The Constitution of the United States is a product of Enlightenment ideas that define the relationship between the national government, the states, and the average citizen. This is a very important key to understanding what makes it a truly unique document and why it has thus far endured the tests of time. Over the past few weeks, through Facebook, emails, telephone conversations, and even a few “real” world conversations, I have been asked by many why the current generation of Americans, those who are graduating from high school and college, seem not to be interested in politics or in defending or standing up for the Constitution. As a college instructor and as a freedom-loving American, I honestly believe that the major problem is the way we teach the history of the founding of our nation and the Enlightenment ideas that would define its nature.
Posted in A nation in distress, Constitutional Issues, National Politics
Tagged American Citizenry, American Left, Cesare Beccaria, Civil Rights, Classical Liberal, Enlightenment, François-Marie Arouet, John Locke, U.S. Constitution, Voltaire
There have been a number of news stories lately that really makes me wonder how we reached this point as a nation patriotism – love of the nation – has been lost. In today’s headlines, a woman in Virginia was arrested for ties to ISIS. According to the various news sources, she comes from a middle class background and has had all the benefits of being a citizen of the United States. Within the last week, there were stories of how CNN News ran a warning before they broadcast the Star Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United States. Recently the Ninth Judicial Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision claiming that the U.S. flag/U.S. flag apparel could be deemed illegal and offensive by public schools, especially on Cinco de Mayo, a commercial “holiday” not even observed in Mexico. There are literally hundreds of other examples that could be listed, but the common theme that connects each of them is there is disdain for the nation by its own citizenry and national leaders.
Since 2013 there have been things occurring in our nation that have me extremely concerned. For those that know me or follow me on Facebook, you have seen the news articles I have highlighted over the past year and each of them relates to one another: the unmistakable call to silence all opposition to the progressive movement. There have been a few times in our nation’s history when one group sought to silence its opposition and with each attempt, spanning the administrations of Adams, Jackson, Lincoln, Grant, Wilson, F. D. Roosevelt, Johnson, and Nixon, there has always been an electoral pushback by the American voter. Now, in 2014, there appears to be no interest in an electoral pushback; strangely, we are seeing increasing calls from members and supporters of the current administration demanding reigning in conservative talk radio, jailing and convicting those who deny climate change, oppressing those through IRS investigations that either politically oppose the administration or do not agree with the progressive agenda.