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  • Writer's pictureGregory N. Austin

Sticking to the Big Lie

Today, 40 percent of the American voting population have lost their allegiance to their flag. They seem ready to accept an autocrat who also admits to liking Vladimir Putin more than George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. He also admitted he is indifferent to the U.S. Constitution. Meanwhile he continuously begs for donations from his billionaire followers.

Trump lying while Putin, Xi, Orban applaud

I am 86, a grandfather, a retired small business owner, an amateur writer, and an Army veteran, with two older brothers buried in Arlington Cemetery. Upon entering the service, we took an oath to honor the U.S. Constitution and the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. There was never an oath to an individual or a wannabee autocrat.


However, we are now witnessing Americans selling out to an individual who created, authored and gathered fellow Americans to fabricate a weird election story. That “Big Lie” story included forming a mob that gathered at the Capitol building January 6, 2021, convinced that they were showing up to protest the election of President Joe Biden. Over 700 of them have been convicted of a felony so far.


The U.S. House and Senate voted that same night to bless the Electoral College outcome. Joe Biden won the office of the President. Eight senators and 140 congressmen voted no out of over 500 votes cast. Was there substantial proof of a rigged election to support a no vote? Hardly a scintilla of facts or evidence to support that no vote. So why the no vote? Because the nay voters were afraid of their constituents, and afraid of Fox News. Were they afraid to violate their oath to support the U.S. Constitution and the Pledge of Allegiance to their own flag? The answer is no! Many of them are lawyers, two of the Senators graduated from Harvard Law School.


Now consider this: many of our over 1,000 Billionaires, who acquired their wealth via the excellent American business environment (the world's largest economy), also participated in the no vote. They did it by political donations. They do not like paying taxes or being regulated, thus the donation. Meanwhile 59 percent of the current voting group of Republicans do not object to the creation of the Big Lie according to an October 2023 poll. CPAC for the Republicans made it clear many times that they would choose Viktor Orban and Vladimir Putin over President Joe Biden. Several right-wing Colleges have also backed Vladimir Putin, (for years), liking the orderliness that dictators bring to a suppressed society.


So, what about those folks that took the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag? Rupert Murdoch and Elon Musk were both naturalized American citizens who swore an oath to the U.S. Constitution. Both are soft on Russia and American patriotism. Oddly enough we are now repeating history because in 1940, Charles Lindberg, Henry Ford, and Joe Kennedy (father of JFK) were all soft on Adolph Hitler. They were against going to war over fascism.


Now, 40 percent of the American voting population have lost their allegiance to their flag. They seem ready to accept an autocrat who also admits to liking Vladimir Putin more than George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. He also admitted he is indifferent to the U.S. Constitution. Meanwhile he continuously begs for donations from his billionaire followers.


Is all of this political chaos OK?


I can only speak for myself. I am a student of our Founding Fathers and American history. So, is our country perfect? Has our history been squeaky clean? Have we committed crimes against the American Indian and minorities? Yes, we are guilty of much. However, we are exceptional because we continuously try to overcome our political faults, through the court system.


Our Founding Fathers won the War of Independence but did not demand power and money for their service to the country. Abraham Lincoln really did give his life to free the slaves. John Kennedy, an admirer of the Founding Fathers, was assassinated, while Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan were both shot while serving their country.


The U.S. was the primary author of the United Nations in 1945. The U.S. is still capable of protecting the free world. Our moral suasion is indeed present politically. So, what do we do about the 40 per cent of the population that has gone soft on our Flag and our Constitution? Personally, I am not going to give up or give in. I hope and pray that others will see that in Russia 20 per cent of the Russian residences do not have running water. And when Russia invaded Ukraine, thousands of their citizens voted with their feet and fled their own country. While in the United States immigrants swim across rivers and climb fences to break into America. We must never forget that autocrats are not for the people, they are overwhelmingly seeking more power and money for themselves. So, do we want to become godless, soulless, truth less, or clueless, sated, and endorse the pitfalls of one-man rule? I believe that the need to reaffirm our oath to the U.S. Constitution and our flag has never been greater. And I hope everyone will reaffirm a political position that will keep our country free. We must hope that those wealthy supporters of the disorder in the Congress will not continue to turn their backs on one of the greatest political experiments created by man, 235 years ago in Philadelphia.


We must unify once again around that central purpose that lends liberty and freedom to all of us. We did it successfully in 1775, 1812, 1860, 1917 and 1941!


We can allow the cynical to wander away, while the hopeful join an honorable cause to preserve a well-tested system of governing to keep our children and grandchildren safe.

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