“A Republic If You Can Keep It”

Watch this video. I’ll wait.

I love my country.

Not in the lockstep, blind adoration sort of way. Rather, I love that my country allows each individual to make mistakes(within the bounds of the law), learn, grow, and make their own choices about all the things that are within their personal control.

Does it do these things perfectly? Of course not.

Like all countries it’s run by people. People are prone to greed, short-sightedness, and cruelty. Most other countries find their governments full of blatant corruption that only seems to get turned over to a new crop of tyrants with each election cycle.

But unlike many countries ours is governed by sound principles that were laid forth in our country’s founding documents. If you haven’t read the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights in a while, it might be time for a thoughtful reread. The standards those documents raised, regardless of their need for expansion and broader application, laid a foundation of liberty that was never seen in the world before. If we let those standards succumb to corruption, government overreach, and the end of rule of law they may not be seen in our lifetimes again.

Those principles have taken a beating in the last decade or so (also in various forms throughout the USA’s short history). What are supposed to be open platforms of discussion and participation have morphed into private gardens of societal conformity. Thought policing and social pandering are the so called community building of the day.

I want to live in the America I idealistically believed in as a child, a place of liberty, access to markets and ideas, and respect for the law and each other as citizens of the freest nation on the planet.

Which is why I am telling those that stop by to hear my ramblings from time to time that I have committed to the Unity2020 movement. I want courageous, capable, patriotic leadership. And if I could add an adjective to the movement’s aims, it would be HONEST. But I’d rather start with a few positive attributes and build from there, than accept the lesser evil again.

I felt the same way when I voted for Evan McMullin in 2016. I wasn’t about to put my support behind any candidate I knew to be corrupt. I couldn’t guarantee that he wasn’t, but there wasn’t a mountain of evidence that he was. It’s a sad state of affairs.

So this election cycle I want everyone to know where I stand. I want to support a movement that will put forth worthy candidates. Not perfect folks, but decent folks. Not the producers of hilarious or infuriating Twitter, but long-form thinkers who communicate in more than a few hundred characters.

If that appeals to you, and you’re an American, or you just think the fall of the United States would be really bad for the planet, geopolitically or economically speaking, then go read up on Unity2020. www.ArticlesOfUnity.org

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