Patience Truly is a Virtue

We have all heard the phrase “patience is a virtue”, usually said in casual, witty circumstances, but have we ever stopped to think about what that really means and what knowledge this simple statement may hold? I have mentioned from time to time one of my favorite quotes, “there is no liberty without virtue”, and if patience is a virtue then we need to recognize that we cannot have liberty if we have no patience. This virtue is one of the many that have been lost in the past few years and people seem to continue to lose more patience with different parts of their lives every single day. Personally, it is growing more difficult to be patient with others and even just with what I’m trying to focus on at the time. Today, it is becoming more common to be less patient because people have stopped fighting it. People are losing patience with close family members and friends, with work, and more importantly, with learning. Knowledge does not come easy, and definitely not quickly; we must be patient as we work toward obtaining a greater desire to learn and the knowledge that comes from that desire. The knowledge that is truly valuable cannot be taught from a textbook, it comes from continually searching and studying the words of the men I mention almost every week. Benjamin Franklin taught, “He that can have patience can have what he will.” Liberty is not something that can be obtained within a week, or a year, we need to be constantly striving for it in order to obtain it. If we can teach ourselves to have the patience everyone had 250 years ago, we can and will restore the liberty they fought for all those years ago. Every day people miss opportunities because they are so used to not needing to have patience. Please, don’t lose patience with the things that are most important in your life, because then, you will lose those things that are most important in your life. Trust that if you continue to fight for what is good and virtuous, it will come eventually. If it is virtuous, it will come!

Yours truly,

Publius

Deciding Against Slavery 

Edmund Burke said, “Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil”. I have already written about slavery many times, and talked about its meaning, which is obviously the loss of liberty, but what I have not yet mentioned is that slavery does not come about just from tyranny. In today’s world, people are enslaved by more than just the government. As Burke’s quote said, it grows on every soil. His analogy doesn’t only apply to where slavery is, it applies to what it is… a weed. No matter what you do or what you try to surround yourselves with, there will always be something that can enslave you, and you can’t stop that, but it is your choice as to whether or not that thing will enslave you. There are so many things that distract from the more important aspects of life, and if you allow these things to dictate how you live your life, you’ve allowed them to make you their slave. It is devastating to see that so many lives are ruined because people allow something so small and seemingly innocent to control their entire lives. Fortunately, we have the power to choose how we will live our lives! If we don’t want to let an object, or a tyrant, to make us slaves, we don’t have to. We have the power to say no to the tyrant or whatever is threatening our liberty, even if others tell us to say yes. We have the power to say yes to those good and honorable things that will bless our lives, even if the tyrant tells us to say no. We control our own lives no matter what stands in our way. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t stop something from controlling you. The only way to truly be controlled is to accept that you are giving up power, you must be willing to give yourself up to the things that seek to distract you or to enslave you. People will always say it doesn’t matter what you do, that everyone is addicted to this or that, which is false. You have a say in what possesses your mind. All you need is the knowledge and willpower to only give yourself to what is right. There are books filled with teachings that say you will be blessed if you do so, despite what the world says, because liberty is something far greater than anything the world can offer you, you might just have to work to see it. 

The Definition of a Law

Frédérick Basiat taught, “Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.” But what exactly is a law? Many people have been led to believe that if the president or any other government official decides to put a rule into place, it is a law and therefore must be followed. I will declare right now that this is a false idea. A law is a rule put into place, as Basiat said, for the protection of our lives, liberty, and property, within the bounds of the Constitution. If it does not follow these standards then it must not be obeyed. Now, I understand that this is easier said then done as people are still punished as if these rules were laws, this is yet another reason why we write. The more people there are that understand this principle, the more people can take a stand for what it right. It is sad it see that not only are these “laws” not completing their initial purpose, they are doing the opposite and putting boundaries on life, liberty, and property. Somehow instead of protecting these things, they are taking them away in order to satisfy the greed of those who have put these “laws” into place. It is time we stop accepting everything and recognize that it is ok to resist when you are resisting tyranny. This nation was meant for more than this, there is far more potential than any of us can recognize in this country, and in ourselves. It is our duty to live up to this potential and help others do the same. These “laws” we have been taught to obey, the ones that have put a stop on liberty, cannot be the reason we quit fighting for that liberty. As said in a previous entry, don’t fear the crown, and always fight for what is right, despite the hardships the world may throw at you. One day these “laws” will be discarded and replaced with real laws, laws that protect us, instead of harm us; on that day we will rejoice and say farewell to the tyranny that had destroyed our liberty. 
With confidence and assurance,

