, Speaker O’Neill, Reverend Moomaw, and my fellow citizens:
To a few of us here today this is a solemn and most momentous occasion, and yet in the history
of our nation it is a commonplace occurrence. The orderly transfer of authority as called for in
the Constitution routinely takes place, as it has for almost two centuries, and few of us stop to
think how unique we really are. In the eyes of many in the world, this every-4-year ceremony we
accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle.
Mr. President, I want our fellow citizens to know how much you did to carry on this tradition. By
your gracious cooperation in the transition process, you have shown a watching world that we
are a united people pledged to maintaining a political system which guarantees individual liberty
to a greater degree than any other, and I thank you and your people for all your help in
maintaining the continuity which is the bulwark of our Republic.
The business of our nation goes forward. These United States are confronted with an economic
affliction of great proportions. We suffer from the longest and one of the worst sustained
inflations in our national history. It distorts our economic decisions, penalizes thrift, and crushes
the struggling young and the fixed-income elderly alike. It threatens to shatter the lives of
millions of our people.
Idle industries have cast workers into unemployment, human misery, and personal indignity.
Those who do work are denied a fair return for their labor by a tax system which penalizes
successful achievement and keeps us from maintaining full productivity.
But great as our tax burden is, it has not kept pace with public spending. For decades we have
piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children’s future for the temporary
convenience of the present. To continue this long trend is to guarantee tremendous social,
cultural, political, and economic upheavals.
You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited
period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we’re not bound by that
same limitation? We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow. And let there be no
misunderstanding: We are going to begin to act, beginning today.
The economic ills we suffer have come upon us over several decades. They will not go away in
days, weeks, or months, but they will go away. They will go away because we as Americans
have the capacity now, as we’ve had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this
last and greatest bastion of freedom.
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.
From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be
managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of
the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the
capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the
burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher
price.
We hear much of special interest groups. Well, our concern must be for a special interest group
that has been too long neglected. It knows no sectional boundaries or ethnic and racial divisions,
and it crosses political party lines. It is made up of men and women who raise our food, patrol
our streets, man our mines and factories, teach our children, keep our homes, and heal us when
we’re sick — professionals, industrialists, shopkeepers, clerks, cabbies, and truckdrivers. They
are, in short, We the people,'' this breed called Americans. Well, this administration's objective will be a healthy, vigorous, growing economy that provides equal opportunities for all Americans with no barriers born of bigotry or discrimination. Putting America back to work means putting all Americans back to work. Ending inflation means freeing all Americans from the terror of runaway living costs. All must share in the productive work of thisnew beginning,” and all must share in the bounty of a revived economy. With the
idealism and fair play which are the core of our system and our strength, we can have a strong
and prosperous America, at peace with itself and the world.
So, as we begin, let us take inventory. We are a nation that has a government — not the other way
around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our government has no power
except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government,
which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.
It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand
recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those
reserved to the States or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the Federal
Government did not create the States; the States created the Federal Government.
Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it’s not my intention to do away with government. It
is rather to make it work — work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back.
Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.
If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no
other people on Earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual
genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the
individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on Earth. The price
for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.
It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention
and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. It is
time for us to realize that we’re too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We’re not,
as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that
will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.
So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us
renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope.
We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we’re in a time when there are
not heroes, they just don’t know where to look. You can see heroes every day going in and out of
