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Virtue is Strength

If you had to define virtue in one word it would be “strength.” In English we use the same root word when we say virility. Virility means a special kind of power. So does virtue.

The Stoic School teaches that strength is a good thing. This is basic to human nature and Nature in general. Nature rewards the strongest in a species with survival and progeny. Nature is a place of struggle. The earth is a place where all animals must exert constant activity to live and must exercise great strength to get ahead. Those who lose their energy fall behind and perish. 

Human society also rewards athletes of great strength or speed. You don’t find yourself wishing you were weaker, do you? 

But, the Stoic School teaches about a strength more powerful than muscles.

First, think about an army. History shows that the most athletic soldiers do not always win. A smaller army with better strategy and equipment often defeats a larger force. Why? Second, a runner or boxer who has beaten a certain opponent previously might lose to him during the Olympics because the opponent trained harder and kept a stricter diet. Third, a weaker army can rout a greater one when the stronger flees the battle field.  Fourth, The ancient play The Suppliants by Euripides illustrates a special kind of power. In the play, the women have no physical power to retrieve the bodies of their dead loved ones who were killed in a battle, because the victors wanted them to rot in the open and be eaten by animals, so what mysterious strength empowered the mothers, wives, and daughters to win?

Our cultural grandparents called the first kind of strength “Wisdom,” the second “Temperance,” the third “Courage,” and the fourth “Justice.”

1) Wisdom is “being smart,” “thinking things through,” “making good decisions.” 

2) Temperance is self-control, self-discipline, and the ability to choose the difficult path that is good rather than the easy paths that are bad.

3) Courage means fortitude, bravery in the face of danger and pain, and risking personal safety, wealth, and reputation in the interest of something more noble.

4) Justice is doing the right thing, recognizing a higher morality than even human laws, and successfully harmonizing with Nature rather than only reading and talking about it.

The Stoic School teaches that the purpose of human life is Virtue. 

Even in human society, Nature requires constant energy to live, to be healthy, to be wise, to control yourself, to be brave, and to be fair to all.

An evidence that Nature intends mankind to be virtuous is that Nature gave humanity the potential for all these strengths. We know of no other creatures with the potential to develop the four Cardinal Virtues as we mean them here. Nature has attributes that can only be understood by those who practice wisdom, temperance, courage, and justice. We live in Nature more and more only as we grow in Virtue more and more. 

Another indication that Virtue is our purpose in life is that virtues bind us in stronger friendship with our fellow citizens, our friends, and our family. We are political animals. Nature provides no other species with a social structure anything like human society. There are no other species with commerce, technology, musical instruments, clothing, conversations, etc. anything like human society. But, along with our need to socialize in our uniquely human way, we see that virtue is what binds us together in the bonds of good faith necessary to produce thriving human societies. Individuals who practice Virtue are bound with their friends in stronger bonds of friendship and are praiseworthy among their countrymen. Those who practice vice suffer in their public and private relationships.

We call Wisdom, Temperance, Courage, and Justice the Cardinal Virtues. They remind us of the cardinal directions North, South, East, and West. With only four directions you can get from wherever you are to wherever you need to be in two-dimensional space.  In life, you need a different dimension of directions – virtues.

With the Cardinal Virtues, you can get from any circumstance you are in to where you need to be. The four virtues form a coordinate system that surely navigates you through your entire life, with “magnetic north” being the Good. Whatever crisis or reversal befalls you, the way to maintain happiness and to get where you need to be is always a combination of these four virtues.

The mother of all the virtues is Gratitude. All virtues are a combination of Wisdom, Temperance, Courage, and Justice, and those Cardinal Virtues come from Gratitude. Wisdom, Temperance, Courage, and Justice are the natural response to gratitude for what Nature has done for us, what our friends have done for us, and what our country has done for us.

