“Trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty”

Posted in America, Founding Fathers, Glenn Beck, Government, Politics, the912Project, the912project-us, The912project.com, the912projectus, Unite or Die US, Uniteordie-US, We Surround Them on April 17, 2009 by paulrohricht

My fellow Americans,

I have written in an earlier post about the need to be sure about someone when they call themselves a ‘patriot’.

It is much more powerful when someone is called a patriot by someone else, rather than making the claim by themselves. This is because you cannot ever know what is truely at the core belief system of someone else; only God can know that for sure. But we can see what someone is made of by what they do, their actions, and not just their words alone; the old ‘walk the talk’ proverb.

I have seen already in these early days of the 912 project, so many good people who truly care about their communities and their country. The tea parties that were held throughout the country show that there is a groundswell of grass-roots interest in what this government, at all levels both state and nationally, is doing.

But there is a dark side to everything, part of the balance in nature, that we should be aware of too. And that darkside is that sometimes this:

Good-natured people, who start with good intentions, also turn toward that dark side.trust-no-man-living-with-power-to-endanger-the-public-liberty

Sometimes, some of these good intentioned people fall prey to the lure of power. For others, it is fame, or fortune. Still others do not even realize it is happening, until someone steps forward and tells them about it. Sometimes, they listen. Sometimes they do not. It really does not matter which of these are manifest, for they are all detrimental to the pursuit of liberty. Abraham Lincoln fought for liberty, for all people, and John Adams wrote:

“Trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty”.

We see this in various groups forming throught the country. Organizers set agendas. Organizers delay elections, both at the national level and the local level. This is most usually a tactic used to consolidate their power.

In the process, they endanger public liberty; the very thing that they originally had claimed to be fighting for. And in doing so, it systematically endangers the local movements and the national movements, because sooner or later, the people will learn about these tactics, and become disinfranchised; they become confused about what is going on in the larger group, and they start to feel like it is no different than what they were originally working to presumably fight against.

Our leaders, whether they be in elected pubilic office, or in local grass-roots organizations, should be questioned every step of the way. The group is of the people, not the organizers.

The people decide, not a gang of 4, a gaggle of 2, or just a few self-appointed birds flying on their own.

Liberty is a commodity that should not be watered down, it must be fought for, it must be preserved at all costs. What got us into this mess in Washington is that we let it happen. I choose to fight against it now.

-Paul

A gift to America: a roadmap to unity

Posted in Politics on April 1, 2009 by paulrohricht

My fellow Americans,

Making this country better in our boro’s, townships, cities and states, requires us to build unity with one another. But this should not be at the expense of losing one’s own identity, or sacrificing your own principles in the process.

We all have our own skills, we all have our own passions in life, whether it be a job you really like; that you would still do even if you didn’t need the money and you didn’t have bills to pay, or a volunteer activity that is important to you. Deep down inside, deep in our gut, most people want to get along; most people want to feel connected with others; most people want to rally around a set of ideals that go beyond our own interests.

When the founding fathers started to meet together, first in small groups, they spent a lot of time getting to know each other, learning how to trust one another. They focused on finding their own common ground among all of the many, pressing issues of the New World called America. They did not always agree with each other. Delaware was the first to ratify the Constitution of the United States, but did all of the states just jump in to ride the wave, to jump on the bandwagon? They did not. Only through patient, and sometimes heated argument, were they finally able to put aside their differences and work toward the principles and values that they all felt, deep down inside. They put away their own interests, which were many. Keep in mind that the founding fathers generally were all very well educated, they were power-brokers in their own colonies, and many were very wealthy. They were weathy because they worked hard; used their individual skills and passions to become very successful in their chosen fields. By ceding their own power, they gained even more.

But the founding fathers needed a framework, a roadmap to help them build unity in a way that could be used to bring everyone together toward a common goal. The roadmap they used were the principles and values we have so often heard about.

Today, it is no different. Groups are coming together all over this country, the discussion has begun, but they have no framework to channel that energy. There are groups competing for bodies, for number counts; it is hard to sort through the true patriots from the convenient ones. I have some ideas that I will suggest that could help those hardworking idealist Americans come together in unity around a shared purpose. It will be up to America to accept the gift; I simply offer it for the benefit of all who wish to listen because this country is worth giving back to. You’ll hear more about that in the coming days.

