3 Years of Pursing Patriotism

This past Sunday marks the three year anniversary of America Restored. As we celebrate everything that has lead us here, we think back to our original purpose of these blogs. We truly do want to restore America because we love our country. But sometimes it is unclear what that love, which some refer to as patriotism or ‘public spirit’, actually looks like. As Gordon wrote in Cato’s Letter Number 35, “The love of one’s country, or publick spirit, is a phrase in every body’s mouth, but it seldom goes deeper, it is talked of with out being felt.” 

We see false patriots around us every day. They claim to love America and the freedoms it possesses, yet they act in ways that completely undermine what the founders stood for. They, in fact, are the opposite of true patriots. Those people slowly lead the masses away from what America is and act against the public’s own good in a way that could never be considered the love of one’s country. Gordon writes that the “duty of a man to himself [must] be performed subsequently to the general welfare, and consistently with it.”  There are still many who claim to have a different duty – be it protection or humanitarianism or whatever flag they wave. They use their titles to take us away from our governing document and ideals. They make wild claims or use invisible threats to make us unsteady. It is best put in letter 35:

“Those patrons therefore of dry dreams, who do mischief to the world to make it better, are the pests and distressers of mankind, and shut themselves out from all pretense to love of their country. They would force all men into an absolute certainty about absolute uncertainties and contradictions; they would ascertain ambiguities, without removing them, and plaque and punish men for having but five senses.”

We must not listen to these men. In order to defeat their false pretenses, we should strive for the truth. To love one’s country, you must understand what it stands for. What good is spirit if it is not rooted in the proper place?

So how do we show our public spirit? We strive to be true patriots and support our country as best we know how – by upholding the principles of its founders and honoring the government they created. We seek to educate the public and point out the misdeeds around us. As Gordon wrote, “we…dread to see the day, when it will be safer for one man to be a traitor, than for another man, or for a whole people, to call him so. Where-ever public spirit is found dangerous, she will soon be seen dead.” 

Thank you for being with us these three years as we work towards our goal. We would also like to apologize for our lack of consistency these past few weeks. Our lives have been moving forward and changing, but because of this we are focused on making “America Restored” do the same. We hope you will stay with us as we further pursue the noble path of our fathers before us. 

Yours truly,

Publius

Confidence is Key

Most of us have probably heard the phrase “confidence is key”, but it’s sometimes hard to see how true that phrase is. In order to accomplish your goals, you need to hold confidence in yourself and also in those around you. Now, this isn’t to say that we won’t have moments when we feel unconfident or scared of what is to come, because that is inevitable, but if we want to be able to do great things we have to believe we are capable of doing them. In those moments when you feel most low, you have to have the courage to remind yourself that you can soar. If you don’t believe you can make it, you won’t put forth the effort to do so. That goes for everyone around you as well. We must have confidence that those we choose to surround ourselves and help us through our journey are capable of lifting us up and standing by our side. Without that and without trust in yourself, there will be nothing to motivate you to stand back up when you have fallen down. Be confident in the things you’ve learned and the faith you’ve developed. Be confident that the good things you do are making a difference. Be confident that each step you take will bring you closer to your goal. You are so close, so hold that conviction that what you are doing is right and you will make it further than you ever thought possible. If we are confident in the principles we know to be true, we can restore them to their full glory.

Yours truly,

Publius

45!

“Freedom is the English subject’s Prerogative.”

Today marks the 256th anniversary of the publication of the 45th issue of The North Briton by John Wilkes. In it, he criticized several public ministers, including the king, thus sparking both outrage and acclamation. Those who supported him and those who supported the sacred cause of liberty were heard to shout “Wilkes and Liberty!” and “45!”

Today, our liberties are threatened. Not from a foreign invader, but from the inside. We’ve ceased to be virtuous, thus allowing corruption to fester and grow. We’ve ceased to be valiant; we’re too afraid to stand up on our own. We’ve ceased to be vigilant, causing us to become ignorant. We’ve allowed ourselves to become distracted. The media, celebrities, politicians all demand our attention, and what do we do? We practically drown them in it.

