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There is a movement afoot to restore Memorial Day’s former solemnity, tradition and observance.  Changed from a static May 30 to a floating last-Monday-of-May in 1971–all the better to get a guaranteed annual three day weekend, the meaning of this hallowed day has been dwindling ever since.  Although someo VFW Posts have refused to observe it on any other day except the 30th, most of mainstream America has gone with the flow, accepting the 3 day weekend and filling it with plenty of rest and relaxation.   Even the pResident has blown off Arlington this year in favor of a long weekend in Chicago.  Now, that is not necessarily a bad thing [except where Barry is concerned].  In these stressful days when half the population can’t seem to function without the aid of heavy doses of antidepressants, one needs all the help one can get to make time for the things that enhance quality of life for those still living.  However, and most importantly, we must NEVER forget WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO HAVE THE LIVES WE HAVE TODAY WITH THE SACRIFICE OF THEIR LIVES.

When I was a kid, most of our fathers and their friends were veterans–WWII, Korea and later Vietnam. The parade was full of Buddy Poppies, made by and sold for disabled veterans and the day was one of bittersweet observance for those who would never come home.

In Flander’s Field” describes a battlefield of crosses dotted with red poppies. The poem deeply touched the nation and the world, and, from that point on, poppies became known throughout the world as a memorial flower, a reminder of the lives lost in wartime.

“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae:

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky, The larks, still bravely singing, fly, Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead. Short days ago, We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved and now we lie, In Flanders Fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe To you, from failing hands, we throw, The torch, be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us, who die, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow, In Flanders Fields.

Selling replicas of the original Flanders’ poppy originated in some of the allied countries immediately after the Armistice. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League began the first nationwide sale of poppies to benefit children in the devastated areas of France and Belgium. Madam Guerin, who was recognized as the “poppy lady” from France, sought and received the cooperation of the VFW in 1922 after the Franco-American Children’s League was dissolved. The VFW conducted its first poppy sale before Memorial Day in 1922 becoming the first veterans’ organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

It was during the 1923 encampment that the VFW decided that VFW Buddy Poppies be assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them with some form of financial assistance. The plan was formally adopted during the VFW’s 1923 encampment. The next year, disabled veterans at the Buddy Poppy factory in Pittsburgh, assembled VFW Buddy Poppies. The designation “Buddy Poppy” was adopted at that time.

In February 1924, the VFW registered the name “Buddy Poppy” with the U.S. Patent Office. A certificate was issued on May 20, 1924, granting the VFW all trademark rights in the name of Buddy under the classification of artificial flowers. The VFW has made that trademark a guarantee that all poppies bearing that name and the VFW label are genuine products of the work of disabled and needy veterans. No other organization, firm or individual can legally use the name “Buddy” Poppy.

Note:  Click HERE for audio, courtesy of Manheim VFW Post 9534

Buddy Poppy Click for Audio

http://vfwpost2399.org/Buddypoppy.aspx

With all that is happening each day–things that shake our faith and chill our hearts–from mosques planned at New York’s Ground Zero to illegal aliens stringing from Arizona to the White House, the ugliness of politics as usual as Joe Sestak admits that the White House tried to bribe him to pull out of the Pennsylvania primary by offering him a job…not to mention the foundering stock market which seem to be afloat currently only because there is a federal team juggling the numbers to a fat fingered keyboarder 24/7—it is vital that we take pause in the midst of this apocalypse to honor our brave dead who faced the ultimate choices that brought them to their deaths.

To each and every one of them, I give thanks and my prayers and my utmost admiration.

To each of you, my prayers for our Republic, our Troops and our Constitution.

