The Patriot Post at 25 … Thank You Fellow Patriots!
Our large and influential fellowship of Patriots has been together now for a quarter-century.
“Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.” —Thomas Jefferson (1775)
September 17th is a significant date on our Patriot Post calendar for two reasons.
First, of course, it is Constitution Day: the anniversary of the adoption of our Republic’s founding contract — that date in 1787 when our Constitution was signed by the Constitutional Convention delegates in Philadelphia.
Despite all the blood that has been shed in defense of Liberty enshrined in our Constitution, too many of those occupying the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of our national and state governments today, pay no homage to the essential obligations inherent in that historic document. Some have outright contempt for Rule of Law, and utter disregard for their sworn oaths “to support and defend” our Constitution. It is upon that oath of constitutional preservation that generations of American military Patriots have fought and died, but today, many politicians squander that sacrifice by abandoning their sworn obligations.
Our Constitution mandates that those elected to our legislatures, are charged with the challenge of convincing “We, the People,” through lawful, rigorous and open debate, that one position or another is in the best interest of all. But that process has been grossly adulterated by a powerful “Leftmedia conglomerate” of mass media platforms, which are demonstrably beholden primarily to the Left side of the political spectrum. That bias has empowered the politicos they favor to act more like authoritarians, who aggressively seek to bypasses the deliberative process and dictate that you must abide by their diktats.
To those who line up with them, we invoke the words of Samuel Adams in 1776 at the dawn of the fight for Liberty: “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!”
The contempt some hold for Liberty has rarely been more manifest than in the current administration of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their socialist Democrat Party cadres, who relentlessly seek to advance statism, the power of the state, over “We, the People.”
The second reason September 17 is important on our publishing calendar is that it does, indeed, mark the date we first published on the Web — now 25 years ago.
In 1996, back before the Internet and email were ubiquitous means of communication, I gathered a handful of modern-day Patriots to contemplate how we might best take the eternal message of Liberty to the largest number of fellow Patriots nationwide, at the least expense. As with any entrepreneurial startup, especially one that had no model to follow, there was considerable trial and error, and the commensurate heartburn.
At that time, we were four years removed from George H.W. Bush’s failure to continue the great American renewal launched by Ronald Reagan. Bush was defeated in his reelection bid by a then-unknown young and charismatic Bill Clinton and his “co-president,” Hillary.
That inspired a sense of urgency to determine how to counter the relentless Leftmedia propaganda machine that would ultimately help ensure Clinton’s reelection. The leftist mainstream media had a chokehold on public opinion.
Rush Limbaugh had already launched his radio rebuttal to the Left and was leading the conservative ranks in that medium. An outfit called Fox News was testing the cable network possibilities as a conservative news platform. So what other front did we need to cover?
Freedom’s banner was waiting for its voice on a then-new communication medium that looked very promising — the Internet. We answered that call.
Not only did we break uncharted ground on the Web, but our business model was unique on three levels, which created some uncharted consternation for our financial and marketing advisors. They had never seen this model, but now marvel at its success.
First, unlike many publications, we did not elect tax-exempt status, thus avoiding IRS regulation of our editorial content, but we adopted a donor-supported revenue model. Consistent with our publication’s Military Mission of Service, we chose the donor-based model in order to offer our publications free-of-charge to the large ranks of our American military constituents – the current generation of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen who have carried forward the banner of Liberty since the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord, whom stand ready at home and around the world to defend our nation with their blood and life. We wanted to extend the same free status to first responders and students across the country.
Second, we decided to be advertising free. We do not accept any advertising to ensure our advocacy and editorial content is not shaped or restrained by commercial influence, as is the case with all mass media outlets. Thus, you will note our website and email editions are free of the offensive advertising that clutters commercial news websites – and its invisible influence on what other media outlets choose to cover and how.
We rely on reputable sources, and never post the sensationalist “click bait” that infests the pages of Leftmedia propagandists and now too many Right-side political news sites – content driven by pursuit of market share that determines the advertising revenues on which commercial websites depend.
Thus, our website and email editions are certified “Ad Free,” which means there is none of the offensive advertising which clutters commercial news websites.
Bottom line, we are not sustained by any political, special interest, or parent organization — but solely by the good will of our readers, and our team is motivated by a deep devotion to our obligation to support and defend the principles of American Liberty.
