Justice Echoes The Alarm Of Lost Heritage of Freedom: It’s Just Too Bad That She’s Not A Superstar Athlete or Entertainer

The other week McClatchydc.com reported something that continues to sadden and amaze me that was lamented by Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra D. O’Connor. The Justice warned about the alarming ignorance amongst the nations young regarding the most basic questions on civics and our national history.

See if these statements make your neck hairs do a dance in fear for this nation’s future of freedom and liberty: 2 out of 3 Americans cannot name a single Supreme Court Justice; Just 1 out of 3 can name the three branches of the federal government; Less than 1 out of 5 of high school seniors can explain how citizen participation benefits democracy: and most amazingly she stated that less than 1 out of 3 of eighth-graders can identify the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence. Dahhh…How about INDEPENDENCE! Justice O’Connor stated, “learning about citizenship is just as important for American children as learning multiplication or how to write their names…if there is a single child not learning about civics or not being exposed to what they must do as citizens, then all our lives are poorer for that.”

But, she’s just the latest addition to the course of voices warning of the lost of this nation’s freedoms and liberties simply do the sheer ignorance of American’s knowledge, understanding, and respect for them by our young, and the populous at large. A 2008 USA Today article, Americans don’t know civics, in the first line said, “From high-school dropouts to college graduates to elected officials, Americans are “alarmingly uninformed” about the USA’s history, founding principles and economy — knowledge needed to participate wisely in civic life…” Here are some mind-numbing bullet points:

  • Only half of U.S. adults can name all three branches of government.

  • Slightly less the half adults know that the power to declare war belongs to Congress. They think it belongs to the President.

  • Less then a quarter knows that the phrase “government of the people, by the people, for the people” comes from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, but but over half knew Paula Abdul was a judge on American Idol.

  • And perhaps most telling, nearly half can correctly identify a basic description of the free enterprise system and of the elected officials, only 43% knows the Electoral College is a constitutionally mandated assembly that elects the president. 1 out of 5 thinks it “trains those aspiring for higher office” or “was established to supervise the first televised presidential debates.”

A more recent CNN July 4th, 2013 article reported that, “A shocking 85% of Americans cannot correctly describe the “rule of law,” as bedrock a principle as we have. A similar percentage cannot identify the Constitution as the “supreme law of the land.” WOW!

Couple this with recent Gallop Poll showing the just 10% of Americans have any faith in the government, the lowest point in history, is a volatile mixture for this republic whose liberties and freedoms rest solely on the presumption that the populous majority would be politically and civic literate.

I recognize that we all have busy and challenging lives. And it is good to escape the pains and burdens that life sometimes bring with trivial pursuits such as, sports and entertainment. But, we have to set priorities and take ownership of our individual responsibilities to keep this nation free as it was intended to be for not just for the enjoyment and pleasures of ourselves but for our posterity. How can we properly defend freedoms and liberties that we know little or nothing about? How can we expected our children to enjoy the freedoms and liberties as many of us have when they are not taught what they are, properly shown the benefits of them, nor have them repetitively hear or see the principles of our constitutional founding? And how can any of us effectively participate in the workings of the government-citizen relationship if we do not know what our proper role is nor that of the government?

As two of my favorite quotes prophetically states,Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”Ronald Reagan- and the other from Ben Franklin, as he exited the 1787 Constitutional Convention, a woman asked, what kind of government he and the other delegates had decided on? and he replied, “A republic, madam — if you can keep it.” If the thundering alarms of our vanishing freedoms and liberties continue to be drowned out by cheers of the Sunday’s football game, distracted by the excursion to the beach, or just ignored for the sake of not wanting to be burdened with the responsibility to act, don’t be too surprised that there be none to see when you finally open your eyes.

Again Obama Stands Above The Heads of the American People And Tells Us That It’s Raining: U.S Again Wants To Send America’s Sons and Daughters To Die For A Cause That Is Not Ours & Lies

With all of the dust that is being kicked up in the nation’s capital over whether or not the government of the United States should get the children of America involved militarily again in another Arab nation, Syria, supposedly to save the lives of the children and the innocent there, someone should be asking WHY we should do so with our innocent ones. And to actually hear the truth from the Commander-in-Chief would be refreshing too.