-Paul

“I want my country back. — United in purpose, we can do great things” > Paul Rohricht

Posted in America, Founding Fathers, Glenn Beck, Government, Obama, Politics, Revolution, the912Project, We Surround Them with tags on March 28, 2009 by paulrohricht

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When Tyranny is challenged, how do they respond?

Posted in America, Founding Fathers, Glenn Beck, Government, Obama, Politics, Revolution, the912Project, We Surround Them on March 26, 2009 by paulrohricht

My fellow Americans,

19th century French lawyer, politician, and philospher Alexis de Tocqueville wrote his masterpiece Democracy in America in the 1830’s. It’s not an easy read, believe me. But the messages have relevance for this topic. In the context of what I wrote in my last post, it would be good to understand what likely comes next when tyranny is challenged. For when we, like Dorothy, finally pull back that curtain, and see what is actually going on, the tyrannical beast has only a couple of options for response to our discovery. Before I go into that, I want to provide a couple of important points from de Tocqueville. Here’s part of what he wrote:

That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances: what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living?

If you don’t feel like wading through it, I will give you my cliff notes version:

Those that are tyrannical work very hard, in a systematic way, to slowly eat away at our freedoms.

Let me repeat:

Those that are tyrannical work very hard, in a systematic way, to slowly eat away at our freedoms.

I hope you really think about that. What they do is they create more and more roadblocks to freedom and liberty, and it is important to point out, they view it as completely justified and necessary; the ends justify the means. This is because they believe they are your parent, and we are their children. This directly translates into action, systematically putting in place measures to control you, who you talk to, who you network with, and manages your every move. They believe it is they who should care for you, regulate you, and monitor you.

The ways they accomplish their mission are many, as they now have many tools at their disposal to exert their influence in their ‘children’s’ lives. Think about the parent who takes the keys away from their rebellious child, or takes away the XBox or PlayStation, when the child talks back or challenges their authority. We see this on the internet as well, when so-called ‘Social Networks’ are not really “open”, when the creator of the site has the power to filter your comments, or worse yet, even takes you completely off the site if you don’t conform to what they think you should be writing, or posting, on that site. This is a challenge to the tyrannical authority, and a threat to their power that they crave viscerally.

What I’ve outlined are just some of the creative ways we see the response of tyranny being practiced every day. But if a French guy from the 19th century could see it then, why do we not see it happening today? It is because we are slowly being lulled into la-la land. But now, not everyone is. People are waking up to the reality that is happening right in front of their eyes, if they dare to peek behind the curtain.

So what is the tyrannical authority’s next move? What do they do when they see that the child they attempted to crush through regulation and controls and censorship, does not go away? They attempt to continue to consolidate their base with those who are still asleep, to expand their families (their ‘children’) into a growing web of decit. They grow their networks, and hope that another ‘problem child’ does not rise to the surface, at least not until they hope they will have grown so large, and so powerful, that one or two ‘problem children’ won’t matter to them.

They will talk about all of the great things they are doing, how busy they are, how great they are and mighty they are, their guest talk show radio appearances. But they are really just the wizard who eventually gets caught with his pants down.

Perhaps they try to fight in the legal system, or perhaps they expand their ‘backroom dealmaking’ with other networked ‘parents’ to expand and consolidate their power. And here we see the pay to play system, like Illinois politics, and, like Yogi says-“its de’ja vu all over again”. But we see ahead of these tactics, and we make note of them before they are able to even try as they might, to break us, continuing to bind us in their expanding web of control and censorship.

But there is another response. Perhaps the tyrannical beast has a change of heart. Like the wizard, once caught behind the curtain, he sees there is a chance to come clean, to admit some mistakes along the way. We pray the wicked can be converted back, reborn if you will.

Will we welcome them, or spurn them? If we are truely American patriots, we will welcome them with open arms on the promise they continue to demontrate and practice the principles and values of liberty and freedom that were preordained by God Himself, and embodied in the spirit of the Constitution. We expect honesty, we maintain hope, and we remain humble in the struggle for freedom. We offer an open hand, in sincerity, that together with hard work, we will break the tyranny ahead.

So now, we’ve come full circle, back to our 19th century French friend de Tocqueville. He writes about the incredible spirit of what is singularly ‘American’. He has often been remembered for this answer to the question about what makes America a great country:

“America is great because America is good.”

