FreedomWorks 9/12 Grassroots Summit from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2015, in Kissimmee, Florida at the Silver Spurs Arena featured members of the Congressional Freedom Caucus: Florida Rep. Ted Yoho, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, Florida Rep. Ron Desantis, Louisiana Rep. John Fleming, Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp; FreedomWorks: 2014 FreedomWorks Activist of the Year Utahn Arturo Morales-Llan, FreedomWorks Fellow Rev. C. L. Bryant, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks Chief Economic Advisor Stephen Moore, Andrew Wilkow and Glenn Beck.
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The event was held on 9/12 and named for 9/12 Project created by Glenn Beck to correlate with the bond all Americans had the day after 9/11 2001 with these 9 Principles and 12 Values as the foundation of the project:
The 9 Principles
America Is Good.
I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” from George Washington’s first Inaugural address.
I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
Honesty “I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington
The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
Marriage/Family “It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.” Thomas Jefferson
If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
Justice “I deem one of the essential principles of our government… equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.” Thomas Jefferson
I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness “Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence.” Thomas Jefferson
I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
Charity “It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.” George Washington
It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
On your right to disagree “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.” George Washington
The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
Who works for whom? “I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation.” Thomas Jefferson
After listening to numerous speakers, the crowd was a bit restless (and frozen by the over-active AC in the arena) waiting for Glenn Beck to speak. Shortly after 5 p.m. the now famous chalkboard and a table laden with historical artifacts from Glenn’s collection were lifted up and placed on the stage.
Glenn was met with a standing ovation, cheers and thunderous applause as he took the stage. He said he would only speak briefly since we’d been there all afternoon but that statement was met with “No” from the crowd. The crowd returned to their seats but then became a sea of cell phones raised to take photos or videos creating a strange collage of Glenn Beck faces visible from the balcony. Hear and see the talk.
In this photo you see the chalkboard with the illustration of the destroyed temple wall in Jerusalem before Nehemiah was sent to rebuild it. You also see the table with the artifacts that include:
1. an actual “Schutz Pass” given to Hungarian Jews as they were being taken away to concentration camps by Swede Roaul Wallenberg a copy of Mein Kampf given by Hitler to Col. von Stauffenberg (never read or opened), the man who attempted to kill Hitler when he was at the Wolf’s Lair
2. a discarded jotting of John F. Kennedy saved by his secretary written on Air Force One on his way back to the USA after his meeting with Kruschchev in 1961, This simple jotting (based on a writing of Lincoln) has meaning for us today.
3. a letter from Neville Chamberlain to the Hitler Youth, proclaiming the virtues of that organization after he’d signed the agreement in Munich allowing Germany to take over the Sudetenland if Hitler promised he would not make any further demands,
4. the invoice for the stonework on which the Statue of Liberty was assembled. Important because of the individual who accepted this task was a former Union soldier Charles Pomeroy Stone who was falsely imprisoned for the fiasco at the Battle of Balls Bluff because he was a Democrat and the Republican Congress needed a scapegoat. After 18 months in prison, being called a traitor, he left to help France in Egypt. After all that had been done to him, in 1883 the government asked for his help. Hear the “rest of the story.”
Above photograph is of Glenn Beck speaking at the FreedomWorks 9/12 Grassroots Summit in Kissimmee, Florida on September 12, 2015. He shared that he prayed as to what message the people of our nation need to hear and was prompted to read Jeremiah 7 and 27. He sought the aid of a Rabbi to help him understand as it tells of the Israelites being wiped off their land and the temple wall in ruin. This is an excerpt of what he shared:
“Jeremiah is a warning to America that unless we change our ways and start acting differently (start choosing life instead of death), this time in history will be a black scar for our nation… This is different than where we have been before.” He explained what he’d learned from the Rabbi about Jeremiah and compared it to our day when facing things like the Iran nuclear deal, Planned Parenthood and other life verses death issues. He asked, “What is the first thing Jeremiah is saying? The first thing he says is you better stop listening to the liars.”
The illustration he drew on the chalkboard reminded those gathered that America is supposed to be the “shining city on the hill” and no matter what befalls us, we must each take the responsibility to follow the example of Nehemiah who was sent to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall and was mocked by those who thought the task was insurmountable. Glenn said each of us, each of our families will have the responsibility to remove the rubble in our lives and to rebuild our portion of the “wall” to rebuild our nation. Watch the video from the event regarding this passage.
The 12 Values
- Hard Work
- Personal Responsibility