A.S.K. America-(Can She Survive?) By Daniel Wilson


Piecing together some fantastic interviews with successful adventurers, entrepreneurs and champions for “A.S.K. for Success”, my intended second book in the A.S.K. series, I was repeatedly asked the same question by those who’d read The A.S.K. Force; “How do you know what you want”? I’d say that nearly 90% of those I’ve conversed with concerning the A.S.K. process, suggested they had a very fuzzy (at best) vision of their life’s desires. In particular, the vast majority of men (young and old) I have talked with shared a history of hesitance to pursue a dream because of uncertainty.

 A.S.K. America-(Can She Survive?)
 A.S.K. America-(Can She Survive?) By Daniel Wilson

As such, I put the “A.S.K. for Success” manuscript (interviews with 20 exceptional champions) to the side and started working on “A.S.K. for Purpose”. My intent being to provide more insight on the Ask (purpose) in their heart, hiding below layers of uncertainty, lack of confidence, and a fear of purposeful action. My hope being to guide such seekers through the process of finding the seed of desire within their heart, and then to further define and eventually grow the seed into a successful purpose in their life. In essence, a map revealing the desired destination, while encouraging the adventurer with additional insights for effectively navigating the A.S.K. process to a successful end. Without purpose, all roads are uncertain.

As things so often work out, as I was well on my way through the A.S.K. for Purpose manuscript, I came to the realization that I myself had taken a wrong turn in my own momentary “Purpose”. No, it wasn’t that A.S.K. for Purpose and A.S.K. for Success are not my purpose, but another thought was stirring my heart and I needed to listen. I wasn’t on the wrong road, but I needed to take “another” temporary detour. While attempting to fill the pages with strategies for hope and individual success, my own thoughts were screaming at me that America is unsteadily perched on a crumbling cliff, and hope for the “pursuit of happiness” is tenuous at best. The American way has been slowly and deliberately removed from our nation, and replaced with evil intent by those who would see the demise of the American dream.

So, in much the same way as President Abraham Lincoln (though I would never consider myself even a speck in his shadow), this book is written as a “Public Broadcast” proposing that America is once again “A house divided”, and under a dead-on assault by those who would see her demise. An enemy has taken over our headquarters, and will stop at nothing to steal, kill, and destroy all that America stands for in the world, and the freedoms we hold so dear.

As Benjamin Franklin said during the signing of the Declaration of Independence, “We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” Yes, the enemy has a grip on the throat of America with an intent to choke the world, but we can break the hold and win back our freedom! To do so we must first understand the enemy, his end purpose and his detailed strategy. Unfortunately, as President Lincoln so aptly prophesied, America’s enemy has come from within.

Although the hour is late, and the enemy has strategically postured hornets nests in high places within our nation’s hills, he has not won the war. Providence has also established a remnant within the heart of America that have been groomed to fight for her freedoms, and to honor those who have risked all to keep the world from the hands of evil dictators. Warriors are being groomed for the battles ahead, and we must all do our part to ensure they are successful.

With this, thank you for the desire to do your part, but be mindful, “The only easy day was yesterday”!





Chapter 1 – The Lincoln Prophesy


“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” - George Washington

Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. - Matt 12:25 ESV

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. - 1 Pet 5:8 ESV

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As mentioned in the Introduction, as I was writing the intended next book in the series, A.S.K. for Purpose, I continually found myself giving words of warning instead of words of hope. Not a good thing when you’re trying to encourage others to pursue their dreams and reach for the stars. Yet I’ve found that when the earth beneath your feet is shaky and the world around you is crumbling, focusing on anything other than a solid foothold is usually a challenge. So pursuing dreams and goals for personal advancement and achievement must somewhat take a momentary backseat. If your dreams necessitate standing on tippy-toes to reach the stars, then a faltering foothold becomes highly precarious, unless your purpose at the moment is to tie a lanyard to the star in order to keep the ship from capsizing.

So, this book is a shift to “right the ship”, come around, and get our nation “back on course”. Once our heading is correct, I believe America can once again be a light on the hill, leading all nations to hope and prosperity, if they too are willing to change course, come-about, and place honor above a selfish nature. My hope being that over the next year or so, millions of Americans will realize the seriousness of the situation we have sailed our nation into, humble themselves, roll-up their sleeves, and pursue their momentary “Purpose” (whatever it may be), in order to put this nation back on course.

During one the most prophetic speeches in American history, Abraham Lincoln presented a vision of what I believe is being revealed in America today. As he watched the shadow of greed and corruption stretch across the country some 200 years ago, he painted a vivid picture of America’s future, if her people became unwilling to pick up the brushes, and correct her flaws with strokes of hope and honor.

“Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.” Abraham Lincoln – January 27, 1838

These were not simple words thrown out to a group of youth at the Lyceum in Springfield, Illinois where he (Lincoln) was seeking popularity or looking to simply inspire others. No, these were words of prophesy and warning. Words that would turn the tide in America’s battle against slavery and abuses on the horizon of his day, but also the horizon of our nation in times to come. Words reflecting the strengths and weaknesses of America throughout her short lifespan, and words I believe to be more relevant today than at any other time in our short history as a nation.

Lincoln was referring to a failure in the fabric of America that would allow her enemies to destroy both her and what she represents, freedom. His warning suggesting such an enemy would arise from America’s own, having suckled on her freedom and nurtured in her wisdom. The freedom and wisdom for which so many before had sacrificed their very existence to provide and protect, would indeed author in an anarchy and destruction of this light on a hill. His suggestion that the demise of this great nation would and could not come from an enemy abroad, but her own brood would strangle the freedoms defined and protected in our constitution and Declaration of Independence, from the very freedoms which these documents espouse.

My hope being one where Mr. Lincoln’s statement was not prophetic of inevitable doom, but one of caution. A warning to look to our own borders for the enemies of “a more perfect Union”, in order to reveal and protect ourselves against those who would destroy such a union. In essence, this nation’s strength of freedom for all would become her downfall if not accompanied by honor, goodness and incessant internal scrutiny.

Unfortunately, during the years of plenty, “We the people” have disregarded honor and goodness, and instead through selfishness, greed and arrogance, have ushered in those whose intent has been to thwart the premise of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”, while empowering the intent is “steal, kill and destroy” both America’s foundations as well as her people. Those whose pursuit is not to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”, but to subdue their brothers and sisters, and enslave them for their personal gratification.

Lincoln knew through studies of history and Scripture, that men’s hearts were easily bent on greed and selfish ambition. This selfishness would then open the doors to the evils within our own closets, allowing the corrupt and greedy to permeate our government and manipulate our statutes. Today we see just such a state, where those with selfish ambition sacrifice the freedoms of their fellow man by using their position of state and authority with a strategy for selfish gain. Simultaneously, we see “Champions of Freedom” arising from the masses determined to sacrificially risk all in order to return to this nation to its founding principles.

Lincoln, in the same speech, then presented a grim landscape at that time, as well as a vivid reflection of what we see and hear in our world today:

“whenever the vicious portion of [our] population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing-presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure and with impunity, depend upon it, this government cannot last. By such things the feelings of the best citizens will become more or less alienated from it, and thus it will be left without friends, or with too few, and those few too weak to make their friendship effectual.”

Lincoln then warned that a tyrant could easily manipulate the American political system from within, foretelling of what we are now seeing come to pass as if it were directly before him:

“It is to deny what the history of the world tells us is true, to suppose that men of ambition and talents will not continue to spring up amongst us. And when they do, they will as naturally seek the gratification of their ruling passion as others have done before them. The question then is, Can that gratification be found in supporting and maintaining an edifice which has been erected by others? Most certainly it cannot. Many great and good men, sufficiently qualified for any task they should undertake, may ever be found whose ambition would aspire to nothing beyond a seat in Congress, a gubernatorial or a presidential chair; but such belong not to the family of the lion or the tribe of the eagle.

“What! Think you these places would satisfy an Alexander, a Caesar, or a Napoleon? Never! Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. It sees no distinction in adding story to story upon the monuments of fame erected to the memory of others. It denies that it is glory enough to serve under any chief. It scorns to tread in the footsteps of any predecessor, however illustrious. It thirsts and burns for distinction; and if possible, it will have it, whether at the expense of emancipating slaves or enslaving freemen.

Is it unreasonable, then, to expect that some man possessed of the loftiest genius, coupled with ambition sufficient to push it to its utmost stretch, will at some time spring up among us? And when such an one does, it will require the people to be united with each other, attached to the government and laws, and generally intelligent, to successfully frustrate his designs. Distinction will be his paramount object, and although he would as willingly, perhaps more so, acquire it by doing good as harm, yet, that opportunity being past, and nothing left to be done in the way of building up, he would set boldly to the task of pulling down.”

Again, my intent is to share the understanding that “we can win”, but only if we fully desire such. To do so, we must recognize history, know its effects on the future, and have vision and purpose adequately defined so that collectively we can change the course of our nation, and return her to her foundations of ensuring “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” to all of her people. As Mr. Lincoln suggests above, when evil leadership arises, “it will require the people to be united with each other, attached to the government and laws, and generally intelligent, to successfully frustrate his designs.”

