We are the Masters of our Fate and Captains of our Soul

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

by Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely (Ret.)

William Ernest Henley was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's "Long John Silver" in "Treasure Island" because he had a wooden leg

(Jul. 25, 2010) — “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” From the Poem Invictus by English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903) that was penned in 1875. Yes, America, you are watching while Washington burns and self-destructs before our very eyes. What does a country and its citizens do as their nation continues to collapse from weak and misdirected Leadership? What are you going to do? The Declaration of Independence states:

To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.

We cannot permit the current leaders in the White House and Halls of Congress to continue in their efforts to lead us down the road of Progressive Socialism. This is the current battle that we Constitutionalists face and we must be aggressive in our efforts. Of notice is the Arrogance Incompetence and Dishonesty of officials as relates to Legislation, National Security, Economy, and is the rationale for multiple resignations and a serious change of government. The Fate of the country is now in our hands and the plea from the majority of our citizens is to enforce our Constitutional and Existing Laws. There is a growing list of documented violations by current elected and appointed government officials of the Constitution and their Oath of Office. The 2010 November elections will be the most pivotal mid-term elections in our history.

Lincoln issued this warning in his inaugural address, “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one.  This is a most valuable and sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world.”  Being a representative republic, not a democracy, and “rising up” means other than revolution by use of arms. The people must “rise up” (Stand Up as we say now) from the grass roots across this great country as we think of the greater good of this and future generations. We are limited in the peaceful transfer of power…resignation, elections, and impeachment.

The oath is simple and reads:

I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

Sadly, we have seen them violate their oath.  Fraud, lying, and corruption are rampant and some have engaged in treasonous activities, and they effectively thumb their noses at us and have sold you to the highest bidder.

The Articles of Confederation were replaced with the Constitution, which granted the federal government enough authority to cultivate, promote and secure the Blessings of Liberty. The balance of authority and individual liberty was understood. Power was confined to that which was enumerated in the Constitution with a certain and meaningful intent for check and balances.

Article One, S5, CII and the 10th Amendment provide the authority, but this has been trumped by a system that rewards the powerful. In 1803 each congressional district averaged 38,476 people. In 2010 it is forecast to exceed 710,000. These numbers indicate power growth, and it effectively grew eight-fold in the 20th century alone. No wonder our representatives seek to stay in office so long. Power, money and benefits beyond the reach of most Americans are the basis now for many politicians and revolving-door appointees staying in office. They must be termed out. With incumbency comes power. The party in the majority assigns power, so a long-term sitting representative can expect such power. A representative expected to stay in office in the 3rd Congress for approximately two years now expects 12 years, or 6 terms – so much for a “citizen government.” But this can be changed through grass roots organization and discourse. We must make it a local imperative and movement….of the People…by the People… and For the People.

“We, the People” have had enough.  Enough is Enough. The Obama White House and identifiable Members of Congress are now on a progressive, socialist and treasonous death march and are bankrupting the country beyond expectations.  We have watched them violate their sacred oath of office. “We, the People” cannot solely depend on the results of the  elections.  It is now that many of these public servants (and you know who they are) must put the people and country interests above self-interest by resigning immediately.   A civil uprising is still not out of the question as “pain” grips the country more each day. I am confident many more resignations and new representation will be forthcoming based on the efforts of the people. This means raising your voice now to your neighbors, family, co-workers, and friends. Be the Captains of your Souls. I pray for another George Washington to appear within the year and lead us.

Paul Vallely is Chairman of Stand Up America.

18 Responses to "We are the Masters of our Fate and Captains of our Soul"

  1. 1776reloaded   Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    It appears our votes are being counted behind closed doors.

    Let me put it this way; Do you know your vote was counted as you voted being consealed behind a steel locked mechanical machine or inside a electronic device?

    Showing up to vote and thinking all will be set righteous is simply untrue. The corruption touches The Peoples Will incogneto of power that has been manipulated to think we have VOTED when we are not and have not been the ones who count the votes.

    It’s time We The People count our Votes again.

    The Constitution says BALLOT and they must be counted in public for all to see for it to be Constitutionally correct.

