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Too Much Prattle Overshadows Action

“Well Done Is Better Than Well Said.” That quote, attributed to Ben Franklin, is nearly universally agreed upon as true, but compromised ubiquitously. As one who venerates the wordsmith, defends the majesty of language and eloquence of words, experience reminds this columnist that our human race talks incessantly. Talk shows, podcasts, TV infomercials; we’re bombarded with blather and prattle incessantly. It could be described anatomically as, “Severe diarrhea of the lips.” Whether it’s in the political arena, or nearly every realm of one’s life, a growing number rarely take a step in the direction of translating words into deeds. A crude bromide captures this principle, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Theologically it’s flawed. But on a practical level it’s hard to refute. Words must translate into behavior. How often do random words bandied about, turn into a chain of broken promises?

The average citizen knows it’s sadly true-people spend more time talking and dreaming than being engaged in actionable outcomes. For those engaged in advancing Liberty understand that many talk about it-but too few do anything about it. For those who were ardent supporters of our 45th President’s 2020 campaign, “Promises Made-Promises Kept.” His harshest critics admitted Trump had done what he said he would do. A rarity in politics. Though they vehemently hate him, they understood his action matched his words, much to their chagrin. Patriots know our political landscape is the poorer since he left the White House. Now we have a president unfit to run a kid’s lemonade stand.

If one can grasp that one doesn’t have to do everything at once, but one must do something of noble, principle, purpose or substance, that validates one’s words are more than vacuous rants or meaningless syllables. It’s less about cynicism than about reality. We may never reach the apex of our field, but surely our intrinsic worth’s beyond empty talk, promises or grandiose schemes that never materialize. For admitted political junkies, it doesn’t take much to stoke our political caldron. However, for the average citizen, it only crosses their minds every two to four years-if then. Although in the past two years many, who’ve watched their liberties evanesce before their eyes-have awakened to the cause of Liberty and their role in advancing it.

Ask nearly anyone who has entered the political fray, and they’ll admit it can be a lonely trail. However, in the Natrona County, 2022 midterms, with record turnout, most grass root Liberty candidates had strong volunteer support and a boots-on-the-ground army. Not the norm in political circles. Too often, talk overshadows action. Not this election cycle. In Natrona County grass root candidates dispatched four establishment legislators, with a message attached, “No more business as usual. No more empty promises.” Those failing candidates felt the full force of Liberty that emphasized action over empty promises. Ask Liz Cheney, the poster girl for getting shellacked.

Poet Robert Frost, on talk, wrote, “Half the world is composed of people who have something to say, and yet very few say, and can’t; and the other half who have nothing to say, and they keep on saying it.” Another apropos quote, “After all is said and done, more is said, than done.” Sadly, it’s a powerful force in this age of soaring rhetoric and sinking sincerity. God only knows the myriad of His creation that are permanently thwarted, still pondering whether to get involved in something bigger than themselves, or remain on the sidelines, where it’s safe but banal. It may be the better part of valor to cross that line, and suffer incalculable consequences, than to merely gaze at that line for the remainder of one’s life. One octogenarian remarked, reflecting upon his regretful life of inaction, “By the time I got it all together, I forgot what I’d hoped to do.”

Those who embrace their calling, find participation easier. In this pilgrimage, having a few close allies, compatriots, and likeminded souls, that one can count on, as reliable as the sunrise, and nearly as bright, whose word is their bond, is an unmitigated God sent blessing. Such a group of Patriots thrive at Libertysplace4Uwy.com Join us. Of those remaining, some friends, whose words far exceed their action, as one discovers their urges are more serendipitous than strategic. One must distinguish the difference before embarking on any endeavor requiring external help. Wasn’t it Plato who said, “Empty vessels make the loudest sound?” We’re all flawed, and miss the mark. None are exempt from the malediction to prattle. The question’s simple, “Where’s your sphere of influence?” Your fingerprints should be all over it. Enough fingerprints to indict you.

Maturity enables one to understand that commitment is doing that which one pledged to do, long after the indigenous impulse has taken flight. A missing piece of this puzzle is for one to avoid overcommitment. Nothing wrong with teaching one’s lips to utter a timely, “No!” Striking a balance between the intersection of one’s interest and calling. We may influence others, but we aren’t responsible for their actions. Shaming and blaming are short term, countervailing motivators.

It’s not a matter of economic prosperity either. Prince or pauper can take action. Apathy numbs the soul and shackles resolution. America needs fewer “life coaches” and more players. Superfluity of words are the oxygen of politicians, marketeers, slick prosperity preachers, and thespians. Jesus said, “By their fruits you shall know them,” not excuses or disclaimers. There’s no similitude between words and deeds.

Make no mistake. There’s a time for clear unambiguous words. Strong words. Noble words for noble causes. Righteous words and just words, that are directed at bullies, elites, or tyrants, who are hell-bent on intimidating those they know will cower, recoil, and retreat. A time for crossing swords. Tough words that must be backed up by resolute people, with tough responses, daring those who threaten ours, or others, individual Constitutional Liberty. Be prepared to defend those words. That time is now, and reminiscent of Jordon Peterson’s warning, “If you think tough men are dangerous, wait until you see what weak men are capable of.” We’ve had our fill of weak men.

John Greenleaf Whittier put it succinctly, “For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest of these, ‘It might have been.’” 19th century novelist, and author of “The Scarlet Letter,” Nathaniel Hawthorne urged us, ”Preach! Write! Act! Do anything, save lie down and die.” With a profusion of talkers, thank God for doers. We should do no less. This generation will mimic our behavior. What will they see? Liberty’s contagious, but not self-perpetuating. What do you think?