factory gates. Others, a handful in number, produce enough food to feed all of us and then the
world beyond. You meet heroes across a counter, and they’re on both sides of that counter. There
are entrepreneurs with faith in themselves and faith in an idea who create new jobs, new wealth
and opportunity. They’re individuals and families whose taxes support the government and
whose voluntary gifts support church, charity, culture, art, and education. Their patriotism is
quiet, but deep. Their values sustain our national life.
Now, I have used the words they'' andtheir” in speaking of these heroes. I could say you'' andyour,” because I’m addressing the heroes of whom I speak — you, the citizens of this
blessed land. Your dreams, your hopes, your goals are going to be the dreams, the hopes, and the
goals of this administration, so help me God.
We shall reflect the compassion that is so much a part of your makeup. How can we love our
country and not love our countrymen; and loving them, reach out a hand when they fall, heal
them when they’re sick, and provide opportunity to make them self-sufficient so they will be
equal in fact and not just in theory?
Can we solve the problems confronting us? Well, the answer is an unequivocal and emphatic
yes.'' To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I've just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world's strongest economy. In the days ahead I will propose removing the roadblocks that have slowed our economy and reduced productivity. Steps will be taken aimed at restoring the balance between the various levels of government. Progress may be slow, measured in inches and feet, not miles, but we will progress. It is time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden. And these will be our first priorities, and on these principles there will be no compromise. On the eve of our struggle for independence a man who might have been one of the greatest among the Founding Fathers, Dr. Joseph Warren, president of the Massachusetts Congress, said to his fellow Americans, "Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of . . . . On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves." Well, I believe we, the Americans of today, are ready to act worthy of ourselves, ready to do what must be done to ensure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children, and our children's children. And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom. To those neighbors and allies who share our freedom, we will strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and firm commitment. We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutually beneficial relations. We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for our own sovereignty is not for sale. As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it, now or ever. Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act. We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so we have the best chance of never having to use that strength. Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors. I'm told that tens of thousands of prayer meetings are being held on this day, and for that I'm deeply grateful. We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each Inaugural Day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer. This is the first time in our history that this ceremony has been held, as you've been told, on this West Front of the Capitol. Standing here, one faces a magnificent vista, opening up on this city's special beauty and history. At the end of this open mall are those shrines to the giants on whose shoulders we stand. Directly in front of me, the monument to a monumental man, George Washington, father of our country. A man of humility who came to greatness reluctantly. He led America out of revolutionary victory into infant nationhood. Off to one side, the stately memorial to Thomas Jefferson. The Declaration of Independence flames with his eloquence. And then, beyond the Reflecting Pool, the dignified columns of the Lincoln Memorial. Whoever would understand in his heart the meaning of America will find it in the life of Abraham Lincoln. Beyond those monuments to heroism is the Potomac River, and on the far shore the sloping hills of Arlington National Cemetery, with its row upon row of simple white markers bearing crosses or Stars of David. They add up to only a tiny fraction of the price that has been paid for our freedom. Each one of those markers is a monument to the kind of hero I spoke of earlier. Their lives ended in places called Belleau Wood, The Argonne, Omaha Beach, Salerno, and halfway around the world on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Pork Chop Hill, the Chosin Reservoir, and in a hundred rice paddies and jungles of a place called Vietnam. Under one such marker lies a young man, Martin Treptow, who left his job in a small town barbershop in 1917 to go to France with the famed Rainbow Division. There, on the western front, he was killed trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire. We're told that on his body was found a diary. On the flyleaf under the heading,My Pledge,”
he had written these words: “America must win this war. Therefore I will work, I will save, I
will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole
struggle depended on me alone.”
The crisis we are facing today does not require of us the kind of sacrifice that Martin Treptow
and so many thousands of others were called upon to make. It does require, however, our best
effort and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great
deeds, to believe that together with God’s help we can and will resolve the problems which now
confront us.
And after all, why shouldn’t we believe that? We are Americans.
God bless you, and thank you.