Now is the time to rise up and be vigilant, valiant, and virtuous. Now is the time to spread Freedom’s Fire. Now is the time to join the inexorable cause of freedom.

To Wilkes, and that forever sacred cause

Pharos

45!

“Freedom is the English subject’s Prerogative.”

Today marks the 256th anniversary of the publication of the 45th issue of The North Briton by John Wilkes. In it, he criticized several public ministers, including the king, thus sparking both outrage and acclamation. Those who supported him and those who supported the sacred cause of liberty were heard to shout “Wilkes and Liberty!” and “45!”

Today, our liberties are threatened. Not from a foreign invader, but from the inside. We’ve ceased to be virtuous, thus allowing corruption to fester and grow. We’ve ceased to be valiant; we’re too afraid to stand up on our own. We’ve ceased to be vigilant, causing us to become ignorant. We’ve allowed ourselves to become distracted. The media, celebrities, politicians all demand our attention, and what do we do? We practically drown them in it.

Now is the time to rise up and be vigilant, valiant, and virtuous. Now is the time to spread Freedom’s Fire. Now is the time to join the inexorable cause of freedom.

To Wilkes, and that forever sacred cause

Pharos

Reason and Good Temper

In Cicero’s On Duty, he writes to his son about the duties of a man in the world. One of the many actions he describes is to remain courteous at all times. Cicero writes, “there is a demand for courtesy, and for a soul superior to petty causes of vexation, lest if we suffer ourselves to be angry with those who intrude upon us inopportunely, we fall into irritable habits equally harmful and hateful.” Every human being deserves our respect and courtesy in every situation, especially if they are our enemy. If we let ourselves be quick to judgment and anger, we will follow a path very hard to depart from. Anger corrupts the soul. It makes us irritable and quick-tempered. We lose rationality when we are angry. Emotions take over, and when emotions run wild, reason seems to fall behind. Instead we must act calmly. We must be level-headed at all times and not let those whom we are at odds with anger us. This is especially important when dealing with people of different political opinions. Cicero explains this by stating, “Nor are they to be listened to who think that anger is to be cherished toward those who are unfriendly to us on political grounds, and imagine that this betokens a large-minded and brave man; for nothing is more praiseworthy, nothing more befitting a great and eminent man, than placability and clemency.” It is not admirable to be defensive or combative in political discussions. The people looked up to the most are those who maintain a calm temper in the most trying of situations. They keep their heading and therefor keep their reason in all issues. We must strive to handle ourselves in this way. Avoid anger at all costs and keep our emotions in check. If we abandon reason for temperament, we can never hope to have discussions in the appropriate manner. 

Yours Truly,

Publius

Why?

I’ve come to realize that in today’s society, ‘tyrant’ is not as foreign of a word as I originally thought. However, people seem to use it to describe only the person who is opposing their political party. Something many choose to ignore is that there are many people who classify as a tyrant, not just a single ruler. A tyrant is any one being who takes power that is not theirs, or anyone who crosses the line of power that was given them. And I know I have written about it before, but as Trenchard and Gordon say, “the subject of liberty and tyranny [is] a noble subject, superior to all others… it concerns the whole earth, and children ought to be instructed in it as soon as they are capable of instruction.” This is a lesson that continually needs to be taught.

So, why are tyrants so bad? What’s wrong with living under a tyrant if you are “happy”? The answer is one that should be shouted over and over: because we need liberty! Robert Ingersoll said that “what is light to the eyes- what air is to the lungs- what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of men.” Liberty is not just a convenience, it is a necessity, and tyranny destroys that. Nothing can be more cruel than someone who slowly deprives a people of something as glorious as liberty and does so in a way they don’t even realize it. Trenchard and Gordon even go so far as to say that if the devil himself had one way to get ahold of man, it would be through tyrants. Without your liberty, you are not free to do what you know is right and will therefore not live up to your true potential. Tyranny should be feared and avoided at all costs. Part of treasuring and restoring liberty is protecting ourselves from those who seek to take it away. Educate yourself on this “noble subject” and do everything in your power to bring down tyranny so liberty can rise up.

