John Adams: “Where do we find a precept in the Bible for Creeds, Confessions, Doctrines and Oaths, and whole carloads of other trumpery that we find religion encumbered with in these days?” Just six years after the First Amendment became an official part of the Constitution, the U.S. Senate read (in the English language) and ratified a treaty with Tripoli which included in Article 11 the following assertion: “The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion” (John Adams, 1797, Hunter Miller, ed., Treaties and other International Acts, 2:365). via Thomas Jefferson.
“What influence in fact have Christian ecclesiastical establishments had on civil society? In many instances they have been upholding the thrones of political tyranny. In no instance have they been seen as the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wished to subvert the public liberty have found in the clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate liberty, does not need the clergy.”
- Religion and the State Governments (Religion and the Founding of the American Republic, Library of Congress Exhibition) (yumaprogressive.wordpress.com)
The financial crisis of 2011 is a victim of “No Leadership”. Everyone crises foul, everyone knows the potential outcome, and yet the three major parties; Senate ,House, and President lack the ability to communicate to the American people in a meaningful way.
Let us begin with the president. He has not yet communicated what the budget should be. He has said on numerous occasions what he does not want. That is not leadership. Being President of the United States requires some leadership by laying out a plan and having the guts to see where it goes. President Obama should have led 4 to 6 weeks ago.
The Senate does not lead, at the current moment, if they had a plan where was it? Senator Harry Reid and Senator Mitch McConnell spoke about giving the president temporary authority to end the debt crises. Senator McConnell’s idea is a violation of the Constitution. Only the House has budget authority. It appears that so far the country is losing ground due to a failure of “Patriotic Leadership”
And then, the Republicans give us Cut, Cap, and Balance. Do I believe all Republicans are ideologically blind to the danger of defaulting on our debt? No! But being adamant on not raising taxes on a select few, or dealing with millionaires who make money on hedge funds, or even looking at the huge corporations that can afford a per cent of their earnings go into eliminating the debt is not being prudent. Cutting items from the budget requires skill, cooperation, and a balance so that the social programs such as Social Security and Medicare are not cut. Can they be modified or adjusted? Yes. Perhaps looking at who receives Social Security benefits and their eligibility. One idea, eliminate dependent children from receiving a parents Social Security for school when the adult is alive and receiving it. Another way to help is end full retirements for members of the House and Senate.
Capping expenditures should be tied to the requested new taxes. The new taxes cannot be used to pay for existing or new expenditures. Taxes must be used only for debt payoff. Streamline all Congressional and Executive committees unless specific to the protection of the people.
Balance Budget Amendment is a non- starter. It is only an ideological and philosophical argument that is not practical in world finance. Those individuals that think that we are above paying our bills or not meeting our debts are nor very Patriotic to the Nation as a whole. They are holding the US hostage in order to make a political statement.
This country demands better. WE are a Republic and the country must become Progressive in a way that is beneficial. Progressive in the future must be what our founding fathers wanted Republicans of a Republic.
The American people no longer know the history of the creation of the United States of America. The various purposes for creating the colonies ranged from religious to penal. The citizens of the colonies were of different nationalities. However, England was the catalyst which created America by providing citizens, laws, security, and a wealth of knowledge from which our forefathers could draw. It is this same mother country, who provided so much, that would eventually ignore its citizens rights under law and tradition that would force the Declaration of Independence.
Today, we don’t teach our students, children, adolescents, college or adult meaningful history because of political correctness, multiculturalism, or it just is ‘t convenient. Since history and government or civics go together we need to put much more emphasis on the value of being a participating citizen. Our youth know more about jail house lawyers and Miranda than what made us who we are.
The states today have tried to be all things to all people. That of course is what we the people wanted, and we are now having to pay the bills. Our national government is no better because it is reflective of we are. Our politicians in our state capitols and in Washington are also representative our of history and government taught since World War 2. None of the current elected nor potential elected presidential candidates can be called statesmanlike. They have no sense of history.
The word Democracy is thrown around like some cape that will save the day. It is a political process just like any other with its faults and imperfections. The people are its own worst enemy, but it could be its saviour. We have forgotten that we live in a Democratic Republic and ultimately our representatives should be held accountable, but are they NO! Though our nation is too large for a pure Republic we need to review the roles and duties of what it means to live in a Republic to better deal with the cronyism, bias, and downright dishonesty of our elected officials It was Madison’s hope and belief that the National Government would be able to manage the factions and limit the damage that could be caused by unrestrained Democracy. The Republic would be the instrument to control prejudice, religious fervor, and those elements parochial to a state. The idea of the states being foremost was disturbing to Hamilton. States-Rights was and is a non starter it should not be a subject of discussion.
