Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Unistatians: Utopia or Destruction by LeRoy Webster Sr. (1968)

(The following essay was written by my dad, LeRoy Webster Sr. and copyrighted in 1968. Edited by Cyd Webster Beacham)

The Unistations will unite this land by sheer willingness to bring about a land of beauty and progress unequalled by all imagination.

What is your Nationality? Think first! What does nationality mean? Where you live? Where you were born? Who your parents are? Your religion? Just what does nationality mean and what does nationality mean to you? Are you proud of your nationality? That's fine, beautiful, you should be. Are you a citizen? A citizen of where? Of the United States? Does this affect our nationality?

Every nationality comes from the country that you live in. Heritage and nationality are two different things. Some of you know your heritage and from where your families originated in the past few generations, but whaat about before that? Could medieval age heritage or nationality carry over to now, or are they  of any importance at all? Everyone is naturally proud to belong to different things in the past, but can you really be sure that your ancestors had all the honor you think they did, and everyones' father was who he claimed to be? Can you really be sure? But now think, just what do these things mean to us now, in 1968?

If you were born in France, you would be French, right? If you became a citizen of France, you would still be French, right? Or in England, English or Egypt, Egyptian. Ireland, Irish. India, Indian. China, Chinese. Spain, Spanish. Mexico, Mexican. Canada, Canadian, Nigeria, Nigerian... and so on for every country. So if you are born in the United States of America, you are an American, definitely. But being American doesn't identify you. An American is anyone born in the continental Americas, North or South, including Mexicans, Canadians, Peruvians, Argentinians, etc.

When this country was born we adopted the name Americans because we didn't know where we were, but now after almost 200 years, the children have grown and we know who we are but we still have an adopted name. I think that now the United States citizens are responsible enough and can assume their own name, "The Unistatians".

Every other country in the world has a specific word to identify its citizens. The citizens of the United States have never had one, we have been called many things, but none of the names really identify us with only the United States.

Some groups have fallen back on their heritage, religions, race or color. This has caused desperate situations of near destruction in our land.

 Further continuation of this same situation can only lead to the disintegration and decay of what would have been the greatest country in the world. If we are of the United States and for the United States, we are the United States and should have our own specific name. The Unistatians is a fitting word that could unite the citizens to one main determination. To revive the citizens, The Unistatians, as to what their nationality is, to where their allegiance lies and to unite them together for the betterment of our country. If you live in the United States, are a citizen of the United States or were born in the United States, you are a Unistatian, a product of the United States of America.

The United States has been the largest melting pot in the world. This concept was truly beautiful. But now in our automated scientific, big business society the pot is running over and we can't seem to give everyone the equal opportunities they deserve. The Unistatians will promote equality.

In the Declaration of Independence it states that "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." This was fine but it doesn't hold true. First of all, men are not created equal, but should have equal rights in a democracy. There are great differences between persons born rich or poor, and intelligent, average, or below average intellectually, or those born into different religions or into no religion at all. Then there is the big hang-up of people who are born different colors and shades and individual characteristics. No one could really say all of these differences could be equal.

It says the inalienable rights are endowed by our Creator. That is great, but the Creator is not running this country to make these things hold true. Our democracy is running it. The people whom we keep in office. Our choice to uphold the right. Have they done it? The Unistatians can do it.

Thomas Jefferson raised this question in one of his articles concerning the Bill of Rights. "Is the spirit of the people infallible, a permanent reliance? Is this the kind of protection we receive in return for the rights we give up? Besides the spirit of the times may alter, will alter. Our rulers corrupt, our people careless. A single zealot may commence persecution, and better men be his victims"

He continued, "It can never be too often repeated, that the time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis is while our rulers are honest, and ourselves united."

He had great foresight, but even with the Bill of Rights, things have been twisted, turned, corrupted and misinterpreted. The Unistatians can change this!

The advantage of fair procedures when the lone individual challenges those in power is that the government should be a symbol of justice, not the badge of oppression. The Unistatians will promote this!

Respect for human dignity will preserve the rights of man, not love. The law of human beings is wisdom and goodness, not unlimited acquisition. To develop wisdom and goodness we must welcome the hunger to know and to grow and all Unistatians should share in the torrent of information and knowledge poured upon us in this communications revolution. A man cannot really be regarded as fully human, in a true democracy except  in the community he builds with other free humans, grasping wisdom by accepting and giving, and learning the dignity of the weakest person as well as the mightiest.

And we all can do our part by renewing our allegiances and accepting the responsibilities of Unistatians to raise the United States to  new heights; by restoring our faith and forging ahead to remain the greatest country in the world.

Let us join together to promote this theme, Unistatians. I propose a group named HERD; To be HERD, and get HERD; join HERD to help HERD.

Unistatians united together for the betterment of our country. HERD shall aim at four main points.

Help everyone, Eliminate mistrust, Respect everyone, Deprive no one.

LeRoy Webster (Unistatian)
Orange NJ, USA