I thought a few follow-up notes to my speech might be in order as you ruminate on this past weekend.First, the Declaration was simply my attempt to have you consider the power that you possess as a moral agent, a free man with duties and rights flowing from the Creator Himself. Something akin to what St. Paul mentions in his letter to the Romans:“For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.  For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature those things that are of the law; these having not the law are a law to themselves:”Second, we are not rebels, but citizens. However, our “citizenship” extends to both this world and the world to come. Thus, our duties and rights must be exercised with both “worlds” in mind, and all our actions should coincide with the law of God first. “We must obey God, rather than men.” It is perplexing to try to be detached from this world, while still doing what is necessary to be moral in this life. Perhaps our path can be summed up as “Seeking and doing what is right, here and now, so that eternity is just a continuation of our way of life!”Third, the litmus test was intended to challenge the egalitarian and pseudo-democratic spirit of our age. It would be wrong to say that a “strong, authoritarian governance” is the ONLY proper one for mankind on earth, but we can say that our initial society, the family, is founded upon that very concept (a benevolent authority as leader and care-taker of his fold) and that all subsequent, organizational elements of society would do well to mimic what God put in nature, in the family.Finally, I think we all know that there will be no utopia on earth. The best we can hope for is to aspire to something like the Christendom we lost. But, I offer this simple “cure” for the trials and dilemmas facing us today:1. Frequent communion; and2. Devotion to Mary.God bless you and the fellowship of the clans. I am proud to be associated with so fine a group.
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David is being modest.
His “Declaration” made many a man misty eyed and, per Jefferson’s description of John Adams’ advocacy of the original Declaration on 1 July, 1776 “…was our Colossus of Independence… he moved us from our seats”!
I’m going to share it on my Substack later today and on today’s Mike Church Show because men need grounded direction in a world aligned against Reason and Reality. David’s followup is also worth drawing from! Today’s quote of the day in my Pile of Prep reminds us of all this and who must wrestle and conquer the beast “eating out our sustenance…to reduce them under absolute Despotism”!
Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.” – G. Michael Hopf, Those Who Remain
The diabolical, challenging events of Saturday morning forged the Fellowship Of The Clans in ways no number of speeches, conferences or even Congresses ever could and for that we should all be thankful. There was a CRUSADER Knight, Christian Humility that was at work there and it carried on through Sunday’s spectacular Barbecue of The Clans and final Congress. Let us continue all of these efforts including forming those sub-regional Signal messaging groups; forming those Fellowships/Guilds/Associations and considering David’s Declaration of Utter Dependence that I will be posting and sending out in Part II of the Recap of The Fellowship Of The Clans.
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