“Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear–
kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor–
with the cry of grave national emergency.”
There is an old saying, which has been taken out of context, which states, “Ignorance is bliss.” The full quote comes from Thomas Gray’s poem Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College, where he writes, “Where ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise.” I only mention this because I just finished reading an article which stated six reasons why highly intelligent people tend to be unhappy.
Before I go any further, I want to make it perfectly clear that by no means do I consider myself to be highly intelligent, or of above average intelligence for that matter. I’m just an average guy who has taken the time to research our nation’s past and the founding of our system of government. That does not make me smarter than anyone else; only better informed.
I only wanted to take a moment discussing this because one of the reasons the author claims intelligent people are unhappy is because they are unable to find others with whom they can hold an intelligent conversation with. I certainly can relate to that. I have never asked that anyone just flat out accept that what I say is true; that would make me no better than the news media that expects people to take their word that the propaganda they spread is true. I only ask that they read what I write, and listen to what I say with an open mind, then do some research on their own to see who is telling them the truth.
But it certainly does get lonely sometimes; having all this knowledge spinning around inside my head and not having anyone to hold an intelligent conversation, or debate with. So yes, I can see how one might come to believe that being highly intelligent can lead to unhappiness. I have lost track of how many times people at work tell me I should smile more often. I can’t count the times I’ve had to refrain myself from saying, “I would if I wasn’t surrounded by idiots!”
I know that some may find that insulting, but what word would you use to describe it when you are surrounded by people who let emotions, rather than facts, guide their decision making process? And what is the most powerful of our emotions? If you ask me, fear is the most powerful of all the emotions; if you can instill fear into a people you can get them to do almost anything to make them feel safe and sound again; even sacrifice all their liberty.
In his first inaugural address, Franklin Roosevelt uttered to oft repeated line that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. I have read that people fear that which they don’t understand. If that is true, then the best way to combat fear is through knowledge. In a letter to W. T. Barry, James Madison once said, “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
I find it absolutely astonishing that people cannot see that those in power prefer an ignorant populace over an informed one. People believe they are informed because they watch the news and keep up with current events; but how does that help them understand the true purpose for which our government was established? The only way by which people can obtain that knowledge is by reading the words of the people directly involved in writing, and then ratifying our Constitution; something which too few people are willing to do.
Therefore the only word that can be used to describe most people in this country is ignorant; not stupid, simply ignorant; and there is a difference. Ben Franklin once said, “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” If that offends or upsets you, maybe it is time to do a little soul searching and ask yourself how much you really know about why your government was established all those years ago, and how well you have sought to keep it within the limits imposed upon it by the Constitution.
When a people are ignorant it then becomes easy to manipulate and guide them through…wait for it…FEAR. You see, although fear is a powerful emotion, knowledge can do a lot to dispel that fear; take away its ability to control your decision making process and return it to one based upon facts and evidence. But that can only happen if people take the time to become truly informed. But that takes time and effort; two things many are unwilling to give in order to become knowledgeable.
So what happens is that they are cleverly manipulated, or led around by the noses by those who use their fear against them. How many of you have heard of Hegel’s Dialectic, or the Hegelian Dialectic as it is commonly called?
According to Wikipedia the Hegelian Dialectic is the framework for guiding our thoughts and actions into conflicts that lead us to a predetermined solution. Say, for instance, I want you to do something which, under normal circumstances, you would not normally do. Under Hegel’s Dialectic I would create a conflict; known as the thesis, which causes an expected response; the antithesis, leading to the acceptance of the predetermined solution; the synthesis.
Although I did not know it at the time, I was born into a world of fear; fear of the spread of communism after the end of World War II and the establishment of the Soviet Union. This country had just experienced the McCarthy hearings and the fear of the threat posed by communism and global thermonuclear war was pervasive throughout America. I was four years old when it reached its peak during the Cuban Missile Crisis and I recall quite clearly the somber mood with which my parents watched the news every evening.
How does all this tie together; fear and Hegel’s Dialectic? Well those who rule this country need a reason to pass laws which justify their existence. In short, they need an enemy to fight which justifies their enacting new, more stringent laws which restrict our freedoms.
If you look at America’s history going back to the beginning of the 20th century you will see that there have been numerous instances in which the people’s fear led to government taking steps to alleviate that fear, or arouse their sense of patriotism behind their actions.
Look at the days and weeks immediately following 9/11 and how the nation pulled together in a sense of outrage and unity; determined to find those responsible and enact some form of vengeance. Fear and anger took over and anyone who thought things through and questioned the steps being taken by our government to protect us was said to be supporting the terrorists.
It’s not the first time those who have opposed our government have been considered unpatriotic, and it certainly won’t be the last. It happened early on with the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts by President John Adams, and it happened again with the jailing of the editors of certain Northern newspapers by Abraham Lincoln for their opposition to his war against the South.
Even now, sixteen years after the events of 9/11, those who question the ‘official’ story are labeled conspiracy nuts, and those who oppose our government’s endless intervention in the internal affairs of other nations are told we are soft on terrorism.
The hypocrisy comes when those who tell us we are soft on terrorism demand we provide sanctuary for all the refugees our intervention in the internal affairs of these nation’s have produced. They say we are the ones who are soft on terrorism, but they want to allow an endless stream of refugees into this country, many of whom share the same radical ideology which breeds terrorists.
