Special Opinion to the Mirror by Paul Plante
First of all, before I go any further, let me make it quite clear that I am an American, which means I am neither a Democrat, nor a Republican, both of which are minorities here in America, and I do vote, although I will not give my vote to anybody on the Republican line, nor on the Democrat line, so if I am chewing into the seditionist, demagogue Democrats in here for fomenting sedition, it in no way, shape or manner means that I am for the Republicans, because I am not.
And if the Republicans were advocating for sedition, I would be going after them, as well, but they are not, so right now, they are outside of this discussion, which is on the soul of America, whatever in fact that really may be.
And another important point is that all this crap going on with the media and fake news and Google being unfair to Donald Trump is nothing new, because it has been going on since there was a United States of America.
The newspapers in America have never been fair, nor is it likely in too many cases that they have ever printed “the truth,” since that is not what they exist for in the first place.
And despite the horsecrap put out by the demagogue Democrats to shame those of us who refuse to kowtow to them and cleave to their banner in the name of some knd of solidarity, we have never truly been one people, and we as a people have not believed everybody is created equally, despite those words being in the Declaration of Independence, a document of historical significance, perhaps, but other than that, has no bonding effect on anybody, including the people who signed it.
As to everybody in America not being created equal, the version of predestination espoused by John Calvin, after whom Calvinism is named, sometimes referred to as “double predestination,” teaches that God predestines some people for salvation election) and some for condemnation (i.e. Reprobation).
According to Calvin: “Not all are created on equal terms, but some are preordained to eternal life, others to eternal damnation; and, accordingly, as each has been created for one or other of these ends, we say that he has been predestined to life or to death.”
As to Calvinism being here in America at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History provides as follows:
American Calvinism owes its existence to the transplanting of European churches and religious institutions to North America, a process that began in the 16th century, first with Spanish and French Roman Catholics, and accelerated a century later when Dutch, English, Scottish, and German colonists and immigrants of diverse Protestant backgrounds settled in the New World.
The initial variety of Calvinists in North America was the result of the different circumstances under which Protestantism emerged in Europe as a rival to the Roman Catholic Church, to the diverse civil governments that supported established Protestant churches, and to the various business sponsors that included the Christian ministry as part of imperial or colonial designs.
Once the British dominated the Eastern seaboard (roughly 1675), and after English colonists successfully fought for political independence (1783), Calvinism lost its variety.
Beyond their separate denominations, English-speaking Protestants (whether English, Scottish, or Irish) created a plethora of interdenominational religious agencies for the purpose of establishing a Christian presence in an expanding American society.
For these Calvinists, being Protestant went hand in hand with loyalty to the United States.
Outside this pan-Protestant network of Anglo-American churches and religious institutions were ethnic-based Calvinist denominations caught between Old World ways of being Christian and American patterns of religious life.
Over time, most Calvinist groups adapted to national norms, while some retained institutional autonomy for fear of compromising their faith.
Since 1970, when the United States entered an era sometimes called post-Protestant, Calvinist churches and institutions have either declined or become stagnant.
But in certain academic, literary, and popular culture settings, Calvinism has for some Americans, whether connected or not to Calvinist churches, continued to be a source for sober reflection on human existence and earnest belief and religious practice.
For proof of us not being one people in the beginning, just as we most definitely not one people now, as these just concluded Blasey Ford Hearings before the Senate Judicial Committee have proven beyond the shadow of a doubt, it is only necessary to refer to FEDERALIST No. 24, “The Powers Necessary to the Common Defense Further Considered,” for the Independent Journal to the People of the State of New York by Alexander Hamilton circa December 1787, as follows:
A stranger to our politics, who was to read our newspapers at the present juncture, without having previously inspected the plan reported by the convention, would be naturally led to one of two conclusions: either that it contained a positive injunction, that standing armies should be kept up in time of peace; or that it vested in the EXECUTIVE the whole power of levying troops, without subjecting his discretion, in any shape, to the control of the legislature.
If he came afterwards to peruse the plan itself, he would be surprised to discover, that neither the one nor the other was the case; that the whole power of raising armies was lodged in the LEGISLATURE, not in the EXECUTIVE; that this legislature was to be a popular body, consisting of the representatives of the people periodically elected; and that instead of the provision he had supposed in favor of standing armies, there was to be found, in respect to this object, an important qualification even of the legislative discretion, in that clause which forbids the appropriation of money for the support of an army for any longer period than two years – a precaution which, upon a nearer view of it, will appear to be a great and real security against the keeping up of troops without evident necessity.
Disappointed in his first surmise, the person I have supposed would be apt to pursue his conjectures a little further.
He would naturally say to himself, it is impossible that all this vehement and pathetic declamation can be without some colorable pretext.
Those words by Hamilton some 231 years ago about “all this vehement and pathetic declamation” are in fact what we are again hearing today from the demagogue Democrats, most recently with respect to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be a Supreme court Justice, but really, going back to 2016, and Hillary Clinton’s now-famous claim where she lumped loyal Americans she didn’t like because they didn’t like her, into what she and the Democrats call a “Basket of Deplorables,” which is like a toilet the Democrats would flush their opponents down if only they could get control of the federal government to do so, which takes us back to Federalist No. 24, as follows:
He would never be able to imagine, while any source of information remained unexplored, that it was nothing more than an experiment upon the public credulity, dictated either by a deliberate intention to deceive, or by the overflowings of a zeal too intemperate to be ingenuous.