Proof! The Constitution gives rights only to Americans, not others

- by Cicero

The Constitution itself limits its rights to the American people and excludes its protections from non-Americans. You are free to agree or disagree with the Founding Fathers, but it is only fair to let them explain for themselves what they actually risked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to build. Fasten your seat belt, because you will probably find this shocking.

A Melting Pot of European Cultures

The "Great Melting Pot" reflects the marvel of the world that people from all European nations could get along in the United States but not in Europe. It was a wonder of the world that we all had so much in common religiously, culturally, historically, and ethnically but could not get along until we came to America. This is the American Dream. It never has had anything to do with becoming the world's emergency room for every refugee that finds himself in an abusive relationship with his government.

Preambles Matter - the Constitution

What Marxists hope you do not realize is that the Preamble to the Constitution was ratified every bit as much as the seven Articles of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. There is a reason Marxists want to silence the single sentence known as the Preamble. This one sentence is as clear as the English language can be that American charity starts at home and pretty much ends at our shores. Here is the most important sentence in the entire Constitution:

We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Did you catch all of that? That one sentence, each word of which was scrutinized and weighed and ratified, explains five times that the Constitution is for Americans and not others. Here is what the Founders said and what Marxists hate:

1) “We the people of the United States.” Can English speakers be any clearer whom the Constitution is about than “We the people of the United States?” At the time, "the people of the United States" were of European descent. Period. It is like starting a letter, “Dear former Europeans.” What follows is for Americans of European descent and not any other nationals. Our federal laws make it a crime to take another person's mail. Taking the American Constitution and pretending it is for every non-European people is an even greater injustice. But wait, there’s more.

2) “In order to …  insure domestic Tranquility,” is clearly referring to the homeland. “Domestic” is in contrast with “foreign.” Can you read this phrase in a way that does not say the Constitution is for the homeland and not for people from other lands?

3) “In order to … secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves,” is a clear declaration that the Constitution is for “OURSELVES” – “the people of the United States.” Securing liberty from the Constitution is for European people who did the hard work of settling America, not for foreigners or immigrants no matter how wretched they are or how much merit they seem to have.

4) “In order to … secure the Blessings of Liberty to … OUR POSTERITY,” is the clearest phrase in English to communicate that the Constitution is for the Founders' descendants. “Posterity” in the Preamble secures liberty to American generations that would be part of “the people of the United States” by being born to parents that descended from Europe; the Constitution does not secure liberty to anyone else.

5) “This Constitution for the United States of America,” is excruciatingly clear that the Constitution is “For the United States of America.” Are you from a country not called “the United States of America?” This Constitution does not apply to you. Are you a dreamer who hopes to come to "the United States of America" and receive the blessings of its liberty? This Constitution does not apply to you. Are you a legal citizen of "the United States of America" and the progeny of Europeans? This Constitution applies to you.

Why on earth would the Founders who had risked their lives, their life savings, and their reputations insist that the Constitution be preceded by one sentence that declares five times that it applies to a European people only and not to anyone else?  What were they trying to permanently record for us to know? It is worth pausing to think about, because the implications are seismic.

The Founders were pretty good at making their ideas clear and they leave no doubt about this matter later in the Constitution itself as well as earlier in the Declaration of Independence.

Preambles Matter - the Declaration of Independence

First, look at the Declaration of Independence. It was written in 1776, thirteen years before the Constitution. Again, the first sentence is the key to understanding the rest of the document.

The first sentence of the Declaration is, “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.”

1) “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another,” clearly indicates that there are times when it becomes necessary for a people to dissolve their connection with their government. The Americans clearly stated that it is necessary for each group of people to do the hard work of ensuring their own independence from tyrants.

2) “It becomes necessary for one people … 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,” is a clear statement that it is necessary for the people who are oppressed to secure their Natural rights for themselves, if they want an equal station among mankind. Otherwise, they do not deserve to be treated equally with free people who have paid for their blessed way of life in blood.

