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Immigration

July 31, 2019

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Immigration

By Dahni
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A caveat: If you will not read this word for word or just skip to the conclusion, you don’t like the subject or me. There are too many words. You are too busy. You are offended. You do not care. You are part of the problem. I don’t care what your reason or reasons might be, if you will not take the time or make the time, one way or another, you are part of the problem with the word and the title of this, “immigration”! You may disagree with every single word I have written and my conclusion, but according to recent polls, “immigration” is the number one  (#1), issue on the minds of the majority of legal eligible voters, in The USA! 🇺🇸 And one way or another, “immigration” effects and affects each one of us and all of us, whether citizens or not and no matter what your political party affiliation, association with or agree with, may be! I would think; 🤔 I would hope, you would want to do something about it, for at least yourself, if not for any other and read this, word for word!

I promise that if you will read this in its entirety, you will find that “immigration”, is NOT a single issue, but it capsulizes ALL the issues which effect and should be important to every single citizen (including you and I), of the United States of America 🇺🇸 chiefly:

Ancestry
Jobs
Economics
Taxes
Retirement
Freedoms & Liberty
Religion
National Security
Sovereignty
Personal Safety
Personal Health
Public Discourse
Personal & Social Communication
Public Safety
Public Heath
Rule of Law
Justice
Human Rights
Constitutional Rights
Politics
History
The Present
The Future

And “immigration” effects and affects, and should be important to every person that would seek to come here, is caught up in any way within it or by sheer vast numbers, overwhelm it (“immigration”).

And by the way, according to recent polls, “immigration”, is the most important issue (#1), at present, among all potential voters in the USA, 🇺🇸 regardless of party affiliation or identification.

And “immigration” at its core is, a ‘money maker’! A lot of money! 💰 it is Not that money is evil, it is the Love of money, which is the root of ALL evil!

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

The Bible, I Timothy 6:10, King James Version (KJV)

Why would anyone “love money”? Because it equates power. Unjustly, by amassing money (a lot of money), by sheer logic, as the receiver grows in power, it is at the expense of those it has been taken from by any and all means and the consequence of inequality, leaves the powerless even more- powerless! This “root of all evil”, pierces all (the powerful and by close proximity, the powerless) “through with many sorrows”! Unless, it is God which exceedingly, abundantly above all that one could ask for or think, provides. See: The Bible, Ephesians 3:20 KJV

To begin and to be clear, when using the word “immigration”, I really mean illegal aliens trying to illegally immigrate to and into Our country, the (USA 🇺🇸). But to be be non-offensive to anyone and politically correct (PC), I use only the word “immigration.” Oops, 😬 my own B.S. App just went off on moi (French= me), with a notification audibly and loudly, B.S.!!

OK, 👌 so I am equally offensive and NOT politically correct! OK,👌 so “immigration” includes: illegal aliens, legal immigration, legitimate political refugees and asylum seekers/obtainers. Asylum (legitimate or not is often used as a pretext to “immigration”. The fear of persecution (real or not), is often used as a pretext for human rights suffrage with asylum or political asylum. What follows is a clear and simple definition of asylum, with some of its history.

“The right of asylum (sometimes called right of political asylum, from the Ancient Greek word ἄσυλον)[1][2] is an ancient juridical concept, under which a person persecuted by one’s own country may be protected by another sovereign authority, such as another country or church official, who in medieval times could offer sanctuary. This right was recognized by the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Hebrews, from whom it was adopted into Western tradition. René Descartes fled to the Netherlands, Voltaire to England, and Thomas Hobbes to France, because each state offered protection to persecuted foreigners.”

“The Egyptians, Greeks, and Hebrews recognized a religious “right of asylum”, protecting criminals (or those accused of crime) from legal action to some extent. This principle was later adopted by the established Christian church, and various rules were developed that detailed how to qualify for protection and what degree of protection one would receive.[3]”

Excerpts from: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_of_asylum

From the above explanation of asylum, notice the words “Christian Church” and “sanctuary.”

I don’t care and neither should you, what individuals, church, organization, city or state seeks— with billions of taxpayer dollars in the name of humanity, to give “sanctuary”! They are complicit in aiding and abetting illegal actions!

And any sworn or affirmed representative of local/state/federal government, which does not work towards securing our sovereign borders and “immigration” reform, is in violation of their Constitutional oaths of office, as servants of the people!

