Voice of the Revolution
by Ernest Hancock
How would a modern day “Declaration
of Independence” manifest itself? In what form would we 'submit to
a candid world' why we must 'acquiesce in the necessity' and denounce
what has happened to America? I'm sure that I am not alone in such
For the Fourth of July I had planned to
share my thoughts on the past year and a half and what I thought
would be the legacy and future of the revolution between the ears of
the American people that has been sparked by the Ron Paul Revolution.
I had also wanted to talk about the deteriorating condition of the
U.S. Economy and how I thought we might prepare ourselves. I made
notes to include comments about many things.
And as American society is drastically
and rapidly changing as I write this I wanted to ask if those of us
that understand what is happening, and why, should feel any
obligation to others for having prepared ourselves financially and/or
emotionally. I had planned to go into detail about a conversation I
remember having on my radio show with a caller that asked what role I
would play when the final collapse of the American economy manifested
itself. I wanted to share my thoughts about our primary obligations
to our families and the ones that we love, and why we face many of
the same challenges the colonists of the 1770's had as we seek to
secure a better life for ourselves and our children and
But I seem to always be the optimist
with the ability to find a positive and productive use of my time.
My wife and I visited the National
Archives in April of this year to view the original Declaration of
Independence. I was moved by the experience, but I was also saddened
by the condition of the document itself. The temperature and the
lights in the hall were very low to help preserve the document from
further aging, but the document was barely readable. Even the large
signature of John Hancock had lost its impact in its faded condition.
I guess after over 230 years I shouldn't have been surprised.
The Declaration of Independence has
always represented America far more to me than any other American
icon because it clearly defined what those Americans wanted, how far
they were willing to go to achieve it and why they deserved it.
Liberty wasn't a request, it was a demand.
We may have been presented with another
opportunity to make such a clear “Declaration of Independence”
while remaining peaceful.
A week ago I was approached by two documentary film makers to
participate in the making of a documentary about the r3VOLution that
supported the message championed by presidential candidate Ron Paul.
I suspected that such an effort would be the result of one of the
most important movements in American history, so I was prepared to
ask several questions.
I'm certain that many of us involved in
the freedom movement over the past 18 months have thought about the
power such a documentary might have. But my first concern was the
motivation behind such a project. Is there a desire to accurately
tell the story, to spin the story or to maximize profits? I've done
what I could to evaluate the offer and I'm ready to share what I
think I know and how I am willing to participate.
The working title of the documentary is
“Voice of the r3VOLution”. The title evolved from my discussions
with the producers and their chosen director. This documentary is of
great interest to the film makers for many reasons. The subject
interests them personally, but the greatest trait is the fact that
they have the attention and interest of investors that see the
potential for a great deal of money to be made with a release date of
mid October of this year.
To secure funding they needed a
commitment from me to participate in the making of the documentary. I
am willing, but those that know me are not surprised that I would
have many questions about who would fund such a project and what
control they might exert.
Without the funding from people I
trusted to have the truth told I was reluctant to get too deeply
involved. Any effort to use my name to endorse this documentary
without my being comfortable with the final result wasn't an option.
So a compromise is being formulated. I understand their need for
immediate funds to cover their immediate costs to begin production to
make their aggressive schedule, but using investors with a minority
interest has reduced my concerns. We have enough agreement so far
that the project can begin under the following conditions.
They have begun the process of creating
the LLC for the film and are constructing the website now in such a
way that this film is truly “The Voice of the r3VOLution”.
VoiceoftheRevolution.com & VoicesoftheRevolution.com have two
separate functions. “Voice”... will be the promotion of the
Documentary and “Voices”... is the interface for all of the
r3VOLutionaries to provide all of their input on the making of the
film so that this documentary is truly a product of the r3VOLution. I
suggested that an opportunity for individual supporters to help fund
the effort (Chipins) be available In fact this was one of the
requirements that I had. I am still negotiating the publishing of the
entire budget. All of us will be asked to provide graphics, original
music (they are reviewing many submissions of music now), raw video
and suggestions of those individuals that should be interviewed to
provide the most accurate portrayal of what happened and why.
I asked that the entire process be open
to us all and that portions of the film be made available online as
they are completed for our input and evaluation. I know that many may
see this as risky and time consuming but those of us that have
benefited from an 'open source' culture in this movement will
understand this to be a very efficient way of making certain that
this documentary is another success in a long line of successes for
those of us that have learned to trust each other when we are allowed
to express ourselves without restriction.
The site will be up very soon and it
was just today that we have agreed to move forward together with the
understanding that the people involved in the movement would be able
to participate. In fact I was able to convince the film makers that
this was the most effective and cost efficient way to accurately and
quickly tell this important story.
The film editing will begin within days
from what I and many others have here in Arizona. The first weeks of
the r3VOLution were recorded here in Arizona so we have enough to get
them started. In addition to this editing there is the film work that
has to explain the history building up to the beginnings of the Ron
Paul Revolution, and why. This provides us the time to accumulate the
best of what each of us has to offer without delaying the start of
production. The director will be traveling to Washington, D.C for
the RevolutionMarch where several of the individual interviews will
be done and he'll get his first personal experiences of what is
happening and why.
It was agreed that the web site would
list all of the main campaign events/debates/conventions in
chronological order so that all submissions could be tagged to
correspond with the event or project. Details like names, dates,
events, time markers (where to look on the tape) and other
information about the raw footage supplied will follow a format
provided by the director to be considered for submission.
Now you know as much as I do.
I did my best to make it very clear the
people associated with the r3VOLution will make it very clear of
their endorsement/rejection of the final product. And that any effort
to “spin” the film into anything but an accurate representation
of the facts and the motivations of those involved would meet great
But if the movie was supported,... then
this movie would be “The r3VOLution's Declaration”.