That is again what we have today here in America from these demagogue Democrats – another experiment upon the public credulity, dictated by a deliberate intention to deceive, which is something the Democrats are really quite adept at today, which again takes us back to Federalist No. 24, as follows:.
If he happened to be a man of quick sensibility, or ardent temper, he could now no longer refrain from regarding these clamors as the dishonest artifices of a sinister and unprincipled opposition to a plan which ought at least to receive a fair and candid examination from all sincere lovers of their country!
Now, 231 years later, those of us who happen to be men and women of quick sensibility can no longer refrain from regarding these clamors coming at us from all quarters from the Dermocrats as the dishonest artifices of a sinister and unprincipled opposition to our very form of government here in this country, which once again takes us back to Federalist No. 24, as follows:
Even such a man could hardly forbear remarking, that a conduct of this kind has too much the appearance of an intention to mislead the people by alarming their passions, rather than to convince them by arguments addressed to their understandings.
That is exactly what the demagogue Democrats, and here I will name Charley “Chuck” Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Mazie Hirono, Nancy Pelosi, “Joltin’ Joe” Biden and the Queen Mum herself, Hillary Rodham Clinton, are doing today – misleading the people of America by alarming their passions, rather than convincing them by arguments addressed to their understandings – because the Democrats have no such arguments to offer, only emotional bull****, and that by the bucketful, which takes us to an article in the Daily Wire entitled “Joe Biden Calls Trump Supporters ‘Virulent People,’ The ‘Dregs Of Society'” by Joseph Curl on September 17, 2018, as follows:
Joe Biden just had his “deplorables” moment.
Biden, who says he’ll decided in January whether to run for president in 2020 but who is making all the moves of a presidential candidate, used a pro-LGBT Human Rights Campaign annual dinner on Saturday to rip President Trump.
And in so doing, Biden had a moment reminiscent of Hillary Clinton, when she called Trump supporters “deplorables.”
Biden did his old act, starting off soft and avuncular before booming through his power points, punching the air and flailing about.
Biden got himself lathered up into a full froth as he waxed poetic about his and “Barack’s” thoughts on Trump.
“Barack and I agreed to remain silent for a while to give this administration the chance to get up and running in the first year,” Biden said.
“God forgive me,” he added, making the sign of the cross as the audience applauded.
“Our work is not yet done by any stretch of the imagination.”
“The stakes are much too high.”
And then he went even further. “This is deadly earnest, we are in a fight for America’s soul,” Biden said.
And there it is, people, in stark black and white – the reason for the title of this thread – Joe Biden and the Democrats are at war with the rest of us in America who are not Democrats and do not want to be for America’s soul!
The next civil war has started and God help the nation and those of us who do not want to be under the Democrat bootheel if the Democrats should chance to win!
As to the demagogue Democrat Hillary, that article included her, as follows:
Clinton used similar language when she called “half” of Trump’s supporters “deplorables” during the 2016 campaign.
“To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” Clinton said in September 2016.
And that in turn takes us to a FOX News article entitled “Pelosi filing FOIA request for key Kavanaugh documents, prolonging fight” by Samuel Chamberlain on 8 October 2018, as follows:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Sunday she will request that the government make public the FBI’s supplemental background report into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, indicating the Democrats’ fight against Kavanaugh is not over.
In her letter, Pelosi said Kavanaugh’s confirmation “has wounded the very soul of justice in our country” and called it a “dark chapter.”
And there we see it again, people – the democrats are claiming now to be the keepers of America’s soul, which takes us back to that FOX News article as follows:
In her letter, Pelosi told her colleagues to channel their disappointment at Kavanaugh’s confirmation toward success at the ballot box next month.
“We must not agonize, we must organize,” Pelosi wrote.
“People must vote.”
Yes, indeed, people, we must vote to thwart the plans of the Democrats to take control of our national government.
So, then, what about the “soul” of America?
What is it?
Where can it be found?
And how would we recognize it if we could find it?
And my simple answer would be to tell everyone in America over the age of 18 who can vote this year to go to FEDERALIST No. 23, “The Necessity of a Government as Energetic as the One Proposed to the Preservation of the Union” from the New York Packet to the People of the State of New York by Alexander Hamilton on Tuesday, December 18, 1787, and carefully study these words, as follows:
THE necessity of a Constitution, at least equally energetic with the one proposed, to the preservation of the Union, is the point at the examination of which we are now arrived.
This inquiry will naturally divide itself into three branches – the objects to be provided for by the federal government, the quantity of power necessary to the accomplishment of those objects, the persons upon whom that power ought to operate.
Its distribution and organization will more properly claim our attention under the succeeding head.
The principal purposes to be answered by union are these – the common defense of the members; the preservation of the public peace as well against internal convulsions as external attacks; the regulation of commerce with other nations and between the States; the superintendence of our intercourse, political and commercial, with foreign countries.
There, people, is the soul of America – the reason we have a national government in Washington, D. C. today is to provide for the common defense of the fifty states and to preserve the public peace against internal convulsions instigated by the Democrats as well as external attacks; and to regulate our commerce with other nations and between the States; and the superintendence of our intercourse, political and commercial, with foreign countries.
That is it!
So when you hear these demagogue Democrats talking about making war on the rest of us for possession of the soul of America, which they claim as their own, ask yourself this existential question – which side will you be on?