Interesting Facts about Ronald Reagan (note the purple = blue to red?):

https://www.reaganlibrary.gov/reagans/ronald-reagan/facts-about-ronald-reagan

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Glimpses of Authoritarianism: Part 2

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Yesterday, we examined the terms authoritarian /authoritarianism and looked at relationships to America in 2021. If you missed the article, read here:

The U.S. – Canada border is the longest international boundary at 5525 miles. Canada is a strong military ally and one of America’s largest trading partners. Biden’s first bilateral meeting was with Canada’s Prime Minister and both praise each other’s leadership. One thing we don’t want to share with Canada is their recent move to create what Tucker Carlson notes are essentially “internment camps”.

These facilities are mandatory centers for Canadian citizens returning to Canada and testing positive for covid. Self-styled “government designated facilities” are quarantined hotels with shortages of supplies and severe restrictions. Meanwhile, Canada plans to admit 400,000 immigrants / refugees this year with no forced quarantine. When the citizens have no say and the government imposes restrictions on citizens without regard for their freedoms, what type of government exists?

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-covid-internment-camps-coming-country-near-you

Voting laws aim to limit the role of states in elections. The Hill.com reports on the undemocratic, For the People Act, H.R. 1 which would impact state-run elections.

Generally, the bill squashes states’ attempts to bolster election security (by outlawing voter IDs or ballot harvesting, for example) and mandates numerous activities designed to enhance turnout among Democratic voters, such as automatic voter registration and expanding mail-in and early voting. HR1 also takes the critical job of redistricting away from state legislatures and dictates a new approach that will almost certainly benefit Democrats, of course.

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Passage of this bill would take away the ability of the citizens of a state to make their own decision about redistricting, state-level measures and local control of elections. Constitutional challenges are sure to follow. History may guide us with a clear example of authoritarianism sponsoring free and fair elections:

Saddam ‘wins 100% of vote’

Iraqi officials say President Saddam Hussein has won 100% backing in a referendum on whether he should rule for another seven years. There were 11,445,638 eligible voters – and every one of them voted for the president, according to Izzat Ibrahim, Vice-Chairman of Iraq’s Revolutionary Command Council. The government insists the count was fair and accurate. BBC News 16 October, 2002

U.S. elections must engender public support and trust that their vote will count and their design is fair to all parties involved. One party control through institutional changes or demographic shifts would create single party control as is and was common in all socialist, communist and authoritarian governments. Dissent and choice are paramount to the continuation of a republic and the basis of representative democracy.

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Pelosi as Speaker of the House, recently asserted she can unseat Representatives at will. In the recent case of Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks, who beat her Democrat opponent by 6 votes, Pelosi said,

“Now, if I wanted to be unfair, I wouldn’t have seated the Republican from Iowa, because that was my right on the opening day. I would have just said, ‘They’re not seated.’ And that would have been my right as speaker to do.” -NY Post

While Pelosi did not ultimately interfere with the House seat, her belief that she can single-handedly decide who is seated in the U.S. House (and not the voters of that Congressional district) is concerning. As we posited yesterday, these examples are typically cloaked or manipulated in the mainstream media. As we face a White House willing to overuse Executive Orders and spread disinformation on everything from vaccinations and masks to voter suppression and systemic racism, the propaganda machine of the Nazis under Hitler comes to mind. Make sure to subscribe for an upcoming article in which we examine the Nazi propaganda machine and examine the role of Big Tech and the media today.

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Glimpses of Authoritarianism: Part 1

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America has long been the global model of a constitutional republic with a democratic tradition. Our representative system has inspired nations to adopt similar systems and our Constitution is esteemed as a model of restrained government power and abundant liberties as enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

The American Revolution spawned revolutions from tyranny worldwide and our participation in wars freed millions from totalitarian regimes and authoritarianism. Ironically, recent examples of federal governance hint at authoritarian tendencies in the modern Democratic Party. Our future as a nation may hinge on our ability to counter and check this trend through our existing system and freedoms to challenge an unjust and / or unconstitutional government.

In looking at the definitions of these terms, can you think of recent examples of these terms in practice?

Authoritarian =

a governmental or political system, principle, or practice in which individual freedom is held as completely subordinate to the power or authority of the state, centered either in one person or a small group that is not constitutionally accountable to the people. exercising complete or almost complete control over the will of another or of others.

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Are you thinking about Biden and Harris? Maybe Pelosi and Schumer? Possibly, the media apparatus and Big Tech censors? Perhaps a Governor or public health official?

Authoritarianism = denotes any political system that concentrates power in the hands of a leader or a small elite that is not constitutionally responsible to the body of the people. Authoritarian leaders often exercise power arbitrarily and without regard to existing bodies of law, and they usually cannot be replaced by citizens choosing freely among various competitors in elections. The freedom to create opposition political parties or other alternative political groupings with which to compete for power with the ruling group is either limited or nonexistent in authoritarian regimes.