Let’s look closer at the enemy, identify his area of target, and strategize on purposeful and achievable battle plans that will successfully “frustrate his designs”.





Chapter 2 – The American Cliff


“God grant, that not only the Love of Liberty, but a thorough Knowledge of the Rights of Man, may pervade all the Nations of the Earth, so that a Philosopher may set his Foot anywhere on its Surface, and say, 'This is my Country.'” - Benjamin Franklin - 1789

“Righteousness makes a nation great, but sin diminishes any people.” - Proverbs 14:34 - ISV

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From my times with the SEAL Teams, I learned early on that the first target of any successful conflict is to destroy, confuse, and/or seize the enemy’s means of communication. It was true when God wanted to slow the progress of humans in the days after the flood at Babel, and it’s true today. Communication is the greatest defense, and the greatest weapon.

In today’s society, social media, network television, e-mail, movies and e-books allow massive amounts of information to be exchanged and propagated worldwide in the blink of an eye. Truly, a butterfly in Indonesia can change the course of a business in America, and a single word from the right individual can create a shot that’s heard around the world.

Perusing the internet for free graphics that I could use on the cover of this book, I was amazed at the bias and bent of graphics available for free on the web, and particularly those promoted by our government and mainstream media venues. It was not at all what I had seen years earlier, but very pointed towards a history surrounding today’s events and political intentions, and very little about our heritage and the Founding Fathers. In summary, it was all politically driven and very divisive. Finding anything of value associated to America’s Founding Fathers, founding documents or historical artifacts that supported freedom was nearly impossible, and those that I could find had a hint of “question” as to their “authenticity”. One may not be able to change history, but it’s an easy thing to change the accounts of history, recreating it to fit a personal bent.

As mentioned, artifacts on divisive issues and events are abundant! Obviously, someone is looking to divide this nation with a specific intent in mind. As Abraham Lincoln said, “If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher”, and it’s evident that someone has our destruction in their scope, and that our mass media has its finger on the trigger.

In counter to that, my bride and I recently attended a fantastic Recalibrate conference here in south-central PA. Although I’m not fully sure of the intent behind the name (probably means tightening the specs), but being a SEAL, I would like to consider it as increasing the caliber and firepower needed for the coming battles. OK, I’m sure that wasn’t the intent, but it definitely fits my purpose.

During an early afternoon session, we had a couple of great speakers that truly put some “powder behind the round”, if you will, for attacking the enemy of freedom.

First was David Akers, the renowned kicker for the Philadelphia Eagles football team (http://www.davidakersministries.com). David presented an exceptional charge of pressing through adversity, trusting Providence, and focusing on the prize. His personal life is an example that he willingly shares of triumph through adversity and hope for tomorrow. Completely opposite from the divisiveness I had encountered when surfing the web the night before.

Next up was Michael Cardone, President of Cardone Industries based in Philadelphia, PA (https://www.cardone.com)

Michael shared how his father and family built the world’s premier auto parts remanufacturing company based on hope and family values. Michael said that his greatest inspiration comes from Proverbs 3:5 & 6, where King Solomon says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV)

With over 5,000 employees, many of which are minorities that speak little English, Michael’s father used translators to reach out and learn about those who had come from a different lifestyle, and realized that once he made the effort to reach out to them, he had an opportunity to instill productive and successful thinking into them. The Cardone family, through entrepreneurship, a godly example, and wise communication tactics have changed the world around them and are an example of how ethical and positive family and work values reflect the premise of America.

Our last speaker of the day was Steve Green, President of the giant retail chain of Hobby Lobby (www.hobbylobby.com).

Steve’s dad, David started Hobby Lobby in 1972, and the store chain now support nearly 700 stores and their employees with a commitment of “Offering our customers exceptional selection and value”, and to “Serve our employees and their families by establishing a work environment and company policies that build character, strengthen individuals, and nurture families.” This is another example of a business that is bent on doing things right for both customers and employees and one which communicates these values in all they do.

The most impressive component of Hobby Lobby and Steve Green’s vision is the creation of a Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. (www.museumofthebible.org). It will be a 430,000 square foot non-profit museum dedicated to “communicating” God’s Word to all who are willing to hear, providing a floor dedicated to an understanding of Scripture, a floor containing historical artifacts and details specific to the Bible and its history, and a third floor targeted at academic research and studies.

Steve quoted Life Magazine’s 2002 article about the Top 100 Events of the last Millennium, noting that the most significant event of all was “Gutenberg Prints the Bible 1455”. Of all the great things accomplished, including man walking on the face of the moon and the advent of the computer and smart phones, Life Magazine at the time felt that the greatest event in our recent history was that men could read for themselves the words of God; communication with the true “Commander and Chief”!

With an understanding of the significance of good communications, it’s easy to see why the enemy’s focus is on the obliteration of any and all means whereby freedom is communicated. The “Field Manuals” presented in Scripture, our nation’s Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, and others empower free men and women with confidence to pursue liberty, and threatens attempts of tyranny. Benjamin Franklin, who is often misrepresented as an irreligious man said it best, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” (11 Nov. 1755) He further reveals that this liberty is only secure through a greater power than man can offer, suggesting that “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”

Through his knowledge of history and Providence, Thomas Jefferson relayed a key message to those wondering if the colonies should move forward with establishing the new nation as he penned the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms (1775);

“Our cause is just. Our union is perfect. Our internal resources are great, and, if necessary, foreign assistance is undoubtedly attainable. — We gratefully acknowledge, as signal instances of the Divine favour towards us, that his Providence would not permit us to be called into this severe controversy, until we were grown up to our present strength, had been previously exercised in warlike operation, and possessed of the means of defending ourselves. With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have been compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance, employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live slaves.”

Doesn’t this sound like a letter from the commander of a people ready to give their all for freedom? It most certainly does! And it is a true communication for us today to maintain that “unabating firmness and perseverance” in a world seemingly at the precipice of self-destruction, where a few would willingly sacrifice the many for their own gain. Such has the world been since the beginning. Truth never grows stale and must be continually proclaimed, pursued and fought for!

Yes, all great men and women who have progressed America as a “land of the free and home of the brave”, keenly understood that our communication with and trust in Providence has been the founding principle for our individual and corporate successes. The wars fought (until recent years) by our brave have been in the defense of the weak, protection of the abused, and empowerment of those seeking freedom. But now the enemy works to subvert our truths and disrupt our communications so as a nation of providence and truth, we hesitate to act on behalf of the weak and instead exalt the interests of the glamorous and charismatic who promote that we lay down our arms and permit others to control our destiny. Yes, representatives of the enemy seem well planted on American soil.

How has this happened? It has come by individual greed and arrogance within our families and within ourselves. I’d be a hypocrite if I did not take responsibility for this as well, and confess that within my own heart, I often find myself voluntarily selling out the truth in order to achieve gain, avoid pain, or to avert another’s disdain. It’s not my desire to do so, but it is my nature. As Paul said so appropriately, “Oh wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is infected by death” (Rom 7:24-ISV).





Chapter 3 – Our Response to the Thief


“We all have our crosses to bear. We carry them heavily, out of love for our brothers in arms. But sometimes you have to let go of the idea that anyone down here is in control.” – Marcus Luttrell, U.S. Navy SEAL, Service: A Navy SEAL at War

Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked. - Psalm 43:1, KJV

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Like Benjamin Franklin, I believe America is different. A “great experiment”, though not because we are so technically advanced, the wealthiest, or (as we Sailors like to say) have the “most powerful nuclear Navy in the world”! Nope, these attributes are the result of this “great experiment”, an experiment that was founded on the Providence of God. Providence that has given rise to nations from obscurity while protecting others through times of hardship; and yet permitting the solemn destruction of many great nations that had lost their “value” and “goodness”. As God said to King Solomon in 1 Kings 6:12 & 13, “Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father. And I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel.” (Israel means “wrestles with God”, as we all do!)

I understand that many reading this will shake their head and rue the places where I jump into Scripture, but I firmly believe that our nation was dedicated to God by the first Pilgrims, proclaimed as a standard in our Declaration, and consecrated to His justice in our Constitution. As such, we have basked in the sanctuary and goodness of His Providence, and like Jabez, our Founding Fathers surely asked for God to keep His hand with our nation and her people, and as such were blessed indeed.

This “consecration” for Israel doesn’t quite end there though. God “visits” Solomon for a second time in Gibeon to solidify both the blessings and warnings (Note - I have replaced “Israel” with “this nation”, because I believe any nation “so dedicated”, is under the same blessing and curse):

1 Kings 9:3-8 (ESV 2011)

3 “I have heard your prayer and your plea, which you have made before me. I have consecrated this house that you have built, by putting my name there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.

4 And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules,

5 then I will establish your royal throne over (this nation) forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of (this nation).’

