America 2024: A Matter of Life and Death

January 6, 2021

You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.

C. S. Lewis
1898 — 1963

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Do the American people really believe in the truths of this nation to the extent that said belief becomes a matter of life and death to them?

These truths are well known to us and have been dearly earned over nearly two hundred and fifty years.
The first is “E Pluribus Unum,” (Out of Many, One), our motto on The Great Seal.

The second is “All Men Are Created Equal” illuminated by Thomas Jefferson, in an age of Kings and Princes, in the Declaration of Independence and then as a proposition in the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, and later enshrined as the XIII, XIV, and XV Amendments to the Constitution.

These truths have created a magnificent nation, increasingly inclusive and diverse; a Lighthouse nation of astonishing strength and vibrance with a deep and abiding faith and trust in the human spirit, free enterprise, religious freedom, the rule of law, and the very miracle of America itself.

When united there is little we can’t do.

But there are those who are unhappy with and disturbed by today’s America. This is nothing new. The thread of their discontent has a long, bloody history. It is the history of White Supremacy, of self – appointed privileged classes, which takes many forms and disguises and is very much alive and a threat to those truths which are our inheritance. Is there really any other explanation for this sorrowful division that so fractures us?

Make America Great Again — It is but an illusory nostalgia steeped in fear and dystopian carnage.

The Civil War was the denouement of the Founding of 1776, including the original sin of slavery. And it is precedent for just about everything that has followed until this very day. These truths of which we speak were baptized in blood in that War.

The Confederate Battle Flag has long been a symbol of White Supremacy — since the Ku Klux Klan emerged in 1866.  And today, nearly 160 years later, divisive messaging around race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender, and identity — wherever fault lines can be found — are the code words for a form of conflict which is monetized and politicized with the object of bringing the center down.

This virulent doctrine of supremacy means that we are not “One” out of many and that all men are not “created equal.” It is the very opposite of that which we honor and hold sacred.

It is our hopeful prayer that the future of America will be guided by these sacred truths but that prayer will be realized only if our belief in them is a matter of life and death to us.

On March 4 ,1861, Abraham Lincoln, facing the secession of Southern states on account of slavery, tried to appeal to his countrymen and save the Union. He did not succeed but his words are timeless and remain for us a solemn prayer:

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched by the better angels of our nature.”

There is an urgency in this moment.

It is 2024.


Bernard “Bernie” Kenny of Hoboken is the former senator from the 33rd Legislative District.





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5 responses to “America 2024: A Matter of Life and Death”

  1. “The ability to feel empathy allows people to “walk a mile in another’s shoes.” so to speak.” Perhaps then, “Out of Many, One” can be realized.
    A planted seed of fear grows not from the warm rays of sunshine, rather is a product of cold and jaded propaganda.
    “A dystopia is often characterized by rampant free, distress, tyrannical governments, environmental disasters, economic blunder and other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society.” Cited examples are Venezuela, China, Iran, North Korea and the Soviet Union.
    Our Founding Father wanted to form a government that empowered the people to decide their representation through elections with the goal of a healthy free nation where all men had the Unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -A Democratic Republic government.
    “A Matter of Life and Death” is a thought provoking article. As the reader, I ask myself where are the leaders that dream verse warning. One that nourishes hope verse fear and truth verse deception. Both sides of the aisle are guilty and perhaps need to walk a mile in the shoes of another.

  2. So the electoral college is what, a redoubt for fake electors electors to subvert the intent of the “framers” who held others to 3/5’s of a vote?
    Did I say that right?

  3. Bernard Kenny talks the talk, but doesn’t walk the walk. He fails to address the 800lb. gorilla in the room–it’s called the Democrat Party. Democrats, a/k/a Communists now, don’t want to negotiate, act in a bipartisan fashion, or cooperate. They want all of the power, and if they don’t get it, they’ll protest by burning down cities, courthouses, police stations, murdering innocent people, impeaching innocent Presidents, suing innocent Presidents to break them so they won’t run against what is now known as the China Joe Biden Racketeering Crime Administration (and Family). Joe Biden and his Administration is the most corrupt and dangerous administration in the history of this country with spying on Americans, attempting to destroy the American economy, attempting to destroy the American Family, allowing 3 wars to be commenced on his watch, with threats to an ally, Taiwan, by the Communist Chinese. All the while Biden is taking tens of millions of dollars in bribe “pay-off” money from the CCP for them to gain access to his Presidential Office and dictate terms to him, including but not limited overtaking this country without a shot being fired.

