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A Word Fitly Spoken

February 27, 2020

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A Word Fitly Spoken
(an introduction)

By Dahni
© 2020, all rights reserved

I would here like to set before You, “a word fitly spoken” or as it is here, written. If I am successful, You will understand:

Some interesting things I found about a verse of scripture in the Bible, from which these words came and come

A letter from one man to another that would later be on opposing sides, during the American Civil War

One Man’s response to the letter, he had received from the other

How the Declaration of Independence & The Constitution are not separate, but unified

How one man, had he lived long enough, I believe would have RESET Our government

How I came up with the title and cover art for my book

How You are seen as and as You are, an apple of gold, emphasized, magnified and protected by a silver frame

To begin, the word “word” could be singular and it could also be used to include other or many words (plural). Words are made up of individual characters or letters from an alphabet. They are symbols. They are images. They are used so that the hearer or the reader can understand what is spoken or read by something they are familiar with, something they could picture in their minds. What then is, “a word fitly spoken”?

This post, all of my research and the title of my up and coming book, all begin from a single verse of scripture from the Bible. To Follow here, I will quote this verse, from the King James Version (KJV).

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

Proverbs 25:11 KJV

Commentaries refer to the word “fitly” as the right time. But even “fitly” works with that, as the word fits with the right time and place and to the right person or persons. The word “like” shows that a comparison is about to be made. This right word, words, images given at the right time, for the right person or persons, fit perfectly together with, “apples of gold in pictures of silver!”

Yellow Apples of Gold

Scholars have argued for centuries over the meaning of “apples of gold.” Were these golden apples, as in artifacts made of pure gold and made to look like apples?

Gold Apples

Were they real apples, golden or yellow apples? Were they some other fruit?

Yellow or Gold Oranges

Yellow or Gold Quince

Most agree that the “pictures” were trays, bowls or baskets of silver, perhaps elaborately engraved by a master silversmith or artisan. You can also think of these “pictures” as, picture frames, silver picture frames, adorning some work of art. The meaning is clear that the pictures, trays, bowls, baskets, or frames were to enhance, call attention to, set off, emphasize and magnify the gold. Here is another translation of Proverbs 25:11—

“The right word spoken at the right time is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl.”

Proverbs 25:11 New Century Version (NCV)

Gold and silver are both metals. Both are valuable. Both are still used as currency, all over the world. Gold is not only more valuable than silver, brighter and more illustrious, it weighs more than silver. Even so, polished silver will reflect the gold it holds. Gold is weightier. And as an analogy, gold carries more weight in a matter, than does silver. You may also think of it as silver, serving the gold and not the gold the silver.

“From Strong’s Concordance of the Bible, the Hebrew word given is תַּפּוּחַ tappûwach, tap-poo’-akh; an apple (from its fragrance), i.e. the fruit or the tree (probably included others of the pome order, as the quince, the orange, etc.):—apple (tree).”

Reference: Strong’s Concordance, H5301

Some have suggested that the fruit of Proverbs 25:11 are, apricots, also golden or yellow. And these too, give off a pleasing fragrance and attract many forms of life. And they still grow and can be found all over the area.

Yellow or Gold Apricots

“Of all the minerals mined from the Earth, none is more useful than gold. Its usefulness is derived from a diversity of special properties. Gold conducts electricity, does not tarnish, is very easy to work, can be drawn into wire, can be hammered into thin sheets, alloys with many other metals, can be melted and cast into highly detailed shapes, has a wonderful color and a brilliant luster. Gold is a memorable metal that occupies a special place in the human mind.”

Excerpt from: https://geology.com/minerals/gold/uses-of-gold.shtml

Besides jewelry, nuggets and ingots (gold bars), used for special occasions, something “backed by gold”, and investments, gold is used in almost every device we use today. From computers and laptops, pads, cell phones and our TV’s, they all use gold. Hopefully, you will never have the experience of your vehicle’s airbag deploying, but thankfully, its reliability, should your life depend on it, is due to, gold! Gold is used in the medical industry for devices, diagnosis and even treatment. It is still used by dentists. Gold is expensive, not just because of its beauty, but because, it is so valuable!

Silver is valuable as well. Silver is often combined with gold to strengthen the gold. Bare that in mind, “silver strengthens gold”. But silver has many uses as well. I will only mention that silver has purification properties. In short, silver purifies. And one last thing I found out about silver is, if citric acid (from the fruit we have been discussing here), is mixed with silver, it becomes colloidal silver, known for its purification and healing qualities, even taken internally (orally). Some research I found proposes that juice from these fruits may have actually been poured from pitchers of silver into drinking vessels (cups), made from silver. It may have been possible that people may have consumed, some percentage of colloidal silver? But, I think we are starting to understand, whatever the “gold apples” were from Proverbs 25:11, they were real fruit. Don’t forget the word “aroma”. I’m sure real gold has a smell, but not like fruit.

Proverbs 25:11 is in the book of Proverbs (literally “wise sayings). King Solomon wrote it. He was the son of King David and Bathsheba. His father David, had the vision for building the first temple in Jerusalem, but Solomon built it. Under his reign, Israel enjoyed relative peace, great wisdom, prosperity and health. Emissaries leaving for their countries with great gift-treasures from Israel, returned home to tell others how great Solomon was and how great the Kingdom of Israel was. One Queen of Sheba, did not believe what she heard and saw and had to go see for herself. She found it even far greater than anything she had been told or shown! And a point here is, it has always been God’s will that “above all things,” (III John 2), His people prosper and be in good health!

Returning to the word “gold” for a moment, the “apples of gold”, could not have been made of real gold and made to look like apples or some other fruit. Because of the word “aroma” associated with them as from a tree, an orchard or the fruit itself, it was actually, real edible fruit!

When this began, we saw a word and words are characters, letters of an alphabet, symbols and thus, an image and images. An orientilism— stop! Before so many became so afraid of offending anyone and political correctness was a thing, the Orient, for centuries, was anyplace east of the Mediterranean Sea. The Occident was, anyplace west of the Mediterranean Sea. But an orientilism, customs, mannerisms or cultural things, were things familiar to the people of the time and area.

This area is still known to have hot days and very cool nights. Hospitality was very important. It still is. So now, I would like You to I-Magine (imagine). And the root of that word is, “image”. Get this image or these images into your mind—

You have been walking for some time and it is a very hot day. Your eyes are drawn to an oasis, perhaps an orchard? As you move towards it closer and closer to seek some cool relief, some rest and refreshment, you can detect the sweet fragrance of fruit, wafting through the gentle cool breeze. Once within the orchard you are met by your welcoming host or hostess, with beautiful and delectable apples (or some fruit), that look like yellow gold and are in baskets, bowls or trays of silver. The apples are reflected in the silver.

So, putting this all together, the right word and right words at the right time, for the right people, all fit together when compared with apples of gold in pictures (trays, bowls, baskets etc.), of silver. The greater truth, this spiritual truth, this “wise saying”, is conveyed by something familiar, something shared among hosts (servants) and guests (the served), the culinary delight of enjoying the aroma and eating fruit, beautifully presented and reflected on trays, baskets or bowls of silver.

Hot, tired, thirsty and hungry? What a feast to your eyes to behold such apples or some other fruit, yellow-gold in appearance, reflected and magnified on pictures, trays or bowls of silver! What a feast to your nose to smell the fruit, anticipating tasting it. What a feast to the touch, holding the fruit in your hand. What a feast to your ears as you bite down into the fruit. What a feast to your taste and perhaps your touch again as perhaps some of the juice rolls down your chin. How refreshing the cool fruit. How it quenches your thirst and fills your hungry. What a feast to your soul. Real fruit, a real experience, how this “fits” and fills the memory. This is a word or words (images), “fitly spoken!”

Now let us explore some letter-exchange between two men in opposition to one another, but had in common, “a word(s) fitly spoken.”

When Abraham Lincoln was elected the first Republican president of the United States, on November 6, 1860, he received no votes from nine southern states. This was like what Lincoln called in 1858 the “crisis” of the American “house divided” coming to a head.

A U.S. Congressman from Georgia, Alexander H. Stephen publicly gave a speech containing the following, on November, 14, 1860.

“When I look around and see our prosperity in every thing, agriculture, commerce, art, science, and every department of education, physical and mental, as well as moral advancement, and our colleges, I think, in the face of such an exhibition, if we can, without the loss of power, or any essential right or interest, remain in the Union, it is our duty to ourselves and to posterity to—let us not too readily yield to this temptation—do so. Our first parents, the great progenitors of the human race, were not without a like temptation when in the garden of Eden. They were led to believe that their condition would be bettered—that their eyes would be opened—and that they would become as gods. They in an evil hour yielded—instead of becoming gods, they only saw their own nakedness. I look upon this country, with our institutions, as the Eden of the world, the paradise of the universe.”

Alexander H. Stephens
Excerpt from: Stephens, Alexander (1860). ‘The Assertions of a Secessionist’.
New York: Loyal Publication Society. p. 6. Retrieved June 1, 2016.

Likely from this speech, Lincoln wrote to Stephens, less than a month later, on December 22, 1860, to assuage his fears about the incoming administration:

“Do the people of the South really entertain fears that a Republican administration would, directly, or indirectly, interfere with their slaves, or with them, about their slaves? If they do, I wish to assure you, as once a friend, and still, I hope, not an enemy, that there is no cause for such fears.”