In Patriotism,

“The Dame”

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Another H/T to my friend and fellow patriot, Bones, for passing on this piece with video from Ed Morrissey.  In fact, having served in the USMC, he is a far better patriot than I could ever hope to be, and a far better researcher as well…
When elected leaders start joking about killing the people they represent…we’ve got real problems.
But it’s a free country, right? He was only joking…
Two words: M.I.A.C. Report.
Video and numerous hotlinks in text at website…
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http://hotair.com/archives/2010/05/21/mayor-daley-offers-his-argument-for-gun-control/
Mayor Daley offers his argument for gun control; Update: Video added
by Ed Morrissey
May 21, 2010

Today must be Irony Day in the Western Hemisphere.  First we have Cuba calling immigration enforcement “brutal,” and now we have gun-control politicians demonstrating why the founders passed the Second Amendment in the first place.  When challenged by a reporter to explain how gun control makes the city safer when it only disarms the law-abiding, Mayor Richard Daley responded by offering to demonstrate by shooting him:

But even supporters of tough gun regulations—myself included—have to admit that it’s not clear how much they reduce violence. Despite having some of the most restrictive laws in the country, Chicago is a national leader in shootings and murders, and the mayor himself noted that “we’ve seen far too many instances in the last few weeks” of firearm violence, including the shooting that left a cop dead last night.
So I asked: since guns are readily available in Chicago even with a ban in place, do you really think it’s been effective?
I’m hardly the only guy who asks the mayor things he doesn’t want to answer, and I’ve been responsible for at least one of his huffing, puffing, ranting tangents, which generally get the press corps laughing, thus enabling him to move on to the next question without giving a real answer to the one at hand.
But even by those standards, this was a masterful and surreal performance.
“Oh!” Daley said. “It’s been very effective!”
He grabbed a rifle, held it up, and looked right at me. He was chuckling but there was no smile.
“If I put this up your—ha!—your butt—ha ha!—you’ll find out how effective this is!”
For a moment the room was very, very quiet. I took a good look at the weapon. It had a long bayonet. (Was it seized during the Civil War?)
“If I put a round up your—ha ha!”
The photographers snapped away. Suddenly everybody started cracking up.
Daley went on. “This gun saved many lives—it could save your life,” he said—meaning, I think, that getting that gun off the street might have saved many lives, including mine.
Sure — and it put the gun into the hands of petty tyrants, who then used it to joke about killing people who ask tough questions. If Daley wanted to demonstrate the wisdom of the Second Amendment, he couldn’t have designed a better demonstration.
The Second Amendment exists for two reasons.  First, the founders knew that law enforcement couldn’t defend everyone against attack — unless they created a police state that would eliminate liberty forever.  They encouraged people to arm themselves, an important move in frontier areas especially, where the writ of law didn’t run very strongly.  The police are very good at investigating crimes after they occur, but not in providing personal defense, which isn’t their job.
Secondly, arming the populace makes it much more difficult for those in power to seize property and liberty without due process of law.  As Daley aptly demonstrated, when only the government and the criminals have guns, they both can dictate at will without fear of opposition.  When a reporter asks a tough question, just wield a gun at him and then later laugh it off as a joke.
The people of Chicago need new political leadership, a story about as breaking as the Chicago Fire.  But this should demonstrate the end result of the forced disarming of the American public: an out-of-control arrogance of the government.

Update: John Kass at the Chicago Tribune has the video of the encounter:

We should note that Daley never pointed the weapon at anyone, but that hardly negates the stupidity of this incident.

Um…excuse me, but…isn’t brandishing a  weapon at someone considered an unacceptable offense?

Just goes to show ya…different rules for Those Who Pose as rulers…

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Say NO to Kagen

FromWorld Net Daily, a repost of great importance:
The push to hasten confirmation of President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court means the public can brace for the heated summer hearings over Elena Kagan’s beliefs and temperament.

But what WND’s reporting is revealing is making a stunning case against her.

Calling Kagan “an activist who wants to govern from the bench,” Joseph Farah, CEO and co-founder of WorldNetDaily.com, says there’s a way to give senators a “spine transplant” and prepare them for the most contentious confirmation fight since Clarence Thomas.

