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“That is a Yang worship word! You will not use it!” Those words are Cloud William’s to Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock when the latter speaks of their escaping a ‘Com’ prison and regaining their ‘freedom.’ (See http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Cloud_William for a more detailed plot summary.) Cloud William’s people, the ‘Yangs’ (Yanks – Yankees) fought for words whose meaning they had lost, but which still carried symbolic value to them, as ‘worship words.’ Captain Kirk set things aright (didn’t he always?) by recognizing them for what they were – the Preamble to the Constitution, in one case – and explaining to them what it was that they ignorantly worshipped and fought for.
The meaning of this parable to us could not be more obvious. Most Americans, including Members of Congress, like Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL), are clueless about what the Constitution actually says. (See this for Rep. Hare’s telling a constituent that he didn’t care much about the Constitution as regards the ‘health care’ bill: http://qconline.com/archives/qco/display_mobile.php?id=486688.) If the Constitution is ‘the supreme law of the land,’ then a working knowledge of it ought to be required of all high school graduates, and it ought to be something candidates for Federal office can pass a pop quiz on. It also ought to be honored. If it is not, then our de facto Constitution was written by Mao, not Madison, as the former said that ‘all law proceeds from the barrel of a gun.’
The war to save America was lost when Wall Street sacked the US Treasury. The health care power grab seals it. (The unlawful, undeclared war with Iraq and the so-called USA Patriot Act laid the groundwork, so the fall of our country has truly been a bipartisan affair.) The war to regain America from the Coms in our midst begins when we can find Cloud Williams in our midst, whose hearts are in the right place, who honor the concepts they do not understand, and whose courage is teachable in the ways of what was lost and must be found again.
We’ll need all of James T. Kirk’s pluck (and luck) to succeed. As McCoy observed to Spock during Kirk’s climatic duel with a renegade starship captain over the fate of the ‘worship words,’ “I’ve found that evil usually triumphs, unless good is very, very careful.”
Very careful, indeed.