Abraham Lincoln
Excerpt: from a letter to Alexander H. Stephens November 14, 1860

Stephens responded to Lincoln in a letter eight days later on, December 30th, 1860.

“A word fitly spoken by you now would be like ‘apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

Stephens quoted from Proverbs 25:11, to persuade Lincoln that a public statement from the president-elect would help greatly in the mounting crisis of the divided country. A student of the Bible in his own right, Lincoln reflected on Stephens’s biblical reference and, in a note to himself, used the “apples of gold” reference to clarify the connection between America’s constitutional union and the principle of “Liberty to all.” This became known as ‘Fragment on the Constitution and Union (1861)—The Purpose of the American Union’.

Not long after this exchange between these two men, Stephens would become the Vice President of The Confederate States of America, in February of 1861. At the end of the Civil War, he was charged with treason, held in prison for five months, then released and went on to serve as governor of the State of Georgia, until the day he died. So from this, I saw it is not so important who, what, where, when, why or how a word or words (images), are spoken or written as it is the word or words themselves that make them, “a word fitly spoken!”

But Lincoln used The Declaration of Independence as “apples of gold” and Our Constitution, as the “pictures” (a basket, a tray, a picture frame), “of silver”. In this same work, Lincoln said that the apple (You), was not made to serve the silver (the Constitution), but the Constitution was made to serve, You. This was and is, a word or words (images), “fitly spoken!”

This is but one of several reasons why,  I believe, had Lincoln not been assassinated, he would have RESET the Constitution (government), back to ordinary (original), occasions, prior to 1861.

And another reason I believe Lincoln would have set everything alright, comes from his first Inaugural address. I will just quote just, the very last line of his address—

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. “

Excerpt from: Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, Monday, March 4, 1861

And still yet another reason I believe Lincoln would have taken the “Extraordinary occasions” clause of the Constitution he had invoked and put it back into ordinary occasions into the Constitution, was from ‘The Gettysburg Address’—

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate — we cannot consecrate — we cannot hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

President Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

And again, another reason I believe Lincoln would have canceled the Conscription Act and the Lieber Code, both of 1863, restoring Our Constitutional Republic, can be seen from his second inaugural address—

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

Excerpt from: Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865

If these reasons are not all there is, this is my final reason why, I believe Lincoln would have ended “legal fiction” and restored all three branches of government, to their co-equal status, restored the states and all the people, to their Constitutional and God given Unalienable rights. This is simply seen in how Lincoln wanted Lee and his men treated, when they surrendered.

On April 9th, 1865, in the parlor of the Wilmer McLean home, two generals met with their staffs, at one o’clock in the afternoon. This was the same McLean who owned property In Manassas, VA, where the Civil War had first started, thought to have only lasted a short-time, but endured for four years at the cost of many lives, equal to all wars since, all included and up to, the first year of the Vietnam War.

General Robert E. Lee surrendered his 28,000 troops to General Ulysses S. Grant. Having sent a message to President Lincoln that Lee was intending to surrender, he asked the president how he wanted to treat this. Lincoln quickly responded, “Go easy on them!” When Lee asked for terms, Grant quickly wrote out the following:

All officers and men were to be pardoned, and they would be sent home with their private property–most important, the horses, which could be used for a late spring planting. Officers would keep their side arms, and Lee’s starving men would be given Union rations.

Even though more conflicts continued until the end of 1865, Lee’s surrender effectively took all the fire out of the Confederacy and the Civil War ended, for all practical purposes.

But we will may never know if the man that took over the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches, the states and all the people, would have RESET all or not because, on April 14th, 1865, a bullet rang out. Well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. It was during his attendance of the play, ‘Our American Cousin at’ Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Lincoln died the following day at 7:22 am, April 15th, 1865, in the Petersen House opposite the theater.

Instead of a restoration, and UNdivide, a RESET, a reclamation, the ending of Martial Law, and “legal fiction”, all of these have continued to this day as if, (“legal fiction”), the Civil War never ended! And thus, this division (intentional or not), has become a mindset, a facade, “legal fiction”, not really real, and government de facto (“as a matter of fact”), and not government de jure (“pure law”). Today, 155 years after, 1865, these things continue, as if, (“legal fiction”), the American Civil War is still taking place! You may not agree, but just understanding this, is to me, “a word (or words), fitly spoken (or written)!”

Since Lincoln could not and therefore, did not RESET Our Republic, it leaves US, WE the People to UNdivide and reclaim what has always been Yours, mine, and Ours! And that is, “a word (or words), fitly spoken (or written)!”

So, so what does the title and cover art of my book have to do with “a word (or words), fitly spoken?” How does it compare with “apples of gold in pictures (picture frames), of silver?”

The title, ‘Apple of Gold in a Picture of Silver’, takes all of these things above, into account. What Solomon wrote 1,000’s of years ago, Abraham Lincoln took from a letter from Alexander Stephens, and saw The Declaration of Independence as “apples of gold” and The Constitution as “pictures (picture frame), of silver. He saw them as not separate documents, but unified and unifying. From his work, ‘Fragment of the Constitution’ I saw these things too. But I saw something else as well. I was able to reduce the apples of gold and pictures of silver down to their least common denominator. The Constitution is, the picture frame of silver, the reason for government. The Declaration of Independence is, the purpose of government. And that purpose is, You! You are, this Apple of Gold!

Behind You is a frame of silver. On the front of this frame is the entire text, of The Constitution of the United States. The word “We” is gold and appears to be three-dimensional, as if freely floating above the rest of the text. This word “We” is the very first word and part of the preamble to Our Constitution. This is, the reason of government. And that reason is, to ensconce and protect and serve and emphasize and magnify its object, its purpose, You. You are, the Apple of Gold!

The apple has been purposefully and intentionally made to appear as if, it were made of real gold, to emphasize your preciousness and innumerable, immeasurable value! But there is a green leaf growing from its stem. This is to show that You are both alive and living!

Over the apple is the entire text of the Declaration of Independence, the purpose for the government. And you are this purpose, for You are created equal and are endowed by your creator with certain UNalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, Your Happiness. You alone are “endowed with” everything You need to grow, to sustain, and to maintain, flourish and prosper. And your ‘seed’ is within you to continue or propagate Your government, alter it, change it or even form new government.

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The apple appears to be floating free from all restraints, three-dimensional almost, upon the frame of silver. This is because, You alone are FREE and You alone, are the power and authority of government limited! It is Your right to alter, change, or abolish the government, if and whenever it becomes destructive of its bounds (its limits). And You are FREE to institute new government, as You deem appropriate to effect, Your Happiness and Safety! You, as this apple of gold, have chosen and choose to float freely over, yet in unity with the frame of silver, Your Republic constituted, bound and limited!

You are, this Apple of Gold!

This entire image appears on the cover page of the book as if, it is three-dimensional. A gold book plate is centered below this apple of gold in a frame of silver and it appears three-dimensional as well and contains the title of the book. The rest of the cover is period wallpaper and the entire cover is as if, it was actually hanging on some wall in your home.

This Ladies and Gentlemen, is a “word fitly spoken” or written. This singular word or collection of words, are symbolic. They are images. They are something familiar with the original. The time is right, this is the right place and You are the right person. You are like an apple of gold because, You are this apple of gold!

Above, beneath and all around You is, the collective individual apples of gold and the singular limited government is, to serve You, from the word “We”. For you and all the apples that are now or ever were, have pledged or pledge to you their lives, fortunes and sacred honor! One for All and All for One! Together, UNdivided and thus United, WE are the People, with all the power and authority to protect and serve You and each one of US, WE the People!

More than what Dr. Benjamin Franklin said at the beginning of the American Revolution, that if they did not all hang together (stand together), they would all hang (literally), separately, IF WE do not magnify, protect and serve You, WE all will fail! It would be far, far better that all of US fail, if all of US fail to protect and serve YOU!

You are this this object familiar, this image—

A word fitly spoken like an apple of gold in picture frame of silver!

If You think or believe that our founders did not believe in God and rely on Divine Providence, that You are not endowed by Your creator with certain UNalienable rights, then You need to think again and believe what has always been Yours.

From The Declaration of Independence—

“…to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

”We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States,…”

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

This is the sole purpose to UNdivide, and the only possible reason, to unify, to be UNited. And it is, for YOU!

If You do not know and believe that You are the reason for government, then You need to learn and believe that if Your rights do not come from God, they are not UNalienable! If not UNalienable, then they are alienable and subject to the opinions, privileges, begging, borrowing, barter, forfeiture and seizure, at the whim of other like-blooded and imperfect human beings.

If You do not understand and believe that the Declaration of Independence is part of Constitution and the Constitution is part of The Declaration of Independence, and they are together Unified, then You need to illuminate Yourself that You are an Apple of Gold! And You are the power and authority of the government! And the government, the picture frame of silver, is empowered by You and authorized by You, to protect, magnify and serve You!

From the preamble to the Constitution, it is unified with the Declaration—

“…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”

The “blessings of Liberty” are, Your life, Your Liberty and Your Pursuit of Happiness!