Publius

Be as the Builders of the Nation

As I have written about countless times before, there have been many men and women who sacrificed so much for liberty, religion, and knowledge. These people didn’t care about the scolding and mocking they received, nor did they care that what they believed in, contradicted the things everyone had been taught to believe, these men and women were pioneers because they paved their own path, despite all their hardships. We hear of their stories, and admire their bravery, but do we ever think why they really did what they did or what they must have felt? It is true, in most circumstances they wanted freedom, whether it was freedom to worship how they wished, learn what they wanted to learn, or just have liberty in general; but they wanted this freedom, not just for themselves, but for us. These pioneers made all those sacrifices so we could receive the blessings that came from them. Algernon Sidney, who wrote Discourses Concerning Government, was given the choice to take back what he had written, or to be executed; he chose the latter and was beheaded. It is obvious he did not do so for himself, but because it was so important to him that others knew of the things he had written and that they would know of a surety they were true by his sacrifice. As I write each week, I try to look at the examples of these pioneers and know that even if we don’t get back our liberty in 10 years, or 50 years, or even in our lifetime, that one day those who come after us will receive the blessings of liberty, and that is worth it. Each of us has the opportunity to be pioneers, as our ancestors once were, and pave new paths so that our posterity will know, for a surety, of the truthfulness and importance of liberty by our examples. Today, as we think of their examples, I hope we can all fight for our freedoms as they did, and let their sacrifices not be in vain. 
Yours truly,

Publius

A Grateful Heart

The world today seems to always focus on the negative. People look for every flaw, search for every excuse, and complain about every situation, but it is so important to take the time to think about all the good in your life and be grateful for it. No matter what situation you are in, no matter how devastating it may seem, there is always something to be grateful for. James E. Faust taught, “A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.” Once we recognize all we have, we can use our blessings as motivation to be better and inspire others to do the same. So, while it’s true, we do not have all the liberty we were meant to have, we still have freedoms and we need to work hard to preserve the ones we do have! Being grateful for those blessings means you care enough about them to take care of them. I urge you to take five minutes out of your day to think about all you have. Think of the people in your life who help you and comfort you, think about the knowledge you have access to, and think about the blessings you may have not even recognized before, then do all you can to protect and preserve them. Remember the words of Cicero, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Life is not easy, and it’s not meant to be, but there is always good and there is always light. I am so beyond grateful for those who have taught me so much, for the freedoms I have, and for the ability to fight for the freedoms we are meant to have. I know it is difficult, but by focusing on the light, we can make it through the dark. 

With reassurance and confidence,

Publius

Necessity is Our Inspiration

Why do we do what we do? In life, why do we act? What leads us to our choices or our actions? As Trenchard and Gordon wrote, “necessity is the mother of invention…” We act because we need to. When holes open, people need to fill them. Inspiration can always be seen as a need. A need to write, a need to study, a need to learn, a need to speak up, a need to stand out. While there are obvious necessities around us, there are those you must find for yourself. What is necessary for you to do? If you look at your choices as necessities, it makes you think about your actions. Is what you are doing really important? What will it create? Find your own path by finding what you need to do. Remember that your actions will lead to something. Will that something fill up a hole or will it simply create a new one? Take the time to consider why it is that you are acting. Why do you do what you do? Is it necessary or are you giving someone else a reason to act?
Do what is necessary,
Publius

Celebrating the Lives of Those Who Loved Liberty

Tomorrow we will celebrate the day the Declaration of Independence was signed; the day the leaders from the united states of America officially announced they no longer wanted to be a part of a nation that was ruled by such a merciless tyrant. Now, we are taught that this was exactly what everyone wanted and that it was the sole purpose of fighting the War for Independence to begin with, but it is important to realize the war was not started with the intent of becoming independent, nor was that something everyone wanted. The war began so those living in the united states could take back their liberty and remind the tyrant they would not allow him to take it from them again. When they eventually realized he was not going to give them back what they desired, they decided the only solution was to separate themselves from the nation being governed by that tyrant. Trust me when I say this was not an easy thing for them to do. The wise men who took the initiative to do this knew they would have to sacrifice their money and time in order to make it work. If they could have, they would have been more than happy to stay in a position that gave them protection and already had an organized government, but not unless they had their freedoms. They cherished liberty in such a way that they were willing to sacrifice and endure so much, in order to protect it. As we celebrate Independence Day, I hope we will all remember the amazing men and women who cherished liberty to the point that they were willing to die for it. I hope we can all remember their sacrifices, and use them as motivation to take back what they fought for. Let us use this day as a reminder that we can all fight for liberty, as they did hundreds of years ago, and cherish it as they did. They fought so we could have liberty, and I believe they are still urging us to continue working to restore it today so what they fought for would not have been in vain. Independence Day, is a day we celebrate the freedoms we have, but please realize that unless we act now, the freedoms we do have will be taken away.

Yours truly,

Publius

Who is Meant to Lead?

In last week’s post, I listed qualities that should be avoided when looking for a leader, but who can we trust to protect our property, our lives, and above all, our liberty? Those who are entrusted with the responsibility of preserving a nation should be those who first and foremost have demonstrated countless times that they live virtuous lives. Hugo Grotious stated that, “A man cannot govern a nation if he cannot govern a city; he cannot govern a city if he cannot govern his family; he cannot govern his family unless he can govern himself.” It does not make sense that we should trust someone to govern over us who cannot prove they can govern themselves. Those fit to lead display their virtue through their love of liberty, their humility, and their knowledge.

