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Saving Essential Liberties: Where Will You Stand?

By Murray T. Bass · Jan. 7, 2013

We fought to save our Essential Liberties through the election process. And lost. What do we do now? Give up and forget about it? Give up and complain about it? Continue to tell others what's wrong and hope someone else will do something about saving our liberties? Or, do we stand up, work and fight for America and become one of today's equivalents to the 56 men of 1776?

Giving up or just complaining allows the despots to take more of our liberties away from us and from future generations of Americans. We have already spent years telling each other what's wrong and what should be done but no one has stepped forward to save us. The only course of action for us is to step up, stand up and become America's saviors. Save ourselves and our families.

If we are willing to do that, our chances of restoring our Essential Liberties are far better than through the election process. The “Establishment,” made up of the leaders of both major parties has built procedures for their own benefit which effectively shut out the public; you and me.

The research I have done convinces me that there are many hundreds of organizations involving millions of citizens who believe as we do. So it is not a question of scope or size of opposition to today's despotism. It is really a question of patriots being divided into single concern groups, each trying to protect one of our Essential Liberties. Our task will be to unite those groups into an irresistible force that will “throw off” our present despots and self servers and restore our Essential Liberties.

My questions to each person reading this commentary are these. Do you want to give up, just complain, or keep playing the same “what's wrong with America” message over and over? Or do you want to be a part of a movement that can save and restore our Essential Liberties? Save the nation fashioned by our Founding Fathers. Help create a new Declaration of Independence.

A lot of creativity and hard work will be involved like:

  1. Providing ideas on how best to build an effective program. We have lots of ideas but they may not be the best. Become a part of the leadership.

  2. Spreading the word to influential folks you know. And to family, friends and folks in organizations you are a part of. Recruit patriots.

  3. Finding the organizations and people who are concerned about the direction our nation has taken and are trying to do something to change our country's course. Identifying the contact persons.

  4. Helping to create a format that people and organizations will respond to.

  5. Later, serving as liaison to groups with special concerns, such as religious freedom, the right to bear arms, economic freedom, free trade, energy independence and many, many more. How and with whom you may be involved will depend on your interests and knowledge.

  6. Creation of documents and contact materials to elicit support.

  7. Make presentations as a part of the New Declaration Speakers bureau. Help create that group.

  8. Develop internet, Facebook, twitter presences designed to inform and recruit.

  9. Create a non-profit Corporation to solicit funds necessary to do business. If you are an attorney experienced in this, your personal contribution will be highly valued.

  10. Create your own niche based on what you can do best.

This is a very short, partial list of things that need enthusiastic participation by committed patriots.

This is not a “Wham bam thank you ma'am” kind of program. It will take time to do it right. The initial stage will probably be a development stage. Trial and error. Finding what works and what doesn't. Building base financial and concept supporters; marketing to centers of influence, then to the public. Finally, organizing the meetings, conventions and other completion details. It's too early to tell now but fairly early in the process, we should be able to lay you a time table for completion of each stage. I think stages need not run consecutively but can be moving along at the same time.

I imagine some readers are saying to themselves, “What is that old man trying to get us to do”? The answer to that question is, “Act on your beliefs. Really be an American Patriot.”

I write 6 or 7 columns a month for the Fairfield (CA) Daily Republic. A young reader e-mailed me and said he thought I was a “Crazy, old conservative Kook.” I wrote back that I am not a “conservative.” I am an American. All other labels require or allow compromising the fundamental concepts involved in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. I am an American 100% of the time. Maybe it's just semantics but I want you to know who I am.

I believe we have to present to the American public a list of the offenses of the President and Congress in an action form that cannot be swept under the carpet by the media. And then be forgotten as they are now. The New Declaration of Independence will not be a news item to be diminished and forgotten. As it is created and develops it will take on a life of its own in the minds and hearts of patriotic Americans. There may be other approaches which might do the same, but I haven't been able to think of them. The election process doesn't work because America's political system is irreparably corrupt. We can restore Essential Liberties if we take charge and do it ourselves. So, decide how you want to be a part of restoring America. Contribute ideas, work and enthusiasm. Contact everyone you know and recruit them to be a part of a noble cause. Love America enough to make her whole again. We can do it.


Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Murray, Great column! It bothers me that no one has commented except for me. Maybe their all talk and no do when it comes to getting involved. Keep up the good work.

