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Novus Ordo Seclorum: A New World Order of Precedence?

There is a new world order emerging in our demographic mix, our military and our domestic regimes. There is a novus ordo seclorum not intended in the founding nor by me for example. Americans must look at the world and see if the ferment of change all around us is leading somewhere we want to go.

This may not be the easiest time or the most opportune time for Americans from the right to make their case and struggle for change. But it may be the needful time for Americans from the right to make their case and struggle for change. It is in that spirit that  write this post mostly about where we are and how we got here and much less about where we are going.  There is a film about education called Waiting for Superman and one can interpret the title in many ways bit Nietzsche was not a complete idiot.  There is a reality that socio-political shifts to the right require a diagnosis of oversize problems which justify abandoning a truly conservative plan of action and a  person or small group of persons willing to take on the role of superman to address and resolve these problems.  I am not very much a follower of Nietzsche but like many other failures and success over the course of human history have reached a point where I am able to push myself into the place of involvement in shaping the course of momentous events from above in a relatively detached manner. Fully involved and committed detachment is a kind of hyperanthropy.

This is the author of this blog. I am standing beside the stone boat in the Summer Palace in Beijing.

This is the author of this blog. I am standing beside the stone boat in the Summer Palace in Beijing.

Of course this cool logic, hardening of perspective and sense of pragmatism driven by an ideal could never be limited only to the right. Frank Underwood as played by Kevin Spacey in the Netflix series House of Cards is a man capable and ruthless enough to shape his environment and to undertake the business of his country with confidence. There is no indication that he is a rightist although he is at least center right on some issues and based on a British center right fictional character  and most of all in the fictional world his politics are not so clear.  Lyndon Johnson was our President who strongly embodied the leftist fist under the constitutional glove and sometimes Clinton was not far behind. Of course Stalin, Mao and  even a few less successful figures from ancient Rome rush to mind as figures from much further left who were much more brutal. Hitler’s socialism was a s real as his nationalism in many ways. I am not hesitating to say that a change of leadership is demanded by our circumstances, popular culture and other factors. There is a novus ordo seclorum  emerging in the Middle East, in international councils around the world and in our countrynot intended in the founding nor by me for example. Americans must look at the world and see if the ferment of change all around us is leading somewhere we want to go.

We all have images of what leadership should look like which are not simple portrayals of reality.

We all have images of what leadership should look like which are not simple portrayals of reality.

In this post I cannot review all the evidence I have that America is in a great crisis. I cannot really recite the salient causes for concern. Nor does it seem right that I should try to spell out again in brief all the reasons I have cited for choosing the prescriptions I draw up elsewhere in this blog.  Nor do I think a single simple description quite covers my involvement in public life.  That has been limited but full of unusual outcomes and instances. Much of what has been my life is poorly captured or not captured at all in this blog.

My sister Sarah and I at a technical school graduation in Mexico

My sister Sarah and I at a technical school graduation in Mexico

I am eager to face the realities of my life and the state of things around me as well as I can — but it is not always easy. I have written about some of the concerns in this post before and used some of the same words in the titles of other posts. The fact that the United States beat Ghana in their first game in the 2014 FIFA World Cup down in Brazil and currently has the three points out of possible three and is only in second place to Germany by goal differential is a sign that some good things are going on in the world for the United States.  The World Cup is an important event and prism through which the world’s opinion shines and is refined. But it is not everything. There is a novus ordo seclorum  that involves our reduced credit rating, our military culture being changed in many ways all at once that was not intended in the founding nor by me for example. Americans must look at the world and see if the ferment of change all around us is leading somewhere we want to go.

Leading my sisters on a carabao in the Philippines.

Leading my sisters on a carabao in the Philippines.

Life is being lived across the world and  America is dominated by  myth through which it connects with the world as are most countries. The myth which defines the interaction for America is a two-headed Janus like creature. The lyrics to the song much of the world hears come from the poem The New Colossus   which in part reads:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

The icons of our country are precious as are our diverse people.  But changes of interpretation have been continuous.

The icons of our country are precious as are our diverse people. But changes of interpretation have been continuous.

