The American Republic and the American people find themselves in the fifth crisis of the 236 year epic expedition from daring revolution to global power. These are again times that try our souls; once again the Republic and its citizens must confront the issue of whether a nation “conceived in liberty” and dedicated to the proposition of human equality can long endure. Will we nobly save or meanly lose government of the people, by the people, for the people?
The political consensus that had held throughout most of the 236 year history of the Republic has been ripped asunder by two cooperating but not identical groups . First, are the Economic Royalists who have labored behind the political scenes for at least eighty years. They have used their vast fortunes to manufacture a conception of the government as the enemy of the country and to hire commentators and politicians to work on making this warped perspective a powerful spell cast on the minds of many Americans. The Economic Royalists want to replace the Republic, of, by, and for the people, with a Plutocracy, of, by, and for the wealthy.
The second group in this unpatriotic alliance, goes by many names, but the most applicable to their current persona is the Rapture Reactionaries. This group seeks to transform the American Republic into an American Theocracy fixated on a twisted and religiously bogus version of Christianity. The Rapture Reactionaries strive to demonize some segments of the American populace in order to evoke holy wrath in the segments they deem to be Real Americans.
Despite the pretensions of these two vociferous and abundantly financed factions, they are both mortally wrong. They are both genuinely menacing. They are neither patriotic, nor beneficent. They have surfaced before at other times and in other guises. They have always been defeated, but never eradicated. We the People, must now do what we should have more thoroughly done in decades past. We must recall the premises, principles, and purposes upon which the Republic is founded and framed by those who gave us the Republic to keep. We must remember and redeem the promises expressed and implied in our founding documents up through and including Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. We must heed the reiterations in speeches of great presidents and other authentic American leaders who spoke the truth in stirring terms and were assassinated for their candor, clarity, courage and commitment. We must understand and exercise the sovereignty that inheres in the people, all the people. We must answer the trumpet that summons and rise up and realize the true meaning of the genuine American Creed – We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. We must bind up the nation’s wounds and show malice toward none and charity toward all.
In our hands, my fellow citizens, rests the final success or failure of our Republic. Since it was founded and framed, each generation of has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.
Can we forge against the Economic Royalists and the Rapture Reactionaries a grand alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more bountiful politics of principle and purpose for America and all Americans regardless of race, color, creed, gender, economic status or sexual orientation? Will we unite in that historic quest?
In the long storied history of the Republic, only a few generations have been called upon to defend the Republic in an hour of maximum peril. We must not shrink from this obligation — we nustI welcome it. We must wish to exchange places with any other people or any other generation. With a clear conscience and a true heart as our guides, with history the only real judge of the caliber of our deeds, let us go forth to save the Republic and lead the land we love. Knowing as we do the energy, the faith, the devotion we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from that fire can truly light the world.