Losing the Battle for America’s Future: Examining the Patriot Movement

by Dave Batcheller, written April 2015.

If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin. – Samuel Adams

Over a decade ago, my eyes were opened. I learned the truth of the gradual, systematic erosion of our liberties here in America, and I found myself aligned with other concerned citizens in the Patriot Movement. This fast-growing, grass roots movement is also known as the Tea Party, the Freedom or Liberty Movement, the Constitutional Revival Movement, or other similar names. Because there is no central control or headquarters, it is primarily an uncoordinated response to the crisis taking place in America’s culture and politics.

My observations of the Patriot Movement are mixed. While I have learned a tremendous amount and have met many fine, patriotic Americans along the way, I have also encountered a multitude of unbalanced people who do more harm than good to the movement. The vast number of issues, combined with the sheer independence and diversity of people within this movement, have made attempts at greater unity a process likened to “herding cats.” The absence of a clear, unifying message has also made it easy for those in power to marginalize this disorganized group of concerned Americans who recognize and care about the continual loss of our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. We have seriously underestimated the strength and resolve of those who are determined to transform our nation away from the original vision of our Founding Fathers. As a result, we are losing the battle for our Constitutional Republic, and America’s future hangs in the balance.

The problem revolves around several important issues:

1. A general lack of motivation and urgency. We have not been able to break the strangleholds of apathy and distraction. In this regard, we are not much different than the general population, who are preoccupied with trivial matters and easily entertained. We listen to the endless drone of the media, focus on the wrong issues, and often jump at the latest news or events, just like everyone else. Overall, we tend to underestimate the enemies of American Liberty and the true level of decline that has already taken place. Most of us have not fully grasped the reality of our current condition as a nation, and even if we try to get involved, we usually spend our limited time on efforts that are ineffectual or futile. The result of this rampant stupor is that millions of potential patriots remain uninvolved and ill-prepared for what is coming. When will we finally realize that our current system is thoroughly inept and corrupt at the core? It cannot and will not correct itself; freedom-loving Americans must take action now!

2. A focus that is too narrow, selfish, or shortsighted. So-called patriots who are motivated by selfish ambition, or who focus on a single issue, or who have an inadequate understanding of history and human nature, all have very little impact against the growing tsunami of tyranny here in America. I have met far too many people like this. When we choose to focus on just one issue, such as political reform, the economy, abortion, taxation, illegal immigration, or spiritual revival, etc., we become easily distracted, divided, and ineffectual as a movement. Even those who do realize what is happening often make a grave, selfish error by choosing to focus solely on activities that will not help restore our Constitutional Republic, like becoming survivalists, “preppers,” or militia members. What good is all of this, if we end up losing our liberties? Others of us who are Christians, also tend to keep our heads in the sand, ignoring both clear Biblical teaching and the reality of impending chaos, while clinging to the questionable notion that we will be whisked away in a “rapture” before anything really bad happens. I will be writing more about these important topics in the near future.

3. A strong tendency toward diffusion and division. Highly opinionated and scattered. Constant bickering, divisiveness, unbalanced views, and giant egos–I have found these things far too often. While our enemies are much more united, focused, and equipped, we squabble over every detail, allowing ourselves to be spread very thin and ultimately marginalized. Even though patriots are waking up, and our numbers are growing, we still lack any kind of significant growth or unified momentum. Our scope of understanding and our depth of conviction remain severely anemic. Most of us are content to verbalize our displeasure once in a while with friends or on Internet forums. Perhaps when the heat or pressure of tyranny reaches a certain level, all this will somehow change and we will then set aside our differences to work together to save our Republic. But I’m not sure about that. Time will tell.

4. The absence of a clear, strong, unifying message to rally like-minded patriots. Yes, there are a multitude of issues, varied opinions, and possible scenarios of what could happen in America. Yet rarely do people in this movement actually live with a core value of restoring liberty at all costs. We usually become infatuated or sidetracked by a lesser issue related to our own personal concerns. Where is the strong, clear message that will inspire and unite us? When will we hear a message that will stir the depths of our patriotic passions? Based on my years of experience, I believe there is a clear set of common core beliefs that we can rally around. And these common core beliefs are not that difficult to ascertain. The question is: can we set aside our personal preferences and pet projects to gain the strength of a unified movement, or will we remain content to spin our wheels, keeping ourselves busy while things crash around us?

5. A serious lack of balanced, principled, and qualified leaders within the movement. There is no shortage of opinions, or people who want to rehash America’s problems. There are plenty of well-known spokespersons who dispense endless information, and others whose focus is on gaining their livelihood from the patriot community. What is seriously lacking, however, are leaders who truly inspire us by their own character, example, and courage. Many so-called leaders within the Patriot Movement offer no compelling example, and for all the talk, they provide very little down-to-earth, practical help for the average American patriot. It’s as if more reporting, dialogue, or information will save our country. Really? Why just keep regurgitating the problems or the news? Isn’t it way past time for us to put some real action into our protest and discontent? Do we really need more examples of government corruption, or explanations of deeper “conspiracy theories?” Instead, we desperately need leaders with the flames of liberty blazing in their heart–who by their message and personal example, will show us what we must do to save our beloved America. What we really need are leaders like Samuel Adams, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, or Patrick Henry, etc. And we need this breed of leader in sufficient numbers to mount even a long-shot chance at turning things around. The true blessing of America’s founding was that she was blessed to have so many selfless, fully committed patriots in the same generation. If this does not happen again, we may soon see America’s final demise.

6. An apparent unwillingness to do whatever it takes to restore liberty and our Constitutional Republic. Even though there are many great patriots out there, all preaching their particular messages, most seem unwilling to cross some unmentionable line, or even whisper what is really needed to mount a substantial resistance to this rapidly growing tyranny in America. Instead, we just keep talking, blogging, complaining, alerting, and “educating,” ad nauseam. As a movement, we lack not the knowledge, but the conviction and resolve to do whatever it takes! Once we fully realize the dire straits of our current political, financial, and global situation, we may then be able to break free from the lies that hold us back. Maybe then we will get serious. If we can muster up some real courage, we will leave behind our selfish pursuits, our empty talk, and our fears, like America’s first patriots. If and when we decide that our liberty and heritage are worth fighting and dying for, we will cross that uncomfortable line and begin to really push back against the true enemies of America. When will we stop believing that our thoroughly inept and corrupt government will somehow correct itself? Or that our votes really matter, when both major political parties are bought off and complicit in the abandonment of the Constitution and the decimation of our liberties? How far do we have to be pushed before we rebel and fight back? How long until we understand that we are facing the same type of overgrown, insatiable monster as our Founding Fathers did? We must begin to think and react soon, as they did, before America’s time runs out!

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 effect their Safety and Happiness. – from the American Declaration of Independence

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