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

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.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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All Good Things Are Wild And Free, Right?

Free your soul and be happy.

The word 'free' can allude to many things. My mom always says that nothing is ever free. But what about your soul? Is it free? Does everyone have a free soul? I think that everyone has the potential to have a free soul but whether or not they decide to live that lifestyle is up to them.

Until recently, I never thought of myself as a free spirit, but I am. Although I didn’t begin with a free soul, I evolved into one. Life throws you trials and tribulations and it's meant for you to grow from these obstacles. And I have.

People always question me about my careless attitude. Careless meaning that I don’t care what others think. I never actually answer the question, but here’s the answer: once you figure out that you can’t make everyone happy by the decisions you make and start doing the things that make you happy is when you become free from others.

The phrase “damned if you, damned if you don’t” applies here perfectly. People will find something wrong with you and your life decisions no matter what you decide. There’s no way to make everyone happy, it's just not possible.

I don’t wake up in the mornings to please anyone but myself. To have a free soul you must do the things that make you and you alone happy.

Free souls are happy souls. Finding inner happiness takes time. It takes being at rock bottom to find your own happiness. Being happy within means that you don’t have to rely on anyone to be happy, and that’s how it should be.

When you give other people the privilege of holding the key to your happiness chances are they’ll fail you. Other people can contribute to your overall happiness but always remember who you are and put your happiness first because if you’re not happy with yourself then how do you expect to keep someone else happy?

Do you, boo. It’s so cheesy, I know, but it’s how to keep you and your soul free from others control. Live your life and live it like there’s no tomorrow. Don’t live your days full of worry, regret, and unhappiness. Do the things that are necessary for you to be happy, who cares what other people think. If you’re unhappy and they’re happy, how is this benefitting you? It’s not.

Be selfish. Be selfish with your happiness and your freedom.

You don’t owe anything to anyone. Once you figure out that your own happiness should come first that’s when you begin to be free. And just a hint, the people that you’re trying so hard to please and make happy, don’t care about your happiness. So why should you care about theirs?

If you want to be free, then do you. Do the things that make you happy, stop caring about what others think. Find that inner happiness that is guaranteed every day, because it’s your own.

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