Pelf

The principles of equality and consent mean that all are equal before the law. No one is above the law, and no one is privileged to ignore the law, just as no one is outside the law in terms of its protection.

from The 1776 Report

I glanced over former president Trump’s last minute, first and final 1776 Report, by the now-defunct Presidential Advisory 1776 Commission. The Advisory 1776 Commission, which had so much to teach us, has gone the way of Trump’s short-lived Presidential Voter Integrity Commission, alas. The report has all the earmarks of a hastily produced term paper by a know-it-all junior high school genius, submitted seconds before the teacher’s tyrannical deadline for failing the course. The timing was also perfect, released as it was on Martin Luther King Day. I looked at it so you don’t have to, but here is some of the essence.

First, as to proofreading and Freudian slips:

The advantages of union are detailed in the first fourteen papers of The Federalist (a series of essays written to urge the Constitution’s adoption), and boil down to preventing and deterring foreign adventurism in North America, avoiding conflicts between threats, achieving economies of scale, and best utilizing the diverse resources of the continent.

avoiding conflicts between threats, ya’ll.

Most importantly, I learned a great new word, “pelf” [1], a word that describes the bulk, perhaps the entirety, of the former president’s undisclosed very, very huge fortune. Stephen Miller (or somebody doing an uncanny imitation of the hateful little puke) left no stone unturned in digging up inspirational, high-minded quotes for why we must have patriotic education that instills pride, instead of lingering on painful aspects of our common history, things that divide us and make us weak and unfree. Here’s the “pelf” quote, from FDR:

The Nazi juggernaut quickly conquered much of Europe. The rule of the Axis Powers “is not a government based upon the consent of the governed,”said President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. “It is not a union of ordinary, self-respecting men and women to protect themselves and their freedom and their dignity from oppression. It is an unholy alliance of power and pelf to dominate and enslave the human race.”

In straightening out the misconceptions, apparently harbored by millions of us, about our values and history, the report enumerates our most important constitutional rights. Miller cites the three most important, freedom of religion, number one, obviously, something else, and this, possibly most important of all:

Finally, the right to keep and bear arms is required by the fundamental natural right to life: no man may justly be denied the means of his own defense. The political significance of this right is hardly less important. An armed people is a people capable of defending their liberty no less than their lives and is the last, desperate check against the worst tyranny.

Laying out our most important challenges:

At the same time, it is important to note that by design there is room in the Constitution for significant change and reform. Indeed, great reforms—like abolition [2], women’s suffrage, anti-Communism, the Civil Rights Movement [3], and the Pro-Life Movement—have often come forward that improve our dedication to the principles of the Declaration of Independence under the Constitution.

We’ll leave aside whether anti-Communism or the Pro-Life Movement are reforms, great or otherwise (were we once Communist before we wised up and reformed our great nation?) but let’s go right on to the fundamental, foundational false belief of that challenge to democracy, up there with Communism and Fascism — Progressivism. Progressives operate by a false theory of “group rights,” an idea, we learn, actually, factually, historically, undeniably, based directly on slavery advocate John C. Calhoun’s cray-cray “principled” defense of slavery, as you shall learn:

Progressives believed there were only group rights that are constantly redefined and change with the times. Indeed, society has the power and obligation not only to define and grant new rights, but also to take old rights away as the country develops.

Based on this false understanding of rights, the Progressives designed a new system of government. Instead of securing fundamental rights grounded in nature, government—operating under a new theory of the “living” Constitution—should constantly evolve to secure evolving rights.

Here is where the false (not mistaken, incorrect, or controversial, mind you– FALSE) Progressive idea of “group rights,” ironically embraced by many descendants of former slaves, comes from. This is a hilarious irony so few appreciate as we continue to snarl at each other instead of working together to make America great again:

And yet over the course of the first half of the 19th century, a growing number of Americans increasingly denied the truth at the heart of the founding. Senator John C. Calhoun of South Carolina famously rejected the Declaration’s principle of equality as “the most dangerous of all political error” and a “self-evident lie.” He never doubted that the founders meant what they said.

To this rejection, Calhoun added a new theory in which rights inhere not in every individual by “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” but in groups or races according to historical evolution. This new theory was developed to protect slavery—Calhoun claimed it was a “positive good”—and specifically to prevent lawful majorities from stopping the spread of slavery into federal territories where it did not yet exist.

Miller (I assume this bigoted, limited, blowhard, Trump’s “Minister of Hate”, wrote and had the first and final edits on the Commission’s educational, inspirational text) gives us the prescription going forward for how we must educate our youth:

States and school districts should reject any curriculum that promotes one-sided partisan opinions, activist propaganda, or factional ideologies that demean America’s heritage, dishonor our heroes, or deny our principles. Any time teachers or administrators promote political agendas in the classroom, they abuse their platform and dishonor every family who trusts them with their children’s education and moral development.

