Grassroots Commentary

Pick Up Your Sword and Fight

By George Rogers Clark · Nov. 26, 2012

What are these sounds of weeping and gnashing of teeth I hear? The enemy is a merciless beast. If we would surrender now, our cause will die forever. Pick up your sword and fight.

“It is a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own. We shall all hang together or surely we shall all hang separately.” –Benjamin Franklin

“These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” –Thomas Paine

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” –Romans 8:31

“So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.” –Romans 11.5

On November 20, two weeks after the election, I was having breakfast with three of my best friends and golfing buddies. We share a common ideology. The conversation was about the election loss. The guys were mostly in agreement with the causes that have already been thoroughly examined, such as: new demographics, race, government hand-outs, etc. Finally I asked, “What do you think about my last essay on the election?” One of the guys turned to me and said, “I am not reading your essays right now.” I had to ask why, so I did. He said, “Because I know you; you are probably trying to cheer us up. I am so disappointed I do not want to be cheered up.” I responded with, “No, I do not want to cheer you up. I want to stir you up.”

Cheerful or not, we cannot give up the fight. The enemy is close. He is legion. He is powerful. He has deceived many citizens with the hopes of a utopia that he cannot deliver. Only God can deliver utopia.

Please trust me when I say, I understand how folks feel. The newly crowned King of Obamaland stands before us. The hope and change guy has deceived enough Americans to win a pitiful 50.4% of the popular vote. He has given hope to those who believe 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the new address for the Free Store. He has promised to “fundamentally change America.”

Our fight is for liberty. It is for “freedom and justice for all.” It is a political, ideological, economical, educational, and spiritual battle. As in our first days as a nation, America and the ideal of liberty founded here, now stands alone.

November 7, 2012 was the day that the summer soldiers and sunshine patriots began throwing in the towel. Many others, though perhaps presently shaken and wounded, have not surrendered in the ultimate sense. Rather, they are probably just expelling the pain and frustration of the loss. To be certain, the cause for liberty has been assaulted. Patriots are wounded and some cringe in fear.

Whether you view the election as a “temporary setback” or a reason to surrender, my purpose here is indeed to “stir you up.” America needs you. Your family needs you. Your friends and neighbors need you. People in lands far away, who will never know you, need you.

Are you on the side of truth and reason? Do you believe in “liberty and justice for all”? Do you ever get a lump in your throat at the sight of Old Glory and the sounds of the “Star Spangled Banner”? Are you ever overcome with pride, passion and gratitude at the sight of a soldier returning home? Have you ever heard, “Proud to be an American” and wanted to stand, unprompted, and sing along? Do the words, “God Bless America,” still evoke hope and passion in your soul? Did you answer “yes” to any of these? Pick up your sword and fight.

Do you feel the burn of a righteous anger when a political cover-up makes the news? Do you ever weep at the report of a hero's death? Do the deeds of tyrants and terrorists bring a cry for justice from your heart and mind? Do you believe you are on the side of light and you recognize the darkness of evil? Lady Liberty needs you. Pick up your sword and fight.

In this present day, our battle here at home is for the hearts and minds of those who have been deceived into believing that government is our provider, our hope and salvation. It is not any of those things. We must understand the enemy, which is the deceiver, not the deceived. The deceived may be won by sharing the plain truth, which is: they have been deceived to believe the battle is merely between two political parties or ideologies. The truth is that the essential battle is, and always has been, between good and evil.

When we face the enemy, the deceiver, whether he appears as man or devil, we must not shrink in fear, but remember that in the end, good always conquers evil.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." –Ephesians 6:12

"Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." –Ephesians 6:14-17

Will we wait until we are starving and have surrendered our honor, or will we do it now? Will we pick up our swords and fight? Corrupt politicians must be defeated. Secular Humanism has become a prominent religion in America. Some have sold their birthright of liberty for Obamaphones. The federal bureaucracy is being grown, at a cost we cannot afford, for the sake of political leverage. The cost of education has soared while the results have plummeted. Christianity is being restricted by our government and institutions at every turn. Secularism and religious pluralism are being protected. If you can see the truth in any of these statements, you are not entirely deceived. Pick up your sword and fight.