You see that’s what happens when you let emotions guide your thought and decision making processes; you believe the stupidest things. When one lets their emotions run rampant without utilizing their thinking side of the brain they are so easily led around by the noses, and support almost any manner of laws the government promises will keep them safe.
As an example let’s go back in time to the early 1900’s before the passage of the Federal Reserve Act. A series of bank runs had caused many banks, which were leveraged beyond what would be considered sound policy, caused many customers to run to their banks demanding their money. Of course, the banks were unable to pay. In 1907 banker Paul Warburg posted an article in the New York Times warning the people that unless they allowed the government to adopt a central bank that these bank runs would become the norm.
Then one of Warburg’s banking pals gave a speech to the New York City Chamber of Commerce wherein he said that if the U.S. didn’t adopt a central bank it would experience a far reaching crash of our economy.
The seeds of fear had been planted, and all they needed now was to be proven right. A bunch of friends of banker J.P. Morgan began a stock run on one of Morgan’s competitors at Union Copper; causing the stock prices to plummet. This set off a panic which spread throughout Wall Street. Bankers friendly to Morgan and Warburg pulled their money and the stock market crashed by almost 50%. Then J.P. Morgan stepped in and invested his own money to ease the panic; but the damage had been done. People saw that what Warburg had said was true; the two steps of Hegel’s Dialectic were complete. Now all they had to do was propose the synthesis, their cure for the crisis they had orchestrated.
The result was the Federal Reserve Act, a piece of legislation written by, and meant to benefit those in the big money houses of America by giving them absolute control over our monetary system. Since the passage of the Federal Reserve Act the U.S. dollar has lost 96% of its purchasing power. This is the true nature of inflation; not the cost of goods going up, but the value of your money going down.
All because the people feared something they did not understand, and asked that government do something to protect them, or in this interest, their money.
What have we lost because people are afraid of supposed threats? We have lost much of our right to keep and bear arms because people fear crime or public shootings. We have lost almost all of our right to retreat into our homes and be free from the prying eyes and ears of government; all because we fear terrorism more than we value our rights. I could go on and on with the laws our government has passed because the people clamored that something must be done.
How many people vote, not because a candidate is truly qualified for the office they seek, or because they will uphold their oath to the Constitution, but because they fear the other person getting elected? Democrats who hated Hillary after the way the DNC treated Sanders flocked behind her just to make sure Trump didn’t win. The same is true for those on the Republican side who voted for Trump just to ensure that Hillary didn’t win.
Fear caused them to vote the way they did, not critical thinking over the issues or the constitutionality of the things these candidates promised to do. George Carlin once spoke of how we are fooled into voting when in fact voting makes no difference, “Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land, they own and control the corporations that’ve long since bought and paid for, the senate, the congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pocket, and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all of the news and the information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them…”
We are ruled by fear; led around by the noses by it; often without our even realizing it is happening. The whole crux of what you have just read comes from something I recently read in a fiction novel by Michael Crichton, State of Fear, wherein he writes, “I am leading to the notion of social control, Peter. To the requirement of every sovereign state to exert control over the behavior of its citizens, to keep them orderly and reasonably docile. To keep the driving on the right side of the road―or the left, as the case may be. To keep them paying taxes. And of course we know that social control is best managed through fear.”
You may think that we still have some say in how our government governs, but do we when the reasons we vote the way we do are due to fear over a whole myriad of issues; many of which were created by our governments ineptness or on purpose to manipulate our thought processes?
If you want to be free, and I mean truly free, you are going to have to stop being afraid and start educating yourselves as to the crimes being committed against you by the people whose job it is to represent you; not be your masters. Freedom comes with a price; the willingness of the people to first, understand the limits upon their governments power and authority, and secondly to hold those they elect accountable to those limits.
If you cannot educate yourselves and stand for your rights, then if you ask me, you aren’t worthy of them; nor are you worthy of the title of patriot, or American for that matter.
America was founded upon the principle of liberty, but as Patrick Henry said in 1788, “But I am fearful I have lived long enough to become an fellow: Perhaps an invincible attachment to the dearest rights of man, may, in these refined, enlightened days, be deemed old fashioned: If so, I am contented to be so: I say, the time has been when every pore of my heart beat for American liberty, and which, I believe, had a counterpart in the breast of every true American.”
That was almost 230 years ago, and people’s regard for their liberty has only diminished with the passage of time. I honestly don’t know what can be done when the people refuse to study, to examine the facts, and to make their decisions based upon what they have learned, rather than what they are told to believe by the news media, their elected officials, and those who are supposed to be educating them as to the true nature of and purpose for our government.
It’s like we are on a runaway train for tyranny and the conductor and anyone else capable of stopping it has jumped the train; leaving us no choice but to ride it to its final destination. I am reminded of the quote, “Nero fiddled while Rome burned.” People today are completely oblivious to the path this country is on; the whole time they care more about their favorite sports teams, what’s trending on Facebook, or what some stupid celebrity is doing.
You can ignore reality for only so long, and then it is going to come up and bitch slap you all. I just hope for posterities sake that the people of America pull their heads out of the sands before that wakeup call comes.