From the close of the Constitution, it is unified with the Declaration —

“…done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven…”

You, are the word and words “fitly spoken” (or written). You are the Apple of Gold. You empower and authorize the government (the silver picture frame), so that You may rest, cool, refresh, purify and heal, be protected, magnified and served! All fit perfectly together, at the right place, and the right time, for the right person. Now is that time. You are the right person! And You are—

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

Proverbs 25:11 KJV

And now that You know Who You are what You, what are You going to do about it?

From the Introduction to: ‘Apple of Gold in a Picture of Silver’
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By Dahni & I-Magine

 

Dahni,

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Next time: ‘Impeachment’ (History of Imperfection) Part 2 of 2

Impeachment (a remedy) Part 1 of 2

January 18, 2020

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Impeachment (a remedy) Part 1 of 2

By Dahni
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There have now been four presidents not three (as presently believed), the House of Representatives have supposedly impeached. There have only ever been two trials in the Senate (now the third is about to begin), but thus far, no president has ever been convicted by the 2/3 majority of senators voting to convict, as required by the US Constitution. And it appears that the present will not lead to conviction either. It does make you wonder why impeachment is ever brought up in the first place??? What does the Constitution say about impeachment?

“The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.”

Article I, Section 3.6, The U.S. Constitution

“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Article II, Section 4, The U.S. Constitution

“The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”

Article I, Section 2.5, The U.S. Constitution

“Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.”

Article I, 3.7, The U.S. Constitution

“Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behavior, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.”

Article I, Section 5.2, The U.S. Constitution

“The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed”

Article III, Section 2.3,The U.S. Constitution

An Impeachment trial is to be tried by the Senate, with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presiding (not sitting as a judge or to judge for dismissal, conviction or acquittal). The senators are NOT jurors, but Senators that vote for dismissal, conviction or acquittal and must concur with 2/3 of a majority of Senators voting. Senators (2/3 majority), are the collective judge(s), of an impeachment trial and may actually overturn the Chief Justice, provided that a simple majority of sworn or affirmed judges (senators), concur.

On all other matters except for an impeachment trial, if there is a 50/50 vote, the Vice President may cast the deciding vote. But in the case of an impeachment trial, the Vice President of the United States would NOT be a deciding vote or determine a simple majority because, it would be 51 votes to 51 (including the ruling of the presiding Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

An ‘Active Quorum Call’ calls out as present, 100 Senators. Those present shall vow by oath or affirmation, administered by the presiding Chief Justice of the Supreme Court before the whole body and sign the ‘Book of Oath’ confirming their oath or affirmation was administered and they freely are bound to administer impartial justice. Any member not present at a ‘Live Quorum Call’ shall be required to take the same oath or affirmation and sign ‘The Oath Book’ before the actual trial can begin.

The founders of our Constitutional and Representative government and framers of our Constitution perhaps wrestled with the ideas of impeachment more than any other issue.

For more information, seek out, read and research ‘The Federalist Papers #65’. Any public library may have this and it could be checked out for FREE. Someone you know or that they know might have a copy which you could borrow for FREE. There are several online sources, which you can source for FREE.

No. 65: The Powers of the Senate Continued
Written by: Alexander Hamilton
March 7, 1788

But our Founders and Framers recognized the seriousness of impeachment! It would in essence be overturning an election and subject the accused if convicted, to be removed from office, to never again be allowed to serve in any public office and may be subject to other indictments and punishments that arise after the removal from office, even if such charges arose during their time in office. If the person or persons is convicted by a 2/3rd. Majority of the senators voting, they cannot be pardoned by any acting president of the United States. Richard Nixon was pardoned, but he was never convicted, he resigned before the Impeachment trial ever began.

Our founders and framers further realized that by impeachment and conviction, this is primarily a political remedy. With a further view, they recognized that “government is a necessary evil”; subject to the faults, failures, fragility and imperfection of our human race. In so acknowledging these human facts, they provided checks and balances and divided government into three separate and equal branches of government— legislative to write the laws, the executive to execute the laws and the judiciary to determine the constitutionality of the laws.

Fundamental or foundational (that upon which the government rests and is to serve), is WE the People. Fundamental or foundational (that upon which WE the People rest and are to be served by), is the individual’s God given (“endowed by their creator”, not the government), “with certain and unalienable rights (rights which cannot be taken, earned, given, bought sold or forfeited), that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”, according to, the Foundation of our government— The Declaration of Independence and “in order to—

“In order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”

Preamble to The U.S. Constitution

And set forth in the ‘Bill of Rights’, the first 10 amendments to our Constitution.

Therefore, in the case of Impeachment and conviction of an individual or individuals to be impeached and convicted, they must first be given every protection and considered innocent until proven guilty. So serious a thing to deny anyone of their God given rights, our founders and framers wrote and as duly representatives of their individual states, ultimately all agreed and signed their names (an affidavit), that they were who they said they were and were sworn or affirmed that the Constitution would become the ‘Law of the Land’ of our collective states and all individuals of the Constitutional and representative government of, by and for the people, of the United States of America!

And therefore, to remove any president from office, overturn an election, and deny any of their individual rights, any crime or crimes against the Constitution, and the People of the United States, must be so great that it warrants impeachment and conviction!

The manner or process by which this is to be done is simply as follows and is careful to include all branches of government— the Legislative, the Executive and the Judiciary.

The House of Representatives must, by a simple majority, vote to impeach and then present their charges (Articles of Impeachment), to the Senate for the purpose of trial to dismiss, convict or acquit.

The Senate must call for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to preside over the trial and administer an oath to the Chief Justice that they (he or she), swears or affirms to administer justice impartially.

The Senate shall call all senators and the Chief Justice will administer the same oath to all senators.

All senators will take the oath freely and sign their names freely in ‘The Oath Book’, acknowledging their sworn or affirmed oaths to administer justice impartially.

By a 2/3 majority of senators, senators may dismiss, convict or acquit, the person or persons impeached.

Contrary to what you may believe or have recently heard, once impeached always impeached. Or as stated by the recent Speaker of the House (House of Representatives), who signed the Articles of Impeachment and sent this to the Senate, “He (the current 2020 president), “is forever impeached!” Emphasis intended by exclamation point.

“Forever impeached?” This is NOT true! It is a lie! Impeachment is but one part. The Second part is a trial, which could end by a 2/3 majority of senators to dismiss, convict or acquit. Only IF the person or persons is convicted are they impeached. If the trial is dismissed, they are not impeached. If they are acquitted, they are not impeached!

Our system of justice requires that all are presumed to be innocent, unless proven guilty. Articles of Impeachment by The House of Representatives are no different than any charges against the accused. They are charges. But the one or ones accused are still presumed innocent, until proven guilty. If the case is dismissed, they are still to be presumed innocent, even if they were guilty. If the accused is acquitted, they are still to be presumed innocent! This is, our system of justice! If this were not so, an innocent person or persons could be found guilty as charged.

Impeachment Dismissal and Conviction is so serious a matter, our founders and framers knew it could begin and end in a wholly political and partisan conclusion. They tried to make the process both as simple and as difficult as possible! The work of their simple vision is clouded by imperfect beings who interpret to their own leanings, what our laws say as well as, inserting what they do not say. But along with their simple vision to always strive for perfection, they also desired that the removal of office, be as difficult as possible.

Impeachment, Dismissal and Conviction is not intended to take place because of mere dislike or disagreement or like and agreement.

Our Founders and Framers rejected the idea of the smaller number of Supreme Court Justices and the Chief Justice, deciding the fate of those accused. The Supreme Court is often not familiar with the accused personally and may be thought of as being more independent and impartial, but their smaller number with the potential of the Chief Justice deciding the fate of the accused, was considered not enough protection to the accused.

The Founders and Framers rejected the idea of The House of Representatives, being both accusers and judges.

They rejected the idea of the Senate being both accusers and judges.

The House of Representatives are not supposed to vote on and submit to the Senate, Articles of Impeachment, for unproven charges or because, they may not like or agree with the accused.

The Senate is not supposed to dismiss, convict or acquit because, they may like or may not like, or they may agree or not agree with the accused.

Impeachment is a remedy solely for treason, bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors. Though there may appear to be a lot of wiggle room or broad latitude for the word “misdemeanors”, this is NOT its purpose or intention. Therefore, any representative of the House of Representatives that seeks to make valid what is invalid or valid what is invalid, they are guilty of perjury and have violated their sworn or affirmed oath to the United States Constitution.

Any Senator that does the same is also, guilty of perjury.

Any Chief Justice presiding over an Impeachment trial that accepts as valid what is not or accepts what is invalid as valid, is also guilty of perjury. The Chief Justice presiding over an Impeachment trial, although not a judge, he or she as the Chief Justice represents the collective and entire body of justices and the Judiciary Branch of government of the United States. Although not a judge of the Impeachment trial, he or she is not harmless if they do NOT uphold the highest standards of good faith, credibility, impartial justice,
Jurisprudence, and the Constitution of the United States of America.

Any president, executive or any other public servant as the Constitution prescribes, who is under subpoena and refuses to comply claiming— Presidential or Executive Privilege, for the purpose of evasion to conceal confidential information, under the pretense of national security or protection of the public, violates their sworn or affirmed oath to the Constitution and is guilty of perjury. The remedy is to petition the court and if evidence is found that the person has falsely claimed Presidential or Executive Privilege, to evade or conceal pertinent facts to a crime or crimes committed, may order the President or Executive to produce the required information. Failure to do so will result in the additional charge of Obstruction of Justice.

