Over the last two days, I have been heading towards my topic tonight. Heart-energy predominated the founding of America as evidenced in the numerous documents, letters, resolutions, and declarations. Yes, Ego presented in various ways, but Heart guided in structuring not only the government but also the nature, the prevailing character that should mark the nation.
My concern has been the backing the current president and his “group” have received, and the most recent debacle — well, I don’t know the outcome of the G20 summit — has been the Voter Fraud Commission. Wait, isn’t it good to eliminate problems, to make America stronger, and to give more credibility and validity to our elections and therefore our government?
One of the big problems is there is no problem, none that won’t exist anyway. So what’s up with this? First of all, who voted to implement this commission, authorized it to request any sort of information? Then, how is this information going to be used? What energy is evidenced by this move? What are the deeper issues?
The establishment and implementation of this Commission was via executive order. I don’t know the legal trail of court decisions and/or legislation that has made these executive orders so prevalent and pervasive, but when I read those founding documents, such actions would have been censured, clearly so, as monarchical, freedom-threatening actions. You can call it what you will or explain how important it is, but We the People are the ones who give the authority. This point, by the way, applies to any president from any party.
To quote myself from this morning, “in the Declaration of Rights, Section 2, we find ‘That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people; that magistrates are their trustees and servants and at all times amenable to them’ (124). The fact that this was a major theme clearly communicated at the time is seen in the Declaration of Independence, penned about a month later. In reference to our freedom to live our rights, it says ‘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 institute new Government’ (143). And the Constitution begins with ‘We the People.’ We do it.” We the People have not morphed into I the President. As far as I’m concerned, they have no authority; they are not potentates, monarchs, or even benevolent dictators. The president and any elected official is accountable and should answer to us “at all times.”
The spirit of arrogance of this current president reeks of Ego. He does not view himself as accountable to anyone. In fact, he is damn near being “destructive of these ends,” the ends of equality of all, “certain unalienable rights,” rights that cannot be changed, removed, or distorted by a president or the government in general. To demand that states turn over voter information of a sensitive nature threatens my right as a voter to a secret ballot. By the way, why doesn’t the commission just garner the information that’s available? What are they trying to do?
Some legal scholars have, since the beginning, debated whether we have an inherent right to vote. I sometimes believe that the bloated self-importance of such people interferes with their ability to think clearly. I know of some judicial precedence that applies here, but I will flat out say it’s stupid. If we have representatives who are accountable to us at all times, then how in the hell do we get them? If the founders in Heart-energy didn’t intend this as one of the most basic “unalienable rights,” why did Congress and the president, after freeing the slaves in the 13th Amendment and the end of the Civil War, feel the need to address voting rights in the 15th Amendment? The freedoms in America include the right to vote, which is so basic that newly freed slaves were assured this. This 45th president is playing with one of our most basic rights.
If this commission gains the sort of information they really want, what will it mean? How does it infringe on our right to vote and other rights? They want to aggregate data so they may characterize voting blocks and target them, exactly like marketers do. What bill of goods are they selling? The most dangerous sort: they want more control to implement their version of law and order, of some mythical America where rich white men make all the rules (the Founders, by the way didn’t make rules; they defined rights and freedom — like I said, mythical).
And I’m still not finished with this topic, but I am finished for tonight. What I have addressed tonight and will yet write of implies action must be taken. The most essential for this country right now is to impeach the 45th president, but that is not much of an action by us.
We need to care about, become informed, and demand accountability from our representatives at every level. Our current apathy and voting record based on how much wealth we might be able to accumulate is part of our rights being subtly, painlessly, and indiscernibly stripped away. Communication systems must be implemented, but I will deal with this at some point.
Think about this, because I have no doubt if 10,000 people read this, 9,999 could come up with better ideas than me, you brilliant people, you!
Oh, the most personal and effective action would be to discover Self and create Purpose. This would help us identify in a much broader sense with the Heart-energy powering the founding of America. Really. We would have passion to protect our rights to pursue that purpose, our very essence.
(All quotes from Miller, Joel J. and Parrish, Kristen, eds. The Patriot’s Reference. Nashville, TN: Nelson Books, 2014. Print.)
I have been impressed anew with the colonial emphasis on full, open communications about the issues and considerations of the time leading up to the Revolutionary War. They did not have video equipment of any kind, satellites, internet, or social media, yet they accomplished their purpose.
