The Valley Forge Project
-The call to citizen patriots in America for unified action against a common threat-
The proposal that follows is based on the simple belief that by combining forces, those who fight for true American principles, values, and virtues can prevail. We are millions of citizens that fight independently. We are thousands of local organizations that fight independently, and we are hundreds of national organizations that fight independently. The time has come when we must act as one.
From the local pregnancy center to the National Right to Life, from the small town gun club to the NRA, from groups like Cincinnati’s Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending & Taxes (COAST), to the Club For Growth. Church’s, non-profit groups, political action committees, bloggers, businesses, radio hosts, authors, columnists, and most importantly, individual citizen patriots must come together for this common purpose at this time of America’s need.
“All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”
- – Edmund Burke
Many of us are thinking a lot about the above quote. Suddenly we are wondering “what do I need to do NOW, before it is too late, to protect America and the ideal she represents?” “What do I need to do to protect my children from Tyranny?” There are millions of us realizing we must get involved.
So much is happening so fast, what it will take to wake up enough of us to reach critical mass and unite in ways we have not had to unite for a long time, to organize like our lives depended on it, to sacrifice the comfort of our bread and circus routines in order to put down the rising tide of socialism in America? Most of us know the reasons for grave concern. To go through the list would take a book or two, so for this humble proposal, I mention only one scary thought.
To even suggest “Marxism” in America seems to smack of fear mongering and gross exaggeration. Yet the Communist Party USA‘s platform for the 2008 presidential election is nearly identical to Barak Obama’s agenda as announced in his campaign, his first speech to the joint congress, and as promoted in his gargantuan budget proposal.
The introduction to the Communist Party USA’ 2008 platform says, in part,
…There is a crisis in every critical area of national life…Working people want bold new policies to end war, restore democratic traditions and create green living wage jobs, affordable housing, healthcare and quality education for everyone.
http://www.cpusa.org/article/archive/147/ (then click to download the .pdf)
And we know, universal health care, green jobs (and green taxes), and universal free through college education, are the centerpieces of Barak Obama’s agenda (along with his selective use of the word “crisis” to jam through un-American legislation). But it does not stop there, take the time to read the entire CPUSA platform, and you will be astounded at how little it differs from the Obama agenda. Now, I am not saying that Obama is Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, or Hitler, or even a communist. But the near perfect alignment between the CPUSA and the Obama agenda does not help one sleep at night. It is to say that the administrations vision of government is very similar to the Communist Party USA’ vision.
What might be scarier, even than a Marxist in the Whitehouse, is that the vast majority of Americans don’t know it, or don’t care. Our media doesn’t give us the truth about current events and our schools don’t give us the truth about history. If we knew our history, we would know that Lenin started with much the same ideology of hope and change for the betterment of the people as Barak Obama has. Lenin’s rhetoric which inspired the revolution included modernizing Russia with massive improvement in infrastructure, empowerment of the worker (unions), and plans for national healthcare. Of course his actual governance provided nothing but famine, as “equality” came to mean mass intimidation, terror, and the execution of millions who disagreed with the Bolshevik revolution. Surely, we are not going down that road, yet somehow, this model of brutal ironfisted totalitarian rule has played itself out over and over again. Are we are about to be fooled again, here in America, the beacon of democracy, freedom, and prosperity?
If our history teachers and our media refuse to acknowledge the lessons of history, perhaps we can learn something from the White Russians, who lost out to Lenin and the Reds. The White Russians loss is commonly credited to three fatal flaws. First, they were not centrally organized as an army, but rather many generals or leaders were fighting their own factionist little wars. Second, they were not unified as to even basic ideology, other than that they opposed the Reds. Some were Monarchists, some were for a Republic, and there were varieties in between. Third, the fact that the White’s did get some support from other countries was used against them in the propaganda wars and they were portrayed as the tools of foreign interests. The White’s lost because they had no centralized organization, and no unifying philosophy or value system of their own, which opened them up to propaganda attacks, while at the same time made them impotent to counter the soaring Rhetoric of Lenin and the Bolsheviks.
We resemble the White Russians. Together we make up the majority of this country, but have no unifying voice. We are; promoters of small government and fiscal responsibility, we are second amendment supporters, we are pro-lifers, we are protectors of the family, we are the advocates for liberty, we believe in a strong national defense and we honor instead of vilify our men and women in uniform, we support our Constitution, we want to be the land of opportunity, but we also want to protect our borders, and we want truth from leaders. We are citizen patriots of a hundred different hues. We have differences, but we mostly agree. Yet we do not have a centralized organization, we do not have a unifying philosophy, and we fall victim daily to coordinated propaganda about us and our beliefs.
