In early December, UCA Founder and President Casey Robertson had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. and deliver a speech beneath the shadow of the Washington Monument.
The speech was one of many given in the nation’s capital on December 12, as thousands of patriots rallied there in support of freedom, liberty, and our constitutional electoral process.
In the latest Citizen Responder podcast episode, now available on Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, or here, Casey and the UCA crew who traveled with him to D.C. share details of their adventures, opportunities, and occasional mishaps had along the way. One such mishap led to the last-minute improvisation of Casey’s planned speech, video of which will be posted here on the UCA website soon.
For now, the full speech text is available below:
Violent is the new peaceful. Darkness is the new light. Evil, the new good.
2020 has been one for the history books. Riots. Violence. Destruction of businesses – not just by cowardly, lawless “PEACEFUL” protesters but by an overreaching government reaction to a virus. Toppling of monuments and the erasing of history. Fear mongering, leftist pandering, openly Marxist factions terrorizing cities and threatening the peace and safety of citizens across our country. Vulnerable manipulated youth yelling out “F the Police”, “F you, racist”, and ignorantly believing Socialism is better than freedom. Big tech and monopolistic media using control of information to make sure we are only told the story that THEY want us to hear.
And then there’s our beloved constitution. We are watching as it is slowly dismantled by elected officials who whore it and themselves out for votes. Those who do have no love for America nor respect for our inalienable liberties – just an insatiable appetite for power. Freedoms that protect our speech, our worship, our families – our pursuit of happiness – all hang by a thread as we stand by, perhaps feeling helpless to save them.
I have felt helpless myself at times, wondering what in the world I could possibly do, or how I could even begin to push back against this tidal wave of darkness and destruction. I began watching with horror this summer as places like Minneapolis, Seattle and Portland seemed to almost embrace the takeover of their cities by these terrorists. I’ve felt frustrated, disappointed, furious, tired, overwhelmed, confused, wondering where, when, and how our silent majority could or would ever stand up and let these politicians and these far left terrorists know that we have had enough.
Then … it happened.
On June 29, I was no longer watching this nightmare unfold two or three states or hundreds of miles away. I watched in horror as so-called “peaceful” protesters blocked an intersection and then shot a driver in his vehicle as he attempted to flee from the mob that had surrounded and attacked him. This was no longer some distant scene of terror playing out on a TV screen in my living room. This was real life. My back yard. The violence had arrived in my home town.
In a moment that would alter my path in ways I could never have imagined, I made two seemingly inconsequential but life-changing posts on social media: One to my personal FB page and one to a local yard sale group. I publicly declared that I was sick and tired of helplessly watching the violence and destruction unfold around our country and I was ready to stand up and do something about it. I invited anyone and everyone – basically a bunch of strangers – to join me the next night in Provo, Utah, where that same violent group was planning to protest yet again. We would show up in numbers and show up in all our second amendment glory, and make sure they knew that if they tried a repeat of the night before, they’d have hundreds of pissed off Utahns to deal with. I was blown away when nearly 300 patriots showed up and stood with me. That night, Utah Citizens Alarm – UCA – was born.
In the weeks and months that followed, we would continue to show up at protests when we believed that violence could erupt. BLM hated us. The media hated us. Violent thugs hated us. The police? LOVED US. We immediately started a Facebook group that grew to 20,000 freedom-loving members in a matter of just a few weeks. I began to see a greater need and develop a broader vision for how UCA could have the most positive impact across our state in terms of community safety and preparedness.
Despite this positive vision and desire to keep our state safe, UCA has faced unrelenting opposition from day one. Our members have been doxed and threatened. From local newspapers and newscasts to international radio shows and even the Washington Post, the media has painted us as the big, bad, evil bullies – and BLM and Antifa as the poor, innocent victims of our hatred. I have personally been labeled a racist, white supremacist, hate-monger, and bigot, as have many of our members. Our faces have been plastered on the social media pages of BLM protesters. And then, proving that big tech and media are conspiring to silence patriotic, constitution-loving voices, our Facebook group, public page, Instagram account and personal accounts of our admins were shut down without warning and without recourse. Why? All because we have a problem with destruction of businesses and burning of cities and violent demonstrations and are willing to do something about it.
The good news is, we are still here and we have no plans to disappear any time soon. The loss of our social media may have been a temporary setback, but it could not take us down. We are strong, determined, America-loving, freedom-fighting, anti-rioting, anti-violence PATRIOTS. We will not be deterred and we will not back down. We have established teams of citizen responders by region across our state. We provide training in all areas of defense and preparedness. We work to build and maintain positive relationships with local law enforcement. We have a political committee working to introduce legislation that will bring violent protestors to justice and hold lawmakers and politicians accountable for their refusal to arrest and prosecute the bad players in these terrorist organizations. As we look to expand and help communities across the country to build a similar line of defense, we are now known as UNITED Citizens Alarm.
Gary John Bishop said, “A force of nature is what happens when what you say and what you do come together.”
In just five short months, because one average, fed-up guy decided enough was enough, without meaning to, and sometimes wondering what the hell I’ve gotten myself into, I sparked something that has become a force of nature. A group of patriots to be reckoned with. Patriots like you. You – every one of you – is a force of nature. You are here today, putting action behind your words.
157 years ago this month, the well-known poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow traveled here to Washington, DC to be at his son Charley’s side. Charley had been severely wounded fighting in the civil war, and was facing possible paralysis. Prior to this, Henry’s wife had died suddenly and horrifically in an accident, leaving him as the widowed father of five children. Henry was in the depths of despair. His grief was unbearable; the pain of the war and his son’s injuries was taking its toll on him. He was feeling none of the hope and peace that we try to enjoy this time of year. It was his overwhelming sadness on Christmas Day that prompted him to write the poem that we now sing as the carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” The poem was replete with gloom and despair. But ultimately, he turned his eyes and ears toward God and ended with these words:
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep,
God is not dead nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.
I’d imagine that Mr. Longfellow felt about as beaten down by life as some of us have felt during 2020. We can relate to the sense of helplessness and heartache he must have felt as he watched his nation fight against itself. But my friends and patriots, I am here to tell you that God is still very much awake and alive. He is in each one of you who are standing here today in support of the country that you love. He is in our beloved constitution and the freedoms granted to us directly by Him, through that inspired document. He is in every patriot, young and old, who has stood hand-over-heart pledging allegiance to a flag that may be tattered, but still waves as a symbol of a blessed nation. As long as we the people are awake, ready to stand in defense of our liberty and our constitution, He is not dead and he does not sleep.
Our inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness cannot and should not be taken away by the government, because the government never granted us those rights to begin with. We were born with those rights and cannot be separated from them. Any group, organization, individual, or government entity who would destroy those rights and our constitution are not of God. It is not only our privilege to defend it, but our duty. It won’t be your governor, your mayor, your city councilman, or even your president who will rescue your constitution and preserve your freedoms – it will be YOU, and YOU, and YOU, and ME, with God’s help.
If we believe that our constitution is divinely inspired – and I do – then we are doing God’s work in protecting and preserving it – and if we are doing God’s work and living righteously then God is on our side. We may lose a battle or two along the way, but His truth, justice, and power will be with us and in the end, darkness WILL fail and light will prevail.