Today Glenn Beck unveiled the first step in the “We Surround Them” strategy to take back our country for the people. With a packed New York City studio and huge groups of participants and viewers in cities across the nation, he spoke right to the heart of America, but even more importantly, he provided incentive, opportunity, and encouragement for Americans to speak to each other.
Beginning with a chronicle of the events leading up to and following September 11, 2001, Glenn described how the nature of Americans changed drastically within a three-day period. On 9/10, American’s had their heads in the sand, busy going about their business. On 9/11, Americans were running scared, frightened, confused, and vulnerable. On 9/12, the strength of America emerged from the wreckage in the form of it’s average, everyday citizenry as we joined together to voice our outrage, our patriotism, and our sympathy for those whose lives were sacrificed to treachery.
Today Glenn asks, “Which kind of American are you?”
Are you a 9/10 American with your head stuffed into the sand?
Are you a 9/11 American, fearful and immobilized?
Or are you a 9/12 American, strong, united, and plenty intelligent enough to know what you want for your country and to know that we’re headed in the wrong direction to preserve our Constitution and the freedoms sanctified therein?
I hope I am a 9/12 American, but I feel just as helpless as many of my friends have noted lately, that even though we vote and take part in the political process on an individual basis, being a concerned citizen in this country, believing in principles and values not lauded by our mainstream media, feels a bit lonely at times. Glenn noted that people feel shut up, afraid, and alone because of political correctness. We have strong beliefs, but are encouraged by visible political figures and celebrities to keep quiet in the name of being politically correct.
So Glenn brings in Ben Sherwood, author of “The Survivors Club,” who has engaged in extensive research with the intent of discovering exactly what encourages an individual and a society to survive. His conclusions? Survivorship is about community. And when Sherwood interviewed the ultimate in ultimate survivors, a man living in Pensacola, FL (if I followed the dialogue correctly), he responded, without hesitation, that the most influential factor for which he accredits his survival, was his faith in God.
And so the challenge begins (and I paraphrase), “Start meeting with your friends around the kitchen table. Talk about the country . . . . Talk about the principles . . . . Talk about our Founding Fathers,” says Glenn. Discard the shackles of political correctness and engage in open, honest dialogue about the issues you see facing our country today. And educate yourself. Throughout the course of this television hour, Beck provided a litany of book titles for those with a desire to learn and absorb the true meaning of democracy:
The Five Thousand Year Leap, by Cleon Skousen
The Real George Washington, by Parry, Allison, Skousen
The Survivor’s Club, by Ben Sherwood
Black Belt Patriotism, by Chuck Norris
Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell
Says Glenn, “Our government told us to go shopping [to save the economy]. . . . but what we need is to reconnect with these nine principles and 12 values.”
1. America is good.
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
- Hard Work
- Personal Responsibility
During the report, Glenn also announced a new website, powered by the largest server Fox News could find, which after one commercial break had been completely overloaded. :0) I believe it is actually still inaccessible due to the large volumes of beleaguered Americans desperate for a glimmer of hope.
So, in the name of fostering open dialogue, here are some of the upcoming events I will be attending to stand up and make my voice heard. I encourage you to find patriotic demonstrations in your own area, attend, and be heard. Besides attending the following rallies, I will also be attempting to organize a regular meeting of the minds for my friends and neighbors interested in discussing the challenges our nation faces today. Again, I echo Beck and encourage you to do the same in your neighborhood. Let’s start the discussion and keep the dialogue going.
1. Send a tea bag to Washington on April 1st. We are no fools. This will cost you no more than 2 minutes, an envelope, a spare tea bag, and a stamp. You can do this. For more information, click here.
2. Attend a Tax Day Tea Party or start one if there hasn’t been one organized for your city already. One hundred and fifteen cities around the nation have already signed up to be a part of this. That’s 1-1-5, folks! If that doesn’t send a clear message of discontent and a need for real “change,” I cannot imagine what else will. Someone please remind me why America voted this guy into power in the first place? Please?
My own dear city of San Diego will be having a Tax Day Tea Party first on Saturday, April 11, 2009, in order to allow the hard-working people of this gorgeous place to rally for their voice and their money and their way of life, then again on Wednesday April 15, 2009, at post offices around the county. Click on the links to view more information about location and contacts. See you there!
Watch the whole show. Double click and the video will open up in YouTube. From there you will be able to view all parts of the show in succession. Enjoy!