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Sometimes we take what has come to be thought of as the ideals of America for granted, and we assume that most people, and certainly our leaders, hold these ideals as sacrosanct.
Many of the ideals of America can be found in the Declaration of Independence. A partial list of those ideals would include: That all men are created equal; That we have certain rights that come from the Creator such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and those rights are unalienable, which means they cannot be taken by government.
We also learn from the Declaration that government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. In other words, we are a self-governing people and our government representatives must represent our views and cannot legally assume power that we do not give them.
There are many other ideals that most people assume to be widely held by Americans – concepts such as freedom and liberty. We Americans believe that we are freer than any other people. Justice is another ideal widely believed to be dear to Americans. By justice, I mean equal justice before the law – i.e. the president is subject to the same law to which the rest of us are subject.
The basic rights set out in the Bill of Rights are also ideals assumed to be widely held. There are many others, but the point is that these ideals are closely associated with America and are believed to be almost universally held and cherished.
It is shocking then, to learn that our leaders, who are charged with upholding the ideals of America, instead hold those ideals in contempt. I’m not only talking about the current administration and Congress, although our current leaders are the most obvious. I’m talking about something that has been ongoing for decades at least.
How does the ideal of equal justice before the law hold up against a president who asserts that he is above the law and it does not apply to him? Equal justice is especially difficult if Congress meekly accepts the president’s assertion.
How does “government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed” hold up when Congress routinely robs the states and the people of legitimately held 9th and 10th Amendment power? How can we continue to call ourselves self-governing people when Congress continually enacts legislation overwhelming opposed by the American people?
How is justice upheld when Congress and the president rob us of rights protected by the Bill of Rights? The right to a fair trial, right to counsel, right to have charges presented to a grand jury, right to a speedy trial, right to be free from warrantless searches, right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, all are violated with regularity, with impunity, and without consequences for the violator.
Perhaps the most obvious and most damaging example of the contempt in which our leaders hold our cherished ideals is the government’s wars of naked aggression and constant violations of the sovereignty of other nations. The pointless slaughters conducted in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are but the most obvious examples. Our leaders have been militarily intervening in the affairs of other nations for about 100 years now. Just about every nation in Central and South America has been invaded at one time or another.
In addition to the disregard for human life and human suffering which has been inflicted on a mass scale, our leaders have admitted to war crimes and crimes against humanity – as defined by the Nuremberg standard, which was created by the United States post-WWII.
The former President George W. Bush admitted to torture and said he was proud of it and that he would “do it again.” Torture, and specifically waterboarding allied prisoners, was one of the war crimes for which Hideki Tojo, premier of Japan, was hanged as a war criminal on December 23, 1948. His other listed crimes had to do with waging aggressive war against the various allied powers. Mr. Tojo probably was a war criminal, but it’s a bit hypocritical to exempt our own leaders from his crimes, don’t you think?
Ideals like justice, equal rights under the law, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution and even simple concepts such as “mind your own business” may be widely held by the American people, but they are held in contempt by America’s leaders.
- Darrell Castle
By Kermit Steck
On June 6, 1944, President Roosevelt led Americans in prayer for our military as they, along with the other Allied powers, assaulted the beaches at Normandy to restore freedom, liberty and God-given rights to those who had them taken away.
2,500 Americans lost their lives that day – freedom is not free. Many more were ready to die for their belief in what was right.
I often think of those heroes and their sacrifices. Not just theirs but all of those throughout America’s history. Not just the ones that died, but their families that lived on after their deaths – they too paid a high price of not having their loved ones. Freedom is not free.
This kind of praying, sacrifice, and honor continues to this day being played out with each generation of Americans. I think of who we are as Americans. The leaders and citizen soldiers and their families, willing to do what is right regardless of the cost. They do this not just for themselves but for others they don’t even know and for future generations.
Because of the examples, living and dead, of ordinary people called to do extraordinary deeds, I decided to run for Congress. Two common denominators that cross generations against all enemies, foreign and domestic. 30 years ago I took that same oath to defend the Constitution against enemies, foreign and domestic – first as an enlisted man and than later as a commissioned Army Officer after completing Officer Candidate School.
I spent 11 years on active duty serving my country, the Constitution and God. On May 23rd, 2010, Retired Marine Corps General Richardson Neal stated in an address at the National Conference of Military Officers Association of America in Ft. Meyers, FL., the oath is a timeless oath. I agree completely and whole heartedly.
I believe all Americans, not just a few, should be taught these values, our real history and our Constitution. The one man who ought to exemplify the spirit of what has made America great and who lives out the oath to protect and defend the Constitution more than any other should be the President of the United States.
On D-Day, then President Roosevelt lead the nation in a live radio four-minute prayer for God’s protection and blessings on our endeavors. President George Washington, as the Commander of the American army, daily prayed for God’s providential hand to be on us as we fought for our freedom.
Given such awesome examples of what President Dwight D. Eisenhower called Americanism, I ask that the current president do what they did: lead by example.
They took the oath to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States. But sad to report, he is a domestic enemy of the U.S. Constitution, our history, our honor, our sacrifice, our prayers and everything most Americans hold dear.
At this point I’m not sure if he is a domestic enemy or a foreign one. He won’t even abide by the Constitution, let alone defend it. Where’s his birth certificate and school records?
I address this part not only to readers but to the President as well:
Be the president, Mr. President. Defend the U.S. Constitution, follow it, or resign. If you are not willing to answer the question forthrightly about whether you are qualified to be the president then resign. Where are your birth certificate and school records? If you have no honor, then shame and the thought of dishonor ought to bring out the truth.
I believe the American people deserve the truth and answers to legitimate questions. If not for honor’s sake then for truth’s sake, give us the proof we desire and deserve. If the information is not provided then resignation or impeachment is in order for not just the president but for all those involved in perpetuating such an act. At lease one army officer refused to follow a president that refuses to uphold the Constitution, and he is being court-martialed for his stand. God bless LTC Terry Lakin.
When a president arrogantly refuses to produce records of any kind, keeps them from being released, and millions of dollars are spent to prevent their release, we have a problem.. As the leader of America you have a duty, responsibility and sworn obligation to its citizens to be open and honest about a key question. Are you really an American born citizen?
If you went to apply for a job, or get a driver’s license or enroll in school you would be required to show your birth certificate. What’s the big deal? Just like showing the social security card you would be required to provide for being hired, opening a bank account or entering the Armed Forces of the USA.
Because the President won’t, then maybe impeachment needs to be pursued. Ask your Congressman or Senator about it. Ask the candidates running for those offices about it. Some say it’s not important. I say it is extremely important. It is the principles of honor, integrity, truth and ethics that matter.
I for one will not let the matter go until it is answered. Will you? Too many have died or tried to live a life of prayer, sacrifice and honor to brush this aside. And as a side note should I suddenly become a so-called domestic terrorist threat, meet with an untimely death or be investigated for who knows what, so be it. Don’t be surprised. It will not change the facts and questions that need to be answered. May God bless America and may God show the truth of this matter.
– Kermit Steck
Northeast TN Chairman