Two Years and Still Just the Beginning

It is official. It has been two years since America Restored published our first entry! Since June 16, 2016, we have written exactly one hundred entries and received nearly four thousand views. I cannot believe how much this website has grown since then and I am so grateful for how much support we have received. It amazes me to look back at how much I, personally, have learned and grown over these past two years while writing for America Restored and I am also incredibly grateful for that. These past two years we have written about the principles of liberty and virtue that we value most, and we want everyone to know how important these principles are. They are the principles our founding fathers valued more than almost anything, fought for, and risked almost everything for. They are the principles that thousands have sacrificed their lives for. As we strive to live by these principles, we will be able to restore liberty. As we continue America Restored, we hope to continue to be able to teach others and to be able to continue to learn and grow ourselves. To those who have been with us since the beginning, thank you so much for being willing to continue and for supporting us. For those who are just now reading America Restored, thank you for seeking knowledge and trying us out. Once again, we are so grateful for the experiences, support, and knowledge we have received throughout these two years and we hope for more to come!

Thank you,

Publius

State of Mind

A fellow patriot and good friend of mine said to me, “I’ve realized something. About our tendencies. We often describe ourselves in absolutes. Like we say ‘I’m lazy’, or ‘I’m not smart’, or ‘I’m weak’, or

‘I’m not good enough’ but that’s not true. ‘I’ve been acting lazy’, ‘I don’t understand right now’, ‘I have weakness’, and ‘I am working working towards achieving that goal’ are all correct and a better mindset.”

We often say things as if there is no room for change, like the classic excuse, “that’s just the way I am”, when in reality each and every one of us has flaws that can all be made better if we are constantly working towards bettering ourselves. We must be progressing, instead of telling ourselves we are one way and that is the only way we will ever be. Sometimes it’s difficult looking at those things about yourself you want to change, and it’s even more difficult to put in the work to do so, but if we neglect to do so, we will never be able to accomplish anything and we will doom ourselves to staying the way we are. People say mindset is half the battle, and that can be true. If you tell yourself you can never be more than what you are now, you have already given up and won’t be able to accomplish what you could have if you have believed that you could. I urge you fellow patriots, to work towards bettering yourselves daily and to never give in to the lie that you will never be able to change. You have more potential than what you see.

Yours truly,

Publius

Being Accountable

Everyone at one point has struggled with remaining accountable. Whether it’s because there are too many things on your plate or there are just better things to do, whatever it may be, there are times when the tasks at hand don’t get done. In those moments, people always look to someone or something else to blame. In the end, it is always our fault that we were not accountable. As Ronald Reagan once said, “It is time to restore that American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions”. While you are responsible for your own actions, that does not mean you can not reach out for help. One of the easiest ways to build accountability in yourself is finding a friend to support you and keep you in line. You can’t put everything on their shoulders, but you can ask for help. Or maybe you are the one on whom others can rely. Not everyone is perfectly centered on their own. But in order to hold others accountable, we must first look to ourselves.

In government, we always want our representatives to act responsibly. Together, we can build accountability on a small scale, later expanding it to those in charge. Like we always say, if we ourselves become virtuous, our governments will follow. So when we are asked whose fault is it that we are where we are, we must realize we are the ones accountable.

Yours Truly,

Publius

Demonstrating Gratitude

Yesterday, we celebrated Memorial Day and were all reminded of all those who have sacrificed so much and have demonstrated amazing courage and patriotism. We are so grateful for the examples all of these men and women have shown and for their constant bravery and dedication.

While taking a day off to remember all of these sacrifices that have been made is a good way to show our gratitude, another way we can thank them even more is to show them we care for the liberty they were trying to give us. If we ignore the duty we have to restore liberty, then we are ignoring the sacrifices that have been made because of it. As mentioned last week, we cannot procrastinate virtue and liberty, but need to be constantly striving for it now. Benjamin Franklin taught that “lost time is never found again”. We have been given this time now to make an impact and restore liberty. We cannot waste this precious time, but instead must use it to do as much as we can. This is the best way we can prove to those men and women that we truly appreciate their sacrifices. As you continue to remember those examples and sacrifices, I urge you to think of what you can do to restore the liberty they were fighting for.

