Friday, March 26, 2010

America, Symbolism, and Revolution

All well established political/governmental orders, including— especially—the United States of America, understand power, as well as the power of symbolism—their own political/governmental power having been established, long ago, and enshrined in enduring, symbolic forms (e.g., flags, seals, monuments, songs, myths). These orders will always cover their own acts of political violence with this cloak of political symbolism.

Any revolutionary movement within a well established political/governmental order should be built upon the established order's own political power and political symbolism whenever possible. If, for example, the established order has overstepped its bounds of authority—as the government of the United States has today— and become broken beyond all normal means of repair, but still retains a good, solid philosophical/political basis, what is needed is a revolution which can restore that order to its former historical and philosophical principles. For example, the U. S. was not an interventionist and colonizing nation, as it is today, until the time of the Spanish American War, during 1898. From the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783 until 1898, America minded its own business and did not intervene in the affairs of foreign nations nor did it attempt to colonize or set up puppet regimes in other nations as it does today, especially in the Middle East.

Here in the U. S., any revolutionary movement that hopes for success would be wise to cloak both their speech and their actions with the political symbolism which represents that which grounds the established order both historically and philosophically because it is the established order's traditional and historical political philosophy which the revolutionary movement desires to see restored.

The Left has never had success with its revolutionary political speech and acts here in the U. S. because its political philosophy has no ties to traditional, historical U. S. political philosophy. The right to private property, for example, is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence; but revolutionary Leftists believe the notion of private property should be abolished; a belief which is, in fact, central to the Left's communist/socialist political philosophy.

Any successful restorative revolution or reformation of American government must be based upon a return to America's politically violent beginnings, its early political symbolism, and the political philosophy upon which it was based.

I wrote a paper a while back (Political Musings; October, 2009) in which I outlined how a social/political revolutionary movement must make proper use of its nation's symbolic political imagery, which represents the nation's social/political ideology, in order for it to be successful. This is a truth so obvious that it should not have to be outlined at all, yet many people are unaware of the importance of this fundamental truth.

America has certain, unique, and fundamental principles that cannot be ignored without losing everything that we hold dear about our nation: liberty, freedom, individual rights (e.g., life, property) and the protections of those rights. These are fundamental principles—enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution—upon which all American can, or should, agree. I say should, because not all Americans agree with these principles as fundamental sociopolitical realities. Many American, in fact, do not understand—at the philosophical level—these principles, nor do they understand why these principles are so fundamental to America's very being, or existence—at the ontological level.

I don't expect most Americans to know these things; not at the philosophical level anyway. What I do expect is for America's social and political leaders to know these things—at the philosophical and ontological level. (The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, for example, knew these things, which is why his sociopolitical civil rights movement was successful.)

The Declaration of Independence, which is based upon natural law, as I have previously pointed out, grants us the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness:

"We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness . . ."

The Declaration of Independence reveals the Founder's legal and philosophical presuppositions: all people are created equally and they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.

As I've said elsewhere, this is just one, important example of just off-track—at the philosophical level—our nation has gotten. And this rejection of natural law has been going on for many, many years now. This undermining of natural law has been the legal basis for denuding the Bill of Rights: our rights no longer come from nature and nature's God (natural law), they now come from men in high government places (positive law) and this is how our government has been taking them away.

Think about it: if men and governments give us our rights, then men and governments can also take away those same rights, which is exactly what's been happening. But if our rights come from nature and nature's God then they are inalienable rights, which men and governments can never take away.

Which do you prefer?

In America, this natural law philosophy, which is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, is the only philosophical basis that a social revolution, if it wishes to be successful, can have. All others will fail.

For example, the federal government recently passed a law which makes it mandatory for every American to purchase of health care and it will impose a fine upon those who do not wish to do so. This, for many Americans, has become the last straw, which has broken the camel's back. Our rights, which are outlined for us in both the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights have been trampled upon and gradually taken away from us over the course of many years. Many Americans today, I believe, have finally had enough.

If the federal government, and the peoples who support its on-going socialist agenda, wish to continue the erasure of individual freedom, liberties, rights, and property then they had better start being honest with the American people: Go down to the National Archives and remove the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution, with its Bill of Rights, throw them in the trash (or publicly burn them) and replace these documents with a new Declaration, Constitution and Bill of Rights. I can't wait to see just what style of man-based rights that our government now wishes to give us. And which rights it wishes to take away from us.

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