Sometimes I have a hard time writing a blog, even when I know that it’s important to write. Today is one such day.
Our first president, George Washington declined to be monarch. Instead, when the revolutionary war was over, he did not merely resign. Instead, he rode to Congress and returned the actual letter of his commissioning.
“Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action; and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my Commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life.”
King George III of Great Britain could not believe that anyone would so easily give up so much power so easily. When told by the American artist Benjamin West that Washington was going to resign, King George III of England said “If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.”
This country once had great men. Now, not so much. That is why this blog is so difficult.
First, the old saying is true—a house divided against itself cannot stand. America has had differences of opinions in the past, but nowhere near the intensity and longevity of hatred that we’ve been seeing for the last few years. In my youth, if I had acted the way many of our senior elected officials act, I would have been punished—not sent to the time out chair. In fact, after the punishment, I would not have been interested in sitting anywhere. We are already divided and tearing through the final threads.
Many of our so-called leaders would gladly see the country torn apart and are willing to help in its destruction. Donald trump is quoted today as saying that the nation will only last three more years. I hope to God he’s wrong, but I’m not optimistic.
We live in a constitutional democratic republic. Unfortunately, those we elect see themselves not as the nation’s stewards but the nations gods. A democratic republic is meant to represent the will of the people, not the will of a person, yet it seems that is what it has become. One person—Mitch McConnell—was able to stonewall Merick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court for the better part of a year.
Trump named three Justices—the one held up by McConnell during Obama’s presidency, one during Trump’s presidency, and Amy Coney Barret, whose nomination McConnell rushed through the Congress TWO WEEKS before the 2020 presidential election. With such unethical and immoral tactics, it’s very difficult to see the Supreme Court as anything other than a group of political hacks, no matter what Associate Justice Barret says.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley is planning on halting any nominees to the Defense Department or the Department of State. Why does one person—ONE PERSON—and a nobody at that, have so much power?
When did our government change from the will of the people or the consent of the governed to what it has become?
After today’s blog it may be a while before I blog again.