The documents I have written of and many, many more provided clear discussions, considerations, and opposing viewpoints on the issues of the day. They didn’t use deceit to purposefully subvert citizens, to get them to believe half-truths.
I find it incredibly duplicitous and hypocritical for all of the politicians who are screaming “fake news.” They are the biggest producers of such in history, spending who knows how much money on telling half-truths about their opponents. Every little election has degraded into these thirty-second spots, and the unbelievable thing to me is that people believe them.
This says to me that we don’t know how to communicate as well as the folks in the colonies in 1776, because communication is a two-way deal with a crucial additional component: understand others, make ourselves understood, and then make meaning of it all.
Why all this talk of fake news? You mean we can’t distinguish, can’t respond to and revolt against idiots who seek to manipulate, deceive, and sell us a bill of goods. We can’t put them out of business?
You know why? It’s because we have gradually been conditioned to accept and depend on authorities and government to “tell the truth.” I have said it before and will say it again: facts are those things that exist, that are there, and truth is about how we interpret facts. That can be manipulated. And this current administration, including the president and his cabinet picks and advisers, is using this to great advantage, playing on fears and creating paranoia so that no one trusts anyone else. This leaves an opening for him and his associates to be the truth-bearers — of bullshit, of nothingness except skewed perceptions meant to further alienate us, the common people, of the ability to think, discern, and respond. These politicians can’t even handle town hall meetings because they don’t know how to communicate with people who don’t just buy their bullshit on a wholesale level.
The danger lies in this: We, the People, are being divested of our authority. The documents I have shared from our founding make it clear that authority derives from us, and even when decisions need to be made, we should know every last single consideration of every bill or issue being debated. I know lines of communication could be established that let our representatives know how they will vote. They have zero authority unless we give it, and we have given them far too much. It’s time to take it back.
In the Declaration of Rights, Section 2, we find “That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people; that magistrates are their trustees and servants and at all times amenable to them” (124). The fact that this was a major theme clearly communicated at the time is seen in the Declaration of Independence, penned about a month later. In reference to our freedom to live our rights, it says “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 thees ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and institute new Government” (143). And the Constitution begins with “We the People.” We do it. Our elected officials are to answer to us, not only during elections when they shovel the shit our way, but also “at all times” they are to be open to us, to communicate by listening and responding to us.
Many complex factors have brought us to this juncture in which we find ourselves, one where we unwittingly have accepted that we just don’t and can’t know everything, that evil lurks around every corner, that we bear little responsibility and we vote for people to do this work. It’s their job. They get paid for it. A quality life is not bound up in who gets paid for what. If we reclaimed our responsibility, we would become more aware, which would make things much safer. We would become more innovative, have more specific ideas to give our representatives. So many things are implied here.
And I didn’t even get to the whole idea of voting rights and this ridiculous voter fraud commission. Or giving away other freedoms, freedoms envisioned, promoted, communicated, and won by Heart-energy. The current situation in America is an Ego-produced morass, and we are hurtling towards increasing stupidity of greed, lack of compassion, apathy or inflated mania (a bipolar state on a societal level), and willing slavery. And an elitist, oligarchical power base — democrat or republican — will willingly take advantage of that. We need to grab hold of the power, rights, and freedoms that are ours. Court decisions and laws that have helped to shove us to this point can be reversed.
We need to be working individually and corporately to “…secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” We need to learn the basic aspects of communicating in giving, receiving, and making meaning.
I have purposed to finish my thoughts on George Mason’s “Declaration of Rights” coming out of the Virginia Colony on May 15, 1776 and adopted on June 12, just about three weeks before the Declaration of Independence.
I get excited and care about this part of history because the documents reveal to me, through my metaphysical lens, that the general spirit of that time was one energized by Heart. I don’t believe this has happened very much throughout history, and Ego, which plays strongly in us and in the masses many times, will fight to keep us conformed and safe. Even though Ego was operative in the men making the decisions in regards to women and minorities, they chose Heart as their primary operating system. The Declaration of Rights shows this to me, as well as the harmonic resonance of the many other writings at that crucial moment in history.
I have enjoyed examining this document because of the elements of it appropriated for the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States. I debated if I should summarize the remaining thirteen sections of it; I already examined the first three. I won’t be doing that, but I think it would be good if you, my friend, looked it up and read it. It’s only three pages to read, but 241 years long.