6 But if you turn aside from following me, you or your children, and do not keep my commandments and my statutes that I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them,

7 then I will cut off (this nation) from the land that I have given them, and the house that I have consecrated for my name I will cast out of my sight, and (this nation) will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples.

8 And this house will become a heap of ruins. Everyone passing by it will be astonished and will hiss, and they will say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?’

So let’s look at the details and examples provided thus far…

- America is hurting internally

The world is volatile and coming to our shores

The cycle reveals America as complacent or apathetic

-God establishes nations to challenge the wicked

America is being challenged

-God gives a “way-out” (evacuation route)

America has seen “champions” arise from within

Referencing Abraham Lincoln again, “At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us”.

So what’s “springing-up” within us? What is it that we should fear?

I’m going to say it is ungodliness. The state where anything is acceptable, except the voice of the Creator. The same spring of deadly water that has sprung-up within every nation before us, poisoning the minds and hearts of the people, and providing an opening for charismatic individuals with selfish intent to become the law that opens the door to anything but godly intentions, and eventually suicide.

Let’s put this into perspective. If we were not created “on-purpose, for a purpose”, then there are no set guidelines in life, and therefore no reward or punishment based on actions. What do consequences matter? So the strongest and most charismatic prevail by showing a confident and careless attitude that sways the weak minded by their flamboyant and arrogant persona. The more dangerous and careless an Individual is, the greater the influence they wield with those who are enslaved. All the while, those who believe in something greater than themselves and have concern for the consequences of flamboyant behavior become the enemy.

Interestingly, all crave fences while simultaneously despising them. Having boundaries gives a comfort level, but it’s also in our nature to break the rules and seek what is on the other side. In ways this is good and encouraged by our freedoms, but we must understand why our nature is such. What is it that pushes us onward, and why do we have a deep desire to know the “why”, the “who am I”, and “why am I here”?

There’s a huge move in America towards Atheism. Individuals that fight the concept of God, and bent on finding their “why” elsewhere, such as science or chance. Interestingly, most atheists still look to “heaven” for the answer, hoping for a “creator” to show up in the form of an alien race. Maybe some pointy eared space cousin that praises us for our evolutionary progress and breaking the “warp” barrier, thereby becoming worthy to know the secrets of the universe. They fight the communications from Providence and history, and try to establish a line of communication that reaches to the stars, but is in essence non-existent.

Again, the problem with this is that someone “smarter” or more convincing can lead those without a standard in their heart astray. A new “concept” can sweep-up the gullible, and enlist them to fight against the truth, if such a concept has enough truth to be even remotely convincing.

In Democracy in America, Volume 1 (1835) by Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville, he provides some fantastic quotes specific to America and how she became a beacon of freedom:

“Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith”,

“The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other”.

Another statement attributed to him (though some question such), is the well-known statement, “America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” Of course it matters not where truth comes from, but where it lands. My hope is that that statement lands and grows in the hearts of all who read this book.

This summarizes the desire of godly Americans, to keep America “great” by keeping her “good”. Yet if we can’t keep her good, then God’s warning to Solomon and Abraham Lincoln’s warning to America will prove true, that we can’t “keep her great”, and the enemy will destroy her. This mighty nation will go down in history as one of the greatest failures of all time.





Chapter 4 – Cornerstones of Our Nation


“The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epoch when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former period, the researches of the human mind, after social happiness, have been carried to a great extent, the Treasures of knowledge, acquired by the labours of Philosophers, Sages and Legislatures, through a long succession of years, are laid open for our use, and their collected wisdom may be happily applied in the Establishment of our forms of Government.” - George Washington, Circular to the States, 8 June 1783

Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have, Jesus Christ. - 1 Cor 3:10-11 - NLT

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So, America is dependent on being “good”! What exactly does that mean?

If you will, let me share what I think creates “good” using the principle of the “Four Cornerstones of Freedom” on which America has been devised. No, not Baseball, football, hotdogs and apple pie, though these are certainly good, but the foundational truths that have made America great.

Here are the “Four Cornerstones of Freedom”, as set forth within our Declaration of Independence, on which our nation is founded and by which she has so wonderfully prospered:

God



Life



Liberty



Pursuit of Happiness





Yep, the same basic principles that I refer to (and will continue to do so) within all of my books and discussions. I have now established them as a formal set of Cornerstones that support the foundation of our nation. These four principles, if placed properly at the corners of any structure (business, team, family or nation) create a straight and true construction that can weather nearly any storm. The strength and character of our walls of protection and comfort are founded completely on the level of construction established within these 4 cornerstones. Let’s take a look at them individually to see if it makes sense from a family, business, and national view.

God – Seemingly straightforward for some, but there are varying levels of which we allow God to be the brick and mortar of the first, and key cornerstone.

If a people deny a truth beyond the power of men, then powerful men will create the truth of their choosing and force it upon the people. A nation (such as America) that is founded upon a guiding standard (such as the Bible), establishes a cornerstone and standard greater than both leaders and followers. The power behind scripture (old and new testaments) is that the rules and justice that protect the people from evil also provides grace that allows all to pursue their purpose, utilize their gifts, and as such enhance the happiness of the “body” whole.

Certainly there are many who deny the existence of God, and I believe God and our Founding Fathers created America with this freedom defined within the Bible and in our Constitution. But that does not take away from the cornerstones of our Nation. Even if an individual doesn’t believe in the existence of God, the standards provided by scripture provide a sound cornerstone from which to define the structure of a great nation, and plumb the foundation on which she stands. Building our first wall on the Cornerstone of God ensures that the other cornerstones can be set with confidence in the intended structure. When you doubt the “builder”, it puts in question the remaining aspects of the structure, and causes a hesitance with future stances and the ability to proceed out. This is what we see today. Yet there is still a majority of Americans who believe in this cornerstone, and from that we can ensure that the remaining cornerstones are secure and true.

Life – Jesus explained this cornerstone perfectly when He said, “The second most important commandment is this: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” (Mark 12:31 – God’s Word Translation)

Yes, Life is the second most important cornerstone. It determines the breadth of existence. The greatness of concern and care for others establishes the footprint of life here on earth, and defines the actions and impact that are available. The greater the care for our fellow man, the greater the impact, and the greater the reward.

Let’s consider a couple of my favorite female heroes here, Helen Keller and Mother Theresa. Both of these ladies lived with challenges and hardships that would cripple most, causing a desire to retreat and live lives of solitude and selfishness, but neither did. Each felt a calling from God to bless others whose struggles may have been less or greater, but each of these ladies willingly gave their all to their calling. The memory of their greatness and the legends we recall will continue to change lives for generations to follow. Their lives prove that a solid cornerstone of “Life” provides both purpose and reward, and there are many, many examples in America like these two wonderful women.

Of course greatness always comes with sacrifice of some kind, but sacrifice that isn’t for show. I believe there is a misconception about Jesus’ statement, "If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mat 16:24 NET Bible). Many believe that this is a call to live lives of sacrifice instead of purpose. Some believe that this directs them to physically sacrificing themselves on their cross, or to crawl on bloody knees to an altar. I don’t believe that either of these are the point, but that we are called to a purpose, and that we must fulfil that purpose in order to be His follower.

The key is that we deny those things that take us off-task, and pursue what is “right”. The sacrifice comes as we go through the growing process necessary to become the individual that can handle the intended desire. So as the A.S.K. principle portrays, we each must “Seek” our purpose, and therefore must accept the hardships that help us grow into the individual capable of succeeding at our calling. With the cornerstone of “Life”, that calling “should” be one of providing a product or service that enhances another’s life. When we’re unselfish, we can readily see our brother’s need, and thereby set a firm second cornerstone.

I just read a great article about a Chick-fil-A store in Alabama that spent the night on January 29th, 2014 feeding and housing ice storm stranded motorists. They didn’t take any money, but stayed open for 24 hours feeding and giving warmth to those that would come into the store. The management then walked along the highways helping stranded travelers move their cars and giving them a bag of hot food.

Another aspect of “Life” is a hugely political battleground today. There are many who are bent on pushing women to kill their unborn babies. I’ll talk more about America’s family challenges later on, but suffice it to say that this has been (as seen in scripture) and is an abomination to God. The destruction of His creation and family is a perfect example of the evil one’s attempts to kill, steal, and destroy. Before I leave this thought, please let me say to the mothers who have made this mistake in the past that you are just as precious to God as the child you have given-up. The enemy is cunning in first causing us to stumble, and then brutal in his accusations against us when we do. Never allow the enemy destroy your purpose as well, but give all you have to make-up for the tragedy. God forgives the mistakes of those with a hurting heart and any who seek Him and His forgiveness. It is the enemy that heaps guilt and condemnation, while God gives forgiveness to all who ask.

Anyway, the sanctity of life, from the womb to the 100 year old neighbor, is the second most important cornerstone, and determines the “depth” of our existence. Amazingly, our Founding Fathers saw clearly the importance of this second cornerstone.

