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Work to Honor the Self-Evident Truths

Today is July 4th, the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In it, the colonies that would become the United States of America laid out why they felt impelled to rebel against Great Britain and form their own nation.  According to that document, the rebellion, and thus the basis for the existence of the United States, rests foremost upon the recognition that there are self-evident truths about human existence: rights to life, liberty, and happiness that no human authority can or should deny.

 

America was founded on principles to which it has always had difficulty living up.

 

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Torchlight Media: Trump’s White Nationalist Administration Slaps Liberty in the Face Again

Ken Cuccinelli recently mutilated of meaning behind the Statue of Liberty and “The New Colossus” to justify his racist policies. White nationalists right now sit in the highest seats of power in the land, pushing their horrid agendas and vandalizing our history to give them a sense of legitimacy. I broke down what’s going on. Check it out at Torchlight Media.

 

Torchlight Media: Trump’s White Nationalist Administration Slaps Liberty in the Face Again

…They Should Declare the Causes Which Impel Them to the Separation

On this Fourth of July, I know a lot of people who have celebration plans.  I know others who can’t bring themselves to celebrate, in light of certain humanitarian crises created by our own government with no remorse and no intention of mitigating anything any time soon. And I know of some who are all gung ho for a display of military might in Washington, DC because why shouldn’t there be?

 

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A Shining Moment When Gothic Meant Light

Ephemeral once,

Shattered walls of rainbow light

Now glow infernal.

 

Recent events in Paris triggered ruminations on how art can transcend its contextual origins to affect us a primal level. Let us take comfort in that art, and remember how, once upon a time, craftsmen played with light to create a glimpse of Heaven down on Earth.

 

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Thoughts on the Armistice Centennial

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that silenced the guns on the Western Front during World War I.

 

My friend,  Bryan Alexander, has some ruminations of his own today. Please take a read. His words are informative and thought provoking.

 

As for me, the following text is from a speech I gave today to commemorate the anniversary.  A big thank you to all who attended and read “In Flanders Fields” along with me.

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