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Did the 2020 Presidential election or Georgia Senate runoff election come to mind? How about the new Congressional bills restricting state level voting laws? What about the Democratic plan to limit or remove the filibuster; the essential tool of the the Senate minority, whether 1 person or 50 (in the current tie situation). Do our polling organizations accurately reflect and predict the will of the electorate? Above all, does the media establishment report on the news and allow the free exchange of ideas through the press and social media without bias and censorship.

This is the basis for free and fair elections, necessary to create a representative body reflective of the will of the people, safeguarding the Constitution and following existing laws.

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As you know, we recently ventured into podcasting with our special series; 2020: American Tipping Point, a history of the worst year in U.S. History. Our latest audio installment (part 4) is featured below. Our weekly focus will be on great speeches, words and moments in U.S. History that will inspire and motivate Americans once again. Our planned schedule includes a new podcast release every Friday, giving you plenty of time to listen over the weekend. By Monday, you will be looking for something new. So, I have a suggestion.

One of my inspirations for getting into the podcast arena is my friend Logan’s, Deplorable Radio, linked below. I look forward to his weekly show packed with sensible and informative analysis of top issues facing our nation.

Ronald Reagan, "We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around" The Republic 1776

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  2. Words for The Weary: George Washington
  3. 2020: An American Tipping Point, part 4
  4. Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death!

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May we propose two dates to serve as a guidelines for reopening America to traditional, liberty-loving daily life. While many readers may reside in states wherein normalcy has almost been achieved for some time, most American citizens still navigate covid restrictions in some form. Can we afford to enter the summer in yet another framework of restrictions, whether that is summer travel, gatherings, shopping or entertainment? Do we really need masks at a theme park, airplane or sporting event? Are vaccination passports going to preserve privacy and allow for choice in health decisions. Will we continue to comply with illogical mandates that impede our freedoms?

People Vaccinated in U.S.
93,631,163 At Least One Dose = 28.2% of total population
51,593,564 Fully Vaccinated = 15.5% of total population

Of the Population ≥ 65 Years of Age (a.k.a. the vulnerable)
39,588,144 – 1 dose = 72.4% of population
26,474,132 -fully vaccinated = 48.4% of population
Source: cdc.gov. Data as of: Mar 28 2021 6:00am ET | Posted: Mar 28 2021 12:26PM ET

As vaccinations will be AVAILABLE to all by summer and all vulnerable groups will have had the CHOICE to obtain shots, there is no common sense reasoning for continued restrictions on Americans. Therefore we propose a nationwide celebration of Patriots’ Day to prepare for our independence from statewide and national mandates that limit the rights of Americans. Here in New England, we honor the Revolutionary actions of militiamen who challenged the British regulars on April 19, 1775. British aims of seizing guns and ammunition from local colonial militia stores in Concord set the war in motion as the “shot heard round the word” reverberated from Lexington.

4/19 – Patriots Day is a great day to reclaim the rights our forefathers fought for in creating a nation with unparalleled liberty. Unfortunately, that liberty is under direct, daily assault by the left using their powers of institutional liberalism. We will then have over two months to spread the word, make our voices heard and be prepared for national solidarity opposed to all restrictions beginning on the 4th of July – Independence Day.

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Ronald Reagan, "We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around" The Republic 1776

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  1. Ronald Reagan, "We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around"
  2. Words for The Weary: George Washington
  3. 2020: An American Tipping Point, part 4
  4. Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death!
  5. 2020: American Tipping Point, part 3

Words For The Weary

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Today, we find solace in the words of George Washington. In a changing nation, join us in hearing the words of America’s first Commander-in-Chief and President with a speech from each time period. Liberty, unity and sacrifice are enduring themes in our history. Listen to the podcast and read the speech excerpts below if you wish.

