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Comfort Yourselves

July 12, 2020

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Comfort Yourselves

By Dahni
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“Comfort Yourselves?” Yes, this is the purpose of this post that you and I can “Comfort Ourselves”, but…

…But sometimes, before I can tell you what I want to tell you and then tell you and then, tell you what I told you (repetition is important), something has to come first. Sometimes, the crap or the cobwebs have to be cleared out, before anything else can be communicated. Such is our times.

Thirteen, the number 13, freaks people out because, they are superstitious. Some buildings don’t have a thirteenth floor. How stupid is it to have 13 floors in a building, but avoid calling it the 13th floor and instead calling it the 14th floor? If my math is correct (not the new modern core), the building would still have thirteen floors.

Oh, there is even a name for this phobia, often combining the number 13 with Friday, or Friday the 13th.

Fear of the number 13: A morbid fear of the number 13.

“Also known as triskaidekaphobia. Written reference to the superstitious fear of the number thirteen dates to the late 1800s. Its origin is conjectural (a matter of guesswork). The term triskaidekaphobia first appeared in the early 1900s. It was derived from treiskaideka, the Greek word for thirteen + phobia, fear of = a fear of thirteen.”

Excerpt from a medical definition https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=20284

Not me! I ain’t afraid of no thirteen!  🙂

I am OK with thirteen and I was born on the 13th day. I do not consider 13 to be unlucky or that I am unlucky because, I was born on that day. Actually, I’m kind of glad I was born!

Numbers in scripture or biblical numerology, have two definitions, for the number 13. It can be apostasy (a falling away), but it is also used as atonement or what I like to think of as, at-one-ment. That reminds me of words like unity and united and that’s what the thirteen colonies were endeavoring to do, unify, be united.

“By signing the Declaration of Independence, the delegates were putting their lives on the line. If they were to lose the war for independence, then the British government would execute them in a very painful and nasty way. Thus, although we do not know if Benjamin Franklin actually said, “we must all hang together, or … we shall all hang separately,” it is likely that that idea, was in the minds of the delegates that day in July of 1776.”

Excerpt from: https://www.historycentral.com/Revolt/stories/Hang.html

Still, doubting the possibility of succeeding and knowing the likely consequences of signing that document, they pledged to each other and to their “cause”, their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Today, many people can’t even pledge allegiance to the symbol of what they secured for their posterity (you and I), expect everything to be given to them from the womb to the tomb, and neither have any sacred honor nor know what that is.

But the circle of stars represented their togetherness, a united front, a unity of purpose. A five-pointed star represented each colony. Five, biblically means, “grace and miracles”. It was certainly by grace and miracles, that they won their independence against the greatest military force on land and at sea in the world in the day. They knew that they really did not stand even a slim chance of success!

Stars represent heaven.

The blue background was symbolic of a new continent, a new country, independence, freedom to think, speak, choose and act.

The red stripes represent life and even blood, for the life of the flesh is in the blood.

The white stripes represent heaven again, purity, the reliance on divine providence, Liberty— “the emancipation from bondage.” Every man, woman and child of the 13 colonies, were all subjects to the King of England and all their property and possessions, were owned by the King. They were all slaves! That’s what Liberty is for, “the emancipation from bondage.”

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

II Corinthians 3:17 King James Version (KJV)

With just three colors (red, white and blue), and the 13 stars and the 13 stripes, this flag and all our subsequent flags (adding new states to our present number of fifty), represent and are symbolic of, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness! It is Liberty which makes both Life and the Pursuit of Happiness, possible. And thirteen is the number for atonement (at-one-ment), Unity of Purpose, those United Colonies, those United original thirteen States, and these today, The United States of America.

But this is not what some people think and believe, when they see a flag, with thirteen stars. The current trend is, it is a symbol of the times of slavery. This flag offends some people. To be honest, many of the same people are offended by any display of the flag of the USA. Well, if a flag can offend them, can’t I be offended that they are offended? It is a free country. I am offended, and I am offended by stupidity and ignorance! I hold parents and guardians, educators and what I refer to as the mass hysteria (mass media), for perpetuating such stupidity and ignorance! But ultimately, every individual is still responsible, for their every word and all their deeds.

The US flag does NOT represent slavery, that’s in your head, if this is what you think. It is not a racist symbol. You would be more of a racist if you think it is, racist. Was there slavery in the 1700’s, when this flag with 13 stars was first sewn and used to represent the original thirteen colonies?

Was there slavery at the time this flag was first sewn and flown? Yes! Were they then or are WE now perfect or was it in “order to form a more perfect union?” I have already told you what this flag and our present flag represents. I will write it again— Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness!

You can “comfort yourselves” with these truths.

A fact is, there were once 13 colonies. Another fact is, those 13 colonies became, the original first 13 states. Another fact is, right now, there are 50 states. Those are facts. They are NOT truths, what is true or the truth.

Then or now, this flag still represents the truths, what is true, the truth that all are created equal, that they are all endowed by their creator with certain unalienable (rights which can’t be bought, sold, traded, bartered, forfeited, seized or taken), and that among those rights are: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!

I can’t help you if you are stupid and want to remain stupid. But I can help you if you are ignorant. I just did. You cannot hide behind ignorance anymore or pretend that you didn’t know. If you believe me, then your can “comfort yourselves!” If you don’t believe me (and I hope you don’t), I hope you have the intellectual curiosity and look these things up for yourselves, for you!

May we move on now to “Comfort Yourselves?” Moving on.

