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Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

March 26, 2019

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Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

By Dahni
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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!”

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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
© 2018, all rights reserved

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

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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?

Tail of a Democrat

July 29, 2018

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By Dahni
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Maybe I spelt “Tail” wrong? Maybe I meant “tale”? Then again, perhaps it’s both?

My first political debate was not as a candidate for office, but on behalf of one, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. It was not particularly eloquent. It was however, highly emotional and deeply passionate. I remember it like it was yesterday and verbatim – “Nixon is not very handsome, and Kennedy is!” I was only six years old. But we three kids were raised as Democrats. Mom and Dad were. Our grandparents on Mom’s side were Democrats. It seemed like everyone we knew were Democrats, except for our grandparents, our Father’s parents. They were Republicans.

Our Mom adored JFK! I believe for a while, she purposely had my hair cut and styled to look like his and thought I resembled him? I did have black hair. But I was, “no Jack Kennedy!”

In the 1988 VP Debate, Democrat Senator from Texas, Lloyd Bentsen, challenged his Republican opponent, Senator Dan Quayle of Indiana. Quayle was asked about his qualifications for the office he was seeking and IF, he should become president. Quayle responded in part by saying, “I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency. I will be prepared to deal with the people in the Bush administration, if that unfortunate event would ever occur.”

Bentsen quickly shot back to Quayle, “Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”

These remarks were shortened and became food and fodder for the media and the Democrats and the brunt of jokes by many comedians, “…you’re no Jack Kennedy.” This became like a lexicon or political dictionary, as a way to deflate politicians or other individuals perceived as thinking too highly of themselves.

But Bush and Quayle became the next president and vice president of the United States. When this occurred, maybe Quayle should have told Bentsen, “I may not be like Jack Kennedy, but Senator, you’re no vice president” (and would never be).

My first presidential election that I was of age to cast my vote was, in 1976. The election year was pretty raucous and bewildering and especially it being, the 200th anniversary of the signing of Our, Declaration of Independence in, 1776. Most of US were still reeling over Nixon’s Watergate Scandal and his subsequent resignation or the likelihood that he would have been impeached by the House of Representatives and convicted in the Senate and removed from office. I for one, did not approve of his VP, Gerald Ford, after assuming office of president, pardoning Nixon and appointing Nelson Rockefeller as the new vice president. To think of Rockefeller being a heartbeat away from the presidency, was unimaginable to me! True to my Democratic roots, i was going to vote for a Democrat anyway, but which one? I can’t remember the 16 or 17 running for the Democrat party. I thought that hot mess was just as stupid and diminishing, as the Republican Party’s group in 2016! Is there something stupid and diminishing about election years that end in the number ‘6’? Is ‘6’ unlucky, ominous or the best WE can do with what’s available?

“Who is Jimmy Carter and what is he running for?” This was a popular and often used quote in the media and by his many opponents, of ALL parties. A hick, one-time peanut farmer from Georgia? I was akin to the South, but still a Midwesterner and of the ‘Show Me State’, a Missourian to be exact. You know, the home state of the guy that Dewey supposedly beat. You know, “Give em’ Hell Harry,” Harry Truman. So, Carter, whoever he was running against (16 or so), for his party’s nominee for president and however he did it, he did it! I had nothing to do with that because, I did not vote in the primary where I was registered to vote, I couldn’t. Why not? Well, in all my years of being allowed to vote, to this day, I have never been invited to join any party! I suppose even then, I must have been undesirable or deplorable. But to this point, I just assumed I was a democrat. I totally missed that whole party sign-up and register to vote, whole primary thing.

But Jimmy Carter was a democrat and so was I. He was running against Ford, a republican and I was not about to waste my first vote on him and his party that gave us Nixon! I liked to call him just, “Jimmy”, i don’t know why, other than that’s what he said, “Hi, I’m Jimmy Carter and I’m running for president.” He had a nice smile and piercing blue eyes. I think he must have reminded me of Pinocchio’s, Jimmy Cricket. I know, it’s Jiminy, but it sounded like Jimmy” to me.

