BOARD OF ADVISORS
H. E. Milica Pejanovic-DjurisicAdvisor
Ambassador Motohide YoshikawaAdvisor
United States of America - who are we?
“In Congress, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. … And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
Our nation was founded by exceptional Founders who dared to reach immortal ideals, and harnessing the reality of human folly and vices in 11 short years devised a unique engine – that separated power – so as to form a more perfect union. Both in 1776 and 1787, our nation’s name was united “States of America,” and we were united, and earned that powerful adjective in full measure on September 14, 1814 at Fort McHenry, when everyday Americans kept our Stars & Stripes flying high despite heavy bombardment, witnessing which, lawyer Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner. Today, post 9/11 and even worse, post-January 6th and Kabul, before we can unite our nation, we must be worthy of this exceptional nation bequeath to each of us in equal measure. And to be so worthy, we must rediscover the value judgment embedded in the sequence of that hallowed Pledge collateralizing the Declaration of Independence: “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor,” with Honor being most precious of all, and Appeasement is nowhere to be found.
Do you know where your Honor is?
Maybe, it’s time to rediscover our individual and collective Honor, so we can promote “united” from today’s false noun to an honest adjective. Our nation’s future depends on it, and the world needs us to be Abraham Lincoln’s “Government…for the people,” Teddy Roosevelt’s “walk softly and carry a big stick,” FDR’s unequivocal response to “a date which will live in infamy,” JFK’s “ask not what your country can do for you…,” and Ronald Reagan’s “shining city on the hill.” Our current “entitlement mentality“ robs our children and grandchildren, as “special interest” robs the “public good.”
As publishers, we pledge our sacred honor that The America Times – a name we desired, and Tejinder Singh accepted and reserved – will publish news and commentary – without fear or favor – in the finest tradition of independent journalism; this includes publishing views we disagree with. Finally, with this inaugural issue, we are honoring Tejinder’s multi-year desire for us to be publishers. The Dream continues.
September 11, 2021