Our Founders and Framers fervently desired the Impeachment process to be as simple as possible and as difficult as possible, affording the greatest possible protection to the accused that are considered innocent, until proven guilty. And if not found to be guilty, or the case is dismissed, they remain as if UN-impeached and innocent of any and all charges.

The Preamble to Our Constitution states in part, “In order to form a more perfect union…” It is NOT to form a perfect union! It replaced the former ‘Articles of Confederation of the Union Perpetual’ and removed the word “perpetual”! Perfection and Perpetuity is not possible by such imperfect beings as our human race, but it is a goal in which WE should always strive for, always! Because of this, our founders and framers would rather that all the guilty be acquitted if their guilt is not proven, than one innocent individual believed to be guilty, but is not! Think about that and the principal of innocent until proven guilty!!!

Armed with the accouterments of the Patriot Warriors of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, next time we will look at the history of impeachment, how imperfection has validated, everything you have just read!!!

Everything you have just read with regards to Impeachment is, not exactly how it has been applied since the first time in 1868. You might ask why, why not or how has this been applied? The single answer is, “Legal fiction.” It is legal because it comes from the Constitution, but it is fiction (does not exist or is made up), because of interpretation. For more information, see: ‘RESET (An UN-alien’s Guide to Resetting Our Republic)’ Chapter 16 ‘Legal Fiction (Fiction of Law) –

https://resetbook.com/

If you are not too depressed or stressed out about Impeachment, enjoy “Impeachment Polka,” written in 1868 by the composer Charles Dupee Blake. It may seem like an odd thing for the present, but in 1868, everybody was talking about impeachment. It had never been before in the history of the United States. The Civil War was pretty much over. The wounds of president Lincoln’s assassination had been begun to subside and people were looking for entertainment and something new. Not unlike today in 2020, in 1868, a lot of people were happy about impeaching a president. What should be a solemn occasion with the potential effects of overturning an election and the negative impact to the accused, a lot of people were looking for some excitement. On January 16, 2020, the Speaker of the House had used many pens to sign the Articles of Impeachment and passed them out like candy. But then, the House Managers marched this over to the Senate like a funeral procession, as if this were a solemn thing. It was a “solemn thing,” but many people were excited about it! It was the same thing in 1868. And then and now, there is always those that seek to make a buck off of, just about anything.

“Tickets to the impeachment trial in the Senate for Johnson in 1868 were the hottest items in town,” said Brenda Wineapple, author of ‘The Impeacher: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation.’ Tickets were hard to get. “People were lined up outside the building early in the morning to try to get in,” Brenda Wineapple. And again, Charles Dupee Blake, sought to earn some money with his ‘Impeachment Polka. ‘

Michael Adcock performs “Impeachment Polka.” (Michael Adcock performs “Impeachment Polka.” Zach Purser Brown/The Washington Post)

Now listen to Michael Adcock perform, ‘Impeachment Polka.’

Next time: ‘Impeachment’ (History of Imperfection) Part 2 of 2

 

 

 

1 of We

Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

March 26, 2019

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Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

By Dahni
© 2019, all rights reserved

The Mueller Report, no matter what it contains or what is released to the public, should be rejected by all, for it is, “Fruit of the poisonous tree.”•

•source link: Cornell Law

“Fruit of the Poisonous Tree” Legal Doctrine

“The exclusionary rule mandates that evidence obtained from an illegal arrest, unreasonable search, or coercive interrogation must be excluded from trial. Under the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine, the evidence is also excluded from trial if it was gained through evidence uncovered in an illegal arrest, unreasonable search, or coercive interrogation.”

source: legal-dictionary thefreedictionary.com

Perhaps another legal doctrine may be familiar and similar to you, your Miranda Rights.

“Miranda Rights are named after the landmark US Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona. Ernesto Miranda was arrested for stealing $8.00 from an Arizona bank worker. After two hours of questioning, Miranda confessed not only to the robbery, but also to kidnapping and rape. When he was brought in for questioning, he was never told that he did not have to speak to police, or that he could consult with a lawyer; he simply confessed to the crimes. He was found guilty.”

“Miranda’s conviction was appealed to the United States Supreme Court. The Justices ruled that the statements Miranda made to the police could not be used as evidence against him because, he had not been advised of his Constitutional rights. Since this decision, police are required to recite the Miranda warning to suspects before, any questioning is conducted.”

“The Miranda case did not establish new rights, but rather instituted further protection of Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights.”

source: Legalzoom.com

WOW, from a known criminal and for an initial charge of just $8.00 theft, but who also confessed to kidnapping and rape, we have this namesake legal doctrine of Miranda Rights! What happened to him?

“Ernesto Miranda did, indeed, get a new trial based on the Supreme Court ruling, and his original confession was thrown out. However, based on the evidence, Miranda was again convicted of kidnapping and rape, and served 11 years in prison before being paroled in 1972. In 1976 at the age of 34, Miranda was stabbed to death in a barroom brawl. Police arrested a suspect in the killing who, after choosing to exercise his Miranda Right to remain silent, was released without being charged for the crime.”

source: Legalzoom.com

Now don’t you wonder how the prosecution ever knew about “evidence” to look for in this second case? I do. Technically, Miranda should have only been charged and convicted, for the initial crime and charge of $8.00 in theft!

Exceptions (loopholes) to the Miranda Rights? But of course (sarcasm). Each state must follow the four points, but each state writes their own rules, for applying them. One exception is…

“We have no way of giving you a lawyer, but one will be appointed for you, if you wish, if and when you go to court.”

used by:  Some police departments in Indiana, New Jersey, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Alaska

In other words, we are not going to pay for your attorney, you the interrogated or charged are. We will appoint one (our choice as to which one), IF you wish and IF you go to court. This exception gets the taxpayer off the hook and it’s good for lawyers that are are all generally paid, win or lose. And it could be good for the prosecution too.

Unfortunately, for certain people, these two legal doctrines (Miranda Rights and Fruit of the Poisonous Tree), though designed to protect individual rights, have exceptions (loopholes). Law, which is supposed to protect the law-abiding and punish the lawless, is so constructed that often the lines between guilt and innocence are blurred. Exceptions (interpretation of law), are often just a tool of government, to circumvent constitutional rights or to shield and/or justify its own actions. In other words, if it is in the government’s best interest with exceptions, it can interpret the law and seize constitutional rights, as if it is their property or not prosecute at all, if it is one of their own or not in their interest. Does a counterintelligence, an FBI investigation or did Mueller’s investigation, support or seize the individual’s rights? There can be no silence or opposing counsel to help those being questioned, by the government and this should be illegal! Neither is it legal to require sworn testimony of some, but not of others. These exceptions to the law, makes law, useless in our Republic!

The special counsel (Mueller Investigation), was begun without legal precedent. It only had the appearance of being legal. It never met the legal requirements, for a special counsel to operate. It only had the appearance of a legal operation. The named individuals on the counsel were openly and blatantly chosen, despite bias, partisan politics and many of its lawyers conflicted or known to have corrupt practices of their own. There is simply no way this counsel could muster public trust and is but “fruit from the poisonous tree.” It was hidden from the public, it was empowered to serve. The scope of its power, its tactics, its randomly veering off its mandate (at its own discretion), its refusal to release certain information and it leaked information as it suited them while ruining lives. And it prevented even Congress charged with judicial oversight and other investigators from interviewing potential witnesses and documents non-redacted, keeping it to themselves and secret, all in the name of national security or not compromising an on-going investigation. Charged to look into one thing, they looked into many other things. This is just, “fruit from the poisonous tree.”

Some of the “fruit of the Poisonous Tree”

However, after nearly two years, countless hours of investigating companies, countries, private individuals and public officials; after the near constant media and public distraction, all who waited in mistrust and fear or waiting with bated breath, for the release of what many already believed was true, before it even began, it has been released to the Attorney General (AG). After untold millions of dollars paid for by the United States Taxpayer, The Confidential Mueller was ended.

By law, it has been delivered to the deputy attorney general, who authorized the investigation. The investigation was to determine whether or not, the Russian government, working with certain US citizens colluded with and conspired with, to influence the 2016 presidential election. By law, the deputy attorney general immediately delivered this report to the US Attorney General. By law, the AG immediately delivered a letter to the Chairman and ranking member of the House of Representatives, Judicial Committee, and the Chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judicial Committee. And the same he released to the public. By law, all were notified that the AG was in receipt of the Confidential Mueller Report and that:

1. The investigation had ended and no new indictments would be coming or are left hidden.
2. More information to these individuals of the two judicial committees was promised to be forthcoming and perhaps as early as, the following weekend.

The above, by law, and as promised, more information was delivered by the AG (signed by both the AG and the deputy AG), to the specific four members of Congress and simultaneously to the public.

This summation stated:

1. No collusion or conspiracy was found
2. The AG and deputy AG concurred, there is no sufficient evidence to pursue obstruction of justice

But this summation by law, is not good enough for many and they clamor loudly, daily and incessantly, for the release of the full report and all documents, which were used to make up the Mueller Report. Without the patience, for the release of as much as possible and as promised, foolishly and ignorantly they are distrusting the integrity of the AG, and in essence, are inciting him to break the law and to commit perhaps multiple felonies, in releasing information which may contain:

  1. sealed Grand Jury information
  2. classified information
  3. presidential privileged information

The damage already done to our Republic is so great, as it is now, it will take a long time to repair it!

