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The (general) PLAN                                            This effort has been going on longer than we care to admit, 
                                                                                                                                           on the web in one form or another since at least 2004.
                                                                                                                                    Most recent substantive change to this page, August 20, 2012


        
    Exercise integrity, and encourage others to do so: Support each other, and encourage others to do so;
    Educate ourselves, and encourage others to do so; Use the term Usann, and encourage others to do so;
    Resist tyranny, and encourage others to do so; Exercise authority over officials, and encourage others to do so;

And take the country back, one day, one moment, at a time.
  Our goal is to follow the above plan in our lives and our business, thus being a part of returning our country, The United States of America, to the Republic it was envisioned and designed to be and The Great Experiment  -- the Rule of Law  --  brought to the world by the Founding Fathers.

We ask readers  -- and others --  consider doing likewise.

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We realize your time is valuable and respect you enough to give you an idea of how long this might take. Please keep in mind that this has not been provided as a 60-second TV spot, let alone as a soundbite. "Minds Only Alert" is about a 6-minute read at a speed of 200 wpm.
 

 
 
 
Revised (only slightly) March 2009 from a piece initially written many years ago, last revised and then posted to the web, as far as we can determine, about mid-2004

 

 

 





If anybody out there knows what has happened to my county and where it has gone…

Please (help) bring it back!

OK, then. We are delighted that you have come, and hope you will take some time here that you will afterward feel was a good thing to have done. With due respect to a television show now in syndication:



This is A MINDS ONLY ALERT:

If you have a MIND, or if you MIND some -- any -- of the abuse perpetrated upon this society, this message is for you.



Particularly if you are a veteran, and more particularly if you are a veteran of The U.S. Marine Corps, or if you have or ever have had love or even respect for one or more of these, this message is for you.



The Oath taken on entering service in the U.S. Armed Forces, taken “without reservation”:

I do hereby swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

[the newer, current variation on this theme has appended to it “so help me God.”]



For those who have taken this Oath -- some 24 million living today -- it is, in all likelihood, still in effect. It is unlikely that any intentional and effective action has been taken to negate or rescind the obligation. It carried no time constraints when taken and so continues. It was not “while on active duty”. It was not even “while a member of the Armed Forces”. It was not to “America” or to any given administration, but to “the Constitution of the United States”. It was not to defend when convenient and comfortable and easy, against only obvious, military, and professed enemies; but to defend “against all enemies, foreign and domestic”…including the seemingly innocent or even “well-intentioned”. That oath goes beyond active immediate defense: “that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same” (Constitution), meaning that each person so sworn is to actively incorporate that Constitution and the obligation into their lives, from the time of that Oath forward.



We call on those with minds, particularly veterans and most particularly Marines, to remember our Oaths and what they, and we, were all about.

Please do not mistake this for anything other than what it is: a plea for a return to the essence of The Great Experiment. There have always been, and likely always will be, things that are wrong (or at least that could stand some improvement) in and/or about this country: it is still the best. Period. The very fact that we do not have to be “Love It or Leave It” folk and that it was designed to enable “Love It or Change It (for the better)” is perhaps the most direct proof. That virtually every written national Constitution in the world today is modeled on that of The United States speaks to that as well.

There is a country music lyric that says “You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything” (and at least one other that goes on at length about “the American soldier”: so close, and yet so far from the intended mark).

Stand up. Be counted. At every opportunity, vote. Not necessarily “for your party” but for your country ; for -- forgive me, “The American Dream”, for The Great Experiment.

If the people of The United States of America want some integrity from government, that same people must exercise integrity -- do the right thing, what need be done even if it is not easy or comfortable -- starting now, in virtually every moment, and particularly in the voting booth. No matter party affiliations, of candidate or of voter, virtually every incumbent running for re-election -- and at every level of government, though here we address particularly the federal legislature -- should be sent packing, for the long-term good of the country. Despite general dissatisfaction with Congress -- polling currently indicates only some 13% of people are happy with the job Congress is doing [remember, this was a snapshot of 2004] -- we still typically insist that it is not the fault of our Congress critter, and re-elect 90-95% of running incumbents. But, it is their responsibility to provide good governance: it is our responsibility to fire incumbents. [Actually, a little scholarship demonstrates that incumbents might reasonably be precluded from running; Mass[d1] achusettsBill of Rights, 1780 -- predating the U.S. Constitution.].

At this point, early in 2009, we must hold the toes of Congress -- and the new President -- to the fire. There is the question of yet another “continuing resolution”, the device used by Congress to keep the federal government from shutting down because Congress hasn't managed to get the budget in place prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year (a budget in place on time has become something of a rarity). That question is tied to one of “earmarks”. And there are a few troubling aspects of the economy that could perhaps use attention[d2] ].

Once again Congress recessed in order to campaign to be re-hired, i.e., re-elected, at several times the national “average” remuneration (pay plus goodies), for jobs they were even then demonstrating they either could not or would not do (proven in the lack of budget: it's not like they didn't know it was due). And the suggestion that they didn't have time to get the budget done doesn’t hold water any more than a glass that doesn't exist: they did other things, though it would be difficult to argue that any significant number of those other things were of greater importance to the nation than was the budget; they had a whole year, and if that isn't enough time they might as well quit before they get any further behind; and somehow there was time to create and pass the continuing resolutions…and assorted bailouts.

There is more, and more to be done. But right now all it takes is perhaps a few minutes, on the part of each of a lot of people.

Think about this, pass it along, asking a few others to visit (we ask to 5, more if reasonable, dependent on your given situation) and CONSIDER.

Now, back to the business at hand: what could in fact be a bloodless revolution returning the country to the wondrous concept(s) of The Great Experiment. (If we are not careful, the Web may make us Free.)

This has been A MINDS ONLY ALERT

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The
(general) PLAN                                         
                                                                                                                                 
        
    Exercise integrity, and encourage others to do so: Support each other, and encourage others to do so;
    Educate ourselves, and encourage others to do so; Use the term Usann, and encourage others to do so;
    Resist tyranny, and encourage others to do so; Exercise authority over officials, and encourage others to do so;

And take the country back, one day, one moment, at a time.
  

Our goal is to follow the above plan in our lives and our business, thus being a part of returning our country, The United States of America, to the Republic it was envisioned and designed to be and The Great Experiment  -- the Rule of Law  --  brought to the world by the Founding Fathers.

We ask readers  -- and others --  consider doing likewise.

                            



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