Liberty – Where “Life” determines the depth of our purpose and footprint, the cornerstone of “Liberty” determines the “length” of the footprint for an individual, family, business or nation. The amount of freedom that exists determines the confidence to attempt great achievements. It established the length we feel we can go in this world, without losing our foundation.

During Delegate Patrick Henry’s address to the Virginia Convention at St. John’s Church in Richmond, he invoked Almighty God with the statement, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Patrick Henry believed that freedom was worth dying for, and definitely worthy of a life well lived. His statement “it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope” explains it all. Without liberty, there is little hope, and with the other two cornerstones in place, the hope for liberty is practically assured.

Alexander Fraser Tytler, Professor of Universal History at the University of Edinburgh is attributed with defining “The Cycle of Democracy” (1770), just a few years before the signing of our Declaration of Independence. He suggests “The average of the world’s great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage”.

Interestingly, Tytler suggests that faith (God), establishes courage (sacrifice for others), which brings about freedom (Liberty).

Patrick Henry and our Founding Fathers realized their hope for independence was based on the cornerstones of God and Life. While the length of our great nation has touched every corner of the world with this same hope, that same Liberty and hope that she has so freely championed around the world is being methodically stripped from her own fingers. The Cycle of Democracy is slowly progressing against this Cornerstone as America’s enemies attempt to destroy the previous two.

Pursuit of Happiness – Herein is the reward for establishing the first three cornerstones: The confidence that you can pursue your heart’s dreams and goals to achieve happiness in this life. That you can have a good family, enjoy good employment, own a successful business, and pursue opportunities that stir your heart!

Jabez portrayed this when he realized his blessings and expanded his territories. Columbus realized this with his pursuits to travel the seas in search of new worlds. Astronaut and Navy SEAL Captain Chris Cassidy realized his dream when he stepped from the International Space Station into the heavens!

I believe this fourth cornerstone is critical as well, and that God (and our Founding Fathers) placed this cornerstone within the Declaration of Independence last for a reason. This is our desire and the reason we lay the previous cornerstones as solid and true as possible. As life exhibits, the more solid our foundation, the greater the opportunities and courage to achieve them. Depending on Providence, hoping for others, and persistence through challenges allows for the pursuit of happiness, and not for ourselves alone, but for those we love and all that follow the path we beat in order to achieve our happiness.

This final cornerstone is also an imperative one for “closing the breach” and creating a secure structure. In my opinion, this final cornerstone completes the base of our stronghold, and enables us to design the “façade” that the world will see. The main entrance, and the primary defense against attacks that is fully visible to the world and others, and the common target of the enemy.

I’m sure you agree that this final cornerstone, and what it represents is the usual point of attacked by others. The poor are ridiculed for their lack, while the wealthy are ridiculed for the flamboyance. The natural man tries to diminish others in order to elevate himself. By pointing at either failure or success, the imagination of the weak can be easily swayed and a foothold of criticality or envy established as a breach the wall. The adage of stepping on others to climb the latter to success seems a natural tendency for all, allowing brother to reduce brother, whether poor, rich, loving or not, and to use perceptions as a means of gaining control. Considering the efforts of the great patriarchs of Scripture, it’s obvious that God elevates the humble and those who do not use this tactic, but only after long periods of challenge.

America is a perfect example of this final cornerstone and the challenge she presents to other nations and individuals. Because America has become wealthy and realized a significant level of happiness, she has also become a target of those jealous of her visible greatness. Nations that aspire to become great admire her and wish to be a part of her success, but those that aren’t willing to accept the cornerstones she has to offer, loathe her success and desire her demise. It’s this way for nations, communities, families and individuals. Scripture calls it coveting or envy.

Those like Abraham, Jabez, George Washington, Michael Cardone, Steve Green, S. Truett Cathy (Chick-Fil-A), Chuck Norris, the Robertson family (Duck Dynasty) and others, have built their structure on solid cornerstones, and as such have been blessed with their pursuit of happiness. With that, they have also been attacked by those who are envious of their success and the principles which have enabled them, to achieve such success.

The flip-side of this are those that have built a beautiful façade based on the liberty this nation offers, and the ability for all to pursue happiness. They parade a beautiful façade with much praise, yet nearly without exception, it is a single dimension wall much like the sets in Hollywood, glued together with glitz and glamour but without the cornerstones of God and Life supporting the structure. As such, when challenges come, they are easily torn down or picked apart for other uses, and in many instances they become the façade of a city built for evil intent.

Doesn’t that remind you of the Abraham Lincoln’s prophesy in the beginning of the book, and maybe what happened within the Bolshevik Revolution, or Rise of the Third Reich? Doesn’t this sound like the “Progressive’s” plan is for America? If you can’t create true happiness because you are unable or unwilling to establish the first two cornerstones, then you must discredit those who have done so in order to take from their structure, and create a façade capable of deceiving the weak. A façade that can change at the whim of the director.

So the Four Cornerstones of America are a must for any healthy structure and/or nation. Without each, there is a weakness that is easily breached from without, and in the case of America, from within. A weakness quickly perceived by the enemy and through which spies can readily pass.





Chapter 5 – Our Weak Links


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.” - Psalms 07:10-14

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Yes, America is truly the line drawn in the sand, the last wall of deterrence to the enemies of freedom. The buck stops here.

Looking at the globe, we have drug cartels and rampant vice ruling the nations to our south. We have Anti-American nations around the globe that have nuclear weapons pointed our way, or are in the midst of developing such. We have anarchy and Muslim radicals taking state after state in the Middle East and Africa, and then expanding their reach through fear and anarchy around the world. Their attacks specifically targeting the weak and defenseless, and wherever possible, Americans and Christians. All the while, in Europe and America, we are replacing Godly principles and our foundations with evils such as the murder of the innocent, the promotion of sexual perversion, and the overreaching control of governmental leaders. We now have enemies, foreign and domestic, placing charged devices on the first two cornerstones (God and Life), knowing that the destruction of these will inevitably remove freedom and thereby control the pursuit of happiness.

It wasn’t long ago (1987), that President Ronald Reagan, pronounced those amazing words, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Those famous words so powerfully spoken by President Reagan were penned by Peter Robinson, who shares insights and revelations of what that culture was like in his 2003 book, How Ronald Reagan Changed my Life.

“On one side of the wall lay movement, color, modern architecture, crowded sidewalks and traffic. On the other lay a kind of void. Buildings still exhibited pockmarks from shelling during the war. Cars appeared few and decrepit, pedestrians badly dressed. When he hovered over Spandau Prison, the rambling brick structure in which Rudolf Hess was still being detained, soldiers at East German guard posts beyond the prison stared up at us through binoculars, rifles over their shoulders. The wall itself, which from West Berlin had seemed a simple concrete structure, was revealed from the air as an intricate complex, the East Berlin side lined with guard posts, dog runs, and row upon row of barbed wire.”

This was less than thirty years ago, but oh how quickly we forget. How quickly our stomachs release the knots, when the government provides us just enough rations and just enough confusion to no longer feel the pangs of hunger ourselves. But we need to hunger. Like Jesus said during the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 3-12, ESV):

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Of course that is not the entire sermon or teaching that Jesus shared with His followers on that day. The next few versus are a key to establishing these “blessings”, that I hope this book will plant in your heart:

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt 5 13-16, ESV).

I believe this is why many within our government, media, and, particularly, our education system, seemingly desire the abolition of religion in America. It says it point blank. If the salt has lost its taste…, and the city set on the hill is hidden, “it is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s (the enemy’s) feet”. Yes, I believe there are those within key areas of our nation who secretly desire the punishment of America because she has been “too blessed”. Their envy is from a belief that America has succeeded on the backs of others. In a similar manner, there are those who earnestly desire the success of America, but not at the price of allowing God’s laws to establish the standard, unwittingly giving the key to the lighthouse to those that would see her light go out.

Looking at the characteristics that Christ espouses in His sermon on the mount, they are obviously not characteristics of the weak, frail or fearful, but those being challenged for their integrity. These are the traits of champions, such as our Founding Fathers and nations greatest women. Men and women willing to sacrifice all “in order to form a more perfect Union”!

Unfortunately a number of Christians believe in the concepts, but are cautious in action. Using Jesus as an example, He willingly shared these truths from “the mount” to any and all, knowing that His words would take Him to the cross. Yet many of our churches and Christian organizations hesitate to shine their light from the hill, avoiding conflict and challenge, fearing government reprisal and lawsuits by organizations such as the ACLU or other such unpatriotic entities. Many worry about losing membership by taking too strong a stand against evils such as abortion, sexual perversion and immorality. We are losing our salt!

I hate to admit it, but I understand their fear to some degree. By taking the stands I do with the A.S.K. series, I will inevitably make many enemies (some being very serious), but the truth must be told. Unfortunately, we are now past the stage where fear of reprisal and staying under the radar are no longer an option. We must light the fire, carry it to the top of the hill, and proclaim the truth while we still have enough freedom left to do so. Either stand-up to the ungodly bullies in our media, legal firms and government today, or we will lose the rights to firm-up the Cornerstones, and with it the freedoms of our tomorrows.