Though the length of this investigation is not the longest one on record, but because of its almost endless and daily coverage by most of all media, blinding our eyes with it and blaring it in our ears daily, it certainly seemed like it was! For no other reason, I am relived, it is now over!

I am relieved…

…not to rejoice in the vindication of the president and anyone associated with him.

I am relived…

…not to criticize, condemn or complain about anyone whose expectation was that collusion, conspiracy and/or obstruction of justice, justified this investigation.

I am relived…

…I am just relived that no foreign power colluded, conspired and obstructed justice, to interfere with, the 2016 presidential election of, WE the People!

It would be apropos if WE the People could now focus our efforts upon matters of great importance to the Republic of, The United States of America, But this report, no matter what it concludes and whatever is released to the public is, but “fruit from the poisonous tree.” It should be rejected by every individual in our Republic. One cannot obstruct justice from collusion/conspiracy, which does not exist. Sadly, I suppose, this is just the end of the beginning?

But just because someone (anyone), appears to be guilty or is made out to be guilty, charged as if they are guilty, and convicted in the court of public opinion, does not make it so. To usurp an individual’s (any individual citizen of the United States), constitutional rights is, “fruit of the poisonous tree!” Any results (consequences meted out), by anyone; from any such manner or method is, “fruit of the poisonous tree!” Perjury traps violate constitutional rights. Gather the evidence legally. Indict or charge. Convict or dismiss. Acquit, set free and make whole. There should never be an exception to anyone, for any reason or under any circumstance, for the use of, “fruit of the poisonous tree!” 

Anyone (any citizen), charged and found guilty, by way of “fruit from the poisonous tree,” should have all charges dismissed, their rights restored and restitution made to them, for any loss. Anyone that relies on or uses “fruit of the poisonous tree,” should suffer the consequences and/or be made to pay, for using “fruit of the poisonous tree.”

Without exception (without interpretation), I do not want the guilty to go free, but neither do I want the innocent to be bound due to, “fruit of the poisonous tree!”

The damage done to our Republic and to individuals these past several years is innumerable and not because of the doctrines to protect the individual’s (all individual citizens) rights. It is the exceptions (interpretations), in using, “fruit of the poisonous tree!”

Truth and Reason and appetite (an Intro.)

February 25, 2019

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Truth and Reason and appetite (an Intro.)

By Dahni
© 2019, all rights reserved

Latin—

Order— “A Reasonable Introduction”

Our species was originally created as Tripartite beings (sharing 3 parts). Each was to have a body, formed of the same elements found in common dirt or soil. The soul was “made” of “breath life”. Whereas the brain is part of the physical “body”, the mind is part of the soul. Whereas the brain is the organ of physical perception (via the five senses), the mind (reason), is the organ of mental perception. The spirit was created.

To restate, the body was formed from “the dust of the ground”. The soul was made. The spirit was created. Body, soul and spirit are, the original intended parts of our species as, tripartite beings.

Each of these three separate parts are unique in their scope and activity. It is common sense to understand that to maintain order (whenever there are two or more parts), something or someone, must be in charge. When spirit rules the soul (the mind), and the soul (the mind), rules the body, this tripartite being has the most optimum opportunity to become its whole and best self. Any other way will always end in the consequences of error, disarray and disorder.

The ancient Greek and Roman philosophers such as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle alluded to this hierarchy of life. Truth and reason were valued above the appetite.

It is NOT my intention to either diminish or elevate the body, soul and spirit (truth, reason and appetite), beyond or below their purpose, but only to show their individual and willful obedience by choice (free will), the proper arrangement to the order and unity of this tripartite being’s wholeness. In contrast, I will endeavor to show, the consequences of disrupting order, unity, balance and wholeness.

For simplicity’s sake, each of our three parts requires “food” to live and thrive. The body (“appetite”), requires physical food (and water). Emotions, passions and desires are its drivers. So the soul (the mind), requires the thinking of thoughts (reason). It processes the physical stimuli from the five senses. The spirit needs, truth.

Even Jesus Christ, after a forty day fast and his temptations of the devil implied these things, when he answered the devil. The very first question he was asked was about his obvious hunger (appetite), in his body, having not eaten, for those forty days.

“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Matthew 4:1-4 King James Version (KJV)

First off, it was not the body (appetite), or soul (reason), which led him to the wilderness, but spirit. There is no indication that he had physical hunger until, it was written in verse two. Without getting into many health benefits of fasting, for many of our species, our normal fasting only lasts, for about an eight-hour period following sleep, when it is then broken by hunger pains at breakfast (breaking fast). But Jesus, was obviously hungry after forty days. How interested would you or I be about truth and reason when appetite is raging? But, when answering the tempter (the devil), he did not deny the need of the body, for physical food. He did not deny the mind’s (reason), recognition that the body needed food. In contrast, he placed appetite and reason into their proper places, for the unity, balance and order of all three, by truth!

By truth must be understood as the truth or simply truth, not your’s or mine personal truths as is popular today, but truth. Our differences may be varied as we may not all have the same appetite or reason, but truth is (or should be), the same for all. And if truth is subjected to appetite or reason, imbalance and disorder will always be, the consequence. All things should be decent and in order!

An analogy for our tripartite beings could be illustrated by a computer. Spirit (truth), could be the operating system. Programs and applications, the soul (reason). Body (appetite), would be physical hardware and the gates or switches, normally opened or closed. The one thing which connects these three (makes them all work together), is electricity (life). If our computer is not plugged in, turned on or has crashed and burned (no life), it is dead or just will not work. If the operating system (spirit-truth), is corrupted or non-existent, it will not work or at least not properly. If the programs and applications are corrupted, neither will the operating system (spirit-truth), or the hardware (body-appetite), work properly, if at all. If the hardware (body-appetite), is corrupted, the entire computer (body-appetite-hardware, soul-reason-programs and applications, and the spirit-truth-operating system will not work properly, if at all.

All three parts of this tripartite being are independent, but all three are designed and purposed to work together interdependent, NOT solely independently or as dependents. Body, soul and spirit  in order was, formed, made and created. Thus a unique tripartite being was in harmony with, in balance with and unified with, appetite, reason and truth!

Although there are many differences in the scope and activity of the body, the soul and the spirit, this is by no means an exhaustive, thoroughly researched or a complete list here. But for illustrative purposes I would like to share a few examples to hopefully make these clear.

Imagine you were stranded in the dessert, hungry and thirsty with no food or water. You are obviously hungry and thirsty and your body (appetite) responds to this stimuli. The soul (reason), reacts and seeks these needs. Do you turn left or right, go forward, back, up or down to find these? It is your choice and you could be right or you could be incorrect. Now let us suppose you see what appears to be an oasis and you head towards it, hoping for needed food and drink, only to discover that the oasis was a mere mirage. The oasis does not exist, the soul-mind-reason only thinks or believes it to be true, and the body’s need (appetite), is driving.

Have you ever observed railroad tracks from a distance where they appear to converge (come together)? As you walk down, you discover that this sensual information in the body (appetite), is not always reliable. The soul-the mind (reason), solves the apparent contradiction or at least alludes to  appetite, requiring more information.

Now memory could assume that every time you see tracks appear to come together in the distance, (reason), would reject what your eyes (appetite) demand. But what if at sometime in your future, those tracks were actually built to have come together (truth)? Do you now see all our parts (body, soul and spirit) are important, but must be ordered properly to make the whole tripartite being (appetite, reason and truth), a unified whole. And if in disorder, they will NOT serve us properly!

Having laid this foundation of this tripartite being’s common order, next time in Part I of this series, i will offer a reasonable explanation, for the current political culture of the United States of America. With the intent to show a reasonable explanation, for the tripartite beings disrupted, out-of-order and in disarray.

The following three-parts to this series will be:

(Part I) – Disorder— “A Reasonable Explanation”
(Part II) – Disorder— “A Reasonable Hypothesis”
(Part III) – Disorder— “A Reasonable Theory”

Next time: Truth and Reason and appetite (Part I) – Disorder— “A Reasonable Explanation”

November 8th, 2018

November 8, 2018

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By Dahni
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Eight denotes the number of a new beginning. In music there are a series of notes, one through seven. Then it starts anew with the eighth note (an octave). All the music ever, is written with a total of 88 keys as on a piano. What looks like an 8 on its side is the symbol of infinity, it just continues. Everything in life has a beginning. Let this be Ours today, on this eighth day of November, 2018!

All great literature is like this too, it just continues, even though it may be fiction. The great thing about fiction, besides its passion is, it can invoke in us a great sense of adventure. It ignites our imagination to lead us to find new discoveries. Fiction can give us rest or pause or enjoyment, in the midst of our everyday toils. And fiction is, often based on facts or at least plausible possibilities. Fiction can cause us to believe so deeply and completely that we accept it being either real or attainable.

Such are the works of French author, Alexandre Dumas. Among his many works, perhaps the most famous, most known and most often read are: ‘The Count of Monte Christo‘, ‘The Nutcracker‘ (yes he revised an original story which became the ‘Nutcracker Suite’, with music composed by Tchaikovsky). And Dumas penned ‘Prince of Thieves’ (about Robin Hood). Then, this famous French author wrote, ‘The d’Artagnan Romances’ (series) which include, ‘The Three Musketeers’ and ‘The Man in The Iron Mask’, among others.

