By USN Columnist Tim Aalders, “Mr. Constitution” / January 9th, 2021

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There are so many lessons to take from these last few days that I spent in Washington, DC. President Trump said the most important words at the Rally in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021.

“Our brightest days are before us; our greatest achievements still wait. I think one of our great achievements will be election security because nobody, until I came along, had any idea how corrupt our elections were. Our exciting adventures and boldest endeavors have not yet begun. My fellow Americans for our movement, for our children, and for our beloved country, and I say this, despite all that’s happened, the best is yet to come.”

Some of you know me as a radio voice and student of politics over the years, but many do not know me. I have spent many years trying to educate people on our nation’s true history and the troubles we face both live on the radio and off. Once again, I hope and pray; these words can make a difference in just one person’s life. For those that know me, you understand it goes against the very core of grain to be like others and tell you what I know you want to hear. So I will stay true to myself and speak the truth, the plain and simple truth. The truth has become a lost value in this country. Lying or manufacturing of facts has become such an art form in today’s political and media world.

We have all heard the career politician say⏤I have been one of Washington’s most conservative voices throughout my years there. I mean, let’s get real; that is like saying I am the least poisonous viper in a den of snakes. Honestly, just because you are a car thief in a group of armed robbers does not make you a better person; all it says to me is you have a broken value system. Washington seems to work off of a broken value system. They lack the moral compass to point others down the correct path.

I must deliver to you all some profound news. Washington, DC, is not the solution.

As a people, we have been misled, misrepresented, and mistakenly convinced that Washington, DC, can fix the problems. That in itself is a misrepresentation of the facts. Without a well-informed populous, Washington, DC, has no motivation to change.

This might seem like a bold statement, but I think this audience understands what I just said.

Our politicians have become so comfortable in their job that they feel untouchable, and that makes them unremorseful. Unfortunately for us, another simple truth is a person cannot serve two masters. Most people with common sense would say that statement is true, but why is it then we put our faith in politicians who make promises to both the people who contribute to their campaign and us.

I have had the opportunity to interview many people who have held political office, and they all admit that they have more contacts with special interests than with their constituents.

As our wise founding father, John Adams, Stated:

“Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”

This I will follow up with a statement from Andrew Jackson:

“It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.”

Now I will never be so bold as to say I could go to Washington, DC, and change any of them because DC lacks the political will to do what needs to be done. There is something I feel we can change in Washington that would have an impact on all of these issues.

We must unite the best that we can against the very people who wish to separate us.

How can we achieve this? When I first got on the radio, I came up with an acronym I call “WISE.”

It is very simple to achieve; the first is to WAKEUP. Become INFORMED and involved. SHARE what you are learning with anyone who will listen and even those who won’t. EVOLVE change in behavior by becoming active participants in the world around us.

The enemy is all around us, and at times, the battle seems pointless, I know. We are outgunned and outspent, but we don’t have to be outsmarted.

As our President said at the rally:

“With your help over the last four years, we built the greatest political movement in the history of our country, and nobody even challenges that. I say that over and over, and I never get challenged by the fake news, and they challenge almost everything we say. But our fight against the big donors, big media, big tech, and others is just getting started. This is the greatest in history.”

We have a choice here. We can get lost in whatever it was that happened at the DC Rally. We can despair over the election outcome. Or what if we combined all our efforts like our founders before us. They had differences but united for a common goal. We have one recourse left⏤ as the Declaration of Independence states:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

This basic principle was taken from often forgotten — Samuel Rutherford, Scottish Puritan “divine” who wrote, “Lex Rex” (“The LAW is king”), an argument against the ‘divine right of kings’ and FOR the right of the people to replace the government. This was a key idea picked up by Locke and foundational to the argument of the Declaration of Independence set up in its preamble but clearly based on PRE-Enlightenment ideas.

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.  – John Adams

I ask myself often what legacy I want to leave behind to my children, how do I want to be remembered?

People are not remembered for their thoughts; it is their action that defines a person’s character. When my children and grandchildren reflect on me⏤, I hope I am remembered as a person who fought to protect our great country and the God-given rights spelled out in our Constitution on behalf of all Americans.

Our history is magnificent. We should study and learn from it, not repeat the same mistakes.

I will be labeled many things, I am sure, but labels are not what will define me. I will not allow them to distract me from the mission. Some will even try and say I lack compassion and understanding of the issues. My answer to those is I have compassion and understanding, and even love. I believe in equal rights for all law-abiding legal citizens, special rights for none, and that includes our representatives in Washington DC.

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.  – Samuel Adams

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