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Piecing together some fantastic interviews with successful adventurers, entrepreneurs and champions for “A.S.K. for Success”, my intended second book in the A.S.K. series, I was repeatedly asked the same question by those who’d read The A.S.K. Force; “How do you know what you want”? I’d say that nearly 90% of those I’ve conversed with concerning the A.S.K. process, suggested they had a very fuzzy (at best) vision of their life’s desires. In particular, the vast majority of men (young and old) I have talked with shared a history of hesitance to pursue a dream because of uncertainty.

As such, I put the “A.S.K. for Success” manuscript (interviews with 20 exceptional champions) to the side and started working on “A.S.K. for Purpose”. My intent being to provide more insight on the Ask (purpose) in their heart, hiding below layers of uncertainty, lack of confidence, and a fear of purposeful action. My hope being to guide such seekers through the process of finding the seed of desire within their heart, and then to further define and eventually grow the seed into a successful purpose in their life. In essence, a map revealing the desired destination, while encouraging the adventurer with additional insights for effectively navigating the A.S.K. process to a successful end. Without purpose, all roads are uncertain.

As things so often work out, as I was well on my way through the A.S.K. for Purpose manuscript, I came to the realization that I myself had taken a wrong turn in my own momentary “Purpose”. No, it wasn’t that A.S.K. for Purpose and A.S.K. for Success are not my purpose, but another thought was stirring my heart and I needed to listen. I wasn’t on the wrong road, but I needed to take “another” temporary detour. While attempting to fill the pages with strategies for hope and individual success, my own thoughts were screaming at me that America is unsteadily perched on a crumbling cliff, and hope for the “pursuit of happiness” is tenuous at best. The American way has been slowly and deliberately removed from our nation, and replaced with evil intent by those who would see the demise of the American dream.

So, in much the same way as President Abraham Lincoln (though I would never consider myself even a speck in his shadow), this book is written as a “Public Broadcast” proposing that America is once again “A house divided”, and under a dead-on assault by those who would see her demise. An enemy has taken over our headquarters, and will stop at nothing to steal, kill, and destroy all that America stands for in the world, and the freedoms we hold so dear.

As Benjamin Franklin said during the signing of the Declaration of Independence, “We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” Yes, the enemy has a grip on the throat of America with an intent to choke the world, but we can break the hold and win back our freedom! To do so we must first understand the enemy, his end purpose and his detailed strategy. Unfortunately, as President Lincoln so aptly prophesied, America’s enemy has come from within.

Although the hour is late, and the enemy has strategically postured hornets nests in high places within our nation’s hills, he has not won the war. Providence has also established a remnant within the heart of America that have been groomed to fight for her freedoms, and to honor those who have risked all to keep the world from the hands of evil dictators. Warriors are being groomed for the battles ahead, and we must all do our part to ensure they are successful.

With this, thank you for the desire to do your part, but be mindful, “The only easy day was yesterday”!





Chapter 1 – The Lincoln Prophesy


“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” - George Washington

Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. - Matt 12:25 ESV

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. - 1 Pet 5:8 ESV

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As mentioned in the Introduction, as I was writing the intended next book in the series, A.S.K. for Purpose, I continually found myself giving words of warning instead of words of hope. Not a good thing when you’re trying to encourage others to pursue their dreams and reach for the stars. Yet I’ve found that when the earth beneath your feet is shaky and the world around you is crumbling, focusing on anything other than a solid foothold is usually a challenge. So pursuing dreams and goals for personal advancement and achievement must somewhat take a momentary backseat. If your dreams necessitate standing on tippy-toes to reach the stars, then a faltering foothold becomes highly precarious, unless your purpose at the moment is to tie a lanyard to the star in order to keep the ship from capsizing.

So, this book is a shift to “right the ship”, come around, and get our nation “back on course”. Once our heading is correct, I believe America can once again be a light on the hill, leading all nations to hope and prosperity, if they too are willing to change course, come-about, and place honor above a selfish nature. My hope being that over the next year or so, millions of Americans will realize the seriousness of the situation we have sailed our nation into, humble themselves, roll-up their sleeves, and pursue their momentary “Purpose” (whatever it may be), in order to put this nation back on course.

During one the most prophetic speeches in American history, Abraham Lincoln presented a vision of what I believe is being revealed in America today. As he watched the shadow of greed and corruption stretch across the country some 200 years ago, he painted a vivid picture of America’s future, if her people became unwilling to pick up the brushes, and correct her flaws with strokes of hope and honor.

“Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.” Abraham Lincoln – January 27, 1838

These were not simple words thrown out to a group of youth at the Lyceum in Springfield, Illinois where he (Lincoln) was seeking popularity or looking to simply inspire others. No, these were words of prophesy and warning. Words that would turn the tide in America’s battle against slavery and abuses on the horizon of his day, but also the horizon of our nation in times to come. Words reflecting the strengths and weaknesses of America throughout her short lifespan, and words I believe to be more relevant today than at any other time in our short history as a nation.

Lincoln was referring to a failure in the fabric of America that would allow her enemies to destroy both her and what she represents, freedom. His warning suggesting such an enemy would arise from America’s own, having suckled on her freedom and nurtured in her wisdom. The freedom and wisdom for which so many before had sacrificed their very existence to provide and protect, would indeed author in an anarchy and destruction of this light on a hill. His suggestion that the demise of this great nation would and could not come from an enemy abroad, but her own brood would strangle the freedoms defined and protected in our constitution and Declaration of Independence, from the very freedoms which these documents espouse.

My hope being one where Mr. Lincoln’s statement was not prophetic of inevitable doom, but one of caution. A warning to look to our own borders for the enemies of “a more perfect Union”, in order to reveal and protect ourselves against those who would destroy such a union. In essence, this nation’s strength of freedom for all would become her downfall if not accompanied by honor, goodness and incessant internal scrutiny.

Unfortunately, during the years of plenty, “We the people” have disregarded honor and goodness, and instead through selfishness, greed and arrogance, have ushered in those whose intent has been to thwart the premise of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”, while empowering the intent is “steal, kill and destroy” both America’s foundations as well as her people. Those whose pursuit is not to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”, but to subdue their brothers and sisters, and enslave them for their personal gratification.

Lincoln knew through studies of history and Scripture, that men’s hearts were easily bent on greed and selfish ambition. This selfishness would then open the doors to the evils within our own closets, allowing the corrupt and greedy to permeate our government and manipulate our statutes. Today we see just such a state, where those with selfish ambition sacrifice the freedoms of their fellow man by using their position of state and authority with a strategy for selfish gain. Simultaneously, we see “Champions of Freedom” arising from the masses determined to sacrificially risk all in order to return to this nation to its founding principles.

Lincoln, in the same speech, then presented a grim landscape at that time, as well as a vivid reflection of what we see and hear in our world today:

“whenever the vicious portion of [our] population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing-presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure and with impunity, depend upon it, this government cannot last. By such things the feelings of the best citizens will become more or less alienated from it, and thus it will be left without friends, or with too few, and those few too weak to make their friendship effectual.”

Lincoln then warned that a tyrant could easily manipulate the American political system from within, foretelling of what we are now seeing come to pass as if it were directly before him:

“It is to deny what the history of the world tells us is true, to suppose that men of ambition and talents will not continue to spring up amongst us. And when they do, they will as naturally seek the gratification of their ruling passion as others have done before them. The question then is, Can that gratification be found in supporting and maintaining an edifice which has been erected by others? Most certainly it cannot. Many great and good men, sufficiently qualified for any task they should undertake, may ever be found whose ambition would aspire to nothing beyond a seat in Congress, a gubernatorial or a presidential chair; but such belong not to the family of the lion or the tribe of the eagle.

“What! Think you these places would satisfy an Alexander, a Caesar, or a Napoleon? Never! Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. It sees no distinction in adding story to story upon the monuments of fame erected to the memory of others. It denies that it is glory enough to serve under any chief. It scorns to tread in the footsteps of any predecessor, however illustrious. It thirsts and burns for distinction; and if possible, it will have it, whether at the expense of emancipating slaves or enslaving freemen.

Is it unreasonable, then, to expect that some man possessed of the loftiest genius, coupled with ambition sufficient to push it to its utmost stretch, will at some time spring up among us? And when such an one does, it will require the people to be united with each other, attached to the government and laws, and generally intelligent, to successfully frustrate his designs. Distinction will be his paramount object, and although he would as willingly, perhaps more so, acquire it by doing good as harm, yet, that opportunity being past, and nothing left to be done in the way of building up, he would set boldly to the task of pulling down.”

Again, my intent is to share the understanding that “we can win”, but only if we fully desire such. To do so, we must recognize history, know its effects on the future, and have vision and purpose adequately defined so that collectively we can change the course of our nation, and return her to her foundations of ensuring “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” to all of her people. As Mr. Lincoln suggests above, when evil leadership arises, “it will require the people to be united with each other, attached to the government and laws, and generally intelligent, to successfully frustrate his designs.”