The US Congress, with many long-sitting members (through several administrations), have years ago agreed and voted to secure our borders and reform “immigration” policies, but have done little to nothing about keeping their word or their oaths to the Constitution or US, the citizens of the USA. 🇺🇸 If this was not bad enough, in 2019, the USA 🇺🇸 has a president that campaigned on “immigration”, was in part elected because of it and has consistently tried to keep promises made and has done much, despite almost constant opposition. Opposition has been nearly constant and from many of the same former agreeing members of Congress, lawsuits and judicial overreach. This is much more than a rejection of the legitimacy of the current president, a vehement dislike or hatred of the president or the Constitutionality of “immigration” actions taken or attempted. Change the law! Do NOT fault someone trying to implement the law!

This will be explained later, but simply answered here. Just compare costs. The president asked for 5 billion dollars towards securing our borders. The request was denied. The actual costs of keeping our borders open and “immigration” costs the US taxpayers, $158+ billion dollars currently. This money is unaccounted for, undue, inhumane and unnecessary! It is is essence, “taxation without representation”! WE became a nation out of 13 colonies that went to war and won, over that very thing!

This is not to say and I am not saying here that none coming to the USA are not being persecuted or the claims for seeking asylum are not legitimate. But the pretext is, that all are, when in reality, all are not. It is merely a pretext to diffuse, distort, lesson, legitimize the illegitimate, shut down and shut off any civil discourse, much like calling an illegal alien, an undocumented immigrant. Labeling a jar of kale as carrots, 🥕 does not make the contents any less than what it is, kale! Oh, kale No! 😂 And referring to illegal aliens as undocumented immigrants, does not make their actions any less illegal! So, if anyone comes to or into the USA 🇺🇸 without permission or legally, it is illegal, they are engaged or engaging in illegal actions and they are therefore, illegal aliens not from here, nor have they legal status to be here! And anyone that is OK with this is either complicit with or essentially are in agreement with, aiding and abetting a criminal enterprise! Why criminal and why is it an enterprise, because profits are made by illegal means!

Notice with all of this, I am not forgetting the potential horrible plights and situations from the countries people are fleeing! I am not forgetting about women and children! I am not forgetting about families, human rights, human dignity or humanity as a whole! These are all important, but so is coming and entering and remaining in the USA, 🇺🇸 LEGALLY, also equally important!

Surely anyone can understand the word, overwhelm? Our borders are overwhelmed! Our borders and our border guards and agents are overwhelmed! The entire “immigration” system, is overwhelmed! Our courts are overwhelmed! Medical personnel and resources are overwhelmed! Education is overwhelmed! The US taxpayer, is overwhelmed from either having to be forced to pay or borrow from other countries including one that is an enemy of the state, China, 🇨🇳 and against their future and the future of their posterity. The massive numbers that have illegally come here or are coming, are overwhelming! “Immigration” is, overwhelming all!

Even with all We have, we cannot take in all that want to come here!

As good and as compassionate; as great and as powerful; as wealthy; as large as the mass of beautiful millions of square miles from north to south and from sea to shining sea is, The United States of America, it is, overwhelmed!

An open door policy of such which exists today in the USA, 🇺🇸 is causing the masses to come and overwhelm all that come and all Our finite resources. Encouraged to come by the fact that our laws are not being applied, many pay inordinate amounts of money to gangs to supposedly safely transport them to the land of the free and home of the brave and promises of ‘The American Dream’, opportunity and a better future for themselves and their families. In exchange for these false promises, which hide ulterior motives, some are willing to be mules for illegal drugs. Some lie that the children they are traveling with are their own, for supposedly more humane treatment when they arrive at the border. Some of these children may be from families which cannot make the trip, but are sent with hopes that their children will be accepted and protected by the USA. 🇺🇸 Some of these children are sent on purpose to be used (abused), sexually or for body parts and organs. Some women are raped along the route to the USA and some are intended for prostitution and illegal sales of body parts. The same can be said for some of the men. Some come sick. Some become sick along the way. Some bring disease that our country has eradicated long ago and can potentially re-infect a whole new generation. Some are criminals- murderers, rapists, thieves and abusers and perpetrators of all sorts of reprehensible acts against humanity. Some are terrorists. Some are taught to lie about being persecuted and are seeking asylum. Some are met at our borders by well-intending lawyers or lawyers with ulterior motives, lawyers that know how to loop through all the loopholes, of the “immigration” system.

All of the people that come here have need of something or have many needs. They at the very least need food, water, and shelter. Many have medical and emotional needs. Many need personal hygiene products, services and educational support about hygiene. They all will need housing, clothing, jobs, general education and health services and access. They will need personal or public transportation.

