Volume 1, Issue 2

January 2009

The Muster Drum
I N M E M O R Y O F O U R O U R G O D , O U R C O U N T R Y F A M I L I E S , A N D

AUTHORS OF LIBERTY

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By Derek Stephens

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"No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." —Thomas Jefferson “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” —George Washington “I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man.”
—Alexander Hamilton

“He that goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing.”
—Benjamin Franklin
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Well, America has made her choice. The unfortunate side of democracy is that the majority rules, and the rest of us live with the result. Our great Country has been looking over the edge for quite some time, and on November 5th, 51% decided to jump. The other 49% of us are tied to that first group. We have two choices; get pulled over and fall off the cliff of Liberty into the chasm of tyranny and socialism, or dig in our heels and pull for all we’re worth! I, and most of my friends, are willing to hold the line. The physics problem is that the other end of the rope has more weight. The “Pied Piper of Change” fooled the majority of my countrymen into following him happily down into the gorge. Those of us who remain

up top have vowed to resist (we don’t “believe”)…but our heels are inevitably going to be drug toward the precipice. As in any tug of war, the victory will go, not necessarily to the majority, but to those who fight hardest; those who sweat and strain, and persevere. We’ve dug in our heels, and now we need to put our backs into it! We have to pull 51% (or more) of this country’s population back from the abyss. By doing so, we save ourselves, and our posterity as well. To those who say we will fail, I remind you, a few “farmers with well worn muskets” defeated the world’s greatest Empire once. To my brothers, I cry: “Heave!”

OBAMA IS A SOCIALIST

“IfIf there must be trouble, let it bein “ there must be trouble, let it be inmy day, that my child may have my day, that my child may have peace” peace.” —Thomas Paine
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Before I begin, let me get this out of the way; I am not a racist. Don’t even try to use that tactic on me. For weeks, I have heard journalists, Democrats, church goers, Republicans, Atheists, Gays,

teachers, truck drivers, and liger owners talk about “what a historic day this is! Look how far this country has come to elect a black man to the office of President of the United States.” I agree that this is a historic occasion. History was made on Nov. 4,

2008 in a big way. It had nothing to do, however, with the color of Barak Obama’s skin. We, the voters of the United States of America, elected the first, openly Socialist politician to the highest seat in our Union.
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ments! Those who dwell on this event in reference to skin color are in the least avoiding, and at the most intentionally hiding, the more significant achievement here. Over fiftypercent of the American voters this November chose to give up their liberty in exchange for a mess of pottage!

Here is a man who was unashamed about his Socialistic philosophies. From “Spread the wealth around,” to nationalized health care and targeted tax increases, Barak Obama can only be one thing, anticapitalism and anti-liberty. What does his election say about us? Look how far this country has come from its Divine roots, and from the Founder’s inspired docu-

“All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful

friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truththat God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?" — Benjamin Franklin

“Socialism means that if you have two cows, the government takes one and gives it to someone who doesn’t have one.”

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The word “socialism” has become a common part of the American vernacular as of late, in no small part due to the political policies of President Barack Obama. I find that a lot of people who bandy about the term can’t really define it, however, or confuse it with its more mature brother, communism. Socialism is the political theory espoused by Karl Marx (though I would credit the 19th century French and English Cooperative movement with the idea), and is a transitional form of government. It is meant to transition capitalist societies to communism. Socialist economic theory advocates state

(government) or collective ownership and administration of the collection and distribution of goods and services. It strives for an egalitarian or “equal” society. Socialists believe that capitalism is “unfair”, that power and wealth will only be held by those willing to work hard to get it. Socialism is not a “hand up”, but a “handout”. It destroys free agency, and places “citizens” in the terrible position of having to choose either to work simply to support others, or, leeching off the work of others. Guess which most people will choose? I know, history has already answered that question thousands of times.
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S O M E T H I N G
By Dustin Harris
Our first issue of “The Muster Drum” was met with various responses. Some were complimentary, others were curious, and most who received it appeared to be non-responsive. Compliments are always welcomed, curiosity allows for some education, but the nonresponsives (sic) worry me. I do not think it was apathy on most individual’s part. I am reminded about something

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Thumper’s Dad said, “If you can’t say somethin’ nice…” Well, I think you know the rest Though no one I delivered the first issue to verbally asked me why I was at their doorstep with newsletter in hand, the looks I got from many said just that. It is the inquisitive, and non-spoken, curious cats that I would like to address in this column. I cannot speak for the other authors of “The Muster Drum,” only for myself when I answer the question of

