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Prayer for a Soldier – Charlie Zahm

 

Here is a song by one of my favorite performers, Charlie Zahm. The video was created for Veterans Day, but a great reminder every day to pray and be thankful for our troops.

 

 

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Farewell, Ron Paul! I misjudged you!

For many years I despised Ron Paul I hated the idea of him and his followers pushing pro-drug, anti-military policies on the Republican party.

For years my friends on facebook were all about Ron Paul or no one and it was so annoying that I finally was so ticked I decided to study his beliefs and policies. Little by little I kept saying “Well that makes sense, and so does that.” I kept waiting for the point where we would disagree so greatly that I could cast him off as a liberal, God & America hating hippie. That moment never came. Instead I learned he wasn’t pro-drug or anti-military, but simply pr-freedom. Sure, I don’t agree with him on everything, but he has long stood as a man of principle.

So thank you Dr. Paul you changed my mind and inspired me!

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To Succeed or Secede, That is the Question

Since the elections last Tuesday almost one million Americans from forty states have signed a petition for secession from the United States. As a South Carolinian now living in Texas that is certainly something I understand and I even sympathize with the emotions. What concerns me is that many are signing this simply as an act of protest with no thought to what it would mean for their state or the nation.

Why People Are Signing

While I certainly can’t tell you why everyone is signing I can assume a few reason because they are the same reasons that part of me would desire secession.

  • Fraudulent Votes – Some people believe that this election was stolen from them because of voter fraud. They went into this election with such great hope and when it was a loss that hoped turned into anger. I’m certain there was some voter fraud perpetrated and it should be investigated (especially in situations like Allen West’s district), but there is no evidence that such fraud occurred on any scale that would have changed the national election results. President Obama won. If you care to see more on why he won then check out my post here.
  • UN Gun Treaty – If there is one right that we hold to as Americans it is the right to bear arms. The second amendment is our guaranteed protection for the other rights we hold dear. This is something to cause great concern and I recommend checking out this article so you are fully versed in the issue.
  • NDAA & TSA Overreaching – In the name of security, both the current and previous administration have instituted laws that revoke freedom. NDAA gives the right to hold a US citizen without trial indefinitely and the TSA has will not even all people to travel without being scanned, groped, and humiliated. It is travesty that we have allowed this and primarily in the name of being politically correct. As I heard one speaker of foreign decent say, “Please profile me and put me in that line. It would be shorter!”
  • Taxes – While most people have no clue about what they really pay in taxes they at least feel they are overburdened with taxes. Many also hate the idea that the financially successful among us are taxed at a higher rate even though that means we who earn less are get to pay less. The way to prosperity is not to punish producers.
  • Moral Decay – Sadly, this is not the primary reason many are considering secession, but it would be the greatest importance to me. For the last century this nation has been in a free fall of any standard of personal responsibility. Everyone has become a victim and has an excuse to make demands of others to take care of them. Whether it be the welfare mentality, employee unions, or abortion it all stems not wanting to have responsibility (in most instances). The most tragic of all is our pro-death culture that murders 1.2 million unborn babies each year. That means that between presidential elections nearly five million babies will be slaughtered about the same amount as those murdered in the Holocaust.

I certainly understand each of those reason to desire to secede from the Union, especially for those that feel like there is not hope in fighting to save it. The challenge is that most people don’t even know what that would look like.

The Challenge of Secession

The way people are are going about seeking secession shows they’re true lack of understanding. They are seeking it by signing a petition as a citizen and sending it to the White House. If any state were to secede it would have to go through their duly elected state official. A citizen cannot make a demand for secession on behalf of his state. If they truly wished to effect change they would send such petitions to their local officials, who would then work with the state government, who would seek secession from the federal government.

We have become a people that wants easy answers to tough questions. We are not willing to take the long road our Founders did in reconciliation. It took many years for the Continental Congress to approve independence. Even John Adams, who became it’s chief spokesman, longed to avoid it and used every resource they had available to find another solution.

One does not simply call for secession because he doesn’t like the election results. No, he knows it is worth the fight for this nation and is in it until no other solution can be found. The one who desires to be free should also desire that his fellow countrymen be free.

