First a question: Have we grown tired of our independent thought? Do we prefer instead to expand the distance between the refuge of freedom favoring instead the shadows of antipathy and the growing rigors of rabid autocracy? For a Nation that claims to be freedom-loving it seems an appropriate question!
I observe a growing resentment toward liberty and along with a reluctance to assert and preserve it; the ever-expanding bureaucratization of self-government, once held sacred now viewed as a petrified relic playing host to the necrotic ambitions of self-entitled elitists; a truly pagan and hypocritical animus.
“The incidence of political hypocrisy destroys the fundamental tenants of freedom under the guise of their preservation; turning the very mechanisms of its heritage into barriers which suspend its occurrence.”
I find it appropriate and timely that we should attempt to focus on what could be the cause of this offense (that is if you are compelled to possess one). Better still we might ask why should we? What is the underlying theme that should compress one into acknowledging that which you have in common with another? I find the answer to these questions composed in yet another both of which appears to have been set aside by progressive trends: What why makes it all matter? What exactly is this notion often referred to as the American Ideal? I believe it to be best described by the word of Thomas Jefferson:
“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….”
Some will, and I believe reasonably so, hold Jefferson’s words shallow and somewhat opaque in light of his own personal failings (principally on matters of slavery and I ask that we suspend the discussion on this point to another time; painful as the subject’s irreconcilability may be I do believe it can be explained) however I observe him to be the quintessential and archetypical emblem of both the perpetual demands of a cause worth perfecting and the greater fact that in many ways the very same character flaw (as Jefferson’s) continues to haunt us to this very day; in part both as support of the perfecting work that remains and as demonstrated by certain entrails of the political establishment and academia who view, collectively, these American Ideals as blatantly contradictory and unachievable – the predictable and conveniently crafted ruse of the tyrannically-minded who favor the unbridled efficiency of dictatorial routines and for those who suspend acts of conscientious objection in favor of personal gain – which is just beyond what I would classify as a synthetic justification.
To understand and truly grasp the significance of Jefferson’s words one must first retire themselves to his underlying orientation. Jefferson understood that these Ideals where not mere prescriptions of mankind instead they uniquely identified him. Further still, Jefferson intimates an attribute that assert a far greater ambition without which all the might follow from the former would be utterly meaningless: the sanctity of Conscience.
To the mind of Jefferson mankind was not an incidental being or a coincidental occurrence; it was not possible for him to view man separate and apart from that which created him and Jefferson would oft refer to this presence as the “Divine”, “the Father of us all” or as the “Creator” who endowed his Created with the very essence of his likeness (spirit); that sacred part of every human that one thinks of as a conscience, a personal ballast or compass. Jefferson, to his credit, would refuse to accept this likeness (to the Creator) as a function of religious doctrine or, using todays parlance, as a political theocracy however he would see a strong moral compass, tethered to Natural Law, as an absolute extension of the Creator and thus, of course, an essential and non-severable attribute of Man. This, these attributes, is what Jefferson was speaking to when he penned the term “unalienable” or as one my think of as the non-severable attributions of mankind; I believe, in the following quote, one will find the entirety of Mr. Jefferson’s opinion on the matter:
“How soon the labor of men would make a paradise of the whole earth, were it not for misgovernment, and a diversion of all his energies from their proper object — the happiness of man — to the selfish interest of kings, nobles, and priests.”
Without the sanctity or sacred domain of one’s Conscience the entirety of the Declaration’s purpose would be utterly meaningless thus rendering Jefferson’s hope of releasing man to the “freedom of the mind” unachievable in the face of tyrannical rule; in truth it is the core doctrine, the what, that binds each to the American Ideal and the singular and corporal element as to the why the and the U.S. Constitution, as an extension of the Declaration of Independence, is written as it is and intended to function [only] within its prescribed domain specifically because it is extension, a perfecting force. Further, it is to the why the Bill of Rights are absolute and a critical operational component dedicated to one single purpose; a specific and deliberate assurance to the consenting governed of an equally specific and deliberate prohibition: that Government must NEVER be permitted to violate or impose upon an unalienable or non-severable rights; not ever. To violate but one permanently demeans all others; a fact that most Americans, their Presidents, Members of Congress and Supreme Court ignore with debilitating regularity.
Many a fragile and shallow mind have referred to the “separation of church and state” argument as a defense against the non-secular penetrating the public domain selectively parsing Jefferson’s own words as a pliable offense:
“I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendency of one sect over another.”
“I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.”
It is important to consider the creative and selective abuses these words might propagate when under the control of feral brain-matter particularly if one avoids the qualitative value of context. Jefferson was speaking to the institutions of religion and their doctrine and, as mentioned previously, he would recoil at the thought that his words would be ceremoniously distorted so as to imply that the moral canons of the Creator, or as he would also refer to as “Natural Law”, amounted to nothing more than cheap political slogans.
“[I consider] ethics, as well as religion, as supplements to law in the government of man.”
For decades your Government(s) (Federal & State), whether you choose to believe it or not, have been engaged in the gradual degradation of your most fundamental unalienable right; the wholesale sanctioning of your unalienable right of Conscience and Freedom of the Mind and each of us, every American, is responsible for allowing this process to occur. Yes, it occurs in subtle and equally specious ways creeping gradually up and through the spine of our spiritual culture; the core attribute of the American Ideal and the following, in no particular order, are but a few of the more conspicuous examples:
- Restraint, usurpation and diminution of ones unalienable right to economic reward and property ownership.
- Restraint, usurpation and diminution of ones unalienable right of conscience.
- Restraint, usurpation and diminution of ones unalienable right to freedom of movement and privacy.
- The increased use and imposition of regulatory actions which impose the minority view upon the non-consenting majority.
- The permissive accommodation of global economic ambitions which place the unalienable right of the individual to the position of a subservient tenant.
- The use of Government action/sanction endorsing the taking of a defenseless life.
- The permissive sanctioning of immigration for political and economic purposes which both create a national economic and social burden, weaken the social standing of the immigrant to that of a near slave-class endangering the growth, expansion and enrichment of the American Ideal.
- The use of U.S. Military and National resources in maintaining a perpetualglobal war-footing.
- The contamination of the U.S. Election process and by extension the political process such that the representative processes of government are, at best, ineffective.
If one were to take a few moments and read the entire Declaration of Independence I believe you will find a striking similarity with the points referenced herein and the various offences registered by Mr. Jefferson against the British Monarchy; striking indeed.
As I’ve said many times before:
“Man must be free for independence to be at liberty to be expressed.”
The truth of this statement will never change as will the imposition, by anyone, upon an unalienable right never not be evidence of tyrannical influences. Still we need to be reminded that that Freedom and its expressing vehicle, Liberty, is accompanied by an implicit burden, a command if you will, that when practiced appropriately demonstrates a faithful exhibition of conscience:
“Though you may be free to act you may not be morally or ethically at liberty to do so!”
Our next and greatest challenge is to muster the courage and the fortitude to teach this principal by and through our own actions and to express our influence when another fails to do the same.
In the end, I believe the Ideal is worthy of our very best efforts; We, as Individuals and Us, as a Nation are a cause worth perfecting. This Nation’s founding mirrors the cause of all Mankind; the perfecting of the Creator’s Created in the likeness of his Devine ambition; and I can think of nothing more perfectly worthy than that.
After all, you are the What why makes it all matter so magnificently!
Curtis C. Greco, Founder
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