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.

December 2, 2017 In America

Support it – repeal regressive tax on the uninsured!

Repeal regressive tax on the uninsured!


Senate Should Repeal Regressive Tax on the Uninsured

“This [Obamacare] tax disproportionately falls on those with incomes less than $50,000, while exempting many households earning six-figure salaries. Many who qualify for subsidies will have to choose between paying the tax and buying policies that offer shabby coverage with onerous deductibles that could stick them with big medical bills.”

-Doug Badger, The Daily Signal, Dec 1, 2017


House Conservatives Advocate Breaking Caps on Defense Spending

With government funds running out Dec. 8, House conservatives argue that lawmakers should boost military spending in a new funding bill.

“We are breaking the caps on defense,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Thursday at Conversations with Conservatives, a monthly Q&A with reporters hosted by House conservatives and The Heritage Foundation.

-Rachel del Guidice, The Daiy Signal, Dec 1, 2017


Why No One Trusts the Mainstream Media

Trust in the media is at an all-time low. But should it be? Why do fewer and fewer Americans trust the mainstream media.

-Sharyl Attkisson, PragerU


Trump Frames Tax Vote as Swamp Drainers vs. Swamp Dwellers

As the Senate prepares to vote on a tax reform package, President Donald Trump called the vote a “moment of truth.”

“In the coming days, the American people will learn which politicians are part of the swamp and which politicians want to drain the swamp,” Trump said to a supportive crowd Wednesday in St. Charles, Missouri.

-Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal,  Nov 30, 2017


InAmerica.us December 2, 2017

No Freedom For Hate Speech

Somewhere in America
Somewhere in America

Freedom of speech is not about protecting the right of free speech of those we agree with. It is about protecting the right to speak for those we hate and despise. It is the job of government, and of the police in particular, to protect and defend the right of all people to speak. Those who use violence and intimidation to silence those they dislike are Fascists in the exact meaning of the word. Fascists before WWII in Italy and Germany were famous for using violence to silence those whom they disliked.

The man holding up this sign is a Fascist.

Hate speech protestor
This is what real hate speech looks like.

Noam Chomsky, despite my personal disagreements with many of his beliefs and positions, put it very well.

If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise we do not believe in it at all. Noam Chomsky

It seems to me today the sort of people who want to ban hate speech basically define “hate speech” as pretty much anything they disagree with or don’t understand (or don’t feel prepared to refute logically).

I had an interesting discussion with my son and daughter recently. They are millennials and were telling me that the Antifa folks were justified in physically attacking and beating up people at a public rally whom they characterized as white supremacists. They justified this with this line of logic:

“White supremacists like Nazis advocate the genocide of inferior people. They want to gas blacks like the Nazis gassed the Jews in WWII.”

I am fairly certain that the vast majority of so-called “white supremacists” don’t want to gas black people and, although some may hold views I find personally despicable, are not in the same league as the Nazis who really did murder millions of people in concentration camps.

I would say to these people, as I said to my son and daughter, “You need to find out what these people truly believe and then use rational arguments to refute them based on facts, not fictions based on your own prejudices.”

Using violence first is always the naked admission that you don’t have good arguments, at least good arguments that will win the hearts and minds of rational people. Are there bad people out there that hold bad views? Of course there are. But if your first response is to use violence against people exercising their constitutional right to free speech just because you despise them, well, then you are an even worse person than they are.

It is ok to fight Nazis and evil people, but only after those people stop talking and start using violence to get their way. Then by God get your gun and have at it, just like our fathers and grandfathers did in WWII. But not before.