There has been much discussion about a course of action now that the elections are over. But in reality, these discussions have been ongoing for several years. The problem we face is simple: we have built our foundation on sand instead of rock. If we do not define our personal beliefs first, we can never build a tribe (or country) in the future:
What are the essential threads of philosophy that bind us in common cause? What do we believe and how do we make our belief explicit? Can we state our beliefs so clearly and concisely that they function as a beacon to attract and retain conservative patriots in our cause?
His second analysis focused on people’s values. But now we have come to a nexus in time where people have seen their efforts to promote a particular cause/agenda or a political party has not produced the expected results. What is our course of action now?
People. We have to build a foundation based on personal values first and adopt them within a tribe. And then the hard part: we have to live up to this commitment. These values are classified as abstract nouns: we cannot touch them. Unfortunately most of us do not even know their definitions. I have provided a list of these abstract nouns with the best definition for the purpose of building a foundation, personally first and then within a tribe. Don’t just read these definitions: analyze them and ask yourself if you agree with the definitions as you apply them in your life.
The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., regardless of fear.
An act or a course of action that is required of one by position, social custom, law, or religion.
Freedom from deceit or fraud.
Honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions: a man of honor.
A modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.
Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
Conformity to the rules of right conduct; moral or virtuous conduct.
The act or quality of being upright or moral.
Conformity of one’s life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness.
Except for duty, the definitions of these values are intertwined; something that our forefathers clearly understood. For example: you cannot be a moral man if you do not have virtue or integrity. Duty to your family, tribe, country or the Lord must be accompanied by all of these values.
Who among us is willing to compromise any of the above? Compromise should be considered under certain conditions but there must never be any compromise when it comes to our Liberty or our values:
“Compromise, hell! That’s what has happened to us all down the line — and that’s the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?”
A settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.
So what is the next step? Once understood, these values must be agreed upon within a tribe and a pact between the members consecrated. And “consecrated” is the word that needs to be understood.
An agreement, covenant, or compact.
There have been two concepts which have hindered our effort to restore Liberty: leadership and religion.
The majority of groups have argued against any form of leadership for various reasons. The reality is that no war is won without leaders providing effective strategy. No one likes to be told what to do but the reality of our situation can no longer be ignored. Where are our leaders? They are already here if you have ears to hear and eyes to see. Most are writers or commentators but they are risking their Liberty in their attempt to show people a more effective course. The reason that most people cannot recognize our leaders is due to the simple fact that they do not understand the set of values that are mandatory for personal and group leadership. Once you put values back into your life, not only will you draw people to you to build an effective tribe, you will be able to recognize leaders. Ask yourself who would you follow and you will see our leaders.
1. A set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
2. A specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons.
Our religious leaders have let us down in the same fashion as the fractured grass roots groups. As they argued their ignorance for no leaders, they also argued their ignorance against religion. The few who did understand the value of religion in this war were marginalized for “the cause”. Without a “moral code governing the conduct of human affairs”, we lack the values required for Liberty.
The following quotes by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams show the importance of values outlined above. Ask yourself what you did today that were examples of these values? When was the last time you spoke one of these words? Once we live the values that established this country, we will have taken the first step to building an effective tribe.
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“Liberty can no more exist without virtue and independence than the body can live and move without a soul.”
“Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics.”
“It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.”
The next article in this series will be a template for a pact for a tribe.
If you agree with this article’s intent, send me your name and I will add it below.
David DeGerolamo – NC Renegade
Michael Downing – Liberty and Preparedness
Brock Townsend – Free North Carolina
Don Watson – The Patriot Institute