We are also often too busy to be well organized. We are too focused on the causes which are most important to us. We have too much faith in our political party to bring us together and to fight for us in the end. We have no central plan to promote our principles and values. Precisely because we believe in the sovereignty of the individual in most things, we find it difficult to come together against a common threat. Out of charity and respect for others opinions, we have allowed our schools and our media to demonize us for too long, and to glorify that we which we know will do us harm. In some ways we are the victim’s of our own virtues. Even though we support local action wherever possible, we also realize that in the area of national Defense, we need a powerful national military. We must carry that concept into our defense of the American ideal, and create a powerful national movement.
The following quote from a Russian, who survived the gulag, sums it up nicely;
Justice is always naive and self-confident; believing that it will immediately win once recognized. That is the reason why the forces of Justice are so poorly organized. On the other hand, the Evil is cynic, sly and fantastically organized. It never ever has the illusion of the ability to stand on its own feet and to win in a fair competition. That is why it is ready to use any kind of means without hesitation. And of course it does – under the banners of the noblest ideas.
If we now recognize the extent to which the Socialist movement has been orchestrating a quiet revolution in America for many decades: If we now recognize that at the same time we were celebrating the fall of the Berlin wall, the tip of the sword of Secular Humanistic, Socialistic, and possibly even Marxist ideologies was being thrust into the heart of the United States of America: If we now recognize that we were naively overconfident that our way of life, and our system of self-governance could not be subverted: Then we must act – together – now.
“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
“A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both.”
– James Madison, primary author of the U.S. Constitution
The fact is that despite seemingly insurmountable odds, we are still very nearly in the majority, and we have truth on our side. Of course, if we have truth on our side, then we should be in the clear majority. So why aren’t we? To greatly simplify a very complicated society, we are the informed minority being governed according to the policies of a largely uninformed majority. If this society were made up of people who were 100% informed of the truth, then we would be in a very commanding majority.
For example, a majority of people believe we need to do something about global warming. Yet, if 100% of the people were informed on the actual science behind the global warming issue, then they would be against doing something about global warming. The problem here is misinformation about the existence of and the severity of the problem of global warming. Furthermore, if 100% of the people were aware of the consequences of some of the proposed solutions to global warming, they would be against those solutions. This is a problem of misinformation about the consequences of legislation. Perhaps most significantly, if 100% of the people were fully informed regarding our Constitution, the supreme law of our land, then most of them would be against the proposed solutions to global warming. This is a problem of misinformation regarding the role of the federal government.
So, it would seem that all we need to do is correct the misinformation that exists in American society. This proposal sets out a plan to do just that. The broad purpose of this proposal is as follows.
Statement of Purpose
To unite the millions of American Patriots and whose voices are no longer heard amidst the cacophony of the leftist government/media/higher education/Hollywood complex that currently dominates the public discourse in our great nation.
To unite those American Patriots who still believe that we are endowed with certain inalienable rights by our creator, among them; life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness – and the right to self-governance.
To unite American Patriots for the purpose of educating ourselves and all Americans on our core principles and values.
To unite American Patriots for the purpose of electing political leaders, who share our core principles and values and who demonstrate the virtue and integrity to act in accordance with our core principles and values. To unite American Patriots, to oppose those politicians of whatever party, who oppose our core principles and values or who lack the virtue and integrity to act in accordance with them.
To unite American Patriots to watch our elected officials, our media, and our educational systems, and make the truth of their actions known to the American people.
To unite American Patriots to prevent the spread of, and to eradicate the Secular Humanist, Socialist, and Marxist movements in the United States of America.
To unite American Patriots to develop a communications network that will relentlessly shine the light of truth on the deceptions of these evil ideologies.
If you are so far convinced, you are also asking the question: What exactly is it that we are uniting around? The Constitution has primacy of course, but its purpose is broader than our purpose and its susceptibility to misinterpretation is well documented. Therefore please consider the six guiding principles below.
- 1. THAT foremost among the transcendent American values is the individual’s use of his God-given free will, whence derives his right to be free from the restrictions of arbitrary force.
- 2. THAT there exists an enduring moral order, or a natural law that is made for man and man for it. Man in his imperfect human nature should always strive to increase his virtue and align himself and his communities and governments with the unchanging moral order.
