AT THE END OF THE DAY, EMERSON’S LOGIC FAVORED THE OLDER STATESMAN’S; THAT POLITICS REVOLVED AROUND NECESSARY FOUNDATIONS!
By John R Hernandez@NDMH-20115
“The Presidential podium is not like a petri dish. One can espouse his idealist notions in stark contrary to the rudimentary and fundamentally cohesive foundations of a just and moral society!” JRH-22015 NDMH
“I think that what is happening between Obama and Netanyahu is that I detect a bit of egotism in Obama’s demeanor -when it comes to- people of unlike-minded ideals. Obama it seems wants to be in control, to be the one with the big ideas, even after and when his ideals run contrary to others. And that is a big no-no! Not withstanding the facts that Obama had extensive teachings in Marxist and Socialist ideologies. In contrast to those say of an Netanyahu whose morals and ideals are propagated from an biblical worldview; though his core beliefs embrace tolerance of all peoples. Hence, his staunch support for Democratic values. He I would think, appears to come closer to the ideals proposed by an Emerson.” JRH-2015 NDMH
It would also seem that Obama hasn’t completely read up on Emerson. Here is what Emerson said on government,
“In dealing with the State, we ought to remember that its institutions are not aboriginal, though they existed before we were born: that they are not superior to the citizen: that every one of them was once the act of a single man: every law and usage was a man’s expedient to meet a particular case: that they all are imitable, all alterable; we may make as good; we may make better. Society is an illusion to the young citizen. It lies before him in rigid repose, with certain names, men, and institutions, rooted like oak-trees to the centre, round which all arrange themselves the best they can. But the old statesman knows that society is fluid; there are no such roots and centres; but any particle may suddenly become the centre of the movement, and compel the system to gyrate round it, as every man of strong will, like Pisistratus, or Cromwell, does for a time, and every man of truth, like Plato, or Paul, does forever. But politics rest on necessary foundations, and cannot be treated with levity. Republics abound in young civilians, who believe that the laws make the city, that grave modifications of the policy and modes of living, and employments of the population, that commerce, education, and religion, may be voted in or out; and that any measure, though it were absurd, may be imposed on a people, if only you can get sufficient voices to make it a law.” SOURCE;http://panarchy.org/emerson/politics.1844.html
In this fine piece of philosophical treatise, where Emerson expounds between the delineating lines of the young citizen and the older statesman. Pointing out that certain structures make up the moral weight ‘necessary to the foundation and principles of any society. Though, which within a society are needed to otherwise balance between youthful indiscretions and those self driven by ‘grave modifications’ of the policy and modes of living. This is why, what Emerson felt is that though government is instituted by man, that man is the ultimate governor of it and not the other way around. But, there are some people like -once again- Obama, Kerry, and yes even the pope.
Who think that their’s is the ultimate authority, argument, word, and decision. But, nothing could be further from the truth. There are other people such as for example Netanyahu who feel that ten-thousand rockets shot at Israel -in little less than a year- would suffice for it to legitimate some form of retaliation. That recorded civilized history trumps the lies and irrational fascist ideals of a few extremists. Who would like nothing less that to see Israel being dragged through the disgustingly biased spittoon and grossly insensitive international court, on trumped up charges. Just to make the point that leftists and extremists can manipulate and coerce a terrorized and horrified global community. Into reacting in their favor! When logic tells us that sober moral values supersede the egotist backwards-driven notorious anarchist philosophy of Communist ideologues!” JRH-2015 NDMH/AHAED\CRFN
“Unfortunately, Emerson never met the Koch Brothers or their legislative arm ALEC. Who think that money greases the wheels of legislation, as long as their narrow view of what the world should be, is in control!”JRH-2015 NDMH
Short Summary of “Politics” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
by Charu B
:Emerson has tried to suggest in his essay “Politics” that the State is not superior to the citizens and that politics and government are created in the interest of its people and property. Democracy came into being for the cause of protecting individual rights. This form of government was a cultivation of the minds of the population that permitted it. The law is only a memorandum .Our laws and statues keep changing and are the most convenient way of solving a problem. As a democratic government is of the people, for the people and by the people; thus the citizens must agree to it that we all want to be benefited in a form of government we choose to have. Indeed, the “moral identity of men” forms the roots of the government.
Emerson focused on the two ideas: ‘democracy’ and ‘individualism’ through his essay.Emerson believes that if the government is a lesser identity, the individual‘s character and integrity form the strongest principal in the society. He believed that civilization is only initiating and it could spread far and wide if the moral forces and creative intelligence played their desired role in its upsurge.Employment, trust, love and reverence are basic rights enjoyed by people in a democratic state. Love is a foundation of the state and it accompanied by wisdom can help the human character grow. If this happens, an ideal government that advocates individual growth and protect individual’s rights could emerge. Government can be abolished only if every individual becomes self-reliant and independent; then only can the idea of true democracy materialize.
Emerson has given high reverence to the human mind which can act with wisdom to become an asset in getting victory over the business interests and politics. It is right to say –“The Wise Men is the State”The irony is that the character has the least influence in our society. The political and social set up is so barbarous and reckless that the power turns destructive in an attempt to get hold of the chair. If every human was rich natured and associated himself only with serene and generous people, the very pompous and hollow politicians would never exist.Thus, every individual’s integrity and character contributes to a corrupt system called Politics. If men with high moral values, who has sufficient faith in themselves, it would be very much possible to create a state on the principal of right and love.
Emerson has also questioned the property rights in politics. Democracy does not govern these rights, but they are built on owning. But as Emerson lays emphasis on individual uplift, he advocated person rights than property rights. Person rights should be given higher importance as Emerson believed that “property will always follow persons.” Thus the right political system can emerge with individuals taking up the ownership of their conduct as a person of the State and taking over the government or the system that does not value the interests of its citizens and their rights.” SOURCE: http://www.shareyouressays.com/…/short-summary-of-politics-…
EMERSON ON THE COLLECTIVE WILL OF PERSONAL -OR SUPERNATURAL- INFLUENCE; could it be that Emerson leaned a bit to the right of religious values?
“The boundaries of personal influence it is impossible to fix, as persons are organs of moral or supernatural force. Under the dominion of an idea, which possesses the minds of multitudes, as civil freedom, or the religious sentiment, the powers of persons are no longer subjects of calculation. A nation of men unanimously bent on freedom, or conquest, can easily confound the arithmetic of statists, and achieve extravagant actions, out of all proportion to their means; as, the Greeks, the Saracens, the Swiss, the Americans, and the French have done.”
ON PERSONAL VS. PROPERTY RIGHTS; he was on point!
“Emerson has also questioned the property rights in politics. Democracy does not govern these rights, but they are built on owning. But as Emerson lays emphasis on individual uplift, he advocated person rights than property rights. Person rights should be given higher importance as Emerson believed that “property will always follow persons.” Thus the right political system can emerge with individuals taking up the ownership of their conduct as a person of the State and taking over the government or the system that does not value the interests of its citizens and their rights.” SOURCE: http://www.shareyouressays.com/…/short-summary-of-politics-…