Land of the Free: Part One
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." - George Washington
The promise of freedom bade them take to the sea, hungry in the knowledge a new land lay in wait, prosperous beyond recognition.
"The happiness of society is the end of government." - John Adams
Rebellion lay not in the hearts of the men and women swept towards the new world. No, under a single flag did they sail, empirical expansion their hearts desire.
"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
People of the land they met, whist tearing the ground asunder in rapid expansion. A people true to the land.
"The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted." - James Madison
True or not, the savages stood in the way of progress. They too were torn asunder, ripped from their land, divvied like spoils, and sent out of sight to rot amongst the civilized.
"A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue." - James Monroe
The powers that would be kings saw the great land before them and they did cry out in joy. Their minds twirling with thoughts of currency and power.
"America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy." - John Quincy Adams
They would call it freedom and the people would believe. They would shout from every mountain top, FREEDOM! Let it ring through the ages. Let no one doubt the purity of these United States of America!
"The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of this country and friend to her foe." - Andrew Jackson
Rights would be determined by a political body and handed to the people in the form of a bill, as if a loan of will, to be paid in full through time and tyranny. In the same moment, mint, coin, and currency were born anew...Made In America.
"It affords me sincere pleasure to be able to apprise you of the entire removal of the Cherokee Nation of Indians to their new homes west of the Mississippi." - Martin Van Buren
On the backs of a people sold by their own nation would this country be built. A class born without right and a future unknown only to them.
"But I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free." - William Henry Harrison
The church would find a new god, green and wholesome in power. Children would find work, brethren akin to slaves.
"Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality." - John Tyler
Tears shed along the Trail would mark our betrayal to freedom. Lies sown deeply into the fabric of a nation sold freedom in exchange for compliance.
"One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities of encroaching upon their rights." - James Knox Polk
Words and walls would turn blind eyes to the care taken to hide our nation's hypocrisy. Walls built by slaves, words built by masters.
"It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe." - Zachary Taylor
The land would spew forth riches and would subsequently be joined in Union with the people of a great nation. Slaves to harvest, masters to spend.
"May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not." - Millard Fillmore
Those who stood upon the land and gazed out over the conquerors in fear would bow to the same, selling land for a cage.
"We have nothing in our history or position to invite aggression; we have everything to beckon us to the cultivation of relations of peace and amity with all nations." - Franklin Pierce
A party of the republic would be formed. They would fight to rid the country of slaves, and to monetize their poverty upon doing so. All in the name of a wage quantified by a minimum with no maximum.
"What is right and what is practicable are two different things." - James Buchanan
A nation would split and humanity would question their very existence. Oddly enough, no one would see the connection between the two. An origin of species and a selection so very natural.
"Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth." - Abraham Lincoln
Slaves would be sold into freedom and the lower class would be born, slaves now to the dollar and the hatred of a people unwilling to accept a .01% difference in DNA.
"The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people." - Andrew Johnson
A Nobel man whose name would become synonymous with ingenuity and invention patents dynamite. A creation made to rob the Earth from herself in the pursuit of riches.
"I have never advocated war except as a means of peace." - Ulysses S. Grant
A savage land would continue to be tamed as her people rebel. Women would find solidarity while the Irish discovered the noose.
"It is now true that this is God's Country - if equal rights - a fair start and an equal chance in the race of life are everywhere secured to all." - Rutherford Birchard Hayes
Let there be light! Let there be the slow decline of a people's relationship with the ground upon which they walk, the ground which gives them life.
"Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce." - James Garfield
Governments would gain ground while collecting the debt owed according to the bill of rights. People would cry out at the circumstance, ignorant to its beginning.
"If it were not for the reporters, I would tell you the truth." - Chester Arthur
A service in the name of civility would be established. When once great men would talk to the people, a new intermediary would be chosen to digest this talk and spew it forth upon the people, as mother bird to chick.
"Above all, tell the truth." - Stephen Grover Cleveland
An Act of Dawes would put the power to divide a savage land amongst its rightful owners under the guise of fairness to the conquerors. Expansion and greed would quickly overcome humanity in the name of freedom for all, save those in the way.
"No other people have a government more worthy of their respect and love, or a land so magnificent in extent, so pleasant to look upon, and so full of generous suggestion to enterprise and labor." - Benjamin Harrison
A lack of faith, a loss of trust, an act carried out by a government preventing one cat from becoming too fat. The Sherman Act would proclaim freedom from monopoly, only to secure a WAL around a free MARkeT.
"Unlike any other nation, here the people rule, and their will is the supreme law. It is sometimes sneeringly said by those who do not like free government, that here we count heads. True, heads are counted, but brains also..." - William McKinley
Those slaves who would be free are still kept from eating at the tables of their masters, kept separate and never equal. The government extolls the beauty of a country while it rots from the top down, barreling into a new century.