Many people are now concerned, full of anxiety, trepidation and maybe are afraid that this nation is not gonna’ last much longer. Pandemics, riots, murder, violence, oppression, information overload, injustice, fake news, conspiracies and theories, censure and on and on, are straining the seams of the very flag, which represents this republic. Are our times any different than at any time in past? I don’t believe so. Just because these things are happening, should we throw out the dirty baby (our flag, our republic), with the dirty bathwater (filthy words and deeds)? Of course not! Remember, “In order to form a more perfect union?” It never was perfect, it is not now perfect and it never will be perfect. It is in constant motion forward, like our flag waving in the breeze. It is our goal. It is to move forward, not to retreat. It is to progress. I for one am not concerned, full of anxiety, trepidation or fear about the future of our nation, our republic!!! Why? Or why not? I believe in 13!

Comfort Yourselves!

I just keep thinking 13, thirteen colonies. Only about 13% of the population fought against England and often against their own families and friends. Most were just common folk, farmers, undisciplined, and untrained, alcoholics, drug addicts and yes, even dark skinned slaves, some that freely chose, to be involved! Think about that! Out of every hundred people, only 13 fought against a vastly superior force that often outnumbered them. The thirteen fought an enemy where often your own friends and family that either would not help in the least or turn you in or kill you if they could. And even though slaves may have not been numbered among the population, those 13 fought for them as well. What do you suppose would have happened to the slaves had the 13 lost? What were the British doing with slaves they brought and caught? They purposely and intentionally infected many with smallpox and used them as biological weapons, to contaminate and kill whole communities, whenever and wherever possible. Who brought the slaves to the colonies in the first place? But in the end, you can’t steal, kill and destroy an idea, whose time has come! It’s time had come!

You can’t steal, kill and destroy an idea, whose time has come!

I am confident, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, will not be undone! It only took about 13 to secure it. It only takes about 13 to keep it! I’m in! Are you in? If so, that makes 12. There are more, more than enough out there!

Fire burns. Fire also purifies! One can spit on our flag, tear it down and burn it up, but you or no one can steal, kill and destroy the truths that our flag, this nation, this republic is for— Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!

I am confident, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness will not be undone! 

I count myself as one of the 13. I’m still here. I’m still breathing. Comfort Yourselves!

Dahni,

1 of WE

 

 

 

 

Tearing Down Liberty?

June 29, 2020

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Tearing Down Liberty?

By Dahni
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Before you tear down Liberty, you should know what she stands for; what she strides for. If you are a supporter of or a participant in protests erroneously so-called, the words “tear down Liberty”, should shock you to the core! Think about those words. Having the liberty, to tear down liberty?

“Before you tear down Liberty, you should know what she stands for; what she strides for.”
-dahni-

I can think of no greater example, anything clearer and so familiar, than the Statue of Liberty, in New York City Harbor.

In our country, there were two revolutions. One in 1776, was to prove to the then powers that were that all are created equal and righted with Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. In 1861, it was to put these universal truths into practice. We may be on the verge of a third revolution, to determine like president Abraham Lincoln wrote in the Gettysburg Address, whether or not “…of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth” IF, “…any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure.”

When the once defeated Continental Army were run out of Philadelphia by the British, they would have only needed to follow the bloody footprints left by feet in the snow by Washington’s troops that walked barefooted or with rags wrapped around their feet, to have ended that first revolution. But emerging from the cold and devastating winter of Valley Forge, the same British soldiers could not believe these were the same, they had so easily defeated in Philadelphia. But the Continental Army defeated the British in Yorktown, and General Cornwallis through his emissary, offered his sword and surrendered. But it was the French fleet in the harbor, which prevented the British from escape, the essence of the end, of the American Revolution.

By 1865, the second American Revolution had ended with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting slavery, anywhere in the United States of America. Inspired by this, a French man held a dinner party with guests including a sculptor. The topic of conversation was the inspiration from America which inspired the French Revolution against Napoleon Bonaparte. Talk centered on the historic ties and love of liberty the two nations had in common. There was “a genuine flow of sympathy,” between France and America, “the two sisters.” as Laboulaye noted. Laboulaye commented in light of our centennial, just 11 years hence:

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people in France gave the United States
a great monument as a lasting memorial to independence
and thereby showed that the French government
was also dedicated to the idea of human liberty?”

Auguste Bartholdi was the sculptor attending that dinner party.

Bartholdi was a small man in comparison to his vision. He had wanted to build a great statue as a lighthouse. He had wanted to do this work in conjunction of the opening of the Suez Canal. He envisioned a young dark skinned peasant woman with her face covered, indicative of the religion of Islam.

The statue would recall the pharaonic Lighthouse of Alexandria, another of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and in appearance drew heavily on yet another ancient “wonder” – the Colossus of Rhodes, which in tradition appears carrying a flame, thought to serve as a beacon. Her motto was to be, “Egypt (or Progress) Carrying the Light to Asia.” The project was never realized, as there just was not enough money to it.

Bartholdi was inspired again, for such a work, for the work, for the United States. He had wanted its dedication to coincide with our centennial in 1876. An organization was formed to coordinate funding for France in giving the statue to the United States and the United States in funding her base and pedestal. Sketches and perhaps small bronze statues exist which originally offered the visage of a young dark-skinned woman with broken shackles on her hands and feet, but was abandoned as it was considered too offensive and too painful a reminder. She would be more akin to the ancient Greek and Roman goddesses like Libertas the goddess over freeing of the slaves and the oppressed. Columbia, the goddess-like personification of the United States, beginning around 1738 would be its other half, symbolically.

The author’s words were inscribed on a bronze plate, “The New Colossus”, a sonnet by American poet Emma Lazarus. She wrote it to try and help raise funds for the base and its pedestal. But funds were not forthcoming.

Congress failed to approve any further funding. What had been raised had already been spent, and the work had not begun. The president vetoed the project. The governor of New York vetoed funding it. The wealthy gave little to nothing and said nothing. The public was apathetic to the whole idea. Many said, “let New York fund it.” But it was never intended to belong to New York or any state, but all of the United States. The land upon which it was to be built, was approved by General Sherman and belonged to the federal government, the people of the United States. But due to lack of funding and lack of public interest, it almost never came to be.

