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We need to take a hard look at “our” government before more die.
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Whenever I mention we ought to have a constitutional congress to anyone, anywhere, and the first thing I hear is, “You don’t have the authority to call a constitutional congress,” I can admit to an amount of dumbfounded awe.
“This is the same America I grew up in, right? Am I in “bizarro world” or something?!? This is the same America that required me to take U.S. History in Junior High, High School, AND for my ‘basics’ in college?? I mean, I know I am from West Texas, that we are typically about 7 to 9 years behind New York City or Los Angeles, and we aren’t supposed to be very sophisticated, but I know I wasn’t the only one in class, and my graduation in 1991 wasn’t that long ago!”
The right of a people to assert its obligation to alter or change entirely a government which it feels has failed to meet the citizens’ basic unalienable rights was fundamental in the founding of the United States over two centuries ago. It is my right to call for a constitutional congress, and yours. Every single United States citizen breathing air at this moment has that same right. That right was conferred in the bones of our foundational document, The Declaration of Independence! We forget that at our peril.
Allow me to place the call for a peaceful assembly of a constitutional congress, as is enumerated in the founding precedents of modern political philosophy, within some grounding context.
“Context?”, you might ask.
Let’s start with a source everyone has no trouble finding, Wikipedia’s Right of Revolution, in the opening paragraph, states:
In political philosophy, the right of revolution (or right of rebellion) is the right or duty of the people of a nation to overthrow a government that acts against their common interests and/or threatens the safety of the people without cause. Stated throughout history in one form or another, the belief in this right has been used to justify various revolutions, including the American Revolution, French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, and the Iranian Revolution.Wikipedia @ Right of Revolution
Many of our Founders and the thought leaders who fertilized the soil from which other movements, revolutions, and transitions have grown, extolled the ideas of deep thinkers such as John Locke, an instrumental philosopher upon whose writings many have drawn heavily. He declared,
…that under natural law, all people have the right to life, liberty, and estate; under the social contract, the people could instigate a revolution against the government when it acted against the interests of citizens, to replace the government with one that served the interests of citizens. In some cases, Locke deemed revolution an obligation. The right of revolution thus essentially acted as a safeguard against tyranny.
Morton White, one of our most influential philosophers, was a highly respected historian. In his considerations of our own American revolutionaries, he said,
“The notion that they had a duty to rebel is extremely important to stress, for it shows that they thought they were complying with the commands of natural law and of nature’s God when they threw off absolute despotism.”
The legal historian, Christian Fritz, envisioned a ‘contract’, or compact between a ruler(s) and the people had been made:
“In this bargain, the people were protected by the monarch in exchange for the people giving the king allegiance. This was a contractual relationship. American revolutionaries accused George III of breaching his implied duty of protection under that contract, thereby releasing the people in the colonies from their allegiance. The sovereign’s breach of the hypothetical contract gave rise to the subjects’ right of revolution — grounded on both natural law and English constitutional doctrine.”Christian Fritz
Further in Wikipedia, you can find discussion on the preconditions that sober-minded individuals, our own Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, felt were necessary, prior to inciting such a bold move as altering the established governing of a society.
On the eve of the American Revolution, for example, Americans considered their plight to justify exercising the right of revolution. Alexander Hamilton justified American resistance as an expression of “the law of nature” redressing violations of “the first principles of civil society” and invasions of “the rights of a whole people”. For Thomas Jefferson the Declaration was the last-ditch effort of an oppressed people — the position in which many Americans saw themselves in 1776. Jefferson’s litany of colonial grievances was an effort to establish that Americans met their burden to exercise the natural law right of revolution.
The basis for my call, and if my fellow citizens agree that the logic is sound, a case built solidly, is the sentiment mirrored in the heart and sincere presentation of our own venerable document, the Declaration of Independence. That enshrined document first expressed the revolutionaries’ reasons for independence with the preamble, and begins the case in saying,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
The document then continues to the core reasoning for this call for a constitutional congress, that,
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
Our “unalienable Rights”, the foundational cornerstone of our society, the lives of our citizens, the liberty of us all, and any hope of our future happiness has been violated, breached, and our future prospects torn asunder, and thereby placed into serious jeopardy, by those who would be our “servants and representatives”.
These “unalienable” rights have been disregarded repeatedly, but never so egregiously as in the last several months. Our right to make this call resides in the question, “How many American lives have been taken because of this corrupted and irredeemable system of ‘ours’?”
United States Covid-19 cases
Updated May 4 at 10:08 PM local
Confirmed Cases | Deaths
1,360,172 | 80,001
TOTAL CASES 1,300,696
TOTAL DEATHS 78,771
The fact that that the number of deaths is greater than the total deaths of Americans in Vietnam, The Gulf War, The Iraq War, AND the Afghanistan War COMBINED should be enough to satisfy the call for constitutional congress. The numbers we are talking about, which from the early 1960’s, let’s say from the first “advisors” to Vietnam in 1955, until today, took a total of seventy-five years to accrue. It is a gruesome tally that, as of the writing of this article, has been surpassed by the number of deaths in the U.S. from Covid-19 and its complications since this last February.
