The Book

Introduction

We have been working for a while on a novel called “The Mosaic Decalogue And The Political Faith Triad”. After much discussion, we agreed to release it publicly, one chapter at a time, as much for posterity as for our desire to share it with our friends, families, loved ones, and any random reader that might trip and fall upon it, accidentally, while looking for something else. We hope you enjoy it and, by all means, let us know how you think we are doing as we go along. ~ Authors

The Mosaic Decalogue And The Political Faith Triad: Introduction

This treatise was inspired by the course of human events over the last few decades(1950’s to present), folded in with written observations that have been published in various forums around the internet by myself and my contributing author Vassar. We share both socio-political opinions as well as an ancestral connection with Appalachian America. We share similar upbringings in church and God-centric homes and Families with a deep appreciation of hard work, kindness and human decency, humility, self-respect, and good manners.

It is our respective observations and collective conviction that America is the greatest nation in the history of mankind. To be sure, she is not without flaws and imperfections, but no other nation, since the dawn of the human race, has ever been designed precisely because it was believed that the value of the individual should be considered greater than the value of the collective ruling authority. The ideas of life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and individual freedom are anathema to everything every previous civilized society has ever been designed to represent.

While it is true that dynasties and civilizations have risen and fallen, and kingdoms and empires have come and gone, it remains also true that tyrants and saviors, alike, have come into power only to be subsequently consumed by it and ultimately destroyed because of it. And, forasmuch as Humanity may have biologically evolved over the centuries, we haven’t changed very much, in the Darwinian context, at all.

At our core, the primal expectation of the human race, as it is with all living creatures, is pretty straightforward: we are born and we die and along the way, in the name of survival, we labor to hone and refine our skills and abilities, in harmony with our environment and available resources, such that we have adequate shelter, sufficient sustenance, and successful reproduction in order to continue the species in the name of avoiding our own extinction.

There is no prerequisite here that readers ascribe to, practice, or even disavow any particular faith, religion, or dogma. It is important, however, that you accept as at least possible the notion that the universe, of which we are each little more than a microscopic part, is comprised of far more than what we can see, or even possibly fully comprehend, and that some things can only be taken at face value and in our own personal context and perspective. Such was the case with our founding fathers as well as, and perhaps even more so, the life and times of Moses (and the generations hence) upon which much of the foundation of the American Nation was built.

This point matters going forward because Moses and the Israelites left Egypt and wandered in the desert a very long time before settling and building a nation. That process included writing laws and organizing social structures in the name of their God and their faith and their hopes for better lives for themselves and future generations.

What follows is a three-part analysis of the state of our species and our nation. In the first part, we will look at how we got here. Then we will consider what we have done, collectively, with the country the founders put together for us. When all is said and done, we will close with a look at where we might be headed if we don’t get our collective act together.

About David M. Poff

There's not much to say... I come from a long line of Appalachian folk that landed in America long before flipping off the King was even a twinkle in the eyes of our founding fathers. We have been Carpenters and coal miners... Soldiers & Sailors and pig farmers and Sunday morning circuit-riding preachers. Hell, I'm told we have even been fairly decent bootleggers too. The oldest of my family elders I met as a child were the sons and daughters of farmers across whose red rocky fields the North and South marched and died at Antietam. I am quite sure that my ancestors had more wisdom in the palms of their crooked calloused hands than the whole lot of high-minded and over-educated White Collar class will ever acquire across the entirety of their collective lifetimes. It is my hope that, in the midst of so many lost and self-unaware souls, I might pay forward - even a little bit - of what was handed down to me before it is my turn to swan-dive off this mortal coil.
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