The Consideration and Legality of Secession

While I do not believe we are anywhere near the point of calling for secession I do believe that every state has the right and duty to plan for secession.

Many say the very idea of speaking on secession is treasonous, yet our history says it is one of the most American of ideas. When people think of secession they think on the Civil War, but the real example we must remember is our own War for Independence when we seceded from England.

The idea of secession and the individuality of states is not talked about any longer, but it was such ideas that were meant to keep our federal government in check. The fact that a state may remove themselves from the union meant the federal government was forced not to overreach it’s authority onto the state. Since we have stopped discussing it we have seen the continued expanse of federal power to the point of devastation.

Some in Texas believe that it was an agreement when we joined the union that we could secede, but what that really said was that Texas could become four small individual states. Yet, our right to secede comes not from a federal law, but as the Founder’s believed, it comes from a divine providence as depicted in the Declaration of Independence.

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Our rights are God-given and not granted by the government and should the state at any point not protect such rights they are derelict in their duty and the people have the right to remove themselves from such a government.

It is for these reasons that all states should have the right and duty to create a full plan for secession should the time ever come. Such a plan should make the federal government shake, but it should grant hope to the citizens of every state.

For the states to live in fear of even creating such a plan shows how far off course we are as a nation.

Issues to be Considered

If there were to be an actual plan for secession then there is much that must be considered.

  • Defense – How could the state create a proper military structure against foreign countries?
  • Welfare – What would secession mean to those living on welfare? Would they just be removed immediately? What about those that have paid in are dependent on social security?
  • Immigration – How will the government handle those coming and going through one state to get to another or what about those that wish to become citizens of that state? No one from New Jersey allowed? What about other nations? How will out of state students be handled?
  • Infrastructure – How will the state handle roads, mail, and electricity? If a state without a power-grid were to be shut off their would be chaos. The show Revolution is a great example of the results.
  • Trade – Many business make their income through interstate and international trade. How would that be handled? What about trade embargoes and tariffs?

In such an interconnected world to cut oneself off would be disastrous unless a plan was already in place.

What are our Options

Considering the issues above it should be obvious that no state is prepared for secession. So what then can individuals do to change this nation? Here are some steps we can all take:

  1. Learn to help you neighbor. – We are the most connected generation to ever exist, but most of us never have true conversations with another person in our own community. If we want to end the welfare state mentality and policies then we must take responsibility for going out and helping those in need ourselves. We have to return to caring for orphans and widows and the down-trodden who really do need help. If you don’t want the government to do it the you must lend a hand.
  2. Get involved in politics locally. – Since we want easy answers we always want to go to the top. We want to “ask for the manager.” Yet, more change can be effected at the bottom. Your voice is loudest to those close to you. Work on issues and with candidates at the local level before you desire to effect a state or national level. Know what official is in charge of policies.
  3. Ask your state representative for an emergency plan. – Whether it is because of secession, a financial collapse, a terrorist attack, or a natural disaster every state must have a plan for cutting themselves off in order to protect their constituents. To refuse to have such a plan is to refuse responsibility and create the opportunity for chaos to reign should something ever occur.
  4. Clean up your own house. – If you’re living your life dependent on debt then it is hard to take you seriously when you scold politicians. The same goes for a state that runs a deficit to be taken seriously. Of course, the federal government puts demands on the state that cause such problems, but we can’t just make excuses we have to create solutions. In some cases that means taking a stand and to federal laws and refusing to participate. Texas is doing that now as they fight against the TSA and NDAA. If we desire to be taken seriously then we must get our own home in order first.
  5. Embrace your freedoms. – If your idea of freedom is to go to work or school and then simply come home and watch television then whether in liberty or tyranny it will make no difference. Take advantage of your freedoms. Travel, study, and speak out. Take part in the free enterprise system. Work as a poll watcher. Gather with friends and your community to discuss freedom. Live a life that is worthy of the sacrifice of our veterans.

These are just some steps that we must take as individuals to change directions in this country. Discussing and having a plan for secession is not a bad thing, but we would be foolish to spend too much energy on such a thing. The time for such action has not yet come. We have work to do. Do not be distracted. Do not be deterred. Go out and fight for the principles of this country. We cannot grow weary in our well doing.