Jimmy served in the military, the Navy, just like our Dad, so that was a plus. And do you recall those jokes, put-downs to be exact, about someone not being too bright, not a “rocket scientist,” or a “nuclear physicist”? Well, “Jimmy”, was pretty close to being a “nuclear physicist.” He worked with nuclear submarines, before he had to leave and take over the family peanut business. His IQ is reported to be way above a genius. That’s all good I thought.

Now Jimmy was wooing the Christians. I don’t think they were called ‘evangelicals’ at the time, just Christians. I was raised Presbyterian and it may have some Christian remnants, but to me in 1976, it was just another religion and I was a Christian. I thought Jimmy was too. He told everyone that he had a “born again” experience through his sister, Ruth Carter Stapleton, evangelist/tent revivalist/faith healer. At first I was thinking, “born again”, OK, works for me! Then he said, “I’ll never lie to you.” OK, I was in.

For a first time voter, at age twenty-three, 2 years short of having a fully developed and mature brain, I thought I made a pretty darn good decision [written while patting myself on the back]! As it turned out, my first-grade debate as a 6 year old kid, worked out better!

After my first-time vote, I found out some other stuff. Yep, Uh-Oh!

For one thing, I heard someplace that Ruth Carter Stapleton was considered the most powerful witch in the United States, in her time. True or not, it sure made me wonder, what kind of “born again” experience Jimmy had??? And Jimmy lied, often! Through Jimmy, I learned a new word “malaise” and our country seemed like it was in one. And for or a long time, one-term Jimmy had the un-distinction of being the worst president EVER (at least to that point).

Now a person doesn’t make a party, but does a party make a person? There’s lots’ of parties, but to be honest or practical, as it stands presently, there are only two that really matter. One person, either from one party or the other will be the next president. I almost voted for a third-party candidate one time, Ross Perot. My point is, I could relate to what Ronald Reagan once said, “I didn’t leave the Democrat Party, they left me.” I have voted several times since Jimmy and I always try to vote for the best, but I have never voted for another Democrat, at least not for president!

Oh, I was a liberal, loved everyone mostly. I was a pacifist, I wanted to “make love not war.” Yes, I was a hippie or a “freak”, or a “flower child”, for a while. I didn’t care what someone’s skin color was, their sex, economic background, level of education or intellect, or their religion, only their character!

My favorite TV shows were ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘Leave it to Beaver’. My favorite political movie was, ‘Mr Smith goes to Washington’, starring another Jimmy, James Stewart. My other favorite (still is), ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, also with Jimmy (James). All these were the salt of the earth, the common folk, and simple things for simple people and idyllic like the little kid in me. Like the character George Bailey said in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, the common folk are the ones that do most of the paying, the living and the dying in this country!

Our first president, George Washington despised all political parties!! He saw them all as divisive, for their lust to get and keep power over our differences, instead of unifying by what we have in common. I don’t know who coined the following, but it fits here and I’m using it, “There’s not a dime’s difference”, among all the political parties!

Our Mother’s parents were of salt of the earth, among the common folk, from large farming families and neither went to college. They were Democrats. Our family of five were Democrats.

Our Father’s parents were both college grads. My grandmother came from wealth. My grandfather was involved with education most of his life, once as a superintendent of schools and he ended his career as a highly respected counselor at the college level. Both he and my grandmother were lifelong Republicans.

Now I can’t speak for our Mom and Dad or any of our grandparents, as they have all passed on. And I won’t speak, for my only brother or our only little sister, my wife or my/our friends. But I wonder if our grandparents with our last name, if alive today, would be voting Democrat? Would they be part of the elite class, the “for the people”, class, the con-job class that brought us everybody is a victim, social divide, and everyone that disagrees with them is a racist? Would they be among the party of political correctness and intolerance and only free if you think like me class? And just in case you think me biased, “Tricky Dick” (Richard), Nixon was a highly intelligent man like “Jimmy”! Is a high IQ a sign that one is corrupt and actually, a dumbass?