Let that sink in.
In the span of three months (3), we have surpassed the combined total death count of all of our American military conflicts that occurred within the last 75 years.
I would say that the loss of life ALONE qualifies as a violation of the following, stated within the Declaration of Independence:
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.
Tell me America, how much liberty have you had lately? Are we feeling happy?
Of course, I am doing what any American, entrusted by the founders of our modern society to be informed, to pay attention as a responsible citizen, and especially as a veteran Marine, who served honorably during the Gulf War, should do: I am calling on the people of these United States to rally to the call, seriously consider the fundamental danger facing every single one of us, male & female, cis & trans[, black, white, red, yellow, and brown, young and old. We must, as our obligation to ourselves, hold a cconstitutional congress!
The following is a rough outline for the process for a constitutional congress as I envision it, and humbly submit for your consideration of the duty that should be discharged upon those who attend the proposed congress:
Outline of Process for a Constitutional Congress
Pick one citizen at random from each county in the U.S. to represent all citizens. Guidelines as of now are to remain simple and strict. Those are:
- Service in whatever government is decided upon is similar in application to our current ‘jury duty’.
- Whatever the C.C., convening on Nov 6th, 2020, finally decides upon to enact as a system of government, or a style of society going forward, it shall guarantee our UNALIENABLE rights.
- Further, it MUST be entirely transparent in all communications, with access to documents and dealings made public (live or within a reasonable time frame [2 weeks or less]). No secret or confidential meetings shall be held, and all records shall be open and available.
- Anyone ‘serving’ in any decided structure, as actual servants of the people, may only serve in whatever capacity, and/or as long as the C.C. decides, and must return to their previous profession and station, and never be involved in Federal politics for the rest of their lives. They may be involved in local government, and although I believe state offices should also be excluded, that decision will reside in the C.C.
- Finally, all current federal elected and appointed officials[SS7] shall ‘freeze’, and ‘shelter in place’, maintaining the functions of government, until such time as the C.C. convenes and discharges its duty as assigned by the people and enumerated within this initial ‘call’. The current federal elected officials and federal appointees, and the delegates of the C.C. may only do what is necessary to keep OUR government stable until we decide what to do with our society going forward!
Power corrupts, greed is bad, and we are being “consumed”, rather than consuming. Why else would our government get us out ‘mingling’ again before everyone knows we have done enough testing?!
We have given the fox the key to the hen house, along with our checkbooks, personal information, our cars and houses, and all the power to keep us from our own hens, and now 78,771 American lives have been lost because of… what? what reason or excuse could ever be worth that many already spent American lives? What ineptitude, or mismanagement, or ignorance, or willful stupidity is worth a loss of this scale?
Today is Art Day! At the Veterans Memorial Building, 1105 Bancroft Ave, San Leandro, CA 94578 2pm to 6th PM.
Endorsed by the Marine Corps League Detachment 919
This gentleman at 7-11 was kind enough to allow me to take his photo knowing my hope was to paint it. Been trying to catch him for days now.
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An immigrant from India, I first met him at my closest 7-11 right after the new year when he started. He was so energetic and happy.
He works graveyard most nights, and I have seen him attacked, almost robbed at gun point, constantly shoplifted from as he works all night, 6 nights a week, by himself.
I have tried to cheer him up, or offer alternates so many times. I have almost stopped. I am so glad he agreed to this. Not sure the affect, but he was pleased when I showed him the 1st layer.
Took this just as the morning started. Had him print and sign the back.
Laid down water wax. Water soluble pastels, and ket it soak for several hours in the moist wax inbedding the pigment in the coarse pastel paper.
Then I rubbed Munkyo oil Pastels ontop of the wax using a rubber spatula, then lightly scraped it off. Touched up the lines and gently rubbed in some more was to smooth out the scraping lines.
I will wait a couple of hours, finish touching it up, then all done!
I am glad it captured how I have witnessed him withdraw into himself, I left the 1st lines that I you come to as you look at his surroundings edged and well defined. He knows where his “prison” is. Beyond the “bars”, everything becomes a miasma of undefined potential, that fades into the unknown darkness of the future.
He is a smart young man. I dislike watching his spirit melt like slowburning candles. Hmm, perhaps I ought to reconsider telling him all of this? Seems prudent to allow his right to interpret for hu himself.
When I started the arduous process of getting my skill level up to something that resembles current web designer/ web design standards in order to build for the un-tech-savvy, aging Marines I was inspired by, a website I would be proud of, the eastbaymarines.us, the first thought i had was, “well, what IS ‘service'”?
At that time, I boiled down what I understood into that website’s “About Us”
What you should know About US (The Marines)
This is About Us, but, it is also about YOU.
