Sunday we were remembering Memorial Day and that brought out what could be called patriotic songs. As we sang I was reminded that these are not just patriotic, they are hymns that lift up the Christian foundations of our country. That is juxtaposed to the values of our current junta and cultural elites. One thought jumped out at me in America the Beautiful.
“And crown they good with brotherhoodIt was considered so important that it appeared in the first and last verses and the punctuation is as printed.
From sea to shining sea!”
One of the Christian concepts that undergirded our country was brotherhood. We have always been a country founded on an idea, not a race or ethnic group. We are individuals that are united by acceptance of that great concept of “all men are created equal”. Not equal outcomes. That is rubbish and ridiculous. It called for equal opportunity. It was an ideal we would strive for, not a standard we had achieved.
You see this idea everywhere you look. When we say the Pledge of Allegiance we recite the words, “One nation under God”. No, I did not forget the comma. If you look at our money you see “E Pluribus Unum” which means “out of many, one”. We have taken people from all cultures and accepted them as a part of us if they are willing to be accepted.
This came out in an unexpected way in what is called the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. For those who never took US History from me in 8th grade let me remind you that this involved the area that we call the Midwest today and how that area would be adopted by the new country. Notice that this is four years after the formal end of the American Revolution and two years before the Constitution will be ratified. Take a look at a few lines from Section 14, Article 5,
“And, whenever any of the said States shall have sixty thousand free inhabitants therein, such State shall be admitted, by its delegates, into the Congress of the United States, on an equal footing with the original States in all respects whatever, and shall be at liberty to form a permanent constitution and State government:...”Notice the words, “on an equal footing”. Even in the politics of the era there was an understanding that new states needed full acceptance, the same as people.
We need to be reminded of the idea that was America and understand that the current Social Justice Warriors and their commissars want to destroy that idea with group politics expressed through things like Affirmative Action and Critical Race Theory. They want the law to apply to you based on some non-American measure such as race or gender instead of treating you like an individual under God.
Be aware that we need “brotherhood from sea to shining sea”.
homo unius libri