America is known for its open spaces through out much of its history and with the onset of diseases, a complex history in centuries just before contact and many other factors which limited the aboriginal American population it is true that settlement and conquest were often  less closely linked than in much of European history. But tribes bought their way into Rome fleeing from other groups and people moved around for centuries in complex ways. People of every major European ethnic group. There are levels of difference between America and the rest of the world and it is important that we note those differences properly to chart out future course. America has known many phases of change and evolution. Openness to migrants goes back to the Declaration but so does a careful effort to survive. When we look at the lack of resolution of issues of migration we have to realize tthat here is a novus ordo seclorum not intended in the founding nor by me for example. Americans must look at the world and see if the ferment of change all around us is leading somewhere we want to go. America’s prestige is in decline and the New Order can be putting our posterity very low on the list of nations if we are not careful.

Dad and my brothers returning from a hunt.

Dad and my brothers returning from a hunt.

This first set of lines in the poem by Emma Lazarus sets up a discontinuity with the past evoked in the architecture of our Capitol and the plans of of our District of Columbia and that discontinuity has reached a new level. This vision of an America nothing like Europe’s historic progression is very important to President Barack Hussein Obama who never ceases to speak of such things.  His America is a new fantasy land of the glorified refugee camp. Certainly many other views saw America as an heir to the conquests and glories of Greece. Among his words others involved in the founding are Washington’s lines which contrast with the following lines of the poem in tone and implication. Washington exhorted, “If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War. ”  Lazarus does describe the welcome our lands can afford and we ought not to be ashamed of it but it is not our only legacy or symbol. Her words are:

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

To safeguard liberty we must be able to adapt to the changing times.

To safeguard liberty we must be able to adapt to the changing times.

Emma Lazarus has the Liberty Island view as the Sunset Gates of Europe (and Asia and Africa) and not as the Eastern and Sunrise Gates of  America itself. Dependence and the end of things is our lot and legacy in this poem. While it is true that Washington and his generation saw the flood of migrants from Europe as part of America’s destiny it is also true that he and they saw a somewhat sterner emblem keeping watch over her shores and future.

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Many Americans have not wanted the old world to keep all its storied pomp. There have been many who wanted some storied pomp of our own. From Smithson, to Lafayette, to Toqueville, to Oppenhiemer and Katherine Drexel there have been those who saw America’s demography of exiles in terms that might take offense at the words describing America’s migrants: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” Emma Lazarus has her place in our pantheon of poets and myth-makers but so many other parts are excluded in a view which features her words prominently.

On the domestic side there is another set of words which rings loudest and with even better claim to do so.  I have visited this theme before.  I wish to remind Americans of the complexity and richness of the Declaration of Independence both as an object and in its text and to see in it new possibilities.

The American esperiment can still be young and open to many new adventures and victories if we make it so.

The American esperiment can still be young and open to many new adventures and victories if we make it so.

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

In my blog as a whole I have focused on how the Constitution of the United States emphasizes change, constitutional conventions and a continuity with any system which preserves equal representation of the States in the Senate. However, it is important to see here the process for changing political structures in accord with the laws of the universe.  Here I propose changing our relationships among ourselves and with previous generations rather than with Britain but the same principles apply.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

The passage I just quoted contains the most famous parts of the declaration and that cannot be  gotten away from — Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  However organization of powers, Safety, Happiness and Prudence are also values of the Declaration. Values to which mus also pledge our dearly bought support as true Americans.

In discussing any kind of power or governance I am at a different disadvantage than some. I do not look back on a life of great collapses or of nothing ventured, But nonetheless I personally have sunk into a morass of personal powerlessness over the decades. Different people have had different paths but I believe that there is some truth in the end to the phrase that “all power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” at least among humans and yet the opposite is also true. Powerlessness corrupts as well. I have forged connections, undertaken risks and done things that would require a sizable bodyguard, huge bases of support and real wealth to maintain my integrity. But as it is I really have no complete integrity because of the lack of really reliable protection I can extend to my sister nieces and nephews going camping this weekend, to friends in China or to many others. There is little place for regret but I am sunk in my own sea of vast disappointments. For me personally life has largely been as pointless as a life largely well lived can be and yet that is not entirely pointless.

 

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

We have to ask whether there is a system of justice which can be found to be worthy of respect when the Presidents ignore the constitutional procedures, the courts decide elections, the intelligence agencies are tapped into everything and  politicians lie about the situation. America  will never be perfect but when allegations of perfect liberty or equality are used to support abuses at home and abroad by both parties we must ask whether the time has come for a change. Has such a time come?

below this paragraph are the wrongs that inspired the original Declarators. Is this a greater list of grievances than we could draw up today for which to effect the changes our founders wished we should effect when needed?

