While I Dislike “Loyal” I like “Liberties”

I’m no book critic. I am certainly not a historian– although I play one on the World Wide Web sometimes just for fun. And I most decidedly am not a historian of biblio-stuff. But I have noticed that crappy old books published in the United States around the time of the War to End All Wars have some interesting pre-front matter. There are often advertisements for War Bonds, encouraging notes about how running tight ship in the kitchen supports Our Troops and such on the inside front cover.

Here’s a good pre-front matter good one, from The Constitution of the United States: Its Sources and Its Application (Thomas James Norton. The World Publishing Company, Cleveland and New York. 1943. First published in 1922.)

“You may decide… .” It’s up to you.

You may decide, as have other loyal Americans, that you would like to arouse in others the reverence you feel for for this great document which underlies all our liberties. If so, and you wish to see that copies get into other hands, you can buy them at bookstores or order by mail from

a committee. 

Or you could read the Constitution on the World Wide Web. (It’s pretty short. The Bill of Rights is really short.)

Hey! Mr. Low Man! Check this out. Nudging has been around for a long time. Note the use of “loyal.” As if you exercise your first amendment rights to disagree– which I do in the book’s exposition of my Second Amendment rights– you’re not “loyal.” Dogs are “loyal” to their masters, just ask Rocky & Missy. I am not a dog. So I’m nudging you to read the US Constitution. Not because I want you to be loyal, but because I want you to be free– to enjoy your liberties. 

It would make my life a lot easier if you were free. Nudge. Nudge.

And you’d be Happy!