Did’ja ever notice how some things seem to go together naturally and are good, while others are plump square pegs trying to fit into diminutive round holes and are no good?
Sometimes we are pleasantly surprised with the unbelievable, as we were last week in Massachusetts, observing seeming square pegs finding a way to beat the odds and discover matching square holes for a victory.
Did your jaw drop, as mine did, upon hearing the final tally for "Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate Seat?"
Here is my idea for some early American things that go together naturally: the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, Jamestown, Plymouth Rock, each colony’s recognition of God in word and deed, the Declaration of Independence, thirteen separate, sovereign colonies, the Articles of Confederation, the thirteen separate, sovereign colonies in convention at Philadelphia for to amend the Articles of Confederation.
Continuing with things that go together for the good: the Federalist Papers promoting a new constitution, the Anti-Federalist Papers opposing a new constitution, a new constitution written and eventually approved by all thirteen sovereign colonies/states, establishing a small federal government with certain limited duties bound up in that original document.
The new Constitution, as envisioned by Jefferson, Madison, etc., if adhered to and, as understood by the colonies, was a good thing.
More good things: The South sticking to the original idea of each state being sovereign (states rights) and the Bible Belt located within their borders, the agrarian or country-living lifestyle down here and throughout vast other rural (Red) areas in America, home schooling.
The Bible Belt translating into the Silent Majority, the Moral Majority, the Christian Coalition, the Reagan Revolution, Red States, and finally to the Tea Party Movement, all bent on returning their state and America back to God and once again into a nation of sovereign states as originally designed and intended.
Though America had its (no good) detractors from the start, finally leading to a great (no good) "Civil War," actually, War of Northern Aggression, and a forced shift from state sovereignty to a monolithic central government, patriots have remained through the years who continued cognizant of ‘the who we really were,’ keeping the truth alive, with a hope of regaining the precious liberty we once embraced.
By the way, if you read Duff Hale’s Confederados last week, it might be interesting to consider if those patriots, who have not forgotten who we were and what we believed and stood for, might not be a great number of those who did not go to South America and other places, but remained here and roughed it out.
Of course that number would probably also include those who returned, along with others who remained true to the cause, though located in every state North and South.
Incidentally, we would probably want to include about 52 percent of those recently voting in Massachusetts.
Welcome back Bay State to your Plymouth Rock way of thinking.
May God bless.