At his website, GlennBeck.com, he has the following message leading off his presentation of the 9 principles.
“Do you watch the direction that America is being taken in and feel powerless to stop it?
Do you believe that your voice isn't loud enough to be heard above the noise anymore?
Do you read the headlines everyday and feel an empty pit in your stomach as if you're completely alone?
If so, then you've fallen for the Wizard of Oz lie. While the voices you hear in the distance may sound intimidating, as if they surround us from all sides the reality is very different. Once you pull the curtain away you realize that there are only a few people pressing the buttons, and their voices are weak. The truth is that they don't surround us at all.
We surround them.”
Each person will have their own opinion about the principles. Before exploring those it should be noted the 'we' are 'We the People' and 'them' is many of the politicians currently under the impression they are in charge of our government. Mr. Beck reminds all those who pause long enough to listen we are in charge of the government. We may have forgotten this important fact yet that fact doesn't change unless we allow it. Based on the initial surge in participation more people every day across our great country are reawakening to the fact.
Glenn Beck doesn't expect everyone to accept all 9 principles but if anyone agrees with 7 out of the 9 he wants pictures of you. He will be unveiling his 'We Surround Them' movement on national TV March 13th. So, should you be rushing to send in a picture and inviting your friends and family to gather with you to watch the unveiling? Let's explore the 9 principles and you decide. Can you find 7 you embrace?
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.
There are also 12 values he believes are paramount to solving our challenges. Honesty, Reverence, Hope, Thrift, Humility, Charity, Sincerity, Moderation, Hard Work, Courage, Personal Responsibility, and Friendship.
I've invested many years of my life submerging myself in the founders and founding history of our country. We are the greatest experiment in government ever attempted. Knowing the founders as intimately as I've come to know them I would say Glenn Beck is right on-target. Gather your friends and family this week and visit GlennBeck.com. Discuss what you read and decide for yourself. For those who do embrace at 7 of the principles send him your picture and tune in March 13th.
Remember our history, not our modern traditions that are moving us toward representative democracy. Here is some recommended reading to help begin the stirring of our memory. Study these with friends and family as if you were studying the scriptures of your religion or the stats of your favorite sports team.
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The most important thing we can all restore is conversation regarding politics.
2008 by Gary Wood
Columnist, radio show host, and co-founder of Hear My Thunder.
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