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

HERE ARE THE UNREPREPRESENTED CITIZENS OF D.C., PUERTO RICO AND THE TERRITORIES ON THE ONE HAND AND THE RACIAL AND ETHNIC GROUPS UNABLE TO PROTECT THEIR HERITAGE CALLED TO MIND IN OUR TIME.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

HERE WE SEE THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNING ALL THE WORK OF FEDERALISM WHICH SUSTAINS OUR UNION.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

HERE AGAIN MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE NO REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS OR THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE NOR PROSPECT OF IT.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

HERE WE RECOGNIZE A VAST ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS WHICH DISHONESTLY LIMITS THE POWERS OF LEGISLATURES AND PRESERVES HIDDEN POWER ELSEWHERE WITHOUT HONEST CHANGE OF  THE STRUCTURES OF SOCIETY OVER TIME.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

HERE WE SEE THE DOMESTIC REGIMES OF STATES DESTROYED BY FEDERAL FIAT. WE SEE EVEN PRIVATE CLUBS RESTRICTED IN ALL THE DETAILS OF THEIR ORGANIZATION.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

LIKE THE DECLARATORS AND OTHERS IN HISTORY WE MUST DECLARE THAT LAW AND JUSTICE TRANSCEND ANY REGIME. THEY EXIST AND DEMAND IN THEIR OWN RIGHT A FITTING STRUCTURE IN WHICH TO ACT.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

OUR PROBLEMS HAVE CHANGED BUT MIGRATION, LAND USE BY THE SOMETIMES WASTEFUL AND SOMETIMES WEAK AND CORRUPT  BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT  ARE ALL AMONG THE FACTS WHICH MAY DRIVE US TO RIGHTLY SEEK CHANGE.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

THE APPROVAL PROCESS AND OTHER PARTS OF THE JUDICIAL PROCESS ARE SURELY OPEN TO SERIOUS CRITICISM TODAY.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

POWER HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO SECRET COURTS, ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHERS WITHOUT HONESTLY SEEKING TO PRESERVE WHAT ROLE THE ELECTED OFFICIALS CAN EXERCISE IN OVERSIGHT IN THESE NEW TIMES.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

DRONES, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF DECLARATIONS OF WAR, SECRET WARS AND OTHER ISSUES REQUIRE NEW KINDS OF OVERSIGHT AND NEW FORMS OF CHECKS AND BALANCES.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

AMERICA MAY NEVER AGAIN ENJOY THE KIND OF INDEPENDENCE OUR PEOPLE ONCE HAD BUT AT LEAST TREATIES DESERVE TO BE MUCH BETTER SCRUTINIZED AND PUBLICLY DISCUSSED THAN THEY ARE TODAY.

There may be some similarities in the rest of the Declaration’s list of grievances but really those belong to a situation of open warfare. It is hard to know in a country where violence is so individualized and people are so alienated whether there is in any real likelihood of Civil War or violent war against the population. We are so surrounded with threats perhaps merely throwing open the doors to destruction is the greatest threat of all. But here are the woes that the ones above led to in time and caused our first Revolution.

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

Our ancestors in this polity had a vigilant regard for the preservation of the society they desired to live in together. It is up to us to wonder if we will be able to report that we have done all we can if collapse must lead us to radical and rapid action in the end. they could say and write what follows:

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

So I have in this blog sought to lay out my view of things and my proposals for action. It has not been entirely a joyous thing to do. In time we may be impelled to seek change more directly. When they happens we may need to declare our commitments honestly. Our ancestors wrote:

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

It is time for America to revisit the myths and narratives which connect it to the world. For me it is not likely to matter much but I have addressed the  issues as though it still could matter greatly. And yes,  it should be clear to any who wish it to be — I put the result of these labors in God’s Hand. But I propose we must do something to secure our future not necessarily as anything like a single superpower. I propose we stop ourselves becoming a ruined society because there is a novus ordo seclorum not intended in the founding nor by me for example. Americans must look at the world and see if the ferment of change all around us is leading somewhere we want to go.

Awareness of Pain: A Post With Many Links

I think that most people who read this blog with any sense of fairness will recognize that I advocate much more sweeping and radical constitutional change in the United States than almost anyone with prominent access to prominent media advocates. It is a basic truism (and almost a basic truth) that in order to justify advocating  radical change a responsible person must have already found or must promptly find very serious problems and dangers that justify undertaking the risks inherent in making large changes. It is also fair to assume that regular readers will notice that in fact I have often pointed out very serious problems in this country. This post is about the awareness of those problems and dangers which beset our country. 

