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“We Surround Them” Tomorrow

I just wanted to remind you that tomorrow, March 13, at 5:00 eastern time on Fox News, Glenn Beck will air his special called “We Surround Them.”  It’s a big day and you may want to participate.

If you believe in at least 7 of these  principles and values.. you will certainly want to tune in.


The Nine Principle
1. America is good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

12 Values

  • Honesty
  • Reverence
  • Hope
  • Thrift
  • Humility
  • Charity
  • Sincerity
  • Moderation
  • Hard Work
  • Courage
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Gratitude

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

You Are Not Alone

Source: This is courtesy of Glenn Beck and can be found on his website.

Groups are getting together in groups all over the country to participate in this event.    I’m going to watch it in the privacy of my own home so I can concentrate and hear everything that is said.

There is a lot of talk going on in the blogging world promoting this event. The Journalista Chronicle is one of them.

Till Later


Insightful Nana

P.S. Join me and many others tomorrow for “We Surround Them”  aired at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.  The show is on Fox News.

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Unite Or Die – We Surround Them

I was introduced to the Unite Or Die woodcut when I recently watched the full mini series of John Adams… which I watch many times and loved it.  Originally, the cartoon appeared along with Ben Franklin’s editorial about the “disunited state” of the colonies, and helped make his point about the importance of colonial unity. During that era, there was a superstition that a snake which had been cut into pieces would come back to life if the pieces were put together before sunset.   The cartoon has been reprinted and redrawn widely throughout American history.


Several  weeks ago… I happened to be listening to the Glenn Beck show when a disgruntled caller complained that he was discouraged about the state of affairs of the country.  He expressed that the principles and values he believed…  seemed to be no longer valued.  Glenn assured him that many people still hold true to good principles and values and promised this man he would prove it to him.


Thus the “We Surround Them” project was born. The old Ben Franklin woodcut has be slight revised as a symbol  of  Americans who want to unite and defend good principles and values.   This is a non-political movement.  It’s just a group of Americans who want to voice their conviction,  that good principles and values are still held in high esteem,  no matter which political party they belong to.  I invite you to take at look at  the “We Surround Them” project and see what you think.  If you agree with at least 7 of the outlined principles, send your photo to fox news.  Instructions are on the site.

On March 13th, the “We Surround Them” project will be unveiled on the Glenn Beck show on TV at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time… which means 3:00 p.m. Mt. Standard time… where I live.

I was not politically active during the last Presidency… even though I did a lot of complaining.   During this past campaign, I promised myself I would take an more active role in the democratic process.  I have e-mail my congressmen and senators in regards to the stimulus package… and I will continue to add my small voice when and where I can.

Again… take a look and determine whether you care to participate.

Till Later


Insightful Nana

P.S. Don’t be shy…. some time it takes lots of courage to stand up… and Unite… or Die.

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Has Common Sense Gone Out The Window?

Has common sense gone out the window?  “Common sense” values was pretty much the theme of Glenn Beck’s address at UVU on Saturday night.  I have to admit… I’m a Glenn Beck follower.  Sometimes, I have to turn him off when he gets ranting a bit because he just wears me out…. but for the most part… I enjoy his point of view.

He was here in Utah to receive the Pioneer In Leadership Award from BYU and UVU.  He addressed his audience, begging us to come back to a “common sense” point of view and make “common sense” choices. He encouraged us to stand up and fight for the “old values” that made this country great.

For instance, it doesn’t take a genius to know that if your spend more than you have… you will pay the piper down the road.  That’s true for the government, as well as individuals.  Bailing companies out by a method that creates debt is crazy and will have devastating consequences down the road.  Who’s benefiting from all of this bail out?  Not the common man… but he will end up paying the piper.

We can get so caught up in what is considered “politically correct,” that we buy into ideas that are just plain stupid.

Some schools are being encouraged to not correct papers with a red pen because, red is a strong color and might hurt the child’s feeling?  Blue is too passive… so purple is the right color because its made up of red and blue.  This information comes from a color specialist. And… just what is a color specialist?

While we were waiting in line to get in, my friend Patsy and I entered a into a discussion with a couple who have just moved here from Boston.  They told us of some real stupid things that are going on in the East. Now that Gay Marriage has been passed in Massachusetts, there is a push for schools not to use language that might create bias.  No more “Mr. and Mrs”… No more “Mother and Father”.  The term, “Parents or Parent” is the acceptable word now.  Books, such as “King and King”… are being brought into the classrooms and libraries.  No more of this “King and Queen” business.

I agree…. Where is common sense?

Beck is not encouraged about our immediate future… no matter who wins.  However, one candidate will create more devastating consequences than the other.  But, he feels… in the long run the American people will rise up again to their full potential when they embrace the same values our founding fathers did when they established this nation.

In the meantime… he suggested we gather our families tightly around us… stand up for sound principles and values… then hang on… because the journey is going to a very rough one for awhile.

All I can say about Glenn Beck is… he’s passionate about his mission.  I have to admire that… whether I agree with all that he says or not.  All of should be as passionate as he is and perhaps we could really change what’s going on in the world.