And as far as the rest of us, I wonder if we would all be voting Republican?

Everything sure seems different now? ‘The parties’, appear to have switched sides? Has everyone and everything changed?

For myself, this has been my TALE as a Democrat. I got tired of being involved with the TAIL, wagging the dog! Oh, and don’t think that the Republicans don’t want to “wag the dog” too! They just back down when accused of trying to! And this is the parties’ big con. They think “they”, the few, the elite, “the smart ones in charge”, are the tail that wags the dog.

I’m independent now (not the Independent Party or any other party)! Now, I can wag my own tail and Thimk’ for myself!

If you stop yelling at me, calling me names and quit trying to put me down, you will discover WE have a lot in common and WE could be best friends! I still have the heart of a liberal! But one has to have both an open mind and stand for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness for everybody, to be a liberal! Does not the word “liberal” come from Liberty?!

So what? So what if anything is the solution? Why not educate Our-selves and Our children on what WE all are, a Republic, not a democracy of the smartest, richest, elitist, most votes and loudest voices that seek to end any debate?

An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people!”

Unknown spurious quote, falsely attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but it IS in line with his views on education

Here’s a quote I sort of made up—

Give me, the history of Our Republic and Liberty not the parties or wag the dog and it will die!

What’s your tale or tail?

Dahni
1 of WE

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

Renewal

May 8, 2018

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Like the picture above, I sometimes feel like our country is torn apart like the tattered, torn and thread bare flag. Just when I feel like I am all alone and blowing in the wind, something incredible comes along that restores my hope for renewal!

I am 64 years old. This blog has been my research and my passion to share with others, what I have found and have come to love as, The United States of America. I cannot say these things were always the case for me. I did not understand American History and quite frankly, I found it boring and uninteresting when I was a young boy still in school. As a matter of fact, I was around 29 when this started to change for me. I had the opportunity to visit Colonial Williamsburg, VirginiaI purchased what was called the ‘The Patriots Pass’ which allowed me to see all I wanted to see over two days. It was really good for a year, but I learned more about the history of the United States in one weekend, than all my years in school. Another year, I visited Philadelphia, PA. Then another year, it was Valley Forge, PA. Then only about three or four years ago did I finally have the courage to see Gettysburg, PA. By then it was hallow ground to me. The hair literally stood up on my arm as I walked on some of the ground where people bled and died that our Union may still exist today. And speaking of today, I believe that anyone entering into politics as a first-time elected official, should be REQUIRED, to visit all four of these places I have just mentioned, before they ever take the oath of office! Perhaps if they understood what it took to get us here, they may take their job of serving US WE the People more seriously, respectfully and humbly?! I can still dream.

But it takes people time to grow up and I guess I am just pretty slow. Years later I became a trained investigative reporter. Those skills served me well when almost eight years ago at age 58, I did research for over a year and then wrote, ‘RESET An Un-Alien’s Guide to Resetting Our Republic.’ The research was not all that difficult because, it was mostly discovered from public sources. The difficulty was in finding reputable sources as I’m sure you understand cut-and-paste and fake news. But my book was never intended, for commercial success. I had no agent, publisher, no marketing, PR or advertising other than what I could produce on my own with limited resources and sphere of influence. Still, content is content no matter who it comes from. For me, it’s like seeing a piece of trash while taking a walk. I did not put it there, but if I see it, it becomes my responsibility to do something with it and that applies to knowledge gained as well.

Now as to growing up, the facts are that we do not really become fully brain developed adults if female, until around age 23 and us guys, are not as smart and mature slower than girls, around age 25, generally speaking. I’m sure there are exceptions to this, but mentally, emotionally and the ability to correctly judge, kids are still kids until they grow up, whatever their age, in as far as the physical brain growth and development are full. So this leads to a surprise and the reason for this post about ‘Renewal’ Enter a young man named Jewel Gilbert.

