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Epiphany!…sort of…

Posted by foundersfreedom on April 12, 2010

A year ago I decided to get as heavily involved in the “tea party” movement as I could get. The experience has been amazing. I’ve met great and passionate Americans, many which I now call friends.

I’ve gotten to the inner circle of major local events and been more than happy to devote a couple nights a week and many extra hours of email, calls and reading to further the cause. But these last few months have not brought me the fulfillment I thought I’d get from doing what I thought was all that I possibly could (while trying to balance job and family).

It’s true enough that we’ve had some unbelievable events that have shaken my confidence that we will ever get our country back, but I’m thinking about why, with all the passion and commitment I’ve seen from my new friends, do I still feel we’ve lost?  Americans have never been so engaged in the process and show no signs of letting up. Polls show tea party positions and candidates in a very positive light all across the country.

Though I don’t typically skip church on Sunday to work, this past Sunday I had some things that needed to get done so I did just that. Driving along listening to the radio preacher talking about the Great Commission stirred in me the cause of my current malaise. As popular and as positive as the tea party message is – and crucial to our way of life – I’ve had no desire to go to any of the many local meetings. Not even to participate in the big event of the season – the Sean Hannity Tax Day Tea Party right here in Cincinnati. This is was what I thought I was working for.

A little background is in order. As a Glenn Beck fan, I consider myself more of a 9/12er than a tea partier. Glenn knows that without God as the foundation we will not get back the stated goals of the Tea Party – Free Markets, Limited Government and Fiscal Responsibility (Cincinnati version). I’ve felt that all along. Plus, the fact they’re getting very involved in the political process, I just wasn’t “feeling” it. I have no more desire to work in the Republican Party – even if to reform it – than I have to parachute from a plane.

I’ve been doing some soul-searching to determine if I was just jealous that I hadn’t really accomplished what I have been working toward as the outreach guy for the Cincy 9/12 Project when the tea parties seem to get all the press. I’ve always been a bit of a contrarian doing what was least popular, so it really wasn’t that.  Feeling like I’m right in believing there is no political solution for our woes and that we’re just beginning to see how bad things can get, I wanted to feel the excitement and enthusiasm that so many around me do about the coming elections. But I can’t.

Back to the preacher. I was thinking again about the three tenets of the Tea Party and how it fails to address where those values originate. They are,  generally speaking, about money or the ability to pursue it.  There is no spiritual component.  Our inalienable rights emanate from natural law which comes from a Creator God. How can we possibly be successful if we don’t put Him back in His rightful place?  We can’t and we won’t. Therein lies the problem. Don’t get me wrong, God is not off limits in the tea parties, they just don’t make Him a plank.

Now I’m thinking, “what would my three planks be if I were to come up with my own?”  I came up with God, Me and Others. Strange enough I know, but within seconds “Me” became my hopes for myself, my children and future grandchildren and “Others” became the duty to help others to accomplish things for their families.  Again, in a moment, Faith, Hope, and Charity evolved into my mantra – just as it has for Glenn Beck.  Great (or insane) minds think alike.

This epiphany, so to speak,  has given me a new outlook and a desire to really pursue the spiritual aspect of America. Without it we are destined to fail.  We must give God His due. America is like no other in the history of Man and it is fully because of divine providence.  Freedom can only come from God. It has become quite clear over the centuries that, left to mere men, governments will enslave – even as evidenced  in what is happening here in America today. If God be for us, who could be against us? There’s liberating power in that. Just what I needed. Now, back to the fight.

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Still walking the talk

Posted by foundersfreedom on August 5, 2009

If anyone out there has missed my posts, I’m very much involved in the “mob” that is getting in the face of the DC Monster.

I miss posting, but I have more important things on my plate in these troubling times.

God Bless,
FF

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Conservatives, join the fight or stop complaining.

Posted by foundersfreedom on June 5, 2009

The left/ Progressives are decades ahead of us in the action arena, but we’re the smart and productive ones.  We’re motivated by freedom and they are motivated by lust for power, so we’re on the side of righteousness.  Justice and equal opportunity should be the standard, not chosen by the elite.  We are lovers of life and they are the purveyors of death. We are the people who want decency and they’re selling social pornography.  We want to live our own lives and they want to force us to live the way of their choosing. We believe in God and trust in His Providence and they mock and scorn us for it, preferring to play god themselves. 

I’ve decide enough talking and complaining and have gotten involved in a couple local groups in Cincinnati that are working hard to be in position to affect the next election cycle.  The Cincinnati Tea Party, the 912 Project, and in a very limited way, the Campaign for Liberty, the John Birch Society and Ohio Freedom Alliance.  Thus I haven’t been posting except mostly on my Facebook page. If you care to join me there, search for Roger Titkemeyer.  I don’t post going to the store or mowing the grass, just  much like you’d find here only in shorter versions as FB has word limits.  

Please, find somewhere to plug in and get active.  The midterm elections are coming way faster than we want to believe.  We CAN and MUST make a difference or I’m afraid this Grand Experiment will join the rest in the history books.

Our grandchildren may not know what it was like to live as we have – free to prosper or to fail, free to live where we choose, drive what we choose and choose what we do for a living.

Ronald Reagan: (several more available here in the archives.)

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children through the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

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