I just came back from the weekend.
The meeting was epiphanic for me in many ways.
I wasn't personally acquainted with a single participant, and I had no idea what to expect. I had decided that I could not sit at a desk anymore, I needed to do something, if only learn from others. I mentally prepared myself for lots of scenarios.
I am grateful that I had a very positive experience. That of course is a positive reflection on the other participants.
First, I just want to throw out a few labels to describe the men I met at the Summit (y'all don't let your heads swell too much, but this is sincere):
Brave. Forthright. Highly intelligent. Highly motivated. Community and family oriented. Guided by the Golden rule.
Anxious to obey the law.
To a man, (forgive the non PC term, there were several women at the summit) the one term I could apply to each person that I met was-- competent.
These were men meant to live lives of liberty. They know how to take care of themselves. Men in the classic sense. Men of a quality of character you do not meet every day.
We had much in common, even though we were from different corners of the country, and had different backgrounds and economic situations.
For instance, each participant, or so I believe, had a "wake up" moment in their lives that jarred them out of their daily complacency (and faith in government and/or law enforcement).
For some it was early encroachment on the prime question of Natural Rights: "Do we own our bodies?", such as a law to require seat belt use. ("I think its a good idea to wear one, but you in government have no damn right to tell me I HAVE to do anything with my own body...")
For others, it was an encroachment one or another of the enumerated Rights of the Bill of Rights, such as the Clinton Assault Weapons Ban: ("I came back from a combat deployment to find out Congress had passed it...").
Others were jarred awake by Katrina--orders to confiscate legally owned weapons of citizens who needed them for self defense.
You can list many others that might jar a liberty minded person awake: Ruby Ridge, Waco, false flag operations, TARP, TSA 4th amendment violations, NDAA, HR 347, CISPA, The Executive order for National Defense Resource Preparedness, etc etc.
I myself had many wake up calls. The crash of 2008 was the major one. It has been a four year journey of continuing education to see more of the scope of the crimes being committed by the powers that be against the productive class of this country.
Lately these "wake up calls" are coming with increasing frequency.
Liberty in the United States is undergoing a horrific bombardment.
I want to address my fellow attendees:
It was an honor to meet each and everyone of you. I learned a lot, and I got exactly what I wanted for myself by attending...perspective on what my own role will be going on from here.
I have a certain skill set. I am a Constitutional conservative. I love to teach people that have an open mind and want to learn--I will work to drive people into our ranks.
But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war?
The Revolution was effected before the war commenced.
The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. ... This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.
--John Adams, letter to Hezekiah Niles, 1818.
I've got my mission. I will do what I can to support and drive the body politic toward our beliefs.
I have your backs.
God speed you all.