  2. thistle   Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    I’m all for throwing off this tyrannical gvmt and the sooner the better. If the following is true, it’s pretty scary.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/07/a_prelude_to_global_governance.html

    I also don’t think Obama should be impeached or allowed to resign. There’s too many things that he’s done so far that, if they aren’t treasonous, it’s certainly borderline treason. He and this congress have raped the American people and should not be allowed to get away with it while they go along with their lives in luxury and leave the destruction of this country for the citizens to deal with, especially since they are governing against the will of the people and our constitution. All those guilty of this should be arrested in my opinion, but I know it won’t happen. These shennanigans have been going on for generations by our elected officials.

    Many people have said that they have seen foreign troops around the country and they have been here for a while. If true, I wonder if they are being funded by the 8.7 billion dollars that the defense dept./pentagon can’t seem to find?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100727/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iraq;_ylt=AkALEhn_ZONst144_x57N3hzfNdF

    Am I way off base? I hope so.

  3. Bob1943   Monday, July 26, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    Yep, they just change their story at election time, get re-elected and go back to the same old BS as before. Works pretty much everywhere, everytime.

  4. AuntieMadder   Monday, July 26, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    I think we must break away from the traditional re-election process where an incumbent somewhere near midterm quits being an elected representative and starts being a candidate for re-election.

    Yes! Taxpayers are the only employers who pay their employees to spend their time on the clock looking for their next job.

  5. AuntieMadder   Monday, July 26, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Reduce their pay, too. We’re being robbed by paying them, on average, $170,000 annually to work part time, something like three to four days per week for nine months of the year (I think).

    Was it here that I read about how almost every member of Congress is a millionaire but very few were millionaires when sworn in the first time? Between the power and the money, the wrong people are drawn to the job for the wrong reasons.

    Our Founding Fathers never intended for the Federal govt to write law after law after law. With that in mind, Congress should be a part time job with part time pay so that congresscritters may continue with their jobs and careers while simultaneously representing the rest of the taxpayers like themselves in their districts. In this day and age, there’s no need for them to travel to DC and back home weekly and/or keep a second home DC to live in when congress is in session. Teleconferencing, baby, with periodic trips, maybe three per year, to Capitol Hill to spend a week or two working face-to-face.

    With this set up, term limits wouldn’t be necessary because there’d be no glamor of jet-setting or rich man’s salary. Only those who want to serve their country would throw their hats in the ring.

  6. kailuagirl   Monday, July 26, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    As long as the majority of legal U.S. Citizens continue to:
    {1} not show up to vote
    {2} continuously re-elect those proven to be corrupted
    {3} allow foreign control over the media/information distribution
    …there can be no change or reduction in the exponential growth in corruption.

  7. kailuagirl   Monday, July 26, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Agreed. Sad as it is, Rasmussen poll updated this week, shows McCain far ahead to be re-elected, yet again, by (believe it or not) the people of Arizona???

    It is astonishing. Depressing really.

  8. Nelson Lee Walker   Monday, July 26, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Here’s a practical Tea Party type strategy to create a “Citizen Congress”

    A Congress of career politicians will never represent “We the People”, because their highest priority is getting reelected with the help of Big Money.

    But “We the People” have more votes than “Big Money” has, and thus can end Congress as a career for professional politicians by never reelecting incumbents.

    We can impose single terms every two years, by never reelecting Congress.

    Always vote, but only for challengers. Never reelect incumbents.

    Keep this up until Congress is mostly “one-termers”, a citizen Congress.

    Then keep it up every election, to make a citizen Congress a permanent reality.

    Every American’s only intelligent choice is to never reelect anyone in Congress!

