The Enlightened Oath of Allegiance

The Enlightened Oath of Allegiance

Technocrats and Meritocrats Must Enlighten Themselves To Their Role In The Revitalization Of American Democracy
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Military and Intelligence agencies, among numerous other institutions of the United States, see themselves as being legitimized by their merited skills and technical capabilities. Their oaths are to transcended ideals, not any one individual or ideology. This is a respectable position but one that must be objectively earned. If the military and intelligence agencies are the honorable technocrats and meritocrats they claim to be, then they must call for new elections for presidency of the United States and of other elected positions like Congress and state/local officials. The scenario of new elections could be as simple as reordering the two nominees that were calculated to have been counterparts: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, the two decisions on actual direction of the sustainability of the Union. Just as the decision of the 1900 election decided the choice in direction of the United States character following the Spanish American war between the presidency of William McKinley or William Jennings Bryan; so too is the ideas of a Trump-Sanders election.

A military coup is not an acceptable answer. The direct democratic authority of the nation is inherent in the Constitution as a legal document. The threat of recent deregulations revolving climate protection is a direct threat to national security and the survival of the human species. The failures and crimes of foreign ventures such as bombings in Iraq are warranting of immediate investigation and dramatic reassessment. The terrorist threat of white supremacy has become undeniable in social discourse as a direct threat to the security of persons. The economic kleptocratic decisions of the current administration is threatening to siphon hundreds of billions of dollars away from the citizenry. Which also threatens to destabilize and destroy dozens of institutions of culture and knowledge, a crime denounced during the Nuremberg Trials. And the attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act would have resulted in numerous deaths of the citizenry. The arbitrary concepts of power that assert their current authority are extremely illusory and largely illegitimate. As mentioned in previous writings, the current Trump administration, Congress, and soon to be Supreme Court has little legitimacy when fully analyzed as an institutional government. Their means of gaining power was arguably achieved through a slow motion coup d'état: whether it was the corrupt electoral college that bypassed the national vote, the gerrymandering of congressional districts, the evidence of nationwide voter suppression on all levels, the illegitimacy of the appointed Supreme Court nominee made by the 45th president rather than the 44th president to whom the seat space became void, and the immense moneyed interests active throughout elections of all forms.

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Loyalty to the Constitution is loyalty to the American People; all peoples, not an elite few. Let us revitalize our democracy by removing gerrymandering from all district on all levels of governments, holding new elections, removing all money from the political process, ensuring the security of persons to all peoples, rejuvenating our environment, guaranteeing the right to vote for all, reassessing all foreign ventures, making healthcare a universal right, and democratizing the economy. The game of power must end, it is time for the peoples of the United States to mature for the sake of survival.

Cover Image Credit: United States Department of Defense

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An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word"

Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.
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What do you mean you didn't “mean it like that?" You said it.

People don't say things just for the hell of it. It has one definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "To be less advanced in mental, physical or social development than is usual for one's age."

So, when you were “retarded drunk" this past weekend, as you claim, were you diagnosed with a physical or mental disability?

When you called your friend “retarded," did you realize that you were actually falsely labeling them as handicapped?

Don't correct yourself with words like “stupid," “dumb," or “ignorant." when I call you out. Sharpen your vocabulary a little more and broaden your horizons, because I promise you that if people with disabilities could banish that word forever, they would.

Especially when people associate it with drunks, bad decisions, idiotic statements, their enemies and other meaningless issues. Oh trust me, they are way more than that.

I'm not quite sure if you have had your eyes opened as to what a disabled person is capable of, but let me go ahead and lay it out there for you. My best friend has Down Syndrome, and when I tell people that their initial reaction is, “Oh that is so nice of you! You are so selfless to hang out with her."

Well, thanks for the compliment, but she is a person. A living, breathing, normal girl who has feelings, friends, thousands of abilities, knowledge, and compassion out the wazoo.

She listens better than anyone I know, she gets more excited to see me than anyone I know, and she works harder at her hobbies, school, work, and sports than anyone I know. She attends a private school, is a member of the swim team, has won multiple events in the Special Olympics, is in the school choir, and could quite possibly be the most popular girl at her school!

So yes, I would love to take your compliment, but please realize that most people who are labeled as “disabled" are actually more “able" than normal people. I hang out with her because she is one of the people who has so effortlessly taught me simplicity, gratitude, strength, faith, passion, love, genuine happiness and so much more.

Speaking for the people who cannot defend themselves: choose a new word.

The trend has gone out of style, just like smoking cigarettes or not wearing your seat belt. It is poisonous, it is ignorant, and it is low class.

As I explained above, most people with disabilities are actually more capable than a normal human because of their advantageous ways of making peoples' days and unknowingly changing lives. Hang out with a handicapped person, even if it is just for a day. I can one hundred percent guarantee you will bite your tongue next time you go to use the term out of context.

Hopefully you at least think of my friend, who in my book is a hero, a champion and an overcomer. Don't use the “R Word". You are way too good for that. Stand up and correct someone today.

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If You Don't Plan On Voting, You Should Think Again

There is nothing more patriotic or more American than exercising your right to make your voice heard.

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The deadline to register to vote in Florida just passed last week, and with election day approaching in November, I figured it would be appropriate to talk about common attitudes that people have towards voting. Personally, the chance to vote in the national 2016 election was very important to me. I turned eighteen in 2016 and had pre-registered to vote before that time. I was passionate in my beliefs and despite not entirely agreeing with the candidate I voted for, I knew that this election was incredibly important and I wanted to make my voice heard.

Not everyone has this perspective and I want to understand that. I have met many older adults who don't participate in voting because they don't think their vote matters, or because they genuinely just don't care. The latter comes from a place of privilege, and definitely ignorance. To not be impacted by the policies put in place and to not care enough to vote for what you think is right is a ridiculous incentive. To not vote because you don't think your vote matters is a moot point when tons of people have this mentality. It starts to add up.

To not vote because you don't agree with the bipartisan system is also a reason that doesn't hold much water. The main candidates you see on the news or on social media might not have stances that you agree with, but there are other options. You can vote for the third party. You can do research and educate yourself on all of the candidates before jumping to conclusions and making a decision to not vote outright. There are endless resources and voter guides online that are accessible and informative. There is not a legitimate excuse to not vote.

Do it for the ones who cannot. For the ones who do not have a voice. Let's change the notion that young people are not actively engaged in their communities and do not get involved in politics. We've seen this with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas since the shooting happened. Don't stop at registering to vote, actually go out and do it. The ballot this November includes the governor, attorney general, judges, school board members, and amendments. Why wouldn't you want to take a stance? This directly impacts your community and those around you. To not vote is to be silent. To be silent is to be complicit.

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