Dear Founding Fathers:
We extend our deepest condolences, on the passing of our young and formerly healthy democratic nation, the United States of America. You fought so hard to construct a failsafe and immune Constitution, one that could not only stand the test of time, but could also survive a short-term virulent attack of an unexpected nature or even a poor, dishonest, corrupt, or unworthy president.
You great Founding Fathers had the foresight to recognize the danger of a one-party nation, in that a single political party would and could expose our newborn country to an infectious tyranny. We are saddened to inform you that in spite of your great intelligence and vision, in addition to the many protections you installed for our fledgling country, after a modicum of success, it has quickly and deceitfully passed away.
The worst part of the country’s demise is that we have lost our freedom from religion, Habeas Corpus, free speech, as you knew it, the right to privacy and in different ways President Jefferson, badly damaged all the ten articles of your Bill of Rights. And alas, dear President Washington, in spite of your proclamation against it, the right of the president to torture any person he or (now) she wishes, has been initiated by the current lying and at the same time, sitting president.
Further, as a country, we have alienated ourselves from most nations of the world, and with our great military power, invaded a nation that hadn’t attacked us, and started an unfounded and destructive war against its people. We have lost the right of one man, one vote, in which every vote counts in a fair and valid election. We have lost a free independent press and unknown to your generation, an electronic and visual medium of communication, controlled by a few wealthy, powerful and mean spirited men who have taken charge, with the sole goal of power, profit and insatiable, gluttonous ideology. Lastly, we have lost our justice system; from the Supreme Court down to a single ideology you so correctly feared might subvert our beloved Constitution.
We American insurgents, or as we are better known today, Progressive Twenty-First Century citizens of the United States of America, are truly sorry and saddened, to extend this shocking message of condolence to our visionary Founding Fathers.
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Somewhere in the Constitutional Constellations
Former United States presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are talking:
Washington: “Thomas, saw you, that disturbing note of condolence concerning our country and document of the Constitution?”
Jefferson: “Yes, truly disturbing. It was our great experiment.”
Washington: “What, think you, befouled our vision?”
Jefferson: “Recall you, George, my suggestion regarding fear, politics, and religion? – ‘Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.”
Washington: “I am God fearing, but as to your reasoning, I’m in agreement. The liberality of sentiment toward each other, which marks every political and religious denomination of men in this country, stands unparalleled in the history of nations. Which does brings me to the thought. Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”
Jefferson: “Well said, George. And as to good government, I too remain a champion of representative democracy, the rights of man and of American self-government. I know my own principles to be pure and therefore am not ashamed of them. On the contrary, I wish them known and therefore willingly express them to everyone. They are the same I have acted on from the year 1775 to this day, and are the same, I am sure, with those of the great body of the American people.”
Washington: “Your expressions are true. However, I have grave concerns with regard to the use of the United States military power as stated in the condolence letter. Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.”
Jefferson: “Eloquently spoken, George. Well, my patriotic friend, I see by the wooden clock I completed this day that it is time for our repast.”
Washington: “We must continue this important conversation concerning the condolence note another time. Do remind your cook that I’ve yet to break in my wooden teeth.”
Jefferson: “Most certainly, George.”
In the next episode, Thomas Jefferson talks about the importance of a free press: “Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.”
By Jerry Drucker
- Jerry Drucker is a freelance writer and screenwriter, political progressive letterwriter, member of Valley Dems United, Dems for Change and Valley Grassroots for Democracy. Jerry was voted as the 41st AD man of the year for 2008 by the LA County Democratic Party members.
Reprinted with permission from the Valley Democrats United newsletter, Margie Murray, Editor, where the article first appeared.
A Condolence Letter’s four parts: