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Some

By Caballero_69, published on Jun 25, 2011

Some cautiously stand for nothing.

Some bravely fall for something.

Some claim to know it all and remain forever clueless.

Some admit their ignorance and have the chance to learn.

Some act with craftiness and gain a rascal’s name.

Some act with candor and gain a sterling reputation.

Some shirk their obligations and garner only dust.

Some meet their responsibilities and gain enduring trust.

Some incessantly do wrong and live in dread of discovery.

Some resolutely do what is right even when unobserved.

Some see their duty and... (more)

Tags: learning, legacy, truth, courage, commitment, integrity, reputation, glory, fame, keeping faith, candor

Seven Civil Values

By Caballero_69, published on Jun 24, 2011

The call for civility should not be construed as a call for timidity. The wrongs that need righting require courageous opposition and forthright denunciation. The problems that need solving need bold thinking and determined action. This does not mean, however, that people who differ from us and who proclaim their disagreement candidly merit insulting or threatening or defamatory responses or characterizations. Civility actually refers to a style and kind of behavior that is distinctly important in a Republic. It denotes the behavior characteristic of citizens who understand and fulfill this... (more)

Tags: life, society, republic, virtue, civil, well-being, right action

Patriotically Speaking

By Caballero_69, published on Jun 23, 2011

A motto is defined as an inscribed sentence, phrase or word that describes something’s character, purpose or intended use. Alternatively, a motto is a short expression of a guiding principle. This article uses motto in this latter sense.

"On July 4, 1776, our first Independence Day, the Continental Congress passed a resolution authorizing a committee including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams to research and devise a National Motto as well as a seal for their new Nation. On September 9, Congress gave that new Nation a name, calling it the "United States". During that... (more)

Tags: tolerance, unity, future, faith, principle, religions, citizen and official responsibility

Erato Nyx

By Caballero_69, published on Jun 19, 2011

She glides in beauty through the night.

She reveals endowments, which excite.

She engorges us with sound, with scent and sight.

Be there men with souls so dead

They never to themselves have said

We crave this being of magic bred.

In times of old far in the past

She rose from foam men’s hearts to grasp

She wrung from them a yearning gasp.

Oh, vision of glamour, desire, and youth

Who rends not with fang, nor claw, nor tooth

But with wile and smile and scorching truth

Please hear our plea and soothe our plight

... (more)

Tags: love, inspiration, desire, passion, longing, beauty, fulfillment, charm

Waves of Freedom

By Caballero_69, published on Jun 17, 2011

In early June of this year, I retired from teaching. This was a happy time because it meant I would be free of the demand and distractions of every day employment and I could turn my working hours toward writing my book A Republic If We Can Keep It and articles, poems, and other items for BrooWaha and elsewhere. It was also a poignant time, because to some extent I was going to introduce degrees of separation into my relationships with an extraordinary band of professionals. All of these exemplary women and men were by their ages, young enough to be my children. All of these wonderful people... (more)

Tags: youth, friendship, crisis, unity, commitment, hope, change, activism, struggle

Patriotically Speaking

By Caballero_69, published on Jun 16, 2011

This column will look at political events, trends, and developments in the United States at the national and state levels from the perspective of one who claims to be a real American and true patriot. In order to write such a column and make such a claim, a decent respect for the intelligence of one’s readers requires an explanation of what such a perspective is and is not.

Geography does not enthrall a patriot’s spirit, nor does a patriot’s spirit venerate real estate above principle and purpose. A patriot does not honor senseless violence, insufferable arrogance, or repulsive callousness... (more)

Tags: patriotism, citizenship, ethics, civics, purposes, principles, promises

Nobody's Body but Hers

By Caballero_69, published on Jun 14, 2011

Two recent developments show that a nation “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” has a long way to go before full civil rights and civil liberties and complete human equality applies to its female residents and citizens in the minds of many. One of these is a growing protest phenomenon by the title Slut Walk. This began in Toronto, Canada, and has spread globally. The other calls itself, Personhood USA and its “primary mission is to serve Jesus by advocating for pre-born children.

The inspiration for Slut Walk is a remark by a Toronto... (more)

Tags: sex, humanity, women, pregnancy, equality, reproductive rights, sluts

Egoistic Fraud and Capitalistic Vainglory

By Caballero_69, published on Jun 11, 2011

With most profound gratitude to Hurricane Dean for exposing one of the vital components of the contemporary struggle for the soul of the Republic, this article explores the deceptive and destructive ideology used by reactionary politicians and commentators to corrode and corrupt the moral fiber of the electorate. The modern source of this delusive outlook is Ayn Rand. Though primarily known as a novelist, Ms. Rand expounded an alluring philosophy she called Objectivism. As she explained it, philosophy had five components: Metaphysics, Epistemology, Aesthetics, Ethics, and Politics [http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_intro].

... (more)

Tags: politics, democracy, capitalism, altruism, rights, morality, citizenship, ideals, ethics, vision, egoism, sacrifice

The Third Confederacy

By Caballero_69, published on Jun 7, 2011

“If the Confederacy fails, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a Theory.” Jefferson Davis: http://EzineArticles.com/1410827

"We feel our cause is just and holy; we protest solemnly in the face of mankind that we desire peace at any sacrifice save that of our honor and independence. We ask no conquest, no aggrandizement, no concession of any kind from the states with which we were lately confederated; all we ask is to be let alone; that those who never held power over us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms." Jefferson Davis: http://EzineArticles.com/1410827 American... (more)

Tags: politics, patriotism, culture, government, american history

A Patriot's Progress

By Caballero_69, published on Jun 6, 2011

The path of one’s life often seems a long and winding road when one pauses to take stock and reflect on where one has been and what one has undergone to arrive where one happens to be at a point in time. What seemed to be only severe trials might appear upon reconsideration as mysteriously bestowed opportunities; setbacks and shortfalls as they viewed in the instance might now reveal themselves as safe harbors?

When one embarks from the City of Destruction and meanders toward the Celestial City, one undergoes a process of growth and development. In this context, where one started and... (more)

Tags: politics, patriotism, growth, destiny, development, commitment, the constitution, the republic

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