You Simply Can’t Fight Stupidity

Awhile back someone at work was telling me how they, not only read all my articles, but they save them and take them to their father to read as well. But he also said something that has been bugging me for quite some time. He said that he agreed with everything I say, but asked what do we do about it. I really didn’t have an answer and the question has been bugging me ever since.

Then yesterday I took my wife to the local shopping mall to look around. While she was shopping I got a cup of coffee and sat down on one of the benches. As it often happens, there were some tables set up with people promoting their products or organizations. Sitting opposite from each other were two tables, one was for a local Scouting organization, and the other was signing up young kids for local athletic programs.

My wife takes quite awhile to shop so I had ample time to sit there and watch the people. In the time I sat there I was the only person to go look, and talk to, the Scouting representative. But, there was a steady stream of parents and kids lined up to sign up for football and baseball.

It was as I was sitting there that the idea for this article came to me. I’ve sort of known it all along, but it was as I was sitting there that I realized that most people don’t want to know about things that may be of some use in their lives. Think about it, Scouting teaches kids life skills, a certain code of ethics, or morals, and it develops honesty and integrity. Now I’m not saying athletics are completely useless, but they become the entire focus of your life you have a problem. I know plenty of people who can recite football data going back decades, but they couldn’t tell me who the current Vice President is, or who is our current Secretary of State.

Most Americans don’t have the faintest idea as to how their government was supposed to function, and what purpose it was supposed to serve. They foolishly believe that we are stuck with either Republicans or Democrats and that we have to accept, and live with, the laws they enact on our behalf.

I hate to say it, but these people are stupid. Yes, STUPID! According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, stupid is defined as not intelligent: having or showing a lack of ability to learn and understand things: not sensible or logical. You tell me, and be honest, is knowing decades of football stats more important than knowing the principles upon which our nation was founded? Is it more important to care more about Union politics in your place of employment than it is to know about the actions being taken by your state and federal government?

Now it may not be out and out stupidity, but it damn sure is willful ignorance. English comedian and actor Stephen Fry once wrote “There are young men and women up and down the land who happily (or unhappily) tell anyone who will listen that they don’t have an academic turn of mind, or that they aren’t lucky enough to have been blessed with a good memory, and yet can recite hundreds of pop lyrics and reel off any amount of information about footballers. Why? Because they are interested in those things. They are curious. If you are hungry for food, you are prepared to hunt high and low for it. If you are hungry for information it is the same. Information is all around us, now more than ever before in human history. You barely have to stir or incommode yourself to find things out. The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know.”

It’s that simple, people simply don’t care enough to take the time to educate themselves. I don’t know whether it is because their lives are so busy that they feel they need some time to relax away from anything that may be as stressful as reading about unconstitutional laws, or if it is because they know that if they were to educate themselves they would then be responsible for making informed decisions about who they vote for and for keeping those in office accountable to their oath to support the Constitution. Whatever the case may be there are far more ignorant people running around in this country than there are informed people, and because of that fact the majority continues to vote for the same old lying sack of shit career politicians who have sold their souls, and their constituents down the drain for a chance to sit in the halls of power. Tell me that isn’t so. How else do you explain the continued re-election of people like Harry Reid, Dianne Feinstein, and John McCain?

Did you know that in 1816 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled, “The Constitution was written to be understood by the voters; its words and phrases were used in their normal and ordinary, as distinguished from technical meaning; where the intention is clear, there is no room for construction, and no excuse for interpolation or addition.” (Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee 14 U.S. 304)

So there is no excuse for you to not understand the purpose for which our government was established. It’s only because you choose not to that you don’t, and that is why you continue to believe in the two party paradigm of Republican versus Democrat.

You know, when the Tea Party movement first got started I was a fervent supporter of it. Then I watched as it was infiltrated, and hijacked by supposed conservatives in the GOP. People like Sarah Palin began giving speeches at Tea Party events and I thought to myself, “What the hell is SHE doing at a Tea Party event?”

I mean, didn’t she run as John McCain’s choice for Vice President? Didn’t she align herself with the platform of the Republican Party? You have GOT to stop believing in the two political parties as the sad truth is that neither of them have any interest in adhering to the limits imposed upon government by the Constitution. Sure, one or the other may more closely align with your own personal beliefs, but neither give a damn about the limits the Constitution imposes upon our government, and more importantly, both are equally guilty of trampling all over your rights!

