E PLURIBUS UNUM – ONE FROM MANY

E PLURIBUS UNUM” is a Latin inscription on the Great Seal of the United States. It means “ONE FROM MANY.” This was one of those ideas that made America great; a land of one people united under the founding principles of liberty and freedom enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

 

The Great Seal of the United States
The Great Seal was adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782 and for most of American history was the unofficial motto of the United States.

It is a fact of history that Americans have not always lived up perfectly to those ideals. They were in fact difficult ideals to live up to. The vast span of human history is a witness that few had ever – before America – either understood or attempted to live up to these high ideals. Americans paid a heavy price for their failures. Over 2 million men in the Union Army died in the Civil War to end slavery in the United States.

Once upon a time people came to America for an opportunity to work and create a better life for themselves and their families. They expected to earn that new and better life through their own hard work and perseverance. For immigrants arriving in America in the 18th and 19th century America was an opportunity, not an entitlement.

One from many” was truly one of the ideas that made America great. If we want to make America great again then we need to focus on uniting, not on dividing. No matter our race, sex, or where our families may have come from in the past, or done to each other in the past, we are all Americans now. That is something that we as Americans have every right to  be proud of.

However one political party in America is doing everything it can to divide Americans into rival tribes, not to make America great, but to consolidate political power. The Left in general and the Democrats in particular have for some time been preaching Identity Politics where the principle is to divide Americans over claims of grievance and entitlement. If they had a Latin motto it would be “EX UNO PLURES,” meaning, “MANY OUT OF ONE.

In the Identity Politics of the Left your value as a person does not depend on what you have accomplished in life. In Identity Politics your value and worth as a person depends on the color of your skin, or your gender identity, or your national origin, or how you like to practice sex. It sets blacks against whites, gays against straights, and women against men.

The Left first divides people along lines of identity and grievance and then unites them under the umbrella of a political platform that promises entitlements and revenge against the perceived oppressors. Perhaps that is why so many on the Left get so angry over the phrase “Make America Great Again”? They perceive, correctly I think, that if we actually solved many of the problems in America while making it great again they would lose their hold on political power.

That makes me wonder whether the Left really wants to solve problems? Somehow I don’t think so. Their agenda is to keep people divided and angry at each other. That is where their power comes from.  They are simply practicing a very old tactic in politics, the tactic of “divide and conquer.”

As people who are still proud to be Americans we need to do just the opposite. We need to work to unite. “E PLURIBUS UNIM” should be our guiding principle.

© 2018 Lawrence W. Kennon. All Rights Reserved.

NAZI ANTIFA THUGS

Nazi Antifa thugs
Nazi Antifa thugs

Nazi Antifa thugs, emulating their Nazi forbears in Germany, recently vandalized the the New York Republican headquarters in New York City. They left a note saying this “attack is merely a beginning.” Maybe not in scale yet, but certainly in motivation, this should remind us (who know history) of the famous Kristallnacht in 1938 where Nazi paramilitary and German civilians vandalized Jewish stores and synagogues. “Kristallnacht” means “Crystal Night,” or more loosely translated,  “the night of broken glass.”

NAZI ANTIFA THUGS
Nazi Antifa thug/Fascists dressed in black with a flag in red, black, and white – favorite colors of the Nazi SS Gestapo

Nazi Antfia thugs have the same motivation as those Nazis in Germany, to dehumanize and silence those whom they dislike. To Antifa the new “Jews” are conservatives whom they – falsely – characterize as “Fascists,” probably because they didn’t pay much attention in school and really have no idea what a real Fascist looked like back in the 1930s.

These thugs did their business in the dark or night. Hopefully some will be caught in these acts and justifiably prosecuted and put in prison where thugs belong.

In the meantime, some Republicans in Congress are pushing an “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018.”  The general idea of this law is to punish Antifa thugs who attempt to threaten, intimidate, or injure others while hiding their identity  with a mask. The bill reads:

“Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, while in disguise, including while wearing a mask, injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.”

Some claim this is a violation of freedom of speech.  I believe the Constitution does defend a right of free speech, but not a right to hide one’s identity while setting out to intentionally break the law, using force or the threat of force to silence or injure those one disagrees with. Physical assault is generally against the law in every state in America.

There once was another powerful group in America that used tactics of intimidation and physical violence while wearing masks to hide their identity. That was the Klu Klux Klan (KKK). We should treat masked Antifa no different than we would treat masked KKK thugs using violence and intimidation. They are morally identical regardless of what causes they claim to support. A thug is a thug. Period.

KKK in mask
A KKK member in a mask to hide his identity. Same tactic as Antifa.