If there was ever a call to arms that stinks to high heaven and begs the question W.T.F?! this is it. Mr. O and many in Congress seem to have an extreme hard-on for picking another fight with a sovereign nation in the Middle East that was not done anything threatening to us. At the same time wanting us, and the world, to believe that it is all about the warm and fuzzy, humanitarianism, or because they supposedly said or did something that the whole world should want to fight and kill them for. Shouldn’t we at least act like this isn’t a video game where no one dies and situations can turn VERY badly?

130809_obama_side_ap_605No matter how much Mr. O and his Administration stomps their feet screaming that Syria used gas on the armed rebels in its war, within its country, and that this compels the U.S government to risk it’s credibility, moral integrity, and the lives of thousands of Americans, not to mention the cost to the nation’s already unprecedented insolvency, there are just some glaring issues that should make even the most passive viewer to say, wait just one minute! There is something in this milk that ain’t clean, like:

  • The Administration seems to be extremely convinced that: 1) that it was only the Syrian government who could have used gas in the conflict against the al-Qaida-led rebels, and 2) that a al-Qaida-led rebel-led Syria would be better for our nation’s interest and security in the region than what we have now. If that is true, then why aren’t our stanchest European or Arab allies willing to stand strong and openly with us, as they did to invade Iraq…TWICE? And if the Administration was speaking the truth how can Russian leader Putin get away with calling U.S Secretary a blatant liar over his claims to validate striking Syria without any strong rebuttal or evidence to the contrary from anyone in the Administration? And never mind the fact that there is more evidence that the al-Quadia-led rebels used the gas than that which says that the Syrian government forces did.
  • Why is the Administration so eager to leave another power vacuum in Syria as it did in Egypt and Libya that may very well leave space again for Islamic extremist such as al-Quadia and the Muslim Brotherhood?

  • Why is the Administration not mentioning the atrocities of the al-Quadia-led Syrian rebels as they kill not only Syrian soldiers but slaughter Christians mercilessly? Reminiscent of what the Brotherhood has done in Egypt since coming to power as Mr. O stays deafly silent.

  • Isn’t this government supposed to be at war with al-Quadia?

  • As the Administration starts barking a new excuse to justify it’s very shaky position by claiming that the Syrian government has violated the Geneva Convention Treaty in it’s supposed us of gas, but the Treaty mainly prohibits the use of gas against another nation. Also, if he’s referring to the ’93 Chemical Weapons Convention, Syria is not a party to that Treaty. Are we to believe that Mr. O doesn’t know this? Interestingly, Israel has never ratified the C.W.C Treaty neither. Hmm!

  • And I have always have said that every war has an over-riding component involving money or economics – whether it is land, gold or wealth, or natural resources. Sure enough The Centre for Research on Globalization reports that Syria not only is prime real estate for a gas pipeline route for either Russia and or Europe/America, but that it has a massive gas field. Why is this not being spoken aloud by anyone or the Media?

  • Not to mention the basic question, why cant the Administration honestly tell us what is the Constitutionally supported Syrian offense?

From the start of Mr. O’s reign he has had a seriously strained relationship with the truth when it comes to speaking the American people and exhibiting high ethical character. But, it has been up until now quiet and running below the surface to all but the intellectually uninitiated. But now it is on full display for all to see. It is the credibility of the United States and the American people that is threatened to be gravely stained long after Mr. O is no longer occupying the seat of the Presidency. As what maybe the true motive. The only question is whether or not history will tell the story of America’s fall as the unquestioned leader of the free world come due to being manipulated into a civil war in a desert country that few Americans can pick out on a map, for no real interest or purpose, lied to by those intrusted with our nation’s son’s and daughter’s and to represent the American people with the highest of integrity, that led to a world war, while the majority of Americans slept silently?