Monday, January 7, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Murray Bass in California replied:

Thaks Sa.rge. it was just posted. so it's a little early to tell. But the thought of actually doing something weeds out the weak and mouthy.We'll see who has the courage to stand up.

Monday, January 7, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

I am on board, I built in 2009 and I started end of 2012, are my attempts at getting us all together and have been a miserable failure. I am ready willing and able. I sure would not like a shooting war in this country but if it is to come I am there.
I organized the 2009 Tea Party Protest gathering at the Capitol in Olympia WA July 4th 2009 about 2500 attended.

Monday, January 7, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Truthseeker in Springfield, MO said:

You guys are NOT alone! Murray, you hit the nail on the head. There is plenty of opposition to the decline and fall of our country, but we lack organization and cohesion, and a unifying organizational structure to hold it all together. We need this structure to raise funds, present a coherent, truthful and clear message to the people through willing media (if we can't find any willing media, we will start our own). Being a niche but growing group inside of an established national party is great, but only so long as the host doesn't try to kill it off. In any case, a lie can only exist for a limited time, until truth overcomes it. It can be a difficult process but, as you said, it CAN be done!

Monday, January 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Murray Bass in California replied:

Truthseeker. We will do it with our pasion for our country and the true freedom it represents.

Monday, January 7, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska said:

Could America's present problems be traced back in part to the fact that the Constitutional republic was built upon the concept of liberties?

"...The Scriptures provide no evidence of God-given (or unalienable) rights. Even life and liberty are not rights, but rather responsibilities delegated by Yahweh. Of course, rights are much more popular than responsibilities. Everyone, including homosexuals and infant murderers, demand their rights, but few are interested in fulfilling their responsibilities.

"The Puritan idea of rights and liberty was quite different from what the framers had in mind:

'John Winthrop [first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony] … reminded his fellow-citizens of Massachusetts that a doctrine of civil rights [as in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights] which looked to natural or sinful man as its source and guardian [as in the Preamble] was actually destructive of that very liberty which they were seeking to protect. True freedom can never be found in institutions which are under the direction of sinful men, but only in the redemption wrought for man by Jesus Christ. Christ, not man, is the sole source and guarantee of true liberty.' (C. Gregg Singer, A Theological Interpretation of American History (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1964) p. 19.)

"R.J. Rushdoony pointed out the sophistry of governments based upon freedom:

'….[A] society which makes freedom its primary goal will lose it, because it has made, not responsibility, but freedom from responsibility, its purpose. When freedom is the basic emphasis, it is not responsible speech which is fostered but irresponsible speech. If freedom of press is absolutized, libel will be defended finally as a privilege of freedom, and if free speech is absolutized, slander finally becomes a right. Religious liberty becomes a triumph of irreligion. Tyranny and anarchy take over. Freedom of speech, press, and religion all give way to controls, totalitarian controls. The goal must be God’s law-order, in which alone is true liberty.' (Rousas John Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law (The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1973) p. 581.)..."

For more, see online chapter "Amendment 1: Government-Sanctioned Polytheism" of "Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective" at

Monday, January 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Murray Bass in California replied:

Ted, Whle you may be correct as far as the bible is concerned, you miss the point that no man or men are perfect objects Governments must deal with the natural man.
The Declaration was an instrument of change releasing Amaericans from the oppression of King George and a compliant parlaiment. The Constitution recognizes your position that absolute freedom invariably result in anaarchy. the Constitution ws designed to LImIT tr freedom of collective man in order to protect the rights and freedom of the individual Historically we have not protected ourselves from the nature of man which puts self interest above the freeedom of his feklow man. What we are proposing is imperfect as was the original Declaration . But we are proposing it for the same reason__ to freeouselves from the opressionof a despotic government.. And to return to the concept of prtectig the safety, rights and freedom of the individual citizen from the yranny of the collective manIf we could fashiona new government based totally on God's law we woulddo it. To may knowledge it has never happened and certainly is not possible in today's world. So we have to do what we belive IS possible. That would placeus far closer to a government based on god's law than we are now. I certainly hope you will join us in fashing a new declaaaion to our individual limited freedoms from the tyranny and opression of Govrnment made up of self serving men.

Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Murray Bass in California replied:

Ted, please accept my apology for the errors. I amunable to see what I have written and make a lot of mistakes. I hope what I have written is uderstanable.