Jewel Gilbert

Jewel Gilbert, 23, is from Easton, Pennsylvania and a Junior at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. His freshman year in 2017, he participated in Constituting America’s ‘We the Future’ Contest and was chosen as the Best College Speech Writer for 2017, for his speech, ‘Are The Articles of the Constitution Working?’ Jewel has three passions: To serve God, play football, and perform with Sing For America. Sing for America, a charitable group founded by the Gilbert family in 2005.

“Constituting America has left an indelible mark on his life and he has credited it with providing great inspiration and growth. Besides being a full-time student and wide receiver for the ‘Mules football team Jewel is a founding director of Sing For America: The Art Of Truth And Light. SFA is a concert group, theater company, and art education provider.”

Excerpts from:
https://goo.gl/huoW5h

“It [the Constitution] is something that fires me up so I almost have trouble understanding how it wouldn’t do the same to others,”

Jewel Gilbert

“The core mission of Constituting America is to educate Americans about the Constitution and the rights and liberties it provides and protects for all of us.”

http://constitutingamerica.org/mission-impact/

With the exception of the Supreme Court justices being seated for life, which I do not believe is the correct interpretation of the Constitution, the founders intention nor does it square with founding documents which were specifically written to limit the power of government, this is an outstanding speech! I hope there are many more young men and women like Jewel or that WE will become more like the WE the People we are supposed to be! People like Jewel are our future. I believe men and women like Jewel are, Our RENEWAL!

Please now enjoy Jewel’s speech in his own words. A link to the text of his speech follows the video.

https://youtu.be/6q6SejSku_M

Text of Jewel Gilbert’s Essay

 1 of WE,

Dahni

The Quest

September 24, 2017

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Good Morning WE the People!😃🇺🇸

I do not generally, recommend products and services other than my own, but this one is right up my flagpole so to speak…

My flagpole May 30, 2016

…and brings a tear of joy to my eye…

Tear of Joy

With all the ‘take a knee’ during our National Anthem being played at sporting venues and the ‘everything is racist’ mentality of individuals, groups and even cities and towns, with the consequences of the attempts to change history, by the removal, defacing and destruction of public and private property, of statues and other historical artifacts, perhaps those that are protesting and all of US should actually know something about, The Constitution of this, Our Republic?

If you agree or if you would consider such, I am pleased to recommend the following family friendly and non-partisan, something for every age, board game! WE the People are family, are we not?

Constitution Quest board game

for:

◊ Birthdays
◊ Holidays
◊ Anytime
◊ Schools
◊ Groups
◊ Friends
◊ Families
◊ Any Age

Full website:

http://www.constitutionquest.com/ecommerce/constitution-quest-board-game.html

Mobile site:

http://www.constitutionquest.com/ecommerce/constitution-quest-board-game.html

Facebook:

https://m.facebook.com/ConstitutionQuest

 

1 of WE,

Dahni

Patriotic 1 of WE 🙂

WE the People

May 31, 2017

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This September 17, 2017, We will celebrate the 230th birthday of the signing of, Our Constitution. Whether WE are history buffs or not, most will know the following quotes:

“WE hold these truths…”

excerpt from: The Declaration of Independence July 4th, 1776

&

“WE the People…”

excerpt from: The Constitution of the United States of America, Signed, September 17th, 1787

These two documents represent our founding. The first, declaratory of such things as equality and unalienable rights and etc. Those signing, represented the People of the thirteen colonies which were declaring their god-given right to be free and independent states. Please note, no court in our country recognizes this as a legal document which has no standing and no state, according to, Our supposed-to-be-serving US, judicial branch. But that is WRONG! The same WE that held those “truths” are the same “WE the People” in the Preamble to Our Constitution, and the same “WE the People” of, The United States of America today. But please note again, no court in our country recognizes the Preamble as having any force or effect in legal matters as pertaining to Our Constitution. And again, that is, WRONG, so very, very, WRONG!

