Published October 25, 2013 on the National Independent American Party’s (IAP) website. Kelly Gneiting is the party’s chairman.
My “path to patriotism” got started while driving semi-truck out on the big road. I distinctly remember listening to Coast-to-Coast AM radio with George Noory one night years ago. Coast-to-Coast radio, admittedly, broadcasts on a lot of strange and unique topics. Their focus is everything from ghosts, UFOs, and poltergeists, to health, religion, and of course, politics.
I remember heading north on Wyoming’s highway 30 through Kemmerer and Cokeville. The reception was kind-of sketchy but the content was so compelling that I kept fiddling with the dial. On that night was Alex Jones, and he was talking about a subject I knew little about—politics. But he spoke well, and what he said he said with confidence. Although I didn’t catch everything, I knew I had to explore deeper, so when I arrived home, I logged onto Coasttocoastam.com, paid a few bucks and downloaded everything in the last year from Alex and another politically-minded guests or two. Then when I went out on the road again, I’d listen to endless hours of New World Order agenda. Alex taught me to distrust my government. It was a wakeup call!
This began my intense study of America’s Founding era—and I, then, didn’t much like history. I read the 5000 Year Leap; then read it 3 more times, I read Cleon Skousen’s other landmark book, The Making of America. Returning home, I looked up and downloaded ample patriotic speeches from patriots like Ezra Taft Benson, J. Reuben Clark, and William Cooper. I acquired Ira Stoll’s Samuel Adam’s, A Life in audio book, as well as David McCullough’s 1776 and John Adams.
One of my last experiences in the big rig, before accepting another job, was driving a load of potatoes to Philadelphia, the home of Independence Hall, the building in which the Founders signed both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. I was so moved by my free vacation to visit these landmarks that I came home and wrote about it in an article I entitled Memoirs of a Trucker.
In Philadelphia I saw, for the first time, the burial place of Benjamin Franklin, the building where Jefferson wrote the Declaration, and the famous Liberty Bell. As I stared at the latter, I thought it odd that it’s crack occurred around 1824, an era in our history when American freedom—as intended by our Founding Fathers, began to give way.
As I progressed in my understanding of this era, I’d frequently revert back to what I had learned in many dozens of hours, if not hundreds, listening to Alex Jones. I concluded that there was an obvious gap in the information he was sending out.
One day I dialed up Alex’s “call in” line, and actually got through. I was ecstatic! I was going to be on the Alex Jones Radio Show, with Alex, LIVE on-air!
After waiting 20 minutes it was finally my turn.
“Hi Alex, I have a quick suggestion for you and your radio show.” I said.
“Okay, sure, please go ahead sir.” he replied.
“Alex, you got me started on this journey, and I want to thank you for it, sincerely. Yet after studying the Founding era more intensely, I can see something your show lacks.”
“Okay, sir. What is that?” he replied.
“Two days ago you were talking about how this radio program was your baby, how people say crazy things on the internet, in anger and resentment, but that your main focus was this broadcast. My suggestion would help your broadcast in the tradition of our Founding Fathers…”
I gulped hard.
“Have an on-air prayer at the beginning and end of each one of your radio broadcasts.”
“Thank you very much for your suggestion. Next caller…” was his immediate response.
When offered by the British “great personal advantages for making peace with your king,” Samuel Adams reacted by saying “Sir, I trust I have long since made my peace with the King of kings.” (Ira Stoll, Samuel Adams: A Life, p. 128.)
“We should always remember…” replied Founder John Jay, “that the many remarkable and unexpected means and events by which our wants have been supplied and our enemies repelled or restrained, are such strong and striking proofs of the interposition of Heaven, that our having been hitherto delivered from the threatened bondage of Britain ought, like the emancipation of the Jews from Egyptian servitude, to be forever ascribed to its true cause; and instead of swelling our breasts with arrogant ideas of our powers and importance, kindle in them a flame of gratitude and piety which may consume all remains of vice and irreligion. Blessed be God.” (On Two Wings: Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding by Michael Novak, 2002).
We’re living in a time when America is in need of Freedom-related icons. Many prop up their U.S. flag on Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Veteran’s Day. Still others (God bless them) have their flag waving in their front yard all year long. But what does the 50-star flag really represent today?
Does the 50-star flag represent America and Americans engaged in unauthorized wars, causing undo death and carnage? Does this flag represent government schools where children on buses get in trouble for reading the Bible? Does our 50-star flag represent federal intrusion into our states and local communities? Does it represent traditional marriage? Socialism? Legalized murder of the unborn? The onslaught of government regulation?
John Adams once said that “our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people” (message from John Adams to the officers of the First Militia Brigade in Massachusetts, 1798).
Is this what our current flag represents—morality and religion?
Does our 50-star flag represent an era where one federal government worker served 8,570 people, as in the days of our Founders, or does it represent an era, today, where one federal government employee serves 108 people? (from IAP Workbook)
Engaged in Alex Jones’ voice those many hours, I listened to many variations of a central phrase he’d repeat over and over again. This phrase stuck in my mind like the effects of a penicillin shot, constantly curing me of the disease of trusting my government and the mainstream media.
“…this (freedom) used to be what America was all about.” he’d say.
The entire truth is that what America was all about was reliance upon God for their freedoms, instead of government.
Two-hundred and thirty-five years ago a group of nobodys were up against the greatest army in the world. America had declared their Independence, yet from the standpoint of numbers, equipment, training, and resources the rag-tag group of colonists would never win—not in a million years!
The odds were so lop-sided that while the Americans were calling England’s army and navy the greatest on Earth, the British were calling the U.S. Continental army “rebels in arms”, “parricides”, and “rabble on parade.” (from David McCullough’s 1776)
But the Founding Fathers and their continental army knew they were part of a profound story, and that if they trusted in the King of kings, God Himself would call upon and conspire with righteous men and women to bring about freedom, and the freedom of their children and children’s children.
And that’s exactly what happened! Jay’s rhetoric above is constant with that of his contemporaries who had frequently referred to America as “Our American Israel.” Thomas Jefferson even suggested that America’s national seal be a depiction of the people of Israel being guided by pillars of cloud and fire.
“We have proclaimed to the world…” claimed Samuel Adams in 1777, “…our determination to die freemen, rather than to live slaves. We have appealed to Heaven for the justice of our cause, and in Heaven we have placed our trust. Numerous have been the manifestations of God’s providence in sustaining us. In the gloomy period of adversity, we have had our cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.” (Ira Stoll, Samuel Adams: A Life, p. 12.)
This was America, and in my heart, no emblem, logo, or icon captures the spirit of Our American Israel more than the 13-star flag that is the logo of the Independent American Party.
Should I jump back in the big rig and tour America again, and should I see the stars and stripes of yesteryear floating in the breeze at the places of our Nation’s homes and churches, town halls, and Mom & Pop restaurants, I’ll know that America is back on the right track.
The 50 stars may represent 50 states, but these states and these stars now have an expiration date, while the 13 stars do NOT! This cherished flag represents an era of freedom for a civilization that, if kept intact, will perpetuate forever!
My 13-star flag floats proudly right by my mailbox in the front driveway. God bless 1776 America, an America the IAP is working hard to restore!