Offers to send many of these new illegal aliens to sanctuary cities and states, have all but been rejected. Many of these same sanctuary cities are overwhelmed by our own homeless people, in unhealthy and unsafe environments. Many of these cities are run by people that would not secure our borders nor would they take many or any of these that come from outside Our country! Do not talk to me about humanity! It’s all inhumane and they cannot even take care of our own cities and our own citizens! How inhumane is it to subject anyone that would seek to come to the USA, 🇺🇸 to such deplorable circumstances and situations!

It’s is NOT that WE do NOT Want you, WE are Overwhelmed!

But many of the same people that will not secure our borders or reform the “immigration” system, have given and/or are attempting to give these illegal aliens, rights, privileges and services and resources (things), not even afforded to the citizens of Our country. Many of the illegals are getting or are hopeful of receiving driver’s licenses and the right to vote, at least for local elections. The reason stated is that all people, citizen or not, have the human right to participate in how they are governed. Do not speak to me about truth and justice! This is neither the truth according to the Constitution of Our Republic (rule of law and representative government), nor is it just!

Do not even mention to me, trust in government, to not allow illegal aliens with drivers licenses and local voting rights, to not then be allowed to vote in national elections! Not just I, but WE the People, the citizens of The USA, 🇺🇸 the majority of US regardless of party affiliation or identification, do NOT trust Our own government! Like it or not, questions still linger about the citizenship of the last president of The USA 🇺🇸 and at least one present sitting member of The US House of Representatives.

Do not come to me Christians and Christian organizations, and do-gooders, in the name of God or humanity, to guilt me or attempt to persuade me that your involvement in such illegality is “divine” or of God! I am a Christian! There is nothing Christian about this current “immigration” debacle! It is insane! Perhaps those so-called Christians so involved, are duped, tricked, fooled or all of those, because of their compassion and empathy or they are willing participants in the root of all evil, the love of money, which is equated with power.

Now I ask YOU! Are you a sane person of sound mind? Do you consider yourself to be rational and reasonable (able to reason)? Do you have any common sense? What sane, sound-minded, reasonable, commonsensical individual would be OK with the current state of “immigration???

Please allow me to assume that you are NOT Okey Dokey, with the current corrupt “immigration” system, because this is what it is, CORRUPT!

So, what is at the core of this corrupt root of all evil, love of money = power thing? Just remember those that rejected 5 billion dollars to secure Our borders, are by default, in favor of the current actual costs, of $158+ billion dollars to this corrupt “immigration” thang’! I can’t even call it a thing because, a thing is at least a some-thing. I cannot define or imagine a “thang”! Five billion dollars would have been a “thing”, WE could have all seen! We can or could see walls, repairs, upgrades and improvements, and etc, But where in the hell has the $158+ billion dollars (and growing every second), gone???? Somebody’s pocket and some pockets!!

Sung to the tune of: Follow the Yellow Brick Road: “Follow, follow, follow- Follow the Green Money Road!”

Just one example. An illegal child needs diapers. They receive them. How did they get them? They were provided. By whom? Individuals, businesses and organizations? How are they provided? They are purchased or perhaps donated and written off as charitable expenses on corporate, business or individual taxes! Who is profiting the most, the people to whom are being provided for or those doing the providing? The providers!!! Bottom line, who or whom is paying most of the providers who provide? You and I though taxes and increased prices, for many of the same provisions we purchase from the same providers, to offset their costs while maintaining and/or increasing their profit margins! Or in the name of, under the good faith and credit of, the People of, The United States of America 🇺🇸, money is borrowed from such countries as China, 🇨🇳 against Our future and of Our posterity’s future! “Immigration” is part of our National Debt that is growing every second! Congress regularly raises the debt ceiling and borrows more! What happens if we can no longer even pay the interest on these debts? WE cannot sustain these debts! WE cannot sustain “immigration”! WE are overwhelmed! Where does the money go?

“Immigration” is causing Lady to Liberty to turn cartwheels!

Rest assured there is work afoot to out any and all individuals, businesses and organizations that are mostly unaccountable and profiting greatly from “immigration”! A current accounting of anyone and all involved in this Ponzi scheme, cannot come too soon enough for me! Hell, “immigration” currently is corrupt, it’s a racket! Maybe racketeering charges will come?

Just remember that many of the same in government that rejected $5 billion in favor of $158+ billion dollars and rising every second, are also profiting from this F—-d up “immigration” system!

If my words in writing this were worth just $1 a word to write them, multiplied by the time it takes for just me to read them and if I am the only one to ever read them, it would still be a tidy sum!! But at least I have produced something here that anyone could profit from, IF they take the time to read it, assimilate it and apply it! What does the corrupt current “immigration” system produce?? The love of money, the root of all evil and many piercings through!