There is a familiar expression that those who live under a monarchy either in ceremonial or actual power understand. It was familiar in the times of King James, the namesake of the authorized King James Version of the Bible, in 1611. It was familiar to and in the writings of, a contemporary then, William Shakespeare. And it was familiar to King George of Great Britain in, 1776 and to our founders. The phrase was and may still be used today, “WE the King” (or Queen or other ruling monarch), “of England” (or other kingdom – rule by a monarch). These words are 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. This figure of speech empathizes the nearest noun as its antecedent which, in this phrase, would be the word, “king.” The power of the King is emphasized by including every person and even all the property and all resources of the kingdom.

Our founders were rejecting the rule of a monarch and the dominance of any religion in their desire to be free and independent states with each individual having equal and god-given (Laws of nature and Nature’s God), rights. “WE hold these truths” emphasizes the signers of the Declaration that behind them is, all of the people and all the property and all the resources of the thirteen colonies and not just their pledge of their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, but all of Ours too! “WE hold these truths,” was then and is now, in direct opposition of and in contrast to the words, the meaning and the monarch of, “WE the King!”

“WE hold these truths” in essence is, repeated and made specific in Our Constitution in the opening of its (Our) Preamble, “WE the People!” “WE the People” emphasizes all of the people and the property and all of the resources of the Free and Independent States of 1787 and not just the signers of the Constitution of the United States of America. “WE the People” was then and still are, in direct opposition of and in contrast to the words, “WE the King,” the meaning and the rule of any monarch, even a democracy (rule by majority) or any of the three branches of Our government, THEN and still TODAY!

“WE the People” are, the authors, the writers, the signers, the power and the authority and hold original jurisdiction over all our property and all of Our resources, Our Constitution, and Our Republic. “WE the People,” are, the rule of Law (the Republic), the Law of the Land! Never, Ever forget this!! WE made the government to serve US! We do NOT serve the government!

So, in preparation of the signing of Our Constitution’s 230th Birthday, September 17, 2017, How about baking a cake?! 🙂

Happily Ever After Birthday Constitution— Love, WE the People

 

For Instruction on how to bake this cake, see:

Gesine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For her recipe and how to make Our cake see:

G BAKES
“Get A Rise Out of Baking”

“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!

 

1 of WE,

 

 

 

 

 

Next time: ‘In order to form a more perfect Union’
Last Time: ‘Ambling the Preamble’

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!

 

1 of WE,

 

 

 

 

 

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’

“Nature’s God”

May 15, 2017

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A friend of mine recently said, “I can’t seem to find any reference to Nature’s God prior to the time of Thomas Jefferson. I’m trying to figure out exactly what he meant by that term and where he picked up the concept.”

The words, “the Laws of Nature” and “Nature’s God,” appear in our founding document, The Declaration of Independence, in 1776.

“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and 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, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

Opening of: The Declaration of Independence, 1776, 1st paragraph

The idea that the United States of America is a, “Christian Nation,” has been argued since likely, our beginning in the years which led up to 1776 and ever since. You might be surprised as to its true origins?

We know from basic U.S. history that Thomas Jefferson (one of the youngest, if not the youngest earliest representatives to the 1776 body, The Continental Congress and other patriots), was tasked with the writing of, The Declaration of Independence. It was so because of his skill with language. But even so, it may be understood that there was one writer, but many authors. This is clearly seen in the opening of the second paragraph of ‘The Declaration,’ We hold these truths…”

Let us examine the writer, Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson was basically a deist, although the term in his day had negative connotations such as being heretical or being an atheist. As revolutionary as it was to revolt against their mother country, their king ordained by supposed divine right, the greatest standing military and naval force of the times, words such as “the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature’s God entitle them,” were just as revolutionary!

