What binds us together as a country?
It isn’t laws, location or even culture. It is a shared belief that in return for our allegiance, we receive the benefits guaranteed from our founding. In the case of America, those guarantees were set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
One of those guarantees is equal treatment under the law.
We are a country founded on the precept of individual rights. In support of those individual rights, we each also recognize that there will be variances in the benefits that we are guaranteed because we are all individuals – but because we accept individuality, we accept these deviations as long as they do not stretch the bounds far enough to violate our foundational beliefs. This is the only way that a nation of 312 million people can breathe the same air, share the same land and cooperate in governance. This ideal is the fabric of our country.
Within the last week, that fabric has been torn. Rent in two. Demolished. Torn asunder.
First we had the WW II vets, men who fought a war to protect the very same rights of men guaranteed in the Constitution, denied a permit to assemble and then denied access to open air parks and monuments.
Then yesterday, we saw a protest on the National Mall – not only was it filled with immigration protesters – we saw a gathering of illegal aliens,
engaged in a protest that was officially approved, supported and abetted by the federal government and members of Congress. These people and government officials were excusing what amounts to an invasion and attacking the very sovereignty of America as somehow illegitimate.
Where the vets were barricaded in an attempt to prevent them from entering a free, no support required open air memorial, the immigration protesters were provided with electrical power, sound systems, stages and sanitation services.
Two groups – one wishing to honor the memories of comrades in arms who victoriously shared one of the greatest struggles the world has ever known to defend freedom and the second, one that wants to use politics to paint over their ongoing criminal enterprise of illegal immigration.
And which side did the President and his Party support? That answer is unfortunately all too clear. The actions of the Obama administration indicate that they do not believe in the values and ideals that the WWII vets fought for and that means that they are, in fact, against that America and for some mutated version of a “Howard Zinn” America, one that must be “corrected” by abrogating the Constitution and substituting the rule of men for the rule of law.
Can a country survive when there is such dichotomy?
I do not think it can. Furthermore, I don’t think we want it to. It is not a place I want to live.
I want to live in the virtuous world of the WW II veterans.
I hope that is still possible.