Category Archives: Historical Reference

Timeless Emerson

When chaos, like an all-consuming fog, makes its presence known, it’s good to have great wisdoms at hand to aid in righting your thoughts. I offer you a few of my favorites, all of which are from Emerson. Were it the case that these were all I were to have ever had the privilege to read, I’d have surely been the better, for what we consume becomes the image etched in the mirror.

“The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.”

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The Possibility of a Promise-Kept Remains

Regardless of the various faults we too frequently layer upon its design, the American Representative Constitutional Democracy is a thing of beauty. It’s ability to return to the Consenting Governed the possibility of a promise fulfilled is, in itself, a near perpetual promise-kept and one which must never be taken lightly; one which too few Nations afford their People.

The World watches the U.S. and once again stands still with amazement at how, despite our feeble appearance of shrewdness, we still manage to reveal to the world what may possibly be our single greatest attribute as a nation. Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political thinker and historian from the mid-1800’s, stated it best by way of the following two comments:  

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Clinton; redux LBJ?

“Gentlemen, I want you to know I’m not going to let Vietnam go the way China did. I’m personally committed. I’m not going to take one soldier out of there ’til they know we mean business in Asia…You just get me elected, and I’ll give you your damned war.” (Source: Oliver Stone’s “JFK”).

While it is not known that these words were actually (ever) used or that the conversation ever occurred however, LBJ’s acrid temperament was well know from as far back as his Texas origins along with his insatiable appetite for breaking norms, to the extreme in some cases, to affect his will.

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“Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission.” Andrew Jackson

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A Day for Every Day!

Strip away the glitter and colored lights, silence the guns that rhetoric ignites. The Christmas message is pure and sweet; love is a candle and you are its light!

Mankind is in a desperate struggle; the enemy is neither a devil nor is it a nation-state; the fight occurs between the image we indulge and the reality that is. One is simple, fashionable and transient while the other is what is absolute and seems so unachievable.

Love is neither fashionable nor transient, either simple or unachievable. It must only and ever be absolute and for this reason it must matter for if it is to be meaningful it must mean everything!

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