There is a film which by using Homer’s Odyssey set in the south of this country shows a bit of the gritty reality of our near past. It is part of a method of a awareness to watch such films and in that film there is song. The song does not  reflect the situation in the film. Go to the next link to find the film However, these lyrics are not taken directly from the film.

“Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0190590/

Big Rock Candy Mountain

        C                                    F                     C
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, there’s a land that’s bright and fair,
           F               C                   Am               G7
For the doughnuts grow on bushes, and there’s lots of cookies there,
         C                                F                C
For the dogs and cats are happy, and the sun shines every day,
            F         C              F          C
There are birds and bees, and the bubble-gum trees,
         F         C                    F         C
by the lemonade springs, where the whippoorwill sings
        G7                C
in the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

It seems a pleasant and fun place doesn’t it? Yet we also live in beautiful world and being aware of it and what endangers it is also a sacred trust. Here is a post where I linked to others sharing the burden and duty of that awareness:  https://franksummers3ba.wordpress.com/2010/06/04/bp-spill-environmental-awareness-links-questions/ 

Let’s get back to that song set in a film reworking Homer’s Odyssey with slightly different lyrics longer and a bit more on our point but similar. 

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, the houses are built of blocks
And the little streams of sody pop come trickling down the rocks,
The soldiers there are made of lead, and they are very brave,
There’s a lake of stew, and ice cream too
You can paddle all around in a paper canoe,
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

If the soldiers were all made of lead one cannot help but wonder if it would be less important to fight just wars nobly and to seek peace. If ice cream fell like snow and lakes were full of stew then perhaps our agriculture and employment policy would matter less.  But for now we must be aware of how living things, people and communities do find their sustenance. Here is a post where I linked to others who were making us aware of what was at risk in the BP-Macondo Oil Leak:  https://franksummers3ba.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/the-bp-transocean-gushers-risk-some-links-and-notes/

Now, we can return to  song which stands in for many other points of view. I recall, but have not checked, that in the film Brother Where Art Thou? they used the version of the song where the word “frogs” is replaced with “cops”. I think the cops version is the original there would be less food in a world where frog legs were toothpicks and that does not go with the song. On the other hand for someone who wants a free lunch the world would be more abundant if there were only cops with wooden legs and bulldogs with rubber teeth keeping him from other people’s property. 

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, the frogs have wooden legs
And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth,
and the hens lay hard-boiled eggs
There’s chocolate pie in all the trees, and jam in all the lakes,
Oh, I’m going to go where the wind don’t blow,
there’s a big free show, and candy snow,
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

The song is fun. Living in a world where policy is made on the basis of the idea the song represents but reality is what it is  would not  be fun for a whole lot of people. In many ways that is the world we live in today. Below is a link to a biographical entry describing the life and work of the physician who discovered that the horrors and deformities of leprosy must be understood almost entirely as resulting from the victim’s loss of sensitivity to pain.  

The Wikipedia Biography of Paul Wilson Brand: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Wilson_Brand

The use of leprosy and its horrors as a metaphor for the results of many of the ills of humanity and  society are not starting with this blog post. In fact the next link is one to a poll as to whether the denial of sin by atheists is precisely that kind of leprosy  we are discussing:

http://jyte.com/cl/pain-insensitivity-is-to-lepers-as-denial-of-sin-is-to-athiests

Old Testament prophets decrying impiety and humanity, Romantic poets decrying the loss of understanding of nature, Revolutionaries decrying the loss of national integrity or sanity — these are  all examples of a nation’s pain response and awareness. Life is made less frivolous and harder because of the pain we feel when we want to lose ourselves in the moment or the life time of doing whatever it is we would rather be doing. Documentarians have played an important role in recent decades and over much of the last century in pointing out what is wrong  with the world — a useful thing to know.

The first shows a part of the truth of how America becoming play obsessed and focused only on market discipline can play out in a complex world. There is a lot more that is only hinted at such as the destruction of some of the local Mardi Gras and Carnival traditions by visitors who only come for debauchery without the limits of traditions. There is also the fact that things may be much worse than the show portrays in China since they are not exposing anything but what they are told willingly enough. 