“Why.” Why am I doing this? Let me begin by answering the antithesis. I am not speaking out on these issues to gain favor with my neighbors (heaven forbid, but quite the opposite could transpire). I am not doing this to get rich (there are no fees, hidden costs or pyramid schemes involved here. In fact, all funding is coming directly from our own pockets). Finally, I am not writing for this newsletter because I am bored
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“The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architeture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain."
—John Adams
them, love them while they’re yours. I promise you’ll never regret it. When the things of this world fade away, you will be left with a Treasure...and so will they.

and have nothing better to do with my time (I own and run two business, am heavily involved with church activities, family life, etc., etc., etc.). No, the best way to describe why I am sacrificing my time to write for, produce, and distribute this newsletter is that I just feel the need. I grew up in a politically active home. I have always felt a love for, and a desire to do what I can to uphold the values that this great nation espouses. However, I have recently watched helplessly as our country has cast off her traditional values and fallen deeper into the pit of wickedness and socialism. The past three years have brought to me an even stronger, and more pressing, innercall to stop just observing and do something. Something (or more accurately, Someone) is just moving me and I cannot ignore the tugging anymore. Recently, I have spent every spare moment, reading about and educating myself on important, foundational topics. I find myself constantly drawn to The Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, The Federalists and Anti-Federalist

Papers, History books, and anything the Founding Fathers wrote or studied themselves. The more I educate myself on what this Country should be, the more I realize that this Country is no longer. That realization is both startling, enraging, and empowering all at once. I feel sorry for what we have lost, but feel the war is not over, and I must rise up and do my part! Just as the Revolutionary War was won, not at Bunker Hill, or the North Bridge of Concord, or even on the Lexington Green, but in the forests, homes, fields, and hiding places between those historic places; I believe the war to win back our freedoms and liberties will be won at the grassroots level. This is just one of my many weapons in this war. What is yours? I think our Constitution is hanging as it were by a thread, but I believe with all of my soul that Patriots like you and I will rise up and save it. We must save it! Friends, it is time to save our Constitution, save our Liberties, and preserve the Nation that God Himself called a “Promised Land.” I invite you to join us!

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brighter, than the memories of my children. But how will they remember me? What will they recall of their Dad? Will it be how much money I made, or how much time I spent with them? Will it be what I owned, or what I shared? When they needed me, was I there, or “gone on important business”? The most important thing you will ever give your children is your time. Teach them, play with

“No success can compensate for failure in the home”.
David O McKay’s famous statement should serve to remind us all of our highest priority and responsibility. Of all the things I will be called in this life (bite your tongue dear reader!), “Dad” is the most important title I’ll wear. In the twilight of my years, no memories will be fonder, and none will burn

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Next time you hear about the “redistribution of wealth” and “universal” health care, remember, there is no free lunch. It means that those who don’t want to work will now be eating off of your plate, comrade. Oh, I almost forgot, what does “A tale of two cows” have to do with this article? Well, my mother explained the differences between Capitalism, Socialism, and Communism to me this way:

Socialism means that if you have two cows, the government takes one and gives it to someone who doesn’t have one. Communism means that the government takes both your cows, and gives you a little milk. Capitalism means you have the right to sell one of your cows and buy a bull!

“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.”
—Alexander Hamilton

WHO AM I? ANSWERS: 1) George Washington 2) Paul Revere 3) Samuel Adams 4) Patrick Henry 5) Thomas Jefferson 6) Isaac Davis 7) Sons of Liberty 8) Concord 9) Valley Forge

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HAVE FUN! YOU MIGHT LEARN SOMETHING TOO!
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Can you find all the words below? Boston Tea Party Bunker Hill Concord George Washington Intolerable Acts Isaac Davis Lexington Muster Drum Patrick Henry Paul Revere Redcoats Revolution Samuel Adams Sons Of Liberty Thomas Jefferson Valley Forge

WORD SEARCH

Can you unscramble these words? liBl fo ghstiR ___________________ nstutioniCot____________________ inumetMan__________________ inoloesCo__________________

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COLORING FUN
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See the word search for a hint!
1) I am known as the “Father of our Country”.__________________ 2) I rode all night, warning of a British attack.___________________ 3) I led protests against unfair British taxes._____________________ 4) My famous speech ended with “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!”._____________________ 5) I wrote the Declaration of Independence._____________________ 6) I was a Militia Captain who died at the Battle of Concord._____________________ 7) We were an organization of Colonial Patriots who advocated an independent America._____________________ 8) I am the town where the “shot heard ’round the world” was fired._____________ 9) I am the site where the Colonial Army encamped during a fierce winter.______________________
WHO AM I? ANSWERS ON PAGE 3

WHO AM I?

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