How do I feel? Sad. I feel somber because of the distrust I have over the contest of this election. The melancholy does not disappear when my presidential choice is certified the winner. The distrust will remain after victory. I agree with you Walter, that in a real sense, this country has crossed a threshold and can never be the same.
But I disagree with the solution that seems to be indicated by your essay. I treat the Declaration as an essential document, but you called on the incorrect paragraph. My dispute lies with liberals and conservatives who seem to believe that if we just tweaked the system, if we just changed the form of government, everything would be okay. I have little faith in systems or forms of government. We are not subject to a long train of abuses and usurpation’s; we have allowed them to occur.
The problem lies in the leaders that the people have selected. We’ve chosen based on issues, rather than leadership characteristics. "What can you do for us?" rather than "You will represent us." How many proudly stand as admirers of Clinton’s character. Would they have this boy-man teach their children? Is his a model to emulate for success? Yet Clinton get high approval ratings. For what?
Yes mankind is flawed. We all have our petty selfishness. That’s why communism failed. That’s why many systems of government fail. The wisdom of our founders is that they recognized human failings in a very rational way, and so they created a system that they hoped would provide a stable platform, a more perfect union.
But they knew that if the people failed, then the system would fail. We have many good people, but we’ve become ignorant of the necessary underlying virtues that are required for well functioning society. I’ve become acquainted with immigrants who fled the former Soviet Union. They honestly felt that freedom meant that you could do anything you want. The sad part is that many Americans feel the same way.
A wise man has little faith in man or in man made systems. Nothing in man or his systems is perfect. There is hope when men, in recognition of their failings, submit themselves to a better path. This is why you find Commander Dyer this week quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (Also quoted on the graphic for the Patriot Web Ring, of which GIGO-Soapbox is a member). God bless America.