And third, many of our writers choose to publish by pseudonym, as did Founders James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay in The Federalist Papers, advocating for our Constitution’s ratification. (Our longtime readers will recall that we first published as “The Federalist.”) In this day when media markets are dominated by self-promoting personalities, choosing humility over self-promotion is antithetical to media marketing. But our focus is singularly on advocating Liberty, not personalities.
Notably, Madison, Hamilton and Jay chose to publish under the name “Publius” because it was the timeless message of Liberty which they were promoting — not themselves. Because The Federalist Papers serve as the inspiration for our constitutionally constructionist editorial context, you will note that every edition of The Patriot Post and the content on our website, is authored collectively over the name “Publius,” which is also the name of our publishing company.
The Federalist Papers was, and remains, the premier resource for understanding American Liberty and the Rule of Law enumerated in our Declaration of Independence and enshrined in our Republic’s Constitution. The Declaration and Constitution are the most significant assertions of the irrevocable and “unalienable Rights of Man” in the history of mankind.
All said, by the Grace of God, within months of our launch we had more than 5,000 subscribers, and our readership has grown tremendously in every year since.
The road to 25 has been very challenging, not just because all business start ups struggle and managing a small business creates constant challenges, but because of the nature of the work we do. Sorting through the wasteland of detritus the Left leaves in its wake is as relentless a task, as are relentless daily publishing deadlines – but we have never missed a deadline in all our years.
The result of this endeavor was the creation of a very large fellowship of brothers and sisters devoted to Liberty. The Patriot Post now has millions of readers.
We have been together now for a quarter-century.
Over the last 25 years, countless subsequent news startups have come and gone. But thanks to the steadfast support of Patriots like you, and the tireless efforts of our devoted team of writers, editors, technical and creative staff, and support personnel, The Patriot Post has grown from its humble beginnings into a highly acclaimed touchstone of Liberty for conservative grassroots leaders across our nation.
From day one, our mission has been to extend the endowment of American Liberty bequeathed to us by generations of Patriots, to the next generation. To effectively meet that obligation we are chareged with first, advocating for individual rights and responsibilities; second, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary; and third, promoting free enterprise, national defense, and traditional American values, as outlined in our Statement of Principles.
Our mission and objectives rest on the foundation of this essential affirmation: “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.” We believe that all people are created with equal value and dignity, and that the Judeo-Christian faith is both the foundation upon which this affirmation rests and its eternal guardian.
Our mission is not framed as Right vs. Left, Conservative vs. Liberal, nor Republican vs. Democrat. Our mission and advocacy — and that of all genuine Patriots who embody the legacy and spirit of the Founders — is framed by our commitment to Liberty over tyranny. Above all, we are devoted to the Gospel framework for Liberty, irrevocably endowed by our Creator.
Our objective remains to equip the current generation of American Patriots with concise but comprehensive analysis of the most important news and policy from a First Principles perspective. We have never wavered from our mission and objectives.
The most important guiding principles, the timeless wisdom that has motivated and stewarded our mission, would be these words from Jesus of Nazareth in John, chapter 8: “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The last of those words is captured in our motto, Veritas vos Liberabit. That, combined with Christ’s words in Luke, chapter 12: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Second to those guiding words would be these from George Washington during the American Revolution. Regarding the fight for Liberty, he wrote, “Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” As it was then, and is to this day, it will forever will be.
As American Patriots, we have been given more than we can ever calculate, and thus, we are called to give all.
Fellow Patriots, thank you for standing fast and firm regardless of the challenges we face. Remember who YOU are, brothers and sisters — and who WE are together. Thank you for supporting our exceptional team, many of whom have been with us for the majority of our 25 years, and others across the nation who have joined us along the way.
I owe our team, and each fellow Patriot reading these words, a great debt of gratitude for keeping the fires of American Liberty burning bright on the pages of The Patriot Post. It is with a heart of humility that I lead our team forward. The Patriot Post is thriving, and we have entered the third decade of this century lean and mean!
I owe the same debt of gratitude to my father, who was my mentor and inspiration, and to my wife and three now-adult children, who, each in their own way, have been very supportive over all these years.
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776
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