We have been working for a while on a novel we decided to call “The Unwashed Philosophers’ Guide To Perfecting An Imperfect Union”. 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
This treatise was inspired by the course of human events over the last few decades(1950’s to present), folded in with written essays that have been published in various forums around the internet by myself and my contributing author, under the sobriquet “Vassar Bushmills”, without whom this project would never have been undertaken. Vassar and I share both socio-political opinions as well as deep ancestral ties to Appalachian America. We share similar upbringings in church and God-centric homes and we both come from Families with a deep appreciation for 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 or notoriety 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 Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and the generations hence upon which much of the foundation of the American Nation was built.
This point matters going forward because, after Abraham built up the foundations of a new nation, it was Moses and the Israelites that left Egypt and wandered in the desert a very long time before settling in, and re-building, the nation Abraham’s descendants had squandered and lost generations before. 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 all of this has to do with our American Nation is simply this: Nations rise and Nations fall but America doesn’t have to. We have the capacity to weather this storm if enough of us refuses to let it go without a fight.
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.