Thomas Jefferson lived during the ‘Age of Enlightenment’ 1715-1789. In France, the central doctrines of the French worded, les Lumières (the lights), were individual liberty and religious tolerance in opposition to an absolute monarchy and the fixed dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church or of any one church, for that matter. The Age of Enlightenment was marked by an emphasis on the scientific method and reductionism along with increased questioning of religious orthodoxy—an attitude captured by the Latin words, Sapere aude, “Dare to know.”

Reductionism is the theory of reducing complex data down to its basic elements to understand and apply that knowledge. An example of reductionism may be better understood from the Bible?

“Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:”

I Corinthians 10:32 KJV

Whereas we may view the complexities of humanity with its many races and variations, according to what we just read, the God of the Bible reduces this complex data down to there being just 3— Jew, Gentile or the Church of God (which is made up of both Jew and Gentile).

Jefferson also lived during the ‘Age of Reason.’ It follows in the tradition of eighteenth-century British deism, and challenges institutionalized religion and the legitimacy of the Bible. It was published in three parts in 1794, 1795, and 1807. Jefferson died in 1826, but these two ages” shaped his thinking and that of our other founders and their manner of life. When Jefferson wrote our founding document, The Declaration of Independence, agreed to by all the signers of all 13 colonies, he and our founders, believed in a creator whom created all equal and endowed them with certain unalienable rights. Some of the signers were Christian and some held other beliefs. Jefferson’s belief in God the creator was not revelatory. He did not believe in miracles. He believed in the value of the moral code of Jesus, but not necessarily that he was God’s Messiah. God, Jefferson believed, was known or could be known by design in the laws of life, hence, “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.” He believed in ethics and morals and science and reason and he believed this is how the creator was made known. This was believed possible by exercising the Latin term, Sapere aude, “Dare to know.”

“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.”

Thomas Jefferson

It was believed that this was not only the right of all to know, but the responsibility of all, in order to realize and live them – “We hold these truths.” But where did such ideas come from?

“The ideas that inspired them [our original founders] were neither British nor Christian, but largely ancient, pagan, and continental:”

excerpt from a description of: ‘Nature’s God,’ The Heretical Origins of the American Republic, by Matthew Stuart © 2014

Now this is interesting and it may or may not have been the origin of Jefferson’s belief and even it were the belief of every other signer of ‘The Declaration,’ it is, Christian, in that it is written in the Bible and specifically, in the New Testament and even more specific, in the first doctrinal (how to believe rightly) epistle, to the Church, the Book of Romans.

Please note: All scripture references from the Bible herein are from, The King James Version, KJV.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
“Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Romans 1:18-20 KJV

Without controversy, those three verses basically describe, “The Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.” Now lets look at more of this chapter to see in contrast to “The Laws of Nature and Nature’s God,” what the God of the Bible (His revelation of Himself) has to say.

1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel
[good news] of God,
2 (Which he [God] had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith [Greek pistis believing] is spoken of throughout the whole world.
13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.
15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. [Greek pistis believing, a verb which connotes action or if you will, the exercise of the right to, the Latin term, Sapere aude, “Dare to know.”].”
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [shown] it unto them.”
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature [created thing] more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Romans 1:1-8, 13-25 KJV

Whether you or I believe as did Jefferson or in any of the beliefs of our original founders is not what is most important. For one thing, they believed that equality was created in all and rights were given to all by the creator, the “Laws of Nature” and “Nature’s God.” There is no contradiction if you believe God is made known by nature or revealed by His Word, the Bible, Himself the Word or His namesake and only begotten son, Jesus Christ the Word. These all agree. They conciliate in The Declaration of Independence. It is concluded in, The Declaration of Independence. There is no contradiction that our Republic is indeed, based on Judeo-Christian principles. Even if one is an atheist, and believes in the theory of evolution (the big bang theory), there is no contradiction because, equality and rights are a gift of this life force, “The Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, a “creator,” a design and etc. otherwise, there is no equality and no rights, only inequality and privileges. Look at the final sentence in The Declaration.