The twentieth-century world has experienced time after time the hideous consequences of the collapse of belief in a moral order. The ruin of great nations in the last century shows us the pit into which societies fall that mistake clever self-interest, or ingenious social controls, for pleasing alternatives to an oldfangled moral order. The ideologues who promise the perfection of man and society have converted a great part of the twentieth-century world into a terrestrial hell.
In America ideologies or values such as political correctness, moral relativism, and secular humanism, seeks to supplant the moral order. These gateway drugs of the intellectual and ideological world are the intellectual pawns of the socialist, and socialism is the gateway drug to Marxism, or Communism, and Marxism and Communism are the gates of hell.
The first principle exhorts free will; the second requires the forming of the will, through the intellect, by the love of virtue. The second principle does not diminish the first, and the first does not diminish the second. A free man is limited in the ability to exercise his free will, by the impact it will have on others. Only a free society can foster authentic virtue, yet because it is a free society, it is limited in the extent to which it can achieve rigorous virtue from its citizenry and its government. The recognition of a moral order does not justify the abrogation of free will, but neither does free will justify the failure to recognize, teach, and expect virtue.
As James Madison put it, “To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical[imaginary] idea.” Consequently, a free society cannot be restrained from demanding that its education system foster virtue, when virtuous citizens are a requisite to a free government.
- 3. THAT the protection of the right to private property and the free market economy are the foundations of a free and prosperous society.
The market economy, allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the single economic system compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government, and that it is at the same time the most productive supplier of human needs.
Private property-has been a powerful instrument for teaching men and women responsibility, for providing motives to integrity, for supporting general culture, for raising mankind above the level of mere drudgery, for affording leisure to think and freedom to act. To be able to retain the fruits of one’s labor; to be able to see one’s work made permanent; to be able to bequeath one’s property to one’s posterity; to be able to rise from the natural condition of grinding poverty to the security of enduring accomplishment; to have something that is really one’s own-these are advantages difficult to deny.
This combination creates the equality of opportunity that is guaranteed in our Constitution and which represents the most prosperous economic systems the word has ever known. Equality of outcome is not a guarantee, and we recognize that the utopian dream of equality of outcomes not only produces the least prosperous economic systems the world has ever known, it also produces the widest gap between rich and poor. As with most socialistic ideas, the implementation of the idea, causes the severest form of the exact problem the idea was meant to solve.
- 4. THAT our liberty is indivisible, and therefore a nation based on liberty is inconsistent with a large and active central government. The purpose of government is to protect our freedoms through the preservation of internal order, the provision of a strong national defense, and the administration of justice; and to provide only those necessary public works that the people and free enterprise cannot effectively provide. When government ventures beyond these rightful functions, it accumulates power, which tends to diminish order and liberty.
The significance of this principle cannot be overstated. If there is religious liberty, how can my government justify the confiscation of my income to support that which is opposite to my religious beliefs? If I have the liberty to bear arms, how can my government decide which arms I may bear or which hoops I must jump through in order to bear them? If I have political liberty, how can my government justify confiscation of my income to support political affiliations opposed to my political beliefs? If I have economic freedom, how can my government justify confiscating my income to give to the charities of the government’s choosing?
- 5. THAT the Constitution, of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering government to fulfill its proper role, while restraining it from the concentration and abuse of power.
- 6. THAT the bill of rights and especially the 10th Amendment to the Constitution require the following line of authority with respect to governance. The individual or the family has sovereignty in all circumstances and the preservation of this sovereignty is tasked to the community, the state, and the federal government. The community has sovereignty over itself in all circumstances and the preservation of this sovereignty is tasked to the state and the federal government. The state has sovereignty over itself in all circumstances and the preservation of this sovereignty is tasked to the federal government. The federal government has sovereignty over itself in all circumstances and the preservation of this sovereignty is tasked to the people.
Absolute individual liberty is anarchy, and absolute governmental power is totalitarianism. A community whose primary function is the protection of the individual’s right to self governance, will necessarily prevent anarchy, but will necessarily lack sufficient power to oppress the people. While this principle is easy to write, it is the challenge of all mankind to implement with prudence. It simply cannot be maintained without the constant vigilance of the citizen patriot who is well versed in the natural moral law, and the truth about his government.
If we can, at least in large measure, support these principles, then we can support each other in a united effort to re-assert their prominence into the fabric of the American experiment. How do we begin?
