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The American Freedom Tour kicks off with our National Anthem

O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

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The American Freedom Tour, a 2-day event featuring some of our nation’s most influential advocates of freedom, began this morning with an a cappella rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

Vocalist Stephen Quinn Hipsher began with a confidence appropriate for such a treasured hymn:

Say, can you see
By the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed
At the twilight’s last gleaming?

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With minimal embellishment, he continued the second verse; attendees remained respectfully quiet:

Whose broad stripes and bright stars
Through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watched,
Were so gallantly, yeah, streaming?

Audience members could hold back no longer, and began singing along with Stephen in the third verse, a verse that portrays our nation enduring even the darkest and most treacherous of nights:

And the rockets’ red glare
The bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night
That our flag was still there

And now we’re left with that most poignant of questions, a question that has been a resounding “Yes!” throughout our nation’s history:

“O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

Well, does it? And, are we?

The thunderous applause that followed the final words of that song tells us that yes, we are most emphatically the land of the free and the home of the brave, united under the stars and stripes. For the sake of our loved ones, for the sake of this shining city on a hill, the answer must be yes.

May we freshly appreciate, perhaps for some of us rediscover, the freedoms and bravery that have made our nation great.

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Ted Slater is part webgeek and part wordsmith; he feels equally comfortable massaging code and editing prose. He gets plenty of opportunity to explore both interests as a freelance website developer. Ted is a follower of Christ, husband to Ashleigh, and papa to Olivia and Ava and Savannah and Noah and Dorothy.



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American Freedom Tour

American Thinker: Conservative stars inspire at the American Freedom Tour

American Thinker published an article highlighting speakers and events from the eventful first day of the American Freedom Tour in Phoenix

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American Freedom Tour Friday, November 19, 2021, at Dream Center Church in Phoenix, Ariz. ( Photo by Jonathan Williams | PoliticalShoots.com )

Earlier today American Thinker published an article highlighting speakers and events from the eventful first day of the American Freedom Tour, held in Phoenix on Nov. 19 and 20.

The article, written by C.S. Boddie who also writes for Meadowlark Press, LLC., begins by narrating what was likely the most memorable few minutes of the entire day. During a pause maybe 10 minutes into Judge Jeanine Pirro’s speech, someone in the audience called out, “A verdict is in.”

If you’re politically informed, you know exactly what that person was talking about: The results of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.

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Tense moments passed, the Judge paused, we all felt the gravity of the moment. Judge Jeanine offered up a brief heartfelt prayer … and then someone shouted, “Not guilty!” If you were in the room that erupted in cheers and tears, it’s a moment you will never forget.

For perhaps the first time in a long time, Pirro was speechless. But only for a moment. Choked up, she confessed, “I am blown away. Now let me tell you something, you know there are calls to action, and I am shaken to my core right now.”

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American Freedom Tour Friday, November 19, 2021, at Dream Center Church in Phoenix, Ariz. ( Photo by Jonathan Williams | PoliticalShoots.com )

She continued, “As soon as we give up to the anarchists, we’re lost and it’s over. If this had gone the other way, anarchists would have been able to say you don’t have any rights. This message is loud and clear. It’s the Constitution that gives us the right to have a gun to protect ourselves.”

I encourage you to read the rest of the article over at American Thinker, which covers talks by Dinesh D’Souza, Dr. Steve Turley, Lt. Col. Waldo Waldman, and Pastor Mark Burns.

Over the coming days, we’ll published excerpts from many of the talks, along with exclusive video footage from the event. Check back regularly, or sign up for our newsletter to be notified when each article is published.

To follow the 2-day even in real time, or to catch snapshots of the speeches, we invite you to visit one of the following social profiles:

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Sheriff David Clarke: We must create ‘Boston Tea Party Moments’

It is time for you to get off the sidelines. Get out of your homes. Get out of your comfort zones.

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Sheriff David Clarke was a featured speaker at the American Freedom Tour event that took place in Jacksonville on Oct. 8-9.

In his speech, Clarke emphasized the primacy of the US Constitution and its Bill of Rights.

Major shifts in our nation’s history have not been enacted through executive orders or mandates from federal agencies. They have come about through the Constitution, including the dozens of amendments added to it. We really need to more highly value our Constitution, and the process for amending it.

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And we need to take to the streets to promote adherence to it.

Sheriff David Clarke began, “And everything that I’ve tried do to in nearly 40 years in law enforcement centered around one principle: the United States Constitution.”

“Here’s what being a conservative means to me: I’m for limited government, lower taxes. I believe that the Constitution protects individuals and not groups. These are individual rights, ladies and gentlemen, which is why I push back against gun control laws that are gonna inhibit my ability to exercise my second amendment based on something some other kook did. These are individual rights. Take his or her rights away for doing that. Don’t mess with mine.