Let’s look closer at the enemy, identify his area of target, and strategize on purposeful and achievable battle plans that will successfully “frustrate his designs”.





Chapter 2 – The American Cliff


“God grant, that not only the Love of Liberty, but a thorough Knowledge of the Rights of Man, may pervade all the Nations of the Earth, so that a Philosopher may set his Foot anywhere on its Surface, and say, 'This is my Country.'” - Benjamin Franklin - 1789

“Righteousness makes a nation great, but sin diminishes any people.” - Proverbs 14:34 - ISV

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From my times with the SEAL Teams, I learned early on that the first target of any successful conflict is to destroy, confuse, and/or seize the enemy’s means of communication. It was true when God wanted to slow the progress of humans in the days after the flood at Babel, and it’s true today. Communication is the greatest defense, and the greatest weapon.

In today’s society, social media, network television, e-mail, movies and e-books allow massive amounts of information to be exchanged and propagated worldwide in the blink of an eye. Truly, a butterfly in Indonesia can change the course of a business in America, and a single word from the right individual can create a shot that’s heard around the world.

Perusing the internet for free graphics that I could use on the cover of this book, I was amazed at the bias and bent of graphics available for free on the web, and particularly those promoted by our government and mainstream media venues. It was not at all what I had seen years earlier, but very pointed towards a history surrounding today’s events and political intentions, and very little about our heritage and the Founding Fathers. In summary, it was all politically driven and very divisive. Finding anything of value associated to America’s Founding Fathers, founding documents or historical artifacts that supported freedom was nearly impossible, and those that I could find had a hint of “question” as to their “authenticity”. One may not be able to change history, but it’s an easy thing to change the accounts of history, recreating it to fit a personal bent.

As mentioned, artifacts on divisive issues and events are abundant! Obviously, someone is looking to divide this nation with a specific intent in mind. As Abraham Lincoln said, “If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher”, and it’s evident that someone has our destruction in their scope, and that our mass media has its finger on the trigger.

In counter to that, my bride and I recently attended a fantastic Recalibrate conference here in south-central PA. Although I’m not fully sure of the intent behind the name (probably means tightening the specs), but being a SEAL, I would like to consider it as increasing the caliber and firepower needed for the coming battles. OK, I’m sure that wasn’t the intent, but it definitely fits my purpose.

During an early afternoon session, we had a couple of great speakers that truly put some “powder behind the round”, if you will, for attacking the enemy of freedom.

First was David Akers, the renowned kicker for the Philadelphia Eagles football team (http://www.davidakersministries.com). David presented an exceptional charge of pressing through adversity, trusting Providence, and focusing on the prize. His personal life is an example that he willingly shares of triumph through adversity and hope for tomorrow. Completely opposite from the divisiveness I had encountered when surfing the web the night before.

Next up was Michael Cardone, President of Cardone Industries based in Philadelphia, PA (https://www.cardone.com)

Michael shared how his father and family built the world’s premier auto parts remanufacturing company based on hope and family values. Michael said that his greatest inspiration comes from Proverbs 3:5 & 6, where King Solomon says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV)

With over 5,000 employees, many of which are minorities that speak little English, Michael’s father used translators to reach out and learn about those who had come from a different lifestyle, and realized that once he made the effort to reach out to them, he had an opportunity to instill productive and successful thinking into them. The Cardone family, through entrepreneurship, a godly example, and wise communication tactics have changed the world around them and are an example of how ethical and positive family and work values reflect the premise of America.

Our last speaker of the day was Steve Green, President of the giant retail chain of Hobby Lobby (www.hobbylobby.com).

Steve’s dad, David started Hobby Lobby in 1972, and the store chain now support nearly 700 stores and their employees with a commitment of “Offering our customers exceptional selection and value”, and to “Serve our employees and their families by establishing a work environment and company policies that build character, strengthen individuals, and nurture families.” This is another example of a business that is bent on doing things right for both customers and employees and one which communicates these values in all they do.

The most impressive component of Hobby Lobby and Steve Green’s vision is the creation of a Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. (www.museumofthebible.org). It will be a 430,000 square foot non-profit museum dedicated to “communicating” God’s Word to all who are willing to hear, providing a floor dedicated to an understanding of Scripture, a floor containing historical artifacts and details specific to the Bible and its history, and a third floor targeted at academic research and studies.

Steve quoted Life Magazine’s 2002 article about the Top 100 Events of the last Millennium, noting that the most significant event of all was “Gutenberg Prints the Bible 1455”. Of all the great things accomplished, including man walking on the face of the moon and the advent of the computer and smart phones, Life Magazine at the time felt that the greatest event in our recent history was that men could read for themselves the words of God; communication with the true “Commander and Chief”!

With an understanding of the significance of good communications, it’s easy to see why the enemy’s focus is on the obliteration of any and all means whereby freedom is communicated. The “Field Manuals” presented in Scripture, our nation’s Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, and others empower free men and women with confidence to pursue liberty, and threatens attempts of tyranny. Benjamin Franklin, who is often misrepresented as an irreligious man said it best, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” (11 Nov. 1755) He further reveals that this liberty is only secure through a greater power than man can offer, suggesting that “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”

Through his knowledge of history and Providence, Thomas Jefferson relayed a key message to those wondering if the colonies should move forward with establishing the new nation as he penned the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms (1775);

“Our cause is just. Our union is perfect. Our internal resources are great, and, if necessary, foreign assistance is undoubtedly attainable. — We gratefully acknowledge, as signal instances of the Divine favour towards us, that his Providence would not permit us to be called into this severe controversy, until we were grown up to our present strength, had been previously exercised in warlike operation, and possessed of the means of defending ourselves. With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have been compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance, employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live slaves.”

Doesn’t this sound like a letter from the commander of a people ready to give their all for freedom? It most certainly does! And it is a true communication for us today to maintain that “unabating firmness and perseverance” in a world seemingly at the precipice of self-destruction, where a few would willingly sacrifice the many for their own gain. Such has the world been since the beginning. Truth never grows stale and must be continually proclaimed, pursued and fought for!

Yes, all great men and women who have progressed America as a “land of the free and home of the brave”, keenly understood that our communication with and trust in Providence has been the founding principle for our individual and corporate successes. The wars fought (until recent years) by our brave have been in the defense of the weak, protection of the abused, and empowerment of those seeking freedom. But now the enemy works to subvert our truths and disrupt our communications so as a nation of providence and truth, we hesitate to act on behalf of the weak and instead exalt the interests of the glamorous and charismatic who promote that we lay down our arms and permit others to control our destiny. Yes, representatives of the enemy seem well planted on American soil.

How has this happened? It has come by individual greed and arrogance within our families and within ourselves. I’d be a hypocrite if I did not take responsibility for this as well, and confess that within my own heart, I often find myself voluntarily selling out the truth in order to achieve gain, avoid pain, or to avert another’s disdain. It’s not my desire to do so, but it is my nature. As Paul said so appropriately, “Oh wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is infected by death” (Rom 7:24-ISV).





Chapter 3 – Our Response to the Thief


“We all have our crosses to bear. We carry them heavily, out of love for our brothers in arms. But sometimes you have to let go of the idea that anyone down here is in control.” – Marcus Luttrell, U.S. Navy SEAL, Service: A Navy SEAL at War

Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked. - Psalm 43:1, KJV

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Like Benjamin Franklin, I believe America is different. A “great experiment”, though not because we are so technically advanced, the wealthiest, or (as we Sailors like to say) have the “most powerful nuclear Navy in the world”! Nope, these attributes are the result of this “great experiment”, an experiment that was founded on the Providence of God. Providence that has given rise to nations from obscurity while protecting others through times of hardship; and yet permitting the solemn destruction of many great nations that had lost their “value” and “goodness”. As God said to King Solomon in 1 Kings 6:12 & 13, “Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father. And I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel.” (Israel means “wrestles with God”, as we all do!)

I understand that many reading this will shake their head and rue the places where I jump into Scripture, but I firmly believe that our nation was dedicated to God by the first Pilgrims, proclaimed as a standard in our Declaration, and consecrated to His justice in our Constitution. As such, we have basked in the sanctuary and goodness of His Providence, and like Jabez, our Founding Fathers surely asked for God to keep His hand with our nation and her people, and as such were blessed indeed.

This “consecration” for Israel doesn’t quite end there though. God “visits” Solomon for a second time in Gibeon to solidify both the blessings and warnings (Note - I have replaced “Israel” with “this nation”, because I believe any nation “so dedicated”, is under the same blessing and curse):

1 Kings 9:3-8 (ESV 2011)

3 “I have heard your prayer and your plea, which you have made before me. I have consecrated this house that you have built, by putting my name there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.

4 And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules,

5 then I will establish your royal throne over (this nation) forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of (this nation).’

6 But if you turn aside from following me, you or your children, and do not keep my commandments and my statutes that I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them,

7 then I will cut off (this nation) from the land that I have given them, and the house that I have consecrated for my name I will cast out of my sight, and (this nation) will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples.