A Hungarian immigrant, had fought in the War among the States, then became a journalist and rose to become a newspaper publisher. His namesake was, ‘The St. Louis Post Dispatch’. He bought another paper and decided to name it, ‘The World’ hoping to appeal to the common masses. He decided to use this paper to try and fund ‘The Statue’. He promised to publish every name that donated and to shame the wealthy and the elite that would not. Grandmas sent in dollar bills and children broke into their piggy banks and sent in pennies. The funds were raised. The base and pedestal was constructed. France shipped ‘The Statue’ over in many crates. It was assembled and Lady Liberty, was placed upon her pedestal.

In a copper box within the cornerstone, there was enclosed:

• a copy of the United States Constitution
• George Washington’s Farewell Address
• twenty bronze medals of Presidents up through Chester A. Arthur [including Washington, Monroe, Jackson, Polk, Buchanan, Johnson and Garfield, who were all Freemasons]
• copies of New York City newspapers
• a portrait of Bartholdi
• a copy of ‘Poem on Liberty’ by E. R. Johnes
• a list on parchment, of the Grand Lodge officers.

By traditional ceremony, the cornerstone was then tested and being found, square, level and plumb, the Deputy Grand Master completed the work by applying the mortar and by having the stone lowered firmly into place. The Grand Master then struck three blows with the gavel and declared the stone duly laid. The elements of consecration, corn, wine and oil, were next presented. The corn is poured as an emblem of nourishment and abundance; the wine as an emblem of refreshment, comfort and hospitality and the oil as an emblem of light, joy, happiness, comfort and anointing.The cornerstone of the pedestal was completed, August 5, 1884. Another plaque was placed at the cornerstone ascribed and attested by the Grand Mason that sealed it and to the distinguished quests and peoples represented on this historic day.

The namesake of the Pulitzer Prize, Joseph Pulitzer should be posthumously awarded a medal, “For Distinguished and Meritorious Public Service.” It was he and his papers that had raised the necessary funds in order for ’The Statue’, to have been completed.

“Liberty Enlightening the World” was dedicated, October 28th, 1886.

• Her 7 spires of her radiate crown- the seven continents of earth and the seven seas which connect them all to together and could bring them to the shores of Liberty.
• Her torch, held aloft by her outstretched right arm- “Liberty Enlightening the World”, the light of knowledge, a beacon in the darkness to all that would desired to be free,  come, come!
• Her face- is perhaps a composite of the sculptor’s mother and a model he would later marry? But a combination of the beauty and gentleness of a woman and the sternness and potential for wrath, should any enemy from without or from within, threaten any of her children, any one of us, WE the People! And as a woman, it is prophetic in a sense of the woman’s right to vote, more progress, in the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
• Her left arm holds a document- wherein is ascribed July 4th, followed by the Roman Numerals for the year, 1776, when the ideas of all are created equal and all are endowed by their creator with such rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, were written into the Constitution and became the Law of the Land.
• Her stola or toga- our republic similar, to the republic of ancient Rome.
• Her left foot- tramples the broken chains of slavery, bondage and oppression.
• Her right foot- in mid stride is not stationary. It is progress. She is ever moving until, all that want to be free, are free!

Now in 2020, perhaps we are in or on the verge of a third revolution? If you support those that in the name of justice and protest, who by liberty tear down liberty in the looting, defacing and destruction of private and public property, assault and bodily harm, then you are in support of criminal acts, criminal if not of law, then at least of humanity.

If you are a participant that in the name of justice and protest, who by liberty tear down liberty in the looting, defacing and destruction of private and public property, assault and bodily harm, you are a criminal if not of law, then at least of humanity.

By liberty, if you tear down liberty, with the proposition of erasing all offending history, you are plunging yourselves and attempting to draw others, back into the darkness from which we rose and some are still trying to rise from. The opposite of all of this is, to educate, which is, to lead out of darkness and into the light of the liberty, you say you are seeking. To support or to tear down liberty is, to tear down Liberty.

What she stands for; what she strides for

This post also appears on an associative blog, ‘Our Lady Liberty’. Here here are a couple of links to two posts you might enjoy pertaining to this subject and containing more detail:

https://wp.me/pyrh7-Y
https://wp.me/pyrh7-1D

 

Dahni,

1 of WE

 

 

 

 

A Word Fitly Spoken

February 27, 2020

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A Word Fitly Spoken
(an introduction)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proverbs 25:11 KJV

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

Yellow Apples of Gold

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

Gold Apples

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

Yellow or Gold Oranges

Yellow or Gold Quince

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

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

Proverbs 25:11 New Century Version (NCV)

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

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

Reference: Strong’s Concordance, H5301

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

Yellow or Gold Apricots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

President Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You are, this Apple of Gold!

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

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

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

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

You are this this object familiar, this image—

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

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

From The Declaration of Independence—

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proverbs 25:11 KJV

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

From the Introduction to: ‘Apple of Gold in a Picture of Silver’
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Dahni,

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

Impeachment (a remedy) Part 1 of 2

January 18, 2020

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Impeachment (a remedy) Part 1 of 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article I, 3.7, The U.S. Constitution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preamble to The U.S. Constitution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://resetbook.com/

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Pro Bono Publico

October 1, 2019

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Quid pro quo?

By Dahni

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Well, we are either learning, re-learning, using or abusing Latin again. What does the Latin term, “quid pro quo” mean? Quite simply it is translated in English as: “something for something” or “favor for favor.”

