Answering the Call

A close friend of mine and patriot declared, “The necessity of re-establishing liberty is becoming ever greater. The collection process is nearly complete, and soon a complete seizure of the people may be attempted. The best way to fight this is to shine a light in this dark, dark world…We must set alight the torch of virtue and liberty, while the forces of evil collect those who remain in the shadows. Alea iacta est. The die is cast. Now it’s our turn. Will you answer the call?”

I have been thinking lately how it is so hard for us in today’s society to boldly declare what we know because, as John Locke explained, “new opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any reason other than because they are not already common.” Even I find it difficult to talk to my peers about these valuable principles because they are never talked about anymore so people look at them as irrelevant and out of the ordinary. However, when I receive words like the ones above from people I know and communicate with on a daily basis, it reminds me that I’m not alone and that others are experiencing the same thing I am. This patriot was right, as evil pushes harder and harder to rid us of our liberty the need for us to restore it becomes greater. To do that, we must be the examples of virtue and liberty. Though it is hard, we must be willing to declare these principles to those around us, those we see everyday. So, to repeat what this patriot taught me, “The die is cast, now it’s our turn. Will you answer the call?”

Yours truly,

Publius

Balancing Past, Present, and Future

In The Screwtape Letters by C.S Lewis, it talks of how humans react to the past, present, and future and the downsides of focusing too much on one of them. If we look toward the future, we get scared; if we look to the past, we get caught up in what already happened; Lewis says that present is preferable, but it still requires a balance because if you focus only on the present, we can never learn or be prepared. I think that we need to learn to balance the past, present, and future in our daily lives and keep from focusing too much on one of them.

To incorporate the past into our lives we need to remember those who came before us. We need to look to their examples and decide who we want to be and what we want to do based on who they already were and what they already accomplished. Not only this, but we should look to our personal pasts. We need to remember our mistakes so we don’t make them again, but not dwell on them so we can progress and become better.

If we look solely to the future, we rob ourselves of learning what happened before us or earlier in our lives and miss what is happening now. We get so caught up in what will happen we miss what has happened and is happening. It causes fear in our lives because the future is unknown. We do, however, need to be prepared for what is to come. We cannot simply disregard the future and pretend like it isn’t coming. We need to learn all we can and prepare all we can now so we will be ready for what is to come.

If we live too much in the present we will forget those who came before us and not care to learn of them. We also won’t be prepared for the future and find ourselves not knowing what to do. But, we can find the balance. Live right now, enjoy your life right now, and pay attention to those who are part of your life right now. Keep learning of what has happened so you can make your present and future better, prepare yourself so when the future becomes the present you know what to do, and work on bettering yourself now.

Yours truly,

Publius

Tyranny vs. Patriotism

Sometimes we don’t realize that the people we have chosen to govern over us aren’t as patriotic as they want us to believe they are. There are differences, however, in how a patriot would govern a society versus how a tyrant governs a society that we can use to determine which is which.

A tyrant makes promises he cannot and does not intend to keep in order to get the people’s vote. A tyrant disregards the constitution and any boundaries it places on him. He tells the people they are free, only so he can enslave them further. He has no interest in the people’s well being, but only in what can benefit himself. However, tyrants are clever. A tyrant will hide behind the shield of “protection and freedom” but his actions prove all he wants is power. A society governed by a tyrant is enslaved, most of the time without realizing it.

A patriot, on the other hand, would have a desire to govern over people not to benefit himself, but to bring liberty to the people he is governing over. He would realize he is making a sacrifice by being willing to govern over the people. A patriot would never promise the people anything that is outside his constitutional boundaries and his sole purpose is to protect the people and make them freer. A patriot studies and learns all that he can about the constitution so he does not cross any boundaries and doesn’t take any liberty away from the people. A patriot knows and studies history, and strives to be as the great men of history, and not repeat any mistakes previously made. Most importantly, a patriot is virtuous. He works to become better daily and, realizing he is not perfect, corrects any mistakes he has made. He cares about those around him, and desires to help them. A patriot loves liberty and wants everyone to know of and obtain it. A society governed by a patriot is free. They thrive, have peace, and are virtuous and happy.

As we look throughout our country’s history, we have been both plagued with “charming” tyrants and blessed with loyal patriots. It’s up to us to decided what we want in the future and to keep it in mind when new candidates are thrust into the public eye. Are they a tyrant, ready to disguise their evils as protection? Or are they a patriot, ready to uphold the values that matter?

