Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A Unanimous Declaration




That's not true, really. The states were not unanimous on July 4, 1776 (the New York delegation abstained).* But the 13 states were far from united, and certainly not unanimous. While there was a lot of sentiment for a new independent nation, it is doubtful that a majority supported rebellion against the Crown to achieve it.

Yet the Declaration was vindicated by history as true enough. The citizens who supported the cause and the troops who avoided disaster and outlasted the British won the day and eventually the hearts (of most) of their countrymen.

Nothing of any great importance will be acheived without risk and without opposition.

As much as we hope for unity of purpose and unanimity about the course to take, it cannot stop our resolve to act when justice and human integrity are at stake.


When a person, or group, or a government stands against human rights and dignity, it is necessary to change it.

It was the radical, revolutionary idea that government ultimately serves the people that led these American patriots to challenge the world's most powerful empire.

They were patriots, not prefect. Their vision would lead successive generations of patriots to exercise their rights to secure still more blessings of liberty.

If I hear one more TV commentator claim to speak truth to power, I may gag. But it is time to speak truth to one another. Our nation is in crisis, and our liberty is under threat. May we have the courage to declare our resolve.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it…

* On July 15, the New York delegation received word that the New York Convention had adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 9th, and NY delegates signed the document with most others on August 2.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Where we stand

It seems that Vladimir Putin has won.


Of course he succeeded beyond any expectation in getting a destructive, impulsive fool into the Oval Office. He has diminished trust in American institutions and the integrity of democratic elections.

He has helped legitimize his own corrupt, brutal, kleptocracy by raising up a pale orange image of himself in a place which should stand for something better. He has elevated racism and fear to national values rather than cancers to defeat.

He profits from our descent into governmental chaos (although not as much as China, out of the garish spotlight). And no doubt he has gloated at his perverse genius in crippling a rival, while at the same time feeding his own narcissistic apppetite.

This Putin-assisted, self-inflicted national disgrace will continue week after excruciating, shameful week. Because we are obsessed and addicted to this All Trump All The Time train wreck of a too-real surreality show.

God help us to turn away from this, and towards the values which made America great.

Our better angels had a vision of respect for one another, of opportunity and fair treatment, of a society built by the people and for the people. It is time for us to make America great again.

Renounce evil. Turn to what is good. And that means turning to our neighbors, whether we agree or not. None of us can build that more perfect union. We once knew it took unity. Not unanimity, but a willingness to seek the shared good. We the people...