From the consent of the governed

//From the consent of the governed

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Emma Lazarus

There are many outward signs of patriotism to be found in RV Parks. Many RV’ers are veterans who have served or fought in foreign lands for this nation. Most of those who so proudly display these signs are of my generation or earlier. It was much easier to understand patriotism when I was growing up and thought I knew what America stood for. But lately I’ve been wondering just what patriotism is. Perhaps this comes from not being very proud of things happening in America just now.

For example, the quote above by Emma Lazarus captures the attitude and philosophy which in many ways has been the basis of America’s greatness and strength — our diverse melting pot. Those words  reside on the Statue of Liberty and welcomed to this nation those who dream of something greater and are willing to work to make their lives and this country better. It is only by honoring the meaning of those words that America can continue its unique greatness. Building walls and shutting ourselves off from the rest of the world is not my idea of America and not the America I spent 11 years in the military defending.

But evidently some disagree. So is patriotism about blindly following the current policies of the American government…hiding behind a catch phrase like, “America First?” Or should it be for us to consider within ourselves what this great nation of America should be, what it promises to its citizens and the world and stand fast to those founding principles? I find  help answering these questions in 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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed;…” ~~ United States Declaration of Independence

It is us, the individuals, who give the power to our government and it is us, as true patriots, who must hold them accountable,  especially if they are trying to corrupt the very principles we and this nation stand for.

And so we must; and so we shall!

By | 2017-12-21T15:36:42+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Opinion & Reviews|8 Comments

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  1. Kathy and John Hester 26 Jan ’17 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Thoughtful and relevant. I strongly agree with your comments.

    • E. Brooks Moore 26 Jan ’17 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks…I’m still filled with anger. This past Saturday’s march was a wonderful example of how strong opposition can be. We and media cannot be quiet…we must speak out. But we must take the high road. RESIST peacefully. 🙂

  2. Monte Stevens 29 Jan ’17 at 10:38 am - Reply

    I also agree with your post. I am struggling inside with the direction we seem to be moving in.

    • E. Brooks Moore 30 Jan ’17 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      Monte I’ve never seen the country so angry and openly divided. I don’t like to get political on this blog or my Facebook account but this is affecting real people and the future direction of our nation. I decided I couldn’t let myself be one who silently stood by. It’s probably an exaggeration but I can’t help but wonder how many German citizens stood by during the 1930’s while terrible things began happened around them…especially early on. 🙁

  3. Markus 31 Jan ’17 at 3:02 am - Reply

    Brooks, I feel with you the deception and anger about the recent development. The U.S. for such a long time were a lighthouse for so many, seeking inwards and outwards freedom. I do pray that the open-minded peoply will #resist long and powerful enough to end this nightmare before the damage becomes unrepairable

    • E. Brooks Moore 31 Jan ’17 at 8:10 am - Reply

      Markus, thanks for you thoughts and prayers. It is a deeply unsettling time here in the U.S. but there are a couple of thoughts I try to keep in mind. First, the majority of our citizens did not elect our current president and now stand against his hateful agenda. Second, often the darkest of nights brings out the brightest of lights. The issues now in the open have long existed here under the surface…and it may be better to address them openly even if painful. #Resistance is not futile!

  4. Paul Maxim 31 Jan ’17 at 8:43 am - Reply

    You already know how I feel about all this, Brooks. But I’ve got this horrible feeling in my gut that things are going to get a whole lot worse before they start to get better. I hope to hell I’m wrong, but I don’t think so……

    • E. Brooks Moore 31 Jan ’17 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      I think I’m in agreement with your gut, Paul. I just emailed you a link to an interesting article that speculates this recent ban may be a head fake we’re all falling for. Scary!

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