Which one are you?

Publius

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Capable of Greatness

In Ayn Rand’s novel Anthem, she creates a society in which the government strips the world of any knowledge that would cause people to think. The people learn from a young age that they cannot think or act for themselves and that they are not an individual at all; they don’t even know the word “I” but only the collective “we”. Though today we are allowed to refer to ourselves as “I” and have a little more freedom than the society in Ayn Rand’s story, we are still being taught to think in such a way that prevents us from reaching our full potential. Like the people in Rand’s novel, we are unaware that there is more than what is being taught in the government issued curriculum and that we are not completely free. This is the case, not to keep us safe, but because if society knew more about liberty and tyranny they would recognize they are not free and put a stop to tyranny, which of course is the opposite of what a tyrant wants. Each and every person is completely unique, and has an unbelievable amount of potential, but if we are told that we can only do so much and limit ourselves, we will never reach our full potential and might never discover what we are truly capable of. Do not allow yourself to be told that people like Patrick Henry, James Madison, or George Washington just don’t exist anymore; you can become that kind of person! Do not allow someone to tell you you are incapable of making a difference because if you have a desire to do so you can accomplish amazing things. If you are willing to put in the hard work required to gaining knowledge and virtue, and disregard all those telling you “you can’t”, liberty can and will be restored.

Yours truly,

Publius

We Can Do More

In The Federalist Papers, James Madison lists off actions that the people were concerned the federal government would do after the constitution was put into place. These included the federal government becoming equal to, or more powerful than state governments or the federal government taking more power than what was given them. After listing off these concerns he eases the people’s conscience by telling them if this ever were to happen, “A correspondence would be opened. Plans of resistance would be concerted.” Not only this, but he also asks, “but what degree of madness could ever drive the federal government to such an extremity?” He, along with many others, was so sure that the government would never take power that wasn’t expressly given them in the constitution and if it somehow did happen, the people would immediately put a stop to it. However, the government has completely stepped outside its constitutional cage and is taking over, yet we do nothing to stop it. Something James Madison was so sure would never happen, has happened, and it has only been just over two-hundred years. Lucky for us, we can be the people James Madison hoped we would be. We can be those who put a stop to the tyranny and bring back the liberty we have lost. Countless writers, historians, and patriots have taught that liberty can only be obtained through a virtuous people. If we will strive to better ourselves and teach those around us, we can be just who Madison predicted we would be, even if we are a little late.

This past week America Restored finally reached over one thousand visitors. Though it may be a small number, it is a small number of people who now have a least a small portion of knowledge about liberty and its importance. We hope that what we have written has impacted each of these one thousand people in some way, and we are so grateful we have the ability to write each week. Thank you to all those who have supported us through these past couple years, we are thrilled to have one thousand visitors and are looking forward for more to come!

Yours truly,

Publius

The Moment is Now

First, I’d like to apologize for not putting this entry up yesterday. The world has funny methods of distracting people from what they should be doing.

While thinking of what to write about this week, I remembered a quote I came across said by Voltaire, “Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.” One of the biggest challenges in restoring liberty today, is that many of the people who are enslaved believe they are completely free and it is hard to convince them otherwise when they’ve been taught that their whole lives. Once people realize that they aren’t as free as the were led to believe they were, they will have a desire to have that freedom. Once people decide that they want to be free, then liberty can be restored. That is overall the purpose of why I write every week, to teach others of liberty and tyranny, and to convince them that liberty needs to be restored. The more people that have the desire to help, the closer we are to our goal. Liberty is better than anything a tyrant can offer you, so don’t be led to believe you don’t need liberty. Don’t be fooled into believing you are free, because when you do, those who seek power get it. Never forget that liberty is one of “the greatest of all earthly blessings” and that it is worth doing whatever it takes to obtain it.

Yours truly,

Publius

Advocating for Liberty

“No man will take great pains, spend his youth, and lose his pleasures, to purchase infamy or punishment… Ignorance accompanies slavery, and is introduced to people by it. People who live in freedom will think with freedom; but when the kind is enslaved by fear, and the body by chains, inquiry and study will be at an end.” -Thomas Gordon

Fear is a crucial tool of a tyrant. When we are afraid to break a “law” although it is unconstitutional, the tyrant gains more power. When we are afraid to learn and listen to principles, the tyrant laughs. Most importantly, when we are afraid to be an advocate for liberty, the tyrant wins.

