The Zombie Apocalypse is here! However, instead of being surrounded by flesh eating corpses I am surrounded by something far more dangerous; a nation full of people who are both ignorant and apathetic. Under normal circumstances ignorance and apathy would not be a concern, but unfortunately these ignoramuses vote; and therein lays the danger.
On many an occasion I have said that America does not have a democracy as its system of government; it has a Constitutional Republic. In theory there are worlds of difference between the two systems, but in practice there is only a fine line of demarcation between the two.
For a Constitutional Republic to function as designed it places the responsibility of keeping government within the limits imposed upon it by the law which created government squarely upon the shoulders of the voters. If the voters become apathetic; that is they no longer care what the Constitution says are the powers granted government, then instead of a Constitution Republic we become a Representative Democracy in which the will of the majority is the only thing which determines what laws our government enacts.
They say that nothing in life is free; that everything comes with a cost, be that cost in monetary terms or in some obligation or responsibility that accompanies it. The right to vote is no different. Do you think it would be a good idea to grant drivers licenses to people who didn’t understand the basic operating principles of a motor vehicle, or who did not understand simple traffic safety? Of course not; in most States both a written and a driving test are required before you are given a license to drive. Why should voting be any different?
Not that it will ever happen, but I’d like to see a requirement that people pass a civics test before ever being allowed to vote. This test would not be a simple ‘Who was the first president of the United States’ and ‘Who did we fight in the American Revolution’ multiple choice test. No, it should prove that those voting had a thorough understanding of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. After all, doesn’t it make sense that if you don’t understand how your system of government is supposed to work you should not be allowed to vote for the people who fill the positions within that government? Although that might prove to resolve the problem of ignorant voters, it would do little to ensure that those voting applied their knowledge when it came to whom they cast their votes for.
While I was making these changes I would also like to see a rule imposed that if you are employed by the federal government, or receive any form of benefits from the government that your right to vote be revoked until you are no longer dependent upon tax dollars for any of your income.
Honestly, how likely is a person to vote for a candidate who campaigns on cutting the size of government when those cuts might include cuts to the agency they work for, or in contracts to the company they work for are reduced by these government cutbacks? Not very likely is the answer I’d expect. So a person is less likely to vote according to how well a candidate adheres to its Constitutional limitations, instead voting for the candidate most likely to ensure that their job continues to exist.
It’s simple; if you work for the TSA, you can’t vote. If you work for the NSA, you can’t vote. If you are employed in any way, shape, or fashion by the federal government you would not be allowed to vote; and this goes for military contractors as well. Of course they will not vote for candidates who promise to cut back on the size of our military, or reduce our involvement in conflicts which demand that we purchase the products their companies produce.
Even were we to do these two things, we would still be dependent upon the virtue of the remaining eligible voters. That is why I said that nothing is free; that some things come with an obligation or responsibility. Voting imposes certain obligations upon those who cast the votes; primarily that they vote according to what the Constitution says are the powers granted government, not what some political party says is the direction our country should take. So, it is the virtue of those who vote which is ultimately to blame for whatever condition our country finds itself in.
Two quotes should back up this assertion. First, Theodore Roosevelt once said, “A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” The other comes from former president James Garfield, “Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.”
You see, that right there is the problem in this country; people want certain rights, but they don’t want the responsibilities or obligations that go with them. People want to be able to vote, but they don’t want to be required to understand the system to which they are choosing candidates for, or be held to certain standards in ensuring that only those who are truly qualified for the office they seek get elected.
Honestly, if people upheld their responsibilities as voters then Hillary Clinton would never have made it as far as she has in the political landscape; she would probably be waitressing at some restaurant in Arkansas; not running for president of the United States. And don’t go giving me that ‘your sexist’ bullshit either. I know plenty of female candidates who are far more qualified for the presidency than Hillary. Hell, if you want the truth she is nothing but a mob boss for an organized crime family; her and ole Billy Boy. The corruption those two are guilty of would put Al Capone to shame.
Oh, but due to the mere fact that she is a woman, and it’s about time we had a woman president (rolling my eyes and wondering how anyone can believe that is sufficient reason to elect someone), or the fact that she is promising all kinds of goodies for her supporters, Hillary stands a good chance of becoming the next president of the United States.
