WITHOUT MEMORY, we are lost. Without memory, there is no sense of self, whether an individual or a nation.
Knowledge is the foundation of the
Many love the idea of
The country’s birth certificate is a document of dissent. It should be well-known to every citizen,
particularly by one who cared so much about an Other's birth certificate. Surely, the one making such a fuss knows the significance of the nation’s.
The end of the country’s birth certificate is wedded to the Constitution which begins: “WE THE
PEOPLE…” The Preamble lays out markers by which WE THE PEOPLE measure our progress toward a shared destiny. Thus, the only time “I” appears is in the oath to uphold the supreme law of the land; the “I” acts on behalf of the “WE.”
The pillars in the oath, to “support and defend the Constitution…against all enemies, foreign and domestic”—invaders and traitors—are akin to the columns in the Temple, Yakin and Boaz, which were to establish strength. The foundation is the God of truth. (Deuteronomy 32:4, Isaiah 65:6, Psalm 31:5) “If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.” (Numbers
General Washington was in the field with his troops. But one day, the gentleman from New York will have an asterisk beside his name, which is ironic because he has never placed his aft at risk.
President Washington warned of foreign influence. The gentleman from New York, the draft dodger and a certified sissy, embraces it. Washington warned of “the impostures of pretended patriotism.”
The gentleman from New York wraps himself in the flag, giving new meaning to “the last refuge of
a scoundrel” as he wows the-more-patriotic-than-thou-crowd.
The benefit of the doubt cannot erase “high crimes and misdemeanors.” They are “those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.” (Article II, Section 4 & Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers, No. 65)
“Responsibility is of two kinds--to censure and to punishment. The first is the more important of the two, especially in an elective office. Man, in public trust, will much oftener act in such a manner as to render him unworthy of being any longer trusted, than in such a manner as to make him obnoxious to legal punishment.” (Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers, No.70; emphasis added)
Corruption comes by degrees through an opening created by falsehood. Instead of an orb, obfuscation is the object casting a shadow and causing “a total eclipse of the facts.”* Nuance--shaken, twisted, beaten, and run through with a sword--is tossed overboard tied to an anchor, which some manage to downplay.
We study history to remember who and what we are. Thus, we celebrate Independence Day.
But we also study history to avoid making the same mistakes repeatedly--whether our own or the
mistakes of others.
“The Holocaust did not begin with killing; it began with words.”^ And those despicable deeds transpired where Fatherland or H_ _ _land was apropos. But they did not happen all at once. Friends were forgotten before they were drowned, and now phrases face the same fate.
The Founders met in the Continental Congress. They created a Continental Army, a Continental Navy, and the Continental Marines. GIs, at that time, were called Continentals. John Adams was the head of the Continental Board of War and Ordnance. George Washington was the Commander in Chief of the Continental Forces. In peacetime, Alexander Hamilton, Receiver of Continental Taxes, which were placed in the Continental Treasury, pushed for a Federal Convention in a series of newspaper articles entitled “The Continentalist.” And after writing the Constitution, the Framers wanted candidates for the Presidency to be “continental characters.”
H_ _ _land is an alien term. It is a place for a particular ethnic or racial group, a place where “blood and soil” makes sense.
By definition, a nation of immigrants cannot be an H_ _ _land. For alien words and alien ways can corrupt and lead us astray, and they can, ultimately, destroy our freedom. Thus, a Fourth Reich, under pretext of an emergency, can separate children from their parents.
The history of the American Republic is defined by means and ends, and names given or titles
bestowed must strive for such balance. Those who used Continental have a better record of forming and maintaining the Union--another word preferred by the Framers, as was country and nation--and their example should be followed. Therefore a constitutional phrase provides the proper name for the most recent Cabinet post--the Department of Public Safety. (Article I, Section 1, Clause 2) Surely, self-styled “conservatives” and “strict constructionists” will lead the way.
Treason is the only crime defined in the Constitution because it is a threat to the life of the Republic. That is why Confederate monuments are objectionable, which self-styled “conservatives” or “strict constructionists” should understand. “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” (Article I, Section 3, Clause 1) Thus, treason cannot be rewarded; and traitors do not make precedents.
*https://youtu.be/tFhy72RR74o [CNN, Don Lemon, “a total eclipse of the facts”]