The definition of an advocate is “a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause.” An advocate of liberty is someone who is not afraid to stand up in front of others to teach them about liberty. It is someone who strives to learn more about liberty by reading the words of the founding fathers and those who inspired them. An advocate of liberty knows of its importance and is striving to restore it. Now, none of us our perfect, which means sometimes, we are afraid to stand up and declare the worth of liberty; sometimes, we neglect to take time to study and learn; and sometimes, we forget how important liberty really is; but that does not mean we cannot strive to be advocates for liberty. We need to recognize that when we are afraid to do so, the tyrant is winning. We cannot let fear enslave our minds. We cannot be subject to tyranny. Venture to be an advocate for liberty, and support liberty at all costs.

Yours truly,

Publius

Standing Firm; Even When You Stand Alone

As I have stated countless times, there is no doubt that there are many people who oppose the idea of liberty. Whether it is because they just don’t fully understand it, they enjoy the free stuff they gain from not having it, or they’re a tyrant who gains power from taking it, there is never a shortage of people who will try their hardest to stop liberty from being restored. To me, this has always been difficult. It is hard to continue fighting for something when it seems like most of the time you are fighting alone, but I’ve learned that even if I am standing alone, I am still standing up for something I know to be right. While thinking about this, the founding fathers always come to mind. Compared to the forces of the tyrant, they were few, they stood relatively alone; however, they knew liberty was worth fighting for, even if they were greatly outnumbered. All odds were against them, but they fought courageously and continuously for what they knew to be right, and succeed in taking back the liberty that had been stolen from them. Thomas S. Monson boldly declared, “Dare to stand alone. Dare to have a purpose firm; dare to make it known.” Whether you stand with ten people, or ten million, right is right, and wrong is wrong. Nothing will change that. Your choice, is whether you will go along with the crowd, even if what they are doing is wrong, or stand out, and stand up for what you know to be right. I can assure you, that even if you feel like no one is with you, you are never alone if you are doing what is right. It may be difficult to fight for something so many people seem to say is wrong, but if you do, you will start to see all the good that comes from doing so.

Yours truly,

Publius

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Voltaire taught, “Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.”

I feel like we spend a lot of our time comparing ourselves to others, asking, “why can’t I do this like she can?” or “how come he is so much better than me at this?” The fact is, we’re not all the same. Each of us has talents and abilities we are given that are unique to ourselves. This does not mean that we should stop trying to do our best in everything that we do. We should always be striving to be at our best, and to become better in many different ways. However, this does mean that we should use the natural talents we’ve been given to our advantage, and to help those around us. Once you discover something that you feel you are good at, work hard to develop that talent, and don’t just set it aside because you feel like it doesn’t compare to others. Thomas Gordon said, “it depends upon yourselves to make these rights of yours… of use to you.” We are responsible for using all we have been given to do good. You can not rely on others to do something you are capable of doing yourself. Each of us has a unique role to play while restoring liberty; we cannot all play the same part, otherwise we won’t go anywhere and we will never accomplish anything. Stop looking at what you can’t do, and focus on what you can, then use what you have been given to take back the liberty that has been lost.

Yours truly,

Publius

Now or Never

As I write each post every week, I try to think of reasons as to why people wouldn’t want liberty, and I believe a common reason no one fights for it today, is because they believe they already have it. Every since we were kids we were told the America is free, which is true, but we are never told that at one point, it was freer. We’re told that where we are now is as good as it gets so we don’t try. We fool ourselves into believing that we could not possibly be loosing our liberty because that cannot happen in America. To this John Trenchard warns, “there is no natural or political body but is subject to the variations and injuries of time. Both are composed of springs, wheels, and ligaments, all in perpetual motion, and all liable to wear out and decay.” Over time, no matter how great the Constitution is or how amazing the government you set up is, without virtuous people defending it, they will loose their liberty. We need to be constantly striving toward liberty, especially now that it is already being taken from us. To continue the words of Trenchard, “Now act honestly and boldly for liberty, or forget the glorious and charming sound.” I have used this quote before, and will most likely use it again because it is simple and true! We will never be able to feel the embrace of liberty if we do nothing to fight for it.

Yours truly,

Publius