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Your Invitation2Freedom ~ Two Sides of the Same Golden Coin

Updated: May 6

What’s Invitation2Freedom all about and does it matter?  Only if you’ve ever wondered or cared to ask why our Founding Fathers laid down their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to establish our Republic.

Well, have you?  Seriously, have you considered that at the time of our nation’s founding, six of the principal seven men considered our founders weren’t old men and they were willing to DIE to establish this nation!! George Washington was 43 when he commanded the American Army during the war, Thomas Jefferson was 33 when he wrote the Declaration of Independence, John Adams was 40 when he argued for American independence, Alexander Hamilton was 33 when he was made Secretary of the Treasury, John Jay was 43 when he became the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and James Madison was 36 when he was at the Constitutional Convention. The oldest was Benjamin Franklin who was 70 at the Second Continental Congress.Many of the founding fathers feared following generations might not be capable of maintaining American liberty.  When Benjamin Franklin was asked after signing the Constitution if they had created a monarchy or republic, he replied: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Just before COVID took over our realities, I began asking myself if I have been a good steward of our Republic.  Do I possess the knowledge, clarity, and conviction to peacefully stand as one of We The People?  What does that even mean? 

Sadly, I came to realize that not only was I painfully ignorant of what it means to have and live in a republic or what is a People; but, I had bought into the concept of democracy as being the tenant of our nation.  Oy, WRONG!! (This is the Jew in me…)

The word democracy was not used in our founding papers ANYWHERE. I love Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged for artfully weaving a narrative that reflects man’s individualism and how foundational that is to our ability to forge a moral life without bringing religious doctrines into the conversation… Not that I have a problem with religion… What I find distracting and counterproductive is when religion is being used to argue the merit of one side or the other… for the record, I became an Episcopalian after leaving Catholicism and am comfortable with my Jewish heritage… I digressed, back to the topic at hand. I started digging for Ayn’s answers to a question from a radio program, “The Structure of Government,” WKCR, 1864. The recording is called, Democracy vs. a Constitutional Republic Ayn Rand's Case.  The question posed to Ayn, ‘Why is a republic more proper than a democracy?’  

Rand’s response: ‘Well, because we have to define our concepts clearly, a democracy in the political meaning of the word, the original meaning, defining a specific political system, means a country governed by unlimited power. Majority rule. A democracy is a form of government in which the majority has the right to vote on anything and to pass any laws they see fit, the sole standard of legality being a majority vote that is counting off numbers. 

Democracy is incompatible with the constitution because the principle there is that the sole standard of right or wrong in politics is accounting of noses, a majority rule. The best example of that is the more original city-state of Greece, where if you remember, the majority had the right to vote at their sentence for a man if they disapproved of his ideas, and Socrates is the best example, most famous one. One of what is wrong with the system of democracy. Socrates was condemned to death because the majority of the citizens found that his ideas were subversive to the use of Athens, and he refused to escape though he had a chance. He declared that his fellow citizens were wrong in their decision, but they had the right to vote away his life. Life, which is a ghastly example of the sanction of the victim and a perfect example of the nature of a democracy as a political system of government. 

Now a republic properly is a system of government which is limited by the individual right of man, which means that the majority may vote, but only in a strictly limited and defined political sphere, and that the individual rights of men are not subject to majority vote, not to government legislation. All that the government can and should do in regard to rights is protect them, but government cannot infringe them. That is in essence the nature of a proper republic…’ 

And so began my awakening and seeking answers to questions such as:

  • Are we really protected under the Constitution?

  • What is LAW?

  • How did we lose our freedoms?

  • What can we do about the situation we find ourselves in?

Meet Crystal Laureen.  She’s a fellow seeker of truth and justice, who shares my deep patriotism and love of commUNITY and country, is living a shared reality as we both reside in southern California, were born in the same hospital (ten years apart), and are going through grieving an unrecognizable transformation of what was once our beloved California Republic.

I affectionately call her the Crystalizer… for she has brought tears of relief to my frustration attempting to make sense of what has happened to our nation. She has an innate talent to simplify the origins of America’s foundations as seen through its historical documents and tying them to the meaning and implications of living as a Republic, as originally intended. Concepts I’ve struggled to master and attempted to study throughout my life.  

Crystal and I came together and created a private commUNITY where members are safe to challenge the traditional Left-Right paradigm and explore narratives centered on unity and reclaiming our rights.

It’s through conversations among members that we foster unconventional ideas that catalyze the rediscovery of our inherent freedom and the confidence to stand with authority and move out from under corporate governance cloaked as law with our newly formed family of nearly 1500 people.

As the director of education, Crystal’s put her master’s in education and decades of teaching American history together with a passion for living in trust into masterful lessons and leading conversations in our learning commUNITY and podcast. What I like to call, two sides of the same golden coin.

Watch our short video series Reigniting the American Spirit


The information contained herein is not intended to be a source of legal advice. You should not rely on the statements or representations made by the hosts or guests. The purpose of this podcast is to give guidance and to educate those in the community on how to be self-reliant members of the constitutional Republic of the United States of America and as such it is strongly recommended that you do your own research. Invitation2Freedom does not assume any responsibility for the actions or non-actions taken by any of the hosts, guests or listeners, and no one shall be entitled to a claim for detrimental reliance on any information provided or expressed herein. We reserve our right to assemble, and we do so peacefully and without trespass.

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