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Brett's Blog Archive: Monday, June 13, 2022 - The Tug of War Exists

Published in Blog on June 13, 2022 by Brett Sterley, State Director, Convention of States Missouri

There’s a common theme that runs throughout literature and cinema. You’ll find it in classic works like Shakespeare’s Hamlet and in any of the Star Wars movie franchises. The tug of war – the struggle between good and evil – exists. 

George Lucas’ original Star Wars storyline pitted The Rebellion against The Empire. Softer characters like Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker battled ominous foes like Darth Vader and The Emperor. Compared to the Empire, the Rebels were poorly equipped and woefully outnumbered. The Empire possessed mighty weapons like the Death Star and sinister powers like the Dark Side of the Force. To survive, the Rebels were constantly on the move – hiding in remote locations and obscure areas of the galaxy until the Empire found them. The Rebellion would strike the Empire from time to time, inflicting some damage only to face a more powerful weapon in the future.

Until one day, the Rebels were tired of running. One day, they decided to stand and fight on offense. They’d done their homework; obtained information about the Empire’s weapons, and considered possible ways to defeat them. The Rebellion learned of the Empire’s vulnerabilities and focused on destroying it. If the Rebels could strike at the right time, with the right weapons, with the right tactics and with the Force as their ally, good actually could triumph over evil. 

Those parallels exist to what we’re experiencing today. 

Those of us who’ve been fighting for liberty for some or all of our lives might be able to relate to the Rebels. We’ve been pushing back against tyranny here and there. Sometimes, we make some progress only to have the State take back ground or move in other areas. The State is a formidable force. It has the instrumentalities of government, the bureaucracy, most of the media and pop culture. It appears to be better equipped, better trained and more organized. 

But, is it?

As James Madison wrote in Federalist 51:

 “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither internal nor external controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this; you must first enable the government to control the governed and then in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

Government is absolutely necessary. What we desire is to return to a government structure in accordance with the Constitution. A government of, by and for We the People.

We’ve gained knowledge of the true vulnerabilities of a tyrannical government. It’s vulnerable to Absolute Truth. The State tells us that boys can be girls and girls can be boys if they decide so. The State tells our kids that their best friend is actually their enemy because they have a different skin color. The State tells us that human life is a choice. The State tells us one person cannot be successful unless another is unsuccessful. The State tells us we cannot leave our homes unless we wear an ineffective mask. The State tells us we should not have access to healthcare services unless we get a shot. 

We The People are pushing back and it’s encouraging institutions to do the same. For instance, we see the Archbishop of San Francisco denying Nancy Pelosi Holy Communion due to her pro-abortion stance – something that should have happened long ago. The Church is beginning to engage in cultural issues because We The People are. Self-governing citizens are the catalyst to returning the United States to the principles described in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. 

The Convention of States Project is a catalyst to this revival. We the People are leading a spiritual, political and cultural revolution in America. We must adhere to Absolute Truth and boldly advocate for liberty to be successful.

Article V in the Constitution gives the people a chance to face an overreaching government. Make sure to get involved and stay involved in Convention of States.

The struggle is not over. May God give us renewed strength and continue to guide and bless our efforts. 

In liberty,


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