Chinese workers export Mardi Gras in Mardi Gras Made in Chinahttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0436569/

The second film shows how complex struggles of oil and gas profits, ethnic values and wetlands management affect all of Louisiana and the nation. However, this is done in the context of a close-up portrayal of a few crawfishermen in the Atchafalaya who are not even filmed in an entirely accurate or honest way. The film is in many ways anti-Acadian in it biases and is only forced in the other direction by Katrina. The tendency is to represent swampers as typical Acadians and to represent all swampers as more cut-off from the larger economy than they are. But regardless of where it comes from it says good things with important images.

Angels of the Basin:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1338547/

Then we have the vast problem of angry,ignorant and hate-filled black racist destroying this country in so many ways with the support and formation that has poured in from the west-hating Moslem world for centuries but especially the last fifty years. We ignore all the signs and are headed to destruction but at least our reports give us some of the relevant factoids:  

Omar Thornton ‘s recent shooting is a good example: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20012557-504083.html

However, we have many others as well. We can turn to Wikipedia to remember the Fort Hood Shooting. However let us not remember how much racial-ethnic and religious and social forms of non-awareness contributed to this disaster. The way we have handled the aftermath is a terrible disgrace as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Hood_shooting

Then we have two movies that show a somewhat unfavorable vision of the military and those who serve in it as well as showing why the enemy would not be so ready to flee at their approach. However, the movies are also full both of whole and partial truths as well as humane insights.  I recommend watching them both with a critical eye  but not disparaging the critical eye they turn towards our country and armed forces.

The Lucky Ones: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0981072/

Brothers: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0765010/

The truth is that we have so very much to do as soon as possible if we are to be in any way successful as a society. We have many enemies and competitors around the world who will try to keep us from making and then securing the right transitions. However, we are full of internal problems that are far more dangerous. The time to act is here and will not last forever. However, awareness of the pain is the first step towards healing the wounds and pains.

In the models for change I have described here I have set forth a path that can lead to a btter future. But getting there will not be cheap and easy.

Domestic Regimes in a Renewed America

This is the next step in my ever longer series of posts on the subject of laws and institutions related to reconstitutionlization and renewal of the United States of America. I have already taken some time to discuss some aspects of this subject within my other posts. That is because it is a really essential part of the larger subject. In this post I will not exhaust the subject either. I will only bring it a bit more fully into focus. I will only make it the center of what is inevitably a very short note to deal with such a topic. There will be Direct The Imperial Government Civil Code which shall govern much of the life and legal operation within Direct Imperial Government Lands. There will be a title within this Civil Code called Variances which will discuss the ways in which the various Districts such as The District of Columbia, Compact Districts of Compact Zones, Royal Fiat Bands and Fiefdoms can modify this Code as well as fill in its gaps and how and to what degree they can interpose their own authority between this Code and their Constituents. This Code will not be binding on any of the Constitutional Jurisdictions nor on the Federal Jurisdictions such as military bases of the United States military. However, where there is ambiguity or silence the courts and other governments will use this Code as an understanding of the law within the Empire on all subjects. There will be no Title in this Code more vital and more honored than Domestic Regimes.   

This Domestic Regimes title will describe the full policies and some of the reasons or connections between the policies as they are embodied into the making of law and the enforcement of that law. The title will also state again that a Jurisdiction of a constitutional nature must be able to regulate and order its own Domestic Regimes.The title will also reference another title in the Imperial Government Civil Code, that title is  Persons which will define Men and Women as two principal classes of persons under the law. The Title will also state the connections and cross-references to other titles of significant if lesser importance to the topic of this area of law. This will be a rather long and intricate title but I am going to set out the basic outlines of the title as of right now with no basic sources in front of me and without asserting that none of it would change in the final analysis and the final version of the text. But here it is:

Title:  Domestic Regimes

of

The Imperial Government Civil Code

I. Definition, Legal History Political Science and Philosophy

Defining this Title

A. Definition

1.Domestic Regimes as the Basic Units of Society

2. Marriage and Nuclear Families with Legitimate Filiation;  The Preeminent Institution

a. Creation

b.Maintenance and Effects

c. Dissolution

d. Special Cases and Problems

3. All Other Domestic Regimes and their Limits

B. Legal History, Political Science and Philosophy

1. This Title

2.Variances

3. The Other Constitutional Jurisdictions

4. Federal Jurisdictions in the United States

5. Federalism and Mixed Sovereignty Concerns 

II.  Marriage

A. A Union Between a Man and A Woman Effected by Themselves

1. Impediments

a. Incapacity

b. Mistake

c. Estoppel

2. Betrothal and Weddings

a. Contract

b. Honor and Affection

3.Union

a. Consummation

b.Marital Rights

c. Community and Personal Property Effects

i. The General Rule

ii. Variances, Rights to Modify and Special Cases

d. The Husband as The Head of Household

i.Rights, Prerogatives and Limits

ii.Special Cases

e. State and Social Interests Preserving the Autonomy, Dignity and Autonomy of Wives.