In the 1998 movie adaptation of Dumas’ work, ‘The Man in The Iron Mask’, we see the characters of the four Musketeers. One was d’Artagnan, as captain of The Musketeers. His character was based on an actual man with that name. And that man was also, really, The Captain of The Musketeers.

The man in the iron mask is portrayed as the identical twin brother of King Louis XIV. But did you know that there is evidence to support that there really was a prisoner that some say wore an iron mask, while others say his identity was hidden for years, behind a black velvet mask. His identity has long been argued and disputed. But the point to all of this here is— there was, a man behind a mask, d’Artagnan was, a Captain of the Guard, Musketeers existed and their famous motto has been around, for many years, before Dumas wrote it in his ‘Three Musketeers‘! So, we see how just enough factual information, can capture our attention and the characters are turned into heroes and heroines, the stuff of legends! And we so often want to be them or at least, be like them.

In this story, the ruling King Louis the XIV was, a corrupt and cruel dictator. To protect his perceived right of rule, Louis kept his identical twin brother Phillipe, in prison for years and his true identity hidden, behind an iron mask.

The Four Musketeers conspired together, to replace Louis with Phillipe. Out from behind his iron mask and with the Four Musketeers together, they now five, do one thing as one and say all together their famous line.

What was that famous motto? “One for all, all for one”. The phrase is from Latin “unus pro onnibus, omnes pro uno”. Symbolically raising or lowering and crossing swords while saying this, marked it.

All for one, one for all”!

The phrase was likely, first used in 1618, in a meeting between leaders of the Bohemian, Catholic and Protestant communities, resulting in a letter in, ‘Defenestrations of Prague’.

Next it was used by Dumas in, ‘The Tree Musketeers’ – 1844.

In 1874, it became the official motto of Switzerland.

Dumas draws us in to his works, by building his characters and making them come alive. In, ‘The Man in the Iron Mask‘, Dumas not only etches the reader’s mind with the specific characteristics of the Four Musketeers, but gives enhanced meaning, to their crossing swords with their spoken motto—

One for all, all for one”!

The virtues of the Musketeers, are virtues we should all strive for:

• Aramis— for his faith (believing), in a cause
• Porthos— for his Passion, for Life
• Athos— for Love, his love of his son and the love he bestowed upon Phillipe, all without reservation or hesitation
• D’Artagnan— for Devotion to something greater, than his own life
• Phillipe— for the potential of us all, to be Great and Kind, Merciful and Forgiving.

There’s nothing so kingly as kindness, and nothing so royal as truth!”

Alice Carey, (April 26, 1820 – February 12, 1871), American poet, educator, librarian, and civil rights activist-

How powerfully these all combined, to make something even greater in, “All for one, one for all”!

Does all the above, remind you of something equally, as powerful?

In signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776, unanimously, they all together, for each and all pledged themselves, to what George Washington often referred to as, ‘The Cause’! They pledged— their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Benjamin Franklin said that if they did not all “hang together” (unite), they each, “would hang separately” (by the neck literally).

Even while the words were being signed in 1776, work had already begun on a motto and designs for a seal. Should their seemingly impossible and far-fetched vision be realized, they would need to rely upon divine intervention, “Divine Providence” (favor)! In hope, they prepared and they planned a Great Seal, for official documents. Does this not also, sound like a great work of fiction?

This design, for a great seal, was based on another Latin phrase:- E pluribus unumOut of many, one

It is interesting to note that in 1776, there were 13 colonies and there are 13 letters in this Latin phrase!

By an act of Congress in 1792, the Great Seal and E pluribus unum was, the de facto motto of, The United States of America. This stood, for over 100 years. Then, in 1956, it became and now is, “In God WE Trust.”

Note again: Even in our present motto, unity is still implied by the word, “WE”!

The opening of Our Constitution begins with this unity by one word, “WE” Next, it defines who, “WE” are, not a few nobles or the elite, but “..the People”. Finally, Our Constitution defines under whose authority this government may serve and operate, but also, for whom, for “The People of the United States of America”.

The unity of WE is, applied and connected to Our Constitution, our Great Seal, Our Motto, and inextricably bound to the “WE” of, The Declaration of Independence, in 1776.

These are not mere ideas and ideals of past real people or fictional characters. These are virtues, proven time and time again, to exist. And in reality, where they thrive— Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, all flourish and nourish the entire world!

The words and writings of our founders were not mere words, but histories of these virtues— applied and realized.

Life is a series of challenges, victories and defeat. It is full of sorrow and grief. WE have WEPT individually and together. It is full of laughter and joy. WE have WEPT, one by one, and all together.

Each of US is, wholly and totally unique! There never has been; there is no one anywhere on earth and there never will come anyone, exactly like You!
Each of US are equal! Each of US is, independent! Each of US is, independently responsible! You are strength, without measure! But WE are, even stronger, TOGETHER!!!

So, my Brothers and Sisters, let us take off the masks of our individuality, which keep us hidden and separate, from one another. Let US rely upon Providence (Divine Favor). Then, let us each individually, use the full measure of our individual greatness and let US draw swords of our individual hearts and cross them and together, stand unified, Out of many, one, as WE the People, all for one, one for all!

All these things considered and on today, November 8th, 2018, I do hereby proclaim this, the first annual, National Musketeer Day, or WEPT (WE People Together) Day, or WE Day or, WE The People Day!!! Happy New Beginning!  🙂

By the Authority Vested in Me—

Dahni

1 of WE

Wear Your Button Proudly!

#Musketeer Day
#WEPeopleTogether Day
#WEPT Day
#WEThePeopleDay
#WeDay

WE the People are, The  Apple of Gold in a picture of Silver. The Silver (government), WE made to serve US (The Apple), and not to serve the picture of silver (the government)!

Behold, WE, WEPT (WE. People Today), with tears of Grief and Joy! What is, reflected in the Apple of Your Eye; for what virtues do you cry?

My Washington

July 20, 2018

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Not palatial towers
Etchings or engravings
Bronze or marble statues, marble or granite monuments
Gold and gilded
Not tapestries or fine oil paintings
Not the US Capitol
Not the White House
Not the US Supreme Court
Not the Ladies, Columbia, Liberty or Justice
Not ancient histories
Not current and 200 and more years of history
Not the thinker, Benjamin Franklin
Not the eloquent writer, Thomas Jefferson
Not the Statesman, John Adams
Not Thomas Payne
Not Patrick Henry
Not Betsy Ross or all the GREAT women that
made it possible
Not Paul Revere or John Hancock
Not the father of the Constitution,
James Madison
Not the National Archives which hold the
original works of an iron pen:

The Declaration of Independence
The Articles of Confederation
The United States Constitution

Not the Republic on which it still stands
Not the Flag or National Anthem
Not the highly educated or the elite
Not those particularly eloquent
Not the greatest general or tactician

But unlike all the rest and those above and even though many pledged their lives, their fortunes and sacred honor, most went home to their families and lives. My Washington did not!

He reluctantly accepted his call to command the Continental Army, with the caveat that he was most probably, not the best person for the task.

He thought often, that he would die in battle, be captured and executed for treason against the king of England. He also thought he would likely lose his beloved estate at Mt. Vernon, confiscated by England. His greatest fear was to fail! Yet despite all these realistic, plausible and possible consequences, he wrote often in his journal and capitalized the word, the Cause, was worth all!

He did not lose his life, but was constantly aware that at any moment, a single bullet could end his life just as easily as those he saw die, right next to him. In one single battle, he had two horses shot out from under him and at the end of the same battle, he had four holes in his coat, where bullets had passed through and yet he was unharmed. He used the word “providence” and believed in it. Today, many use this word and think its meaning is, is being. fortunate or having good luck. But in his day, My Washington understood it to mean, “in the presence of God”! His often escaping unharmed, strengthened his belief that his life was being spared, for some greater purpose.

He did not lose his beloved Mt. Vernon, but it would be almost 16 years before he could spend much time there.

He was not a brilliant tactician nor infallible. He failed often. His troops were composed of ignorant, unlearned, inexperienced, ill-equipped, and undisciplined non-soldiers. Many poor, drunks, and slaves, mostly the “deplorables” of Virginia and others, from the other 12, rag-tag colonies, were his troops. These were the core, of the Cause!

He was defeated in New York, and lost the city of New York. He lost Philadelphia. Of all those killed under his command, many more would defect. Defeated and outnumbered, the British army only had to follow their blood trail, left in the snow by bloody footprints of feet without shoes or boots, but wrapped in rags, to have ended the revolutionary war completely! But in their arrogance, the British did not follow.

His remaining troops wintered in Valley Forge, PA, for My Washington believed it important, to keep a watchful eye on the city, where the Cause began, in the writing of, The Declaration of Independence. More would defect for fear, from a defeated and hopeless attitude and for it being long since they were paid, the promises made to them. Of those that remained, half would die to dysentery, starvation, frostbite, and small pox. Most lived in makeshift cold and drafty huts with little heat and nare’ a man could even stand up inside.

