“Citadel of Freedom and Liberty”

A friend opines,

“Why do Democrats believe that the citadel of freedom and liberty rests with government instead of with the people?”

And I respond,

Curious you use the phrase MacArthur used 1 to refer to Manila on his departure…

But the phrase is iconic and symbolic; semiotics of course being perhaps the last standing claim Homo sapiens has to uniqueness, it is strange that one of that species not under stand the semiotic equivalence he queries . How did “America” become “a city upon a hill”? How did the Statute of Liberty become a symbol of American freedom? What renders the US at all remarkable is not the people, who as loathe some as any other humans, but their republic… why do some, ignoring that fact, focus on very foolish factionalism that the propounding pops decried as the death of that republic.

The drafters of our Constitution were steeped in the canon of the day: Greek and Roman literature which condemned the hoipolloi; the very name of the Senate conveys the founders intent to sAfeguard the union through the good offices of patricians above mammon and mountebanks. Yet, further, it was demanded an amendment to specifically address the means to extinguish militarily the insurrections that were contemporaneous.

The seat of that republic is, if there is such a thing, the Capitol, which was specifically designed and constructed to that end; the very essence of the republic for which it stands.

The myths of America while woven out of whole cloth, provide genres that arguably explain the delusions of a substantial minority of the polity.

  1. “MacArthur Gives Manila Address.” Desert Sun, July 4, 1961, Vol. 34,  No. 289. https://cdnc.ucr.edu/. https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=DS19610704.2.12&e=——-en–20–1–txt-txIN——–1.

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