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...advance governance of the United States as a Republic effectively exercising the powers enumerated and implied in its Constitution as written and amended. I promise to conduct all my civic and political efforts on the premise that we are not enemies, but friends, whose bonds of affectionate citizenship must not be broken. I promise to listen to the mystic chords of memory stretching from the graves of young Americans encircling the globe to every heart and home and touching the better angels of our nature to swell a rousing chorus of unity. I promise that I will advocate policies and... (more)
As of 7 July 2011 C E, the federal government of the United States, faces a crisis of a magnitude and severity it has rarely encountered. A serious and responsible citizen much less a patriotic citizen might ponder the question, “How did it come to this?” A recent and ongoing media frenzy that illustrates how distracted and even debased our culture has become sheds light on the answer.
This titillating, sensationalized media madness is usually called coverage of the “Casey Anthony Trial.” While the federal government slouches toward Gomorrah in the phrase of Robert Bork that cultural... (more)
What a great Fourth of July this is shaping up to be. Right here on BrooWaha, Julian Gallo, Life Riddles, and Firkroy have written articles that remind us all of how fortunate and joyous we should feel to live in the nation whose birth was announced 235 years ago today. As Julian says, "Some will reflect on the actual meaning of what today is supposed to represent and know how fortunate they are that they were born and raised here in the United States of America and not Afghanistan, Iran or any other nation that is now a cauldron of violence and oppression." This observation is in harmony with... (more)
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)
...5, 1955, “My friends, we are certainly very happy to see each of you out this evening. We are here this evening for serious business. [Audience:] (Yes) We are here in a general sense because first and foremost, we are American citizens, (That’s right) and we are determined to apply our citizenship to the fullness of its meaning. (Yeah. That’s right) We are here also because of our love for democracy, (Yes) and because of our deep-seated belief that democracy transformed from thin paper to thick action (Yes) is the greatest form of government on earth. (That’s right)
O beautiful for glorious themes Our history’s refrain, Despite so many tragedies, We strive ever to attain. America! America! Truth shed Its grace on thee, And seed your lands with helping hands From sea to shining sea.
O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life. America! America! May Truth thy goals refine Until all success be nobleness, And every gain sublime.
O beautiful for heroic deeds Where stunning valor shines, A testament to freedom’s needs, That stirs our hearts and minds. America! America!... (more)
Are we sitting on the sidelines, or
Are we really in the fight -
Helping people raise their voices altogether Black and White?
Are we teaching civil rights
Doing more and more
Like Mississippi in the summer of 64?
Can we learn from Mississippi
When hatred burns today
Can we keep that dream of Martin's from ever fading away?
Are we stepping up and speaking out, or
Do we turn the other way
Are we living truth or living lies when hatred burns today?
Are we standing firm for justice, and
Doing all we can... (more)
When our would be leaders play tricks with the truth,
What will become of the idealism of youth?
If facts are not honored but subject to choice,
How will we ever speak with one voice?
If those appointed to know raise an alarm in response to the test
While elected rivals dismiss their concerns as a jest,
What will become of our country, our children and all of the rest?
Any of us with a smidgen of sense see the peril that looms,
However, partisans prevaricate in crowded speech rooms.
As economic catastrophe hurtles our way,
“Perhaps the time has come to state the obvious.
The people who have been selling claims that President Obama is not American — the Donald Trumps, the Orly Taitzes, the miserable state legislators hawking their snake-oil laws insisting that presidential candidates prove their citizenship — are mostly a pack of racists. In the cases where they are not, they are shameless opportunists perfectly willing to exploit racism for their own personal benefit, proponents of a second Republican “Southern strategy.”
And let’s not give a pass to the 25% of Americans who a... (more)
...with al-Qaida or its imitators. They would and have denounced terrorists’ plots and actions. More importantly, they are Americans and by solemn bond of Constitutional provision and civic value; they are entitled to full equality before the law and all the privileges and immunities of citizenship. Any infringement of their rights as citizens endangers the rights of us all.
Some may object that James Madison and his contemporaries did not fully implement the lofty principles they so well articulated. This is true. Nonetheless, this merely demonstrates the humanity of the... (more)
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