Mike Pyatt’s a Natrona County resident. His email’s mikepyatt44@gmail.com

Liberty’s Christmas Gift in August

Thanks to all of who attended Libertysplace4U’s Election Watch Night, on Tuesday August 16th, at the Hilton Garden Inn. It was a rousing evening of celebrating Liberty’s comeback in Natrona County. It felt more like Christmas to some of us. Absent a Christmas Tree, a fun time was had by all, with a chance for Primary candidates and supporters, to let their hair down, share campaign stories, imbibe, and watch election returns. It’s doubtful that the NCGOP Grinches were celebrating in such a festive manner at their downtown venue. The word on the street is that most of them got lumps of coal in their stockings.

Although the 2022 Primary is over, the results are still reverberating in Natrona County. Our hunch is the NCGOP elites are asking, “What happened Tuesday?” Simple. Liberty energized a new base of voters who love Liberty and Freedom more than loyalty to an elitist group, who are content with business as usual. There’s a price to pay for being tone deaf, complacent and nearly irrelevant. They’ve listened to their own voices too long in their self-designed echo chamber. We tried to tell them.

For many, it’s no longer business as usual, as confirmed by the turnout. We won’t endure them making the same old promises to represent us, and do otherwise. Bill Allemand, HD 58, Bob Ide, SD 29, Tony Locke, HD 35, and Jeanette Ward, HD 57, all first time candidates, endorsed by Libertysplace4U, ousted the GOP Establishment candidates, Pat Sweeny, Drew Perkins, Joe McGuire and Tom Mylar, much to their dismay. NCGOP icon Steve Harshman HD 37, was closely contested by Liberty candidate Steve Bray. If Harshman runs in 2024, we will target him for removal.

That’s not all. NCGOP staples, Rob Hendry and Paul Bertoglio were also ousted from the NC Commissioner’s roster. Top voter getter, Dallas Laird, whom we endorsed, vowed to shake up that formerly stagnate assembly. Liberty candidates also picked up a significant number of precinct spots in at least 13 districts. It’s apparent to us, that the NCGOP Establishment candidates were over-confident, and ill prepared to combat the overwhelmingly strong message of hard working, Liberty minded candidates, who would not be silenced this election cycle.

Secretary of State candidate Chuck Gray, prevailed over Tara Nethercott, the NC GOP’s darling, despite non-stop attacks on him by the media and her acolytes. What’s the message? The NCGOP machine didn’t deliver. And they know it. So does Liz Cheney, who was crushed by Trump endorsed Harriet Hageman.

Many know that Libertysplace4Uwy formed about a year and a half ago. We understood that the average Natrona County citizen’s voice was being ignored. After conducting 5 town halls we had a solid grasp on what to do. We ran or supported strong liberty minded candidates, who love Liberty more than themselves. The outcome of Tuesday night’s results, confirmed our intuition. Liberty trumped political melodrama this election cycle.

Final thought. We’re not resting on our laurels. Libertysplace4U is now planning for the 2024 Primary. No longer will Senators Jim Anderson and Bill Landen, or House members Jerry Obermuller and Tom Walters run unopposed. That’s not a threat. It’s a promise. We know what profile works, as we implement a strategy to identify, recruit and develop staunch Liberty minded, hard working candidates, who will challenge the tawdry narrative of the Establishment GOP, with a more vibrant message.

Join us. We’re stronger together than standing alone. Liberty isn’t self-perpetuating. It requires a force. We the People, are that force. Thank you for your prayers, support and encouragement, as we continue advancing Liberty in Natrona County, and beyond. Be confident we will strive to seek God’s Will in all of our endeavors. Follow us on our web page, and Facebook to discover what’s happening at Libertysplace4U. Your thoughts and opinions matter to us. Let us know.

Individual Liberty Under God,

Libertysplace4U Founders
August 20, 2022

2022 GOP Primary Endorsements

Libertysplace4U’s passion and purpose is to advance individual Liberty in our county, and beyond. To that end, it’s with measured gravity when we endorse a candidate for elected office. Whether it’s for the legislature, governor, commissioner, local school board, city council, or a seat on the GOP precinct, it’s our duty to properly vet each candidate on their merits, relevant background, stated purpose for candidacy, grassroots activity, and their unequivocal defense and support of the Life of the Unborn, Second Amendment, Wyoming and U.S. Constitutions, and the Bill of Rights. We need elected officials to say “No” to more taxes, spending, and the expansion of government.

Too, they must vigorously pursue principles of limited government and sound monetary policies, vowing to oppose entangling federal funds and grants that shackle liberty, and emboldens the careerist impulses of politicians who ignore our interest, in pursuit of their own. Like you, we understand the corruptive agents of apathy and failure to actively engage in the political process at some level.

That said, it’s obvious no candidate is perfect. All of us have foibles and shortfalls. However, it’s our opinion that the above parameters will permit our supporters to navigate the minefield of election, by exposing distracting rhetoric, and empty promises, to help avoid returning the same self-serving politicians to elected office again. Many agree this 2022 Primary Election will be a watershed event for individual Liberty. We solicit your opinions as we pursue our due diligence.

Our 2022 GOP Primary endorsements for Natrona County, the Governor and Secretary of State.

Governor
Brent Bien

Secretary of State
Chuck Gray

State Senator
Bob Ide SD-29

State Representative
Bill Allemand HD-58
Steve Bray HD-37
John Gudger HD-59
Tony Locke HD-35
Stan Mitchem HD-62
Jeanette Ward HD-57

Sheriff
John Harlin

County Commissioner
Dallas Laird

County Clerk
Tracy Good

Coroner
James Whipps

Goshen County Sheriff
Tony Goulart