The Stars and Stripes still wave. Liberty is not yet lost. No stand for truth and justice is too late. With God's help, anything is possible. May God bless America and every American who is willing to stand for truth and fight for "freedom and justice for all.”

George Rogers Clark blogs at myFreeBlogs:


Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

Start where and do what?

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Nick in Chattanooga replied:

You won't get an answer.

Do you know how many times I have asked that question?

If you want to see where this country is headed, measure your expectations by the following Google searches that return nothing:

'Americans fight back', 'Can Obama destroy America', 'Is American dictatorship possible'....etc.

You'll hear plenty of moaning abut the past. No solutions for the future.

America, you have become a nation of slaves....I abhor you.

It disgusts me that one day soon I will be forced to draw blood (for my own survival) in your name. - N

PS - Thank you all, for your support.

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 1:49 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

Nick, thank you for your comments. I have experienced exactly what you expressed to Anton. My search results may have prodded me to try a little harder. PLEASE, see my answer to Anton.

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:55 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

Nick and Anton: My apologies, gentlemen. I usually do spend time on trying to offer solutions. In this one, I got so carried away trying to be inspirational that I was only "implicit" in the area of solutions. Remember, it is only my opinion, but I believe the solutions for America are a return to our original Christian principles and a strict application of our Constitution, as it is written. In many other of my writings I have explicitly stated that those solutions would require the blessings of the Lord and a spiritual revival of the people. THANK YOU for your comments.

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:53 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

We must start with our friends, family and neighbors. We must share our ideas for the meaning of liberty, true liberty; how to have it, how to keep it. We must stand firm to explain that "free stuff" does not make for a strong national economy and that economic strength is essential to liberty. We must believe that Hope can sustain us until success comes. We must have Faith and trust in the love of God. Elections are great, but the politicians seldom listen. We need a grassroots movement that they cannot ignore. Thanks for your comments.

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

George, I agree with you. We have to do it one person at a time. No more political correctness. Cite passages from the Declaratiion of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights to show them how government is not abiding by any of these documents. Point out where spending is being wasted, the Constitution is being ignored, budgets not being passed, and the massive amount of money being spent on people on the dole. Don't be politically correct but be brutally honest. It may upset them at first but if it makes them think it will be worth it.

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Nick in Chattanooga replied:

For Mr. Clark and Mr. Sarge:

Thank you (especially, Mr. Clark) for your responses.

Gentlemen, while I appreciate your faith and your willingness to get things done peaceably, I think the Great Experiment has well and truly been completed.

The constitution has been ripped to shreds and trampled in the mud.

The people's spirits have been dampened and indeed, even turned through socialism, materialism, liberalism, and ignorance towards the unwitting and sometimes purposeful destruction of the nation we all once held dear.

If you think community organization (on our side) a fitting solution, then I ask you....what gains have we made since 2010?

Where is the Tea Party?

Is not surrender the byline of the Republicans even now, more than yesterday?

Are even our own leaders not cowardly, corrupt, and outright treasonous?

If you want a movement that will effect change, I recommend we gather together....

and make Plans. - N

PS - Prayer helps. But victory is left in man's hands until the end....God backs the stronger armies, the ones that fight in His name.

But combat, even mortal, is often necessary. History is at stake, again.

We should not fail. We should not fail.