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S.  I am going to vote next week.  But, I have to admit… I have knots in my stomach.  I’m afraid we’re going to see “Common Sense” thrown out the window.  I just wish we had other choices… other than the two that are running.   How in the heck did we get here anyway!

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Glenn Beck Book Signing

Did I meet Glenn Beck? Yep… I did. I went to my first book signing… ever… and I met him. I hadn’t meant to do it…but somehow I just ended up there after attending the 4th of July Balloon Fest, the Freedom Festival Parade and lunch at my daughter-in-law’s folks home. I guess I was feeling pretty patriotic.

My home is close to the University Mall, where Glenn Beck was signing his books at Deseret Book. As I drove by…I thought… “I wonder if there’s a crowd lined up to have books signed?” Sure enough there was a line… a very long line… spilling out the door of the store and down the sidewalk for several blocks.

I rolled down my window and ask someone in the crowd if the line was slow… or moving fast. “Moving very fast.” someone said. Just so happened that a car pulled out of a parking space right in front of me. And, of course, I read it as a “sign” to get out and join the crowd. Couldn’t miss a chance of getting a good parking spot.

I soon found myself in line with all the other folks… waiting to see this guy and get his “John Henry” in a book. I enjoy this guy’s radio show… but sometimes he scares the living daylights out of me… and some of the time I don’t entirely agree with this politics. But, since I don’t like to miss out on things… there I was.

As fast at the line was moving… he was gracious with everyone… even with those who insisted on having their photos taken with him, although that was against the “rules” that were written on a paper handed to us as we entered the door. I’m not always a “rule” keeper… but I respected this one.

Judging by the fact there were 3 police officers standing very close to Glenn… along with his personal body guard, tells me Beck has a few enemies. See the big guy with the tan shirt on… Yep… he’s the one. His eyes roved the crowd continuously. When Beck took a break… his body guard latched on to the back of Glenn’s shirt. “Don’t mess with us,” was the clear message.

It really is too bad that a point of view… even radical point of view… can’t be expressed without stirring up so much hate and vengeance that you would have to secure a body guard to protect you. After all… it’s just an expressed point of view! I happened to respect the fact that “Freedom of Speech” still reigns in this country.

A Liberal, I’m definitely not… nor am I a far right Conservative. Is there such thing as a Conservative Moderate Conservative? If there is… that’s me.

Now that I have my book… my signed book that is… I guess I’ll take the time to read it. Hmmm… looks pretty good.

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. Glenn Beck is almost young enough to be my son… I don’t like that. Can I protest?

P.S.S. Did you notice his “John Henry”… No wonder the line moved so fast.

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Glenn Beck at Americas Freedom Festival At Provo

Last night, I went to hear Glenn Beck speak at the “Patriotic Service” sponsored by America’s Freedom Festival at Provo. My friend, Pasty, gave me a call and persuaded me to attend… (I usually avoid large crowds.. but made an exception to my rule… and I’m glad I did.)

The evening was filled with singing… emotion… good speakers… emotion… a wonderful band… emotion and emotion. I have to tell you… my heart was full, and I couldn’t help my tears from flowing freely along with thousands of others… including Glenn Beck.

World renown operatic singer, Michael Ballam, treated us all with beautiful renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner,” “God Bless America,” My Country Tis of Thee,” and several other patriotic songs. We even sang along with a few. I remember learning those songs in elementary school… so every word came flashing through my mind as clearly as if I were back sitting in Miss Hiatt’s second grade class. Do teachers still teach those songs to the kids?

When the band played the “Theme Song” of each of the military divisions… Navy, Army, and such… the former vets stood. I look around and noticed a”World War II” vet standing especially tall… at attention… and my heart said, “Thank you for your service.” Bawl… Bawl.

Glenn Beck seemed to be especially emotional and didn’t refrain from letting the tears flow down his cheeks as he reminded us that “Freedom isn’t free.” It takes us… as the people… to wake up and pay attention and recommit ourselves to do, as the founding fathers did… pledge our lives, our fortunes and sacred honor to be the new bearers of the country’s sacred trust.

I have a tendency to be a little cynical when it comes to “Washington,” and I grumble about going to vote… wondering if it will make any difference. But… voting is something I do because, it’s an opportunity few other countries have.

Beck said, “People are dying in the desert to have just a small piece of what we take for granted everyday. We just have to remember who we are.” I do remember… I remember what it was like to land in San Fransisco, arriving from main land China… and wanting to hug everyone I saw and kiss the ground.

Flag Day Glitter Graphics

With Beck’s encouragement, I renewed my appreciation for the freedom I enjoy in this country and made a commitment to myself not to grumble.

Till later,

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. I just loved hearing the band play “Stars and Stripes Forever.” In my minds eye, I could see myself marching and twirling my baton on the front lawn of our home…for the neighbors…hmmm…the boys… the Stars and Stripes blaring in the background. Don’t you just love the piccolo? What a blast!