Their Words Ignored Our Existence, Yet Still We Rise
We ‘ll Rise Above Trump As Well
We The People in Order to form a more a perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Prosperity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.
Forty-nine words when written were the promissory note to a greater society that focused on the health and well-being of the land/property-owning white male citizens of this fledging nation. A nation supposedly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, as Abraham Lincoln so eloquently stated that afternoon on those sacred battlegrounds in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Those words are included in what is said to be the greatest presidential address ever given by any President, was given while this nation was in the throes of a great Civil War that was being fought to eliminate involuntary slavery in this so-called nation of democracy. How can any nation be truly free when it allows chains to be placed on people within its borders? One of the greatest intellectual minds to rise to the office of President Woodrow Wilson was also responsible for the total segregation of government buildings in this nation’s capitol. He also graced us with this eloquent words, I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty. Saying this at a time when liberty was being denied to people of color all over the nation he was elected to defend. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous fireside speeches inspired Americans, he once said, “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life, a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. At the same time, these words were spoken in cities, towns, and molehills throughout our nation American citizens of color were being terrorized simply because of a biological element within them skin color. They indeed had more to fear than fear itself they had to fear any white person who approached them. Rutherford B. Hayes, once said the following; “he serves his party best who serves the country best”. Then Rutherford B. Hayes proceeded to take away all those elements of security entrusted to the federal government to protect people of color freed from slavery just a decade earlier. Did Hayes not consider people of color part of this great union? Was he serving their interest when he allowed the wolfs of racial hatred back into that barnyard before the barn was secured or repaired?
These men who have been elected to the highest office of the land have been some of the greatest minds this nation has ever developed. Just read these words written during the roaring twenties, they may have been roaring for white folks but blacks were strange fruits on trees. “There is something inherently wrong, something out of accord with the ideals of representative democracy when one portion of our citizenship turns its activities to private gain amid defensive war while another is fighting, sacrificing, or dying for national preservation.” Well, what was inherently wrong was that Warren Harding allowed Jim Crow and the Black Codes to run rampant over his black citizen's rights during his presidential administration. What was Herbert Hoover thinking when he said these eloquent words, digest them, admire them, except if you were dark of color; “You cannot extend the mastery of government over the daily life of a people without somewhere making it a master of people’s souls and thoughts…Every step in that direction poisons the very roots of liberalism. It poisons political equality, free speech, free press, and the equality of opportunity. It is a road not to more liberty but to less liberty.” You think Herbert Hoover really gave a thought to the inequalities that blacks were facing every day at the time of his administration? While we continue to see religious confrontations elevating each day in the world we live, the religious confrontation that is also rooted in the color or misconstrued color of these religions and that conflict. We also must understand that when this nation was formed and it was only concerned about property or land owning white men religion was a concerned to the so-called Father of the Nation, George Washington, who wrote this: “Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause, and I was not without hope that and enlightened and liberal policy of the present age would put an effectual stop to contentions of this kind. Yet, in our nation today, those religious confrontations have done more to further split our people than to promote the better good it supposedly desires. George Washington may not have cared about the cause of freedom for men and women of color but he was sure 100% on point with that particular thought. Or these words from Theodore Roosevelt, who was in no large matter a friend of people of color equality but yet he understood the term “we the people, or we the white people”; “In the history of mankind many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing their state; and in no way has this loss of power been so often and so clearly shown as in the tendency to turn a government into a government primarily for the benefit of one class instead for the benefit of the people as a whole.” We see now the Congress and Senate of the United States are controlled by a party solely intent to elevating the ownership class financial resources on the backs of the working class declining financial resources. They are even attempting to make life more erroneous and unhealthy for those with less. While allowing those with more to pillage the communities without concern for our tomorrows. How would Teddy Roosevelt feel about this current President’s plan to savage the environment?
“Being a politician is a poor profession. Being a public servant is a noble one”, Herbert Hoover once said that. The question that immediately came to my mind is why are there so many self-proclaimed politicians in our country today. They serve for no dignity, or care of their constituencies unless those constituencies are lobbyists willing to increase that politicians largess. That is why we no longer can depend on this Republic to address the needs of the many because they are fed by the pockets of the few. Didn’t this President say if you have no monies you cannot serve in his administration? Even though many on serve in his administration made their monies taking advantage of those without monies without fear of legal retribution. You see control of the possibility of retribution is controlled by those with the monies. So unless you take advantage of those with monies like a “Bernie Madoff”, you have full reins to do as you please seemingly in this judicial economically controlled system. I wonder what Thomas Jefferson, who said the following would think of that;”The diffusion of information and arraignment of all abuses at the bar of public reason; freedom of religion; freedom of the press, and freedom of person under the protection of habeas corpus, and by trials by juries impartially selected. These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through the age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety. Eloquent words by Jefferson intended, of course, to be digested by white men to keep them on the path of a responsive republic. Yet now we know that the current path of our nation has been redrawn and unless corrected it will indeed lead to what Jefferson felt destruction. You see I feel that the current legislative leaders in many of our federal and state government are like the man described by Benjamin Harrison; “ I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth or shapes it into a garment will starve in the process. Americans are starving for better government representation today. Americans, we, need representation that see our health concerns are natural rights not bartered privileges, that see a living wage as a duty of the nation to ensure each of its citizens can ascertain not refrain, that see a quality of education for every child no matter his/her economic or social condition as a mandatory right of effective governmental leadership. We should consider these words spoken by one John F. Kennedy; “Liberty without learning is always in peril, and learning without liberty in is always in vain.” If true liberty os to ever exist fully in this nation we must reach out our hands towards one another. No matter if that arm has encrusted diamond Rolex and the other worn gold-plated weather-beaten bracelet. Both arms require the energy of both to secure a better tomorrow for every man, woman, child and living beast on this planet.