Just remember that many of the same people that are OK 👌 with giving driver’s licenses and voting rights, WANT THE VOTES from those illegal aliens, they portend to help, to maintain and increase their power over the powerless!

And now you have the chief issues from the single word “immigration” and its cause, for its inherent corruption! It is the love of money which is the root of all evil! The love of money equates power! And now you know the consequences of this power, it pierces through with many sorrows, to both the powerful and the powerless! I am not powerless, for as in our still, albeit constantly attacked motto of The USA, 🇺🇸 it is in God I trust and I hope, that WE together unified with one voice, can profess and confess, “in God We Trust”!

If “immigration” is NOT fixed NOW, anyone and everyone (citizen or other), can kiss “Liberty and Justice for all” goodbye, as she drifts off aimlessly and is swallowed up into the jaws of oblivion and remembered no more!

I have not written these many words for nought, nor intended that if you have read to this point, to leave you with nothing to do about this!

The solution is simple! It does not take a lot of time to solve!! For one thing, you spend less than you have to spend, but never more than you have! But to fix “immigration” requires more than Congress. It does require your will and mine and a collective will of US, WE The People, the citizens of The USA!!! 🇺🇸

Count yourself among those recently polled that “immigration” is, currently the number one (#1), issue because, it contains so many, many issues! Question with boldness anyone seeking to serve in any elected office— local/state/federal! What their stance is on, “immigration” and what are their plans (NOT to study it or even address it), WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO ABOUT IT!

If their answers are acceptable to you, vote them in, which effectually will drive our those that will not! Then hold them accountable to their promises, to keep them!

And even before any campaign, primary or election— write, call and get into the face of any currently elected official— local/state/federal and remind them that “immigration” is the current number one (#1) issue, among US, WE the People of The United States of America🇺🇸. Remind them that we are the lawful citizenry! Remind them that they have sworn or affirmed oaths, to the Constitution!! And remind them that they are, Our servants! And demand that “immigration”, is righted NOW!

And then?

Keep doing these things!!!!

 

1 of WE,

 

Independence Day

July 4, 2019

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Independence Day

By Dahni
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Just 13 little colonies and about 13% of their population won independence for all

As we contemplate and ready ourselves for a four-day weekend, food, fun and frivolity with family and friends, consider HOW it is even possible! While our fledgling little Republic was in labor to be born, our founding mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, kinsmen (and kinswomen), and friends, were preparing for war that held only a fool’s hope of surviving and with far, far less of a fool’s hope that they would succeed! But they were committed to pledge their fortunes, their lives and their sacred honor, ONLY because, it was the right thing to do! Think about this the next time you don’t feel like doing right or can’t even imagine winning!

The original was dated for July 4th, 1776 as this was the date the wording was approved by the appropriate parties in Congress. It was signed, August 2nd.

On this Day in History-

July 4. 1776

In Philadelphia, Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence is adopted and approved by the appropriate parties.

Meanwhile, on Staten Island in New York, George Washington expresses dismay that many islanders are “too favourably disposed” to join the British.

And at Crown Point, NY, Dr. Bebe writes that “The Capts and Subs may generally be found at the grog shops, the soldiers either sleeping, swimming, fishing, or cursing and swearing most generally the Latter.”

But wait, what do I mean on July 4th, 1776, the ‘Declaration’ was “adopted” and “approved”? 

They decided to “Declare” Independence on July 2nd, 1776. But the American Revolution started in April, of 1775. And Jefferson wrote his first draft, in June, of 1776. The adopters and approvers never even signed it until August 2nd, 1776. It was not Delivered to Great Britain until, November of 1776. But we celebrate September 17 as the day our Constitution was signed. Why do we therefore, not celebrate August 2nd, as the date the Declaration was signed? 

OK, so what did happen on July 4th, 1776, with regards to the ‘Declaration’?

On July 4th, the Continental Congress approved of the final wording of the Declaration of Independence. The fancy copy (now displayed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.), was made and included the date, July 4th, 1776. From this, copies were made (the Dunlop Broadsides), including the date 7/4/1776 and distributed throughout the colonies. General George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, had such a copy, read aloud to all his troops. 

A national holiday? Not even close! There were lots of problems and disagreements among our little O’ Republic, for many years, even after the war’s end and Independence was won, from Great Britain. The Democrat-Republican Party liked Jefferson and his Declaration and the Federalists thought it was too French and too anti-Great Britain. 

