Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Binding Aspirations

 

In my 72 years, the only America I’ve ever known has been an imperfect America. But, it has also been the least imperfect nation on earth across all of those years. So, the America which I have seen, and which is portrayed in our history books, is not a perfect nation, but a maturing nation. Indeed, America has clearly demonstrated her willingness to grow beyond previous mistakes to a better national condition. For that reason, I still find it very easy to deeply love, respect, and admire this somewhat “warted” ideal that is America.


Unlike some in our more naïve generations, I do not require a new American penance which insists on reaching far back into our history to cleanse our national soul. Rather, I more reasonably require that the nation merely presently exhibit an orderly and systemic responsiveness to its own higher good. And since, except in the unhinged minds of our more radical citizens, that is, indeed, the case, I remain devoted to this nation and her traditional pursuits: Personal Freedom, Personal Prosperity, and Personal Goodness. 

Before these times, those simple pursuits were considered noble. It was largely unheard of that Americans would willingly embrace an idea where government was to become our daily and detailed overlord. Rather, the typical American intent was to remain as free of government interference as possible in our personal pursuit of happiness. 

Nor have Americans previously been intimidated, shrinking from the competitive nature of Capitalism. Rather, they typically chased its broadly available treasures. And, history proves that vastly more often than not, they won them. 

And traditionally, Americans have always, ultimately, embraced the right thing – moved by the reality that it actually was that. It is only very recently that we have fallen so far as to allow the pretentious and angry cursing’s of violent street mobs to stand as a thoughtful conscience. 

Freedom, Prosperity, Goodness – a nation doesn’t bring such noble aspirations to its citizens. Its citizens bring them to the nation. But, in these troubled times, too many American citizens no longer traffic in such treasure. May God help us.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Washington's New Color, "SCOTUS YELLOW"

 Recently the Supreme Court ruled that the President had no standing regarding fraud in the 2020 election.  How completely lame.  It is impossible for me to imagine a circumstance where the President of the United States would not “have standing,” on any issue which he chooses to raise - based in the sheer gravity of his office.  So, sadly, my cynical side now suggests that there are more sinister forces than mere legalities at work within the present high court.  And, in that case, I think the court should be reminded of what has ever been a defining American ideal.  It’s “courage.” 

 

            Our soldiers, our first responders, and the vast majority of our ordinary citizens all regularly face down life’s most fearful intimidations.  They choose courage to be the ideal which first defines them.  They do not typically even attempt to conveniently invoke some such cowardly approach which suddenly makes them mere spectators to life.  Rather, they insist on being people who very purposefully attempt to shape life for the better – every day – come what may.  I am, today, so profoundly sorry that this present court is apparently not cut from that same cloth.  

 

            In fact, all but the most naïve among us, now know that The American Republic was mortally wounded on November 3rd by seditious political criminals who very methodically corrupted our election process.  And, they have now done so with impunity, thus insuring they will repeat their formula in all future elections. 

 

            As a result, the failure of our republic is now completely imminent – though it would seem that most, even now, have not comprehended that reality. But, the nullification of its election process is the sure death knell of even the most vibrant democracy. Elections then become merely a way to legitimize unending dictatorial power.  And, this is what has been essentially achieved, in this 2020 election by these seditious criminals. 

 

            Nevertheless, at this critical moment in history, the court has chosen to make America’s Lady Justice “blind,” in a new and very ignoble way.  To my eye, her blindfold no longer signifies Fairness – but Cowardice.