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Tue Dec 19, 2017, 03:10 PM

Who Are We as a Country? Sally Yates Reminds Us Once Again

Sally Yates in a USA Today Op-Ed suggests we return to First Principles as a path forward in our current abnormal and alarming political climate. She directs our attention to a single sentence, the Preamble to the Constitution. With notes:

“We the people of the United States” (we are a democratic republic, not a dictatorship) “in order to form a more perfect union” (we are a work in progress dedicated to a noble pursuit) “establish justice” (we revere justice as the cornerstone of our democracy) “insure domestic tranquility” (we prize unity and peace, not divisiveness and discord), “provide for the common defense” (we should never give any foreign adversary reason to question our solidarity) “promote the general welfare” (we care about one another; compassion and decency matter) “and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity” (we have a responsibility to protect not just our own generation, but future ones as well).

Love this woman!

And I agree that in times of stress and genuine danger to the country, reminding ourselves of our core values and demanding those in power to respect and serve those values is of utmost importance. The means speaking out, getting politically engaged and supporting our democratic institutions, countering the caterwauling attacks on the free press, the FBI, our intelligence services, our diplomatic corps, our judicial system, our electoral system, etc. It means standing up for our immigrant neighbors and friends, pushing back against blatant racism, ethnic hatreds and sexism.

And our most fundamental principle must be protected: The Rule of Law.

It means becoming the Americans we want to be—never perfect but always better.

Kudos to Ms Yates. We need to be hearing more of this, daily reminders. Because there’s just too much to lose.

Full essay here:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/12/19/what-kind-country-we-speak-out-core-american-values-sally-q-yates-column/951828001/

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peggysue2 Dec 2017 OP
Irish_Dem Dec 2017 #1
peggysue2 Dec 2017 #2
Irish_Dem Dec 2017 #4
Sophia4 Dec 2017 #6
Irish_Dem Dec 2017 #8
peggysue2 Dec 2017 #9
Irish_Dem Dec 2017 #11
Faux pas Dec 2017 #3
Sophia4 Dec 2017 #5
Sophia4 Dec 2017 #7
peggysue2 Dec 2017 #10
Sophia4 Dec 2017 #12

Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Tue Dec 19, 2017, 03:17 PM

1. Rule of Law, We the People. Quaint notions rejected by the oligarchs who rule us. nt

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 19, 2017, 03:24 PM

2. And as proven in Alabama, Virginia, NJ and elsewhere

We can change that at the voting box. Which is why 2018 is so critical.

We stand together, we vote, we win.

Btw, the word 'quaint' really undercuts what the Constitution provides, even in this short 52-word Preamble.

But you knew that, right?

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Response to peggysue2 (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 19, 2017, 03:33 PM

4. I will be ridiculed, but I happen to consider these documents to be sacred documents.

Bill of Rights, Dec Of Independence, Constitution, etc.

There are profound, sacred works delineating human rights for an advanced society.
But are considered quaint and ridiculous by the greedy, corrupt elite.

And you are right Peggysue, the only way out of our current mess is if We The People stick together and do something.

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 19, 2017, 03:39 PM

6. Thanks. I agree.

 

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Response to Sophia4 (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 19, 2017, 03:49 PM

8. I had a very weird experience at the National Archives.

I was in Wash DC visiting tourist sights, and went to see the original Declaration of Independence at the National Archives. It is is a large glass case, and there is typically a long line of people waiting to view it.

It was finally my turn and I looked at the original Dec of Independence, began to read it, and felt transported to another place and time. I could imagine the second continental congress, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, etc. working on the document.

The next think I know is that a guard is telling me to move on, other people want to see the document. I was mortified as I am typically considerate of other people and don't hog things...... I must have lost track of time which has never happened to me before or since.

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 19, 2017, 04:03 PM

9. You would never be ridiculed by me, Irish Dem

Because I share your awe and admiration.

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Response to peggysue2 (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 19, 2017, 04:09 PM

11. I didn't mean you peggysue, but others who might label my notions

as overly sentimental.

But the first time I read the Declaration of Independence, it felt magical to me.
I had a similar feeling when I first read about the Magna Carta.

But Thomas Jefferson's work was truly from the angels.

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Tue Dec 19, 2017, 03:26 PM

3. K N R-ed

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Tue Dec 19, 2017, 03:38 PM

5. The Rule of Law -- says it all.

 

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Tue Dec 19, 2017, 03:39 PM

7. I love the positive tone of this thread. Thanks for posting.

 

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Response to Sophia4 (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 19, 2017, 04:09 PM

10. You're welcome, Sophia.

We have a lot to worry about but it's good to know there are people like Sally Yates, who now has an expanded platform to remind of us of what's important, what we're fighting for and how extraordinary our beginnings truly were.

We're standing on the shoulders of giants.

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Response to peggysue2 (Reply #10)

Tue Dec 19, 2017, 04:10 PM

12. So true.

 

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