One final quote on this to help clarify my thoughts and then I’ll move on. This comes from Robert Heinlen and explains exactly what I’ve been talking about, “The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body’ democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. It depends solely on the wisdom and self-restraint of citizens… which is opposed by the folly and lack of self-restraint of other citizens. What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it… which for the majority translates as ‘Bread and Circuses.’
‘Bread and Circuses’ is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death…”
And if the previous comments haven’t pissed everyone off; I’m sure the next subject will. To continue talking about rights and responsibilities, the next obvious topic for me to discuss is the right of citizenship, or entry into this country.
When our nation was arguing whether to adopt or reject the proposed constitution John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison wrote a series of articles to the people of New York in an effort to convince them to adopt rather than reject the constitution when the time came for New York to hold its ratifying assembly. These articles became known as the Federalist Papers.
In Federalist 2 John Jay writes, “With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people–a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established general liberty and independence.”
I occasionally hear from those who argue that although our Founders talked a good talk about liberty, rights, and freedom, they still permitted slavery and that this practice went against everything they said. Yet very little comes from the mouths of these people when it comes to the Native Americans who were chased off their lands in the pursuit of Manifest Destiny. The genocide committed against the American Indians is, if you want my honest opinion, a far worse crime than slavery ever was; yet it is hardly mentioned by the politically correct crowd.
I bring this up because it would seem that there was a concerted effort, at least in our nation’s early years, to create a nation for white people of European descent. Whether or not I agree with the annihilation of an entire race of people is a moot point, it was clear that those who initially established the 13 Colonies, and those who followed them to expand the United States all the way to the Pacific did so to create a land occupied and governed by Caucasians.
Wouldn’t it then be within their prerogative to establish an immigration policy which supported their goal of a land populated by people of similar background; sharing the same principles and beliefs? I’m not saying it’s right; only asking if they did not have the right to do so.
The Constitution grants Congress the power to enact whatever naturalization laws it deems necessary. They could, conceivably, deny immigration to anyone who is not of European descent if they so wanted; it was within their authority to do so. Nothing in our founding documents declares that we have to allow anyone from any country the right to immigrate to this country.
Yet so many people have this misguided belief that America owes them the right to come here and enjoy the freedoms we do, and to partake in the opportunities that exist. We don’t owe anyone anything; the right of any foreign citizen to come here is dependent upon their willingness to make America their home, and place her needs above those of the land of their birth.
I hear all these cries that America was founded upon immigration and that it was the immigration of millions of Americans that made this country great. True, but to a one they came here and became Americans in every sense of the word, forsaking their native lands and placing America first and foremost in their hearts and actions.
Two quotes from former president Theodore Roosevelt ought to prove that this was the way Americans felt until political correctness and multiculturalism raised their ugly heads and began undermining the principles that united us as a nation.
First Roosevelt stated, “We can have no “50-50″ allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.”
Then there is this, taken from his Children of the Crucible, “From the melting pot of life in this free land all men and woman of all nations who come hither emerge as Americans and nothing else. They must have renounced completely and without reserve all allegiance to the land from which they or their forefathers came. And it is a binding duty on every citizen of this country in every important crisis to act solidly with all his fellow Americans, having regard only to the honor and interest of America, treating every other nation purely on its conduct in that crisis, without reference to his ancestral predilections or antipathies. If he does not act, he is false to the teachings and lives of Washington and Lincoln; he is not entitled to any part or lot in our country and he should be sent out of it.”
That was how our country felt about those who immigrated to America; at least it was up until around 1917 when those words were written. If one were to research the history of immigration law in the United States one would find that at times we have limited or prohibited the immigration of peoples from certain countries, or established quotas to ensure that they did not become too large a percentage of the population.
Again, not saying whether that is the right, or moral thing to do, just stating that it is an undeniable fact. As an example during the Great Depression, President Hoover essentially shut down all immigration because there simply were no jobs for those who sought to come to America. Then again during the Iran Hostage Crisis president Carter would not allow visas to be issued to Iranian citizens.
So it is well within the right of America, and history has recorded that we have established immigration policy that it felt best served its own interests. Again, coming to this country is a privilege, not a right everyone in all the countries of the world are entitled to. How many other countries have existing immigration laws which are far stricter than ours, and which impose far more stringent requirements upon those who seek to enter their countries?
All we ask is that if you want to come to this country you obey our laws, respect our customs, learn the language, and not become a burden upon society. Is that too much to ask?
