I appreciate the tradition. but, I also need to understand the reason(s) they exist. the foundation, if you will.
as the Founders of the “Republic” anticipated, American freedoms and liberties must constantly be defended against the corruption of the American Government – and, the media. No one can do that for us. We must do it for ourselves.
we can’t believe everything we read or hear. I know there is a hint of irony, here, given my disposition towards strong, if not strident, opinions on this very blog.
however, all these words are meant to drive home the primary reason I bore most of you with my trivial thoughts, although they are certainly heart-felt, and reasonably well researched.
my Mom said:
“question everything, and accept nothing”.
I also heard my Grandad say, and often:
“there is the truth of the day”.
that means the truth, like facts that underly them, change and evolve. and, I believe this is one of many reasons the genius of the Constitution realizes itself constantly and continuously.
how often, for instance, has someone fallen in love, told a child to work harder, invented a god, or decided one of the most important things he or she can do in life is to “know themselves”. I bet Socrates wasn’t the first person on earth to have gone around telling his fellow humans the unexamined life is not worth living and admonishing them to know who and what they are. not the first by far. not in all that time.
so, this is a nudge in terms of reminding you where a lot of my passion and moxy hail from. I was taught and then encouraged, by a strong line of mentors to question everything around me and seek the truth. that is the path of the Heterodox. in my case a Jeffersonian-Heterodox. I appreciate the tradition and the roots of the thought (then theory). but, I know the rules, and then the application – even the fairness change and evolve quantitatively.
I am often offended by Barack Obama. but, here is a thought… because he is so desperate to stay in power, it is feasible that our willingness to aid and abet him will enable him to evolve his actions, over the next four years, to actually get this country on a track that might work, for now. I don’t mean to say “on-track”, I want to be clear in saying “a track” that get things generally moving in a better (not right) direction.
here is an example…
Obama is carefully picking corporate and business leaders like, Jeff Immelt at GE, that he believes have global influence and partnering with them to create change abroad that will reflect back to our own shores and impact our abilities to lead. I think this might be one of many reasons he picked book smart people early on for his cabinet. now he is establishing business smart people to make for a global beachhead. mind you, I also believe he is setting the stage for an unprecedented attempt to secure an international seat of power – and, that may well involve the United Nations. GE partnering with China, India and Brazil won’t necessarily translate into jobs for our own citizens. but, it will make him popular abroad. I’m certain his aspirations make being President of the United States a stepping stone. that’s fine and dandy. but, to what end?
side note… and, it might be apropos… Michelle Obama is going to be at Northpoint Community Church next month celebrating the one year anniversary of a program close to her own heart. Northpoint is a veritable bastion of hearty and ferocious white Republican success stories. a Northpoint mission is to sidestep domestic concerns and drive Christ into the hearts of the global “unreached”. so, ironically, our Democratic president is aligned with Republican evangelical missions.
I don’t know about you, but I find the potential for promise or punishment provocative – and, possibly fascinating.
I think there is an Islamic maxim that goes something like:
“the promise is in the punishment, or the punishment is in the promise”.
by the way… I was also grimly advised (he was shouting, actually) years ago by a little man in uniform:
“it’s what you don’t know or see that will kill you”.
so, lets be ready. this means being aware. investigate, ask questions, pry, push (and, pull). do it!
peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
brian patrick cork