3) “A decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation,” is a clear statement that decent people that respect humanity will be impelled (and are required) to make their own declaration of independence from those who oppress them in their own country and not to continue waving the flag that they claim to have fled from. They can request help from other free nations, as the United States did from France, but they must be adults and pay the bloody cost of freedom themselves in their own land - the land where their fathers died, the land of their pilgrims pride, etc.

So, in one sentence the Founders declared three times that America must secure its own freedom, no other people had a duty to secure our liberty, and America was not meant to secure liberty for any other people.

But wait, there’s more.

Later in the Declaration of Independence, the Founders wrote, “Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of [Natural Rights], it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.” Any oppressed people have the right to change their own government in a way that will secure their liberty. A little later in the Declaration the Americans wrote, “When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their RIGHT, it is their DUTY, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” The Founders wrote as clearly as possible that it is not only the RIGHT of people to make their own government better, it is THEIR duty to do so. The  American Founders documented for all time that America had neither the right nor the duty to “provide new Guards” for any other people, no matter how heart-wrenching their circumstances appeared. In other words, America had no business coddling mass migration of people fleeing their duty to secure their own liberty. No human should be allowed to be a refugee from their duty.

Also in the Declaration is the foundation of much of the later Preamble to the Constitution. The Americans wrote, “We have conjured [the British] by the ties of our common KINDRED to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of CONSANGUINITY.” Kindred means related by blood. Consanguinity means related by blood. Again and again, we see that America was founded to be a "home away from home" for European peoples. It was adamantly not to be a home to peoples from Asia, Africa, Antarctica, the Middle East, etc. Think about what they wrote for a moment. Then let it soak in. Open your mind to the truth.

The Declaration documents for all time that “ties of our common KINDRED” and “the voice of justice and of ”CONSANGUINITY" was very important in what they were doing. “Common KINDRED” and “CONSANGUINITY” are as clear as you can get in English to mean blood relatives. To the Founders, one of the justifications for declaring independence and waging the Revolutionary War was that the British did not “secure the Blessings of Liberty" to their own KINDRED - to their blood relatives, the Americans. Because of that, Americans were establishing a government that would, “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our POSTERITY.” Their posterity could only be increasing generations of European descent. Obviously, the Founders had no intention of creating a melting pot to amalgamate people of every continent. Instead, they were creating a "magical melting pot of Europeans" who could live in peace in America but could not live in peace in their homelands.

America was established to secure liberty for Americans of European descent. Period. American values clearly state that if a people are being oppressed, it is THEIR duty to change their own government to one that will secure their Natural Rights. America did that to free itself from the tyranny of King George, and America was not about to reward cowards who would not change their own government to one that secured their rights.

When federal courts, such as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, sanctimoniously try to bestow Constitutional rights upon non-Americans, they reveal their animus toward American values, toward the Constitution, and toward Western civilization. Hell hath no fury like a judge condemned by Western virtue.

Sanctuary Cities Anticipated in the Constitution

Now, regarding the Constitution itself, Article I, section 8 begins, “The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.” The Constitution way back then considered the issue of what is now called “sanctuary cities.” Since the Constitution went into effect in 1789 and Article I, section 8 allowed the states to allow anyone in their boundaries that they “shall think proper,” the “sanctuary city” idea was allowed for only 19 years. Everyone agreed that in 1808, Congress alone would determine who could become American and share its liberty.

Article I, section 8 of the Constitution says, “The Congress shall have Power … To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.” So, after 1808, Congress alone was to have the power to secure American liberty to others that were not related by blood to the Founding Generation. No matter how oppressed someone was or how desperate any “huddled mass” was to come to America, it was not up to the foreigner to decide whether he could be an American and enjoy the prosperity of a free people. Congress alone would set the standard of who deserved American freedom, and who were simply too cowardly to change their own government. The Constitution was for Americans, and only Congress could bring others under its protection. The poem on the Statue of Liberty is not a legal or founding document. It is not an official statement of American values at all. In fact, it is a monument to an early attempt to destroy Western values.

This is sufficient to prove to a candid world for whom the Founders established America.

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