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Reared For Immortality

Posted in Books & Reading, Politics on January 27th, 2015

 

Joseph Story, who served on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1811 to 1845, is best known outside of legal circle for his magisterial treatise of US Constitution, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, which was first published in 1833 and, to this day, is considered one of seminal publications on the highest and most fundamental sets of American law and jurisprudence.

In all truth, Justice Story’s various writings but most especially his Commentaries, should be required reading in schools. Sadly however, I have never even heard about it being on an optional reading list.

Then this oversight might be explained by Story’s own words in Book II (2nd edition and later) of his Commentaries:

If these Commentaries shall but inspire in the rising generation a more ardent love of their country, an unquenchable thirst for liberty, and a profound reverence for the constitution and the union, then they will have accomplished all that their author ought to desire. Let the American youth never forget that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capable, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence. The structure has been erected by architects of consummate skill and fidelity; its foundations are solid; its compartments are beautiful as well as useful; its arrangements are full of wisdom and order; and its defenses are impregnable from without. It has been reared for immortality, if the work of man may justly aspire to such a title. It may, nevertheless, perish in an hour by the folly, or corruption, or negligence of its only keepers, THE PEOPLE. Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people in order to betray them.

If the Commentaries accomplished all that their author ought to desire, America would never have reached a point when and where what passes for our educational system did not include the work in the curriculum. Now, our nation having reached the point when and where it is only the profligate who are rewarded, Justice Story’s work is antithetical to ideology that the school system wants to inculcate in the rising generation.

After all, since the 1960s the schools system has been more and more striving to teach the American youth to forget that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors. Indeed, quite the opposite is taught now in what passes for our public schools.

And therein is meat of the problem. America’s domestic enemies know and capitalize upon the fact that America has been reared for immortality, but that it may perish in an hour by the folly, or corruption, or negligence of its only keepers, the People.

Related Reading:

Constitutional Law (University Casebook Series)
The Joseph Story: Treachery, Betrayal, and Redemption
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Constitution of the United States (Little Books of Wisdom)
Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education

Girl Genius

Posted in Books & Reading on November 8th, 2014

Girl Genius
Adventure, Romance, MAD SCIENCE!

I have no earthly idea who this young woman is but for some reason she looks a lot like Agatha Heterodyne from Phil and Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius series of comics or, at least, she does to me. And hey! While I’m not one to dabble in watercolors, I like that look a lot.

And what’s not to like? The character, Agatha Heterodyne is a strong, vibrant female protagonists. She goes far beyond the realm of “perky” or “plucky.” She’s both possessed of strong physical prowess and is a multi-talented genius, hence the series’ title. She’s also far less waifish of vampish and far more robustly curvaceous than is the norm for women in graphic novels.

Girl Genius is now a web comic or, if you’re like me and like a good book, you can get the omibus edition. Either way, this comic series is a lot of fun and has a different sort of cast of characters and plots than is the norm.

It’s billed as Gaslamp Fantasy as opposed to Steampunk because it combines magic with big, clanking, Victorian-style steampunkesque tech, old-fashioned clothes, Frankenstein monsters, and airships – lots and lots of airships – to create a new whole and a new genre.

More importantly, it’s a rollicking good read.

Related Reading:

A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic)
Blank Comic Book For Kids : Create Your Own Comics With This Comic Book Journal Notebook: Over 100 Pages Large Big 8.5" x 11" Cartoon / Comic Book With Lots of Templates (Blank Comic Books) (Volume 7)
Girl Genius Volume 6: Agatha Heterodyne And The Golden Trilobite
The Beauty Detox Solution: Eat Your Way to Radiant Skin, Renewed Energy and the Body You've Always Wanted
Renegade Beauty: Reveal and Revive Your Natural Radiance--Beauty Secrets, Solutions, and Preparations

This Is Obama’s America

Posted in Books & Reading, Movies, Politics on January 24th, 2014

This is Obama’s America – An “America” with a would-be tyrant who loathes both the Constitution and any who dare to speak against hi as its President; an “America” where Separation of Powers more often than not means separating we, the People from power.

2016 Obama
2016: Obama’s America

The 2012 documentary 2016: Obama’s America was produced by Gerald R. Molen. D’Souza and John Sullivan co-directed and co-wrote the film, which is based on D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage. It seems that, despite its only moderate box office success, it pissed off Obama’s people – pissed them off enough that they had the FBI charge him with making illegal contributions to a U.S. Senate campaign.

Federal authorities accuse D’Souza of donating more than is legal to the campaign of Wendy Long, who ran in 2012 for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton but lost to now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Long, though, is not mentioned in an indictment obtained by THR on Thursday.

Insiders say D’Souza has been friends with Long since they attended Dartmouth College together in the early 1980s. According to the indictment, D’Souza donated $20,000 to Long’s campaign by aggregating the money from various people and falsely reporting the source of the funds. But Gerald Molen, a co-producer of 2016, says the charge is politically motivated.

While neither Mr. D’Souza nor his attorney seem to be arguing the particulars of the charges, it seems very suspicious and frightening that the FBI would target someone donating $20,000 in bundled funds in an election where the winner, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), had a warchest of well over $36,000,000.

In a chilling and dishearteningly similar fashion to Obama’s IRS specially targeting Conservative non-profits, this very much seems to be a case of oppression through selective and targeted enforcement of the law.

When it came to the Obama Regime targeting Americans because of their dissent against Obama and his policies, I asked when the Inquisition would begin. Now we know.

Related Reading:

Lawfare, American Property Rights versus Muslim Supremacy
America: The Cookbook
The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist
The Law
Aristotle's "Politics": Second Edition