Let me skip way ahead to Section 15 because it applies directly to reading this: “That no free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people, but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles (my emphasis)” (126). If we want to remain free in the brand of Heart-principled liberty we have the opportunity to experience, we should know and apply these works, to some extent. Our freedom depends on us, not the government.
In fact, one of my good friends, a history scholar, has made the point over and over that has been borne out every time: people vote and support based on the best deal they can get personally. The parties have created their own tribes based on Ego, pandering to masses motivated by Ego to just get the most they can and stay the hell out of everything else. And the parties manipulate, control, and seek wealth at our expense — pure, unadulterated Ego.
Part of my analysis of the spirit behind that time involves this very idea: the colonists, especially the leaders, were willing to give up everything; they were not greedy, grasping, profit-motivated people who thought the “American dream” was all about making as much money as possible and designing the government based on that principle. That is not, has nothing to do with, the greatness of America. It runs much deeper than that; in fact, the image of America as portrayed in these documents by these men runs antithetical to that.
It’s not sacrifice, totally, but it is a the willingness to release, sacrifice Ego-self for Heart-truth of rights, freedom, and liberty. (Example: Don’t make policy about immigrants based on how much money and jobs they might cost us.) Living liberty is based on honesty, and we need to thoughtfully know what the nation is about, and it’s not focused on cash flow or no cash flow. We should base our political and governmental decisions on these “fundamental principles” (126). Section 15 makes it clear that a deep spiritual dynamic is what drove the founding of America, and should attend its evolution, if we want to remain free.
That brings me to Section 12, because if we wish to stay in touch with the spirit of those days, we need to have knowledge of what is going on in order to evaluate, and the press, a free press, is of great value for that: “That the freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty and can never be restrained but by despotic governments” (126). That’s the whole thing. The right of the press is freedom from government influence or hindrance. The colonists evolving into revolutionaries in those days viewed a free press as another check on possible abuses by authorities of the other freedoms they appropriated for themselves.
The authors of these early writings did not expect their work would end up enshrined somewhere; the implication was they were living documents to be distributed and used, documents to help inform and supply means to evaluate, draw conclusions, and take action. We should use them accordingly.
My use of this Declaration of Rights leads me to draw a conclusion. This current president of America has attempted from his campaign to now the sixth month of his term to undermine the free press. I have no sympathy for his views, nor do I even have a courteous disagreement. He is not fit to reign, and reign is exactly what he is attempting to do. His assault to silence the outlets of the press that he does not like is truly part of a “despotic government.” The press was held nearly sacred as a primary element in preserving a democracy.
Do we really get that? It’s part of our democracy — not a job, not a career, but an integral component of the functioning of this nation. Amendment 1 of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” No, congress is not currently making laws, but just in case some do not see it, the stage is being set.
Belittling an institution held as necessary for the successful functioning of the government has been purposefully intended to nullify the press and inure citizens to the idea that since the press is fake, then they are unnecessary and restrictions need to be placed on them. I will not even dignify the man called president with an evaluation of his egoic, infantile actions. And I would equally condemn every politician who jumps on the bandwagon of “fake news,” like the governor of Missouri, as ones who little understand what this great America is all about.
It’s not about power and law and order. It’s about preserving, protecting, and projecting freedom to live Heart-truth. By the way, the executive orders that have been so sternly stated that suspend laws and judicial precedents of the past, orders that are not voted on by representatives at the national or state levels, are not in concert with the nature of America: “That all power of suspending laws, or the execution of laws, by any authority, without consent of the representative of the people, is injurious to there rights and ought not to be exercised” (125). I bring this up because I would not be shocked to start hearing decrees about the press.
One further note about this is if any outlet or individual in journalism purposefully and willfully leads the public astray, the public should destroy them via complete disassociation, i.e., boycott them. Individual journalists and consenting editors should be fired immediately, as has happened in some cases, but judgments should be based on investigation and due process that the business or industry sets. It’s that special.
Let’s get better acquainted with the Heart-energy that formed the basis and drive to establish a country like America, one that could easily embrace a much more global relationship because the most essential right of equality of everyone forms the freedom we enjoy. We should remember that government exists primarily to ensure that. Fashioning agendas and political parties to establish and maintain power are not legitimate governmental functions or even political ones, and that is what we have devolved into in this nation.