Ronald Reagan, "We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around" The Republic 1776

We explore Ronald Reagan's First Inaugural Address to guide us in 2021 and beyond. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/sam-adams77/support
  1. Ronald Reagan, "We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around"
  2. Words for The Weary: George Washington
  3. 2020: An American Tipping Point, part 4
  4. Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death!
  5. 2020: American Tipping Point, part 3

“My brave fellows, you have done all I asked you to do, and more than could be reasonably expected, but your country is at stake, your wives, your houses, and all that you hold dear. You have worn yourselves out with fatigues and hardships, but we know not how to spare you. If you will consent to stay one month longer, you will render that service to the cause of liberty, and to your country, which you can probably never do under any other circumstances.”

General George Washington, Dec. 31, 1776

The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.

For this you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint counsels, and joint efforts of common dangers, sufferings, and successes.

-President George Washington, excerpt from Farewell Address 1796

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While we lose our freedoms and bankrupt our future; China builds cities, warships and trading allies. While we succumb to woke politics and revisionist history – canceling our past over allegations of imperialism and racism; China builds a future of domestic and international expansion. They are authoritarian, with strict government controls and an affinity (forced) for communism. Meanwhile, Democrats controlling Congress and the White House, work unilaterally to promote socialist and communist ideas disguised as democratic socialism. The mainstream media admits fairness and truth are not essential and fact checkers operate with bias and a disregard for facts under the masquerade of “taken out of context”.

Do you believe fairness is overrated? https://www.foxnews.com/media/nbc-news-lester-holt-truth-fairness-overrated

Interestingly, most Americans know China is a negative force that floods our markets with inexpensive goods made in suspect conditions. Some Americans realize China is the biggest opponent the U.S. military and U.S. corporations face globally. Finally, a few Americans are aware that China has been ascendant through manipulation of currency and theft of intellectual property while America becomes weaker in every regard.

https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2021/03/04/

When liberal comedian Bill Maher notes how “silly” America is in pursuit of agenda items, while China rivals us on all fronts, you know how bad the situation is. The following video contains some profanity and s – words (socialist goals), yet highlights the distracted and unfocused state of America.

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Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

-Patrick Henry

In a time of declining individual freedoms and a growing, federal government, a brief revisit to 1775 and the words of Patrick Henry are in order. Listen to the podcast and scroll through the text of the speech below if interested. Don’t forget to subscribe to our site.

Ronald Reagan, "We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around" The Republic 1776

We explore Ronald Reagan's First Inaugural Address to guide us in 2021 and beyond. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/sam-adams77/support
  1. Ronald Reagan, "We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around"
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  3. 2020: An American Tipping Point, part 4
MARCH 23, 1775 – Patrick Henry Speech (click and scroll)

MR. PRESIDENT: No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfil the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offence, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the House? Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with these war-like preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask, gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

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The American Republic Under Siege: Special Series, Part 3

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“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future.”
-President Joe Biden, this week on gun control. Did he ask for your input?

Welcome to America: An Early Socialist Republic

Whether it is masks, guns or censorship; the makings of the ‘new republic’ are evident. The Democratic Party, with federal control will forever proclaim America to be a democratic republic; but will that be in name only?

Decide for yourself:

Will personal freedoms such as right to own and use firearms be restricted nationally?

Will censorship impact free speech?

Will public gatherings be restricted or disallowed?

Will elections be fair with multiple parties / candidates competing through honestly tabulated processes?

Will a government-aligned media control the nation message, news and commentary?

Will dissenters be labeled as terrorists, monitored and jailed?

Will a federal government impact daily life decisions and regulate travel and free commerce?

Is this already happening as events over the last year become increasingly relevant? Now realize that the countries below fashion themselves as democratic, but restrict do all of the above.

North Korea calls itself the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea while it is neither democratic nor a republic but an authoritarian regime of communism.

Venezuela calls itself a federal presidential republic while it is an authoritarian, socialist state.

China calls itself People’s Republic of China while it is a communist country with partial capitalist economy.

Laos calls itself Lao People’s Democratic Republic  while it is a one-party socialist state.

Cuba calls itself the Republic of Cuba but is a communist state.