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

Hey, Nick, man I cannot argue your points. Everything is far gone. AND.. I am not saying that at some point blood will not be shed for the cause. So, we agree on that, also. But, right now I am just saying that miracles are possible and we must try and hope to make converts NOW, so that the bloodshed might be avoided. WAIT... that's what you are saying too. Nick, I must tell you, I am a passionate old fool and I would fight if necessary, but I am not sure I would get many of the rascals. My eyesight isn't what it used to be.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

Amen, Sarge. A little tough love,right My first pastor used to teach, "hate the sin, love the sinner." That idea works well for me. To be clear, I am not saying they are sinners, of course. They are people who I believe are deceived by false promises and false hopes. Shucks, I want to help them, so they can help you and me put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA said:

I suggest, that if the UN Small Arms Treaty is signed &/or ratified every Person who has taken the Oath to defend the Constitution Report Armed for militia duty at the local USAR/National Guard Armory . I also suggest that any Persons who have taken the Oath obtain and wear a USFlag pin & a Dont Tread on Me" Gadsden rattlesnake flag pin, & optionally a Christian Flag pin all small sized & all available on PatriotPost store.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 12:37 AM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

enema, I have a Gadsden tee shirt. I need to buy a new "varmint" rifle. My only weapon right now is an old 12 gauge double. I have kept it in pristine shape, but it is so old I probably would not want to fire it. I think a Remington 700 BDL, bull barrel in 308 or 30.06 topped with a 20x Redfield scope would serve my needs very well. Thanks for your comments.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Capt. Call in New Mexico said:

"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" --Romans 8:31 Indeed, this is true for Christians; but note that in context, this is not applied to nations. I would venture to question whether we are on God's side, before claiming that God is our side. If we are not on God's side, then we are automatically on the other side, the side of Satan. There is NO neutral ground.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 1:14 AM

joe redneck in maine replied:

You have to start killing members of congress who vote in favor of unconstitutional laws like TARP, Obamacare, assault weapons bans, etc. Congress is the problem. Presidents come and go.
Wonder what the repercussions of this comment will be.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

Joe, I have to run the wife out for some blood tests, but I will be back. The "assault weapons" bans just DRIVE ME CRAZY. And I cannot find two people who even know what an assault weapon really is. GRRrrrrrrrr !

We will talk later.

Thanks for the comment.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

Well, I got a temporary reprieve from driver duties, so I am back.

Joe, I try to talk to my buddies about the ludicrous assault weapons bans and their eyes glaze over. They have seen the pictures on ABC, NBC, etc of Chinese made AK knockoffs that are sold as sporting rifles, firing in semi-auto mode only and they agree with the ban-babies that that is an assault weapon. Now, please understand, these guys are conservatives but know nothing about guns. They think that anybody can buy one of these at a sporting goods store or at a gun show (the liberal spin) and that they probably need to be banned. They think it looks like a duck quacks like a duck... etc. But darn it, they are NOT assault weapons. Real assault weapons have been illegal since 1920-something, because of the Chicago gangs using the Thompson sub-machine gun. You can buy an AR15 in semi-auto and it looks like a M16, but is not a full-auto assault weapon.

Well, sorry Joe, I got carried away. I am preaching to the choir again ? ! The politicians are going to do whatever they do until an informed and inspired people stop them. The battle must be won by one convert at a time. We surely need the Lord's help. A moral/spiritual and ideological revival sure would not hurt.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Nick in Chattanooga replied:

Joe, Congress is a pack of 'useful idiots'.

The president is the problem.

The president is the problem.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Nick in Chattanooga replied:

I wonder how many will be watching him on inauguration day. - N

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 3:10 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

I am agreeing that God may be on the side of Christians. I believe we need to pray for revival and go into the streets and make converts so that we would accomplish a large majority of moral/spiritual citizens. That might make a difference, for the nation, huh ? ! Thanks for your comments.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Joe Redneck in Maine replied:

One of the best lines I have EVER seen.
"Washington didn't use his right to free speech to defeat the British, he shot them."
Referring to George Washington. Instead of 1 king we now have about 535.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Nick in Chattanooga replied:

Again, I wonder who will be watching the president's speech on inauguration day.

- N

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Nick in Chattanooga replied:

If you think that those 535 mean anything in terms of leadership, I'm afraid you're wrong, Joe.

Reid is the only one who truly matters.

The House by itself is worth almost nothing.

Even the Democrats matter little.

Obama's fix is in.

You want to solve something? Remove one or both if you want representation. Otherwise it's all just punching at shadows.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 6:56 PM