Have you ever been a part of a long and painful telephone conference call? You know the ones that take thirty minutes for people to come in and introduce themselves, before business is even done? I just had one of those.
I was on what to me has become an annual conference call contemplating our next course of action. For me, this was the twentieth time. Afterwards, I had an epiphany. There has got to be something more that I can do with all the contacts, and things I have learned. I slept on it. It came to me while talking to a friend who is successful in business and wants to do more in his life. We agreed to start something bigger than us; that will help our nation one community at a time.
We want to teach people how to fish. Well, although I love fishing I mean it metaphorically. There is no reason for many of the people to stay in poverty, or in the cycles we have if they knew they could get out. There are people that make it their business to keep others dependent on a “system” so that they do not advance. We want to free them. And we don’t want to just give them a fish, we want to teach them how to fish so that they can feed themselves.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
We want to help undo our community’s dependency on the government. We want to promote self- reliance, personal responsibility, and accountability.
We want to empower people to use the resources, talents and gifts they have to not just survive. America has values we don’t see often. I think I can change that but reminding and teaching others that they still can do better. I know people that will help me and them. I could never do this on my own. This is bigger than my blog, podcast or Facebook posts.
Maybe its because I have tried so many things in my past. Maybe its because I feel I am called to do this. I know I can do this and make it successful. We as a people need this.
If you live long enough you’ll see that we are all the same different only by the unique ticks in our personalities and character. How many of us are truly living and not just existing?
It does not matter where you start in America. Opportunity is here.
The groups we start in should not be the groups we finish in. We should grow internally as people. Alas, age doesn’t make us wise as there are many stupid old people. You don’t have to be stuck? You have choices. As children we are separated into the boys and the girls groups. Then by age then by physical size. We separate ourselves then by likes, commonality, sexual preferences and culture. The government introduces us to demographics and dependency.
Some of us don’t grow. We adopt the us versus them and stay right there. We like the convenience of the government freebies and fail to learn how to survive. Intelligent people pick up on it and leave you there, use you there. The size of your group doesn’t make it right either. Just because everybody you know is doing “x” doesn’t make it right. You were given a brain to be unique. Too often we give up our intelligence to be a part of a herd. A herd is safe until it heads for the cliff, is led to be slaughtered or sheared.
We plan to share with communities around the country to not let yourself be controlled by your past, addictions, people, or money. You don’t have to live just for the weekend. The only person keeping you down is you. The lottery is not the only way to change your situation. The percentage of your success is better than that.
With the help of friends we are going to share that the first step out of a current state of misery is acknowledgment that you want better. The next is that you can get better. And the third is you are ready to start. I am preaching not to be afraid of change.
Your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change.
Can you see it?
I didn’t have a name but my friend did. Americans for Liberty and Free Enterprise is what we call it. Now I know it doesn’t sound like anything I would come up with, and that might be why it’s a winner.
What is the difference between freedom and liberty? Glad you asked.
Freedom is a state in which people have the opportunity to speak, act and pursue their happiness without unnecessary external restrictions. Freedom is important because it gives us the opportunity or choice to realize or fulfill one’s talents and potential.
The value of freedom can only be understood and appreciated by those who know what it feels like not to have it. Freedom is fragile. It is not free. It can be a complex condition.
In the presence of civilization there is no such thing as absolute freedom. You cannot do anything you want to, nor what one has the power to do This is where the term “liberty” comes in. Liberty is different from freedom in that liberty takes into account the rights of all involved. As such, the exercise of liberty is subject to capability and limited by the rights of others
In America, our freedoms are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution but the exercise of those rights are not fully understood or appreciated by the many people that have them. According to the 1776 United States Declaration of Independence, all men have a natural right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. But this declaration of liberty was flawed when it was adopted because of the institution of slavery, and the exclusion of women.
There is a lot of confusion over words and political parties today. The definitions have changed over time. It has given rise to the “independent.” You can’t tell if a party has your best interest at heart. The lines have blurred in political parties where, one argues that you should be tolerate everything. Another believes it is wrong for the government to make you do anything . And another believes that you must be a member of a free self-governing civil association, if you are to enjoy individual liberty.
This organization seeks to preserve traditional morality and social mores. The US was strongest and more prosperous when individuals chose to do better for themselves. We believe in personal responsibility, and limited government.
My hope is to improve the lives of Americans that want change. My desire is to light a fire in the hearts and minds of people that haven’t given up, sold out or cashed it in. Our design is to bring smarter people than I to communities suffering from violence, poverty, and hopeless and reverse it by starting the conversation, showing them a different way and encouraging them to use what our ancestors died to provide us.
Our country is a republic. It is a nation of dreamers, doers, and mavericks. We just forgot it. We have progressed so far that we are social media consuming junkies and entrepreneurial eunuchs. Well I’m here to remind us differently.
I am known internationally as the Black Man With A Gun™, a veteran, a gun rights activist, firearms instructor, author, blogger, professional speaker, podcaster, and ordained Christian pastor. Without question, I am a man with many facets. I’ve been in the public eye since 1991 and have learned to appreciate the freedoms that we have. My journey has changed my perspective. This perspective has ignited a passion to help those that do not realize the blessings that they have being here in America.
Want to join me? http://www.alfepac.org We have a Facebook page too. Podcast coming as soon as I get the funds.
Rev. Kenn Blanchard is a professional speaker, writer, podcaster, and digital influencer. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook He is the founder of Blanchard.Media and the GunPodcastNetwork.com