Recognize this guy? Probably not. It's Revolutionary era patriot James Otis. Why am I showing his picture here? I'm glad you asked.
Once, when asked why he and the others were risking everything in a venture with such little likelihood of success, Otis responded, "We do it so a man can stand up." As I was pondering what 2012 might hold in store for Macon County Patriots, these words of his kept coming to mind. What a great way to describe the freedom they eventually won and the legacy they passed on to their descendants! You might say that the job of each subsequent generation then became simply to remain standing.
But we have a problem doing that today that not all generations have had because over the course of time, through all manner of intimidation, legislation and judicial tyranny, We The People have been told to sit down and shut up. And through complacency, busyness, indifference and a host of distractions, we have to a great degree done so, thereby failing in the vigilance Thomas Jefferson told us would be the price of remaining free. And that, in a nutshell, is why we're in the pickle we're in today.
So what is needed to right the ship? We The People must get our feet back under us. We must stand up and step out if our beloved country is to be restored. But we must also plant them on solid ground. And that ground must be the Constitution. And that is where Macon County Patriots comes in because that is what we're all about.
So, in keeping with MCP's purpose of educating people on constitutional government, we are planning events this year that will help equip us to stand up and step out for freedom. A great first step would be to renew our memberships or to join for the first time, as the case may be. Dues are only $10 per person per year. A small price to pay to help make 2012 the year Americans stood up once again. You may send yours to:
Macon County Patriots
PO Box 232
Macon, MO 63552
Or, if you prefer, you can pay when you come to a meeting, the first of which will be Saturday, February 18, from 10 to 2, at the Church of the Open Door on Highway 63 South in Macon. There will be 2 speakers at this meeting. One, Mindy Patterson, will tell us about the dangerous "Your Vote Counts" initiative that is currently being promoted in the state. The other, State Representative Paul Curtman, will inform us about the "Audit The Fed Resolution" and the "Sound Money Bill", both of which are currently under consideration in the Missouri Legislature. (See previous post of Feb 1 for more details on this meeting.) We will share a carry-in lunch at noon so bring a dish and join us. We always have a great time. I hope to see you then.
Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
February 3, 2012
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