The Torch of Freedom is in your hands. Pass it on!

Jason Vaughn, The Twisted Conservative

http://TwistedConservative.com

http://twitter.com/JasonVaughn

The November Situation

Where do we go from here?

That is the question on every freedom loving American’s mind today after we were bloodied in yesterday’s elections. It was a painful day. The pain was all the greater because our confidence in victory was so high. As we begin to move ahead though we must learn our lessons, be emboldened with hope, and have a plan for the future.

Learning our Lessons

It wasn’t the Third Party’s Fault.

If you’re anything like most disappointed voters then you’re trying to find the easiest person to blame. After watching friends fight it out about third parties it seems that would be an easy target, but the facts show to be far off.

Every state that Pres. Obama won was at more than 50% of the vote. So even if Romney took Libertarian, Constitution, Green Party, Ron Paul, Rosanne Barr, and Mickey Mouse votes he still would have lost the state. We lost this purely because of voter turnout.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/11/republican-turnout-in-2012-election-less-than-2008-and-2004/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

Anger is Not Enough.

Last night just as the polls began to close I posted the following on facebook:

I’ve been asked by several people if I’m optimistic about tonight. The truth is I feel like the Republicans are the Democrats of 2004. We ran a candidate that was hard to get behind, we ran based on anybody but Obama, And we threw our own under the bus. I don’t know how this bodes for tonight, but I’m trying my best to still be optimist.

I’m not happy about it or glad that I was right, but I am a student of history. Anger is a great motivator. It moves millions of people, but it can’t move enough to the polls to win. People need something to vote for in an election. We need issues and men they can stand behind. We need leaders!

For the past two election cycles we’ve been told that conservatives can’t win so we must run a business minded or military minded moderate that a big tent can unite under. Yet again, that has been proven false. People desire to follow men of passion and conviction. Even if they agree with a man they will follow him if he knows where he is going. If you’re walking to an event and don’t know where to go you’ll most often find the person that looks like they are confident in their direction and follow them. That is how we win! We stand on principle and on a firm foundation!

We Lost This Before the Primaries Began

We can go back and think who would have been a better choice from the Republican primaries, but the truth is that none of the options were that great. I could have fully supported three of them (Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, or Ron Paul), but I still doubt the outcome would have been much different. We have some great men and great leaders, but we need some that are also great politicians. Politics is a game and sadly, no one in the Republican primary could play the game very well. We have to make sure not to split the conservative vote next time, but to make sure we have decent men run and it starts by encouraging and supporting our candidates at the local level.

A National Focus without a Local Engagement is Disastrous

Last night I was much more focused on the state and congressional elections than the presidential race. What amazed me was how states could vote so strongly in favor of Romney, but then abandon the other races! We have to educate people on how our system of government works. Had Romney won without a Senate majority his hands would be tied and he would be extremely limited. Thankfully this also works in limiting Pres. Obama’s hands since Republicans retained control of the House of Representatives.

Leaders don’t just start out running for the office of President in most cases. Many times they rise through the ranks as a city or county politician to a state politician before looking to a national of state wide stage.

Your county commissioner, school board, and city/county council have much more to say about your life in many cases than federal or even state officials, but sadly few people could name one person that represents them in those capacities. These local elections are where patriots thrive! The individual has such power in a republic if they understand the system and how to work with local officials.

So I urge you to learn your officials. Go meet with them and ask them about they’re role and views. Find out what you can do to help those you support. Encourage qualified men to run for office. I’ve heard many people say that it was the encouragement of a friend that made them decide to step out and run for office.

You have more authority than you’ve yet to imagine when it comes to local elections and issues if you’re just willing to do the work to get involved. The path is very open because so many are apathetic or seem to find excuses as to not join town hall meetings where these very issues are discussed.

Working locally is the equivalence of a 200 year family vision. The changes take time and your men may not win or move up as you’d like, but it is battle worthy of your time!

Be Emboldened with Hope

“Hope springs eternal.” – Alenxander Pope

We suffered many losses last night, but we also picked up some great wins that we should be encouraged by:

– Mike Pence was elected governor of Indiana!