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Copyright © 2021 Nathan Waters • nwphotovideo.com

Clarke continued, “OK, this document, here’s why it’s particularly important to me. And this is a sensitive one for me: This document freed my ancestors. You all know the 13th Amendment freed the slaves. The United States Supreme Court did not free the slaves. The President’s declaration did not free the slaves. We changed the Constitution to give the newly freed slaves rights under this document. We went the Constitution route and that’s the way to go.

“As a matter of fact, ladies and gentlemen, the United States Supreme Court upheld that ugly institution of slavery several times. One was Plessy vs. Ferguson where they declared separate but equal constitutional. And also the Dred Scott decision that returned Dred Scott, who had fled to the North, back to his slave owner. The United States Supreme Court did that.

“You see why I do not want these things settled in the court? I want it settled within this, under Article 5, that says you can amend this anytime you want, but here’s the process. And it’s by Article 5. But you see where we’re at today. That’s some heavy lifting. These people don’t want to do it. They just want to run to court and let some unelected judge make Constitutional law.

“And, for you women in the crowd, United States Supreme Court did not give you the right to vote. The Constitution did under the 19th Amendment. We did the hard stuff. That is a very high standard and a process to amend this, and it’s supposed to be. But any time you want to give people rights not enumerated in this document, the way to do it is through Article 5. It’s not to run to the courts.

“And that was the big criticism that I had about the United States Supreme Court approving gay marriage. Forget about the efficacy of it for now. I’m not here to argue or discuss the efficacy of gay marriage. However, if we want to give, this Constitution doesn’t speak to marriage — not even between a man and a woman. It doesn’t speak to it. You do not have a Constitutional right to marry. Nobody does. Not a Constitutional right. Maybe under the states. They set up a system for it and they can quantify it, but not the federal government.

“So I said at the time, on TV, cause I’m not afraid to stand up for what I believe in and to articulate it. I don’t care what kind of blow back I’m gonna get. I do not care.

“I believe in this document. If a court grants you a right, guess what? The courts can take it away. You cannot under this unless you go through the process like prohibition. The courts didn’t override prohibition. They changed it with another amendment. That’s the brilliance of this document, ladies and gentlemen.

“By the way, this is my pocket version. I have about ten of these. Everywhere I go, I have one. In my car. In my home. At my desk. In my travel bag. Cause that’s how much it means to me.

“And I read this document every year. It doesn’t take that long. It was written by simple men. Lawyers screwed it all up. Straight-forward language on all of the amendments, the Bill of Rights. I mean, it’s pretty straight-forward language.”

At this point, though he had been animated throughout his speech, Sheriff David Clarke became especially passionate as he continued:

“I know what the founding fathers were willing to die for. I know what Abraham Lincoln was willing to die for. I know what Nat Turner was willing to die for. I know what Dr. Martin Luther King was willing to die for.”

“I need to know what are you willing to die for? Because I’m not really seeing that passion.

“How many of you have engaged in the last couple of years in a protest, in a general strike, in picketing? A few hands. Not enough. This is the tactics — I’m gonna say we’re going to have to get use to using some of the tactics of the Left. They own the streets right now. The streets are … that’s the battlefield today. The Left defines that and we let them. The Left is in the streets. You know where we are? We’re in think tanks. We’re in TV studios in front of a camera. You know where else we are? We’re behind our computer screens. We’re the keyboard warriors, sending out posts and funny memes on Facebook and Insta—. That’s not an effective tactic to defeat this enemy. You’re going to have to take to the streets.

“Every day you need to bring the resistance. Every day you need to be in the streets in some form. At a school board meeting. That’s going to the streets. Get out of your homes. Get out of your comfort zones. Get to those schools, help those parents and those moms out. And, if worse comes to worst, if that Boston Tea Party moment presents itself, tip the tables over. When Republican poll watchers and Republican canvas workers in Duval County and all that were getting kicked out and I was saying to myself, ‘No, no, no, no. Tip the frickin’ tables over. Tip the tables over, have the ballots fly all over and say, We’re not putting up with this crap!’ That’s a Boston Tea Party moment, ladies and gentlemen.

Copyright © 2021 Nathan Waters • nwphotovideo.com

Copyright © 2021 Nathan Waters • nwphotovideo.com

“No, it is time for you to get off the sidelines. Get out from behind that computer keyboard and take to the streets and help those people, help those parents, help those law enforcement officers beat back the Progressive Left.

“You are going to have to develop the courage cause I already have. You are going to have to develop the courage to look the Progressives straight in the eye and say: I’m coming for you and hell is coming with us.”

The American Freedom Tour is a celebration of faith, family, unalienable rights and God-given American freedoms. In a time when so many in the media and government are tearing down America and its people, the American Freedom Tour celebrates America and what makes us great.

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