If I were to agree to mow your yard for a month and in exchange for this, you agree to take and care for my Lady dog 🐶 for a week, while I go out of town, that’s quid pro quo. If you agree to pay 💰 a $1.00 to the grocery store and they, in exchange, agree to give you a loaf of bread, this is also, quid pro quo. In legal and political use, the term just descends into hell from there. Then, in the hell of, subject to what you believe and interpret, we hear or learn such things as: coercion, harassment, “shakedown”, force and ideas like some mafia godfather, asking for a favor or an offer, you cannot refuse. Such is the public scenario being used or abused, as grounds to impeach, a sitting US president.

Oh, it does not matter that that a transcript of a conversation between two presidents of two different countries and its release was agreed upon by both, declassified and released to the public. And it does not matter that both presidents, publicly agreed that there was no “pressure” put on anyone, to do anything.

What matters to some politically, who paint this exchange as criminal is, the word “favor” (do “us” the USA “our country”, and not “me” personally), was used in the conversation. And to further this interpretation, just mentioning the name of a person that just happens to be running in 2020, in opposition to president Donald Trump, is grounds for impeachment? Why this just further proves the demand for this favor to impugn the integrity of one, for the sole benefit of another, to win an election? It’s a violation of campaign finance law? It’s opposition research or digging for dirt on your potential challenger? But you can forget about a threat of you either do us this favor or you won’t get money or aide from us because, it does not exist in this transcription! There is no mention or implication that any money is at stake or being withheld, unless this “favor” is done!

This transcript only factually shows two things: congratulations for winning an election and the context of the “favor” involves corruption, to which both presidents have had and are, having to presently deal with. Don’t take my word for this or what the media paints and want you to believe, read it for yourself!

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Now as to “word for word”, one US senator wants to see this conversation “word for word.” This implies that she believes what has been released to the public, is not. Not only does this call into question the honesty of our president, all those involved that heard the actual phone conversation and prepared the transcription, it also, questions the honesty and integrity of, the president of Ukraine.

Is there a word-for-word or actual recording of this call? Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first US president to record his private calls. This practice ever since continued until president Nixon, whose refusal to turn over tapes, was leading to his potential impeachment, led to his willful destruction of US property and ended with his resignation, as president of the United States.

But, no, this senator and others now question and do not accept this publicly released transcription. Surely there must be one more complete? There must be a recording? The speaker of the house has gone so far as to suggest that taking private and classified documents and placing them on a more secure server with limited access, but still maintained as governmental property, amounts to nothing more than a cover up?  Do you see seeds of mistrust and association with another president that did indeed, try to cover up? Do you see the grounds for impeachment being set down? Do you see that government is not trusted even by itself? Do you recall a former Secretary of State and 2016 nominee running for president, set up her own private server? Moving private and/or classified information to a more secure server in the government, is this to cover up or perhaps to protect the information and limit access to it? Why? I don’t know, maybe because conversations of the president of the US, the president of Mexico and now Australia twice, have been released or leaked to the press?

The more secure server, is it to cover up or protect the information from unauthorized and illegal leaking? I would think an illegal and unauthorized private server would be used because: you don’t trust the government and/or you are trying to limit access, trying to hide it or cover it up?

Now what about the whistle blower? There is a law designed to protect them and procedures to follow, to make their complaint credible and urgent. Prior to August of 2019, just days before the transcription was publicly released, someone(s) in the Intelligence community, uploaded a change in the form to submit such a complaint. Prior to this, the complainant had to have “first hand knowledge.”  The complaint now seen, freely admits that the complainant did not/does not have “first hand knowledge.’ Rightfully so, they were not one of over 12 people that were privy to the call between two presidents. This means that those (someone or someones), that were present, leaked this information to someone that was not authorized to have it! In other words, the information was leaked to someone unauthorized to have it and they were not authorized to leak it or even submit the proper form required, for whistle blowers.

This is called hearsay, second-hand and third-hand information, gossip and etc. Prior to August 2019, hearsay is not allowed as, it is not allowed in any court of law. Why? The accused has the constitutional right to confront their accusers and anything less than first-hand knowledge, is not allowed. But this was changed without date, reason or whom(s), made the change, for submitting the complaint.

This is precisely why people don’t trust lawyers (the legal profession as a whole), the mainstream media and politicians, even far, far less! Law, which exists to protect the rights of the people, is tainted (abused), and question the very people, they are elected by and are supposed to serve. The mindset is, guilty until if and whenever if, proven innocent? Facts do not matter? Guilt or innocence does not matter, only what can be proved? And the only proof required is, what do you believe and what can you get others to believe?

Well, this is what I believe. I’ll add some more Latin words for you to consider. The context of this entire conversation between the president of the United States and the president of Ukraine is, the mutual need for cooperation against corruption, plaguing both countries! In Latin this is, Pro Bono Publico, “for the public good”!!!!

I can think of two other things that are also, Pro Bono Publico “For the public good”!

 

1 of WE,

 

Truth and Reason and appetite (an Intro.)

February 25, 2019

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Truth and Reason and appetite (an Intro.)

By Dahni
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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”

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

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

Secure the Blessings of Liberty

March 22, 2018

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By Dahni
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There can be no Blessings of Liberty without Security!

I find research, compassion, sharing, and being solution driven and calls to action, interesting. The call to take action may also, be thought of as, a “call to arms.” When it comes to the Blessings of Liberty, this is, “our call to ”arms”!!

Few people understand the 2nd Amendment or what is behind it, in having “it”, in the Constitution.

This ignorance is caused by our failure to understand the Constitution and what is behind it. We do not understand it because, we are not taught or we do not choose to take up “arms”, for it. That “it” is, the Declaration of Independence.

To be clear, the 2nd Amendment is, inextricably bound to the Constitution. It cannot be separated from it. The Constitution is, inextricably bound to the Declaration of Independence. It cannot be separated from it.