Yours truly,

Publius

Good News!

Anne Frank motivated everyone who read her words when she wrote, “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” And what good news that truly is! I don’t think each of us understands just how much we are capable of. We all have this beautiful, infinite amount of potential and no matter what we do, it will never go away. True, we may go down a path that keeps us from seeing or living up to this potential, but it still remains and always will. There are those, however, who want us to fail. They try with all their might to make us forget who we are or who we can be. They want us to believe that our capabilities are so much more smaller than they actually are. Jean-Jacque Rousseau commented that “we can dwarf them, but not change them; we can hinder men from showing what they are, but we cannot make them otherwise.” No matter what people tell you, you are capable of accomplishing amazing things. Anne Frank, at such a young age, knew this, and never let herself forget it. We should always do the same, because we cannot accomplish anything without believing we are able to do so. As the world tells you you are inferior to so many, stand confident in knowing that you have a world of potential that you can live up to.

Yours truly,

Publius

On Common Sense

We all have heard of the famous pamphlet, Common Sense by Thomas Paine, and I could go on and on about it’s amazing contents, but what I wanted to focus on right now is its title. If Paine was writing this pamphlet to share information people were lacking, why would he have titled it the way he did? Not because everyone knew the information already, but because everyone should. He knew that once it was laid out for them they would more easily see that that knowledge was necessary and true. What Paine was teaching truly was common sense, but people had just forgotten it for a bit.

Today, our society seems to have steered away from those principles taught in 1776, but each of us has an innate knowledge that these principles are true, and can therefore be classified as common sense. When we take time to study and gain knowledge, those things that may have seemed foreign or “old fashioned” suddenly take on a new meaning, and you can feel their power and truthfulness as if it you knew them all along. Follow that common sense that is telling you that these things are true. We all have a desire to be free, we just need to know how to get there.

Yours truly,

Publius

Truth Over Trouble

It seems like all we see on the news today is fighting. Whether it’s political parties, countries, or personal fights, they are constantly surrounding us. Both physical and verbal weapons are being used to harm each other rather than lift each other up. However, Thomas Paine explained that “An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers do not.” In this world where people’s first reaction to opposition is to harm those who cause it, the most light comes from those who instead teach and listen. So much knowledge can be spread as we share the principles we know to be true instead of attacking those who question us.

People misunderstand each other but instead of explaining, we try to injure on another. But Aristotle taught that “one exclusive sign thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.” We cannot prove to ourselves that we know about something until we can teach it, and what better opportunity to teach then when someone disagrees? And even better, what better opportunity to show someone you care about them? The simple act of listening rather than lashing out may be all someone needs. It creates a feeling of peace and kindness rather than contention and anger.

We must, as George Washington advised, “observe good faith and justice toward all [people]. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” While it is true, the world isn’t perfect and not everyone is going to agree, but we must strive to be just instead of rash. Often, the pen is mightier than the sword and the kind words we use can make much more of an impact than we first anticipated.

Yours truly,

Publius

Words of Inspiration

Nothing inspires the mind and heart like a book. Whether it is about history, philosophy, or even for pleasure, we can often learn by sitting and reading a good book. Henry David Thoreau taught that, “a truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it, and commence living on its hint. What I began reading, I must finish by acting.”

Good words inspire and uplift! They motivate us to become better than who we were when we began reading. Even as we sit to read a fairytale or a fictional novel, there are lessons we can learn that help us progress. However, while reading often gives us much needed inspiration or motivation, it can also lead us away from progression. Harmful words cause us to think dangerous thoughts, and we must be careful of them.

Be cautious as you pick up a book to read, but as you do, remember all the possibilities a good book can hold. Remember to be seeking ways to better yourself as you read. Learn from the facts, the lessons, and the stories. They can all hold immense value for you. Remember the importance of knowledge and all that can be gained from what you read. Nothing can surpass the knowledge gained from reading and the actions preformed after you’ve done so.

Yours truly,

Publius