Yours truly,

Publius

Be Virtuous, Be Brave, Be a Leader

Martin Luther King Jr. taught, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

How often do you see something needs to be done but think “it’s alright, someone else will do it”? Whether it something small like picking up a piece of trash or something bigger like helping someone out, we all tend to be followers every once in a while and not leaders, hoping someone will take the first step so we can follow safely behind.

In the fight to restore liberty, you could be risking a lot; acceptance from the world, an easy and carefree life, and a government that gives you whatever you want. This is why, I believe, there are so many of us who are afraid to be the first ones to share the message of liberty and to fight to take it back, because there is much to lose and frankly, it is scary. It is much easier to find someone who has already begun the fight and just follow closely in their shadow, hiding from those who might use it against you. Today, however, we are in desperate need of more brave and virtuous leaders who are willing to stand up before the world and declare the things they know to be true so we can get more people to join the fight and eventually restore liberty. It cannot be done alone and it cannot be done if we choose to sit and watch from a safe distance. We need to follow the examples of the Founding Fathers and not allow the influence of the tyrant to scare us off, but willing to take the first step needed to restore liberty. Be virtuous, be brave, and be a leader.

Yours truly,

Publius

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

William Ross Wallace once wrote, “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world”. This past weekend was Mother’s day, the day where we celebrate the loving, tender hands that forever rock the cradle of all generations. It is important to remember that you are what your parents lead you to be. The knowledge you obtain, the characteristics you have, the standards you uphold, these all come from the seeds your parents place into you, especially your mothers. They are the first hands you hold, the first heartbeat you hear. The relationship of a mother to child can never be duplicated. Because of the influence a parent can have on their child, it is key to remember what we want to instill in our children. We must place the principles of liberty in our youth at a young age so it is engrained in their subconscious. Mothers are our first teachers and that is why they can rule the world. They send you on your life’s path in whatever direction they choose. So in order for us to prosper as a people, rich in the luxury of liberty, we must become the best mothers, and fathers, that we can be. Only once we start from the bottom up can we truly restore our country to where it should be.

Thank you mothers everywhere,

Publius

Appreciation: A Wonderful Thing

Appreciate, a word meaning to recognize the full worth of. I feel like there many things that happen on a daily basis we do not appreciate like we should. The small acts of kindness those around us preform, the little things that just work out to make a situation better, and the good parts of your day, all seem to go unappreciated or often unnoticed. We don’t notice their full worth. But why is it so important to appreciate something? Why does it even matter? Voltaire explains, “appreciation is a wonderful thing: it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” If we choose to overlook the small things that make our day go better, we don’t notice them and cannot allow them to bring the full amount of joy into our lives as they could have. For example, if you are having a bad day and someone smiles at you as they pass you in the hall; that is something so easy to overlook, but if you appreciate it, it can make your day so much better than how it was before, simply because you noticed and valued that small act of kindness. Not only this, but we even overlook big things that deserve to be appreciated. The sacrifices people made in the past for our freedom, the sacrifices people make today, and those who are constantly there for us, teaching us and bringing us closer to virtue and liberty. As we go throughout our day and try to bring ourselves to notice the things that often go unnoticed, we will become happier and more virtuous.

Yours truly,

Publius

Work, Desire, Strive

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” Abigail Adams

I have been thinking a lot about how everyone is being taught today. Unlike when the Founding Fathers were taught, we aren’t taught how to think, but what to think. The thing is, as Abigail Adams explained in the above quote, we cannot simply sit in a classroom listening to lectures and expect to actually gain knowledge from that. Even if you feel like you know enough to pass the next test, that doesn’t mean you’ve actually gained that knowledge. We have to work for it, study, and desire to have that knowledge. We cannot be told what to think and expect that to be enough. We are scared to learn of the principles of liberty and tyranny because we have been told to think differently; however, if we learn how to think instead of what to think, and we study out these principles, it will not be hard to see how important and true they are. I urge you to think outside of just what you’ve been told, and open up your mind to new knowledge. Work for it, desire it, and diligently strive for it.

I would also like to thank all of those who have already opened up their minds to these new principles and ideas. These past couple of days, America Restored has reached over three thousand views! We have grown tremendously these past couple of days and we are so grateful for it. More and more people are reading, and returning week after week to read what we have written, meaning these principles are being read, understood, and received and we can’t thank you enough for that. We hope to continue to be able to teach others and grow.

Yours truly,

Publius

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