Please, Stop Being a Sucker

It is alleged that P.T. Barnum, one of the founders of the former Barnum and Bailey’s Circus once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” There is some dispute as to whether the famed Barnum actually said this, but just because Barnum himself may not have said it does not lessen its truthfulness in the slightest.

If that quote is to be taken literally, then there are 1440 suckers born every day, 525,600 born every year. That’s roughly enough suckers being born every year to populate a city the size of Tucson Arizona or Oklahoma City. If that many suckers moved to Orlando, Florida, that city would double in size overnight.

That’s a lot of suckers, wouldn’t you say?

A sucker, simply stated, is a person who is gullible; easily fooled. I hate to say it, but that definition fits a great many people in this country. Unfortunately it goes a long way towards explaining why we continue to see so many charlatans elected, and re-elected to political office across the country; from our federal government all the way down to the local governments of our cities and communities.

That said, there is an insurance policy, a means of preventing one from becoming a victim, or a sucker if you will. That insurance policy is knowledge. One cannot be fooled if they are in possession of all the facts. However far too many people are not in possession of the facts in regards to a great many of the issues that plague America today. I’m not saying that I am all knowing, I’m simply stating that when it comes to certain things I am far better informed than the majority of the people I encounter on a day to day basis.

It takes some time, but if one works at it they can develop what I like to call a bullshit detector. The more facts one gathers the better their bullshit detector is at catching the manure that comes out of the mouths of most politicians. Mine is so finely tuned that I can barely watch one of them speak without resorting to screaming at my television; lies, lies…BULLSHIT!!!

Unfortunately, along with a finely tuned bullshit detector comes the unwanted burden of having to suffer through the endless litany of bullshit one hears others speak, or risk having no friends because you call everyone on their b.s.

You can’t imagine the names I have been called, or the times I have been turned in…just because I attempted to correct misconceptions and share the truth. I recall a time in America when the truth was something that was respected, sought after. Not anymore; unless the truth fits one’s agenda that is. Nowadays the truth is something most people despise, or reject because it threatens their entire belief system; and to accept the truth would mean they would have to face the fact that they have been…well, a sucker.

Novelist Dresden James once said, “When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” I think that quote aptly describes the situation in America today.

Take for instance the average voter in America. It doesn’t matter if they are Republican or Democrat, if you try to tell them that their votes do not count, that no matter who wins government is going to continue to grow larger and more powerful, they look at you like you’ve lost your marbles. Then when you tell them to vote only for those candidates whose records show that they uphold their oaths of office to support and defend the Constitution they say, “But they have no chance of winning.”

Why is that? Why is it that they cannot win? It is because not enough voters care about what the Constitution says are the limits to our governments power and authority. Does that make it my fault that our government is corrupt when I choose not to vote for any of the charlatans running for office?
If government truly does draw its authority from the consent of the governed, what would happen if the people, en masse, withdrew their consent? How could the government enforce the laws it passed upon 300 plus million people who simply told government WE WILL NOT COMPLY? What could they do, put us all in jail?

But that’s the problem right there, the fact that far too few care about what the Constitution actually says are the powers our government can exercise on our behalf. Instead people vote according to their own personal ideologies, or beliefs as to what government should be doing on behalf of those who vote for those who hold political office. Far too often those ideologies are the same as the political parties which spew forth the candidates we are presented with to give us the illusion that our voice at the polls still matters. The Constitutional limitations upon government never even enter the equation when most people go to the polls to cast their votes.

And I’m the one who is at fault for all the problems in America because I refuse to support any of the candidates for office, or participate in the fraud of open elections!?! When has standing for principle destined one to be an outcast, a pariah?

There is an old saying which states, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.” The same goes for information, “You can provide a person with information but you can’t make them think.”

Everything I write about is based upon information I have uncovered after hours of researching; both online and in books regarding both the history of our country and the founding of our system of government. I have gone directly to the horse’s mouth, so to speak, and sought to find what those who established our system of government said were the reasons for which it was created.

What do you have to support your views and beliefs; the words coming out of the mouths of the news media or those who woo you with all kinds of promises to make America great again? America was not made great by our government; it was made great by the industry, individuality, and freedom of the people who inhabited it. How one can believe that more governmental interference in those areas is going to make America great again is beyond my ability to understand.

For America to truly become great again we need to stop looking to government to solve all our problems and start acting like grown-ups. We need to start accepting responsibility for our own needs and desires and stop expecting society to provide a safety net for us if we fail. Charity is fine if it comes from the heart of the individual, but government mandated charity in the form of welfare is theft; pure and simple theft of the fruits of the labor of those who have to support those in need.

For America to become great again we must emphasize the ability of each and every person to fully exercise their rights; even if that right includes saying things others do not want to hear. There is simply too much intolerance in this country today; particularly on the left towards ideas that they disagree with. Listen, I don’t like Donald Trump any more than they do, but you don’t see me beating people who wear attire that bears his name on it.

I speak out against violations of the Constitution and infringements upon my rights no matter who commits them. My loyalty lies not with any political party or candidate, but with our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

If you can’t see that then you need to take your blinders off and open your perspective a bit broader! Our government cannot fix the problems in America as it is at the root of all the problems. How many gun control laws have they passed; telling us that if these laws are passed our cities will become safer? Yet why is it that the cities with the strictest gun control laws have the highest crime rates? Explain that if you can!

The government should just get out of the way and let people defend themselves and their property in the manner that they see fit. Some argue that this would turn our city streets into modern day versions of the Wild West. I don’t believe that to be true. How do you think a criminal would approach an intended victim if they knew that victim carried a loaded firearm for their protection? I think that fear of “Gee I could get shot if I attacked or robbed this person” would go a long way towards reducing the number of violent crimes against the law abiding citizens amongst us.

But no, government has to step in and tell us when, where, and the circumstances which must exist before we can use deadly force to protect what is rightfully ours; mostly our lives, our families and our property.

If you want America to be great again you need to get government out of our pockets, out of our lives and homes, and off of our backs. That won’t happen if you keep voting along party lines without any regard for what the Constitution or Bill of Rights say. Until that happens you will continue to be suckers who fall for the sugar coated bullshit the candidates promise you will make America great again.

You can take what you will from this; I truly don’t care anymore. I am tired of arguing with people over things that I have repeated over and over again. You may base your opinions as to whether America is doing good or not by the number of jobs created during a certain period, or how low your taxes go. Me, I base how good America is doing by the amount of individual liberty each of its citizens enjoys.

And from that perspective, America is circling the drain…

About Br'er Rabbit

I'm just one person out of millions of others. The only thing different about me is that I don't walk around with my head up my ass.
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