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Considering Emerging Leaders, this week I have a conversation with Aidan Haggard. Aidan is more than an emerging leader, he is well engaged in the fray of ideological strife in the educational system. A high school junior, Aidan has been a founding member of and at the helm for ‘The American Conservative Youth Union’ since the school district he resides in rejected the on campus request for a Turning Point USA club presence.
I want to break down what I summarize as significant takeaways for this weeks program but you need to hear from Aidan to get the breath of what these Patriots are looking for: Vision, Purpose, Principled Solutions and Execution.
In respect to our citizenry aged below 40, I am always making inquires as to why so few engage with TEA Party or other citizen groups. Most often I am told that the majority of the groups are made up of ‘old angry men and women who cannot come together for effecting change. The people in the groups lack unity and actionable vision with almost enthusiasm.’ Now I partially agree with that. Most who participate in the TEA Party or other citizen group movements are angry with frustration as to the despotism and tyranny of those bureaucrats and elected. That anger is problematic from its roots in almost three generations of allowing the ‘experts’ in education and politics to control the problem development and control the perceived solution set. Long story very short, Citizens gave up their full authority and responsibility of overseeing those who govern right after the Civil War and even more so after WW I. Few know how to knowledgeably retake what is rightfully theirs. But that is another topic for another day.
Quick Summary Breakdown
From my perspective, the greatest issue seen in these of the younger generations is the lack of ability for the older generations to unite on issues and execute solutions with Foundational Principles. A lack of vision and purpose toward governing well.
The emerging leaders need purpose. Can the elders confidently give them Foundationally Principled Purpose?
Ego busting: can the older generation throw their egos into the sea and work shoulder to shoulder with these emerging leaders? Can the older generation mentor/disciple them such that they understand covenantal principles brought by the Puritans in Massachusetts Bay Colony, which set the greater and deeper rooted principles of self-governance as well as limited government for securing liberty?
Can anyone over 50 actually define the purpose to which these emerging leaders can honorably give all for the sake of true Liberty?
I know, I’ve asked more questions than any actual summary. In respect to the injustice being to done to Aidan’s organization by the Medina School District and High School, let me finish with these quotes that will hopefully stir you souls:
The glory of young men is their strength, And the honor of old men is their gray hair.
Bastiat – The Law
“The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!”
“Life, liberty and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it is the fact that life, liberty and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.”
“The law is the organization of the natural right of lawful defense. It is the substitution of a common force for individual forces. And this common force is to do only what the individual forces have a natural and lawful right to do: to protect persons, liber- ties, and properties; to maintain the right of each, and to cause justice to reign over us all.”
So unlike our present time and pulpits: From “the Pulpit of The Revolution” Page 27
“The Rev. William Hubbard, the historian, in a Fast-day sermon, preached June 24, 1682, declared that the fathers “came not hither for the world, or for land, or for traffic; but for religion, and for liberty of conscience in the worship of God, which was their only design.”
The historical fact was stated by President Stiles, of Yale College, in 1783: “It is certain that civil dominion was but the second motive, religion the primary one, with our ancestors, in coming hither and settling this land. It was not so much their design to establish religion for the benefit of the state, as civil government for the benefit of religion, and as subservient, and even necessary, towards the peaceable enjoyment and unmolested exercise of religion of that religion for which they fled to these ends of the earth.”
The result of all this was, a new community, voluntarily gathered in New England, primarily for religion, organized into many “independent” churches, each of them a petty democracy, electing its officers and ministers, making its own laws, and regulating its own affairs, so far as possible, by the system of polity indicated with more or less distinctness in holy Scripture. Out of this condition of things the state was gradually developed. Here was individualism, an admirable system for making good full-blooded Puritan citizens, but very poor and unmanageable subjects. So George III. and George Grenville, “The Gentle Shepherd,” found it in 1763 and afterward.
By the change, the clergy could retain no authority, but their influence was probably increased. They had “great power in the people’s hearts,” says Winthrop. Religion predominated over all other interests.
“As near the law of God as they can” be, was the instruction of the General Court to their committee of laity and ministry, appointed to frame laws for the Commonwealth. Their first written code, under the charter of 1629, was drawn by a minister.”
Sam Adams Wisdom
TO JAMES WARREN.
[MS., Samuel Adams Papers, Lenox Library.]
PHILADELPHIA, Decr 26, 1775
‘… At present our Council as well as our House of Representatives are annually elective. Thus far they are accountable to the people, as they are lyable for Misbehavior to be discarded; but this is not a sufficient Security to the People unless they are themselves VIRTUOUS. If we wish for “another Change,” must it not be a Change of Manners? If the youth are carefully educated—If the Principles of Morality are strongly inculcated on the Minds of the People—the End and Design of Government clearly understood and the Love of our Country the ruling Passion, uncorrupted Men will then be chosen for the representatives of the People. These will elect Men of distinguished Worth to sit at the Council Board, and in time we may hope, that in the purity of their Manners, the Wisdom of their Councils, and the Justice of their Determinations our Senate may equal that of Athens, which was said to be “the most sacred and venerable Assembly in all Greece.” I confess, I have a strong desire that our Colony should excell in Wisdom and Virtue. If this proceeds from Pride, is it not . . . . . . Pride? I am willing that the same Spirit of Emulation may pervade every one of the Confederated Colonies…’
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