Yes, my friends, America is great, so long as we continue to fight against tyranny in any form, when we see it.

-Paul

© 2009 Paul Rohricht

What exactly does tyranny look and smell like?

Posted in America, Founding Fathers, Glenn Beck, Politics, Revolution, the912Project, We Surround Them on March 25, 2009 by paulrohricht

My fellow Americans,

Tyranny can present itself in many forms. It smells, it festers like an infection that begins small, but grows and grows until you finally notice its time to do something about it. If it walks like a duck, it’s a duck. Sometimes you can see it very clearly. But most of the time, it is hidden in the shadows, behind the curtain, and we, like Dorothy, don’t bother to look behind it.

Why don’t we look? We sometimes don’t look because we are afraid that what we may in fact find is that which we don’t want to see. We want to trust. I believe it is basic human nature to want to extend trust without personal gain, without anything in it for ourselves. I am not saying we should stop that approach; I think we should always first give the benefit of the doubt to all we meet. Wouldn’t you want others to give that to you as well?

But once in a while, we feel that infection starting to fester, and we know we need to do something; we need to get it checked out. It is good to just take a peek behind that shadow and behind the curtain. If you see nothing, it may be just your imagination, or you’re having a rough day or busy week. But if you see something, take note, and tell others what you have seen. Others you tell may tell you that “it is not really a big deal”; they may say “it must have been just a technical error”, “everything will be ok, let’s just keep moving on”, or something like this.

But it is our duty, as Americans, to point out tyranny where it exists. We need to tell our families, our friends, our neighbors and we need to confront the tyrants head on. The founding fathers did this, and helped others see the tyranny which called itself the British Empire. Since then, new empires can emerge, except now it is not done with an army, it is done through the internet. But the result is the same: absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Thomas Jefferson wrote this about tyranny: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent”.

Where you think there may be tyranny, it probably is. Be sure to keep checking behind that curtain, take a peek from time to time. Stay vigilant, and keep your eyes wide open.

-Paul

Your comments are welcome, please post them here and on my blog-we can all learn from each other, and it may spark other ideas too!

-Paul

tyr⋅an⋅ny   /ˈtɪrəni/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [tir-uh-nee] Show IPA
–noun, plural -nies.
1. arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
2. the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
3. a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
4. oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
5. undue severity or harshness.
6. a tyrannical act or proceeding.

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Synonyms:
1. despotism, absolutism, dictatorship.

© 2009 Paul Rohricht

Beware when someone calls themselves a “Patriot”

Posted in America, Founding Fathers, Glenn Beck, Government, Politics, Revolution, the912Project on March 24, 2009 by paulrohricht

Fellow Americans,

I have seen first hand the wolf wrapped in sheep’s clothing. When someone says “I am a patriot”, be careful you really know what they mean. For just because someone says they are one does not make them one. Even the smartest can be fooled, even some that we would hold in the highest regard with deserved respect. But in the end, the true patriots are always found, and the wolves exposed for the beasts that they are.

You will hear more from me in the coming days, until then, keep your eyes open.

-Paul

© 2009 Paul Rohricht

9-12 Project: United in Purpose, we can do great things

Posted in America, Founding Fathers, Glenn Beck, Politics, Revolution, the912Project, We Surround Them on March 14, 2009 by paulrohricht

So the 9-12 project has now officially been started, but much work went in prior to Glenn Beck’s viewing parties. All over the country, people from all walks of life joined together for one pupose: to know they weren’t alone. It was a very important day for everyone involved, and I believe, only the start of what will become a long and at times difficult struggle but one which will activate people as never before. At the very minimum, the result will be more people voting. That in and of itself would be a major shift in this country. But like what occurred prior to the founding of this great country, it will feed upon itself and grow like and infection you like to have. Even in Canada, we have seen they are taking notice of their neighbors to the south. Tina Wells, who blogs from Port Coquitlam, Canada, writes about this here:

http://my.nowpublic.com/culture/912-project-glenn-beck-preaches-9-principles-and-12-values#comment-319400

The experiences of our forefathers and what we are seeing today are few; the struggles they fought for in establishing our country and the principles they fought to uphold are no different today. The difference is that they used guns and determination. We use the internet and determination.

-Paul

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