“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.”

Except from: The Declaration of Independence, 1776, last sentence

This ‘Declaration’ of equality and rights from “The Laws of Nature and Nature’s God,” which relies on “Divine Providence,” the creator, is equal to and…

…as The Declaration is Declaratory of “Nature’s God,” so are the heavens

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth [shows] his handywork.”

Psalm 19:1 KJV

Thomas Jefferson, our founders and our founding documents were not anti-God or atheists. All were anti-divine right and anti-religion. From since the fall of Adam and Eve in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, our species have tried to dominate by force of arms or religious dogma. They have tried to un-separate or conciliate (bring together), Church and State. Kings, Queens, emperors and etc. from ancient times, were thought of as gods or as God’s representatives on earth. This is called, “divine right” and may be thought of by expressing— rule from the throne. The church and specifically, the Roman Catholic Church, uses a Latin phrase, ex cathedra “from the seat of authority” or simply, “from the chair.” I like to think of that as, from the toilet because, it is just crap. 🙂

There is one problem with this concept, Biblically.

”When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter [Greek petros, a small grain-like stone that can be blown about, with every wind of doctrine], and upon this rock [Greek petra, a large unmovable rock or stone] I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Matthew 16:13-20 KJV

In English, what this verse seems to say is that Jesus Christ would build his church upon Peter. This is the verse used to promote and substantiate the concept of apostolic succession. Please note that this verse says absolutely nothing about apostolic succession. But if you look in the Greek translation from which the King James Version came, just knowing and understanding the definition of two Greek words, this verse says something entirely different. The name Peter (petros in Greek), is very similar to his personality. One moment he was ready to die with Jesus and the next you can’t find Peter (a little grain of sand), anywhere. Jesus Christ used the word “rock” which again, is the Greek word petra, an unmovable stone. Jesus Christ simply said [my paraphrasing], Hey, look Peter, you are like a tiny grain of sand. You blow hot and cold and blow about at the whim of the wind. But on this rock (Jesus pointed to himself), I (Jesus Christ), will build my church!

So much for certain ones dominating over the church or of apostolic succession. 🙂

Throne or chair, take your pick or as it was or is, as to whomever in actuality, is in control of the rest of the population. These beliefs were rejected by Thomas Jefferson and our original founders and in our original documents.

From the throne of a king, queen, prince, princess and etc. or from the chair of a Pope or head of some other religious order, both have one thing in common, genealogy or privilege. Whether by birth or royal blood line, this “divine right” is equal to the pedigree or some spiritual association like apostolic succession. This belief was that from the line of the Apostle Peter of the Bible, all true authority of God on earth, being infallible, is thought to be the legitimate authority over all others. Thomas Jefferson, our original founders and our original documents rejected these ideas!

In their day and time, Thomas Jefferson, our original founders and our original documents were revolutionary because, they rejected the “divine right” of the king, the rule from the throne and the rule of the church (any church), “from the chair,” or the toilet. This established the concept of separation of Church and State, but certainly not, the separation of God and State. This is clearly seen in the words, “The Laws of Nature” and “Nature’s God.” As The Declaration Declares, “All men [a plural noun inclusive of all men, women and children], “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.”

Any religion that is contrary to these universal truths would be unequal and would be based on privileges, not rights, and the divine right of royalty or spiritual authority, based on some pedigree of even ANY moral and ethical church, from dominating the affairs of our republic. However, this would not prevent any of the “Free and Independent States,” by “consent of the governed,” of that state, from having a state religion. But among the other states, their state religion would not/could not prevent the rights of any other state or any other individual. But the United States, interdependent, would not/could not have either a dominating governing force (see checks and balances in the Constitution of the United States), or religious force.