“Kagan is a radical anti-military and pro-abortion zealot,” said Farah. “This selection by Barack Obama reveals once again his extremist agenda of leaving America undefended, elevating alternative lifestyles to sainthood and exterminating the most innocent human life with reckless abandon and persecuting anyone who tried to stand in the way. In a nutshell, that’s who Elena Kagan is.”

Farah’s goal is to inundate senators with thousands of letters calling for her rejection for a lifelong appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The letter campaign is based on previously successful efforts in which nearly 10 million “pink slips” were delivered to members of Congress opposing nationalization of health care, cap and trade legislation, hate crimes laws and other bills, as well as the current campaign to stop amnesty in the U.S. Senate.

The letter reads:

“In a few months, the American people will have a chance to speak at the polls again. Almost every analyst and every public opinion survey suggests the electorate is angry about the direction of the country. I strongly urge you not to show contempt for the will of the people and the Constitution by confirming the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan.

“Kagan is not what Americans want and she is not what the country needs.

“At a time when federal central control is strangling the American economy, she calls for more regulatory authority not just in Washington, but for the president himself.

“At a time when American security is facing internal and external threats and our nation is still engaged in two foreign wars simultaneously, she advocates banning military recruitment on campuses because of her compulsion to see open homosexual behavior flaunted in the ranks.

“At a time when Americans have been stripped of their ability to write their own laws protecting the lives of the unborn, she advocates the creation of task forces to investigate and prosecute peaceful pro-life activities.

“At a time when Americans are recognizing the unique blessings of their Constitution, she advocates the consideration of foreign laws in shaping Supreme Court rulings.

“For all of these reasons and more we will surely learn about in the days ahead, please reject the nomination of Elena Kagan.”


Don’t forget to sign the petition to stop Kagan’s nomination.

What else can be said?  Another battle to be valiantly fought…

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Well, well,well.  Venturing forth from my own little world of Goldens, gardens, and good housekeeping/housecraft, it is impossible to miss some of the more glaring affronts to decency and American living these days:

The State of Arizona has been beset with attacks even harsher than that from which they currently suffer at the hands of illegal aliens packing heat, drugs and more illegal aliens.  Current White House pResident SoetorObama–you know, the one who stated that Daniel Pearl’s beheading captured the world’s imagination?”  Yes, THAT one– has teamed up with Mexico’s President [or is HE a pResident too?] to excoriate that good State for simply resolving to enforce Federal immigration law, already on the books, because the Feds refuse to enforce it themselves. Maricopa County’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio, told to stand down by the Feds earlier this year, continues to maintain that he is enforcing his STATE immigration law and refuses to stop doing his job the way he sees fit.

While no one likes the idea of unpleasantness and violence, things have now come to such an un-pretty pass that even those who once supported the illegal tsunami are now having second thoughts as the border war accelerates and good people like Rob Krantz are found murdered.  Sites like BorderInvasion are showing us pictures of what that border area really looks like these days–something GE-owned NBC and all its affiliates will never, apparently do.

In the meantime, back at the ranch…The Dow continues to take significant hits and we are being told to liquidate NOW and GET THE HECK OUTTA DODGE I mean The Market ASAP.  http://urbansurvival.com/week.htm, as always, H/T to Bones.

To make matters worse, CAIR continues to be a daily threat to us all, and has zeroed in on one of the greatest, most knowledgeable champions for our Republic in our history as they attack Atlas Shrugs Pamela Geller, demanding that she not be allowed to speak at the Tennessee Tea Party event on May 22-23rd. Fortunately, however, they have not honored this infringement on freedom of speech request and she WILL be there!

May 25th in NY brings us back to the Mosque planned for Ground Zero.  There will be a planning meeting on May 25th and a demonstration on June 6th–more details to follow.  In the meantime, PLEASE PLEASE go to http://tool.donation-net.net/public/ACT4A/entrance/enter.cfm?dn=1097&source=2013&id=84374&commid=28622718&CFID=8544165&CFTOKEN=99018665 and sign the petition against this outrage–we’re off to a good start with 10,000 signatures but we need millions– So many meetings, so little time!

