by Rosalys 6/17/16
This past Monday, I attended a cook out with my husband. This annual event heralds in the summer hiatus of monthly meetings of one of the historic militia groups that he belongs to. As usual, they had a short meeting; and as usual, the meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic…”
And this is where it got weird, for I found myself saying, not, “…and to the republic for which it stands…” but, “…and to the republic which no longer exists!”
“A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Have we kept our republic? Or have we quietly frittered it away, keeping only the outward trappings that allow us to be fooled into living the lie, that we still live in the “land of the free and the home of the brave?”
No one heard my aberration. I then stopped and listened to what the rest were reciting.
Are we really any longer, one nation? Or have we become a balkanized mess of competing values or lack there of?
Under gods is more like it! Each with a little idol of his/her/its own making, and in his/her/its own image. To quote Ben again…
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
Are we any longer a virtuous people? I suppose a case could be made that we are still a religious people, but religious can mean as many things as there are religions. Being religious doesn’t make you virtuous.
This one is tough. I suppose once we were not indivisible, as we consisted of the several states, and the several states had rights (which were abrogated by the 17th amendment.) But of course, we do have now the 17th amendment; and there are very few, if any rights left to the several states; and those which remain are being gobbled up by the over arching preeminence of the Federal Government. On the other hand, I refer you back to my comment on “one nation.”
“…with liberty and justice for all.”
The World Turned Upside Down was a tune played at Conrnwallis’ surrender at Yorktown – the meaning and significance, at the time, of which should be obvious. But we could very well play this tune, with meaning again, in our own day, for we have become Bizarro Land, and once again the world has been turned upside down – but this time, not for the better. Liberty has been greatly curtailed through political correctness, campus speech codes, and harassment by the thought police. Our Constitutionally recognized right to protect ourselves has been damaged through way too many “common sense” (and unlawful) gun laws. Justice has been replaced by “social justice,” which really isn’t justice in any way, shape, or form. There are too many “modern” rights (actually privileges, granted to distinct and perverse groups and individuals) which somehow trump the traditional and Constitutionally recognized ones. Sometimes it seems that true justice happens by accident rather than design.
So, I repeat my question. Have we kept our republic?
*For TWTUD begin listening at 1:44. However Yankee Doodle and White Cockade are both great tunes, especially as played by fife and drum!
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