When Words Become Action
I’ve been traveling around Georgia for the past few months speaking to a number of civic organizations about the state of national security and sovereignty in this country. It’s not a pretty picture and talking about it is even less comfortable. Just ask the audience.
It’s difficult to stand in front of a group that in many ways is comprised of a vast cross section of America. Businessmen and women, young and old, at various stages of raising families or looking back on the kids they’ve raised, trying to make their own way in uncertain times.
For most of them, they’ve heard enough of the bad news and it’s not going to get any better given what I’ve got to say. I also remind them that this is not a shoot the messenger event.
When the final word is done ringing in their ears, most hustle past to get to their cars and back to the predictability of their everyday lives. Eye contact is at a minimum – no sense chancing an extra word or two on the topic.
From that sort of feedback, I’ve surmised that my discussion is long on problems and short on solutions. I know that they’re eager for solutions but they want those that can be served up without any mental exertion on their part. The problem is besides the offering of common sense, small scale approaches served up in the final chapter of my book, they wanted the single, big solution that should be easy to accomplish at the same time. The problem is, I didn’t have one. I didn’t know anyone who did.
I took my own best advice and went looking for some answers. It didn’t take long.
I discovered The Liberty Amendments – Restoring The American Republic a book written by Mark Levin, and quite possibly another in the line of the author’s best sellers. In it, Levin laid out a multitude of areas where government has gone astray and transcended those limitations deliberately put in place by the Founding Fathers to limit the scope of government intrusiveness. The solutions, far from simple, involve a committed, activist citizenry. I’m not going to sell Levin’s book for him but it does build upon issues that I raised in my own book, Homeland Insecurity: Failed Politics, Policies, and a Nation at Risk, a combination that should leave you staring at the ceiling in your bedroom.
Finishing Levin’s book, you are left wondering, “What the hell am I supposed to do now?”
Still not sure what to do? I would advise anyone curious enough to take this to the next level to visit www.conventionofstates.com. There you will have every opportunity to find more answers and get more opportunities to become involved in a process that few would ever have considered necessary.
Consider it carefully and thoughtfully. Choose your level of commitment and act. Your children, families, and people you simply pass on the street are depending on you.
Brett Braaten is the author of Homeland Insecurity: Failed Politics, Policies, and a Nation at Risk. His book brings his no nonsense, insider’s account of the current state of national security to help you decide whether you, your family, and your country are truly safe. Brett’s career as a writer and speaker is informed by 30 years of experience as a federal agent with U.S. Customs and the Department of Homeland Security. Brett Braaten draws back the curtain on the vast federal law enforcement bureaucracy to give a rare glimpse of behind the scenes agency responses to politics and policies that impact national security, sovereignty and the economy. “As a former special agent with both the U.S. Customs Service and later Immigration and Customs Enforcement, I enjoyed a great career. In retrospect, it was job satisfaction that most of us spent time looking for as we did our jobs in a system that fostered more obstacles than solutions.” Contact Brett at firstname.lastname@example.org .Visit his website, at www.homeland-insecurity.com for his thoughts and analysis of current issues affecting national security and the well-being of American families.