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Exposing the “Born Again American” movement

May 22, 2009

I recently received an email asking me what I thought about something called the “Born Again American” movement.  This movement can be found at www.bornagainamerican.com and includes a very catchy song, the words of which can be found here.  Let’s take a moment to read them:

 

Just a workin’ man without a job
It got shipped off to China via Washington, D.C.
And I know I’m nothin’ special, there are plenty more like me

 

Just the same
I thought I knew the rules of the game

I stood up for this country that I love
I came back from the desert to a wife and kids to feed
I’m not sayin’ Uncle Sam should give me what I need

My offer stands
I’ll pull my weight you give me half a chance

 

I went up to a congressman and said to him “you know
Our government is letting people down”
He said he’d need a lot of help to buck the status-quo
I said there was a bunch of us around

 

I’m a Born Again American, conceived in Liberty
My Bible and the Bill of Rights, my creed’s equality
I’m a Born Again American, my country ‘tis of me
And everyone who shares the dream from sea to shining sea

 

My brother’s welding chassis at the plant
He’s earning what our granddad did in 1948
While CEOs count bonuses behind the castle gates
How can they see
When all they care about’s the do re mi

It’s getting where there’s nowhere left to turn


Not since the crash of twenty-nine have things been so unfair
So many of our citizens are living in despair
The time has come
To reaffirm that hope’s not just for some

 

The promise of America’s surrendering to greed

The rule is just look out for number one
But brace yourself ‘cause some of us have sown a different seed
A harvest of the spirit has begun

 

I’m a Born Again American conceived in liberty

My Bible and The Bill Of Rights
My creed’s equality
A Born Again American, my country ‘tis of me
And everyone who shares the dream from sea to shining sea

 

It’s clear my country’s soul is on the line
She’s hungering for something that she lost along the way
The principle the framers called upon us to obey

That in this land

The people’s will must have the upper hand

I felt the calling once before and took a sacred vow

And faithful to that vow I have remained
I hear the calling once again, my country needs me now
And to her cause I have been re-ordained

 

I’m a Born Again American conceived in liberty
My Bible and the Bill Of Rights, all people living free
A Born Again American, my country ‘tis of me
And everyone who shares the dream
From sea to shining sea
And everyone who shares the dream
From sea to shining sea
A M E R I C A

 

The website includes visual and written references to the Constitution and Bill of Rights and would appear to be intriguing to Patriots everywhere, right?

 

WRONG.

 

This is what I found:

 

Bornagainamerican.org is part of the umbrella group DeclareYourself  . This was obtained from the “About Us” tab on Bornagainamerican’s website.

 

DeclareYourself is in turn part of the umbrella group change.org . This was obtained from the “About Us” tab on DeclareYourself’s website.

 

The main causes promoted by Change.org include universal healthcare, gay rights, ending homelessness, animal rights and global warming, among others.  However, they also have much to say on the 2nd Amendment: the fundamental human right as enshrined in the Bill of Rights (a document Declareyourself.com claims to stand for).

 

Here are a few items from change.org as it relates to 2A issues:

 

#1 Mandatory criminal background checks for all gun sales

 

#2 Require responsible and safe gun storage for all firearms unless they are in the owner’s direct control

 

#3 Allow Law Enforcement to maintain and share critical “crime-gun” trace data

 

#4 Restore and improve the Federal Ban on Assault Weapons

 

#5 Repeal the Federal law giving Immunity to the gun industry

 

#6 Enact National Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations for firearms

 

#7 Create incentives for the gun industry to make “personalized guns”

 

Source: http://criminaljustice.change.org/blog/view/seven_ways_obama_can_reduce_gun_violence

 

Here’s another one:

 

We can impose strict restrictions on gun ownership and carrying without taking away a right. Background checks and safety classes aren’t too much to ask.  Source  

Another: I support strict gun control because our addiction to guns has had two centuries to work and it has not succeeded in making us safer. Each year, more than a half million legal guns are stolen. Putting more legal guns in circulation would only cause this number to rise. More guns means more gun suicides, more accidents. And the proposition that criminals will think twice before committing a crime because the victim might have a gun is preposterous. If that were the case, they would have already stopped committing crimes.

Source  

Another: For starters, we need to acknowledge the true cost of gun ownership in the country, and make sure gun owners foot their share of the bill. Car owners have to have insurance to pay for the dangers of driving. Why shouldn’t gun owners have to carry insurance in case their guns are used for violence?

Source  

Another: Say no to loaded guns in National Parks!

Source

Moral of this story?

 

Be very careful who you support among the tangled webs of those who would rob you of your humanity and hand it over to the state or collective, to do with as they wish.

 

There are many groups out there masquerading as Constitution-based, “take-back-your-rights” organizations.  Many of them are cover groups for leftist and/or statist activist groups.

 

Patriots beware.

 

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