i.The Rights and Roles of Family Associations

ii.The Empress’s Bureau of Women’s Affairs

iii. The Individual Exercise of Civil Rights

iv. Rules Relating to Divorce

4. Filiation and the Rights, Status and Expectation of Children

a. Care and Education of Minor Children

b. Inheritance

i. The Three Parts of the Spouses Estate as Passed to Children

* The Forced Portion

** The Free Portion

***The Offset Portion

ii. Spousal Inheritances and Special Expectations of  Children

iii. Filial Rights Regarding Spousal Usufruct and Life Tenancies.

iv. Titles, Patents and Distinctions. 

 III. The Domestic Veil and Expectation of Privacy

A. The Preeminence of Legitimate Nuclear Families

B. Recognized Marital Regimes with Defects

C. Divorce and Remarriage and Subsidiary Issues

D. Issues of those Seeking or Claiming Full Polygamy

E. Special Regimes Of  Filiation and Connection with Other Regimes

1. Adoption

a. Capacity

b.Rights

c.Obligations

2. Medicaly Assissted Parental Complexities

F. Rights of Other Domestic Regimes

1. The Mistress of Ceremonies’ Office of Alliances, Liaisons and Placements

a. Contracts

b.Filiation

2. The Imperial House and its Imperial Chaplaincy’s Office of Religious Communities

a. Roman Catholic Monasteries, Convents and Other Regimes Associated with the Chaplain

b. Roman Catholic Regimes Not Associated with the Chaplain.

c. Other Christian Monks and Nuns

d. Non Christian Monks and Nuns

3. Parent-Child Relations as Regimes Created by Nature and Law Directly

a. Maternal Duties, Rights and Expectations

b.Fathering Bastards  and the Least Associated Ilegitimate Children    

4. The Fiefdoms 

5. Bonded and Covenanted Master Servant Relationships Permitted under these Laws

IV. Deviance From Policy Ideals

A. Veiled Deviance

1. Requirements to Penetrate the Veil

2.Mitigation of  Illegalities and Improprieties Behind the Veil

a. Special Rules for Partial Compliance Behind the Veil

b. Privacy  and Enforcement of Laws against Veiled Offenses

3. Legal Paternity of Children not biologically fathered by the Husband in a legitimate Marriage

a. General Rule and its Operation

b. Exceptions and Special Cases

4. Active Homosexuality and its Various Legal Effects in Domestic  Regimes

5. Prostitution

6. Adultery

7. Domestic Violence

8. Incest

B. Unveiled Deviance

1. Criminal Sexual Behavior and Domestic Regimes.

2. Licensed Morally Flawed Behavior and Domestic Regimes.

V.  Mixing And Social Status

A. Mixed Marriage Issues

1. Race

2.Religion

3. Class and Rank

4. Jurisdictions

B. Mixing in Alliances, Liaisons and Placements

C. Master-Servant Mixing

D.Rights of Rolls of Kindreds as Regards Mixing

E. Rights of Family Associations

F. The Rights and Status of the Emperor

G. The Rights and Status of the Empress

H.The Rights and Status of  All and Varied Nobles And Royals

VI. Domestic Discrimination in Commerce and Contract

A. Housing

B. Schools

C. Public Spaces

D. Common Carriers

E. Employment

F. All Other Matters

VII. Imperial and Royal House

THIS PART OF THE TITLE WILL BE CITABLE HERE AND BE NOTED FOR SUCH CITATION BUT WILL APPEAR UNDER A SEPARATE TITLE OF THE SAME NAME AS THIS SUBSECTION. 

 Of course what would be said in each of these sections is quite vital but already one can see that it is a very great distance from our current sate of affairs.  However, this would not replace the law within the Constitutional Jurisdictions. However,  it would replace the law both in the District of Columbia and in those lands that would be governed by the Direct Imperial Government. Should the system proposed come into being such a title would doubtless have some influence everywhere. However, there would be parts of it which could not be reproduced in the States or elsewhere and that would tend to limit its other provisions being adopted out of context.

