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by Jim Mortellaro
Saturday, Sep. 17, 2005 at 6:22 AM
If Jeffery will permit ... here is my take on America the Beautiful and America the free.
America. Now known as Amerika. Also changed is the old conundrum, "Land of the Free and Home of the Brave." It is now referred to as, "Land of the Fee and Home of the Knave." Let us explore the first of the issues in that statement. Uh, the first one. Freedom.
Freedom. It's what the blacks (then known as Negroes) wanted. And they wanted it now (Actually, they wanted it then). They received freedom. Achieved peacefully. Not from rioting. Want is one thing. Need is another. And when the difference between 'need' and 'want' is learned ... when the difference between ask and demand is also learned, then and only then will there be no violence among our population's haves and have not's. Perhaps the rest of us should take a lesson in that battle for freedom.
Speaking of course, strictly for myself.
The absence of necessity.
The absence of coercion or constraint.
The liberation from slavery.
The liberation of restraint or from the power of another.
Now, given the definitions by my friend Merriam, and please remember that Merriam and I are just friends, I ask the question. "Are you free?"
I know what my answer would be. No. Not in the strictest definition of the word. On the other hand, under the aegis of our Constitution, the Constitution of the United States of America, we should be free. One may therefore conclude that barring some error of definition by Merriam, we ain't!
I suppose therefore that our Constitution is no longer the law of the land? Notice I wrote that as a question. Sort of a rhetorical question, too.
Please allow me to explore the other word. Brave. Home of the Brave.
So sorry, but Merriam is not that clear on the definition. However we do intuitively know the word's meaning. Brave. Something we used to be. No longer. We were brave when we began our adventure in government. With the writing of our Constitution, early Americans began something which had never before been done. That would be to create a great document which was meant to create a great nation; a nation which was given in that document, the ability to change in order to meet the challenges of change.
But what did we do with that document? We slowly began to ignore it. We've become a nation without much of a Constitution and the fault rests with we the sheeple. God blessed this country with every advantage to become and remain, not only a great power but become and remain, the best place on this planet to live and prosper. We destroyed even that. And we did it through our elected representatives, believing every lie they told us, believing every dot on every 'i' and much more. We believed it all as children would believe a fairy tale.
The net result? Our Constitution becomes a fairy tale.
The brave people, our Founders, recognized more than the rule of law and the challenge of change. They recognized the reality of faith in God. Read the Constitution. It is written in a language _everyone_ may understand. And it is filled with references to the Almighty. In fact, it was written by men who in spite of their foibles, had one thing in common. Belief in God, in a Creator. And having faith in Him, knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, that their Constitution was righteous.
We do not. We are becoming a Godless society. We've lost faith in God and in ourselves. We've placed the burden of responsibility on our elected officials, not on ourselves. And having done this, lost both God and our freedom, God, our freedom and our sense of duty as citizens.
We are now lost and until we find renewed faith ourselves and faith in God, we will sink lower into the abyss of failure as a people, as a nation and as a society of citizens. We are doomed to failure.
My one prayer is that I do not live to see the final hour of our American culture and heritage, the Constitution. A living document now being examined and found to be dying. The cancer is we the sheeple. And it is eating away at our vitals.
Sad but true. You know it to be so. But too many of you are too proud to give in to reality. Besides, reality is something we watch on TV and in the movies. It ain't real if you can't see it acted out.
Die in agony but at least rest in peace. American suicide, replete with weapons of mass destruction. Our own hands.
Jim Mortellaro, AKA, Morty
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