Michael Gerson, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-spurs-a-wild-west-of-continuously-worsening-political-rhetoric/2019/11/18/59185e5a-0a3a-11ea-97ac-a7ccc8dd1ebc_story.html
Note: Michael Gerson’s November 18, 2019, column, “Trump and his Fox supporters are no longer content just spewing propaganda,” The Washington Post, motivated this essay. Gerson seems like a writer who does not grasp history’s need to journal humankind’s quest for statutory justice. I write to suggest reform from traditional colonial-English conflict to possible American integrity.
Michael Gerson seems steeped in defense of controversial colonial-English tradition. I’d like to persuade him and other controversial traditionalists to consider the U.S. Preamble.
In my view, the U.S. preamble is a proposition for 5 public disciplines to encourage responsible human liberty. A citizen may order his or her public life by the 5 disciplines so as to privately pursue individual happiness with civic integrity. I express my interpretation almost daily, seeking improvements from fellow citizens.
I both publicly and privately order my actions so as to accept the-literal-truth. I do not know the-literal-truth and must rely on the-objective-truth---the ineluctable evidence which may be better comprehended with new instruments of perception. Under these principles, I speculate neither for nor against the mystery of whatever-God-is. Without objection to anyone’s God, I promote reform from English tradition to the U.S. Preamble’s proposition. So far, I do not think the Trump/Pence administration has considered the opportunity to establish the USA 231 years after it was proposed in the U.S. Preamble.
Consider Gerson five concerns with detail I noticed.
First, in “the president’s long habit of half-witted ad hominems” Gerson overlooks President Trump’s promise to drain the swamp, hard as the task would be. See Trump’s inaugural address. Trump’s fellow citizens may imagine what it is like to know what his administration plans for liars of the swamp. When a liar approaches Trump, how does he protect the information that is vital to us, his fellow citizens? Note that the liars are also fellow citizens, but some are dissident to the U.S. Preamble’s proposition. Perhaps the liar holds the honest opinion that all citizens should attest to the mystery of whatever-God-is. Perhaps Trump intends to distract the liar, accepting any humility of error yet protecting the people’s vital information. It seems the Schiff-impeachment-proposal exposes foreign-service agents in traditional “abuse of power.” The unintended consequence may be financial ruin and professional change for some agents.
Second, “Fox . . . has come up against a variety of honorable, respected professionals, trying to testify honestly about the abuse of power,” seems a misguided indictment of Fox’s Christian community. Some Christians seem so convicted in their spiritual faith that they mistakenly tolerate infidelity to the U.S. Preamble. They erroneously label it “secular” when it is neutral to religion as well as race, gender, and ethnicity. It seems most Christians deny what seems ineluctable: whatever-God-is leaves it to humankind to establish human justice. As a consequence, some Christians imposed “In God We Trust” as a national motto---a motto that represses the march to civic integrity. An unintended consequence of repressing the U.S. Preamble’s proposition is the gradual development of swamp professionals who oppose the rule of the U.S. Constitution, for example, in its assignment of responsibilities to the administrative branch. Gerson seems blind to the swamp, holding honor above integrity, fairness above justice, Gerson-truth above the-literal-truth, and civil respect above civic appreciation. Gerson-values supplant neither the 5 public disciplines of the U.S. Preamble nor Gerson’s duty to responsible human liberty.
Third, Gerson claims “a crisis of missing limiting principles,” without recognizing that the swamp is the crisis. The limiting principles are stated as statutory law according to the U.S. Constitution, which ultimately must conform to the U.S. Preamble. Gerson suggests controversies such as Roe v. Wade override the U.S. Constitution’s rule of law and the U.S. Preamble’s pursuit of statutory justice. Again, Christianity errs by claiming human life begins as a conception when it begins as a viable ovum. Gerson unconstitutionally claims democracy defines the values in this republic.
Fourth, Gerson defends erroneous colonial-English tradition “Self-government requires ethical hierarchy.” The U.S. Preamble replaced self-government with 5 public disciplines so as to encourage responsible human liberty. The U.S. Preamble legally ended the Confederation of States and empowered We the People of the United States, the entity that is comprised of fellow citizens who trust-in and commit-to the U.S. Preamble’s proposition. Thereby, ethics may conform to the-literal-truth. The combination of the U.S. Preamble under the-literal-truth may ultimately determine humankind’s civic civilization. Among We the People of the United States there is no hierarchy---only human equity under developing statutory justice. The elected or appointed official or writer for the press who does not strive to be a member of We the People of the United States is among the swamp. The press’s job is to journal Constitutional progress toward meeting the U.S. Preamble’s proposition. “American freedom” is defined in the U.S. Preamble: freedom-from 5 public oppressions so as to secure each citizen’s opportunity to practice the liberty-to responsibly pursue individual happiness rather than the dictates of someone else.
Lastly, Gerson does not improve on Trump’s erroneous slogan “great again.” I think there’s better likelihood that Trump will reform to “Make America Great” before either Gerson or Fox News does. What’s missing is reform from opposing views of colonial-English Americanism to an achievable better future under the U.S. Preamble’s proposition. The civic citizens of this nation, We the People of the United States, trusts-in and commits-to the ultimate justice of the people.
Members of the swamp who are honestly misled may become civic citizens rapidly by considering, communicating, collaborating, and connecting so as to promote the entity We the People of the United States as defined in the U.S. Preamble. If they know better purpose, they may propose amendment of the U.S. Preamble.
Nine former English colonies, free and independent global states in 1784, established the USA as a global nation as of June 21, 1787. The First Congress erroneously re-established as much colonial-English tradition as they could get away with. Congress has behaved to preserve tradition ever since. President Trump is trying to reform from colonial-English tradition to the U.S. Preamble’s proposition. Some members of the swamp honestly work under tradition and may discover integrity in time to help the administration establish the USA after Congressional and press repression since 1788.
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