Jim Morris, the vocalist for the rock group the Doors, once sang, “People are strange…” I couldn’t agree more; people definitely are strange. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t particularly hate anyone; it’s just that they confuse and frustrate me sometimes.
As long as people are friendly towards me I will be friendly in return; but I am very particular as to who I attach the word friend to. To me a friend is someone you can count on; anytime, anywhere, and under any circumstances. A friend is someone you can call at 2 a.m. and they will come to your aid. A friend is someone who will stand by your side when the odds are against you. A friend is someone you can trust with your life without reservations. As the saying goes, “A friend is someone you call to help you bury a body and they show up with shovels.” Now I’m not saying I have any bodies to bury, or that I will ever have the need to, but that’s the nature of a true friend; and I have but a few people I consider to be my friends; everyone else is an acquaintance.
As I have made it a habit to put people through a sort of screening process before designating them as friends, I have developed the habit of studying people; their actions and, more specifically, how what they say compares to what they actually do. And that is why I say that people are strange.
Ever since I was in the 5th grade, when a certain event in my life made me a social outcast in school, I have been somewhat of a loner; never really having or needing a large circle of friends. I always felt like someone staring into a fishbowl monitoring the behavior of the fishes inside. When I began studying politics, government and the history of my country I, foolishly I might add, thought that people would be overjoyed to have someone share the info I had learned with them. I was quickly disappointed; and this has led me to categorize people into 3 categories.
For lack of a better name I will simply call them Categories A, B, and C. Now I cannot speak for the entire nation, simply because I do not interact with the entire nation on a daily basis. However, these categories apply to the people I encounter on a daily basis and I am relatively sure that they probably apply to people across the country as well.
From what I’ve seen Category A people are those who simply don’t care that much about history, the form and purpose of our government, or what their government is doing for that matter. These are the people who are content to live their lives; trudging away at their jobs, then going home to do whatever it is they do to keep themselves occupied and entertained. To them football, Facebook, cooking, their pets, or whatever, are far more important than the dull study of politics and history. From what I’ve experienced I have come to the conclusion that there are more Category A people in America then there are Category B and C combined.
Category B people are the next largest group, and they consist of people who care more about politics and governance, but they are primarily followers of one of the two political parties in America, and therefore have no concern as to what powers the Constitution actually authorizes the government to exercise on their behalf. These are the people who stand behind their candidates, no matter what they do; unless of course their candidate is caught with their hands in the cookie jar, so to speak, and they are forced to admit that he/she is a crook. However, this does not stop them from voting for the next candidate from the same political party; or to use a popular colloquialism; someone cut from the same clothe. To Category B people party loyalty is of much greater importance than the Constitution or the principle of individual liberty.
Finally, there are the Category C people; who are the smallest category of all. Category C people are those who, by circumstance or choice, have encountered the truth, have accepted the truth, and base their actions upon that truth. Category C people typically vote Independent, Libertarian, or don’t vote at all because they realize the entire system is corrupt. Category C people are also those who don’t particularly care one way or another how you live your life, as long as you leave them alone in the living of theirs. For Category C people there is only one thing of any importance in life, the quest for the truth in all things. Category C people are shunned and ridiculed by those from the other categories because the truth threatens their beliefs; and that’s one thing people WILL fight to maintain regardless of whether those beliefs can be supported by any factual evidence.
Why am I talking about this now? Well it’s because back in 1776 there were also 3 categories of people living in the Colonies. There were those who believed in the principle of individual liberty, and that governments should protect that liberty. These people believed that their current form of government, (the King of England and Parliament) was detrimental to their liberty. Their names are well known to us all, or at least I would hope they are. Just to name a few of them; there was Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Hancock, Paul Revere, and the cousins, John and Samuel Adams. It was these men and others like them who drove the Colonies towards independence, and freedom from the oppressive laws of a tyrant. It was men of this nature who risked everything they had, including their lives, for their cause. To best sum up their attitude, allow me to quote from one of them, Patrick Henry, who on March 23, 1775 uttered the immortal words, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
Then there was the next category, the British Loyalists, who chose to remain loyal to the Crown no matter what laws it passed. They were those, who stood against the Patriots when they rebelled against their established government; some of them moving out of the country because they felt threatened, or they simply did not want to live in a country that stood against its government. There were Loyalists who joined up with the British Army and fought against their own countrymen, and there were Loyalists who informed the British regarding the activities of those they felt were committing treason; which in effect they were.
Finally there were those who didn’t care about the outcome of the Revolution one way or the other. There is no real telling how large this group consisted of, but some say it was as high as 1/3 of the entire population at the time. These are those who, for one reason or another, chose to remain neutral in the conflict.
Starting at the bottom now, I think those who remained neutral during the Revolution can be likened to those today who don’t care about politics or government; those who care more about football and Facebook than they do the things their government is doing.
Next up on the list are the Loyalists, who I compare to modern day loyalists who vote along political party lines; regardless of whether or not the things their government is doing violate their rights and infringe upon their liberty.
Finally, there are those who know the truth, stand for the truth, and who are likened to the Jefferson’s and Henry’s of 1776.
However, in today’s modern world these categories are not equally divided into thirds, the apathetic and complacent in America vastly outnumbers those who are somewhat active in politics; i.e. voting and supporting this candidate or that candidate; and they dwarf the group that actually knows about how our system of government was actually designed to operate, and how it has become so corrupt that nothing can be done to repair it at the voting booth.
What I’m trying to get at by all this is that America is divided into 3 types of people. There are those for whom self-gratification, entertainment, and ignorance are all that matters. Then there are those who believe they are doing their civic duty and participating in the democratic process; but who are misguided and misled because they choose not to learn, or accept the truth. Finally, there are those of us on the pathway to knowledge that realize how corrupt our system is, and that almost every single candidate put forth for our selection comes from the same rotten cesspool of candidates that caused our system to become corrupt in the first place.
Nonetheless, America became a free and independent country because of people like us, it was because of those who understood what liberty was, and who chose to defend it, that America gained its independence; regardless of how the rest of the country felt.
If we are to truly make America great again, it will not be done at the voting booth; the corruption is too extensive, and too pervasive to be rooted out by a single candidate chosen to hold the office of President. If we are to make America great again it will only happen when a sufficient number of Category B people realize that their government has failed them, and then choose to join the ranks of Category C people…but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
In closing, I would like to leave you with 3 quotes from Samuel Adams. The first comes from an essay Adams published dating back to 1748, “Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.”
The next comes from an essay penned by Adams under the pseudonym of Candidus, in the Boston Gazette in 1771, “The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have receiv’d them as a fair Inheritance from our worthy Ancestors: They purchas’d them for us with toil and danger and expence of treasure and blood; and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”
Finally, in a private letter to James Warren, dated October 24, 1780, Adams writes, “If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”
That is the nature and mettle of those who established America as a free and independent country; shaking off the shackles of tyranny for the freedom that only true liberty can bring. Our country is in dire need or more experience patriots, not more willing sheep, or apathetic drones that just live their lives ignorant of what is going on around them.
You can chant Make America Great Again, or Hope & Change until you are blue in the face and your voice fails, but until you begin fighting for the principles this country was founded upon you are simply wasting your time and efforts.