I fully support this idea that anyone using violence and intimidation and wearing a mask belongs in jail, not on the streets of America. It is one thing to protest and speak your mind. It is entirely a different thing to hide one’s acts while committing criminal deeds.

© 2018 Lawrence W. Kennon. All Rights Reserved.

Americans Are Dreamers Too

Americans on the political Left in America are very concerned for the dreams of people who have come to America illegally. They are especially concerned for the dreams of those who were smuggled into America illegally as children. They have a special name for them, they call them “Dreamers.”

It is truly sad for these people who were brought to America very young and who grew up in America. Most probably have considerably less ties to their parent’s native country than their parents. They were too  young for me to consider them criminals, but someone who brought them was a criminal, a person who deliberately broke U.S. law to be here.

I use the word “illegal” because I want to stress that at the root of this problem there is always a crime.

Those on the Left would like to abolish the laws that make it a crime to enter the U.S. at will without any control. They would like to abolish ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). They would like for it to be legal for anyone who can get to the U.S. border to cross over into the U.S. without any checks on their health, criminal background, or likely ability to be employed and not become an immediate burden on U.S. taxpayers.

What would be the likely consequences of enacting “open borders,” allowing anyone who wanted to come to America and could somehow manage to get here? What would be the  consequences to  the dreams of all the Americans and their children, who are already here legally?

Let’s do a little math. The population density of Mexico City is calculated to be 15,600 people per square mile. If you have ever been to Mexico City you might have noticed that a large part of it is a literal slum compared to the standards many Americans are used to.

Mexico City
Mexico City, high rise buildings, freeways, and slums. Is this the future of America?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau 62.7% of the U.S. population lives in cities on 3.5% of the land in the U.S. That 3.5% comes to about 123,616 square miles so the calculated average population density in those cities is 1,657 persons per square mile. It is considerably higher in some of the larger cities and less so in smaller cities, but that is the overall average. It a heck of a lot less than 15,600 per square mile in Mexico City.

Considering that the vast majority of people who will come to America legally, or illegally will live in those cities, how many people would need to come to America to make our cities like Mexico City in the picture above? According to my calculations a little over 500 million.

What would the political consequences be if that many poor and downtrodden people came to America? Obviously the  Democratic Party would have an enormous advantage. All these people would need to be on many forms of assistance, perhaps for a long time. They would look to the Democrats to guarantee that and the elite of the Democratic Party would be glad to accommodate them. A few Republicans might get elected in the hinterlands but they would be as powerless as Republicans are currently in California (only less so).

The real motivation of the elite politicians is political power. Period. How you live (in “flyover country”) is of little importance to them. As long as they can be at the top of the heap as elected politicians they don’t really care how those on the bottom of the heap live.

Want proof of that? Look at cities like Detroit and Chicago in the U.S. that have been run by Democratic politicians for generations. Look at the crime and poverty in the inner cities run by Democrats. Look at the lives of black Americans living in those inner cities and still voting Democratic.

Do I think 500 million immigrants are likely? I have no idea but we do know that many millions have come to America illegally facing many real hazards including Mexican criminals  and the harsh and dangerous landscapes of the southwest border where more than a few have died. The Border Patrol find their bodies all the time.

So what if we now advertise you can walk in openly and legally and probably get immediate government assistance? 500 million people is about 6.5% of the world’s total population. How many poor people around the world would sell everything they own to come here if they could, and especially if they were guaranteed assistance and benefits when they arrived?

But even if not 500 million, what would 50 million or 100 million or 200 million do? At some point there would be enough to guarantee the Democrats could run things into the ground all over America the same way they have run cities like Detroit into the ground. How many remember that Ronald Reagan was a Republican governor of California at one time? That is one state that clearly shows what millions of illegal immigrants can do to change the political landscape.

So how about the dreams of Americans then? How about American Dreamers that would like to go to college and have the good life? The Democrats would probably want more “diversity” in American colleges so a lot more kids from immigrant backgrounds would almost certainly be getting more of those slots for higher education. Democrats would be telling your kids they ought to “check their privilege” when they don’t get into a good college, or maybe any college.

Are you willing to give up your dreams, and your children’s dreams to all the Dreamers in the world who would like to come here and start reaping all the benefits (many that you will have to pay for in taxes)?

Think on it. Is it too selfish to want our kids to have a chance for their dreams, the American Dreamers? As Americans we need to push our politicians hard to solve the problems with illegal immigration. If not our children will often be dreaming in vain.

We may not send all these kids back who were brought to America illegally but we really need to turn off the spigot of continued illegal immigration. The future of American Dreamers depends on it.