TD 3: Rick Green – Duty, Honor, Country: Preparing for Battle

“We need a generational mindset to restore and protect our nation’s future.” – Rick Green

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Rick Green, of Patriot Academy, joins Garritt Hampton to share invaluable insights into the challenges and rewards of raising children with strong moral and civic values, especially in today’s postmodern world driven by moral relativism. We also explore his dedicated efforts in educating citizens through various initiatives, including a focus on the constitution and the role of family defense. Rick discuss the weakening of traditional pillars like duty, honor, and country in institutions such as West Point, linking these changes to broader cultural shifts.

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The Honorable Rick Green is a former Texas State Representative, a lawyer, and a successful entrepreneur who has built several businesses from the ground up.

His goal is to help America become salt and light in every area of life and to understand America’s Godly history and foundation. He currently travels the nation speaking for WallBuilders, teaching on the U.S. Constitution, and founded the Torch of Freedom Foundation and Patriot Academy. He resides in Dripping Springs, TX with his wife, Kara, and their entire family.

Recommended Resources:

Patriot Academy

The Founders’ Bible (NASB)

Rick Green – Teaching the Constitution to Preserve our Nation!

A Reason to Hope – Rick Green

Alex Newman – Death by Indoctrination: The Role of Education in Shaping Global Strategy

Biblical Citizenship – Rick Green, Part 1

Biblical Citizenship – Rick Green, Part 2

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Discussion Questions:

1. How does Rick Green reconcile the concept of armed self-defense with biblical principles, and what Scriptures does he use to support his views?

2. Rick Green discusses the importance of lasting values and principles in military training. How have changes in military policies over the last decade impacted the quality and morale of military personnel?

3. Rick Green touches on the concept of “force multipliers.” Can you discuss how individual actions can magnify effects in the context of civic engagement and cultural influence?

4. The discussion highlights the decline in the promotion of values such as duty, honor, and country in American society. What are the potential long-term effects of this trend according to Green?

5. Rick Green and Garritt Hampton share their experiences with homeschooling. How do they believe homeschooling contributes to instilling a sense of duty and preparedness in children?

6. Rick Green emphasizes the importance of community support and shared commitment to restoring national values. What are practical ways individuals can build community and contribute to this cause?

7. Rick Green is critical of how justice is currently being undermined in America. What reforms does he suggest to restore principles of blind justice and equal treatment under the law?

8. The episode ends with a call to action for involvement in the civic forum. What steps can listeners take to become more actively involved in their local and national political spheres?


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