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On Pardons

So-called  “legal scholars”  are telling Donald Trump he can pardon himself… at best a provocative move, at worst an impeachable offense.

 

The President began wielding his pardon power like a child with power tools… it is clear that neither Trump or his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani consulted the Federalist papers for counsel on this delicate Constitutional issue.

I offer more than catchy tunes

Hamilton stated in  Federalist 74:

“Humanity and good policy conspire to dictate, that the benign prerogative of pardoning should be as little as possible fettered or embarrassed….The reflection that the fate of a fellow-creature depended on his sole fiat, would naturally inspire scrupulousness and caution.”

I can’t define sedition, but I know it when I hear it…

A President pardoning himself in the face of Federal charges… is not benign, and history shows it to be anything but scrupulous and cautious.

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The Use of Arms…

Gun-control activists refuse to acknowledge any argument for individual gun ownership… that utilizes original intent of the Second Amendment.  To them, gun ownership is a “cult,” “obsession,” or “fetish.”  They either dismiss or disparage the Framers and their motivations.

They knew what they were doing.

They absolutely refuse to accept the notion of gun ownership as a safeguard against tyranny…. Americans are so conditioned to the heavy hand of the state, infringements on personal freedoms are acceptable providing the appropriate level of positive liberty coincides with the subtraction. Privileges granted by the state are seen as a universal good.

Maybe there’s hope

Americans currently have such a narrow understanding of libertyindiscriminate sexual behavior, risque literature and music, and unfettered access to marijuana seem to be all recent generations truly seem passionate about.   The freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights are lost on them…

Tench Coxe, a Founder few if any millennials would bother reading… explained the need for personal gun ownership- and it was not neo-Freudian mumbo jumbo…

“As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”

Listen to this rap

Hamilton was more direct in Federalist #28-

“If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual State. In a single State, if the persons entrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.”

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Only Lincoln

There should be no surprise that the greatest of all our Presidents’ annual messages was delivered by Abraham Lincoln…  The daunting task of explaining his decision to emancipate the slaves, a drastic measure that drew the ire of conservatives and skepticism from moderates.

Lincoln was able to explain how emancipation would not only help save the Union… but was the only way to keep our republic on the right side of history.

 

December 1, 1862-

“The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

Fellow-citizens, we can not escape history. We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation. We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this. We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know how to save it. We, even we here, hold the power and bear the responsibility. In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free–honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just–a way which if followed the world will forever applaud and God must forever bless.”

 

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State of the Spectacle

The State of the Union address is a constitutional requirement… Article 1; Section 3- He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient…

The speech varies from executive monotony to… rousing patriotic oratory.  Lincoln declared the Civil War had to be won to preserve the “last, best hope of earth”  and Franklin Roosevelt reminded the free world of its “Four Freedoms.” 

We cannot escape history…

Today, the speech is more spectacle than requisite… the purpose is more political than constitutional.  Bill Clinton is the modern record holder, averaging over 1 hour and 14 minutes per speech.  All but one of Barack Obama’s have been over an hour.  (Washington’s first message is acknowledged as the shortest, just over 1,000 words.)  Thomas Jefferson had all eight  of his hand delivered to Congress; Woodrow Wilson was the next President to address Congress.  The last President not to give a speech was Jimmy Carter in January of 1981.

No dozing allowed….somebody wake up Biden !

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Corrupting the Process

Trump continues to vow an overhaul of America’s libel lawsin an obvious effort to silence those who disagree with him.  His distrust of the current standards indicate a deeply flawed understanding of true free speech.  Combine this with his disdain for a free press, and dangers not seen since the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 begin to emerge.

I can’t define sedition, but I know it when I hear it…

Jefferson warned his people of these dangers…  “that if the acts before specified should stand, these conclusions would flow from them; that the general government may place any act they think proper on the list of crimes and punish it themselves whether enumerated or not enumerated by the constitution as cognizable by them: that they may transfer its cognizance to the President, or any other person, who may himself be the accuser, counsel, judge and jury, whose suspicions may be the evidence, his order the sentence, his officer the executioner, and his breast the sole record of the transaction…”

Trump and his corrupt administration would determine what speech is libelous… Truth would become subjective rhetoric rather than objective fact.  Discourse would be stifled and the country force fed Trump’s propaganda.

Jefferson wanted more for his people and expected more of his government…. “…and will furnish new calumnies against republican government, and new pretexts for those who wish it to be believed that man cannot be governed but by a rod of iron: that it would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism”

To stop destroying our liberty

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The Partisan Press

There is nothing particularly dangerous in Donald Trump’s hatred of the media… Presidents have always disliked and distrusted hostile press coverage.  What separates Trump’s rhetoric from his predecessors is his insistence that the free press is a threat to the American people.

No, Mr. President, the press is not an enemy of the people… nor should they be in the business of supporting your agenda(whatever that may be.)  You are free to criticize the press at your convenience, but you can never limit it in the name of the People.

Jefferson had a contentious relationship with poor press coverage… and experienced plenty of “fake news” during his presidency.  Despite his frustration, Jefferson never doubted the necessity of a free press; he trusted that the American people would be able to sort through the vitriol and nonsense to find the truth.

“And were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.”

 

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History Wishes for the New Year

Every generation feels an impact on the historic…

  • We stop destroying history and refocus our energy on studying it
  • Americans start listening to true Civil War historians like James McPherson, Noah Trudeau, Wayne Motts, and Stephen Sears
  • That historical hacks like Don Lemon, Jamelle Bouie, Ilya Somin, Yoni Applebaum, and everyone at MSNBC stop talking about historical revisionism
  • Seeing rational minds put an end to the scourge of American iconoclasm
  • American society rediscovers the indispensable examples set by George Washington
  • Americans accept the fact that if Jefferson is right, America is right
  • Real efforts are made to protect historical homes, sites, and monuments
  • No  “Grant!”  the musical
  • “Hamilton!” fans actually read a few of the Federalist Papers
  • Donald Trump donates all of his paychecks to battlefield preservation (the first one was greatly appreciated)
  • The Confederate flag remains legal
  • Ne0-Nazis and white supremacists fade to obscurity
  • Living history continues to educate the public
  • The Eisenhower Memorial is finished on the National Mall
  • Steven Spielberg makes an authentic Civil War film as a companion to “Lincoln”
  • PBS brings back “Mercy Street”
  • The History Channel schedules more programs about history
  • Customers of Ancestry.com realize that they are actually Americans first…
  • We all stop learning history through memes

Just like ISIS

It already was, Donnie

 

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