Frustration is defined as the feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something. Let me tell you; I’m mighty frustrated. I have said it before, but I’ll say it again; I have no idea what happens once I hit the SEND button and submit my writings out into the void to be read by others. Unless I get feedback I do not know if anyone reads, or thinks about what I have said.
From time to time I will get a response from, what I like to call ‘the choir’; those who are already of like mind and attitude. Don’t mistake what I’m saying by thinking I am looking for praise; all I want to know is whether I’ve caused people to think. Without any feedback all I have to gauge my efforts is the immediate feedback I get from those to whom I hand deliver copies of my articles; mostly at work. Let me tell you, the feedback I get is less than encouraging.
Sure, there are a few who read my articles and agree with what I say; but then there are those who read them and are offended by them. More often than not they will not come to me and have an honest debate on the subject matter which offended them; instead they run like cowards to Human Resources, crying that their feelings have been hurt.
It is my belief, and I could be wrong, that people who do this fear direct confrontation when they know, deep down inside, that they have no evidence to support their own beliefs. They are not afraid of arguing as long as it is in regards to a subject they are well informed on; such as football. However, seeing as how most people are sadly misinformed about the subject matter I write about, or have been clearly lied to regarding the facts; when I present the truth to them they become offended. They then resort to the typical modus operandi for Political Correctness and begin hurling insults or turning the offensive person in because their feelings have been hurt.
Sometimes I wonder what’s happened to this country when a person’s feelings are more important than the truth. I’m serious when I ask; have we become a nation of pussies? Now I can almost hear your thoughts; I’m gonna kick your ass Neal for calling me a pussy. But think about it, do your thoughts not prove my point? Doesn’t the fact that you wish to threaten me with physical violence for something I said which you find offensive prove the fact that you are incapable of proving me wrong?
You simply cannot stop people from being offended; there will always be someone who is offended by something. For the majority, or even a small vocal minority, to silence the views of others simply because they find what is being said offensive goes against all the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech stands for.
I’m offended by rap music; I’m offended when I go into a public place and hear every language except English being spoken; I’m offended by the lack of morality I see on TV and in the movies; but I have no more right to censor these things than you have the right to tell me not to express my views. If you don’t like what I say; DON’T READ IT!!!
The point I’m trying to make with this, and with the last two articles I wrote, is that the truth no longer matters to most people these days. I could prove, point by point, that what Donald Trump is campaigning upon violates the Constitution; but people are still going to vote for him. And Hillary supporters are even worse. The woman is a pathological liar and yet people still flock behind her and will vote for her just because of the promises she makes.
I keep thinking back to what Ben Franklin said in his final speech to the Constitutional Convention when he said, “I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”
Are we incapable of anything other than despotism for our government? From my perspective I’d have to say yes. When people willingly allow government to overstep its authority to pass laws just so they get their fair share of the benefits it provides; I’d say yes, we are incapable of anything other than despotism. When the people willingly surrender their most sacred rights for the promise of security than I’d have to say yes, we are incapable of anything other than despotism.
You say the world has changed Neal, times are different and we need a different government to deal with it. If that is so, quit pretending that you have a Constitutional Republic and admit that you want a dictatorship or a monarchy; socialism or fascism. But as long as we have a Constitutional Republic then, dammit, start learning what that Constitution says and start standing up for it!
See that frustration seeping through?
I have had numerous people quote Samuel Adams to me, where Adams said, “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” Believe me, I’m irate! Tireless; I’ve been writing for 15 + years, and for the last couple months I’ve been writing an article a day; so I’d say I’m tireless. I’m keen to set brush fires in people’s minds, but I feel like I’m walking around dropping lit matches onto wet grass. For a fire to catch there has to be suitable kindling to start burning, and the minds of the people I’ve been trying to reach have been so well indoctrinated, so conditioned, that they wouldn’t recognize the truth if it was injected directly into their bloodstream.
I have a few friends who have been at this much longer than I, and I admire their patience and perseverence. Or maybe they simply don’t vocalize their frustration like I am doing now.
I see my fellow countrymen going around pretending to love their country, yet participating in its destruction. It makes absolutely no sense to me…NONE!
Author Mark Twain once said, “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government when it deserves it.” Author Edward Abbey also once said, “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
Thoughts like those will get a person into trouble these days when true patriotic sentiments are considered subversive. That is why the words of Charles A. Beard ring so true to me, “You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.”
I truly believe that we have gotten to the point Franklin spoke of when we are incapable of anything other than despotic government. The only problem is that there remains a portion of this country who still live and breathe individual liberty. Eventually there will come a confrontation between the two; it’s just a matter of when.
Keep that thought in mind as you go about pretending that your votes make a difference and that the government you support bears any resemblance to the one outlined by our Constitution. Your ignorance, your steadfast denial to face the facts is going to come around and bite you in the ass one of these days; and I want to be there to see the look on your face when it happens. It will more than make up for all the frustration you have caused me.