Progressive Social Black Leaders Shameless Displays Their Unwillingness To Address REAL Critical Issues Facing The Black-American Nation Even On the Biggest Stage of 50 Year Celebration To Promote Self-Reliance

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Last week the world witnessed the most vulgar display of public defecation on the legacy and memory of the late great Martin Luther King, Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate 50 years of M.L.K’s famous “I Have A Dream” Speech.

Black speaker after Black speaker, from Al Sharpton to M.L.K III to Attorney General Eric Holder, all had one main theme – that American Blacks are eternal victims of American culture and society and helpless without the big hand of the government. Even though American-Blacks have a buying power of approximately $800 Billion annually, and are well represented in every political position throughout the nation, even to the seat of president of the United States. Helpless not! Leaderless and lacking REAL knowledge and information YES!

There were double and triple servings of emotionally laden stimulation referring to the supposed injustice of the Trayvon Martin Case, the absurd equating of the Gay Rights Movement with that of Black-American fight for Civil Rights and human dignity, and the recent Supreme Court ruling against the federal government bullying a select number of States in the south to atone for treacherous discrimination laws – that were imposed by the Democratic Party during the Civil Rights Era in the first place.  But…Shhh!…lets not speak of that. They spoke of Black-American’s supposed lack of freedom and discrimination due to being Black. But, none of the Black speakers looked too shabby in their suits, under fed, nor restrained in their motions. And by the way… didn’t the Citizens of the United States, the majority of whom are Caucasian, vote for the election of an actual African-American to be president…TWICE? I’m just asking.

The glaring absence and omission of any real substantive discussion of issues that really plague Black-Americans, and the nation, and bar us from achieving our true potential such as: the explosion of over 70% out of wedlock childbirth and unmarried mothers, the massive number of Blacks, over 60%, particularly men, in the Correctional System, the dramatic expanding Black poverty and unemployment lines due to illegal immigration, and the psychologically crippling notion of Black entitlement speaks to evidence that there is another agenda in play. Maybe the reason for the absence of such mention of these topics is that to seriously address these issues would eventually lead to the great reduction in the need to have these speaker’s presence on such a grand stage, and their importance in so many lives. The light would instead be rightly placed on Blacks mandating that each of us do as our forefathers and foremothers did and take ownership and pride over ourselves and our lives and not reside on the plantation of mental governmental paternalism and servitude.

There was no semblance of M.L.K’s reverence of the traditional family as he once stated, “The group consisting of mother, father and child is the main educational agency of mankind.”; His acknowledgment of the correlation to real education and prosperity and high character as he stated, It is precisely because education is the road to equality and citizenship, that it has been made more elusive for Negroes than many other rights. The walling off of Negroes from equal education is part of the historical design to submerge him in second class status. Therefore, as Negroes have struggled to be free they have had to fight for the opportunity for a decent education.”;The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”; nor about having a good work ethic as he has said once, Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

No, no there was no such utterance of such positive motivation at this most momentous occasion. This and other high profile events, such as the NAACP and Urban League Conventions, clearly reveal an agenda to exclude any voice of conservatism, republicanism, or any other voice to counter the view of Black victimization and liberal dependency. There is a cosmic family feud over the soul of the Black-American within the Black-American nation. One can just look back at the most public display of the venomous contempt for any prominent Black-American who dares speak of self-sustenance or self-responsibility by the Black social progressive power structure when they unmercifully attacked Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain.  But this dramatic conflict over the social and political path of Blacks within the Black-American nation is not new. Booker T. Washington, one of the Fathers of Civil Rights Movement, once stated,There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

Blacks suffer due to a severe lack of truth, honesty, and knowledge from the people who we chose to look upon as leaders. Instead we get dogmatic presentations and productions from people who offer us a cruel game of deception and manipulation with the hidden hand of servitude and mental indigence for the American Black rather than freedom and prosperity for their material and political gains.

The only question is when are more of us going to wake up to the reality of another prophetic M.L.K, Jr. statement, “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”