"These principles have been put on hold countless times in history, and great tragedies resulted," said Ross. "But society has always revived itself by resorting to these principles, because ultimately there is nothing else. The Principle of Universal Love is the principle of our humanity and of the Universe."
"Society's folly is greatest when it is failing to act when the errors it allows result in great tragedies, such as in the case of the launching of the war against Iraq and Afghanistan, for which no legal authority existed in the hands of the President to launch them," I said. "One day the nation will be required to pay full compensation for its failure in this respect to police the authority of its President. Since this failure still continues, it is reasonable to assume that much greater tragedies might yet result from the still greater follies yet to come. The Constitution is designed for the protection of the Presidency, the legislature, and the nation and the world. Whatever power it authorizes cannot be abused. There exists not a single element in the Principle of the General Welfare that can be abused, or in the Principle of Universal Love."
"Does LaRouche ever speak about the Principle of Universal Love?" said Heather looking at Ross.
Ross shook his head. "He speaks about it in the historic context in terms of profound developments, where this principle was recognized to some degree and brought light to the world, like in the Treaty of Westphalia where he recognized the operating principle to be the Principle of the Advantage of the Other."
"The Principle of the Advantage of the Other?" Heather repeated.
"It created peace after eighty years of war," said Ross.
"We should try this one day in an effort to create peace on the highways, to stop the driving-wars," said Heather. "The Principle of the Advantage of the Other would do wonders there."
"In the world of sex too," I added and began to smile.
Ross just shook his head and smiled.
"It would end a war that has divided the whole of humanity for possibly 5000 years already and caused probably more than 400 million casualties," I defended myself. "The Principle of the Advantage of the Other would have wondrous effects there in eradicating the sexual division and isolation of humanity. I might have even have helped Anton with it if I hadn't been such a klutz."
"Honoring the Principle of the Advantage of the Other could make driving to work a potential exercise for peace that's more powerful that the biggest peace march ever," said Heather.
I said, "Amen. And the same goes for having sex with your neighbor. Do we really know was is to the advantage of the other in the close realm where we live side by side with one-another? Do we even bother to find out? In Europe it took the people eighty years of slaughtering each other until the question was asked politically. Maybe we should ask the question in every arena in human living," I added.
Ross nodded again. "I think the phrase, 'the Principle of the Advantage of the Other' has been discovered by LaRouche in historic documents, when he was searching to explain the reason for what had stopped the war in 1648 without leaving any vanquished or victors in the wake. The Treaty of Westphalia was the most profound peace treaty of all time, and the only one of its kind, ever. However, LaRouche takes the historic context of the Principle of Universal Love much farther back in time, far beyond the Peace of Westphalia. LaRouche said something on the subject of universal principles during his Webcast address that I have quoted from. An elected official in government had asked him how the nation should proceed in the current crisis when the laws of the land are so deeply challenged."
Ross searched through the transcript again to look for the part.
"This is what LaRouche said about it," said Ross after he found the place in the transcript. "He said the following:"
"We have a very simple universal principle, which starts all modern civilized society: That principle is called in Greek, agape, as in the mouth of Socrates in Plato's Republic; as in I Corinthians 13, again, agape. It's called the General Welfare, the principle of the General Welfare, on which all modern civilized society is based. The principle of the General Welfare: That man and government exists, for what purpose? What's the intention of the existence of man, and government? It's to provide for the welfare of future generations of mankind - according to what? According to the requirement of the development of the character and quality of mankind. And the improvement of the Universe by virtue of the existence of that mankind!
"The principle of the General Welfare, as expressed in summation in the Preamble of the Federal Constitution, is the fundamental law. Proceed from that, not from the so-called positive law, but from that. Don't try to get a positive law - don't try to get a legalistical word-chopping approach to this. You've got to get the concept: Do we believe that there should be a Hitler of the United States? What do I mean by saying that? I mean, that, if you have five judges on the Supreme Court, who are members of the Federalist Society, and joined it in good faith in believing what the Federalist Society stands for, you can have a fascist dictatorship in the United States, decreed and approved of, by the Supreme Court!
"Therefore, Alito must be rejected. That simple.
"Why? Because we're concerned with what? The General Welfare! We're concerned with the conditions that, already, we tolerated much too much! We tolerated the destruction of our society! We've been destroying the United States since 1994. We were corrupting it, when Roosevelt died, under Truman. I lived there - I saw this! I saw the betrayal of what we fought for in World War II, when I came back here from service.
"So therefore, the question is, our mission is, the United States is essential, as an institution for the world as a whole. We're essential because we represent what is best expressed by our Constitution, the intention of the Constitution: The promotion of the General Welfare. And by the struggle, like the Civil War, we went through to defend the principle of the General Welfare - to establish it, less imperfectly. This is what we must not give up! This is the intention!
"Therefore, the Bill of Impeachment, the right of impeachment, goes to this! The preservation of this republic! Knowing that if these clowns get control of the republic, we don't have a republic! Therefore, a Bill of Impeachment is a defense of the republic against an intolerable menace! The highest grounds for impeachment. Not because somebody committed an offense, stole money or something like that. That's bad enough. That's worthy of impeachment. But, there's a higher standard for impeachment, also: It's when someone in high office, or some group of people in high office, threatens the existence of the republic, threatens its purpose of existence. Threatens its purpose of existence, in respect to all humanity!
"I can tell you, without the United States playing the kind of role it must play, this planet is going into a Dark Age, because there's no other place on this planet except in the United States, that we could pull off the initiation of saving this planet from Hell! Yes, other countries will do what they have to do, and it will be useful: But if we don't start it, they won't do it! This nation is needed for all humanity. And we must not allow this nation to be corrupted and destroyed, because somebody wants to do some pettifogging juggling with terms! Legalistic terms.
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