Greetings and peace be unto you.
Interest in this blog may be zilch….but since Insistent Daughter has set everything up…. here goes.
When applicable, billover70 (bos) will communicate in the 3rd person, stemming from the observation of a currently popular author of two books which are replete with ostentatious use of personal pronouns. That style is quite uncomfortable for yours truly.
In addition to sharing personal persuasions and information (documented at least to the satisfaction of bos), another objective will be to promote an interest in sincere inquiry resulting in views based upon logical thought and not… “well, so and so said”.
Subjects will include, but not limited to, spiritual, political, historical and scientific topics as well as unsolved mysteries.
From time to time there will be epistemological (in the later years bos finally found a word to express a long held interest) consideration of topics.
Going out the gate…
The country commonly called America is in grave peril primarily because of the lack of knowledge and concern among the majority of the people. The original critics of the US Constitution deeply feared the gradual encroachment of a central government into the lives of the people and the usurpation of the rights of the states to protect their own citizens’ liberty and property. Today we find that the federal government controls public education in the states, what must be served on the lunch menu, what some businesses must pay certain employees, financial rewards to some businesses, financial penalties to others, the kind of light bulbs you may possess, ad infinitum.
James Madison, considered the “Architect of the Constitution”, defended the strength of restraints on the federal government in the Federalist Papers. Madison stated , “The powers delegated by the Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State” (Federalist 45). In Federalist 46, Madison declared it insulting to suggest that “free and gallant Americans” would blindly and tamely submit to a “long train of insidious measures which must precede” the imposition of the will of the central government over the States and individuals by the threat of force. Further, he asked ”But what degree of madness could ever drive the federal government to such an extremity?”.
A macrocosm and microcosm of current conditions are exigent to the point. The macro….it appears that states are not allowed to protect their own borders and citizens when the federal rulers are indifferent or impotent in fulfilling that Constitutional mandate. The micro…..even bos has been notified that he cannot build a house on his own property within so many hundred feet of a certain lake.
Sadly, as stated in the beginning, the lack of knowledge and concern has allowed (usually under the guise of “fairness”) the “twisting of words and squeezing of meanings” (a warning by Thomas Jefferson) to bring us to the current day of massive debt, ever increasing taxes, a diminishing shield of military protection and the hat of a beggar before Russia and China. Realizing all of this, it is sobering indeed when the most powerful man in the country, supposedly leader of all the people, addresses political supporters and expresses the philosophy of, “reward your friends and punish your enemies” as well as, the Constitution “doesn’t constrain us much at all”, and calls the Constitution , “stodgy traditions of a distant past”.
The republic now stands, as did the Roman Republic some 2000 years ago, on the precipice of destruction.