Death of a Nation

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Tonight, in the spirit of the howling, frothing medieval mob gathered in the yard at the Tower of London, we witnessed the public execution of the United States Constitution.  For years now, this entity, unique to all the world, has been tortured, flayed, starved and torn, pelted with blood, shredded by claws, and now, it meets an end from which no one who could, no one assigned the duty, had the courage to rescue it.

That so many — not a majority, mind you, but far too many — tonight are cheering its end, that is a phenomenon that those of us who still believe in the last great hope and the miraculous meeting of minds and hearts that led to its founding in the midst of a tyrannical world centuries ago will never, ever, understand.  With only our memories of liberty, we watch from the sidelines as the mob surges forward to kiss the ring of the executioner, to weep upon his feet and vow once more in those tears of rapture, to obey and succumb to whatever he asks.  He nods.  They bow.  Medieval.

Perhaps tomorrow those who do embody the word “American,” those mourning, not cheering tonight, perhaps tomorrow we can rally as those Americans who came before us did at Valley Forge; at Fredericksburg, Shiloh, and Gettysburg; in the trenches on the Western Front and the jungles of Vietnam; at Pearl Harbor, Bastogne and Normandy Beach; and at Ground Zero.  But tonight, no.  Tonight, Shakespeare.  “Good night, sweet Prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

2 Comments

  1. usa citizen
    Posted November 20, 2014 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Please do not give up on us. The US was forged with the blood of patriots and then tested though two world wars. We will raise from this darkness over time.


  2. Betsy Siino
    Posted November 20, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Deep down I know you’re right, and deep down I’m thinking “be careful what you wish for,” all you celebrants. This may finally have been the last straw. We’ll see…



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