But all is not lost–there are so many smart, well informed, hard working people to keep us informed as to what is really going on that there is a good chance we might actually survive this worst challenge yet intact.  People like  Bill Warner, for instance, at the Center for the Study of Political Islam, have put a lot of work into getting the information out there and his new online pamphlet is available for free to read AND PASS ON!  Go to http://www.politicalislam.com/blog/sharia-law-for-non-muslims-may-20-2010 and memorize it, and give a H/T to Bev Perlson for letting us know about it!

Bev, another tireless Patriot, co founder of Band of Mothers and advocate for troops and their families continues her work and we’re planning to shine an even brighter light than before on the brave troops that have been detained illegally in Ft. Leavenworth and Camp Pendleton brig, even after being exonerated on appeal, such as Sgt. Larry Hutchins.  We have both committed to working on this disgraceful situation until each and every one of those men are free. http://thejaghunter.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/navy-jag-attainder-sergeant-of-marines-lawrence-gordon-hutchins-iii/

As for the Gulf Gusher–I won’t even GO there.  It is, as usual, SO much worse than the idiots at BP wanted us to find out, especially since they eschewed the use of the foolproof safety mechanism mandated in Norway because it cost too much money, and they eschewed the use of tankers to simply siphon the mess up and recycle it as they did in the Saudi spill some years back.  I have not yet found the words adequate to speak of such a heinous debacle.  I’ll let you know if I do but it looks doubtful at present.  I’ll just have to fume and fuss and sputter to myself instead.

Well, enough of this.  Wishing you a weekend that plugs some small moments of joy into your busy lives and offering only the words of Mahatma Ghandi in consolation:

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always.” – Mahatma Gandhi
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This from one of my favorite Wise Men, Brown Water Navy:

Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can
understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic .
Someone over there has it figured out. We have a lot of work to do.:

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of
entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to
limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the
necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing
to have such a man for their president.”

“The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a
mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools
should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him
their prince.
The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a
fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who
made him their president.”

And that, in a nutshell, says it all.  Or…as another well known entity has said…”We have met the enemy and he is us.”*

Have a nice day, folks. The Dow is trundling downward, we are advised to bail, sell all and convert to metal, as American paper, formerly known as the Dollar, is nearing the end of its rule.

Bean, Bandaids and bullets…

* Walt Kelly’s Pogo

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Mondays 8:00 PM EST

(347) 202-0569

“The Dame Truth”
on
Empire of Illusion Continued
Welcomes
Sgt. Tim Harrington
Sgt. Larry Hutchins, exonerated,
STILL IN CUSTODY
MOVED TO CAMP PENDLETON
SOLITARY CONFINEMENT
NO NEW CHARGES
and
Obama has made secret deals with the Iranian mullahcracy to facilitate the weakening of both the USA and Israel

Where do we go from here?

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To expand a bit on the Hedges book about which I wrote earlier this week, I’d like to cross post some thoughts written by one of our champions of courage–Vietnam vet, Patriot and All American thinker and writer, Dean [BrownWaterNavy] reminds us from whence our Constitution came, and notes some of the material from which our Framers gleaned their thoughts.

A heartfelt thanks to you, Dean, and to all those who provoke intelligent discourse based on fact [Bones] these days, as it bestows the rare beauty of wisdom, critical thinking and careful research–something, apparently, our institutions of higher learning are unable to impart nowadays.

On the premise that: John Locke is the intellectual father of our country. . .

While a number of thinkers, stretching from Plato and Aristotle to Blackstone and including Thomas Aquinas, Grotius, Pufendorf, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Hume, and Hobbes made important contributions, this political and social philosopher of 17th century England influenced the author of the Declaration of Independence and the Framers of the Constitution more than any.

Every basic structure in American governance flows from Locke, especially protection for private property.