Monday, January 7, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska replied:

Murray, thanks for responding.

That "governments must deal with the natural man" is the very reason why they should go to Yahweh and His immutable morality as codified in His perfect law (Psalm 19:7-11, etc.) for how to do so.

"[T]o do what we believe IS possible," does not excuse us from being true to God, His morality, and His law in everything we do.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Capt. Call in New Mexico replied:

The type of government that you seek, is impossible as long as there are fallen men living on this planet. What we need is government "of the Messiah, by the Messiah, and for the Messiah." Imagine how wonderful that will be! It will not happen, though, until the Messiah reigns on His Throne in Jerusalem. Until then, perfect government cannot exist here on planet earth. Until then, what the founders gave us is the absolute best for which we could hope. Typically, Christian people gave away the best, abandoned their public responsibility, and even the voting process itself. That is why we are now in this terrible mess. The government you see today is NOT what the founders gave to us.

Monday, January 7, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska replied:

Capt. Call, I don't mean to be offensive but your answer reminds me of Matthew 5:13, salt that's lost its savor, good for nothing but to be trampled under the foot of man.

Your whole argument can be boiled down to: man's imperfection excuses him from seeking Yahweh's perfection. I'm sorry, it's because of our own imperfection that we (as the salt of the EARTH and HIS ambassadors) should be seeking, pursuing, and promoting His perfection in everything we do at all levels of society.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Robert Alexander in Texas said:

what IS an American?
What were the first ORGANIC Documents?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Don Schanzenbach in Mendota, VA said:

To think that we may never achieve righteous government in agreement with Biblical law is what it REALLY means to give up. That truly libertarian society was in place in ancient Israel for a 400 year period, giving men greater freedom than any civil government since that time. WE are now seeing the failures of government 'by the people and for the people' whose original freedoms were already severely compromised in less than 100 years after the signing of the Constitution. The puritans who settled this country in the 1600s believed in the gradual success of God's kingdom over time - like leaven in a loaf or like a mustard seed that eventually fills the garden to use Biblical parables. Times look rough but the Kingdom of Heaven is not defeated. Christian men ought to be making arguments based on Scripture not on current emotions. Civil government under Godly principle is the direction of history. Psalm 2 indicates this as do many other Scriptures. We do not need more organization. We need faithful men who will lead their families rightly. We need Christian men who have a vision to re-build society under Biblical ideals.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 8:46 AM

David in Mountain View Missouri replied:

Read the Book of Judges. They were not free for 400 years. They were constantly invaded and free no more than about 40 years at most during any one period, that is the duration of a good Judge, when they actually got one. The Founders of our nation knew this and that is why they used Biblical principles to begin this nation we live in with checks and balances so we could remain free and or freer for far longer than Israel ever did under the Judges. This is because we do not rise and fall on the back of any one single man, our system allows good men time to get rid of corrupt leaders before our nation fell apart or was invaded as Israel was time after time. This alone is a great testamony of how God blessed America was and still is. Were we as evil and corrupt as you and Ted believe, we would fallen long ago as Israel did.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska replied:

David: "The Founders of our nation ... used Biblical principles to begin this nation...."

Then why please tell me, is nearly every article and amendment of the Constitution antithetical, if not hostile, to Yahweh's morality as codified in His commandments, statutes, and judgments? Find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our Constitution Survey at, so I can send you a free 85-page "Primer" of "Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.

David: "our system allows good men time to get rid of corrupt leaders."

Are you kidding me? Because Article 6 banned Christian tests and with them Biblical qualifications, the Constitutional Republic began with corrupt men and has only gotten worse. Article 6's ban made it inevitable that we would end up with the batch of nincompoops and criminals "leading" this nation today.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 3:58 PM

David in Mountain View Missouri replied:

If you take an honest look at the intentions of the Founders and not just seek to tear them down as you do, than the Constitution is not anti God whatsoever. You know their true intention, but you choose to ignore them because it conflicts with your theology. I have listened to your sermon series when it first came out and it is nothing but cherry picking and skewed viewpoints. Any honest student of history knows you must look at history not just from our standpoint, but from that moment in time you are studying so you can actually grasp the thoughts as expressed in their language and situation. You only look at from today because you seek to pass the buck for today’s problems on good Christian men who have been dead 200 years. Being honest shows they were quite clear on their Christian intention the quotes below show.