Steps to Implementation of the Project
1. PHILOSOPHY: Define our core American principles and values.
2. GRASSROOTS COHESION: Recognize that the seriousness of the times requires the unification of our efforts. Re-educate ourselves on our core American principles and values. Accept that consensus on these principles and values may not be achievable, but that our individual action groups cannot achieve long-term success by fighting in factions. We must unite around generally agreed upon American principles and values, or our causes will die separately.
For now I begin to be a disciple, and I speak to you as fellow-disciples with me. For it was needful for me to have been stirred up by you in faith, exhortation, patience, and long-suffering. But inasmuch as love suffers me not to be silent in regard to you, I have therefore taken upon me first to exhort you that you would all run together in accordance with the will of God.
– St. Ignatius of Antioch
3. APPLICATION: Analyze all political issues by the application of our principles and values. Define and seek to implement solutions consistent with those principles and values, and seek out leaders who will do the same.
4. EDUCATION: Educate the nation on our core principles and values and why these are vital to the United States of America.
5. RADICAL INTEGRITY: Recognize that the corruption of Washington is our ally, if we are able to expose it, and find leaders who will honestly admit the mistakes of the past, make amends for them, and seek true reform.
6. CONFRONT ALL SOURCES OF CORRUPT THOUGHT: Recognize that the corrupt thinking of a substantial portion of our media, entertainment industry, university and public education is our greatest enemy and cannot be ignored or dealt with passively any longer.
7. CIRCUMVENT THE SOURCES OF CORRUPT THOUGHT: Develop a communication strategy that defines the errors of these institutions, reduces their credibility, circumvents their influence on the public, and offers the public the truth.
The natural organization of this project is web-based, with direct solicitation of like minded groups. In this manner, individuals could begin to join, while at the same time organizations are joining. The project is not meant to supplant the individual groups, but rather to increase the leverage of each group, increase each other’s knowledge, and allow for projects on the scale that is required to counteract the coordination of the left. It is only the work of the individual that creates the knowledge and success of the groups, and it the groups that will create the knowledge and success of this project. The project simply recognizes the need for economies of scale for maximum impact.
Furthermore, the project is not about creating a new party, but it is also not about blindly supporting a party who doesn’t support us. In every aspect discussed above, both parties have gone far astray from true American principles and values. One would have thought that after running a very liberal republican for president in 2008 and losing by a large margin, the Republican’s might have returned to our principles and values, but it has become abundantly clear that they will not: At least not without a very firm push.
To visualize the potential impact of unified action, imagine the power of 20 or 30 million Americans, who commit to turn off all network news shows for 90 days (or longer), while at the same time distributing to their neighbors a high quality and well documented DVD or pamphlet outlining the corruption and bias of the mainstream media. This type of campaign would be a collaborative creation, utilizing the expertise of many different groups to show the bias and corruption in the media, and it would only be effective because of a unified effort of so many groups. Imagine if the power of the media to distort, divide, and demonize our common principles and values could be dramatically diminished in only a few short months.
As another example, suppose there are several explemplary candidates from a particular party in a national (or even state) election. Candidates that are not afraid to state the truth, that have integrity and that truly place principles over politics. These candidates could be highlighted on a nationwide scale, by the same 20 or 30 million people involved in the project, who could support those exemplary candidates. The power to circumvent the media, and even in some cases the political parties themselves could have immediate and lasting affect.
The possibilities are endless, but it should be at once apparent that unification under our common American principles and values should begin without haste. It is important to remember that the VFP is not singularly focused on electing public officials. It is not merely an educational project meant to inform citizens and voters. It is not merely a mass campaign to bring together like minded people for peaceful protest, prayer, and good works. It is all of those things. It is about creating a unified and ongoing effort to take our country back, and to put in place a structure that will ensure we don’t lose it again.
This proposal is in the concept stage, and more work needs to be done to lay out the step by step implementation, but the implementation of a project like this would also, by its nature, be very organic, fluid, and flexible. The key is that the events have already occurred that have awakened millions of us to the need for unified action. Many of us have felt that if Obama got elected, the silver lining could be the rejuvenation of citizen patriots into a movement that would bring back true American principles and values. Well here we are, and there is no Calvary coming. We are it.
These are times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Thomas Paine, from The American Crisis, which Washington ordered his men to read days before their crossing of the Delaware on Christmas day, 1776.
 Much of the language in these principles comes from two sources. The 1960 “Sharon Statement” of the Young American’s for Freedom, and Russell Kirk’s “Ten Conservative Principles.”