You Must Be Insane

In almost every endeavor a person undertakes they are going to encounter challenges on the way to success. There are some who give up at the first hint of difficulty, while others are steadfast and determined to persevere until they achieve their goal. I have never been one to simply toss in the towel simply because things got hard, but as a writer the difficulties I have encountered have been of such a nature that I have often asked myself why do I punish myself by continuing to do what I do.

The way I see it, people write for one of three reasons; a) they wish to entertain people, b) they wish to educate people, or c) they simply wish to chronicle certain events such as their lives or a story. In my case I write because I hope to educate people, although there is also the fact that I do actually enjoy the process of gathering data and putting it together in a manner that people enjoy reading. But my primary purpose is to inform, to educate, and I hope that in so doing I cause people to rethink their positions and beliefs.

I do love to write, so I will probably never completely stop, and I have had two books published, something that I never would have imagined possible when I first started doing this years ago. But those are not the reasons for which I write. I write because too many people in this country have been lied to in regards to our nation’s history, and their system of government. I only seek to attempt to set the record straight.

My biggest problem lies not with my writing skills, the inability to find facts, or the accuracy of the data I provide, instead it lies with my intended audience. They simply refuse to accept the facts I present, or choose to ignore them altogether. This has been quite bothersome and I often wonder why people would choose to simply ignore information that is of such great import to their lives.

Although I still do not quite understand why, I think I have at least found an explanation…they are mentally ill.

When I was growing up there was not the preponderance of mental illness that we see today; you were either crazy, or you were sane, and if you were crazy you were bat-shit crazy and everybody knew it. But now it seems that the psychiatric community has created a whole host of new illnesses to classify, and categorize, people with. We’ve all heard of PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, well when I was growing up listening to my dad talk about World War II, he simply called it shell shock. But now the shrinks have classified it as a mental illness. Then there is ADD, or ADHD which has been used to classify kids in school. People nowadays suffer from all kinds of anxieties, phobias, and disorders that simply were nonexistent when I was a kid.

So, I guess the reason that people simply refuse to accept the truth when presented with it could possibly be attributed to a mental illness…couldn’t it? It seems this mental illness even has a name; Cognitive Dissonance. What is Cognitive Dissonance? One webpage explains that “People tend to seek consistency in their beliefs and perceptions. So what happens when one of our beliefs conflicts with another previously held belief? The term cognitive dissonance is used to describe the feeling of discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs. When there is a discrepancy between beliefs and behaviors, something must change in order to eliminate or reduce the dissonance.”

Psychologist Leon Festinger even set forth some basic hypotheses in regards to Cognitive Dissonance. Festinger states:

1. “The existence of dissonance, being psychologically uncomfortable, will motivate the person to try to reduce the dissonance and achieve consonance”

2. “When dissonance is present, in addition to trying to reduce it, the person will actively avoid situations and information which would likely increase the dissonance”

That, particularly number 2, sounds a lot like the people I am trying to reach with my articles, they actively avoid the truth I am presenting because it disagrees with the things they have been brought up to believe. Therefore, if people do not hear the things I write about, coming from the mouths of people in positions of authority, they simply ignore me, calling me unreliable, or even worse, a tin-foil hat conspiracy theorist. But the fact is that the truth is eternal, and no matter how much you ignore it, it will not go away. Therefore, wouldn’t a sane person seek out the truth, no matter the cost to their beliefs? It must, therefore, be presumed that any who would not accept the truth, when presented to them, are indeed mentally ill…i.e. crazy.

Years ago, before our Constitution, before our Declaration of Independence, Patrick Henry stood before the Virginia legislature and said, “Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”

My purpose in writing is not to entertain, to make you happy, but to make you THINK. If the things I make you think about cause discomfort, or make you doubt everything that you have ever been taught about our government, than I have succeeded in my goal. I don’t ask that you blindly accept everything I say as the gospel truth, it is because of people blindly accepting what they have been told which has gotten us into the mess we are in. I am asking that you take the time to research the facts for yourself and come to your own conclusions based upon evidence, and not upon emotional reactions.

Our nation’s Founders, the men who fought for our independence, who drafted the documents creating our system of government, were wise men…far wiser than the corrupt politicians of today who only serve their own selfish desires. In 1962, when President Kennedy hosted 49 Nobel Prize winners at the White House, he was quoted as saying, “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” Can you imagine in 200 years a future president saying that about a George. W. Bush, a Barack Obama, a Diane Feinstein, a Harry Reid, or a John McCain? Neither can I.

Therefore, why is it that people consider me to be a threat to them, to their country, to their security when I say that our government has overstepped its lawful authority, has become tyrannical and oppressive, and must be reigned in, or abolished? When in truth that is the very premise Jefferson espoused when he wrote the following, “… whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence)

I can only presume that it is because people today no longer have the desire to seek out the truth, they now care less about their liberty than they do their security. In 1785 James Madison penned the following, “The preservation of a free Government requires not merely, that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained; but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great Barrier which defends the rights of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants. The People who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves.”

But that is not all Madison said, he also declared, “Because it is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entagled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.”

The first duty of citizens…Our Founders had hoped that we would cherish the freedom they bequeathed to us and that we would fight any, and all, acts which limited it. Instead we have become soft, apathetic, and more concerned with self-gratification and entertainment than we have with preserving our birthright…our LIBERTY.

As Samuel Adams once said, “The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks… It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”

This country truly has gone mad, but it is not those of us who speak of liberty and limited government who have lost our minds. It is the people who go about their lives accepting the unjust laws imposed upon them which limit their rights and condemn them into servitude. And to quote Sam Adams one more time, those of us who still value our liberty have but one thing to say to you, “May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

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One Response to You Must Be Insane

  1. Bill says:

    Nice post! I’ve often wondered why some of us are wired to base our thinking on facts, logic, and history and others ignore all 3. There’s no getting through to someone that can’t think(mentally ill). Add apathy and ignorance into the mix and now you are talking about a majority of the population. I wear my tinfoil hat proudly.

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