Can America remain the United States?
In the years between the drafting and adoption of the Constitution of the United States, there took place the public arguments. The States had banned together to an extent that there had been formed a single military power (the Continental Army) to defeat the British and thereby establish the Union of the States. They had successfully thrown off the abusive rule of the monarchy. But in the years following the Revolutionary War, the Articles of Confederation, lacking a defined authority, had proven to be leading the States toward more rivalry and separation than unity. Thus recognizing the need for improving a central government, the Constitutional Convention was convened in May of 1787. The convention would complete its work with the draft of the Constitution in September and thus began the public debate for the acceptance of this new form of government.
One of the most compelling arguments for acceptance of the Constitution and the never before seen organization of a government it defined was made by John Jay, author of Federalist No 2, when he writes:
“With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people–a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs…”
Of those commonalities perhaps the most important with respect to the formation of the United States are manners and customs which themselves are most assuredly associated with religion as well as the basis for most of the world’s nations. If this had not been the case in 1787, there is little doubt the Constitution would have been ratified by all the States. The argument can be made that the largely geographical causes for differences in manners and customs between the deep south and the northeast could have resulted in a much different federal government if one could have continued at all.
Which brings us forward to the growing and divisive cultures of the United States in 2021. Fueled by decades long intentional destruction of religion, indeed Christianity, as a source for common manners and customs coupled with decades of divisive policies by which the federal government gives advantages to one defined group over others, the professional politicians which now define the federal government, have successfully empowered themselves as a ruling class. A class so engaged in maintaining their positions of power – regardless of political party affiliation – that they have set themselves above most laws and exempt from others. These protections nearly insure their continuation in power while allowing a diminished accountability to constituents.
The Equal Protection Clause is part of the first section of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The clause, which took effect in 1868, provides that individuals in similar situations be treated equally by the law…
While the 14th Amendment was the logical extension of the Civil Rights Act of 2 years previous, it has nonetheless been weakened by subsequent laws and precedent court cases until today the clause is virtually considered to be archaic. And in the political climate today, the special protection from prosecution by those loyal to the majority party and vise versa for those opposed is considered to be the new normal. Instead of being the standard for protection, the 14th Amendment and the subsequent “civil rights” legislation that have followed have been used to undermine the Bill of Rights and divide the population through special applications which are punitive to one group while granting special favor to another. The effect then has been to further divide the population into smaller and smaller competitive groups striving to demonstrate their customs and manners are unique and deserve all sorts of special privileges under an ever expanding federal government.
As the rights of one group gains more influence over the rights of other groups, the role of the federal government to be the arbitrator of disputes serves only to create more animosity between groups and strengthen the controlling powers of the federal government. Two conditions the founding founders argued could become destructive to the new form of government so dependent on the power of that government be derived from the governed, not vise versa.
Led by the politicians seeking ever more power who have realized the value of social turbulence, violent protesters have gained favor and protection in many of America’s major cities. Property destruction, looting and disruption of services has not only been tolerated, ambitious politicians have seized the opportunity to gain the financial support of those who back these protesters by publicly excusing the violence as necessary to draw attention to “their” cause. Meanwhile, a protest against these same politicians is attacked as intolerable, and political opponents are blamed for ‘endangering” the public and called names typically reserved for the worst of mankind. Today, boarded windows on state capitols and massive fences around government buildings are rapidly becoming the new normal in America. Freedom of the design the founders had intended isn’t even on the horizon behind us today.
But as John Jay believed the common manners and customs would help establish the proposed Union, he also believed that foreign force and influence would be dangerous and divisive. Jay considered the danger of foreign influence a greater threat than interstate rivalry as evidenced by the fact that after the introduction, the first 4 essays of the Federalist Papers addressed this issue exclusively.
The reality of foreign influence has come into full view recently and repeatedly. The forensic examination of thousands of voting machines proved that not only were votes changed from Trump to Biden but that the overwhelming majority of the hacks came directly out of China. Foreign influence thus was wholly responsible for the election of the President, total destruction of the voting system in America and a further deepening of the social divide that is certainly on course to destroy the Union itself.
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