    The only infallible, unstoppable, guaranteed way to get a truly new Congress,

    and a cleaned up new politics is

    NEVER REELECT ANY INCUMBENT! AND DO IT EVERY ELECTION

    Nelson Lee Walker of tenurecorrupts.com

  9. NUTN2SAY   Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    I’ve always been an advocate of “Campaign Limits” for incumbents! I think we must break away from the traditional re-election process where an incumbent somewhere near midterm quits being an elected representative and starts being a candidate for re-election. I also believe in quality elections and not quantity elections. Quality elections where the electors are well informed and can decide whether an incumbent is worthy of re-election based of the voting record. Take the money out incumbent re-elections by requiring incumbents to stand up and take the criticism from their challengers like the strong willed people they claim to be and let their voting record get them re-elected without the need to raise campaign funds for a campaign! A voting record and a few free press conferences that the media provides should be sufficient! By taking the money out from incumbents should also make it less expensive and cheaper for the average citizen to participate as a political candidate they by opening the doors for greater opportunity for some of us regular folks instead of the career politicians. I would like to see a system similar to the one I just described tried out for awhile instead of the current status quo system that reeks of big money corruption!

  10. 12thGenerationAMERICAN   Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can
    understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic . Someone over
    there has it figured out. We have a lot of work to do.

    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable
    of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to
    limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the
    necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing
    to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far
    more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America .
    Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy
    of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama,
    who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such
    as those who made him their president.”

  11. Paul   Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”– Thomas Jefferson

  12. carroll Childers   Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Elmo says we have term limits now; it’s called voting. But that is not enough because there is a viscious circle of corruption in place, enabled by no limits to re-election. There are obviously more poor people than rich so if a lying corrupt politician makes enough promises and brings dollars to his/her district, some of it will flow out to the poor and the lazy and he/she will get re-elected and the cycle continues. Part of the ability of the lying corrupt politician to bring dollars to his/her district is seniority and the power to influence that comes with that seniority. No seniority, no (or much less) undue influence. Put the lazy back to work (if they ever had a job), invest the waste of corruption into productive efforts, and return honesty to the process of government.

  13. VietnamVet   Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    With great sadness I have to agree with what the General has presented. So we’re left with the question: “What now?”

  14. Arnie Rosner   Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Sorry Elmo,

    While you are entitled to your view, in my view you are wrong! Dead Wrong!

    Sounds good in theory, and term limits were initially specified in the founding documents. It was by an act of the courts and congress that the term limits were changed.

    The reason you suggest is sound and I agree in the logic but the stronger of the forces at work, corruption and greed, sadly outweigh morality and ethics. This is why we are where we are today.

    Absolute corruption…corrupts absolutely. There is not a man alive that is immune to corruption.

    We have been the unwitting participants in an experiment. Which, in my view, proves the point. Obama’s Puppet Master is revealed. “The man who would rule the world…exposed!”

    http://www.feasta.org/documents/feastareview/sorosreview.htm

    Arnie

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  15. 12thGenerationAMERICAN   Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Agreed! Idiots are placed in power by more idiots! The Oval Office is a prime example!?!?!!? The only problem: There seem to be more idiots than patriots after seeing recent elections?!?!?!

  16. Bob1943   Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Problem is those who do care get the representation they don’t deserve. There will never be a time when the power of incumbency and name recognition does not provide an often-insurmountable head start for those already locked into office. Voting is great, but in a nation where everyone votes, term limits would be a major help in preventing the lifetime politicians and corruption that goes with them from being re-elected until their drool cups run over, and their hearts stop beating. Just “voting” ain’t gonna work unless people wake up, pay attention and vote on something besides name recognition, teleprompter reading and charisma, (BS ability). That is never going to happen, so term limits is the next best thing. That and never electing another lawyer.

    Term limits will never happen because the entrenched scumbags would have to vote themselves out of a job. Fat chance of that!!

  17. Ernest Huber   Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Bravo Zulu! We escalate or we capitulate. Who dares wins.

  18. ELmo   Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Good article however, I disagree with suggested “Mandated Term Limits”.
    The point of the article is for citizens to get involved. If the Citizenry is “involved” then we don’t need “Mandated Term Limits”. People will vote for whom they wish to represent them. Isn’t that what “Being the master of your fate” is about? Why do you wish the Government to (through mandated limits) shoulder the responsibility of the “Involved Citizen” – No Sir! We have Term limits now – it’s called VOTING! If people don’t care enough to do the research and vote, they get the representation they deserve (IMO).
    ELmo

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