During the past decade, Congress has repeatedly demonstrated a precedent of deceit and blatant dishonesty which should have alerted the American public. But, this is not the case, if anything they have fed into it with their petty name calling, ethnocentric fear, religious zealotry, and general lack of knowledge of what makes us great. We have fought a war in two diverse countries with equally diverse cultures who are predominantly Islamic in faith. And yet we have politicians who really have no clue as to the ultimate cost to our own men and women and to the cultures we impacted. The men in uniform understand. The frenzy of war has added to the fears, and politics of today. Because the people have forgotten that they are the sovereign party in this Republic they have shirked their reponsibility to hold their representatives and senators accountable.
Today, a scandal is potentially brewing because Justice Clarence Thomas has questionable ethics. Those ethical questions concern a Mr. Crow, the us of property, and the receipt of money by Mrs. Thomas. A sitting justice should be beyond reproach. Again how many Americans are aware of the problem or even care. How many house members care let alone know the historical or Constitutional ramifications.
We have elected officials who believe they know better than the electorate, in some cases they probably are right. But, I have problem when that same politician is willing to allow corporate america to dictate the voting on key issues in Congress. Since when does a Congressman owe his soul to the corporate world? Since the voter has abdicated his responsible stewardship of the country. Both political parties Democrat and Republican are part of a design to limit damage and allow for stability within the concepts of the national government envisioned by Madison, Jay, and Hamilton. Corporate America has essentially become so powerful that the institutions of government are handicapped by the politicians who only have one master business. Do the politicians play to the public and the voter ? of course they do. They appeal to the petty fears and scapegoating tactics that will divert the voters attention from the important issues of the day.
The Democrats have looked at social issues as something that only money can solve. The Republicans on the other hand need a social conscious. I wish that both were honest, but they are not. It is time to reflect on the debt of the Nation, be honest about medicare and Social Security, and stop telling the public the world is ending. The Republicans need to compromise by looking at those of wealth in a realistic manner and not in a vacuum. Hedge Fund billionaires and millionaires don’t provide jobs to average Americans. Why can’t they pay taxes? What about a true evaluation of the entitlements and a tax increase on those who make income beyond that which put Americans to work. Corporations need to be studied and evaluated on their profit vs work return ratio.
The Tea Party is a Republican proxy. Though many members are of many views and opinions the Tea Party was c0-opted, just look how the GOP has usurped the party.
It is time for a new Progressive one that can pull the parties, factions, and political elements together; to form a compromise, to control big business, and begin to slow return to the vital elements of what a Republic is and what Madison, Hamilton and Jay envisioned.
America where have gone? You are still there, our citizens are just not being taught. Your history is flawed, but our children need it to know it. We do not need to teach American history or literature politically correct. We do not have teach that we are nine nations according to geographical location or that we multicultural. Our cultures have always been diverse, and we have assimilated. We will grow as a nation as we have in the past, but we must educate our young on our history, our government, and the role of the Constitution, the Federalist Papers. Madison, Hamilton and Jay gave us foundations to build our nation.
We must always remember, We do not have a distinct culture, We are the people of the United States Constitution.
The Supreme Court in June 2011 ruled by a margin of 7-2 that the State of California was inconsistent in claiming that it was acting on the behalf of parents, but then letting parents decide if their children could use violent games. The Supreme Court had an opportunity to reign in media violence at the expense of violating the premise of the First Amendment.
I suppose the idea of a Democratic Republic is just what it says, the technology, rights, and politics of the day have changed America. The preamble “Congress shall make no law” is the vital element to the First Amendment. Being in a Republic first ensures that the sovereignty of the people is protected and that the idea of Freedom of Speech did not necessarily protect the speaker or writer only the speech itself.
The history of the many fairy tales we tell today were not meant for children when they were written. They were meant for adults. Grimm’s Fairy Tales, the songs of the plague, Oliver Twist, and so on illustrate the vast history of life and of course the horrors that comes from mens as well as women’s minds.
The idea that the legislature of California can perceive itself a parent violates the premise of our Constitution. That is why Madison and many other Federalists were concerned about the lack of discipline and the potential for the states to give into political disarray and petty laws. Why can’t the parents assume that role in society.
The role of the Supreme Court clearly defined the First Amendment once again.