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What does it mean to be honorable? As a society, I don’t think we do a good job of defining what it means to be honorable. Otherwise, we would not honor, much less elect, the people we do.

What got this rant started? Here is the short story.  After I read a post, Re-writing the Constitution to our demise, over at Cry and Howl, I commented here. After lobotero replied, I clicked the link he had left in reply to a comment from Cry and Howl and visited this post, Checks And Balances.

‘s post is about checks and balances. Hence the picture above, but checks and balances do not — can not — protect us from each others abuses.  Honorable men and women do that. That’s why I ended this comment with these words.

Can I offer you a perfect solution for the problem of government? Is the Constitution perfect? No and no. To create a perfect government we would need to be perfect. Then we would need no government. Meanwhile, the best we can do is elect honorable people, people who will strive to keep the oath to support and defend the Constitution.

In the 18th century, being honorable meant you kept your word. Today it does not seem to mean that. That is a problem for which “those 18th century aristocrats and white men of relative wealth” had no solution.

What if through some miracle we put together the perfect committee of men and women and they wrote the perfect Constitution? What if our country approved that perfect Constitution? What if our elected leaders swore to support and defend that perfect Constitution? What if our elected leaders lied, and We the People did not care? Would our circumstances be any different from what we see today?

In the 18th Century, when men and women defined honor, they looked to the Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV). In their eyes, when someone strove to live by the teachings in the Bible, that person was worthy of being honored. Today too few of us know what the Bible says.


    1. Those are interesting questions. Did you intend to ask me or Cry and Howl?

      Anyway, here are my thoughts.

      To be honorable, I agree one does have to live honorably. That is the point that Cry and Howl makes when he refers to Esau. Nonetheless, there is honor in being the firstborn.

      Deuteronomy 21:15-17 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
      15 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated: 16 then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn: 17 but he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.

      If you search for the word “firstborn” in the Authorized (King James) Version, you will get 100 hits.

      Why the distinction? I am not certain I know exactly. Perhaps because the first time we do anything it is special, there is something special about the firstborn. Maybe we reward the firstborn for giving his or her inexperienced parents an opportunity to learn how to be parents. Or it could be the role the firstborn play by helping large families to raise their siblings. Because the firstborn must help, we insist that first child to be more responsible. Whatever the reason, I know that God made exceptions.Sometimes He insisted that a younger child receive the blessing. Firstborn or not, He expects honorable behavior.


  1. You’ve made some very good points here Tom. The Bible (KJV) repeatedly refers to people of honor. A king who did good for the people during his reign would be honored with burial amongst the other honorable kings. Even being a first born son was an honorable thing in Israel. Esau made a critical mistake selling his birthright (honor) for a bowl of beans and is the perfect example of what we face today. There is no real honor amongst the great majority of politicians. Their desire for power overrides any real honor they profess to have. I watched a video clip where Eric Holder was being grilled by Mike Lee and I noted the name plate in front of Holder … “Honorable Eric Holder”. I couldn’t help but think “what a joke”.
    But now we’re in a place in time where dishonorable people are admired … Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama and I could go on and on.
    Anyway I don’t want to take up too much of your time. I admire your stand for what’s decent and genuinely honorable.


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