“We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
Ben Franklin said that, not me, but increasingly I find myself turning to the timeless wisdom of our forefathers. I encourage all of you as you struggle through this battle to go back and read the words of our leaders and consider just how similar the issues they were facing then are today. (Ben Franklin)
The Revolutionary Warriors that we are all descendants of (either by blood or by ethic and ideology or both) faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles and challenges by the most powerful forces in their universe. The sovereign powers and the economic interests were one in the same and the two combined to enslave physically, emotionally and spiritually the people who came to this speck of dirt and who were willing to work for a better way.
The voices of our founding forefathers still speak clearly to all of us when we tap into our true American character. I believe in American exceptional ism. (American exceptionalism refers to the opinion that the United States is qualitatively different from other nations. In this view, America’s exceptionalism stems from its emergence from a revolution, becoming “the first new nation”, and developing a uniquely American ideology, based on liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, populism and laissez-faire.)
I believe that we alone, together, have the power to heal the wounds that are inflicted upon our country. I believe that together we can overcome these profound challenges that our nation faces. Doing so will require shared sacrifice, courage and a return the community values and revolutionary principles that lie at the heart and soul of this United States of America. Remember we are the United STATES of America.
The solution to our challenges lies within our State, within your State, within each State. In Florida, we will turn to Florida Statutes 69.021. We will submit to the wisdom and discretion of our elected circuit court judges and our elected Sheriffs. When mortgage payments and ownership are in dispute, our homesteaders will pay their payments each month to an elected circuit court judge. Our elected Sheriffs will refuse to enforce judgments which are morally and legally repugnant, while at the same time our Sheriffs will require that homesteaders protect the property, support their community and make payments monthly to the court as a condition of maintaining their homestead.
Our corps of 90,469 attorneys who are licensed to practice law in the State of Florida will meet with judges, with banks, with elected and appointed officials and we will present for our stakeholders the solutions which will secure our state from the civil unrest that will surely come if the estimated 569,000 foreclosures that will be pending by 2011 are granted under current conditions.
We must all examine our United States Constitution. There was a reason why the First Amendment came first. I want you all to click that link and consider the practical impact of our press and your right to talk, to write, to protest, to share your unique experience with the world, with Congress, with your President and with the world. Consider the brilliance of our forefathers and the implication of our First Amendment right in today’s internet age. Our Constitution lives in the sprawling, chaotic, belligerent, unrestrained forum that is the internet…today’s public square. We must all fight to protect our public square.