THE LAST LINE of the country's birth certificate captures the Spirit of '76 and defines American citizenship by what it requires--sacrifice.
The declaration of emergency undresses nationalism and shows the striptease for what it is--indulgence.
In the old days, there was THE CRISIS--"the times that try men's souls." Now, there is the con--that tries one's patience.
The Declaration of Independence was written in response to "a long train of abuses and usurpations." The declaration of emergency is an abuse and usurpation. Thus, the issue remains the same, loyalty to an individual or the ideals of the Revolution--"life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"--and the Constitution that it made possible.
Without virtue, there can be no republic. And virtue is stillborn without courage. Both breathe because of character--the union of thought, word, and deed directed toward a noble end.
The joint resolution on termination of the emergency is before the Senate. But the vote is about the oath to uphold the supreme law of the land. Yea or nay? Courage or cowardice? Anything less than a veto proof majority will be a disgrace.
Call the roll.
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