In August of 2011, Glenn Beck posted his Declaration of American Rights and Responsibilities. I certainly hope he will forgive me for posting this edited version, but I believe our culture today may need the clarity!
As Edmund Burke said, “all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” We must DO something. Stand watch. Speak up. Become involved.
Among the responsibilities to which we must adhere to maintain our God given rights are honor, courage and vigilance; and now, the time has come to take a stand by exhibiting these traits – honor, courage and vigilance.
What is honor? It is being honest in all of our dealings. It is showing loyalty and fairness, and being a beacon of integrity in all our beliefs and actions. It is showing respect for others.
Ruth honored Naomi when she told her that she would not leave her. That she would go wherever Naomi went, that she would live where Naomi lived and die where Naomi died. Her God would be Naomi’s God.
Courage is the ability to face danger, criticism or scorn – not without fear, but while overcoming fear to deal with that which comes our way.
When no one else in the Kingdom wanted to face the mighty giant, Goliath, young David was willing. David must have felt fear at the sight of his foe, but overcame it, and courageously vanquished his enemy.
Vigilance is being watchful for all forms of treachery and tyranny, lies and deceit. LISTEN for the person in the watchtower, waiting all night, suddenly sounding the alarm that the enemy is coming. The careful observer of the markets and economies who proclaims to the world, all is not well, there is trouble ahead and the outspoken critic of the powerful, going against societies’ grain, warning that all is not as we’re being told. These are the vigilant.
We implore all people to stand with these characteristics – honor, courage and vigilance.
To that end, we must restore honor in our own lives. Seek after the truth. Declare right now, that no longer will we simply accept what is told us by the media or anyone else.
The media has the responsibility to tell the truth, we have the responsibility to learn it; NOT just accept what they SAY!
Stand with courage, even if it means the end of our jobs, the end of our positions in life…or even the end of our very lives.
We must have the courage to be peaceful, while recognizing the courage to actively defend and respond to threats and/or attacks when necessary is every bit as vital to protect what the Founding Fathers wanted US to enjoy and pass on to OUR children!
Turn the other cheek WHEN POSSIBLE.
We must be vigilant. We must think the unthinkable. The holocaust occurred because no one could imagine it, but evil never sleeps, and neither must we.
Political correctness has polluted our language and clouds our every discussion.
What was once accepted as good and right, is now considered bad and evil, and that which was bad and evil is now presented to the world as good and decent.
Opposing thoughts or opinions are referred to as crazy, insane, non-factual and utterly without merit. Furthermore, we are told, they should not even be heard.
The media, politicians and large institutions both academic and political have been lying to us, and we MUST demand the truth be told.
With that demand, comes the responsibility that we tell the truth first, in ourselves. Too many of us delegate our responsibility to the media…and too many believe there is no personal responsibility at all.
Men want to be king, and the more we concentrate on our rights and the more we are told not to worry about our responsibilities, the more we lose our rights.
Just as physics show, for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction. The time has come to declare that at least for the western world human rights are generally accepted and moving in the right direction however a new movement is required — a movement of human responsibility.
As the American Declaration of Independence clearly states, when in the course of human events it becomes necessary for people to band together and collectively declare their rights to which the laws of nature and nature’s God entitle and bind them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should disclose the causes which impel them to such.
Therefore let us declare that we still hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. BUT, with those rights come responsibilities.
In order to continually experience life, liberty and happiness as promised, nature’s God demands obedience to His law to protect those rights. This is where we have fallen short and therefore, in order not to lose the blessings of freedom, the citizens of the United States of America must turn from the sole focus on rights, and recognize the inherent and required responsibilities that we have. Early in our history, the exercise of those responsibilities made us the light of the world; the beacon of freedom!
Over time, we believe that these basic human responsibilities have been trampled, and replaced with degradation, fear and apathy.
But when a long train of abuses of the people and conscience by the media and by other segments of society, pursuing the same path of reducing them to ridicule, scorn and even sub-human status, it is the right of the people, AND it is their DUTY, to peacefully, but vehemently take a stand.
Thus, we the people do hereby declare not only our rights, but do now establish this
BILL of RESPONSIBILITIES.
1. Because I have the right to choose, I recognize that I am accountable to God and have the responsibility to keep the 10 commandments in my own life.
Corollary: TRAIN up our children to do the same!
2. Because I have the right to worship as I choose, I have the responsibility to honor the right of others to worship as they see fit, as I provide the EXAMPLE OF CHRISTLIKENESS IN MY LIFE!
3. Because I have freedom of speech, I have the responsibility to defend the speech of others, even if I strongly disagree with what they’re saying. Without giving the impression that UNTRUTH SHOULD GO UNOPPOSED!
4. Because I have the right to pursue happiness, I have the responsibility to show humility and express gratitude for all the blessings I enjoy and the rights I’ve been given for such is part of the worship of God.
5. Because I have the right to honest and good government I will seek out honest and just representatives when possible. If I cannot find one then I accept the responsibility to take that place for such is my responsibility to my fellow man.
6. Because I have the God given right to liberty, I have the personal responsibility to have the courage to defend others as they also should be secure in their persons, lives and property for such is the proclamation of the GOSPEL .
7. Because I have the right to equal justice, I will stand for those who are wrongly accused or unjustly blamed, for such is the LOVE OF CHRIST.
8. Because I have the right to knowledge, I will be accountable for myself and my children’s education…to live our lives in such a way that insures the continuation of truth because Christ IS the truth!
9. Because I have the right to pursue my dreams and keep the fruits of my labor, I have the responsibility to feed, protect and shelter my family, the less fortunate, the fatherless, the old and infirm because that is CHRISTLIKE!
10. Because I have a right to the truth, I will not bear false witness nor will I stand idly by as others do, such is the COURAGE OF CHRIST.
Unconditionally, while maintaining my responsibility to compassionately yet fiercely stand against those things that decay the natural rights of all men. And for the support of this declaration, and with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence we mutually pledge to each other our lives, fortunes and sacred honor.
Without honor the pledge of anything is meaningless; words of convenience for personal gain. Time was when a man’s word was his bond. A piece of paper merely records for posterity the value of a man’s word. Each of us MUST think about what our word means before we give it.