First, guess the nation:
The Republic is founded as a small state on the edge of the world adopting a new form of government that revives the traditions of representative democracy in an age when the great powers of the world are absolutist states, each ruled by one man. It was founded by refugees from the old world seeking autonomy, grew through the immigration and assimilation of diverse peoples, and its citizens developed a spirit of exceptionalism, believing that the Republic was the greatest nation above all others. The Republic grew until it became embroiled in a series of conflicts with the older, more prestigious nations of the world. Despite narrow victories, near misses, and the tremendous sacrifice required of its citizenry, the Republic emerged victorious from these conflicts and established hegemony over the known world. Within two lifetimes, the Republic went from a minor regional power to the world’s undisputed superpower.
This rapid ascent shifted the center of the world to the Republic, flooding its people with wealth, power, and influence. In response, the Republic, believing in its exceptionalism, spread its economic system, morals, and system of government to every corner of the world. It quickly became an industrial and technological powerhouse unrivaled by previous civilizations whose economy was the bedrock of the world economy. Its citizens were rewarded with the highest standard of living in the history of the world while its military grew into a global force unrivaled by any and all of the world’s nations. The Republic’s exceptionalism was undeniable.
What’s your guess?
Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, Leader of the Free World, Heir to the Democratic Traditions of the West. It sounds inexplicably surreal. Its been some six days since the first polls closed revealing an electoral map splashed with more red than was predicted just a few hours before. Since then, the world, the country, and the individual have had to adjust their own perspective to the slowly evolving reality that Donald Trump was elected to the highest office in the land.
“[The President] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law” – United States Constitution Article II, Section 2
Above are the actual words around which current controversy has swirled since the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia’s thirty years on the country’s highest bench saw his strict originalism dogma (i.e. the Constituion meant only what the Framer’s originally wrote it to mean) transform from an outsider curiosity to the bedrock of conservative jurisprudence. (more…)
“[If] any protesters lie down in from of my automobile, it’ll be the very last time they lie down in front of anything.” – Not Donald Trump, yet
As Trump-ist as the quote above seem, it is nearly 50 years old, pronounced during the 1968 Presidential Campaign by George Wallace, another long shot candidate inexplicably seeking the position “Leader of the Free World” from a political platform consisting purely of unapologetic racism and his own over-inflated ego. Wallace served as the Governor of Alabama more than 16 years (four terms – the third longest tenure in a state governorship since the ratification of the Constitution) and ran for President in 1964, 1968, 1972, and 1976. While officially a Democrat, Wallace’s platform of pro-segregation and strict social conservatism owed much of its support to those on the far right and from the Deep South. After failing to win the Democratic nomination in ’64 and failing to pick up any steam in the ’68 nomination process, Wallace created the American Independent Party to run as a third-party candidate against eventual Republican nominee Richard Nixon and Democratic nominee Hubert Humphrey in the ’68 general election. (more…)