8 And this house will become a heap of ruins. Everyone passing by it will be astonished and will hiss, and they will say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?’

So let’s look at the details and examples provided thus far…

- America is hurting internally

The world is volatile and coming to our shores

The cycle reveals America as complacent or apathetic

-God establishes nations to challenge the wicked

America is being challenged

-God gives a “way-out” (evacuation route)

America has seen “champions” arise from within

Referencing Abraham Lincoln again, “At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us”.

So what’s “springing-up” within us? What is it that we should fear?

I’m going to say it is ungodliness. The state where anything is acceptable, except the voice of the Creator. The same spring of deadly water that has sprung-up within every nation before us, poisoning the minds and hearts of the people, and providing an opening for charismatic individuals with selfish intent to become the law that opens the door to anything but godly intentions, and eventually suicide.

Let’s put this into perspective. If we were not created “on-purpose, for a purpose”, then there are no set guidelines in life, and therefore no reward or punishment based on actions. What do consequences matter? So the strongest and most charismatic prevail by showing a confident and careless attitude that sways the weak minded by their flamboyant and arrogant persona. The more dangerous and careless an Individual is, the greater the influence they wield with those who are enslaved. All the while, those who believe in something greater than themselves and have concern for the consequences of flamboyant behavior become the enemy.

Interestingly, all crave fences while simultaneously despising them. Having boundaries gives a comfort level, but it’s also in our nature to break the rules and seek what is on the other side. In ways this is good and encouraged by our freedoms, but we must understand why our nature is such. What is it that pushes us onward, and why do we have a deep desire to know the “why”, the “who am I”, and “why am I here”?

There’s a huge move in America towards Atheism. Individuals that fight the concept of God, and bent on finding their “why” elsewhere, such as science or chance. Interestingly, most atheists still look to “heaven” for the answer, hoping for a “creator” to show up in the form of an alien race. Maybe some pointy eared space cousin that praises us for our evolutionary progress and breaking the “warp” barrier, thereby becoming worthy to know the secrets of the universe. They fight the communications from Providence and history, and try to establish a line of communication that reaches to the stars, but is in essence non-existent.

Again, the problem with this is that someone “smarter” or more convincing can lead those without a standard in their heart astray. A new “concept” can sweep-up the gullible, and enlist them to fight against the truth, if such a concept has enough truth to be even remotely convincing.

In Democracy in America, Volume 1 (1835) by Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville, he provides some fantastic quotes specific to America and how she became a beacon of freedom:

“Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith”,

“The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other”.

Another statement attributed to him (though some question such), is the well-known statement, “America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” Of course it matters not where truth comes from, but where it lands. My hope is that that statement lands and grows in the hearts of all who read this book.

This summarizes the desire of godly Americans, to keep America “great” by keeping her “good”. Yet if we can’t keep her good, then God’s warning to Solomon and Abraham Lincoln’s warning to America will prove true, that we can’t “keep her great”, and the enemy will destroy her. This mighty nation will go down in history as one of the greatest failures of all time.





Chapter 4 – Cornerstones of Our Nation


“The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epoch when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former period, the researches of the human mind, after social happiness, have been carried to a great extent, the Treasures of knowledge, acquired by the labours of Philosophers, Sages and Legislatures, through a long succession of years, are laid open for our use, and their collected wisdom may be happily applied in the Establishment of our forms of Government.” - George Washington, Circular to the States, 8 June 1783

Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have, Jesus Christ. - 1 Cor 3:10-11 - NLT

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So, America is dependent on being “good”! What exactly does that mean?

If you will, let me share what I think creates “good” using the principle of the “Four Cornerstones of Freedom” on which America has been devised. No, not Baseball, football, hotdogs and apple pie, though these are certainly good, but the foundational truths that have made America great.

Here are the “Four Cornerstones of Freedom”, as set forth within our Declaration of Independence, on which our nation is founded and by which she has so wonderfully prospered:

God



Life



Liberty



Pursuit of Happiness





Yep, the same basic principles that I refer to (and will continue to do so) within all of my books and discussions. I have now established them as a formal set of Cornerstones that support the foundation of our nation. These four principles, if placed properly at the corners of any structure (business, team, family or nation) create a straight and true construction that can weather nearly any storm. The strength and character of our walls of protection and comfort are founded completely on the level of construction established within these 4 cornerstones. Let’s take a look at them individually to see if it makes sense from a family, business, and national view.

God – Seemingly straightforward for some, but there are varying levels of which we allow God to be the brick and mortar of the first, and key cornerstone.

If a people deny a truth beyond the power of men, then powerful men will create the truth of their choosing and force it upon the people. A nation (such as America) that is founded upon a guiding standard (such as the Bible), establishes a cornerstone and standard greater than both leaders and followers. The power behind scripture (old and new testaments) is that the rules and justice that protect the people from evil also provides grace that allows all to pursue their purpose, utilize their gifts, and as such enhance the happiness of the “body” whole.

Certainly there are many who deny the existence of God, and I believe God and our Founding Fathers created America with this freedom defined within the Bible and in our Constitution. But that does not take away from the cornerstones of our Nation. Even if an individual doesn’t believe in the existence of God, the standards provided by scripture provide a sound cornerstone from which to define the structure of a great nation, and plumb the foundation on which she stands. Building our first wall on the Cornerstone of God ensures that the other cornerstones can be set with confidence in the intended structure. When you doubt the “builder”, it puts in question the remaining aspects of the structure, and causes a hesitance with future stances and the ability to proceed out. This is what we see today. Yet there is still a majority of Americans who believe in this cornerstone, and from that we can ensure that the remaining cornerstones are secure and true.

Life – Jesus explained this cornerstone perfectly when He said, “The second most important commandment is this: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” (Mark 12:31 – God’s Word Translation)

Yes, Life is the second most important cornerstone. It determines the breadth of existence. The greatness of concern and care for others establishes the footprint of life here on earth, and defines the actions and impact that are available. The greater the care for our fellow man, the greater the impact, and the greater the reward.

Let’s consider a couple of my favorite female heroes here, Helen Keller and Mother Theresa. Both of these ladies lived with challenges and hardships that would cripple most, causing a desire to retreat and live lives of solitude and selfishness, but neither did. Each felt a calling from God to bless others whose struggles may have been less or greater, but each of these ladies willingly gave their all to their calling. The memory of their greatness and the legends we recall will continue to change lives for generations to follow. Their lives prove that a solid cornerstone of “Life” provides both purpose and reward, and there are many, many examples in America like these two wonderful women.

Of course greatness always comes with sacrifice of some kind, but sacrifice that isn’t for show. I believe there is a misconception about Jesus’ statement, "If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mat 16:24 NET Bible). Many believe that this is a call to live lives of sacrifice instead of purpose. Some believe that this directs them to physically sacrificing themselves on their cross, or to crawl on bloody knees to an altar. I don’t believe that either of these are the point, but that we are called to a purpose, and that we must fulfil that purpose in order to be His follower.

The key is that we deny those things that take us off-task, and pursue what is “right”. The sacrifice comes as we go through the growing process necessary to become the individual that can handle the intended desire. So as the A.S.K. principle portrays, we each must “Seek” our purpose, and therefore must accept the hardships that help us grow into the individual capable of succeeding at our calling. With the cornerstone of “Life”, that calling “should” be one of providing a product or service that enhances another’s life. When we’re unselfish, we can readily see our brother’s need, and thereby set a firm second cornerstone.

I just read a great article about a Chick-fil-A store in Alabama that spent the night on January 29th, 2014 feeding and housing ice storm stranded motorists. They didn’t take any money, but stayed open for 24 hours feeding and giving warmth to those that would come into the store. The management then walked along the highways helping stranded travelers move their cars and giving them a bag of hot food.

Another aspect of “Life” is a hugely political battleground today. There are many who are bent on pushing women to kill their unborn babies. I’ll talk more about America’s family challenges later on, but suffice it to say that this has been (as seen in scripture) and is an abomination to God. The destruction of His creation and family is a perfect example of the evil one’s attempts to kill, steal, and destroy. Before I leave this thought, please let me say to the mothers who have made this mistake in the past that you are just as precious to God as the child you have given-up. The enemy is cunning in first causing us to stumble, and then brutal in his accusations against us when we do. Never allow the enemy destroy your purpose as well, but give all you have to make-up for the tragedy. God forgives the mistakes of those with a hurting heart and any who seek Him and His forgiveness. It is the enemy that heaps guilt and condemnation, while God gives forgiveness to all who ask.

Anyway, the sanctity of life, from the womb to the 100 year old neighbor, is the second most important cornerstone, and determines the “depth” of our existence. Amazingly, our Founding Fathers saw clearly the importance of this second cornerstone.

Liberty – Where “Life” determines the depth of our purpose and footprint, the cornerstone of “Liberty” determines the “length” of the footprint for an individual, family, business or nation. The amount of freedom that exists determines the confidence to attempt great achievements. It established the length we feel we can go in this world, without losing our foundation.

