Suddenly my sense of humor is gone, replaced with an empty feeling of dread. The Writ of Habeas Corpus has been thrown to the wind - for nothing more than a cheap mid term election ploy - a short-sighted, narrow-minded, delusional stunt to allow the propaganda masters to proclaim that somehow this makes us safer...or more powerful. No longer do we have the moral high ground, nor the checks and balances that made this Country what it once was: the beacon of Freedom and Democracy. What is left is a mere shell of what we once were, the 'Corpus' now being consumed by the parasites that infest it, leaving us, the People - for which this country was founded by, for and of - to wonder:
Is this the beginning of the end of the "Great Experiment?"...brought on by a small gang of ignorant, greedy fools, who know nothing of their own history, who are bound only by their lust for power and their willingness to betray the sacred covenant for which this country was founded?
The Constitution of the United States of America has now been relegated to nothing more than a “God Damned Piece of Paper.” The covenant has been broken; the vision, lost, left only to reside only in the hearts and minds of the People who still believe. I now am left to search for new meaning in the words of a great leader, Abraham Lincoln, who spoke them nearly 183 years ago:
“Four score 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...and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Shall not perish from the earth... Perhaps it will come to pass, just as it did so many years ago, that the People will once again have to bring forth to a new “continent” the vision that provided us such Liberty, such prosperity for so many years. Some 2000 years ago, The Roman Empire also morphed from a Republic governed by the will of the people, into an Empire - governed by the One, for the Few, and ironically, for many of the same reasons that we see today with our Republic: Greed and Ignorance feeding on the fears of an embattled people in order to gain power and wealth only for themselves.
And when Rome finally died its inevitable death, the vision did not die with it. For it remained to be told in the legends of a long before conquered Roman land, Britania. The Legend we now know as ‘King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table’ was not merely a myth based on nothing, but instead was the vision of a “res republica” – transferred from a dying Roman Empire by perhaps only one man. And then, nearly 700 years later, the vision was born again in the form of the Magna Carta – which in time again grew into the Republic that eventually became the United States of America.
History shows us time and time again that whenever the will of the people is allowed to be subverted by the will of the few, that the path to ruin is set forth, and there is little to stop the slow march to self-destruction. We, too, now have been set on this path by the greed of the few, and it is now up to us, the People, to hold fast to the vision that we cherish – so that it “shall NOT perish from the earth.”