My Washington separated the cooking areas from the waste areas and moved them to the opposite ends of the camp, in hopes of improving sanitation and lesson the death toll. On advice of a slave, for the first time in recorded history, he purposely infected the remainder of his troops with “live pox” from those already infected with and dying from small pox. He himself had contracted small pox in his youth and unlike most infected, had survived, but the consequences plagued him, for the rest of his life. The mass inoculation saved the lives of his last living troops. These were the core of the core of the Cause!

Benjamin Franklin was in Europe trying to persuade the French to help and provide the Cause with a navy, which the Cause did not have. They were reluctant to come to their aid unless, there was some demonstrative evidence of potential victory. Still, Franklin tried to assist My Washington from afar and kept sending him anyone, the most unlikely persons, from the most unlikely places. One was a foreign general that came to Valley Forge and trained My Washington’s troops, to shoot, to march and become disciplined, all winter long. Many of the British army thought it incredulous and incredible that at the end, these were the same men they had easily defeated and demoralized in New York and Philadelphia.

My Washington knew his troops, inferior in number and experience stood no chance whatsoever, standing face to face with the greatest military force on earth. Instead, he relied on cunning, providence (in the presence of God), and nature (cover of cloud, darkness, fog, rain and snow), to go where and when, none would dare to go or be so foolish to go. He relied on his understanding of the land, gained from his experience as a surveyor. He knew the land and he knew the British did not. Instead of facing the redcoats in direct battle, his troops would fire on the British from afar and even their officers or capture their commanders. This was uncivil to the British in their rules of engagement. And then these uncivil cowards would retreat to the cover of the woods and the land, the Cause knew full well. But they would live to fight another day!

He relied on innovation, long rifles that could fire further and with greater accuracy than their foe.

He relied upon invisible ink and a network of spies and informants and signals from men and women and children, often with such codes employed as which side of the clothesline, the women would hang their laundry from.

He relied on barmaids and seductnrices to glean important information from their unsuspecting enemies.

He relied on a system of communication that Benjamin Franklin had set up, which would become, the U.S. Mail. He relied on a system of riders that rode long distances, changing horses frequently. This system of quick communication would become, the Pony Express.

He relied on guerrilla warfare, much learned from the American general and politician, Christopher Gadsden, the father of the U.S. Marines. Gadsden designed a flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Each coil represented each of the 13 colonies representing the Cause. Positioned below the rattlesnake are the words, “DONT TREAD ON ME.”

Yes, My Washington relied on guerrilla warfare, learned from Francis Marion, the ‘Swamp Fox’ of South Carolina.

He relied on ‘shock and awe’, deception and purposefully leaked false information to confuse and deceive their opponents, who often thought they were surrounded by far superior numbers, when only a handful of men shot from the woods, lit torches and shouted wildly, loudly, hysterically, insanely, ominously, ferociously and furiously! These measures often caused chaos, fear and trembling to the greatest and most disciplined army on earth so much so, they would throw down their arms and run away.

My Washington and his troops survived on little pay, food, and equipment often from few sources such as, every penny earned from his world popular and successfully frequently reprinted work, ‘Common Sense’, by Thomas Payne.

My Washington relied upon such works and heart pounding calls for the Cause as, Patrick Henry’s speech and concluding words, “Give me Liberty or give me death!” My Washington relied upon as did the Cause, on memory. Henry’s speech was delivered unwritten and without notes. The only reason that the Cause could hold them and WE it’s recipients of today can read them or hear them, know them and honor and follow them is because, Patrick Henry was asked for the words and he, having a photographic memory, delivered them verbatim and they were written down for posterity and our progeny, the future core of the core of, the Cause!

He relied upon motivation. He spoke with his men frequently. He walked among them. He lived among them. He fought with them not from the rear, but led them from the front and fought side by side with them. Only his personal slave and friend believed he was too important to the Cause to be killed and to his often displeasure, his friend and slave through the entire war, would place himself in front of My Washington, in harm’s way. Neither man would lose their lives, during the full course of the Cause! He had many works read to his troops, the entirety of the Declaration of Independence, from a copy, right after its publication. He had read to his men, other speeches, plays and other works to inspire his army that there was no greater cause to live for, lose all for, to hope for and even die for than, the Cause!

His new successes compelled the French to aid the Cause and to send troops and a navy armada. The French troops helped to secure victory at Yorktown, and if not for the French and their Navy, the Cause could never have been and would not have been realized!

All of these things heretofore could speak of blind or just dumb luck. Those then and now which do not believe in providence (standing in the presence of God), have no other choice than to accept luck as the reason, for the success of the Cause, but luck was not ever then; not now nor ever, a logical explanation, for the impossible to have been not only possible, but a reality of the miraculous!

My Washington relied on appearance, not to deceive or for appearance sake. As a child, he memorized hundreds of rules for civility. He knew how to dress, how to walk and how to speak; how to enter a room and how to leave it. He knew as a tall man (at least 6’ tall), he stood head and shoulders above most. He used his stature to command the appearance of strength, but also, for modesty, reverence, respect and humility.

Having completed his task, the Cause having succeeded, he was in route to the Continental Congress that was then residing in Maryland. Scores of people, men, women and children came out to meet and greet him, enthusiastically shouting, calling out his name and with hopes of shaking his hand or just touching him. He could have easily become king. The position was suggested to him numerous times and he always adamantly refused! He did not believe replacing one ruthless tyrant king with another benevolent one, was worthy of, the Cause!

But he gave an emotional speech, surrendered his commission as Commander and Chief, bowed to the Congress, turned and walked out of the room.

This was his intentional purpose to not only give up his commission, but to retire from public life and be content with living under the laws of the Congress, as a private citizen, for the remainder of his life. This final act was announced ahead of time. Even the king of England after having signed the Peace Treaty, knew of this. What person of power gives up power? The king said, “If he (Washington), “does this, he is the greatest man in the world!” My Washington did and he perhaps was, among the greatest persons in the entire history of the world?! His admiration and popularity would not and could not keep him private for long.

He said the Articles of Confederation (1777), was “nugatory”, of little or no consequence; trifling, inconsequential, too nugatory to merit attention! He was obviously correct. In 1787, he reluctantly agreed to preside over the Constitutional Congress which resulted in, The Constitution of the United States of America, In 1789.

He was called and once again, reluctantly agreed to be OUR first president. Relying upon appearance, he guided the establishment of the three branches of government and how they were to operate as co-equals, but servants to the People. He abhorred, despised, and had contempt for all political parties, whose lust for power were divisive over differences, rather than unifying over all we hold in common and were essential in the success of the Cause and its continuance, in OUR future as a republic.

He served only two terms, when he could have had a lifetime appointment. His views as limiting government was wholly against lifetime appointments, including, the interpreted clause in the Constitution, for the Supreme Court judges.

After eight years as years in war, as commander and chief and eight years as president, he finally went home to his beloved Mt. Vernon, as a private citizen. He oversaw every detail of his estate and often rode all over it on horseback. His inheritance from his father had made him comfortable, but he built his estate by his own means. Except for the current occupier of the White House, no other president has been as wealthy during war, after war and especially during their presidencies or after their terms. But the Cause was worth more to him than his own life, honor, wealth or success.

One morning, he went out for a ride and it was raining. When he returned home his clothes were soaked. Mt. Vernon had guests and not wanting them to wait for his presence any further, he did not change his clothes. After all the guests had been sufficiently greeted, ‘wined and dined’, entertained and given fond farewell by he and his beloved wife Martha, he retired to bed, complaining of a chill. He later developed a fever. There was nothing anyone could do. He was dying and he knew it. Likely having a will prepared long before or at least when he commanded the Continental Army, he called for it and a second will to be brought to him on his death-bed. Who knows when his second Last Will and Testament had been prepared? He ordered the first to be burnt in the fire in his room before him. No one will ever know the contents of that will. His second will would be executed and among all of its contents and provisions, every slave on the estate of Mt. Vernon was FREED! This last act was in compliance with his belief in, the Cause.

He died.

His beloved wife Martha, burned all their many letters and correspondence between them over their many years as a devoted and passionate couple that were friends and confidants. They kept their private lives separate from their public duties.

My Washington passed away on December 14, 1799. It would be 63 years before the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, during the Civil War (so-called), when slavery was predominate in the South, when Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. It would take 65 years until the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime, was abolished and was adopted, December 18, 1865. It would take a 165 years and several wars before The Civil Rights Act, enforcing the Constitutional right to vote, equal opportunity and other non-discriminatory purposes, was signed into law by then president, Lyndon Johnson, on July 2nd, 1964. My Washington on his death-bed, freed his slaves and in retrospect, his act was prophetic of things to come, though long in their coming.

My Washington is no city that bears his name where much of his legacy could be considered corrupt, a ‘swamp’, “the deep state”, a shadow government; a cesspool and all in his name and image.

My Washington is not the legacy of all the work he tried and accomplished and left to US, the Republic of, the Cause.

My Washington is the First American of the United States, the Father of Our Republic, OUR First president, and WE the People are his legacy. WE are his children; his progeny, the children of, the Cause.

But more than all of this, My Washington is my example that to this Republic, there is no greater cause than, the Cause. That to keep and protect and defend Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness, is always worth any pledge of life, fortune and sacred honor.

My Washington – February 11, 1731 – December 14, 1799

1 of WE,

Dahni

Happily Ever After Constitution Day!

September 17, 2017

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Happily Ever After Birthday Constitution!