“The Laws of Nature and Nature’s God,” clearly declares that we are all created equal and are all endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights. And though it does not declare whom this God is, whether by what is known from the study of these universal laws (Sapere aude “dare to know”), or what is revealed, it does not prevent God, a creator from revealing its self (male or female) in its manner and provides for, the Freedom of religion which includes, the truth! In other words, religious freedom or religious liberty, allows anyone to worship or not, as they deem appropriate, as long as, their liberty and their rights, do not prevent those of any others.

In 2015, Chris Cuomo, a lawyer, son of Mario Cuomo (former NY governor a Democrat candidate for president), brother to Andrew Cuomo, the current governor of the state of New York, is a paid contributor and host at CNN. He interviewed the then Alabama Chief Supreme Court judge, his honor, Roy Moore. The following picture is a quote from that interview.

Our rights do not come from God?

Cuomo is lecturing a Supreme Court judge, the Chief Justice at the time, of the State of Alabama and addresses him with an air of respect in calling him, “your honor.” But the insulted Chief Justice, respectfully, did not agree with Cuomo. In contrast and in direct contradiction to Cuomo, this is what the writer of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson said,

Our Equality and Our Rights come from God!

Does it matter if Jefferson was a deist, a Jew or a Christian? No it does not. Does it matter if any of our founders were deist, Jewish or Christian? No it does not. Does it matter if any were Jew, Gentile or Church of God? No it does not. Does it matter if our original founding documents were based on ancient, pagan, continental, desist, Jewish or Christian principles? No it does not. “Nature’s God,” in concept or in reality is not contradictory, but is conciliatory. Our equality and our rights do not come from man, mankind, humanity, collective agreement or compromise, but from, “The Laws of Nature and Nature’s God,” from the creator, however you freely choose to believe in one. What really matters is not what we may or may not believe, but that “Nature’s God” gifted us with equality and rights!

“Nature’s God” allows for the free choice, or religious freedom or religious liberty, to believe as one sees fit, provided that it is ethical, moral, is equal to all and does not prevent the rights of all, of every individual!

There are two compound words that are now, much easier to understand, inspiration and enthusiasm. Inspiration is made up of in + spirit or in spirit action. Enthusiasm is made of the Greek preposition en meaning, totally within as opposed to, from without and the Greek word theo, which is, God. Combined, its meaning is, in totality or wholly within God, the origin or power of God. “The Laws of Nature and Nature’s God,” are equal to a “creator,” all people being “created equal,” and the “endowment” “of certain unalienable rights.” Things equal to the same thing, are equal to each other!

In conclusion, “Nature’s God” are words written in our original declaratory founding document, The Declaration of Independence. Though equality and individual rights are inclusive or universal, they are written and authored by Free and Independent States that have the right to govern their own affairs, as does any other Free and Independent State or country. We have the right to allow in or remove anyone or anything which is contrary to universal rights and the privileges of citizenship we hold together, as Free and Independent States! And we also, have the responsibility of both now and in the future, to prevent anyone or anything from dominating our republic and any church from dominating our United States, religious liberty.

If these things were not so, there would be only inequality and privileges; no equality and no rights! “Nature’s God” is, the origin of equality and of our rights. And this equality and these rights did not come by humanity, but by the creator and these rights can therefore, not be bought, sold, bartered, traded, surrendered or taken by force from anyone, by anyone or anything, under any circumstances! The Constitution of the United States is the second, but equal part to our republic. Whereas The Declaration declares the origin of our equality and our rights, the Constitution is, for the defense and protection of this equality and these universal rights and our “collective agreement and compromise,” as to our privileges as citizens and how this republic is to be served— of the people, by the people,  for the people and to the people! And this is the responsibility of every one of us, to protect and defend against all enemies, foreign or domestic!

For more information about the beliefs and times of Thomas Jefferson see:

http://www.constitutionaleducation.org/index.php?page=Jefferson&loc=fathers

 

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