The Mental Ferment for Men (and Women) who Might Foment an American Revolution: Part Three

We really are facing a dangerous period of opportunity.  Could there be an American Revolution? If so how could it play out and what might its outcome be? I think that we have reached a point where more than few crises will slip out of control unless they are addressed in the relatively near future.  For me as an individual person the idea of seeking and pushing a particular form of constitutional transformation is well justified.  There is enough desperation in my circumstances and history to make me unquiet for a long period of time.

But Revolution is a strong prescription. There are varied levels of the dreaded opportunity our founding fathers called the “State of Nature”.  Remember they did not seek to overthrow the British government or dissolve their own colonies. They simply sought to exclude the British from the governance of the United States and to transform the quasi-state colonies into states. The Constitution they drafted allowed not only for amendments but also for a constitutional convention which would allow for the most low risk possible way to pass through a grave crisis. This would be sort of skirting along the borders of the dreaded state of nature. I think a serious and honest scholar of the period would have to conclude they would have hoped we would achieve many forms of political development we have avoided before undertaking many things we have undertaken. Now we reach the part of this essay which is the most risky and dangerous for the writer. In describing a proposed revolution one should be able to describe some set of relatively large and even shocking changes desired and possible under the new regime which are not possible under this regime. So, either in this section I will discuss what my ideal new America  would be like in terms of almost all its map and in terms of the Congress of the United States and the Electoral College.

I.  The Map and Congress: First Level of Revolutionary Change

However, I will get to those larger and more distinct looking changes much later than this sentence or paragraph.  I will start with those that most closely flow from my last comment. I will focus on the map and Congress. The new House of Representatives  should be made up of 800 seats and representatives exactly. The number of people in a district in a State would be constitutionally set at the variable A (apportionment number). The non states would have 53 seats not apportioned by population: The District of Columbia would have three such seats, a federation of all lands not in Constitutional Jurisdictions (which is what States, Territories and Possessions would be called together) would have two seats. The allotted State legislature representatives of all the Colored Districts in the States would hold an electoral conference every two years and select three of their own members to serve in the House of Representatives and have authority to expedite an election to fill their State legislative Seats. In addition each of the 14 Territories would have two seats serving the Territory as a whole regardless of population and its apportioned seats. Each  of the 17 Possessions would have one seat representing the Possession as a whole and its apportioned seats. Then all military bases of the United States militaries would be made into districts electing representatives. Military people would have two votes in this way– they would keep their home constitutional jurisdiction vote and gain additional representation in the Congress and Electoral College through their base-district votes. Each Territory district which is apportioned by population would serve 1.5 A people, each Possession district apportioned by population would serve   2 A people and each military jurisdiction.There would be 747 seats apportioned by the new council of Censors — as with the States now none ould include parts of more than one Constitutional Jurisdiction.

B. The United States Senate

After the Addition of the State of Puerto Rico there would be no new States added without a Constitutional amendment. There would also be the one additional Senator for each State elected by the State Legislature and serving a longer term.  That would bring the total number of US Senators to 153. These Senators would serve for all purposes of Law, Procedure, Equity and Normal Business. They would be the only ones allowed to vote when the Senate considered such matters. However, there would be a number of additional members  of high office and some elected by the Censors and Tribunes to serve in a Senatorial Constitutional  Assembly entitled to vote on the amendments to the Constitution. The current Congress of the United States numbers a bit under 550 and the new Congress would number a bit under 1000. This would be more in line with our revolutionary heritage. 

C. The New Constitutional Jurisdictions

The cost in lands would not fall on all States equally to create the new  Constitutional Jurisdictions and the Federal Government would be required to provide some lands of its own to the process.

Territories:

1.The Territoryof the Federated Aboriginal American Nations of the North Eastern States

2.The Territoryof the Federated Aboriginal American Nations of the South Eastern States

3.The Territory of the Federated Aboriginal American Nations of the South Western States

4.The Territory of the Federated Aboriginal American Nations of the North Western States.

5.The Territory of the Kingdom of Hawaii

6.The Territory of American Samoa

7.The Territory of Guam

8.The Territory of the Aleut, Inuit and Eskimo Peoples of Alaska

9.The Territory of Creoles of Color of Louisiana

10.The Territory of the Creoles of Color of Puerto Rico

11.The Territoryof the Creoles of Color of the US Virgin Islands

12.The Federated Territory of the Mestizos of the Western Half of Spanish Borderlands

13.The Federated Territory of the Mestizos Eastern Half of the Spanish Borderlands

14. The Small Federal Territory of  token Micronesian, Filipino Other American Imperial Communities

Thus 28 not-by-population districts in the House.   

