My Apologies

Democracy is messy, very messy. Plato describes democracy as ” A delightful form of government, anarchic and motley, assigning a kind of equality to equals and unequaled alike.” Plato was wrong. The dead share no equality in democracy. Plato only contemplated democracy as a living breathing thing. In his time, when you died, you were dead, no longer privy to the political machinates which dominated the era unless you were “equal”. In our time democracy has seem to run amok. Indeed our shores reach out to  the retched, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Yearning to be  breath free, now isnt that’s something . Four American soldiers came back from Niger dead,  killed in the line of duty by the enemy. One of the American soldiers fighting to give us “your huddled masses yearning to be free” is caught up in a 21st century “platonic” epistemology, “that knowledge is justified true belief.” I’m not a Republican or Democrat and  I’ve long ago lost the impetuous truths bequeath to us by our grandmothers, grandfathers  and the Civil Rights Movement, to believe  that knowledge is justified true belief. I mean just because you believe something is true doesn’t make it so. Both black and white nationalist believe their truth is the only truth, but in reality , they are only justified truths.  There is only one absolute truth, and that is death. As  with most of us, those men believed in a justified truth, a human truth, an American truth, “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” So help me God! Almost 500 year ago someone questioned what is the nature of truth. Today philosophers, theologians, politicians and ordinary individuals seem to have made a choice. More often than not, they have chosen a justified truth. For our men and women in the Armed Forces who have sacrificed their lives, it  is no longer a justified truth, it is an absolute truth. Death makes it absolute, honor renders it colorblind and the blood make it American. Then how is it that we can take our justified truths and turn away from an absolute truth that leaves a widow with 3 children crying on a tarmac, while we debate if what someone said is justified? To the families of  Sgt. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright and Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, I want to apologize, because the absolute truth is we wanted to thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.


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