To understand why Locke was considered the intellectual father of our country it is essential to study those philosophers that influenced his thinking. Locke drew on a vast array of philosophers. Some well known while others somewhat obscure to the casual observer.

While this study lightly touches on the many elements influencing Locke’s ideas it will give the reader a basic understanding of the thinking of that era and why it was so critically important as to how and why we became the United States of America.

The Founders were influenced by a vast wealth of intellectuals and philosophers of the the time that ultimately produced the inspired documents that are so vital to our heritage as Americans.
This rich heritage is drawn from the greatest thinkers in history. The Founders left no stone unturned in the formation of what is now arguably the greatest nation on God’s green earth.

I agree with Bones that the Constitution is no longer applicable and in fact hasn’t been for decades. We have descended into a society bent on it’s own self destruction through corrupt politicians and an ever increasing lack of moral values.

The question remains can we take our country back…can we restore the Republic and the Constitution? imho I would have to state unequivocally no. However, we can rebuild it and through a careful, methodical process perhaps make this nation even better than our Founders envisioned.
But as Bones has stated on many occasions, we must know our past to know where we are going. That is the truth as I see it.
Therefore I submit that each of us, as American patriots, should make it a priority to study our nations past, the men who so diligently argued moral ethics and gave us this beautiful wonder called America, and the traditions that make us what we can be again….free men and women.

We owe it to ourselves; more importantly we are duty bound to our posterity to pass wisdom along.

Samuel von Pufendorf (1632 – 1694)

1.) “It must absolutely be maintained that the obligation of the natural law is from God himself, the creator and supreme governor of the human race, who by virtue of his sovereignty over men, his creatures, has bound them to its observance.  He formed the nature of things and of man in such a way that the latter cannot be preserved without a sociable life.”

Pufendorf’s primary contribution was his emphasis on the “sociality” of humankind as the foundation of the natural law. “Any man must, inasmuch as he can,” he wrote, “cultivate and maintain toward others a peaceable sociality that is consistent with the native character and end of humankind in general.” Sociability, however, is threatened by the fallen character of the human condition. “What would men’s life have been like without a law to compose them?” he asks: “a pack of wolves, lions, or dogs fighting to the finish.” Hence God, the divine lawgiver, established laws to order human social life. As Pufendorf writes, “Just as the life of men would without society be similar to the life of the beasts, so the law of nature is chiefly based on the principle that social life is to be preserved among men.”
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2.) Pufendorf’s earliest work, the Elementorum jurisprudentiae universalis libri II (Two Books on the Elements of Universal Jurisprudence) marks the starting-point of his career as a lecturer on natural law and of the emergence of the modern natural-law tradition in Germany.

Though overshadowed by Pufendorf’s larger work on natural law, De jure naturae et gentium, and its textbook abridgement, De officio hominis et civis juxta legem naturalem, the Elements already contains essential features of his mature theory.

Pufendorf’s aim as articulated in the preface to the Elements was to develop natural law as a demonstrative science modeled after the mathematical disciplines. He saw the traditional denial that a moral science was possible as a misunderstanding of the Aristotelian doctrine of demonstration. In a scientific proposition, necessity does not refer to the subject of the proposition as distinguished from the predicate, but to the necessary connection of subject and predicate that can be demonstrated by some undoubted axiom or principle

Among the principles of the natural law system only two are considered as axioms, whose “certainty and necessity, flows from reason itself, without the perception of particulars,” namely, the axiom of imputability of voluntary actions “that may be directed according to a moral norm, and the axiom of the obligatory nature of norms in proportion to the authority of the person prescribing them. While imputability and the prescriptive nature of norms express formal requirements of morality, the material content of natural law is exclusively grounded in the other kind of principles—the Observations—whose certainty “is perceived from the comparison and perception of particulars uniformly corresponding to one another. They concern the human intellect and its faculty of (moral) judgment (Observ. 1), the liberty of the will (Observ. 2), the natural sociability of man (Observ. 3), the harmony of self-preservation and society (Observ. 4), and the necessity to establish human sovereignty in particular societies (Observ. 5). Here Pufendorf mainly draws on the natural law writings of Hugo Grotius and Thomas Hobbes, whom he mentions in his preface. The basic anthropology contained in the observations emerges mainly from a critical discussion of their natural law doctrines, resulting in an effort to reconcile Hobbes’s egoism and concept of human society as an artifact with Grotius’s doctrine of social appetite conceived as the telos of a rational and social nature.