– Judge Roy Moore was again elected Chief Justice of Alabama

– Oklahoma passed an open carry law

– Sharon Kennedy won a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court

– Of course Texas sent Ted Cruz to the US Senate

– Deb Fischer picked up a Senate seat in Nebraska

-The Arkansas state senate and house went Republican for the first time since Reconstruction

– And the best news is to remember that after four year’s of Carter the people were ready for Reagan so let our hopes be high that after eight of year’s of Obama we may elect a godly and great leader.

All of these are great reasons that may remain hopeful about the future and let that hope grant us the the boldness to press on.

A Plan for Today and Tomorrow

The saying goes that “if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” Well today is the day to start that plan and put it into action. Each one of us has a different purpose and role in life and so our plans will vary. Below I have laid out some generally steps that may help all of us.

  • Repent

This is my fourth presidential election and I sadly admit that after every win or loss I look back and realize I said or did things I wish I hadn’t. I spoke to harshly, judged to quickly, or became boastful in my spirit. If you never fail then you’ve never really tried, but I am always grieved when I fail my LORD. I am grateful for grace and forgiveness. Let us go before the throne of God and humbly repent of our sins and leave our guilt for those sins at His feet.

  • Unite

Conservatives come in many different stripes and we differ on approach, but especially in these early stages after an election let us put things behind us and focus on the true enemies of freedom in this nation. Belittling, grudges, pride, and bitterness will not help us in the days ahead. I admit that I am furious at the way the establishment treated Todd Akin in Missouri and simply abandoned him when he could have won, but I am working to put that to the side. It doesn’t mean I don’t remember who we can trust and who we should be wary of (NRSC), but I will fight beside any warrior that is looking to take ground.

  • Pray

In a battle we often seems too passive to take time and focus on pray, yet just as an army travels on it’s stomach so must our army move forward with prayer. Prayer shows our obedience to God and reminds us that this is not a battle we fight on our own.

Not only should we pray about issues and people we agree with, but we should pray for those we disagree with. Proverbs 21:1 tells us that the heart of leaders is turned by the hand of God. So God could change their hearts on issues and more importantly draw them to Christ that they may know and understand the gospel (not that all those we disagree with are not Christians).

  • Learn the Process

One of the challenges we’ve seen is in many grassroot movements is that many don’t know what elected official does what and so they blame the governor for something the county commissioner is in charge of and get mad that governor does nothing about it. You have to understand who does what. Yes, it is complicated because there are too many people doing too many things, but it is part of being a concerned citizen.

Part of your study should be on procedures, rules, and process as you need to know when you can have the most influence and if you desire to stop something you can know the tricks of the political trade.

  • Learn to Properly use Social Media

We have some great conservative voices on twitter like Stephen Crowder, Jim Hoft, and Chris & Dana Loesch, but conservatives are drowned out with the amount of ignorance. Learn how to use sites like twitter, reddit, and google + to actually help change the conversation.

  • Start Now

Much work for elections is done years in advance in some cases. Find a candidate or candidates you support and start give, encouraging, working with then now. Create your game plan, start training others to think strategically, and organize your resources.

If we start work now I truly think we will have a fantastic midterm election and see many great men raised up and ready to take

  • Go Succeed!

The greatest danger that our society and economy will have is a lack of belief. As long as Republicans hold the House, Pres. Obama won’t be able to do as much damage, but it is the attitude of the nation and the altitude of Republican pride that is harmful. If conservatives act in fear and refuse to move forward and strive to prosper then that is the liberal’s ultimate success, but we refuse to submit, if we refuse to just take the next four years off, if we reuse to wait for things to get better and decide to make things then we win.

Imagine if we fought off all the non-sense and millions of conservatives came out of this administration healthier, richer, and happier because they made the decision to take charge of their future. Imagine if we were to stand up and take responsibility to take care of ourselves and create an abundance by living below our means that even with more taxes we made it a point to help our families, our churches, our neighbors, and our nation.

That is how we win! One by one we take responsibility. We teach others the history and truth of this nation. We adopt more, give more and care more. We must love our neighbor as ourself and visit the widows and orphans in their distress.

We will fight with history, but win with hope. We will fight with facts, but win with faith. We will fight with logic, but win with love!

 

Jason Vaughn

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