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Hostile holidays? Give Sir Anthony Hopkins two minutes in Spielberg’s Amistad: a source to turn to when “there appears no hope at all”

“PROSE”: “the ordinary language people use in speaking or writing.”  – Merriam Webster

Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, as John Quincy Adams presenting oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States, in Amistad (1997). This two-and-a-half minute clip reminds us of an oft-forgotten well from which we might draw courage when “there appears no hope at all.”

“The other night I was talking with my friend, Cinque. He was over at my place, and we were out in the greenhouse together, and he was explaining to me how when a member of the Mende—that’s his people—how when a member of the Mende encounters a situation where there appears no hope at all, he evokes his ancestors . . . tradition. See, the Mende believe that if one can summon the spirit of one’s ancestors, then they have never left, and the wisdom and strength they fathered and inspired will come to his aid. James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams . . . we have long resisted asking you for guidance. Perhaps, we have feared in doing so, we might acknowledge that our individuality, which we so, so revere, is not entirely our own. Perhaps, we’ve feared an appeal to you might be taken for weakness. But we’ve come to understand, finally, that this is not so. We understand now, that we’ve been made to understand, and to embrace the understanding, that who we are is who we were. We desperately need your strength and wisdom, to triumph over our fears, our prejudices, ourselves. Give us the courage to do what is right. And if it means civil war, then let it come. And when it does, may it be, finally, the last battle of the American Revolution.”

 

Legal citation for the real case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court:

The United States, Appellants, v. The Libellants And Claimants Of The Schooner Amistad, Her Tackle, Apparel, And Furniture, Together With Her Cargo, And The Africans Mentioned And Described In The Several Libels And Claims, Appellees, 40 U.S. 518; 10 L. Ed. 826 (1841).

 

Feature image attribution: Battle Bare for PTSD and Military Suicide, accessed online 21 November 2018 at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/292734044500114364/

 

 

Charles.photo.lawlibrary. 150 x 200Charles Bloeser is a lawyer and the researcher behind the creation of combatresearchandprose.com, a new open-source applied research initiative examining combat and those marked by it. His most recent publication, in August 2018, reports how a cancer-stricken, combat-haunted Vietnam veteran fell between the cracks in a modern jail. It’s an account that, from that warrior’s deathbed, he asked author to share with those best able to keep the same thing from happening to others. STRIFE, at the Department of War Studies, Kings College London, gave him a way to do that.  

http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/02/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam

Facebook data reveal complicity in campaign to smear patriot researcher as activist, leftist resister

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1 min 5 second intro by researcher:

 

[Following update excerpted from Digital Brief: Law and Images, with link to complete document below]

Section 2(f) of this overview of law and facts features examples of four general tools of personal and professional character murder. But in recent weeks, presumptive defendants and their minions in the coming civil defamation action against the Episcopal Church / LGBT Alliance appear to have grown more aggressive in their dealings with this researcher and the work that he produces and releases. In addition to apparently obliterating before they can ever reach their destinations electronic communications that are clearly marked as “Confidential Privileged Communications” under both Attorney-Client Privilege and the Attorney Work Product Doctrine – new social media content from this lawyer is ever more quickly killed in the womb. But if that doesn’t work and that content manages to breathe life for even a moment, it’s killed as it exits the birth canal.

Presumptive plaintiff has also been dispatched without cause from at least one Facebook group whose members regularly and significantly interacted with content intended for past and present U.S. Marines and those who support them. But data received from Facebook 14 Feb 2019 have been sanitized to remove all references to this lawyer ever having been in the group to begin with. Thank God for screenshots.

As images in part 2 of this digital memo reveal, presumptive defendants from, inter alia, as many as 750 Episcopal Churches that have formally committed themselves to “welcome and affirm” “ALL SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS, GENDER IDENTITIES, AND GENDER EXPRESSIONS,” have colluded through various means to murder, professionally and personally, the American lawyer who authored a 2004 article that advocated amending the U.S. Constitution to define “marriage” as a union only between one man and one woman. Recent data received from Facebook reveal that one of those methods is to flagrantly lie to lawyer’s national security/defense/veterans audience that plaintiff followed and has now stopped following pages that plaintiff never would have followed in the first place and which are inconsistent with everything lawyer has ever produced or participated in, These include pages such as “resist.bot” and pages dedicated to those whose interests include aggressively waging political war in pursuit of a socialist agenda.

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