It is about every one of us who earned the title of Marine before setting out to learn our various military occupational skills and then being deployed to areas throughout every part the world, since the inception of the Corps back in 1775. That title, “United States Marine,“ that’s just a phrase. The title is utterly meaningless without the context from which it springs, the solid foundation on which recruits transform,
Is The Forge of SERVICE
We Marines carry within us a crystal-clear understanding of the motivation of service. It is imbued deep, through centuries worth of hard-tackling by battalions of drill instructors to create a well-honed, visceral crucible that breaks down the resistance of recruits, through squeezing, stressing, and pressing, so that within the Marines who emerge from graduation, that ingot of service has been transformed into a bonding agent we call “Esprit d’ Corps“.
This Spirit of the Corps. What is it? In its modern expression, it is a single assertion of brother and sisterhood among those who have prepared to share mud, blood, and dirt, going further still together to shared injury, pain, and death. The Corps has often been the 1st of the military to face the conflicts that threaten or call to us. It is within those conflicts, when finding ourselves before the gate of the final experience, stripped down of all prejudice, every experience past, all desires, dreams, and goals filled and unfilled, we find a truth known to those who have passed on before us, that all will pass through that final gate. What we have before then, is each other.
We will assist our brother and sister Marines. We will leave none on any of the battlefields of life if we are able. Politics, position, and religion are ever present in life, and noticeably absent from our Mission. All freely given aid from citizens is very welcome, but not required. Anything that will hinder us, or compromise the faithful execution of our Mission, should be set aside.
From “About Us”- eastbaymarines.us (closed)
We have a Mission, and through it, we will honor the title of United States Marine!
So many lessons have been inprinted since last November 2018.
One of them is that I have a talent for oil pastels. The other week I started ” “All ‘Bout the Barista’s”, set in Zocalo Coffeehouse in San Leandro. The woman making my coffee is Jacquelina Arneta. Kevin Dittiannis(?) is the gentleman behind her. He is a jazz musician. So many stories.
Bill has a very interesting story. Some of Bill’s highlights:
- 68 years.
- “almost 7 decades of what?”
- 68 years with his high school sweetheart.
- Volunteered for the Marines.
- Afterward, drafted into the Army.
- Did two (2), count them, TWO Boot camps.
- Never went to war.
- Never heard of the Marine Corps League before 3 years ago.
“7-pr-11-son”, is in “finishing” phase
Welcome to YobiWorks!
It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to YobiWorks!
Here, I am exploring the meaning of “service”. As a subscriber, you get access to:
1) My artwork,
2) Updates to new art and photography,
3) Opportunities to invest in the future of YobiWorks,
4) Discounted opportunities to purchase digital art and photography prints,
5) 1st notice of upcoming events like our monthly Art Day! and Art night!
6) Opportunities to join fundraising campaigns that will benefit sufferers of PTSD, homeless veterans, hungry families, and others
7) Most importantly, YOU will have an opportunity to PARTICIPATE in the growth, direction, and mission of YobiWorks by becoming a CONTRIBUTOR!
Now that last statement would have had me thinking, “Ok, this is where he asks me for money.“
If you did think that, no worries, who wouldn’t in this world we find ourselves in? If you didn’t have that thought occur to you, then bravo, you are correct! Also, you should meet Sabrina, my partner, she is the most illuminating, amazing woman I have had the pleasure of meeting, and if you attend one of our events, you will get to meet her as well!
I would like all of our YobiWorks folks to be participants and contributors.
“What does that mean? “
That means commenting on posts, sharing with those in your circles who would appreciate an immersive arts, crafts, and socially mindful, charitable organization geared from an artistic veteran’s perspective. It means having an opportunity to “chime in” when decisions are being made and being HEARD. It means not just watching things happen, but being a part of things happening!
“What does that look like?”
I am glad you asked! Our 1st core value is:
If you aren’t enjoying what you are doing, why do it? I know it sounds simpler than it is, believe me, yet I spent the first 28 years of my adult life making “backup plans”, “building a safety net”, and “playing it safe”. That got me laid off, divorced, and wondering where it all went wrong! So I decided to be true to my loved ones, and my passions above all else. I may never be well off, but if I am happy, and leave an impact, then that is good enough! The 1st thing that is important is that we enjoy what we do, and have fun!
Some upcoming events and projects:
1) Release episode 6 of my In The Fighting Hole podcast, which can be found here:
2) Promote the upcoming Art Night!, this Sunday, from 5 pm to 9 pm, at:
The Veterans’ Memorial Building,
1105 Bancroft Ave,
San Leandro, CA 94577,
Where all you have to do is bring your smile! We provide the art supplies, and you have fun! From crayons to watercolor, acrylic paints and oil pastels to arts and crafts, we have a lot of art supplies to choose from!
3) Complete my current 2 painting projects, and launch the “For All Time” fundraising campaign, where the ones who pick the winning YobiWorks photograph to be painted have their names forever associated with the painting: either in it, on it, or with it.
Whenever I buy into something, I like to know something about the organization and people involved. You can read my short bio here:
Adrian ‘Yobi’ Blumberg
Flow Director: YobiWorks | NettNG
Liaison: Marine For Life Network
Host: In The Fighting Hole
Host: The NettNG
San Leandro, CA 94578
Having just turned 15, he is more imaginative and more creative than I was at his age.