Melania Trump: Take Heart; Thomas Jefferson was Accused of Plagiarizing Parts of the Most Famous Document in American History

An open letter to Melania Trump.

ThomasJeffersonOathAgainstTyranny300x394Hello Melania Trump:

Nice speech last night. Take heart in allegations that portions of your speech were plagiarized. You are in good company. Thomas Jefferson was accused of plagiarizing John Locke in drafting the American Declaration of Independence, the most famous document in American History. In my estimation, this caused no significant nor lasting damage to his reputation. Nor will similar allegations have any lasting affect on you.

In my opinion, you plagiarized no one, the thoughts were your own.  You were speaking to universal memes of American Culture. Memes of Natural Rights like self-ownership, self-determination and Individualism and traits of American rugged Individualism like self-sufficiency, self-reliance, tenacity and perseverance.

When Jefferson was confronted with the allegation of plagiarizing John Locke, he responded along these lines. There are only so many ways you can state certain absolute truths relating to Natural Rights and Natural Law. (Proof our Country & Constitution founded upon Natural Law http://bit.ly/1PbViKr) The English language is finite and if someone has succinctly well defined and explained a fundamental concept its likely a person approaching the same fundamental concept on their own with a fresh perspective will use some or many of the same English words as those who first broached the topic before.

Further, as a legal immigrant learning “English as a Second Language” (ESL) you may have a smaller working English vocabulary than someone who has a life time of speaking English as a first language. Brains tend to remember “concepts” not words, and convert concept to words to communicate to others. Without 13+ years of cultural immersion on American Memes in American schools, your brain drew upon words it knew and understood, and/or suggested to it by others, to express your thoughts. And experience I am pretty sure is common to all immigrants to America.

Still further, in some instances, its harder or “clunkier” to express universal truths and/or fundamental and/or seminal concepts in different words. Can you imagine the Declaration of Independence (http://www.ushistory.org/Declaration/document/) without phrases like

“that all men are created equal…….certain unalienable rights, among these being life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”

Compare that with Locke’s

that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.“.
(http://oll.libertyfund.org/quotes/497)

Or compare Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence (#DOI):

long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism

with Locke’s:

long train of abuses, prevarications, and artifices, all tending the same way, make the design visible to the people, and they cannot but feel what they lie under, and see whither they are going, it is not to be wondered that they should then rouse themselves” (http://www.anesi.com/q0033.htm)

The Enlightenment (1650-1800AD), was an attempt to order the metaphysical nature of man. It attempted to do so in much the same way Sir Isaac Newton, and his scholarly contemporaries, attempted to make order out of the natural physical world during the European Renaissance(1300-1600AD). With that in mind, I like to summarize Jefferson’s explanation of the similarities of his writing in the Declaration of Independence to that of Locke’s in his 2nd Treatise of Civil Government with this analogy:

“There simply are a very limited number of ways you can state the Natural Law and absolute truth that the freezing point of pure water at sea level is 32F. Such also are the characteristics of certain unalienable Natural Rights.”

In my humble opinion, the memes of American culture you were discussing (self-ownership, self-determination, self-reliance, self-sufficiency, tenacity and perseverance), being themselves based in Natural Law and Natural Rights, share the same characteristic of having a limited number of ways and words which adequately and/or magnificently express them.

I believe the more important point to be made is that you, as immigrant to America, have embraced them and can express them in a manner all Americans can understand and appreciate.  And we can further extrapolate that since you came to America as a legal immigrant speaking English as a 2nd language your knowledge of these American ideals and memes is largely attributable to those you chose to surround yourself, including and especially your husband Donald Trump and the Americans you two chose to surround yourselves with. Kudos!

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader

~ John Adams

In my humble opinion you should stand proud in the company of Thomas Jefferson as two people who were merely trying to express their interpretations of various aspects of Natural Law, Natural Rights and American exceptionalism, but whose detractors chose to ungraciously ridicule and/or malign you. I would argue that your and Jefferson detractors should have instead celebrated the aspects of Natural Law, Natural Rights and American Exceptionalism for which you were both expressing your understanding, love and admiration.

This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion.

Thomas Jefferson
Letter to Henry Lee
May 8, 1825

It is unfortunate that your detractors chose to divide the country with their criticism for their own personal gain, rather than unite the country and make America Great Again by joining you in your celebration of Natural Law, Natural Rights and American Exceptionalism. In my humble opinion, there are too many people placing their own selfish personal gain above the best’s interests of our county.

Oh No, Did I just Plagiarize JFK?

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.

~ John F. Kennedy 1961

Good luck with the election.

I think you would make a great First Lady.

Psst, tell you husband I need clarification and more details of his vision before I can switch from being a “Against Killary” voter to a “For Trump” voter.

Those were my thoughts.

In Liberty,

Don Mashak
The Cynical Patriot

Halloween 2015: What are Americans most afraid of?

Halloween 2015: What are Americans most afraid of?

Halloween 2015: What are Americans most afraid of?

