If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day – Jim Croce
Oh, time is on my side, yes it is
Time is on my side, yes it is – The Rolling Stones ( lyrics by Jerry Ragovoy)
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. – Albert Einstein
“Time heals what reason cannot” – Seneca
Emmanuel Kant (22 April 1724 – 12 February 1804) saw time and space as part of the Transcendental Aesthetic whereby we grasp them through a non-empirical intuitive sense. Not completely far fetched even though down at the local tavern you probably would not use two dollar words like Transcendental to describe the feeling that one has time or a sense of time. And time does not exist as a physical object as intuitively sensed. You’d lose the bar bet that you could go find time and bring it back before closing. Like all good taverns, or coffee shop if you prefer, yours has a clock on the wall. Since your conversation about time started the minute hand has moved forward ten spaces. Time must exist. Maybe, but not like your glass or mug. The things that exists were you and your friends. The words you used existed because the sound waves made some cells in your ear respond. Time is the interval between two events. The start of the conversation and the moment you looked at the clock. Though imagine that you all talked faster, drink faster and listened faster and when you looked up at the clock only five minutes had passed. Your conversation was not time because the same events occurred. Events did not occur all at once as Einstein noted, rather they happened relative to the measurement of the interval. Time is something that does not exist independent of the observer or the events surrounding the observation. This also means that we actually never do absolutely nothing. That would require that the universe, including you, vanish all together. And no you probably cannot use time does not exist as a physical entity as an excuse for being late or missing an event. Those are predetermined intervals of events that we use the concept of time to measure.
Call them Tenthers, tea party conservatives, right-wing libertarians, a revival of the old John Birchers, ultra-nationalists, nativists, originalists – while there are tiny degrees of separation among many far right groups, one thing they have in common is the notion that we as a nation went wrong somewhere and if we only got the country and government back to 1787 we’d have no poverty, no immoral behavior, no corruption, no darned nanny state, no depressions, no recessions. In other words in their subjective opinion, everything wrong with the United States can be traced back to some moment where we deviated from, not a legal document and framework made by men for the governance of men, but the holy writ of the Founders. A secular kind of fundamentalism that much of the time ( some agnostic libertarians being the exception) incorporates a religious orthodoxy. In order for any movement to make its case it must have – especially in the 21st Century – experts on history, the U.S. Constitution and the law. Conservative class on Founding Fathers’ answers to current woes gains popularity
Two years ago, (Earl)Taylor, who is president of the National Center for Constitutional Studies, made about 35 trips to speak to small church groups and political gatherings. This year, he has received so many requests that he enlisted 15 volunteer instructors, who are on pace to hold more than 180 sessions reaching thousands of people.
“We’re trying to flood the nation . . . and it’s happening,” said Taylor, 63, a charter school principal.
[ ]…Today, reverence for the Constitution and the Founding Fathers is an important part of the militia movement. Taylor’s work has been embraced, for instance, by members of Oath Keepers, a group of current and former police and military personnel who renew their oaths to the Constitution, and call themselves “guardians of the republic.”
[ ]…But scholars say the course’s emphasis is flawed. Gutzman, a Republican-turned-libertarian, found Skousen’s work “filled with inaccuracies” and a religiosity that gives the free-market system a “patina of religion.” Sean Wilentz, a professor of history at Princeton University, called Skousen a “fake authority.”
Taylor was a real estate broker when he met Skousen in 1978. Taylor began offering the class to home-schooled students near his home in Mesa, Ariz.
That led him in 1995 to create Heritage Academy, a public charter school where he teaches American history. He has a master’s degree in Christian political science from Coral Ridge Baptist University in Florida, an unaccredited school.
Nich Taylor and Schuyler Blue sat in the front row. Later, they passed out DVDs and CDs warning of a “new world order” to destroy the United States and mysteries behind the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that assert that the government played a role in them.
Right-wing pundits such as Bill O’Reilly and Michelle Malkin have tried to pawn off the 9-11 Truther movement as an exclusively liberal phenomenon. That has never been the case.
One of the first challenges to the new democratic republic after the Constitution was ratified was the prosecution by the government – including George Washington and with the consent of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice James Wilson (born in Scotland) of those involved in The Whiskey Rebellion 1790s. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton ( the primary author of the Federalist Papers) had levied an excise tax on whiskey in order to rise funds to pay the national debt. From nearly day one there was a difference of opinion about how the government should be run, the parameters of its reach, how taxes should be levied, how to deal with armed insurrection and how much power the government had to enforce the laws it passed. And let’s not pass over the importance of whiskey in the original colonies and the new republic. Most of the descendants of white western Europeans believed in a god, but they also believed in the right to make, sell and drink hard liquor.
Alexander Hamilton’s determination to have a string central government was a source of tension with Thomas Jefferson from the beginning. The Federalist Society is a conservative group that sees itself as guardians of Hamilton’s philosophy. That is debatable. How the Right and people like Earl Taylor and the Oath Keepers can navigate their way through the contradictions of being both pro big central government and anti-government will have to wait for another post.