Did you know that back in 1912, after serving as President, Theodore Roosevelt said, “Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests, which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics, is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.”

Since then this ‘invisible government’ if you wish to call it that, has grown even stronger. No longer do we get to choose from candidates who will support the Constitution, but instead candidates from both parties are carefully vetted to ensure they strictly adhere to their respective party’s platform, while both parties serve these corrupt businesses and moneyed interests who really control things in this nation.

Sure the occasional loose cannon slips through; the Ron Paul’s the Dennis Kucinich’s but for the most part each and every candidate who makes it to the stage is carefully chosen to give us the illusion of choice between differing ideologies, but in truth they are all just puppets who are controlled by the moneyed interests who only care about increasing their own wealth, and enlarging their power over the people who they consider to be nothing but serfs to serve their selfish needs.

You may say that your government is, in fact, enacting laws that the people ask for, but does that make what they do right? In his Commentaries on the Constitution, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story writes, “No man in a republican government can doubt, that the will of the people is, and ought to be, supreme. But it is the deliberate will of the people, evinced by their solemn acts, and not the momentary ebullitions of those, who act for the majority, for a day, or a month, or a year. The constitution is the will, the deliberate will of the people. They have declared under what circumstances, and in what manner it shall be amended and altered; and until a change is effected in the manner prescribed, it is declared, that it shall be the supreme law of the land, to which all persons, rulers, as well as citizens, must bow in obedience.”

I simply don’t get it. Why would anyone assume that an entity, created by the people of this country, have an unlimited grant of power and authority to enact whatsoever laws they deem to be in the best interests of the country? Why would these same people assume that, without the people understanding the purpose for which this entity was created, that it would refrain from enacting laws which were beyond the scope of any limitations imposed upon it?

It has been said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Can anyone honestly think that just because this is America that the people they elect cannot become corrupted and seek to exercise powers beyond those granted them by the people? Do people truly think that if their government wished to enslave them, or do them harm, that it would hold a press conference and tell them so?

If we leave the government to decide for itself the extent of the powers it may exercise that is akin to letting the fox guard the henhouse, there is simply no limit to what powers it may assume, and what laws it may enact. It is our duty as citizens to understand the document which created our government; to understand the powers we gave it; and finally, ensure that it does not overstep those powers.

In George Washington’s first Inaugural Address he stated, “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”

I’m here to tell you, from my vantage point, that experiment has failed, and failed miserably. In his book The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan writes, “If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we’re just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us.”

If we truly wish to restore this country, we have to be willing to face the fact that we have been wrong in simply voting for the lesser of two evils, or blindly voting for candidates from either of the two mainstream political parties. Author Leo Tolstoy once said, “Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking.”

So what we are truly fighting here in America is not so much an out of control government. If it were that simple the people, if they were educated and informed, would simply vote for people who honored their oath to support and defend the Constitution. No, what we are fighting is the greed, the selfishness, and the abject stupidity of an overwhelming number of Americans who refuse to vote for, or demand that their elected representatives strictly adhere to the limits imposed upon them by the Constitution. It’s that simple, and yet it is that complicated as well.

Irish philosopher Edmund Burke once said that “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” So when I speak out against the actions of my/our government I am only doing so because the things I see them do go against what I understand to be their function and purpose as outlined in the Constitution.

So, as Joseph Story also said in his Commentaries on the Constitution, “It is a popular government. Those, who administer it, are responsible to the people…It is created for one purpose; the state governments for another. It may be altered, and amended and abolished at the will of the people. In short, it was made by the people, made for the people, and is responsible to the people.” So if it be a government that no longer adheres to the limits imposed upon it by the Constitution, then the fault lies with the people for allowing it.

In closing I’d like to leave you with a quote from Confederate President Jefferson Davis, which reflects how I feel pretty much to a T, “I love the Union and the Constitution, but I would rather leave the Union with the Constitution than remain in the Union without it.” Those who submit to such consequence without resistance are not worthy the liberties and rights to which they were born, and deserve to be made slaves. Such must be the verdict of mankind.”

But unfortunately that can’t be done, so I’ll continue to scribble out these little missives from time to time, hoping against all odds that people will wake up before they find themselves truly enslaved to a beast of their own creation. But don’t ask me to show you any mercy or consideration for your ignorance and your stupidity.

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