The most important duty given to those appointed to lead is meant to be preserving the liberty of the people, but a leader will fail to do so if they do not cherish liberty the way it is meant to be cherished. One would show they are meant to lead by displaying his love of that precious gift. In addition, those who are given authority to govern over us should be those who do not seek power, but seek to preserve the power the people hold over themselves. They sacrifice their time, not expecting anything in return, because they care about the well-being of those who have chosen them to lead. Finally, a leader must know how to govern righteously and know about past events and principles to guide them in the future. If someone does not know the principles of liberty and tyranny taught by so many people before us, they cannot govern over us virtuously.

To sum up, a tyrant is a leader who forcefully takes power or cunningly tricks people into giving it to him. A virtuous leader, the kind we are meant to have, will do everything he can to preserve liberty, and never seek for anything more. These virtuous leaders are out there, and if you can’t find one, become one. I hope you realize the type of people we must seek for, and the type of people we must avoid, as one cherishes liberty, and the other destroys it. I want to emphasize my gratitude, once again, for everyone who is making an effort to restore liberty, I promise your efforts are not in vain. Never stop laboring for what you know to be right.

Yours truly,

Publius

Recognizing Tyranny

John Trenchard advised, “Beware, my friends, of the first step, and know your whole journey before you move one foot…When we are engaged, we cannot retreat; one step will draw another.” So, what is it we’re fighting against? What is tyranny? Tyranny is one of the reasons Samuel Pufendorf said, “More inhumanity (to man) has been done by man himself than any other of nature’s causes.” Liberty is one of the most sacred and glorious gifts, and tyranny destroys that gift in cunning and dishonest ways. Tyrants harm men and women by convincing them they are being saved. They will stop at nothing to obtain power and the only way they can do so is through consent or force; so a tyrant will trick the people into giving him their consent, or force the people into giving up their precious gift. Either way, the people are being deprived of their liberty, which is more destructive than any natural disaster. Think of a typical villain from any book or movie. If I am not mistaken, most villains attack the protagonist of the story because they want power and the hero is standing in their way of obtaining it. They go to extreme measures in order to destroy the person who is threatening their reign. This doesn’t just happen in fairy tales, it is happening every single day but, like the protagonist in most stories, we just might not recognize who is the villain right away. Tyrants will not hesitate to get rid of anything that stands in their way of power. Today, they are destroying the minds of those most capable of restoring liberty by getting rid of the words of incredible men, they are making sure we cannot fight back by disarming the people, and they are convincing everyone they are doing this just for our safety and well-being. Luckily, we are the heroes of this story. We must recognize who the villain is and do all we can to bring him down in order to save the liberty of those living today, and those who will come after us. Just like any story on the screen or on a page, if we continue to fight for what we know is right, we wil win. I urge you to learn to recognize tyranny so you will know what you are fighting against. I promise you once you do this, you will find it that much easier to restore liberty. 

Yours truly,

Publius 

What One Year Can Bring

One year ago today we published our very first entry. Since then, we have been able to experience so much and hopefully have been able to teach others the truths we hold so dear. Though we began this website as an attempt to reach out to and teach others, I can honestly say that I feel that writing these entries each week has helped and taught me in more ways than anyone else.  I look back to when we began and I simply cannot believe how far we have come as a website, but more importantly how far I’ve come as an individual. Though it is impossible for me to write them all down, I would like to share just a few truths I have learned this past year that are most important to me.

First, something I’ve stated countless times, personal virtue. I had absolutely no idea when I began how important it really is to be virtuous not just for yourself, but for everyone around you and for future generations. What you do now can truly effect the lives of a countless number of people. Another essential truth is the importance of educating yourself. I will admit, when I first began writing America Restored, I would read a chapter of a book here and there, but most of the time I would write having not read anything that week. However, I slowly began to realize that each time I read, everything I wrote seemed to have more power than when I was simply writing just to have an entry put up. The words of Algernon Sidney, Trenchard and Gordon, and Cicero are full of so many lessons that they allow me to write with more strength than I could ever do alone. The final thing I wanted to emphasize is to remember the men and women from the past who cherished liberty in such a way that it caused them to sacrifice all they had in order to preserve it. Looking back on their examples is what continues to inspire me today because no matter which way you look at it, you cannot deny the fact that they loved liberty in a way unfathomable to us today. I aspire to become as they were and hope we can restore the liberty they fought so hard to keep.

To conclude, we just wanted to thank those who taught us these incredible truths, those who take the time to read what we write, and those who are making an effort everyday to restore liberty. Thank you so much for this amazing year of support. This experience has presented so many opportunities that we would never have imagined. We have loved every minute of this journey. It has led us to develop our beliefs, our thoughts, and our lives. Thank you for letting us share this journey with you. I hope that we can continue to grow not only this website, but this connection between us two writers and all of you. Thank you all for your continued support. Here’s to many more years to come! 

Thank you,

Publius