The best course of action for any of us is to discover Self, create Purpose, and live it — the essence of enjoying life and liberty. This nation was set up for such experiences.
(All quotes from Miller, Joel J. and Parrish, Kristen, eds. The Patriot’s Reference. Nashville, TN: Nelson Books, 2014. Print.)
I want to preface my short post tonight with a few balancing thoughts, and I will mention them again at the end. The thoughts? We all act according to the contraries of Ego and Heart, either of which works on our mind and soul, thoughts and emotions. They power the way we interpret, filter, act, and react to life — the way we live it. Heart-energy does not necessarily make life easier; it does, however, help us to experience, feel, and know achievement, joy, significance, freedom, and happiness — much more so than the limited, isolating work of Ego.
On this Independence Day in America, I feel it’s important to recognize Heart-energy invested by the founders of this nation. If you have read any of my posts, you know I do not condone rabid nationalism, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. The documents and corporate spirit, zeitgeist, that attended the inhabitants of those thirteen colonies was a product of many people awakening to their Heart-energy, and that was NOT just “founding fathers.” I am quite sure of that.
And this brings me to my prefacing thoughts. Yes, white, elite males ran things, wrote the documents, and all of that. Yes, cultural limits were placed on women, Native Americans, and the enslaved Africans. All of that was Ego-energy. However, I do not dismiss the Heart-energy that operated to form a nation which can today countenance and champion not only the widest, most diverse population in the world, but also it was so conceived (those words just slipped out!) that it could handle, if it wanted to, evolving into global relationships on the scale of forming a true global community — not belonging to only America. Even though Ego-limitations existed in colonial America, without souls who awakened to Heart in large numbers, the current ability to legally and morally include minorities in all of the promised possibilities that are Heart-possibilities would not exist. This country would not exist today.
You know, Heart possibilities as outlined in these words: “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 , Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers form the consent of the governed…” (Miller and Parrish 143). For the governed to give consent, means the ideas, the drive, the concerns must originate with them — not be told what we need to know and choose between options. We need to be the ones giving the options.
And in those years, months, and weeks leading to the Declaration of Independence, that is exactly what happened. One instance among many came from the people of Virginia.Thomas Jefferson in his notes on the debate for independence in the Second Continental Congress made it clear that representatives were doing the bidding of their constituents: “That some of them had expressly forbidden their delegates to consent to such a declaration…” (Miller and Parrish 130). To what was the Heart-energy lending focus? Freedom, one of the most basic drives of a human being, because Heart-energy drives us to that, to be free to live core Self and our own created Purpose — which is embodied in those “certain unalienable rights.”
The desire for freedom to live Self permeated not only the zeitgeist of the colonies but also the numerous resolutions and declarations which expressed this spirit. On May 15, 1776, one of Jefferson’s colleagues, George Mason of Virginia, wrote and presented to the assembly of Virginians the “Declaration of Rights,” which directly influenced the Declaration of Independence and ultimately the Bill of Rights over a decade later.
I apologize, but it is really late, and I don’t want to short shrift the thoughts about this. I will make a few final points here during these last few minutes of July 4, 2017.
The colonists had been yearning for freedom to live Heart-truth, whether they knew that term or not. Yes, the cultural and societal Ego worked to oppress some, and individual Ego in turn influenced negative treatment of others in a long-established egoic pattern of men in control. In Europe and America, white male landowners had become the elite rule-makers, and they were, in effect, oppressors of women, Native Americans, enslaved Africans. Yet they, too, longed for a freedom that somehow — Heart and Spirit energy — embraced all of those oppressed, for without the freedom to live Self and Purpose, we are, indeed, oppressed.
It all began with this desire for freedom to live Heart, expressed in those historic documents. At times, when people begin awakening to a desire to express Self in freedom, they are lead to a need to gain freedom from those forces, whether a nation or our own Ego-energized lives, that would hold us back. Hence, a major revolution occurs.
Blessings in your revolution to be free from Ego hindrances as you live your Heart-freedom!
(Work Cited: Miller, Joel J. and Parrish, Kristen, eds. The Patriot’s Reference. Nashville, TN: Nelson Books, 2014. Print.)
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!