Halloween returns bringing with it the annual tradition of frights and fears, costumes and pranks as well as Tricks and Treats. The question is, what are Americans most afraid of these years.  One would think this Halloween would be like any other. The average American would guess the usual menu super natural frights such as ghosts, goblins, demons and Zombies. (Judging by Hollywood Movie and TV program offerings)  Or, judging by the stereotype of women and city slickers, one might guess things like spiders, mice and bats.  In most years and, on most Halloweens, those would seem to be safe bets.  But alas, this Halloween you would be wrong with those guesses.

This Chapman University Survey of American Fears (2015) recently announced the results from this years Halloween Season Polling. This year our American Government is the source of two of the top five fears of Americans, with Government Corruption striking fear in the hearts of nearly 60% of Americans.

  • Corruption of government officials (58.0%)
  • Cyber-terrorism (44.8%)
  • Corporate tracking of personal information (44.6%)
  • Terrorist attacks (44.4%)
  • Government tracking of personal information (41.4%)

Now this writer is no politician or government expert, but should Government Corruption be the number one issues of the 2016 Election Presidential Debates?  Yet, this writer has heard little to nothing about government corruption the political debate thus far, nor even in the 2016 Election Presidential Debates to date.  How is this possible?

Its seems Americans are to believe the Main Stream Media is unaware of Corruption in American Government.  Even then, how is it possible for our elected officials, or at least the leadership of the Republican National Committee (RNC )and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to not be aware of some degree of Government Corruption.  How is it possible that Government Corruption has not been the mainstay of the Election 2016 Presidential Debates to date?

Now, again this writer is no expert, but doesn’t 58% of Americans placing Government Corruption as their number one fear, illicit some level of concern from our elected officials?  These folks who are supposed to represent us. Have their been some high level top secret Government meetings to address this concern? Have the Election 2016 Presidential Candidates gotten together and discussed this crisis in confidence the American People have in their Government and Politicians?  Correct this writer if he is wrong, but in an election wouldn’t any candidate receiving 58% of the vote be considered as having won in a “landslide”.

In fact, this writer has written many credible articles of his particular experiences and knowledge of government corruption. However, Main Stream Media refuses to print them. This writer is instead forced to post them on blogs and “Tweet” and “post” them in other Social Media.  )Perhaps that is why this writer has 77000+ followers on Twitter.) The fact of the matter is that our Main Stream Media is complicit with corrupt government officials in censoring the news of government corruption. (This despite Main Stream Media Fourth Estate obligation is to keep government transparent and accountable.) Again, this writer is aware of government corruption from personal experience and investigative research. This writer also has first hand knowledge of the censorship by Main Stream Media of his well documented articles exposing government corruption.

“The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by those who resist it!”

John Hay (1872), Private Secretary to President Abraham Lincoln, Secretary of State (1898-1905), Political Architect of the Panama Canal

Clearly, if our government cared about the distress and angst they were causing their constituents, they would not commit this acts of government corruption in the first place.  Further, if politicians cared what WE THE PEOPLE thought of them, they would at least go through the motions of pretending to care and appearing to address the issue of government corruption in a forthright manner. (But in fact, not only does our Progressive Government not care, creating stress and duress amongst their constituency is desired goal and affect. It is part of the Progressive philosophy of managing and manipulating WE THE PEOPLE like livestock. But that is a topic for another article Main Stream Media won’t publish. See Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals for answers to some of your questions along this line or read Hillary Clinton’s 1969 College Thesis on Saul Alinsky.)

All that having been said, it is this writer’s advice to his fellow American Citizens that they contact their elected officials and let them know how they feel. The one and only one Progressive Tyrant Class pretending to be two major political parties views your silence as consent to anything they do.  Go to their public appearances and confront them. My advise is to observe “proper decorum” for at least two months.  If they haven’t satisfactorily addressed your concerns within two months, they have no intentions of doing so.  (Hundreds of Minnesotans have asked every year since 2005 for a hearing dedicated to receiving evidence and testimony of systemic corruption in the Minnesota Judiciary. And every year we have been refused.) After 2 months, elected officials have “play book” handed down over the years from politician to politician on how to give you the run around.

Finally, at 58% of Americans living in fear of Government Corruption, the problem has reached the level where it requires and demands presidential action.  As has been said, government corruption should be the number one issue for all Election 2016 Presidential Debates. Demand your preferred political party make government corruption part of the rest of the Election 2016 Presidential Debates. If they don’t respond, take to Social Media and out them.  Participate in the Twitter exchanges during the rest of the Election 2016 Presidential Debates. And for gosh sake, grill our Federal and State Legislators, Executives and Judiciary.

Again, this 1 Progressive Tyrant Class pretending to be 2 major political parties views your silence as your consent. Remember and take heart in knowing you are not alone. At least 58% of your fellow citizens identify government corruption as their number one fear. This writer personally takes heart at knowing that at least 58% his fellow Americans share his view of our corrupt government.

WE THE PEOPLE surround them. Together WE THE PEOPLE can force government transparency and accountability.

Those were my thoughts.

Thank you for your time.

In Liberty,

Don Mashak

The Cynical Patriot