“Things equal to the same things are, equal to each other.” (1)

Euclid

(1) A Mathematical axiom by Euclid, called the Father of Geometry, who lived around 300 BC, in Alexandria Egypt.

For clarity and simplicity, I will use two documents and 8 words from them:

1. “Life”
2. “Liberty”
3., 4., 5., 6. “The Pursuit of Happiness”
7. “Arms”
8. “Secure”

The Declaration of Independence is, declaratory of many things, but most importantly, of unalienable rights that among these are– “Life,” “Liberty,” and, “The Pursuit of Happiness.”

The Constitution is, the resolve to be readied and active, to protect, defend and preserve (“Secure”), these and all rights, for ourselves and our posterity– to, of and by, the collective, WE the People.

Although unalienable rights which are, endowed by God, would apply to all humankind the world over, the United States of America put it in writing, in our founding documents. Due to the presence of evil or if you prefer, the corruption of our innate imperfection and therefore, a proclivity (tendency), towards corruption, this necessitates “arms”, to protect, defend and preserve (“Secure”), these rights.

The issues are, behavior and responsibility. Neither can be legislated. No law can force anyone to behave responsibly. It can only warn and punish those, which do not act responsibly.

Does anyone have the right to be uncivil towards any other? Think about that the next time you think about “civil rights”, irresponsibly act or behave in any uncivil manner. Courtesy and responsibility are also, “arms” to secure, “The Blessings of Liberty!”

Courtesy and responsibility are also, “arms” to secure, “The Blessings of Liberty!

Every citizen in the USA has the right to bare “arms” and the right to exercise that right, in a responsible and “civil” manner. Because some may not act responsibly and in a civilized manner, this is exactly WHY, we have the right to bare “arms” in the first place. Actually, this second amendment right, follows the first–

First Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

U.S.A. Constitution, First Amendment

The whole purpose of this entire amendment is inextricably bound to, the Declaration of Independence and to rights that among these are– “Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness.”

Things equal to the same things are, equal to each other.

Following this, let us now read the–

Second Amendment.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

U.S.A. Constitution, Second Amendment

There are four phrases in this sentence. They are each separated by commas. But they are also, joined and form a complete thought, a whole sentence. This whole connected thought is, concluded with a period. A period (.),  as in – that’s it, done, moving on, next and etc.! Each phrase is separate, but–

Things equal to the same things are, equal to each other.

What does “infringed” mean?

Infringed – to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or transgress:

What shall (not will, but absolute or absolutely), NOT, be “infringed?” The right of the people to keep and bare “arms” shall not be infringed! Why? Our right to keep and bear “arms” is necessary because, it is NECESSARY, to the security of a free state! A union of free states is only possible if, each state is free. The state is only free if, its people are free! How is this possible? The “state” can only be “free” by, a “well regulated militia”. Notice the words, “well regulated.” It does not say– unwell, uncontrolled, un-responsible’ or unorganized, undisciplined, unwise, unrestrained un-financed’ or unregulated, but “well regulated.” This is not possible without the necessity, to secure the freedoms of each state. Each state is only free if, its people are free. This freedom is only possible if, the people have the right and responsibly exercise this right, to keep and bare “arms”.  And this is only possible, if they are NOT and shall not be, infringed.

Things equal to the same things are, equal to each other.

The importance of the second amendment is central to all our rights as individuals and as a people. Without the second amendment, no other right is possible to be exercised, realized and secured. Why, because of evil, infallibility and corruption inherent in all people, security is necessary. Servants of government are, after all also, just people, imperfect people.

In reading the Declaration of Independence of 1776, there are twenty-seven (27), separate acts of infringement of, unalienable rights, by the government (King George). He violated the separation of powers (legislative, executive and judicial). This compelled the colonies, in legal terms, to separate and to self-govern because, government (King George), had broken the laws of “Nature and Natures God”, universal law. To secure those rights, the colonists were prepared to and did, take up “arms”!

As security is the primary function of government, government being a necessary evil, its secondary function is, to be restricted and limited, so as to not infringe on the rights of its boss, its master, its people, WE the People.

Things equal to the same things are, equal to each other.

Again, our rights do not come from government. The Declaration and the Constitution merely declare or list, what some (not all), of our rights are. And it declares– certain restrictions and limits its government or anyone; any thing, from power and authority, not granted by, WE the People.

“…in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added:”

Excerpt from: the Bill of Rights or the First Ten Amendments to the Constitution, March 4th, 1789

Note the words, “declaratory and restrictive clauses”. Any rights mentioned in these ten amendments are NOT given by our government, they are “declared” because, they have always existed, for and to all people, all over the world and for all time. What distinguishes our Republic from all other sovereign people is, we have many of our preexisting rights, and separation of powers and certain restrictions, put into writing and this Constitution is, the law of, WE the People. It was written to secure these rights, from even our government, which otherwise, would endeavor to infringe, violate, and transgress them!

It must be clear and clearly understood that neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution gives or affords anyone, any rights whatsoever! The first merely declares some of them and the latter declares others, for the express purpose of, the government of, by, and for the people, to secure those rights. This is the primary responsibility of government, not to give anyone any rights, but to secure them. Rights cannot be exercised without security. Security is the responsibility of, not only our government to secure those rights, but also, everyone of us, WE the People!

Things equal to the same things are, equal to each other.

Then there is the argument as to whether the Constitution of the United States is “organic”, as something unmovable and not subject to change? Or, is the Constitution “living”, as something dynamic and subject to change?

The two polar opposites are– the Constitution being “organic”, cannot be changed by interpreting what strict constitutionalists believe, the original intents that the writers of the Constitution meant. If the Constitution is a “living” document, then it can be interpreted and/or applied to the current times in which people live.

The difference between “Organic” and “Living” are crucial to understand. By “differences” I mean as they are held as separate, but not equal. If it is only “organic”, then it cannot be altered or changed and relates to the past. If it is “living”, it can be altered and changed and relates to the present. This would mean that the past is obsolete and only the present matters. In other words, “organic” law was, for the times in which they were written, but are not relevant today? These words were written in the 18th century and they were fine or OK then. But this is the 21st century and the past is past?

Perhaps the phrase “organic law”, was first suggested by Abraham Lincoln? The following is from his first inaugural address, as president of the United States.

“But no organic law can ever be framed with a provision specifically applicable to every question which may occur in practical administration.”

Excerpts from the first inaugural address, by Abraham Lincoln, Monday March 4th, 1861

I would like to point out that Lincoln never used the words “interpreted” or ”pending judicial review”. He never said it was from the past or obsolete. But he did say and it is written and the word is,  “application.” Some believe that what he meant by “no organic law” was, to imply that the Constitution is a “living” document? In reading the entire address, others suggest that Lincoln interchangeably used “organic law” with the Constitution and that is all he meant, nothing more and nothing less?

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, arguably once the Supreme Court’s most conservative member,  grabbed headlines for his remarks made, while speaking to a group of students at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas, January, 2013.

Scalia said law schools did not sufficiently emphasize that judicial decisions should reflect the letter of the law. You could replace the words, “letter of the law” with “organic law” or the single word, “constitution” as it was originally written. Justice Scalia spoke of schoolchildren coming to visit the Supreme Court and calling the Constitution, a– “living document” –

“It’s not a living document. It’s dead, dead, dead!”

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

With all due respect to Justice Scalia, “organic law” is NOT dead and it is also, a “living document” because, it is also, “living law”! Yes, I believe the Constitution is both “organic” and “living” law, but not as you or others might think. Think of “organic” as something we need to sustain our lives. “Organic” is for, the “living.” What is “living” cannot long survive on inorganic matter. But the “living” thing changes throughout its life, like: seed —sprout, seedling, vegetative, budding, flowering and ripening (maturing or harvesting).

SEED —SPROUT, SEEDLING, VEGETATIVE, BUDDING, FLOWERING and RIPENING.

The seed (The Declaration & the Constitution), is “organic” law. There can be none without the other. They are one. It says what it means and means what it says.

The various stages of growth (the application), is “Living” law (dynamic and changing law).

As far as the Declaration and the Constitution are concerned, they are “organic” – unchanging and unmovable law, but it is also “living” – dynamic and changing law.

Things equal to the same things are, equal to each other.

How can the law be both “organic” and “living”? The principles and precepts, our rights are, “organic” – unmovable and unchanging law. It is “living” – dynamic and movable law, as to its current or present application. 

The key to understanding this is, a single word. This word is NOT interpretation, but the word is, “application.” This is most clear when we look at the second amendment and the word, “arms”.

The word “arms” may be defined and understood, according to the means and methods and manners of the day in which they were first written, in our founding documents. The same would be equally true today or at anytime, by its “application”. Application proceeds from its “organic” nature and thus, it is “living.” In other words, its application, its “living” nature may and can be applied because of, its “organic” nature.” Our rights do not change nor do the restrictions or limitations of government, to not infringe those rights. This is “organic” law. So the only thing left is the “application” which is, the “living” law. Our law is, both “organic” and “living”–

Things equal to the same things are, equal to each other.

First Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

U.S.A. Constitution, First Amendment

The context of the above text is, “organic” law. It, like the Declaration of Independence, declares that the former government (King George) had infringed universal, God-given, unalienable rights which are, from the laws of Nature or Natures God. The individual is endowed by their creator (not a person or persons), with certain unalienable rights that among these ARE, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. The King tried to establish a religion (the Church of England of which he was also, the head). He prohibited the free exercise of any other religion. He abridged free speech and the press. He refused the peaceable assembly and the petitions to government (himself), for a redress of grievances.

The context of the above text is, “living” law. In order to form a more perfect union, the application of the organic law was to appoint and elect by the people, representatives of the people (Representatives and Senators). These representatives ONLY, are empowered to make law instead of one or a few. But they were not then nor are they now, able to make any law which infringe the right to secure any right, universal or God-given, from the Laws of Nature, Nature’s God, the creator whom, has endowed each individual with certain rights that among these are, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!”

The whole purpose of this entire amendment is inextricably bound to, the Declaration of Independence and to rights that among these are– “Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness.”

Things equal to the same things are, equal to each other.

Following this, let us now read the–

Second Amendment.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

U.S.A. Constitution, Second Amendment

Some say and believe the words of the second amendment are opaque or unclear, too loose, faulty; imperfect and subject to interpretation, as the powers that be, see fit? Interpretation of law is, infringement! To understand the context of law is, how the law was applied!

Interpretation of law is, infringement! To understand the context of law is, how the law was applied!

Not you, not I and not anyone, has the right to interpret the law! It does not matter what anyone might think or believe that the writers of our founding documents originally meant and intended! That is interpretation and infringement. Their words were and are, specific and clear, crystal clear! The only thing different today should be, how these words apply.

There is much more to “arms” than bullets and guns

In the day in which this right was written, “arms” may have not been much more than a knife, an ax, a pitchfork or a single shot musket, as to physical “arms”. But in the past, today, and always, “arms” are more, much more than physical means to disarm an opponent, an enemy! Anything or anyone that would separate anyone, from their God-given unalienable rights is, an enemy.

To disarm would include— the physical means, mental, psychological, civil, responsible, courteous, emotional, spiritual or any other means necessary, to disarm an opponent or an enemy.