    Kenny talks of “White Supremacy” when he slanders 75-80% of the population that was never racist. The only racists are the Democrat race-baiters like Kenny, Barack INSANE Obama, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Bennie Thompson, Jamaal Bowman, AOC, Tlaib, Omar Ilhan, etc. Kenny and his ilk falsely and fraudulently use the words of Abraham Lincoln to gaslight the rest of us.

    We are on to the likes of race-baiter Democrats like Bernard Kenny, Barack Obama, Sharpton, James, et al. Democrats are the racists throughout history. They were the original slave masters (since Northern Whites were abolitionists). Democrats started the Civil War, that killed almost 600,000 WHITE Americans, in order to keep slavery. When the Democrats lost the Civil War, they blocked Reconstruction (1865-1877) unless they got their slaves back. Democrats also started the KKK, red shirts and brown shirts to kill blacks. Democrats blocked the 1866 and 1871 Civil Rights Acts (which became the 13th and 14th Amendments). Republicans voted in large bloc to pass the laws and embarrassed Democrats into passing the laws. Democrat President Woodrow Wilson discriminated against blacks and supported the KKK during his administration. That’s why they took Wilson’s name off of the main building on the Princeton U. campus. Democrats blocked the 1964 and 1965 Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act.

    Democrats continue to keep blacks “down on the plantation” by giving them crumbs of entitlement to get their votes. Blacks are waking up to the Democrats lying, defrauding, and cheating blacks for decades. As Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) said to some Southern Democrat Senators back in the 1960s, “If we give the ni**ers free stuff, they’ll vote Democrat for the next 200 years”. Well, the black community, minus the race-baiters, are on to the Democrats, and will be heavily voting in favor of President Donald J. Trump and Republicans/Conservatives, because they see that they’ve been hoodwinked by the Democrats for their votes.

  4. The ramifications of the ‘once in a century’ pandemic was probably not something the “framers” considered.
    The whole system was turned on its head and the level of fear and mistrust palpable. Isolation and rumination quickly sparked a divide and conquer attitude. If this continues the electoral college will not even matter and our individual liberties will slip away.

  5. We were all defrauded by the powers that be during the “plandemic”. They told us to stay locked in even though states that didn’t fared much better, wear masks that didn’t protect us, and stand 6 feet from each other, which didn’t make a difference. We were told to take unproven, uncertified shots that were not vaccines, and then told to take boosters of this poison. We were told that the fake vaccines would stop the spread of the virus, but when it didn’t, we were told to take boosters and that would stop it. When that didn’t work, the Plaindemic ended. Now, we have people suffering severe medical after-effects of the poison shots a/k/a “clot shots”, such as cardio-pulmonary problems in children, young people dropping dead from bloodclots and heart attacks, and “turbo” cancers that are found out after they’ve already reached Stage 3 and Stage 4 within weeks.

    We were told that ivermectin was NOT to be used because it was “horse paste” has falsely propagandized by the government-controlled Mainstream Media. Tis was because Big Pharma, in league with Government Control, was making billions of dollars and the Big Pharma executives and some government players were making billions. However, ivermectin has been found to be a highly effective and relatively inexpensive in stopping COVID-19 and other viruses, bacteria, and even some severe cancers. Ivermectin was used in India during the pandemic because there weren’t enough of the “clot shots” to go around. In one Indian state, Udar Pradesh, with a population of 250,000,000 (roughly equivalent to the U.S. population) . Not one person died taking ivermectin, and most recovered within 5 days.

    We were lied to about the fake vaccines, and lied to about ivermectin being bad for us, when ivermectin had been around for over 60 years and used as a malaria protection. The Government had too much say in this and tried to control the people, based on an ancient 1905 US Supreme Court case allowing government to lock down communities during a pandemic. This ruling doesn’t apply to today’s technical aspects of medicine. Americans will not be fooled twice with another “plandemic”. There will be a reckoning if government tries to impose tyranny on us again.

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