Bring Them Out from the Nations, Bring Them into Their Own Land

I envision a community where refugees are not only welcome but sought out. They are recognized not only for the contributions they bring to our community, but for the best they bring out in ourselves.

We welcome them into our homes. We care for them as they adapt to their new surroundings. We are family.

We know, intimately, where to seek help for our refugee guests. We step in when guest children have problems at school. We work with parents to build skills needed for work. We help with child care.

Ours is a community that builds friendships that last a lifetime: that ‘go viral’ as guests later become hosts for the next wave of refugees.

We are a global community, with shared values, and shared experiences to back up those values.

We are ‘The Refugee Capital of the World’. We are Guantanamo Bay City .

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We the People of the United States

We have a new U.S. Constitution to consider! I’m happy to announce the conclusion of the 2020 mock Constitutional Convention at the U.S. Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Highlights of the new (mock) Constitution include:

  • Caps on Federal spending, debt and personal taxes
  • A national voter registry, and greater protections for provisional voting
  • Birthright citizenship requires at least one parent was a citizen
  • Apportionment and redistricting based on citizens who are registered voters, not population

We ask you to judge this (mock) constitution in its entirety. There’s something here for everyone. Partisans will attack specific provisions. But recall many compromises were made to reach consensus.

This constitution represents the will of the American people: it was crafted by delegates from a broad cross-section of America, as chosen by lottery and merit.

Their stated goal was to build a mock constitution that had the best chance of mock ratification. As chairman of the U.S. Constitution Center I think they’ve achieved their goal. They deserve your sincere thanks and respect as you debate the merits of their work.

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The Vote

In the summer of 1864 before the elections for his second term, President Lincoln wrote a memorandum , folded it so the writing was on the inside, and obliged his cabinet members to blindly affirm their acceptance of its contents by signing it on the outside.

This morning, as for some days past, it seems exceedingly probable that this Administration will not be re-elected. Then it will be my duty to so cooperate with the Government President elect, as to save the Union between the Election and the inauguration…

Lincoln had already trampled on the U.S. Constitution as an expedient of war (e.g., his suspension of habeas corpus). He could just as easily have delayed the election. This memorandum affirmed Lincoln’s belief that the vote must go on and that he and his cabinet members would whole-heartedly support the next president. For Lincoln the vote was the ultimate guarantor of liberty, the best protection against tyranny.

Humanity has struggled for centuries and sacrificed many lives to achieve universal suffrage, to condition its leaders and the leaded to internalize this concept as a sacrosanct principle. And now look how we waste it!

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Do you think you’d like to live forever? How long would you like to live? 300 years? You’d be so incredibly bored it would be beyond belief. What are you going to do? How much golf can you play? Talk to some old person one day. I just think of my father-in-law. He was in the nursing home and would just sit there. I asked him, I said jeez we can bring you a TV. Nah that’s alright. Wouldn’t you like to watch TV? Nah. Sat there and looked at the wall. Just wasn’t interested. The news meant nothing to him. You see that a lot with old people. It just all repeats. – excerpted from Cizadlo, Biology of Aging (1:21:10) 

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