No, I’m not necessarily advocating what you maybe thinking. Often, when you hear about revolution, you start seeing a build-up of strength. People prepare for a physical fight, because that is the only way that those in power can get up-ended.
I have had many great conversations with my friend Zach about this subject. Some have been deep. Others have been quite shallow.
By the way, #bechtold2020.
But where these conversations have gone is that we are missing some great people willing to put aside their own good and do what is good for the country. I do not include military members in this. This is just about politicians. Used to, representing the people you do life with every day was an honorable profession. Now days, it is often a profession full of weasels. Zach and I have talked about how the great men who represented were often bearded men.
So while this may never take off, it would be great to actually see this be something. I’m declaring the BEARD PARTY.
While you do not have to possess a beard to join, it is about the ideas that are espoused by the presence of the beard. Nobody in the beard party has to agree on everything. They just need to agree on one. Whatever is in the best interest of our country. Not the lobbyists. Not the politicians themselves. Not those who aren’t lawful citizens.
That is where the strength of the USA is found. Together we stand. Divided we fall.
The idea was first posed by Benjamin Franklin. Join, or die. He knew the colonies wanted freedom from Britain. He also knew they wouldn’t get it on their own.
Likewise, today, our country is fragmented. While many wouldn’t want to admit it, we are in danger of slipping from being a powerful country because we show divisiveness. If we have no faith in our country and don’t support it, what makes you think we wouldn’t end up the victim?
So, this is not something Republican. This is not something Democrat. It isn’t about Trump, Clinton, Sanders, or Obama. This is about you and me. Let’s show the strength we have in the past. Let’s find that one thing that would earn the designation the Greatest Generation of the Modern Era. The cause to stand up for is our country’s existence and independence. That has never changed.
Let’s put a beard* back in the White House, and every other chair that citizens vote on the occupant.
*Literal or figurative
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