Excerpts from;

1.) The Acton Institute

2.) Pufendorf and Universal Jurisprudence
Source; Samuel von Pufendorf, Two Books of the Elements of Universal Jurisprudence, translated by William Abbott Oldfather, 1931.

The baron de Montesquieu:

The baron de Montesquieu concerned himself entirely with political theory. His Spirit of the Laws  (1748) sought to explain how different groups of people end up with different and varying forms of government. He argued that climate, terrain, and agricultural conditions largely predetermined both human behavior and various forms of authority. However, Montesquieu also believed that there was a single, best form of government and that humans could overcome any and all geographical and climatic conditions. For Montesquieu, the best form of human government was embodied in the English constitution after the Glorious Revolution. In particular, the English constitution divided state powers into three independent branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial. Since no one person or group was in charge, the maximum amount of political and economic freedom was made available to the general population. He called this equal distribution of power “checks and balances,” and his theories of government would be the single most powerful influence upon the formation of American government at the end of the century.

(*)Montesquieu was one of the great political philosophers of the Enlightenment. Insatiably curious and mordantly funny, he constructed a naturalistic account of the various forms of government, and of the causes that made them what they were and that advanced or constrained their development. He used this account to explain how governments might be preserved from corruption. He saw despotism, in particular, as a standing danger for any government not already despotic, and argued that it could best be prevented by a system in which different bodies exercised legislative, executive, and judicial power, and in which all those bodies were bound by the rule of law. This theory of the separation of powers had an enormous impact on liberal political theory, and on the framers of the constitution of the United States of America.

(*)From: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Related:
One small footnote of history came from my own family heritage. Yes despite my current last name from a legal adoption in my youth, I have a Scottish heritage. Born Dean Maxwell in 1947, my family, by way of Eustace Maxwell, is directly associated with The Declaration of Arbroath ( sometimes called the [Scottish] Declaration of Independence )which came about in a response to the excommunication of Scotland by Pope John XXII.

You’ll be asking yourself of what significance does this have to the discussion. Read on.

This appeal to Pope John XXII for the same rights and recognition as England was a precursor to a modern form of republican government that finds its power in the people!

Read more at Suite101: The Declaration of Arbroath 1320: Scotland’s Declaration of Independence was a New Model for Freedom.

The Declaration of Arbroath is significant in that it later became a model for the American Declaration of Independence.
For as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.
–From The Declaration of Arbroath 1320.

Scotland’s national independence was affirmed through this document in a manner in which no battle could succeed. The national independence of Scotland was justified through truth that is beyond race and nation. Mankind has a right to freedom which is given by God and to defend it with his life. The qualifications which are placed upon the baron are unimportant; truth once declared cannot be abrogated and stifled. God given liberty secured to each man will grow.

Robert the Bruce was a heather king to several of the Scots which explains the obligation placed upon a feudal monarch by his subjects. Celtic tradition was invoked in the memory of the Seven Earls, the Seven Sons of Cruithne the Pict for the roots of kingship was Celtic. It is believed that Cruithne the Pict rested the ancient right of tanistry. Tanistry is the elevation of a king by the selection of his subjects. Hence, the relationship of king and his people influenced the history of the Scots hereafter. This tradition would reach its climax in the Reformation of Western Europe beginning with Wycliffe, Tyndale, Luther, Calvin, and Knox. After the Reformation, a people’s loyalty to God was declared to be superior over the rule of earthly sovereigns.

Many thanks again to BWN & Bones…can we clone you guys yet?


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