Trouble in Paradise
Trouble in Paradise Author MN Gordon – Acting-Man
Impressive Zeal for Faded Ideals
Uncompromising independence, rugged individualism, and limitless personal freedom were once essential to the American character. According to popular American folklore, they still are. We have some reservations.
Rugged individualists suffer mid-life identity crisis. [PT]
The principles that gave rise to the American character died long ago. Freedom. Liberty. Independence. Limited representative government. Sound money. Private property rights. A humble populace worthy of esteem. Avoidance of foreign entanglements. Rafting down the Mississippi River. Trim waist lines.
These concepts, in reality, faded away from daily life over the last century like stars in the morning light. Nonetheless, a merry mob reaches for their lost American character as they head to the shore each July 4th to celebrate Independence.
These freedom lovers – descendants of no less a luminary than Davy Crockett, and users of gender neutral bathrooms – eat hot dogs and revel in their ideals of an America that no longer exists. Their zeal is impressive.
With the summer fun of Independence Day extending into the weekend, we take a moment today for reflection and consideration. The republic was lost long ago. The reach of Washington’s busybodies now encircles the globe. There is little you can do to stop its unrelenting encroachment.
Still, some pockets of freedom persist – in attitude – beyond the broad extent of the net cast by Washington. There are regions within the assorted medley of the union where an independent defiance of state and federal government endures. The consent of the governed in these areas is not a done deal.
The Great State of Jefferson
Several rural counties that hug the Oregon and California border possess a character that went out of favor several generations ago. The will of the people here is more in line with Thomas Jefferson’s vision of liberty than the heavy handed rule emanating from Washington today. These counties also have a political identity that is vastly apart from the current brand of feel good liberalism out of Salem and Sacramento.
Green flags, inscribed with a yellow circle, and encompassing askew double Xs, are a common sight in the Oregon and California border region. Yet this flag and seal do not belong to a county or state of the union. Rather, they belong to a state of attitude: the State of Jefferson.