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When this committee issues its report, the public should vote on a bond initiative to fund it. The millions of dollars accumulated in our reserves should be spent on the types of infrastructure repairs and upgrades that an common consent items, entirely non controversial and individually each small ticket items. We have a backlog of these very important items that is waiting for years while we pile up money that can be spent without citizens approval. That is contrary to the intent of having reserves.
And a citizens committee for the upcoming review and revision of the CDC please.
All I'm saying is that as a nation our mission statement, our guiding principal is this; we are "dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal" (Gettysburg Address). It was with us from our beginnings and has been reinforced repeatedly in amendments to the Constitution and Supreme Court decisions. It is what we stand for.
Of course it has been a process of implementation, but gradually we have come far toward living up to that Ideal. Elimination of slavery was a big step. Full citizenship, votes for women, we have come far indeed. (Too far maybe, when children are told to use whichever rest room suits how they feel about themselves?)
And of course it has not always been managed well, plenty of violations, deliberately or by ineffectiveness our government, charged with protecting those rights, has at times failed to do so. But when that happens it is regarded as a failure.That is not what we wanted, not what we are about, we seek correction of the fault.
Never in history has there been a people who have tried so hard to promote human dignity and self determination. It is not an easy thing to do, indeed very difficult working against all the flaws, prejudices, selfishness, greed, zealotry, and other of the imperfections that have accompanied the human condition since our beginnings. But we have made great progress, and we continue to strive for more, and we will achieve more because we are so dedicated. It is that dedication that brings out the best in us, in countless examples throughout our history, the minutemen, the underground railroad, the heroes of flight 93.
It is fine to criticize our failures, indeed it is necessary, but let it be done with some balance, some acknowledgement of our successes, and above all the recognition that we are and will remain "so dedicated".
Great post Rhys, I read it to Holly and we both laughed till the tears rolled.
The real cause of the civil war could be said to be the North rebelling against Southern rule.
The South dominated Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court for much of the generation prior to the war. They repeatedly overturned policies designed to limit slavery, eventually even ruling that the Federal Government had no authority to limit slavery nor to allow the territories to. And the fugitive slave law made criminals of citizens of free states who offered any aid or comfort to escaped slaves.
Lincolns election characterized the Free States finally gaining significant traction in their resistance to these intolerable acts, which posed a real threat to that power, and the South seceded in response.
The exception is when a war is declared (by Congress, a legal war) then many rights are suspended, especially of persons suspected of giving aid and comfort to the enemy. This is why Congress should declare war on Radical Islamic Terrorists. Then we could shut down their training camps in the USA and detain those who are on the watch list (like the Boston Marathon bombers)..
Some peoples rights were violated, despite being protected under the constitution. But the fact that the protections exist is the point. Now we need to work on having the government do its job better. (Heaven help us).
The primary function of government is "to secure these rights" (Declaration of Independence).
Maybe we should contract it out to the private sector?
And that is the greatest aspect of our national government, the protection of the rights of minorities against the tyranny of the majority.
The question of a states right to secede had to be decided someday. The threat, quite credible, had been made by South Carolina a generation earlier. It was not acted upon because President Andrew Jackson made an even more convincing response to it that he would crush it with Federal troops.
States rights against Federal overreach are protected under the constitution by their ability to convene a constitutional convention without the consent of the Feds. Any amendments passed therein and ratified by the prescribed majority of states become the new supreme law of the land without the consent of the federal government, and are applicable to all states whether they like it or not, subject to enforcement by Federal force.
It could include an amendment allowing states to secede without consent of the other states or the Feds, but that is improbable. More likely, the other states would decide to protect the rights of (a minority) citizens of the seceding state from being forced to lose their United States citizenship.
I identify Joe's composition as revisionist because it minimizes or dismisses some indisputable historic facts (that the issue of slavery was a major factor leading to secession) while giving tremendous significance to other facts that do not carry that weight easily (that there were regionally based disputes over taxation and other economic issues), while maintaining that the publicly stated and widely supported goals (preserving the Union, arresting the spread of slavery) were mere cover for concealed malignant motives (destroying states rights and liberty to support special interests).
That fits one of the the definitions below quite completely.
"Historical revisionism is either the legitimate scholastic re-examination of existing knowledge about a historical event, or the illegitimate distortion of the historical record".
The other clue is the vehement, vituperative quality of the rhetoric, typical of a writer with an agenda to promote regardless of evidence to the contrary. The tone is bitter to the point of being hateful. That alone calls all claims made into question.
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