Miller’s solution is a SCHOLARSHIP OF FREEDOM, the antithesis of what is taught at American universities (with few exceptions):

Universities in the United States are often today hotbeds of anti-Americanism, libel, and censorship that combine to generate in students and in the broader culture at the very least disdain and at worst outright hatred for this country. [4]

Of course, the most important thing is REVERENCE FOR THE LAW (the report was clearly already at the printer when the President’s Advisory Committee watched the president and his son whip up an angry lawless mob, urging them to give strength to patriots trying to overturn an election he insisted was stolen)

The principles of equality and consent mean that all are equal before the law. No one is above the law, and no one is privileged to ignore the law, just as no one is outside the law in terms of its protection.

In his Lyceum Address, a young Abraham Lincoln warned of two results of a growing disregard for the rule of law. The first is mob rule: “whenever the vicious portion of [our] population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing-presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure and with impunity, depend upon it, this government cannot last.”


But Lincoln also warned of those of great ambition who thirst for distinction and, although “he would as willingly, perhaps more so, acquire it by doing good as harm, yet, that opportunity being past, and nothing left to be done in the way of building up, he would set
boldly to the task of pulling down.”


Whether of the Left or of the Right, both mob rule and tyrannical rule violate the rule of law because both are rule by the base passions rather than the better angels of our nature. Both equally threaten our constitutional order.

Then the loyal, shameless Miller picks up his trowel

When crimes go unpunished or when good men do nothing, the lawless in spirit will become lawless in practice, leading to violence and demagoguery.

Patriotic education must have at its center a respect for the rule of law, including the Declaration and the Constitution, so that we have what John Adams called “a government of laws, and not of men.”

As for “SLAVERY”, no worries, we weren’t doing anything everyone else wasn’t doing, PLUS:

Thomas Jefferson also held slaves, and yet included in his original draft of the Declaration a strong condemnation of slavery, which was removed at the insistence of certain slaveholding delegates. Inscribed in marble at his memorial in Washington, D.C. is Jefferson’s foreboding reference to the injustice of slavery: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that
God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”


James Madison saw to it at the Constitutional Convention that, even when the Constitution
compromised with slavery, it never used the word “slave” to do so. No mere semantics, he insisted that it was “wrong to admit in the Constitution the idea that there could be property in men.”

Which is why, the historical reason, boys and girls, we have THE n-word today. Forget about those other thousands of words you can look up that start with N — you know the word we’re talking about. Don’t say it, and everything will be cool. Unity and healing, y’all.

By the way, typical of “group rights” group-think, President Biden (got to wish him luck) immediately disbanded the 1776 Commission by executive order.

[1]

pelf/pelf/nounARCHAIC

  1. money, especially when gained in a dishonest or dishonorable way.”damnation dog thee and thy wretched pelf!”

[2] on American slavery and abolition:

The most common charge levelled [sic] against the founders, and hence against our country itself, is that they were hypocrites who didn’t believe in their stated principles, and therefore the country they built rests on a lie. This charge is untrue, and has done enormous damage, especially in recent years, with a devastating effect on our civic unity and social fabric. 

Many Americans labor under the illusion that slavery was somehow a uniquely American evil. It is essential to insist at the outset that the institution be seen in a much broader perspective. It is very hard for people brought up in the comforts of modern America, in a time in which the idea that all human beings have inviolable rights and inherent dignity is almost taken for granted, to imagine the cruelties and enormities that were endemic in earlier times. But the unfortunate fact is that the institution of slavery has been more the rule than the exception throughout human history.

…The foundation of our Republic planted the seeds of the death of slavery in America. The Declaration’s
unqualified proclamation of human equality flatly contradicted the existence of human bondage and, along
with the Constitution’s compromises understood in light of that proposition, set the stage for abolition.
Indeed, the movement to abolish slavery that first began in the United States led the way in bringing about the end of legal slavery.

This conflict was resolved, but at a cost of more than 600,000 lives. Constitutional amendments were passed to abolish slavery, grant equal protection under the law, and guarantee the right to vote regardless of race. Yet the damage done by the denial of core American principles and by the attempted substitution of a theory of group rights in their place proved widespread and long-lasting. These, indeed, are the direct ancestors of some of the destructive theories that today divide our people and tear at the fabric of our country. 

[3] The, like, totally unfair tyranny of “Civil Rights”

The Civil Rights Movement was almost immediately turned to programs that ran counter to the lofty ideals of the founders. The ideas that drove this change had been growing in America for decades, and they distorted many areas of policy in the half century that followed. Among the distortions was the abandonment of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in favor of “group rights” not unlike those advanced by Calhoun and his followers. The justification for reversing the promise of color-blind civil rights was that past discrimination requires present effort, or affirmative action in the form of preferential treatment, to overcome long-accrued inequalities. Those forms of preferential treatment built up in our system over time, first in administrative rulings, then executive orders, later in congressionally passed law, and finally were sanctified by the Supreme Court. 

[4] This includes restoring patriotic education that teaches the truth about America. That doesn’t mean ignoring the faults in our past, but rather viewing our history clearly and wholly, with reverence and love. We must also prioritize personal responsibility and fulfilling the duties we have toward one another as citizens. Above all, we must stand up to the petty tyrants in every sphere who demand that we speak only of America’s sins while denying her greatness. At home, in school, at the workplace, and in the world, it is the people—and only the people—who have the power to stand up for America and defend our way of life.

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