Since the U.S. House of Representatives voted to formalize an Impeachment Inquiry today, I thought it a good time to reflect on first principles.
In July of 1787 the Founding Fathers were still in Philadelphia drafting our Constitution. James Madison, known in our history as the Father of the U.S. Constitution, played a major part in organizing the convention and constructing the final draft of the Constitution and then getting it ratified by the states.
My morality, the morality of reason, is contained in a single axiom: existence exists—and in a single choice: to live. The rest proceeds from these. To live, man must hold three things as the supreme and ruling values of his life: Reason—Purpose—Self-esteem. Reason, as his only tool of knowledge—Purpose, as his choice of the happiness which that tool must proceed to achieve—Self-esteem, as his inviolate certainty that his mind is competent to think and his person is worthy of happiness, which means: is worthy of living. These three values imply and require all of man’s virtues, and all his virtues pertain to the relation of existence and consciousness: rationality, independence, integrity, honesty, justice, productiveness, pride.
Historian’s believe that the first human beings came to the America from across the Bering Straits about 20, 000 years ago.
These were the ancestors of the many Native American cultures, which would people the landscape for thousands of years.
Around the year 1000, a small number of Vikings would arrive. Five hundred years later, the great European migration would begin.
Crossing the Atlantic meant two to three months of seasickness, overcrowding, limited food rations, and disease. But the lure of available land and the hope for political and religious freedoms kept the Europeans coming.
In some places, the meeting of Europeans and Native Americans was peaceful. In others, the cultures clashed, leading to violence and disease. Whole tribes were decimated by such newly introduced diseases as small pox, measles, and the plague.
The last few posts, I have posted teaser content and photos of Cherry Blossoms from previous year. To prove my previous post, and reiterate that while winter seems to be making a fuss about leaving (we had flurries almost all day today), here are the first official pictures of some pink from this year 🙂
This time of the year, if you live in the DC area, Cherry Blossoms are what’s on most people’s mind. End of March and early April is when throngs return to the Capital city, to catch a glimpse of the Blossoms along the Tidal Basin, around the city and neighborhood. In a way, the Cherry Blossoms are a harbinger of spring: once they are here and gone, winter is officially over.
Believe it or not, while it is quite pleasant to be able to walk around the city without being trampled upon, I do miss the hustle and bustle that returns with the Cherry Blossoms. It is exciting to see new faces and the awakening of the city for the new tourist season which continues till Labor Day.
The trees around the Tidal Basin are still slow to bud, but come this time next week, I am sure there will be more life in them. Today’s storm, is hopefully the last of the year, and temperatures are expected to return to normal after tomorrow.
So pink is here to stay, at least for the next 2-3 weeks….Enjoy!
Despite the wild mood swings the weather around the country appears to be experiencing,
Despite all the winter blues we are being forced through, the Cherry trees are budding!
My tulips survived the cold and the snow…. are still green and growing…
The Cherry trees near my office are starting to turn pink.
There is not a leaf in sight, still…
All other Cherry trees appear to be budding…. including the ones in the Tidal Basin.
Spring officially kicks off today. While the next four days reek of warmth, snow is in the forecast for Tuesday. It seems winter is not done yet with it’s mood swings.
But nothing can stop the Cherry Blossoms from blooming…. and before we know it, the heat and humidity, will be upon us and we will be cursing about the heat instead of the cold 🙂