Even after the War of 1812, there was not much interest in the Declaration. What war? The war between the United States and The United Kingdom (Basically, Great Britain again). John Adams complained in a letter that our New America, was not much interested in our past. 

By the 1820’s and the 1830’s, the Federalists came apart and Jefferson’s Democrat-Republican Party emerged and new copies of the Declaration were printed. 

For many years, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were bitter rivals and wouldn’t even speak to each other. But they reconciled and became great friends at the end. 

“Thomas Jefferson still survives.” These were the famous last words of America’s second president of the United States, John Adams. He died on July 4, 1826 at the age of 92, on the same day as Thomas Jefferson. Little did Adams realize that he had actually outlived his former rival who turned into great friend, by just a few hours.

Since both men died on the same day, July 4th, 1826, a renewed interest in our past and of the document, the Declaration of Independence was renewed. But not completely.

By the times of Abraham Lincoln, the Jefferson Democrat-Republican party had split into the two-party system we have before us today, continuing to divide us from one another. On April 6th, 1859, Lincoln sent a letter declining an invitation to attend the birthday celebration, honoring Thomas Edison, in Boston, MA

“All honor to Jefferson–to the man who, in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document, an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times, and so to embalm it there, that to-day, and in all coming days, it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling-block to the very harbingers of re-appearing tyranny and oppression.”

Your obedient Servant


A. Lincoln

 

Still, it was not until 1870, almost 100 years after the Declaration had been approved, and only 5 years after the American Civil War had ended that Congress passed legislation, making it a national holiday. But how it comes to us today, was not cemented until 1939 and further amended, in 1941. 

Amidst horrible and ill health, the loss of his beloved eldest daughter, whom had died in childbirth, Jefferson wept uncontrollably, in the next room. He was nearly broke and his family tried to shield him from the truth that he was about to lose his beloved Monticello. The era of the original founders was about to come crashing down. Still, the mayor of Washington, D.C., had big plans for the fourth in, 1826. The three surviving signers of the Declaration—Jefferson, John Adams and Charles Carroll, were all invited to attend as were former presidents—Madison and Monroe. All declined for the same reasons—poor health and old age. But Jefferson could not let this pass and was the last to respond and to decline the invitation. He mustered all of his last remaining strength and passion and brilliant wit, nearly equal to his early work of 1776, with his last known public letter, June 24th, 1826. What follows are excerpts of this letter, declining to attend in Washington, D.C., for July 4th, 1826.

“May it be to the world what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all), the Signal of arousing men to burst the chains, under which Monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings & security of self government. The form which we have substituted restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion.”

“All eyes are opened, or opening to the rights of man, the general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth that the mass of mankind has not been born, with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately by the grace of god. These are grounds of hope for others. For ourselves let the annual return of this day, for ever refresh our recollections of these rights and an undiminished devotion to them.”

Excerpts from: Thomas Jefferson’s (third president of the United States), last known public letter.

Jefferson’s visionary friend again and in death the same day, just hours apart, on July 4th, 1826, once wrote to his wife Abigail, how Independence Day should be remembered; how it should be celebrated. He wrote that the date-

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoca [Spanish for epoch]  in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival…with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore. You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory.”

John Adams, letter to wife Abigail, 1776 July 3rd, Philadelphia

In all manner of pomp and illuminations, let the banner unfurl in the winds of Liberty

I am not for changing the day of our Independence, certainly not, but neither am I for, forgetting these times and dates!

From all of this and so much more, even to the despair of having been born and to life itself, only roughly 13% of the population fought in the American Revolution and of those that survived and endured, some went on to defeat the greatest military force in the world 🌍 in its day and secured the blessings of Liberty to themselves and their posterity; their progeny, be it by DNA or free choice (you and I). 

Do not so freely abandon these lessons of Liberty! Be ever mindful of them and never relinquish the vigilance necessary, to keep them! 

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! May God bless you and may God continue to bless, The United States 🇺🇸 of America!

Your devoted and co-equal compatriot,

Dahni

Free to reason, Free to opine and Free to Choose Liberty

From a work in progress: ‘Apple of Gold in a Picture of Silver’ a sequel to ‘Reset’ “An Un-alien’s Guide to Resetting Our Republic”, by the same author

Whereas the Declaration of Independence is the Apple of Gold, ensconced, secured and protected within the Constitution, the Picture of Silver, WE the People are also, The Apple of Gold! Image © 2016 by Dahni & I-Magine, all rights reserved 

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Tail of a Democrat

July 29, 2018

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By Dahni
©️ 2018, all rights reserved

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