But no, people come here and try to push their beliefs upon us. They come here demanding that we provide translators for them because they refuse to learn our common language. They demand that we not only respect their customs, but we force our own citizens to celebrate them.
Instead of being one country, united by common beliefs and customs, we have become a nation that is fragmented along racial lines. We celebrate this multiculturalism while it is tearing us apart.
Look at us, we have a Black History Month, a Hispanic History Month; yet were we to even suggest that we establish a White History Month the cries of racism would reach the Moon. Any time we ask that our existing immigration laws be enforced the result is the same; racist whitey is trying to break apart families and deport these poor people who only want a better life for themselves and their families.
In 1983, after years of not enforcing immigration law, our country was faced with the problem of a large number of illegal aliens living amongst us. To solve this problem the Simpson-Mazzoli Act was introduced and signed by President Reagan. If an illegal alien could prove they had been living here prior to 1982, if they could prove they had not committed a crime, if they paid a fine and all taxes due, the crime of their entering this country illegally would be forgiven and they would be granted the opportunity to become citizens.
We were told this would be a one time deal; that it wouldn’t happen again. Yet here we are, 28 years later, with the cry that our immigration system is broken and needs comprehensive reform being touted every couple of years.
How can they say it’s broken when they’ve never even attempted to see if it works? It is the job of the president to see that all laws be faithfully upheld. Well presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush Jr. and Obama have all failed to do so, and once again we are being told that we need to do something about the reportedly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. I think the number is higher, much higher; upwards of 40 million. But that’s beside the point; we were lied to by our government when they said they would enforce the law and we would never be asked to accept another amnesty for those who entered this country illegally.
They say we can’t deport all these people; it would be impossible and inhumane. Why not? President Eisenhower did it. In fact he had them shipped across the border, and when they came right back he had them shipped even further away; and repeated the process until they stopped coming to this country illegally.
If you ask me, not only should we deport them, we should immediately revoke the citizenship of anyone harboring them. I don’t care if someone has lived their entire life here in the U.S. and is guilty of no other crime than that of helping some poor undocumented immigrant remain in the U.S.; if they violate our immigration law, as they are doing by harboring these people, they lose their citizenship and are subject to deportation themselves for their crimes.
This is America for crying out loud, when are people going to start acting with America’s interests first and foremost in their minds? If the first act of any immigrant is the violating of our immigration laws are these the kind of people we are willing to open our arms to and accept among us? I’m not saying these are all bad people, just that we should demand that our laws be upheld, and by entering this country illegally they are showing that they have no respect for our laws.
The same thing, to an even greater extent applies to all these immigrants, or refugees if you want to call them that, from the Middle East. Our foreign policy has been to meddle, and invade these people’s native lands to impose our way of life and gain control of the oil reserves their countries sit upon. In doing so America has wrought havoc in their countries and brought violence and death to them as a people. Has it ever crossed your mind that these refugees might harbor some pretty serious animosity towards the country responsible for causing them to be forced to flee their homeland? Yet we are expected to open our arms to them and let them live amongst us, to possibly some day commit acts of terrorism right here on our own soil? We have already been given a hint of things to come with the San Bernadino and Orlando shootings. What will it take for us to realize that we are inviting far worse if we do not stop our nation’s insane foreign policy of endless war and interventions, and stop allowing people whose religious beliefs run contrary to everything our entire system is founded upon?
I am an American and I love my country. I love the freedoms it was established to protect and I was raised to not judge a man by their skin color, but by how they treated me. Yet I owe no loyalty to my government, or the people of other countries. If you come to my country you should put American values above those of the ones you held while living in your native land.
This nonsense of us being African-American, Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans and all the other hyphenated Americans has got to stop and we have all got to start acting like plain old Americans, putting American beliefs and values first in our minds.
That is where these two issues meld together; both in how we vote, and in whom we allow to enter this country and become citizens. They say this is the United States of America. How united are we in reality? We are fragmented along political party lines, by racial lines, by support for this belief or that. We are far from united because we have stopped believing in the same thing our Founders believed in when they first sought their independence; “…that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That 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.”
If we could put aside all our differences and join together in supporting that one simple concept, America could be…would be great again. But as long as we remain divided we will never again see greatness in this country.
You can call me an asshole if you want, but if standing up for the principles which form the foundation upon which this country was established is considered being an asshole, them I’m damned proud to be an asshole!