During Delegate Patrick Henry’s address to the Virginia Convention at St. John’s Church in Richmond, he invoked Almighty God with the statement, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Patrick Henry believed that freedom was worth dying for, and definitely worthy of a life well lived. His statement “it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope” explains it all. Without liberty, there is little hope, and with the other two cornerstones in place, the hope for liberty is practically assured.

Alexander Fraser Tytler, Professor of Universal History at the University of Edinburgh is attributed with defining “The Cycle of Democracy” (1770), just a few years before the signing of our Declaration of Independence. He suggests “The average of the world’s great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage”.

Interestingly, Tytler suggests that faith (God), establishes courage (sacrifice for others), which brings about freedom (Liberty).

Patrick Henry and our Founding Fathers realized their hope for independence was based on the cornerstones of God and Life. While the length of our great nation has touched every corner of the world with this same hope, that same Liberty and hope that she has so freely championed around the world is being methodically stripped from her own fingers. The Cycle of Democracy is slowly progressing against this Cornerstone as America’s enemies attempt to destroy the previous two.

Pursuit of Happiness – Herein is the reward for establishing the first three cornerstones: The confidence that you can pursue your heart’s dreams and goals to achieve happiness in this life. That you can have a good family, enjoy good employment, own a successful business, and pursue opportunities that stir your heart!

Jabez portrayed this when he realized his blessings and expanded his territories. Columbus realized this with his pursuits to travel the seas in search of new worlds. Astronaut and Navy SEAL Captain Chris Cassidy realized his dream when he stepped from the International Space Station into the heavens!

I believe this fourth cornerstone is critical as well, and that God (and our Founding Fathers) placed this cornerstone within the Declaration of Independence last for a reason. This is our desire and the reason we lay the previous cornerstones as solid and true as possible. As life exhibits, the more solid our foundation, the greater the opportunities and courage to achieve them. Depending on Providence, hoping for others, and persistence through challenges allows for the pursuit of happiness, and not for ourselves alone, but for those we love and all that follow the path we beat in order to achieve our happiness.

This final cornerstone is also an imperative one for “closing the breach” and creating a secure structure. In my opinion, this final cornerstone completes the base of our stronghold, and enables us to design the “façade” that the world will see. The main entrance, and the primary defense against attacks that is fully visible to the world and others, and the common target of the enemy.

I’m sure you agree that this final cornerstone, and what it represents is the usual point of attacked by others. The poor are ridiculed for their lack, while the wealthy are ridiculed for the flamboyance. The natural man tries to diminish others in order to elevate himself. By pointing at either failure or success, the imagination of the weak can be easily swayed and a foothold of criticality or envy established as a breach the wall. The adage of stepping on others to climb the latter to success seems a natural tendency for all, allowing brother to reduce brother, whether poor, rich, loving or not, and to use perceptions as a means of gaining control. Considering the efforts of the great patriarchs of Scripture, it’s obvious that God elevates the humble and those who do not use this tactic, but only after long periods of challenge.

America is a perfect example of this final cornerstone and the challenge she presents to other nations and individuals. Because America has become wealthy and realized a significant level of happiness, she has also become a target of those jealous of her visible greatness. Nations that aspire to become great admire her and wish to be a part of her success, but those that aren’t willing to accept the cornerstones she has to offer, loathe her success and desire her demise. It’s this way for nations, communities, families and individuals. Scripture calls it coveting or envy.

Those like Abraham, Jabez, George Washington, Michael Cardone, Steve Green, S. Truett Cathy (Chick-Fil-A), Chuck Norris, the Robertson family (Duck Dynasty) and others, have built their structure on solid cornerstones, and as such have been blessed with their pursuit of happiness. With that, they have also been attacked by those who are envious of their success and the principles which have enabled them, to achieve such success.

The flip-side of this are those that have built a beautiful façade based on the liberty this nation offers, and the ability for all to pursue happiness. They parade a beautiful façade with much praise, yet nearly without exception, it is a single dimension wall much like the sets in Hollywood, glued together with glitz and glamour but without the cornerstones of God and Life supporting the structure. As such, when challenges come, they are easily torn down or picked apart for other uses, and in many instances they become the façade of a city built for evil intent.

Doesn’t that remind you of the Abraham Lincoln’s prophesy in the beginning of the book, and maybe what happened within the Bolshevik Revolution, or Rise of the Third Reich? Doesn’t this sound like the “Progressive’s” plan is for America? If you can’t create true happiness because you are unable or unwilling to establish the first two cornerstones, then you must discredit those who have done so in order to take from their structure, and create a façade capable of deceiving the weak. A façade that can change at the whim of the director.

So the Four Cornerstones of America are a must for any healthy structure and/or nation. Without each, there is a weakness that is easily breached from without, and in the case of America, from within. A weakness quickly perceived by the enemy and through which spies can readily pass.





Chapter 5 – Our Weak Links


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.” - Psalms 07:10-14

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Yes, America is truly the line drawn in the sand, the last wall of deterrence to the enemies of freedom. The buck stops here.

Looking at the globe, we have drug cartels and rampant vice ruling the nations to our south. We have Anti-American nations around the globe that have nuclear weapons pointed our way, or are in the midst of developing such. We have anarchy and Muslim radicals taking state after state in the Middle East and Africa, and then expanding their reach through fear and anarchy around the world. Their attacks specifically targeting the weak and defenseless, and wherever possible, Americans and Christians. All the while, in Europe and America, we are replacing Godly principles and our foundations with evils such as the murder of the innocent, the promotion of sexual perversion, and the overreaching control of governmental leaders. We now have enemies, foreign and domestic, placing charged devices on the first two cornerstones (God and Life), knowing that the destruction of these will inevitably remove freedom and thereby control the pursuit of happiness.

It wasn’t long ago (1987), that President Ronald Reagan, pronounced those amazing words, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Those famous words so powerfully spoken by President Reagan were penned by Peter Robinson, who shares insights and revelations of what that culture was like in his 2003 book, How Ronald Reagan Changed my Life.

“On one side of the wall lay movement, color, modern architecture, crowded sidewalks and traffic. On the other lay a kind of void. Buildings still exhibited pockmarks from shelling during the war. Cars appeared few and decrepit, pedestrians badly dressed. When he hovered over Spandau Prison, the rambling brick structure in which Rudolf Hess was still being detained, soldiers at East German guard posts beyond the prison stared up at us through binoculars, rifles over their shoulders. The wall itself, which from West Berlin had seemed a simple concrete structure, was revealed from the air as an intricate complex, the East Berlin side lined with guard posts, dog runs, and row upon row of barbed wire.”

This was less than thirty years ago, but oh how quickly we forget. How quickly our stomachs release the knots, when the government provides us just enough rations and just enough confusion to no longer feel the pangs of hunger ourselves. But we need to hunger. Like Jesus said during the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 3-12, ESV):

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Of course that is not the entire sermon or teaching that Jesus shared with His followers on that day. The next few versus are a key to establishing these “blessings”, that I hope this book will plant in your heart:

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt 5 13-16, ESV).

I believe this is why many within our government, media, and, particularly, our education system, seemingly desire the abolition of religion in America. It says it point blank. If the salt has lost its taste…, and the city set on the hill is hidden, “it is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s (the enemy’s) feet”. Yes, I believe there are those within key areas of our nation who secretly desire the punishment of America because she has been “too blessed”. Their envy is from a belief that America has succeeded on the backs of others. In a similar manner, there are those who earnestly desire the success of America, but not at the price of allowing God’s laws to establish the standard, unwittingly giving the key to the lighthouse to those that would see her light go out.

Looking at the characteristics that Christ espouses in His sermon on the mount, they are obviously not characteristics of the weak, frail or fearful, but those being challenged for their integrity. These are the traits of champions, such as our Founding Fathers and nations greatest women. Men and women willing to sacrifice all “in order to form a more perfect Union”!

Unfortunately a number of Christians believe in the concepts, but are cautious in action. Using Jesus as an example, He willingly shared these truths from “the mount” to any and all, knowing that His words would take Him to the cross. Yet many of our churches and Christian organizations hesitate to shine their light from the hill, avoiding conflict and challenge, fearing government reprisal and lawsuits by organizations such as the ACLU or other such unpatriotic entities. Many worry about losing membership by taking too strong a stand against evils such as abortion, sexual perversion and immorality. We are losing our salt!

I hate to admit it, but I understand their fear to some degree. By taking the stands I do with the A.S.K. series, I will inevitably make many enemies (some being very serious), but the truth must be told. Unfortunately, we are now past the stage where fear of reprisal and staying under the radar are no longer an option. We must light the fire, carry it to the top of the hill, and proclaim the truth while we still have enough freedom left to do so. Either stand-up to the ungodly bullies in our media, legal firms and government today, or we will lose the rights to firm-up the Cornerstones, and with it the freedoms of our tomorrows.

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