Rise & Fall of the American Empire

Chuck Klein © 2012

Four score and 140+ years has witnessed The Rise of the American Empire, but the world has taken "LITTLE NOTE" nor "HAS LONG REMEMBERED" the meaning of ". . . GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE . . . ."

Four score and 140+ years produced "THE BRAVE MEN [and women], LIVING AND DEAD, WHO STRUGGLED HERE," in Korea, Vietnam, over there twice and the Middle East who might have died in vain.

THE BEST OF CHUCK KLEINFour score and 140+ years attests to an obese and incestuous government so entrenched its elected and bureaucratic officials can violate and ignore with impunity the mandate "SHALL BE BOUND BY OATH OR AFFIRMATION, TO SUPPORT THIS CONSTITUTION."

Four score and 140+ years finds tyrannical provisions, never intended by those who wrote about "UNALIENABLE RIGHTS," have become common place.

Four score and 140+ years and self reliance has evolved into protect-us-from-ourselves laws offending all who have ever pledged ". . . ONE NATION . . . WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL."

Four score and 140+ years our barely breathing Constitution is under assault by self-serving executive orders, short-cutting legislative statutes and pompous judicial decrees.

Four score and 140+ years the resolve to "FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION, ESTABLISH JUSTICE . . . AND SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY" is failing.

Four score and 140+ years, on the brink of the Fall of the American Empire, its citizens enjoy "LIFE" "AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS" at the expense of "LIBERTY."

Unless we return to our foundation, "...THIS NATION, UNDER GOD, SHALL . . . PERISH FROM THE EARTH."