The fourth amendment states our right to be “secure” in our “persons, houses, papers and effects”, and that no one, no thing, not government and nothing, shall violate (infringe), that right. No one, not you nor I can can surrender, forfeit, transfer, trade give away or sell our rights because, they are unalienable, we are endowed with them! Our creator endows our rights! They are a gift! No one can take away our rights! It is so written in our founding documents. It is both “Organic” law and “Living” law when applied to their current or present time.

Not the NSA, not Google; not Facebook or any other person or thing, has the right to take and store our data, their agreements all be damned! And neither do we have the right to agree with those agreements! Why, because they infringe on our right, to secure our right, to secure our rights!

An application of our current times to our law (Organic & Living law), is to “arm” ourselves with data protection, virus protection, malware protection, ad-blockers, secure WIFI, virtual private networks (VPN’s), anti-spam, anti-phishing software and etc. or we should get off the Internet, away from social media, cellphones, anything digital or that which contains global positioning satellite (GPS), technology. All of these things are or can be also, “arms.” Competition is or can be “arms”! Build a better mousetrap, social media and etc. All of these “arms” are, a lot more than just knives, bullets and guns, are they not?!

Today, “arms” could include an AR-15 or some other high-tech number of “arms.” It does not matter what the physical means to disarm are, as they are inanimate objects, which have no ability to disarm! Only the individual can arm themselves and disarm an opponent, an enemy. Only responsible individuals so armed, form the security of a free state. Only responsible individuals are free. Only responsible individuals are well-regulated. Only responsible individuals, shall not be infringed.

Things equal to the same things are, equal to each other.

Does anyone have the right to be uncivil towards any other? Think about that the next time you think about “civil rights”, irresponsibly act or behave in any uncivil manner. Courtesy and responsibility are also, “arms” to secure, “The Blessings of Liberty!”

Things equal to the same things are, equal to each other.

Think of responsibility as, the ability to respond and to respond, responsibly. One could take a knife, kind words and courtesy to a gunfight and disarm their opponent if, they are first to respond and the first to disarm. A car, truck, home-made explosive, incendiary device, a drone and other such inanimate objects can be “arms”, but all of them, require the programming and control by people. It is responsible people that are to keep and bear “arms”, who shall not be infringed!

Just as the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States and its amendments do not define “arms” in the past (organic law), or its application (living law), in the present. Neither do these specify how many “arms” anyone may have or how much ammunition one may “keep and bear”. Consider this– why should our government be allowed to “keep and bear…” any “arms” that its people cannot? That would be or is, irresponsible and infringement of our right, to secure our right, to secure our rights! Now I am not suggesting that we all go out an acquire a nuclear device, but I do sometime wonder about microwaves and our cellphones, pretty much doing the same thing only more slowly? But remember the words of Franklin—

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”

Benjamin Franklin

The second amendment does not define the purposes of bearing “arms” only its reason, for security. They could have been used; they could be used, to acquire food, for sport, for collections, for investments, for history, and for protection of property and persons, papers, effects, and for etc., and even our data, our intellectual property. No, this right does not specify the type of “arms”or how many one could have and how much ammunition one may “keep”. The second amendment is, just a simple and complete sentence (organic law), which ends with a period. Its parts, separated by commas are–

Things equal to the same things are, equal to each other.

Behind this right (the context, for which it applied), were the British that tried to confiscate “arms” and disarm the colonies. Today, this same thing follows armed conflict and even under the banner of a well-intended protest, in the name of, ‘gun control’. Why not call it, “arms” control, to be accurate? Why would or why should any responsible parent, guardian or caretaker allow, their children to protest against the right to secure the right, to secure our rights? Ignorantly or intentional, these are not acts of responsibility! Why would or should any responsible teacher, administrator or other adult, paid and entrusted by the public to educate our children, allow our children to protest, against the right to secure the right, to secure our rights? Through ignorance or if intentional, these are not the actions of responsible adults! Well, neither “arms” nor type and number of “arms” and amount of ammunition, are the issues!

Rights and responsibility are inextricably bound to each other. One cannot be separated from the other. One could be on the right track, but get run over, if they were to just stand there. No, that would NOT be a responsible thing to do!

Education is another way to arm and disarm.

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people…They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”

Thomas Jefferson

Self-government or self-governing, (Liberty) is, another way to arm and disarm (Secure).

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”

Benjamin Franklin

Franklin’s words above are often quoted, but rarely ever explained in the context (how it was applied), in which they were given. Without its context, these words are believed to suggest that we may agree to give up some or all of our liberty, in exchange for “a little safety” (security)? But this is not, absolutely not, what Franklin said! The Penn family ruled Pennsylvania from afar and appointed their own governor. The governor repeatedly blocked the legislature from raising money (taxing its people), for their security. The Penn family were willing to “pay” for the security of the state, in exchange for the legislature NOT, taxing their lands. This was an attempt by the Penn family, to violate “separation of powers”. They were trying to give this authority to the executive branch instead of the legislative branch. These were attempts to prevent the legislative branch, from doing its job under its sole constitutional authority, to make law and to “provide for the common defense.” This was an infringement of the right to self-govern. But Franklin’s quote shows, “Liberty” and “Safety” are, aligned. We cannot have one without the other–

Things equal to the same things are, equal to each other.

The application of Liberty and Security is, another way to arm and disarm.

“On every occasion [of Constitutional application] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying [to force] what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, [instead let us] conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” 

Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, 12 June 1823

Training and preparation is, another way to arm and disarm.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.”

James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434, June 8, 1789

The history of application, and education with preparation and training is, another way to arm and disarm.