Today marks two hundred and thirty years since 1787. It is Constitution Day! Today commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution, by thirty-nine brave souls, on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens. It was signed in Philadelphia, PA, the city of “brotherly love (and sisters too). For better or worse, indifferent or just different, WE’re still here! That in and of itself is a reason to celebrate. That’s it for history today. Rather than a lengthy essay or a long drawn-out post, let’s us just take some time today, to consider:

  1. How far those original 13 colonies had come in 1776
  2. How far those sovereign 13 states had come, from being so anarchistic and so un-united, in 1787
  3. How far this republic has come since 1787
  4. How far you and I have come in 2017
  5. How much further, are WE willing to go

How Much Further?

Happy Birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 of WE,

Dahni

 

 

 

What Happened to Love thy Neighbor?

August 17, 2017

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What Happened to Love thy Neighbor?

By Dahni

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There was a day. It was warm and beautiful. The skies were blue and friendly puffy floating clouds drifted by. Birds were on the wing and in song. Hope was in your heart. Possibility in the air was blowing through your hair. You felt good and walked with confidence in every step you took. You smiled. You smiled at others you knew or met. You said hello and they in turn, gave it back freely and friendly, like a hug and kiss from just a gesture. You opened doors for others and they for you. You complimented and were complimented. You helped out and others helped you. You checked on others and they checked on you. You stood together with them and for them and they stood together with you and for you. Your joy was theirs and theirs was yours. Their sorrow yours and yours, theirs. You were alive and glad to be. You stepped as if you knew where you were going. You were fearless with nothing to fear as all you met and would meet, had your back. You had no doubt, no worry and no fear. You loved and you were loved. The sun and moon and planets and stars and the whole earth revolving under your feet, were all in alignment, for you. You were in agreement with everyone and everyone agreed with you. Life and Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness was good, very good, good for you and good for everyone and anyone!

Then, something you did not agree with happened. Someone that was different happened. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

A fever of the mind took you. It took your heart. It started slowly – no opinion, no confrontation, no questions asked, no getting involved, no making waves, no want to offend. As evil surmising(s) began coursing through your veins, you kept to yourself, you kept quiet, but your temperature continued to rise. Your apathy began to boil and boil over and out of your words and deeds. Disagreements led you to arguments and the fever took your heart. It was only a matter of time; it is only a matter of time until, the fever took and takes, all of your body, your heart, soul, mind and strength. And it is contagious. It is highly contagious. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

I am writing here, to you, you of this country, The United Sates of America. Whether loving your neighbor is, a universal truth like, the golden rule, doing unto others as you would them do unto you or not, I am writing this and speaking to you. WE were never united because, we are all the same. WE were and may yet still be united because, all of us created equally, are all equally fervent and desire the same— Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness! What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

What happened to— Love thy Neighbor? I will tell you, whether you believe in God and believe God or not—the love of money happened! Not money, but what it represents—power and control. Not just power and control, but the love of power and control! Things like money, are made to be used, not loved. People are made, not to be used, but to be loved. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor? The love of money (power and control), happened. It is, the root of all evil! If you require a reference, here it is: 1 Timothy 6:10 King James Version (KJV)

How easy it to love Him that we cannot see, if we cannot/will not love him or her we do see? How can we say we love Him, if we cannot/will not love them He created equally? What stone do you first cast at yourself, for your own weaknesses and errors, sins, shortcomings, your differences and flaws, and corruption and imperfection? If you are to love others as you love yourself and you do not, how much even self love do you have?

Whom or what has made you feverish? Whom or what has infected you? Whom or what owns you? Whom or what controls you? Whom or what bribes you? Whom or what gags you so that you cannot/will not speak? Whom or what blindfolds you that you cannot/will not see? Whom or what has stopped your ears that you cannot/will not hear? Whom or what binds your hands or places instruments of destruction in them? Whom or what chains your feet so that you cannot or will not move or threatens you, your loves and/or whips you, harms you, kills you or your loved, unless or until you do? Whom or what has stricken history, from all your memory or your recall and whom or what strikes it still? Whom or what will come to your aide, if you cannot or will not come to the aide of others? What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

I write these words. I have read these words. I read these words. I am just like you. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor, my Neighbor?

Do you remember, do I? Do you know, do I?? What are you, what am I, going to do about it???????

If I have a fever, I do not need or want to spread it! I do not need or want the undertaker, the mortician! I need and want a physician! I need and want to be healed! I want and need to Live! I want and need Liberty! I want and need, the Pursuit of Happiness! I want and need to be made whole! Please come my neighbor, come and love me and make me whole!!!! I will do the same for you!!!!!

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

 Excerpt from: The first inaugural address by Abraham Lincoln

Fourscore and seven [now, Twelvescore and three (243=1774], years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863


 

Dahni

1 of WE

 

 

PS My inspiration for this piece is from a four-year old movie I just watched yesterday (twice in fact), called: ‘Copperhead.’ It is very similar to the times in which we are living in today. It has always been thus—What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

 

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A More Perfect Union

May 31, 2017

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After stating the authority and the power and the origin of this Our Republic (“WE the People’), the Preamble to the Constitution sets forth its six (6), purposes or principles of Our Republic. The following is the first purpose or principle.

 

“…in Order to form a more perfect Union…”

Excerpt from: The Preamble to The Constitution of the United States of America

In order is, in contrast, to disorder. Order is, the arrangement or disposition of people or things in relation to each other, according to a particular sequence, pattern, or method. It is, an authoritative command, direction, or instruction.

to,” from the Greek preposition pros is, to, towards, or with a view towards.

form” is, the visible shape or configuration of something. It is a mold, frame, or block in or on which something is shaped.

a” as a letter of the English and the Greek alphabet (Greek- alpha), is, the first letter, a beginning.

As an article, “a” (indefinite) it is defined: One; any indefinite example of; used to denote a singular item of a group.

Note: The word “the” is NOT used which would suggest something definite as, “The United States of America.” This order was to form a beginning, something new; something in process, something in progress, and something which can be changed, improved upon, altered, amended and even eliminated if according to the authority of, WE the People, as we grow and as WE deem necessary.

more perfect?” – Can something which is perfect become more perfect or less perfect? NO it cannot! This strange usage or combinations of words should arrest our attention. Can our attention be arrested? “Arrest our attention” and our three words here, “a more perfect…” together form each, a  figure of speech. A figure of speech is a legitimate grammatical usage of words that are truer to truth than the literal statement of fact. Figures of speech are used for emphasis, to emphasize someone or something.

Have you ever heard or read, “Practice makes perfect?” But would not one have to start with perfect practice? I heard a child spokesperson for a recent adoption campaign say, “You don’t have to be a perfect person to be a perfect parent!” Do either of these two line make any literal sense whatsoever? Not without understanding figures of speech!

“In order to form a more perfect Union” is, a figure of speech. This particular figure of speech literally emphasizes the word “perfect.” Figuratively, it makes the word “perfect” truer to truth than the literal statement of fact. This figure is used as a goal to strive for, a viewpoint to ever reach for. It is NOT a final destination to be reached by such finite and imperfect people as all of humanity in this life, but a continual reaching for excellence. Only God (the laws of Nature and Natures God) is perfect and only He or it by our willingness to follow Him or its principles, His Word (or the natural law principles), and His principles can perfect us. “More pefect” removes the previous impediment of the former or first Constitution, the Articles of Confederation. It removes the inability to grow and change by removing the word “perpetual.” One cannot excel or strive for perfection, if they are locked into perpetuity of an unchanging system!

One cannot excel or strive for perfection, if they are locked into perpetuity of an unchanging system!

Union” – Union is, the state of being united or joined. The Free and Independent States united, to “form a more perfect Union.” This is referring to the former or our first Constitution, ‘Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union Between the States of…[list of the 13 states which signed the document on 11/15/1777 and ratified 3/1/1781]’

When the greater came (This Constitution on March 4th, 1789), the former (Articles of Confederation), the lesser was terminated.

The new Constitution was believed to be “a more perfect Union,” better, with its ability to reach towards a more worthy endeavor and to secure and protect and defend the individual’s God-given unalienable rights such as, “Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness!”

In conclusion, please note that this preamble and this constitution omits the word “perpetual” which was part of the Articles of Confederation. If something is perpetual, it continues. It was and remains the ever pursuit of excellence or Our lifelong journey in always seeking to excel. This constitution was NOT intended to be necessarily “perpetual,” but to grow as WE the People grow and deem it necessary to change or abolish it and therefore, it was envisioned as a continual pursuit towards, “a more perfect Union,” among us, WE the People.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

Please note, it is my purpose and intent to repeat the entire Preamble word for word throughout this series. Perhaps WE all will have it memorized at its conclusion and keep it!

 

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Next time: ‘Establish Justice’
Last Time: ‘WE the People’

Ambling the Preamble

May 31, 2017

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Preamble — an introductory statement; preface; introduction.
Ambling — to go at a slow, easy pace; stroll; saunter:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

This is what I am proposing to do with these next few posts. Before WE can amble, this here is the preamble. 🙂

Out of many WE the People are!

 

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Please note, it is my purpose and intent to repeat the entire Preamble word for word throughout this series. Perhaps WE all will have it memorized at its conclusion and keep it!

Next time: ‘We the People’