January 30, 2020: Bad Theatre

On Broadway, off Broadway, and in movie houses across the country, bad theater, either presented in person by a live performers or presented in movies, there is a dynamic that plays out in every performance. There has to be an appreciative audience. An audience who will exchange their time and money for the story being presented.
Theater depends on sponsors who will either provide funding before and/or after the production. Endowments for the Arts supports some while straight capitalism fuels most. The point being that bad theater usually is short lived because it is ignored by people willing to pay after the initial performance and reviews have had a chance to be written and consumed.
Reviews are subjective and a bad review doesn’t always lead to financial failure for a production. Enough patrons or sponsors can keep any production running. All of this is pretty self-evident.
Political theater has similarities. The bad political theater the Nation is enduring just won’t end. There again the reviews are subjective. There are 65.8 million voters who think the political theater is necessary because they didn’t get the outcome they wanted under the system used to elect the President of the United States as established in the Constitution (Article II, Section 1).
The process of impeaching the 45th President of the United States was reported by the Washington Post to already be underway when he was sworn in on January 20, 2017. Depending on the faction represented the reasons differ. It wasn’t until July 25, 2019, that the House of Representative latched onto an event that they felt justified using and two articles of impeachment were delivered to the Senate.
Never mind that neither article is a commission of a crime. Hence the difference in opinion that easily slices through our political landscape. Republications say there is nothing there. Democrats say President # 45 has to be removed by any means, for any reason.
Why won’t this bad Political Theater end? Sadly, because there is an audience for it. Aside from the time and money consumed by the Democrats effort to remove the 45th President, a larger problem is looming for the United States of America.
I reference John Adams opinion of the Constitution: “From John Adams to Massachusetts Militia, 11 October 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, accessed September 29, 2019, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-02-02-3102. [This is an Early Access document from The Adams Papers. It is not an authoritative final version.]

“While our Country remains untainted with the Principles and manners, which are now producing desolation in so many Parts of the World: while she continues Sincere and incapable of insidious and impious Policy: We shall have the Strongest Reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned Us by Providence. But should the People of America, once become capable of that deep <…> simulation towards one another and towards foreign nations, which assumes the Language of Justice and moderation while it is practicing Iniquity and Extravagance; and displays in the most captivating manner the charming Pictures of Candour frankness & sincerity while it is rioting in rapine and Insolence: this Country will be the most miserable Habitation in the World. Because We have no Government armed with Power capable of contending with human Passions unbridled by <…> morality and Religion. Avarice, Ambition Revenge or Galantry, would break the strongest Cords of our Constitution as a Whale goes through a Net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
The Constitution supports a “moral and Religious” people to have liberty with a small Federal governing body. Moral and Religious people are more self-reliant and self-disciplined because they believe that humans are not the controlling force in the universe. The problem I see is that the “moral and Religious people” are being overrun. Or dying out and being replaced by self-indulgent, hedonistic atheists.
By any measure that can be attributed to a “Moral and Religious People”, the Citizens of the United States are failing to maintain a level that supports the Constitution. Marriage is down, Church attendance is down, New York Legislature passed, and Governor Cuomo signed, legislation making abortion after 24 weeks legal. Religious liberty cases are being fought to the Supreme Court (Masterpiece Bakery and Little Sisters of the Poor). Abolishment of pray in public schools and at public school functions.
Vocal active minority opinions are pushing customary Judeo Christian principles out of the public life of Citizens. Their private lives are next.

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