The Citizen Sentinels Network began as a basic initiative of the “We the People” – patriots, pilgrims, and prophets – a grassroots network of volunteer, citizen-journalists. The Citizen Sentinels Project has grown into a network of affiliated organizations intent upon promoting and protecting patriotic, conservative, and Christian ideals, principles and values within the political arena. We are the people, and whether we have taken an oath of office, or not, we are dedicated to the best of our ability to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.
The Citizen Sentinels initiative of “We the People” – patriots, pilgrims, and prophets was a continuation of efforts made by volunteers in Dr. Ben Carson’s presidential campaign of 2016. The volunteers were involved in several ways during his campaign, and after the campaign terminated, a core group of these grass-roots volunteers sought to continue the intent and essence of Ben Carson’s campaign to educate citizens on Christian / conservative / patriotic ideals, principles, and values. Additionally, we sought to stimulate activism in the pursuit of implementation of such ideals and values in the political arena..
By 2018, the Citizen Sentinels Project has functioned as a legitimate grassroots network of volunteer patriots for three years. “We the People” writers, as well as affiliated authors and connected online news sources, provide pertinent patriotic, educational and promotional information to tens of thousands of people across America through the Citizen Sentinels Network newsletter, which is distributed weekly and monthly.
Citizen Sentinels special projects provided support for worthy conservative causes or help for worthy candidates in 2016, not long after Dr. Carson voiced support for Donald Trump. The former Carson volunteers found worthy candidates or causes in California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Texas and Washington state. In such an initial forray, some success was reaped. Jim Banks of Indiana was elected as a member of the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, other citizen-candidates did not fare so well in 2016, or in 2018. However, Mike Braun of Indiana won his primary and is facing a tough race against Democrat Joe Donnelly.
In 2018, the Citizen Sentinels has grown to become a viable volunteer organization that is also seeking to work in coalition with other organizations or networks to work towards common goals — and especially in electing conservative candidates to public office at any level. The Network volunteers will continue to initiated projects to support political candidates who demonstrate values aligned with the ideals embedded in the Declaration and the Constitution. Volunteers will continue to extend their efforts to help in their local areas to voice appropriate political support, or to join or support worthy conservative causes, or or to provide assistance they are comfortable with, in order to help worthy candidates for office at various levels of government. As citizens of the United States of America, we are dedicated to promote, protect and preserve our Republic.
The Citizen Sentinels Network embraces the conservative and Christian ideals, principles and values as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. “We the People” embrace the core values expressed in the American Creed by William Tyler Page:
“I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people, by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I, therefore, believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”
The Citizen Sentinels will remain vigilant and vital to the adherence to and the preservation of those self-evident truths proclaimed by America’s Founding Fathers: “We the People” are endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights– Life, Liberty, and the freedom to Pursue Happiness (essentially the more sacred virtues)– needed to retain the Republic.
The Citizen Sentinels engage in a two-fold mission: 1) to provide education to promote, protect, and defend the ideals within the Declaration of Independence, our God-given rights as delineated in the Bill of Rights, and bedrock principles embedded in the Constitution of the United States of America. 2) to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution to the best of our ability as American citizens, whether we have taken an oath of office, or not. To further this mission, “We the People” identify, encourage, and substantially support “public- servant” minded, dedicated citizen-candidates and causes which will inject foundational values into the political arena and which will secure the practical implementation of those ideals in existing and future government institutions.
The Citizen Sentinels Network embraces the vision of returning the Constitutional Republic to its original foundation as “One Nation Under God.” We envision a future in which all American citizens will hold the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence to be sacred and divine and will practice those truths in order to retain a civil and just society. We envision that the embrace of Christian ideals and conservative values will produce practices that energize a nation of people who would honor and live by those ideals and values. We seek to inject those values, principles, and ideals into individuals who will exhibit “public- servant” oriented behavior and the leadership skills of citizen-candidates and those seeking public office. We envision returning America to the original blueprint of the nation as designed by God and the Founders. We envision many citizens rising up and being unafraid of reclaiming U.S. government institutions as the government of “We the People,” by “We the People,” for “We the People,” to become “One Nation Under God.”