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

William Pitt (the Younger), Speech in the House of Commons, November 18, 1783

Our government could be considered as notorious, infamous, or having a proclivity (tendency), to use some crisis, some national state of emergency (real or imagined), to infringe our right, to secure our rights. A nervous populous may consider giving up some or all of our rights, in exchange for “safety” or some good-will cause. In its basic form, this is infringement and brought to bear by fear. WE need to see this, understand it and overcome fear, by the history of application, and education with preparation and training with “arms”. To arm responsibly is, the ONLY responsible way, to arm and disarm. It is the first law of nature (Laws of Nature or Nature’s God).

“This may be considered as the true palladium(2) of liberty…. The right of self defense is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”

St. George Tucker, Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1803

(2) Palladium is both an interesting and an excellent word choice by Tucker. Lets first look to its origin.  It is from the Greek word Palládion, noun use of neuter of Palládios of Pallas, equivalent to Pallad- (stem of Pallás) Pallas + -ios adj. Suffix. It is named after the epithet of the Greek goddess Athena, acquired by her when she slew Pallas. It was also, a statue of Athena, especially one on the citadel of Troy on which the safety (secure, security), of the city was supposed to depend. Palladium is also, a chemical element with symbol Pd and atomic number 46. It is a rare and lustrous silvery-white metal, discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston. He named it after the asteroid Pallas, which was itself named after the epithet of the Greek goddess Athena. On the MOH scale (measures weight from 1-7), platinum is rated at a 4 and palladium, a 5. When alloyed (armed), platinum goes up to a 4.5 and palladium to a 5.75. Just to give you some context as to what these numbers mean, the bottom of the scale is talc and at the top is diamond. Your finger nail would rate at 2.5, the same hardness as pure gold or pure silver. Stainless steel is a 6 and a diamond is 7. Perhaps Tucker knew of this discovery in 1803 when he wrote the text above? Perhaps he did not? To which ever application (“living” law) he was referring to, secure, security is, “organic” law!

Returning now, this last time here, to the second amendment, know this– our individual right to secure our rights, existed long before our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, (the first ten amendments), were ever written. In truth, this right has always existed, for as long as people, have populated this planet. They were written (“organic” law), so that we could apply (“living” law), to secure the Blessings of Liberty.

“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 Constitution

Note the words, “SECURE the Blessings of Liberty”!

There can be no Blessings of Liberty without Security!

Any sovereign state, sovereign nation, sovereign country (because its people are sovereign ), have the right to secure our right, to secure our rights, for only our citizens!!!! This is stated in the Preamble to our Constitution, “WE the People of the United States!”

Anyone which would propose, protest, legislate, adjudicate, execute, regulate, limit, prevent, impede, alter, change and vote against our right, to secure our rights, infringe our rights! Any such, though friend or family; immigrant (not yet a citizen), illegal alien, or anyone illegally harboring and giving sanctuary to and giving notice of pending arrests, should all be considered as, enemies of, “the Blessings of Liberty!!!

If anyone asks why anyone would want or need an AR-15, for example, an honest answer would be, it is none of their business! But the best answer is, it is your right, to secure your rights, against any enemy and even our own government.

If you or I fear the use of “arms”, remember the following words in 1933.

“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is …fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, first inaugural address, Saturday, March 4th, 1933

Let us not be like deer in headlights. Let us not freeze when the lion roars. Preparation is, a necessity, before and if, necessity finds us ill-prepared and unarmed! If our response to disarm cannot be with equal or greater force, let us be PREPARED to be, the first to respond, to disarm and secure our right, to secure our rights!

If our response to disarm cannot be with equal or greater force, let us be PREPARED to be, the first to respond, to disarm and secure our right, to secure our rights!

Overcome fear by becoming “armed.” WE must “arm” ourselves with whatever is necessary, to secure our right, to secure our rights!

WE must “arm” ourselves with whatever is necessary, to secure our right, to secure our rights!

WE should check with our doctors to ensure that we have sufficient physical ability and the mental capacity to arm ourselves. We should take safety courses. Join safe clubs. Purchase “arms” from reputable dealers. “Arm” ourselves legally and responsibly. Join the NRA. Practice often. Teach others. Teach and show our children. Start family and neighborhood clubs and watches. Watch over others. There is strength in numbers. There is peace through strength. Be a deterrent. Stop inviting criminals and the mentally unstable in, to– our homes, businesses, places of worship, schools and etc., with foolish signs like, ‘We are, un-armed here’!

Secure your right, to secure your rights!

We must become like the signers of the Declaration of Independence and pledge to each other, “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor”, for our individual right, to secure our rights, for ourselves and the futures of our children and the future of our republic!

Above all else remember, law (Organic and Living), is made, to inform and warn of what is lawless and to punish the lawless. It is not to punish or infringe the rights of the responsible, the law-abiding! The lawless and the mentally immature and unstable are NOT responsible. The law-abiding are responsible, they should be or WE should become, responsible! If actual or if it is a threat to infringe and if it is by evil intent, by a criminal, by our government, a mentally unstable person, an immature person, a family member, friend, associate or stranger, it is still, an infringement! They each and all are, enemies of and to, the Security of the Blessings of Liberty!

Secure your right, to secure your rights!

WE must each be or soon become, personally responsible, for ourselves and, for each other. These are the most civil, courteous, courageous, most responsible and most loving and compassionate things we can do to–

Secure your right, to secure your rights!

Things equal to the same things are, equal to each other.

We are all and each, created equal and endowed by our Creator; not by people, not by the government, not by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America or its first ten amendments! We all and each are, “endowed with certain unalienable rights that among these are– “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” These rights come from God. If you do not believe in God, then the laws of Nature or Nature’s God. Or they are just, universal!

Things equal to the same things are, equal to each other.

Secure your right, to secure these rights, to–

”Secure the Blessings of Liberty!”

1 of WE,

Dahni

Dahni, ‘The Patriot’

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September 24, 2017

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