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Friday, December 3, 2010

Of Leaders and Followers

One of the things I've heard for some time now is how the Patriot movement needs leaders. I used to be a regular Glenn Beck listener and he always said that the leadership has to come from the regular joes - people who aren't some high-powered voice.

I am now an avid listener of Alex Jones, Gary Franchi and the like. They say more or less the same thing. Alex says true leadership comes from the people. Gary's bye-line on the Reality Report is "I'm not here to make you a follower, I'm here to make you a leader among the people."

Well, they're all right. Yet, I think there needs to be some clarification on the subject of leaders and followers.

Glenn Beck has shown us WHY we need leaders from among the people. He kept insisting that "he did not want to be a leader" yet gladly took the role. Glenn had been claiming to be libertarian, claimed to reject BOTH major parties on grounds of extreme corruption. but he backs the co-opted "Tea Party" element led by Establishment types who preach a good sermon but do not back it up.

He's helped to wake people up somewhat. But the problem is, the people who watch him seem to only go as far as he is willing (or allowed) to take them. It still seems that a lot of people decline to investigate more for themselves - or refuse to think on their own. They swallow what he says as Gospel. He dismisses the 9/11 truth movement as a group of insane people. He parrots the old quotation "question with boldness the very existence of God", yet somehow questioning the events of 9/11 is off-limits.

The 9/11 truth movement is not about accusing the government of anything more than not telling the whole story. Too many things do not add up. I can't say it was an inside job - even if the evidence points that way - because we simply don't have all the facts. All I can say for sure is that the official story does not add up, and there needs to be an investigation done by someone other than the government. If it WAS an inside job, the government is not going to do an investigation and point the finger at themselves.

Anyway...back to the topic. Glenn has shown that looking to someone else to lead is a bad idea. A leader in that sense of the word has a lot of power to steer people to whatever agenda he or she wishes.

Alex and Gary are closer to the point. While both are seen as leaders among the authentic "tea party" and Patriot movements, neither claim to be the voice of the people per se. They are merely more visible figures who speak their mind and, most importantly, are not afraid of the consequences, be it arrest, being put on a DHS "list", or whatever else may come. I can't see Glenn Beck willing to face arrest for speaking out. What Alex Jones and Gary Franchi say is that we ALL need to be leaders. It's nice to have a spokesperson for issues, and I think both do a great job at that. They have the means to reach a lot of people, and they do so through talk shows, movies, and the Web.

Ultimately, though, their job is to inform you and I, and to jolt us into seeing that neither of them can do the job on their own. Every one of us needs to become our own leader. What we need to do is educate ourselves beyond what we hear from them. Glenn Beck is good for information, but he props up the two-party system, which only serves the interests of the existing power base. Alex Jones, Gary Franchi, Jason Bermas, G. Edward Griffin and countless others don't look at party affiliation, they look at actions. When you look at the actions of the politicians, you quickly realize that both parties are towing the same line: total government control. Sadly, far too many people get blinded by the (D) or (R) after a name and assume one stands for good, the other for evil.

Being a follower is simple. Sit on the couch, rot in front of the TV and don't worry about anything. Assure yourself that someone else will clean up the mess.

Ultimately, being your own leader sounds daunting, but it's not. Start off simply enough by going to other sites and getting different angles on the news. For the uninitiated, the Drudge Report gives you a quick overview of big stories. Read all the way through the articles for the nuggets of deeper truth hidden within. The headlines only serve to steer opinion. Reading into the stories reveals little pieces of information that can jolt you into looking further at things.

The local library is another place, often there are books on topics to give you a better understanding of issues in government. Sometimes, you'll even find ones pointing out the agenda of the global elites.

Get active on some of the message forums and social sites, like rtr.org, to talk with others who care about the direction America and the world is heading. You won't agree with some people, it's bound to happen. But even in disagreement you will be challenged to think about your worldview more and possibly rethink things.

To be a leader, you don't have to be on the radio or TV. You don't have to stand in front of crowds and speak. You don't even necessarily have to face arrest (although get5ting on DHS "lists" is probably a certainty for questioning the government). You just have to get informed and share your findings with others. If you wake just one person up to things...congratulations, you're a leader!

Naysayers will say "one person can't make a difference". That's a lie. One person wakes up another and keeps the concepts of personal liberty and freedom alive. One person can not change everything. But one person can make a real difference by simply caring enough to talk to others.

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