United States of America, In Name Only

We the People founded the United States of America “in Order to form a more perfect Union”.  Some say we’ve been largely successful, some say we’ve got a long way to go.

Those with the bully pulpits say we never can succeed.  Not unless they re-write the Constitution and eliminate the Bill of Rights.  Not unless they remove the names, statutes, and paintings of the Founding Fathers.  Not unless they adopt a different version of history, an unquestionable version.  Not unless they teach our children to judge people by the color of their skin.

Are those with the bully pulpits right?  Are they the only ones who know how to “form a more perfect Union”?  Is their silencing of all who question them the proper path?

The United States of America used to be defined by the Constitution and Bill of Rights, as lawfully amended from time to time.  It used to be defined by national borders, protected by armed forces and immigration laws.  It used to be defined by E pluribus unum, represented by one flag and one anthem.  It’s no longer any of that.

The United States of America used to be a nation in which Congress declared war, not the President.  It used be a nation in which the President obeyed and enforced all laws, including immigration, voting, and unreasonable searches and seizures.  It used to be a nation in which Congress created more laws by legislative debate, and the President created fewer laws by executive order and mandate.  It’s no longer any of that.

The United States of America used to cherish freedom from overreaching government.  On July 4, 1776, it commenced an armed insurrection against overreaching government in Great Britain.  It guaranteed We the People freedom from overreaching government, by including Article X in the Bill of Rights: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”  The United States of America no longer is any of that.  It absolutely, positively, definitely, and most assuredly no longer is any of that.

Believers of all stripes may debate whether the United States of America now is more or less perfect, but there can be no honest debate about the fact that the United States of America absolutely, positively, definitely, and most assuredly no longer is what it was.  It is the United States of America, in name only.

But the United States of America need not be what those with the bully pulpits say it is.  It can be what it once was.  If We the People say so.

When asked what the United States of America is, Benjamin Franklin replied: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

May We the People be blessed with the wisdom and courage to “keep it”.

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