Possessions:

1.The Negro and African-American Possession in South Carolina

2.The Negro and African American Possession in Mississippi

3.The Negro and African American Possession in Florida

4.The Negro and African American Possession in Alabama

5.The Negro and African American Possession in Georgia

6.The Negro and African American Possession in Louisiana

7.The Negro and African American Possession in Texas

8.The Negro and African American Possession in Virginia

9.The Negro and African American Possession in Arkansas

10.The Negro and African American Possession in Tennessee

11.The Negro and African American Possession in North Carolina

12.The Negro and African American Possession in the US Virgin Islands

13.The Negro and African American Possession in Puerto Rico

14.The Negro and African American Possession of Federated Districts in Kentucky, Maryland and Oklahoma

15.The Negro and African American Possession of Federated Districts in the Union States of 1864

16.The Negro and African American Possession of Federated Districts of the Pacific States and Territories

17.The Negro and African American Possession of Federated States of the Greater South West

Thus 17 not-by-population districts in the House.

D. The Compact Zones

Each constitutional Jurisdiction shall yield a small zone of land to the direct governance of every compact it belongs to — no Compact Zone will be larger than four square miles and shall vary by the size of the Constitutional Jurisdiction.  There shall be major Compacts and minor compacts. Generally, the Major Compacts will receive larger zones.

The Major Compacts:

1.The Thirteen Colonies Compact

2.The Original Constitution Compact

3.The Compact of the Louisiana Purchase

4.The Compact of the Hartford Convention

5.The Compact of the Spanish Borderlands

6.The Compact of the Confederate States of America

7.The Compact of the Union States of the Civil War

8. The Compact of All Jurisdictions West of the Mississippi

9.The Compact of All Jurisdictions East of the Mississippi

10.The Compact of All States

11.The Compact of All Territories

12.The Compact of All Possessions 

Each Major Compact will receive a rebate of half of one percent of all federal taxes collected in every member jurisdiction as well as a half of one percent of all revenues raised by each jurisdiction. The Major Compacts shall also elect an elector for life who will sit and vote with other electors for the President and be seated in the Compact Council. The Compact Councils shall reserve most of the seats in their lower chamber for those elected from the Compact’s Roll of Kindreds. Every family association must belong to at least two Rolls of Kindreds and should contribute one percent of all its revenues to each Roll of Kindreds it belongs to up to four percent. After that if it elects to belong to more it shall simply divide four percent of its revenues equally among all Rolls. The Upper Chamber will be a Council of Nobles.  The Compacts will have the right to petition both the US Congress and their member legislatures. They shall each maintain a cavalry Honor Guard.

The Minor Compacts

The Minor Compacts will be institutions authorized and chartered by the United States Government to co-ordinate a basic set of long lasting concerns. Like the Major Compacts they will have independent constitutional funding but their governance will just be a set of uniquely chartered institutions not fully part of the federal grand plan for the society. I will not attempt to list them all but will give a few examples: the Compact of Louisiana, The Compact of Hawaii  and The Compact of Puerto Rico.

II. The Electoral College: Second Level of Revolutionary Change

A. The Election of the Chief Executive 

Every four years as today a person would be elected to many of the duties and roles of the current President of the United States. Each Jurisdiction would elect as many electors as it has members of its total Congressional caucus as today.   However, there would also be eighty-two Electors for life from the eighty-two Constitutional Jurisdictions and twelve  Electors for life from the Major Compacts.  These would be of less importance than ninety four new electors added to our five hundred because of the expansion of Congress and thus popularly chosen electors. The Electors for Life shall form a council with the only real direct oversight power over the Censors in drawing up the electoral districts. They shall meet to certify these districts on year before each Presidential Election. No one shall be declared President until the full electoral college shall have voted. Popular electors shall be bound as robots on the first vote but free to change their vote if there is no majority in the Electoral College on the First Ballot.

B. Other Elections

Should there be more than a single National Election ( today we have only the single Presidential and Vice Presidential ticket) then in these new elections the Electors for life would also participate as a primary organ of those elections.

In Part Four of this posting I will discuss the most radical outcomes of the proposed American Revolution. Outcomes more likely to be off-putting than any discussed so far in this essay.