” The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings.”
I’m not sure I can say there is anything wrong with the local raccoon lodge ( Honeymooner reference ). Also in a country like America with such diversity of people from abroad; people from different places in the world will naturally congregate. Private clubs seem a natural right of the people. I think the problem arises when someone takes an oath to office of These United States and has a previous oath taken to a country or group that may take priority. That just seems rational. If someone was not born in America they are not eligible to be president. If someone serves in the military for a foreign nation in any capacity it is clear they have already taken an oath to their country of origin. That does not mean that person or group should be blanketedly barred, it simply means the person or persons may have prior allegiances that take priority other than These United States which needs to be considered. Also We cant allow the structures that succeeded in these secret groups to be implemented in place of our open free society that stands on the Principles of Freedom Declared in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. We have made missteps in our “homeland security” approach our freedom has been muddied, made opaque. The country has been turned on its head where We the People have all privacy trespassed upon for “security” and the government of and by the people by the people no longer answers to the people and all the information regarding our public servants activities can be barred for “national security”. A secret government apparatus that surveills We the People of These United States 24/7 paid for of and by with the taxes of the people being surveilled. Though to be more accurate these security services are not being “paid”for responsibly. No irresponsible unesesary DEBT is being created every year in the Billions and Trillions in the name of “security” to prevent an invisible threat from possibly happening and your children and grandchildren are being given this extra burden of debt before they get out of kindergarden. Secrecy does not equate to freedom or even security it creates more problems. Look around you, at our country and the changes since 911. If one is honest you ll see the patriot act and homeland security secret policing and security has initiated this pre-emptive gov/private market approach we are seeing rolled out with the current covid con we currently find ourselves in. It’s handling has being the disaster not the virus.