The risk of losing hundreds of thousands of lives impacted 330 million American citizens over the last year. The risk of future virus strains and epidemics will surely “necessitate” familiar restrictions. Gun control will be enacted one way or another by a “Democratic” Party concerned that it is “common sense” to save a few lives. However, these unconstitutional, new laws or executive orders will adversely impact hundreds of millions of citizens without their consent.

We live in an age where all children get a participation trophy and (almost) all residents, citizens or not, felons or not, get a government check. Do do we expect that a government made up of the of the few, to act on behalf of the many?

Surely not. The esteemed British philosopher, Jeremy Bentham, once discussed his theory of utilitarianism, in which, “the greatest good for the greatest number” should be the driving force in government. In American politics, this premise has given way to ‘the good of the few outweighs the rights of the many.’

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Physical Security in America

Energy in government is essential to that security against external and internal danger and to that prompt and salutary execution of the laws which enter into the very definition of good government.

James Madison Federalist #37, 1788

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Therefore, what is the status of safety and security in the American Republic? Americans have experienced less freedom of movement and assembly than at any point save World War Two. Covid-restrictions at the state level and recent travel restrictions under Biden, limit free movement. Violence in our cities is particular heightened, with violent crime of all types perpetrated with little fear of punishment or justice under the law.

Chicago alone had 769 murders in 2020 while under heavy lockdown, compared to 495 in 2019 and 116 so far this year. Meanwhile, riots and vandalism plague cities like Portland, Oregon, under the guise of BLM and Antifa banners. Moreover, thousands of illegal aliens are released into American communities and plans to increase refugee admissions is nearing reality.

But does it impact daily life for average citizens? Americans cannot go grocery shopping without fearing attack. Whether accosted for not wearing a mask, trapped by BLM activists (https://thefederalist.com/2021/03/23/blm-protestors-trap-customers-inside-grocery-store-on-anniversary-of-daniel-prudes-death/), or under fire by mentally ill or terror-minded individuals (ongoing investigation) in the Boulder incident this week, true security is suspect.

As our borders are assaulted by migrants emboldened by a President unwilling to hold the line on illegal entry and the legal process, American border communities are besieged. Plans by the Biden Administration to release immigrants into Northern U.S. communities will make the tension national. Amid the true emergency impacting the security of the nation’s borders, virtually all top Democrats, their media mouthpieces and various celebrities clamor for gun control to make the nation safer.

Gun control clearly impacts only the law-abiding citizen, not the illegal, not the criminal and not the terrorist. Making America safer should be the goal and enforcing existing gun laws should be the priority. In addition, examining the true mental health crisis in America and addressing overmedication and lack of institutional help (future article? ) is in order.

As for policy proposals, background checks have been passed by almost all of the mass shooters in the last decade. Tightening up the process may be in order, but attempting to ban whole classes of weapons is not common sense. Assault weapons, are not actually in possession by civilians contrary to declarations by the left as fully automatic weapons are a necessity for battle and legally unavailable to the average American. Above all, new gun control laws would be anther violation of the Second Amendment. (Our 2nd Amendment article is almost done).

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

2nd Amendment, U.S. Constitution

Finally, our military is growing unable to meet the FUTURE challenges of our enemies. https://therepublic1776.com/2021/03/19/global-threat-intelligence/ Federal spending is planned on new initiatives except bolstering U.S. military technology. Military readiness is likely to suffer under morale issues and a focus on social justice with in the ranks. In addition, weakened physical standards, loosened uniform and appearance guidelines and training on bias, harassments and equity issues occurs instead of traditional training.

Our military is shifting to the left. Even top brass now use their official position to weigh in on politics, a clear violation of the Hatch Act. Our all-volunteer military is still the best in the world, but for how long?

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Ronald Reagan, "We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around" The Republic 1776

We explore Ronald Reagan's First Inaugural Address to guide us in 2021 and beyond. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/sam-adams77/support
  1. Ronald Reagan, "We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around"
  2. Words for The Weary: George Washington
  3. 2020: An American Tipping Point, part 4
  4. Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death!

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