John Adams in a speech to the military in 1798 warned his fellow countrymen stating, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary said, "[T]he Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence."

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 1:02 AM

David in Mountain View Missouri replied:

Gouverneur Morris, Penman and Signer of the Constitution. "[F]or avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy . . . the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. [T]herefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God."

James Wilson, Signer of the Constitution; U. S. Supreme Court Justice, "Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine. . . . Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other."

Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary stated, "The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."

Robert Winthrop, Speaker of the U. S. House, "Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet."

George Washington, General of the Revolutionary Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, First President of the United States of America, Father of our nation, " Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society."

Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Declaration of Independence "[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
"Whereas true religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness . . . it is hereby earnestly recommended to the several States to take the most effectual measures for the encouragement thereof." Continental Congress, 1778

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Murray Bass in California replied:

Up early like me. Thank you for letting the Founders speak for themselves.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Ethan David Ellingson in Harris, MN said:

Respectfully... this is being tried Mr. Bass. It is called "the Tea Party Movement". It doesn't work.

God blessed America because of her devotion to Him in the 16 and 1700's. This devotion has changed to outright rebellion towards Him. America has been spellbound into hatred for the theocratic monarchy described in Scripture, but devotion to the King and His Way is the only answer for this land.

"You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which the Yahweh your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the Yahweh your God is giving you.” Deut. 16:18-20

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Murray Bass in California said:

America was carrried to independence because of the faith of a relatively few good men and women. The founders government was one built on faith. We are trying to return to a govenment buit on that same passionate faith. I find it most dissappointig that so may reject any action because the government we can achieve is not the ultimate. government of God. People seem to be content with embracing a government of satan .I BELIEVE THE PROBLEM MAY BE THAT MANY ARE NOT WILLING TO FIGHT TO RESSORE A GOVERNMENT BASED ON CHRISTIAN MORALS AND ETHICS BECAUSE IT WILL NOT BE PERFECT. What a pity. To do nothing is the gratest support for Satan possible. Is that what you want?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska said:

Murray Bass: "The founders government was one built on faith."

This is true, but it wasn't Biblical faith. The founders/framers were neither Deists in the purest sense of the word, nor were they Christians in the Biblical sense of the word.

For a balanced approach the religious beliefs of the founders/framers, based upon their own writings, I challenge one and all here to go and read Dr. Albert Mohler's recent interview with Dr. Gregg Frazer at

Dr. Mohler is President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Dr. Frazer is Professor of History at the Master's College in California.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

'I'm Christian, Conservative, and Capitalist. I'm in; I Pledge my life, my money, and my sacred honor, for God and Country!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Murray Bass in California replied:

Welcome home Tod. We have a lot of work to do.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Murray Bass in California said:

The discussion has degenerated into an acadenuc examination of what faith is or is not and the faith of our Founders. None of it germaine to the problems we now face as Americans. It is useful to refer to the intent of fondingFathers and the failth basis of their actions. But that isn't the point We are not involvedin a theological debate. We are desperately tring to find our way back to the principles of the Republic designed to free men from the despotism and self serving of faithless men.. We need to renew oour securiy, both religious an secular. Solving the problem essentially only incidentally involves theology. Ted, your bbiblical "faith "suggests that God no longer is a living god, He stopped being involved in our lives two thousand years ago. I ferventlyly disagree, I believe that a living God inspired and guided the founders of our country. I believe he lives today and is involved in our lives I know he is in mine. I have felt his prsence and ditection. That is a part of my faith.If yoiu don't ' have that I am sorry for you indeed A faith that doess not embrace a living God is sterile and impotent. . I have been an observor of the comments here and have concluded that many folks care not for our nation or its restoration to one demonstrating the "Faith of our Fathers." For those people I say" If you are not going to stnd up and fight for our Country , get out of the way and let we who care fight for you" Academic discussions of theology not drected at solving America's problems have become a part of the problem . Tel us how you would ACT to restore our country to one of persoal opportunity, security and Christian morality .I would love to hear what you have to offer . Bible quotations are not actions.No ideas? then, just sit back and watch..

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Murray Bass in California said:


Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Murray Bass in California said:


I'would really like to know you better , Would you e-mail me so that we can Exhange information and talk about whether and how you might like to help in the project to restore America. My e-mail address is


Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 9:07 PM