No, not Brexit.  What is happening in American is a current trouble; we are even being told men can use the ladies' bathrooms, depending on their choices, governed apparently by mood.

We face a Presidential election with a candidate that is roundly considered a boor, cad, and all around annoying man, facing a woman who should be the first woman candidate for President, and she's widely considered to be guilt of at least poor judgement regarding her work emails while a Cabinet official.

Nice.

In this light, while I was reading one of my favorite blogs, I came across this post. And I'm sharing a couple of excerpts below that gave me pause, and a new outlook.

She first reminds us of why our nation was founded:

"Most of us remember just the first sentence in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

Then she gets my attention:

However, what follows is possibly even more important: "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

And I focused on these sentences:

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

Are we facing a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object?

- For well on 50+ years, and by some reckonings nearly 100 years, America has faced a determined effort to remake our nation, to make it into a centralized, government-controlled Utopia, with the State optimizing the affairs of its Citizens, ensuring fairness and equality for all.  

- Recently we see a widespread effort to expand the State, opportunistically, and ostensibly to serve its Citizens, who find themselves in dire straits due to, sadly, miscalculations by that very State.  I'm referring to the recent housing bubble, caused by greed, failed ethics, and a Federal government both encouraging financiers to make risky loans and guarantee those loans as great expense. Expense to who is not so easy to discern, but be assured the bill will eventually be presented to the taxpaying Citizens.  

- We also see strenuous efforts to remake our culture: Marriage redefined as to have no real definition. Gender not merely permitted to be an individual choice, but one that need not be enduring, nor binary. Accommodation demanded for these and other special categories of individual preference and lifestyle. 

- We also see continuing efforts to mute our Constitutional rights: Attempts to redefine our Second Amendment rights as 'flexible', or 'unnecessary'.  Considering our Constitution was written, in part, describing our rights recognized there as "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness", many including me are concerned that redefining some of our enumerated civil rights as 'unnecessary' starts us onto a path where virtually any civil right may be considered 'unnecessary'. Which if your rights are you willing to do without?  Yeah, I can think one that's non-negotiable, and in defense of that I'm inclined to consider my Second Amendment right to be non-negotiable as well.  While I've focused on that particular right, you need not look far to see genuine efforts underway to retract our First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment rights. Once you dispensed with those, there isn't much hope to turn back the tide and save any.

- And those who would do so, of course, reserve for themselves protection from whatever they imagine threatens them. So that we are clear here, paying attention to the reaction to Brexit, I believe they most fear US.  You and me. And if you think you're one of 'them', wait a minute.  You won't be.

Reading that bit, "when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism", I'm struck that indeed, to me, I am witnessing a liong train of abuses and usurpations.  The growth, literal growth, of our government at all levels is evidence of that to me.  And the original author's philosophy and strategy for dealing with this, is plain: "it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government".

Our nation has been in the midst of a slow, quiet (for the most part), and successful revolution, a battle to determine the nature of our union. It is being prosecuted in the Legislature, in Academia, and in the Courts. Our elected officials, so many now co-opted by this movement, are likely not even necessary any longer to complete this transformation and render our nation unrecognizable to those of even 60 years ago. And possibly irreversibly so.

I recognize this.  Do you? 

 

Deflategate will not go away.  And neither will my questions.

0. No one wants to talk about the 'ball that started it all' being on the other team's sidelines.... For quite a bit. And 11 of 12 Patriots balls were 'significantly underinflated', though we don't know what that actually means. Unless you believe SI.

1. This was an equipment violation.  Goodell made it into an 'integrity of the game' issue. The Player's Association believes this is improper, and so do the Patriots. Expect this to come up in the next CBA negotiations.

2. Goodell should not be arbiter, appealer, and judge. He overstepped his proper role. Sooner or later this will become obvious to all involved.  Maybe an appeals judge?

3. Virtually every team involved has had complaints against the Patriots.  This is their opportunity to get revenge, and so far so good. But that taints the whole affair.

4. And from the beginning, remember, one team talked to another, and together they managed to conspire to 'catch' the Patriots in this mess.  Point #0 above came after the Ravens spoke to the Colts. But both those teams deny it.

This is simple.  Let the Raiders move to L.A.

Ok, not so simple?

0. San Diego is a great place to play football, isn't it? It's not competing with L.A is it?

1. San Francisco is also a great place to play football.  New Stadium?  Just raise the money, it's not like they can't find a buck in SF, is it?

2. Oakland is plainly competing with the 49ers.  

3. The Raiders are seriously L.A. style.  Am I wrong?  Dodger Fan is Raider Fan with different color facepaint.

4. Stealing the Rams?  C'mon, man.  Dumb.

5. The only other candidate is the Giants. No, no one is talking about that.  Yes, they would move.  yes, they would get their own stadium, and who wants to share a stadium with the Jets?  That stench lingers, trust me.

Really the NFL should anoint the Raiders.

Now, admittedly, the Raiders are no prize.  L.A. might not want them.  And Kroenke had the land and the money to make the Rams the L.A. Rams...  Which is a slap to St. Louis.  So the 49ers are the front runners.

But then the NFL can expand.  New NFC team to replace the Rams.  And a new AFC team, where?  Alabama?  Austin/San Antonio?  Yup.

 

It's all about the Benjamins, though.

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