3 Branches of One Tree

Arthur Szyk (1894-1951) Thomas Jefferson’s Oath (1951), New Canaan, CT from wikicommons

When did it become a populist (and popular) position that the United States Constitution is not good enough for us?

Did we as a nation of free men and women suddenly decide that we would prefer to have our principles disrupted? Is it now accepted as American patriotism to want to destroy American institutions?

We have tolerated a great deal from our leaders, like the House Tea Party faction, who would not lead. We allowed our elected officials to shut down our government. We let them rule by inaction.

For their failure to lead and legislate, we rewarded them with opportunities to consolidate their power for their own gains and not our interests.

Is this the country your civics lessons present as the greatest democracy? When will we take it back from demagogues who appeal to our basest instincts?

When will we reinstate rule of law? When will demand of legislators that they uphold the ideals of our Constitution? When will reclaim the rights guaranteed us, and all our countrymen and women?

Check, check and balance

By DTR- Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php? curid=2864334


The legislature is here to enact laws abiding by the precedents set forth by the Constitution of the United States of America.

The executive branch of our government is guided by the same precedents in overseeing the welfare of all of the country’s citizenry.

The judiciary ensures that the rule of law is followed; it determines the legality and Cosntitutionality of the actions of the other branches of government. The judiciary is an overseer.

Good advice

My FB acquaintances shared this bit of advice regarding political speech that seems appropriate to pass along.

Some wise advice circulating that I’d like to share with you:
1. Don’t use his name
2. Remember this is a regime, and he’s not acting alone
3. Don’t argue with those who support him – it doesn’t work
4. Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness or mental state
5. Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow
6. No more helpless/hopeless talk
7. Support artists and the arts
8. Donate or volunteer your time to causes and organizations that support the resistance
9. Be careful not to spread fake news. Check your sources!
10. Take care of yourselves
11. Resist! But keep demonstrations peaceful. In the words of John Lennon, “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight! Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”
12. When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to “The Republican Administration,” or “The Republicans.” This will have several effects: the Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don’t like; he will not get the focus of attention he craves; and Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.


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