365 essays, each about 365 words, on Uncle Sam ́s birthright, genealogy, and orientation, the U.S. Constitution ́s philosophical and historical presuppositions and implications, or Philosophy for Dummies.
Subtitled: A NATURAL LAW PERSPECTIVE, 365 essays, each 365 words, on Uncle Sam ́s birthright, genealogy, and orientation, OR the Constitution ́s philosophical and historical presuppositions and implications, OR Philosophy for Dummies. Many modern historians and thinkers describe western history as a progressive movement toward freedom--freedom from religious and rational morality. For them Uncle Sam rides the current crest of this wave. The American government is said to be agnostic about religion and indifferent about philosophy. There is no universal anthropology behind political judgements, no rational psychology behind political institutions, no history behind arguments, no epistemology behind communications, no metaphysics behind American independence, no ethics behind our Constitution, no moral authority behind our laws, and no logic behind their interpretation. In fact, there are no bonds to anything past, especially since there are no foundations either temporal or ontological for any convictions whatsoever. This view grossly distorts Uncle Sam ́s basic orientation, and the distortion is really an attempted abortion, because many moderns have a phobia about that orientation, which is Natural Law.
365 essays, each about 365 words, on Uncle Sam´s birthright, genealogy, and orientation, the U.S. Constitution´s philosophical and historical presuppositions and implications, or Philosophy for Dummies.
In today's lexicon a 'Daily Constitutional' usually refers to a daily walk. But in actuality, a 'Daily Constitutional' is something that one does on a daily basis that is beneficial to one's constitution or healthful(1); and one's constitution being the aggregate of a person's physical and psychological characteristics(2). With this definition, the daily constitutional refers to any daily activity that improves a person' physical or mental health. At various stages in my life I may have understood my constitutional to be any number of things and it was not until I came into my own did I truly discover my Daily Constitutional, the creative process. In the following thesis I will be covering my thoughts and opinions on the creative process as well as my role of Artist in a larger art community. The thesis consists of six chapters, each being a letter I wrote for Daily Constitutional, A Publication for the Artist's Voice as the Editor-in-Chief. I created the Daily Constitutional in 2005 in order to provide my contemporary colleagues with an opportunity to once again have a voice in the art world. The publication is entirely submission based with an international open call. Each semi-annual issue is created out of the submissions received and composed by a rotating panel of six artists and has been ongoing throughout my tenure at Virginia Commonwealth University. The mission of the publication is to provide an outlet and forum for the individual Artist's voice, rather than the cacophony that is the art world at large (galleries, critics, curators, museums, patrons and finally the artists themselves). To provide a place to express, exchange and discuss, without interpretation, the artist's opinions, ideas and discoveries within one's practice. This publication can only be made possible, through a collaboration of individual Artists.(3) This document was created with Adobe InDesign CS2. 1. 'constitutional'. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 03 May. 2009. Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/constitutional. 2. 'constitution'. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 03 May. 2009. Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/constitution. 3. 'Mission Statement, ' Daily Constitutional, A Publication for the Artists Voice, 2005-09, http://www.dailyconstitutional.org/mission_statement.html.
In May 1787, men from all over the United States arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on serious business. Just eleven years earlier, colonial leaders had met in Philadelphia to declare their independence from Great Britain. But now the young country was in trouble. The U.S. government was weak, and its guiding document—the Articles of Confederation—was failing. Throughout the summer of 1787, state representatives and leaders argued, shouted, and wrote and rewrote articles. By September, they had produced a new document, the U.S. Constitution. The Convention became a turning point in American history. But what were the new country’s problems? Who came up with the solutions? How did the states work out disagreements to create a new system of government? Discover the facts about the 1787 Convention and the writing of the Constitution.
This is one of eight volumes on the Declaration. The fi rst four contain each 365 essays. These last four contain about 25 essays each. Rolwing examines nearly all the major writers on our Basic Charter, most of whom repudiate it. He focuses on their manifold criticisms and rejections, reveals their multiple distortions and misunderstandings, rebukes their self-contradictions and inconsistencies, and pities their general Theo-phobia. He argues that while America was Founded almost completely by Protestant Christians (the only two deists were not even deists), what was Founded was formally only a philosophical product, not a faith-based or Christian one, although the philosophy had been more Catholic than Protestant. Rolwing makes a great deal of American history, law, ethics, politics, philosophy, and theology easily accessible to the average reader. Read any of these books and you will clap your hands that you are an American. Certainly the Declaration is worth many an hour explaining and defending it. Mr. Rolwing seeks to make the problems brought up about the document capable of being understood by both scholar and ordinary citizen. Fr. James Schall, S.J.