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An American Enterprise in Democracy
A whisper in the desolate winter, forced hushed by closed minds,
set out for a new world, precious freedom there to find.
Rough seas nary a besiegement, mountains only to be trod;
those in faith provided all, carrying the banner of glorious G-d
To the mighty shores of province. From a well of black despair.
Godspeed to those of constant zeal, discovery lingering in air.
Withthrop among those seeking, that G-d ‘s truth might one day bloom,
to create an outpost, a beacon, that tyranny cast off freedom might consume.
Eager Wheeled into uncharted wilderness, precious Locks of freedom to find,
Noble education of men sought, to Rumble mightily in body, soul, and mind.
Smith no less a patriot, coming too in faith, of the power of the willed,
to overcome all hardships, that charity and gain might be instilled.
Native to the land explored, Occasion to discover drawn nigh,
endowed to form the mission, to awake others to the most High.
Charters they had from the law, to go €˜cross the seas and sound
the bells of ringing liberty, embracing opportunities abound.
But though the roots in natural law, were planted in mens ’ minds,
despotic rule unfettered, sought to impose chaining ties.
Self-righteous George believed in full that only he kneW right,
but kingly presumption was bound to fall, before democratic might.
Colonists had sued for freedom ere, in setting out from native shore,
all finally united in common purpose of preserving forever more,
the freedom, now gained, from assailants reiterating stab upon hit,
with the common declaration, €œ €¦there are those of us who love it. €
First suit for freedom settled, the battle would be taken up anew
with acts so frighteningly Intolerable, that they universal ire drew.
Slashing at the diversity of freedom, was the self-important Crown,
who sought to tell widespread Alumni to keep their voices down.
And when the King he sought to take, what belonged to others by right
Americans took to bearing arms, for their liberty they ‘d fight.
At Concord and Lex were the first shots fired, on The Job was the citizen soldier
conducting what he Thought appealed, to those younger And those older
The will of so many aligned in strength, for all rights democratic,
opposed to the dicta of whimsy and fiat, each and every emblematic.
Acts for Life said his highness, for the benefit of the whole British Empire,
So much good undone, could not this King better than Prohibitions aspire?
And striking at the very core, of a free and independent nation
The King tried to put codes on speech, to quiet the frustration.
But Paine would chow upon this Joke, and uphold common sense,
Madison, Jefferson, and the lot rising to free expression ‘s defense
Surprise was not forthcoming then, at Bunker Hill or Trenton.
Only for those whose eyes were blind, imposing rather than mending.
Americans rallied €˜gainst odds €˜til changing tides amounted three,
Great sacrifice and effort Lone, from R through mighty Z.
Next fight on the horizon showed, the slow size of bloated beast.
Deaf to remarks for the better, how can one hope to increase?
So chalked another battle up, to the Continental army Will
Smaller sizes and attention to Underpriviledged, this time paid the bill.
Losing all these victories could not have strengthened the King ‘s hand,
so he acted with his cronies, in ruthless fashion to command.
Changing the Constitution of the people, of this newly mighty land,
of course by vote rejected by a powerful democratic span.
Deterred not by overwhelming margins, men and women ghastly appalled,
The king took to hatching yet another plan with his shadowy cabal,
by underhanded means to pack with Loyalists, every seat in every state,
in his corrupted vision there would only ever be one Slate.
In Parliament too the King ‘s plot affected, the rule of the American nation,
no Americans were seated, just those of virtual representation.
Despite banned say or input to the Administrative Court,
the King expected as so many years ago, his taxes and support.
It was for this very reason that Americans who ‘d won the battles fairly,
had to make the difficult decision to take on this bad King squarely.
It was not a simple matter true, but in the longer term,
Democracy should be judged the medicine best, to cure any infirm.
Democracy in its glory triumphed, over administrative tyranny,
policy without representation would no longer the policy be.
Instead of the Crown stacking the decks, by limiting franchise,
Americans now would govern themselves, by democratic €œnays € and €œayes. €
A Constitution or old Contract, just created or renewed,
would govern according to the Law, not just an arbitrary few.
No matter the temporal outcomes, or the particular resolutions,
the basic right to vote, would prove essential for the Institution.
So the battles were fought, the war was won, the prize sweet liberty,
Americans alone would rule themselves, in a college of the free.
And the loyal ones who loved her, pledged to fight from €˜round the earth,
for traditions everlasting, of great diversity and worth.
Americans south and North set watch, to maintain liberty forever more,
to defend our Institution from threats gathering at freedom ‘s door.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
- Sunday Morning Sinatra
- The Indian Wars
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